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Personal Injury Claim has No Merit? — Get a Second Opinion

In our previous post, we described the case of Lori, who was seriously injured in an attack by a pit bull while visiting at an apartment complex. Frank Buck, Attorney at Buck, Toscano & Tereskerz, Ltd. of Charlottesville, Virginia was able to obtain a substantial financial settlement for her from the management company / landlord. If she had not gotten a second opinion from Attorney Frank Buck, Lori would not have made any recovery despite $80,000 in medical bills.

Her original attorneys filed suit against the owner of the pit bull dog that attacked her. During the discovery process, they learned that the tenant, a young man with limited assets, had renters insurance, but which excluded coverage for claims as a result of dog attacks. Facing a liability dispute with no apparent source for the defendant to pay even if there were a large verdict, her attorney withdrew and recommended that she seek other counsel.

Lori then sought the counsel of Attorney Frank Buck. During their first meeting, Lori complained about the unfairness that she could not get any compensation even though her injuries will have a lifelong impact on her. She said it was particularly frustrating because the apartment complex had a policy prohibiting tenants from keeping aggressive dogs, including the tenant’s pit bull. Believing that the management company/landlord knew or should have known that the tenant had a pit bull, Frank Buck joined the management company/landlord as co-defendants. Although the new defendants denied their liability, Frank Buck obtained a substantial settlement by aggressively pursuing her claim.

The moral of this story is that if you have a substantial claim for damages, but the first attorney you talk to declines to take the case or later withdraws from the case, make sure that you get a second opinion from another personal injury attorney before abandoning hope.

If you need a personal injury attorney in Charlottesville, Virginia contact Frank Buck.

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