“Forget the right ballpark,” Correia said. “This was a very happy ending for a gentleman who, quite frankly, the insurance company wasn’t even in the right stratosphere for.”
The client, a male in his 40s, suffered neck and back injuries in a 2017 car accident. Fault was not at issue, but the amount that the injured man should recover obviously was. The injuries will require a lifetime of medical care, a factor that accounted for a significant portion of the jury’s verdict. Insurance companies often do not adequately consider future medical needs when determining an amount to offer, Correia said.
The case was not easy, given the great disparity between the insurance company’s offer and the amount the jury settled on. “I pride myself on being the better-prepared attorney and, just as importantly, preparing my client the best I can,”he said. “That’s not just preparing them for testimony, which is important, but also making sure they understand the risk of going to trial and what the options are.”
In 2022, Correia also secured a $1.25 million settlement for a client injured in a car accident in a case with major disputes over liability and future medical care.
In law school, Correia clerked at an insurance defense law firm. Having experienced both sides of injury law, he is fully committed to representing injured people. “I cannot see myself being an insurance defense lawyer based on what I see transpire and being able to help people go through what is usually a horrible time in their life.”
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