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RiibeMIST is a term that many insurance companies use to denigrate a car accident with minimum visible damage that causes injuries to the soft tissue in the neck and back.

MIST cases are often the hardest collision cases for a personal injury lawyer to handle. The liability is clear and the pain is real but insurance company offers are often low. Many cases have to be taken to trial.

The liability carrier’s argument that the crash does not appear to be so jarring that someone could have been injured is medically invalid. The goal of Berenson Injury Law is to prevent insurance companies from taking advantage of people who have been hurt. But with all of the trucks and SUVs and the increased traffic on the roads in North Texas, we see these crashes often. We fight to get fair settlements and jury verdicts for our clients.

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For example, last week we finalized a $35,000 recovery for our client who was driving this truck. It was rear-ended by another pickup truck at a low rate of speed. Neither driver claimed injuries and they drove away. But our client’s head, neck, and back began hurting an hour later and the next day he had to go to a minor emergency clinic to be checked out. Later when the pain continued to increased he went to a hospital and chiropractor. An MRI was inconclusive.

The insurance company attorney for the at-fault driver did not believe our client could have been very injured. He also argued that our client was already 50-years-old, as if that proved he was hurt already. However with the help of our experts, we convinced the attorney that these property damage photographs were irrelevant, that our client was hurt, and that his company had to pay a reasonable settlement.

We then substantially reduced our client’s outstanding medical bills and our fee, waived expenses, and he received $21,700.

Our client was very pleased with our work and very nicely wrote this review on Google:

***** Mr. Berenson and his team did a thorough job on my case. I was happy with the settlement and the communication with me as it progressed. Highly recommend!

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Berenson Injury Law has resolved a Fort Worth man’s injury case for the available Colorado insurance policy of $25,000.

We then continued to fight for our client and negotiated with his liability company to get him more money. We got him an additional $6,000.00 from his underinsured motorists benefits.

Almost all of the vehicle crash cases we handle are here in Texas but our client had traveled to Denver in December to visit a friend. Since we rarely see snow here, Joe wanted to go up into the Rockies to see mountains covered in snow.

USE-KulagaVictory of the Month

As Tom was driving home from work, a tractor-trailer collided into his pickup as they turned left at an intersection.

He was rushed to the emergency room by ambulance. CT scans results were normal and he was discharged with the common strain/sprain diagnosis. He hired our law firm after he was jerked around by the insurance company, also common after a truck wreck.

Mr. Berenson, who has represented the injured victims of truck crash cases for almost 40 years, met with Tom and mapped out a strategy. He and his staff immediately investigated the scene and secured necessary evidence.

Mr. Berenson made the insurance company admit that its driver was at fault after it said it would not pay any money, arguing they had a statement from an adverse eyewitness and there was not much damage to the tractor-trailer.

Tom was badly injured. His shoulder was painful and Mr. Berenson referred his client to a doctor and paid for a Magnetic Resonance Image which showed a partial tendon tear.

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We are pleased to announce that we successfully resolved the claim of an injured young man for the total amount of insurance available of $100,000.

Motorcycle cases can be more difficult than those where people are driving cars and trucks. Liability disputes are common. Jurors can hold biases against riders that can make large verdicts unusual, even though injuries can be severe.

Both drivers claimed they had the right of way when a light was changing from yellow to red. Worse, three eyewitnesses sided with the car driver and our client was seen riding at a high rate of speed just before the crash on his bright bike.

But Brandon was extremely injured and was in a great deal of pain. He had no idea how he could get his medical bills and lost wages paid.

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blurry-pic-of-MarlizOur client was very happy with the results from her contested liability and damages car accident case and wrote this review:

***** I can’t thank you enough! You and your staff are amazing.

If anyone ever asks me if I know of a good attorney I will immediately give them your name and number.

carBerenson Injury Law has resolved a case involving a man who tragically died nine days after a car accident for the total available amount of $100,000.

This was a challenging case.

  • The man was in this extremely minor impact wreck;
  • It happened several years ago in Arlington;
  • The at-fault driver hit-and-ran;
  • There were no eyewitnesses;
  • The police were not called to the scene;
  • The man did not get any medical treatment in Texas; and
  • He returned home to California without complaining of any pain.

However five days later, the man began experiencing stomach pain and saw his doctor. Sadly, he died four days after that.

His uninsured motorists insurance company denied payment to his estate, claiming he had prior medical problems that caused his death and that this bump could not have possibly caused him to die.

We were not asked to represent the estate until one year after his death. Other law firms had turned down the case. However we have handled many wrongful death cases over the past 37 years and immediately got to work.

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IMG_0045Victory of the month

Fort Worth injury attorney Bill Berenson has successfully recovered $710,000 for a passenger who was seriously injured when his vehicle was rear-ended last year.

The other driver fled the scene on foot and was later arrested but he had no liability insurance. We conducted a full-scale investigation and located a substantial uninsured insurance policy and other sources of  recovery that could help our client.

EHAnother difficult case successfully resolved.

Sneed-truck-2-with-tape-measureBerenson Injury Law is pleased to announce that it has obtained a recovery of $750,000.

Our client crashed into a large tractor-trailer in a Fort Worth intersection. But the police report and several witnesses blamed him for his speeding and improper lookout. There were other problems that made the chance of receiving compensation poor.

Our team sprung into action. We went with our accident investigation expert to the scene, took photographs, and measured skid marks. We set up an inspection of both vehicles, downloaded black boxes, and tried to find witnesses to rebut the negative liability facts.

https://www.fortworthinjuryattorneyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/233/2017/10/0601busax2_1464821017896_2633261_ver1.0-1.jpgHow To Recover Damages After Government Employee Causes A Crash.

Special laws apply if you are involved in a collision caused by a state worker like a school bus driver.

I just obtained an offer for the total amount available under state law for my client. He was driving this 18-wheeler last summer when a school bus driver loaded with children failed to yield at a stop sign and caused this crash. My client had to have surgery to his shoulder and ankle. I have also made his workers compensation carrier agree to substantially cut its reimbursement lien.

But suing state agencies and their employees can be difficult, if not impossible, since our state legislature has imposed strict limitations on liability, damages amounts, and legal procedures.

Here’s how this legal process differs from most injury cases.

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