Pedestrians injured in accidents are often left with serious life-changing injuries, and they need substantial compensation.
At the Law Office of Chuck Geerhart, we know how devastating injuries suffered by pedestrians can be, and we have a proven track record of getting every dollar available to help our clients adjust to their new life.
Recently, we were able to recover the entire liability insurance limits available, $5 million, for our seriously injured pedestrian client.
Seriously injured pedestrians need the attention to detail and persistent effort of partners with a combined level of experience of more than 45 years – the kind of representation we deliver.
Recent Case Settlement
$3.5 Million Confidential Settlement– Pedestrian v. Driver
FACTS: In September 2019, defendant driver took an illegal right turn at Golden Gate and Leavenworth streets in San Francisco. He struck my client, then age 11, who was a pedestrian lawfully in the crosswalk. The driver was an employee of a software company. He was charged with a felony, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs (marijuana edibles) and causing injury.
The boy was dragged under the vehicle and suffered left-sided facial degloving, which has left significant scarring.
The driver’s employer argued that he was not driving within the course and scope of his employment. The company’s insurance carrier denied coverage and also filed a declaratory relief action in Federal Court.
Chuck Geerhart obtained all necessary records, filed a lawsuit, took depositions, battled the carrier on the coverage issues, and got the court to order trial preference for the minor plaintiff. He also had a plastic surgeon expert evaluate the child.
RESULT: The case was settled one month before trial for $3.5 million. This was approved by the court.
- A friend recommended Chuck Geerhart. It was an excellent recommendation.
As a British journalist, recently based in San Francisco and without medical insurance, things seemed pretty messy after I found myself in an airport shuttle, driven by a lunatic, who struck a parked cab. I had to go to hospital, who diagnosed a head injury – as, later, did a neurologist – but the shuttle company’s insurance company continually balked at paying the bills.
A friend recommended Chuck Geerhart. It was an excellent recommendation. He was a great lawyer to have on my side, persistent in his battles with the insurance company, supportive of his client and a pleasure to work with, resolving the claim with the minimum of fuss.Susan
- Chuck made sure I was fairly compensated for this life altering injury.
I was working as an air traffic controller at SFO when a notoriously faulty elevator slammed to a stop between floors, throwing me against the wall and rupturing discs in my neck. I had to have major surgery on my neck. The City and the elevator maintenance company denied liability, until Chuck Geerhart obtained copies of all prior repair records which showed the elevator was continually resetting due to a power supply issue.
During the discovery phase of the case, to protect my privacy rights, he filed a motion with court to block a subpoena issued by the defense that sought to obtain my complete confidential employment file and complete health history in violation of the law. We ultimately settled the case for $1,000,000 after mediation.
I feel that Chuck did a great job making sure I was fairly compensated for this life-altering injury.Denise
- Chuck Geerhart dealt with my case in the most humane way I could imagine.
I was fortunate to have been referred to Chuck Geerhart when I was dealing with a very painful and tragic case of abuse by religious leadership, which was stretched over five years.Frank
Chuck Geerhart dealt with my case in the most humane way I could imagine. He was intelligent and strategic in his approach, always very communicative; an attentive ear, fearless and confident support for someone who was very confused and seeking answers where there were only walls. He always involved me in the process, sharing crucial information with me and allowing me the time and space to decide and move forward. He treated me like a partner, which helped me recover the power that was taken away from me.
At the same time he provided the professional expertise which I needed in order to win the case. The process of winning this case was as empowering as the actual outcome. It was a healing experience in itself. I am very happy with the support and guidance I got from Chuck as well as with the monetary result from such a serious injury. It has truly helped me move on in a good way.