Automobile Liability Defense
Our firm has extensive experience in defending third party automobile negligence cases as well as first party claims for uninsured motorist and underinsured motorist benefits. Our experience ranges from defending mild impact, soft tissue cases to wrongful death actions. We have successfully defended thousands of cases involving allegations of injuries in the areas of orthopedics, neurology, psychiatry, neuropsychology, dentistry, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, urology, plastic surgery and internal medicine. We have frequently worked with accident reconstruction and bio-mechanical experts to develop liability and causation defenses and have also teamed with economists and vocational experts to address plaintiffs’ claims for economic damages.
In all cases, we consult with the claims professionals from the outset of the case to agree upon an effective litigation plan. This generally entails the completion and exchange of interrogatories, serving demands for production of documents, conducting all necessary depositions, and arranging the appropriate independent medical examination. When indicated, we obtain records relating to prior or subsequent accidents as well as records relating to treatment for any relevant pre-existing medical condition so as to potentially build a defense based upon proximate causation. In the context of UM/UIM arbitration, we thoroughly investigate whether there are other policies of insurance that should be providing coverage for the claim.
Mindful of the costs of litigation, we communicate with the claims professionals throughout the discovery process to ensure that the fees and expenses associated with the defense of the suit are consistent with the budget agreed upon at the outset of the case.