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Dearborn Heights Crash Leads to $75,000 No-Fault Settlement

Case Type: Michigan No-Fault Benefits and Auto Negligence

Settlement: $75,000

Plaintiff: Elizabeth El-Zein
Defendant: Alaweyah-Aya Allie Habhab, Allie Carl Habhab and GEICO Indemnity Company
Case Number: 15-013178-NI
Judge: Hon. Susan L. Hubbard
Location: Wayne County Circuit Court
Date of Settlement: Oct. 25, 2016

Facts of the Case

Our client was lawfully driving her car on a residential street in Dearborn Heights when it was struck at an intersection by a vehicle which negligently ran a stop sign. Further, our client had auto insurance through GEICO, making it responsible for any medical expenses, wage loss, attendant care and household chores incurred as a result of the accident.

Our client sustained multiple injuries due to the negligence of the at-fault driver. Also, her auto insurer neglected to pay a variety of her no-fault benefits owed such as medical expenses, attendant care and household chores.

Types of Injuries and Harm Suffered

  • Multilevel disc herniations in her neck requiring physical therapy
  • Partial thickness tear of rotator cuff requiring physical therapy
  • Closed head injury

Other Types of Damages

  • Pain and suffering
  • Psychological damages
  • Medical expenses, attendant care and household chores

Legal Issues in the Case

  • What injuries and related medical expenses were caused by the car accident?
  • What symptoms were pre-existing conditions unrelated to the car accident?
  • Were attendant care and household chores necessary due to an injury sustained in the accident or a pre-existing condition?
  • How much compensation should be paid in a settlement?

What We Did To Win The Settlement

Our auto accident lawyers filed a lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court. We took depositions of the at-fault driver and the owner of the at-fault vehicle to establish liability. Their testimony proved that the at-fault driver was indeed negligent in running a stop sign and causing the accident at issue. We also obtained the relevant unpaid medical bills and related medical records to prove the expenses were related to the accident, and obtained the relevant attendant care and household chores claim forms and doctor’s disability slips to prove such services were necessary due to injuries sustained in the accident.

We attended a facilitation and negotiated a settlement of regarding the auto negligence portion of the case. Through follow-up negotiations, we negotiated a settlement of the no-fault portion of the case for a total of $75,000 for our client. The settlement included compensation for payment of her medical expenses, attendant care, household chores and pain and suffering.

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$75,000: Michigan No-Fault Benefits and Auto Negligence