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$500,000 at Mediation After Couple Drops Previous Attorney

One summer day, our clients Russell and Heidi VanBeek were riding a motorcycle when the driver of a car hit them, not seeing either the stop sign or the motorcycle. Immediately after the accident, the injured couple retained another law firm and after two months, Russell went back to work as a heavy equipment operator.

Time passed and the VanBeeks became dissatisfied with the services of their attorney. They subsequently retained Attorney Michael F. Hupy to represent them instead.

A lawsuit was started against the other driver and his insurance company. Shortly before the trial, the insurance company paid its policy limits of $100,000 to Russell and $65,000 to Heidi. However, because Russell's physical problems continued, it was necessary to look for more insurance coverage for him.

Attorney Hupy found an additional $400,000 of coverage in four $100,000 underinsured motorist policies. He convinced the insurance company that all four policies were available but they offered only $50,000 to settle the claim, which was refused.

The case went to an arbitration hearing, and the VanBeeks received an award of over $500,000 including the amounts previously paid by the insurance carrier for the other driver.

If you are in an accident, contact Hupy and Abraham for a free consultation at any time of the day, every day.