Car accidents occur all too frequently on our rural highways in Vermont and New Hampshire. They often cause serious injuries that can be devastating to the victims and their families. When the accident victim is most vulnerable problems with lost wages, doctor bills, proper medical care and treatment can pile up and suddenly become overwhelming. On top of this negotiating with insurance companies in the current economic climate is like pulling teeth. The fact of the matter is that the insurance companies are more interested in saving money than paying fair compensation to car accident victims. This is where the law firm of Van Dorn & Curtiss comes in. For over 30 years attorneys at Van Dorn & Curtiss have been helping accident victims sort through the maze of problems caused by lost wages, unpaid medical bills, uncooperative insurance companies and all the other issues that go with a serious personal injury. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) an estimated 2.35 million people were injured in traffic accidents in 2008. In addition, more than 37,000 people lost their lives. The numbers are staggering, and for those who survive a serious crash, spinal cord injuries, brain damage, and permanent disabilities that require multiple surgical procedures and lifelong medical care not only cause a decline in quality of life, but also result in lost wages or the inability to work at all.
If you have been in an accident, filing a claim with an insurance company for damaged property and injuries doesn’t necessarily mean you will receive a settlement that will compensate you for all of your losses – even if you were the victim of someone else’s negligence.
The attorneys at Van Dorn & Curtiss know the lengths to which insurance companies will go to protect their own financial interests. We have a proven track record for aggressive and expert courtroom litigation that results in generous jury awards for our seriously injured clients. More often than not, when defendants realize that a plaintiff has retained a Van Dorn & Curtiss attorney, they settle for the amount that we determine is fair and just, not just what the insurance company decides to pay. This is different from many law firms who do not go to court for their clients. They have no leverage with the insurance companies and ultimately settle for what the insurance company decides to pay.
Because of our reputation as zealous advocates for our clients, defendants and their lawyers know who they are up against, and they would rather avoid facing us in court. Our attorneys enjoy trial law, and our reputation as relentless adversaries in the courtroom has been proven time and time again. When our legal team enters litigation, we win, and insurance companies and their attorneys know it.
As a result of our reputation the vast majority of our cases settle, but when we do have to take a case to court, that case gets the entire attention, and full support of our experienced legal team and we are well prepared to fight to the end if necessary. The end is usually a jury verdict that well exceeds what the insurance company is willing to pay.