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Fuicelli & Lee, PC Settles Car Accident for $462,500.00

In February of 2013, Fuicelli & Lee, PC obtained a settlement for over $460,000 for a client who had been involved in a car accident in 2008. He underwent shoulder surgery and experienced ongoing neck and back problems. His treating physician believed at some point he would require both back and neck surgery. Prior to filing suit, the at-fault insurance carrier only offered $85,000 to settle the case. As a result of this low offer, suit was filed. Approximately one month before the trial date, client settled his claim against the at-fault party for $462,500.


Fuicelli & Lee, PC Negotiates Policy Limit Settlement of $250,000

In December of 2012, Fuicelli & Lee, PC recovered a policy limit settlement of $250,000.00 for a client who was rear-ended in December, 2007. The client initially began a conservative treatment program, but later underwent cervical fusion surgery. After extensive negotiations with the at-fault liability carrier, Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. was able to obtain the policy limits from that carrier. Fortunately, client also carried underinsured motorist coverage with State Farm. Without the need for litigation, Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. was able to convince State Farm to pay the full amount of client’s underinsured coverage.


Keith Fuicelli Obtains 2 Million Dollar Award against American Family Insurance

In April of 2012, Keith Fuicelli obtained an award for injuries a client sustained in a motor vehicle crash that, with interest, exceeds two million dollars. While the award itself is quite substantial, the more surprising fact is that American Family Insurance (the client’s own insurance company) originally valued the claim at only $100,000.  After presenting the client’s damages during a binding arbitration proceeding, the judge agreed with Mr. Fuicelli that the client’s damages far exceeded the one million dollars in available coverage. American Family’s handling of this claim is the subject of ongoing litigation.


Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. Settles Motor Vehicle Claim for $350,000 Without Litigation

While the attorneys at Fuicelli & Lee are always willing to take cases to trial, for obvious reasons the firm strives to fairly settle claims without litigation whenever possible. Stephanie C.’s case is one such example. Stephanie was rear-ended by a large SUV in early 2010. She suffered a bad concussion which was eventually diagnosed as a mild traumatic brain injury. To make matters worse, she also suffered a cervical (neck) disc injury. Her doctors told her eventually she would need surgery on her neck though she should try to delay this as long as possible. After wrangling with several insurance carriers, Keith Fuicelli was able to settle Stephanie’s claims for the total available insurance proceeds ($350,000). The best part of the client; no need to go to trial to obtain a fair result.


Keith Fuicelli Obtains $245,000.00 Trial Verdict-November, 2010

Keith recently obtained a winning verdict in Adams County in a case involving a pit-bull attack. Client Suzanna, R. was walking her two month old puppy in her back yard when a pit bull jumped over the fence and attacked her, biting her in the face. The firm filed suit against the landlord of the property for allowing the pit-bull to live in this densely populated residential neighborhood. After hearing all the evidence, the firm obtained a verdict which came close to $245,000 including interest and costs.


Keith Fuicelli Settles Motor vehicle Case for $550,000.00-October, 2010

Client Mary B. was riding on the back of motorcycle when it was hit by another vehicle. That vehicle fled the scene. Unfortunately, Mary suffered severe injuries including a fractured hip. This injury ultimately required she undergo a complete hip replacement. After several rounds of negotiations, which started with the insurance company offering only $325,000 on her claim, Keith settled the matter for $550,000. The claim was particularly complicated in that there were several insurance policies that provided coverage.


John Lee Continues His Success on Cases Involving Ambien Drunk Driving-September, 2010

John Lee represented two individuals accused of drinking and driving under the influence of Ambien. One, a single mother in her forties with no criminal history, took her Ambien as prescribed and went to bed. She woke up in the county jail. In the meantime, she had gotten up and got behind the wheel of her car and left the house. She even left her children sleeping in the house and the garage door open. Bystanders called 911 and reported an erratic driver. The police found her crashed into a street sign, passed out behind the wheel of her car in her pajamas. Based on her behaviors, our toxicologist asserted that she was driving in her sleep and was not acting voluntarily. The District Attorney dismissed the DUI charges.

In a different case, our client woke up, got her daughter ready and headed out for work. Somewhere along the way she was involved in an accident and the police found she had a very high level of Ambien in her blood. Her case went to jury trial. The jury concluded that she had ingested more Ambien while she was supposed to be sleeping, and was not acting voluntarily. As a result, the jury found her not guilty of all charges.


Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. Settles Drunk Driving Case for Insurance Policy Limits

On June 8, 2008, Kris K. was driving his vehicle when he was hit from behind by a drunk driver driving approximately over 80 miles an hour. Kris suffered significant injuries to his neck and back. After investigating the accident, the lawyers at Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. figured out there were two insurance policies that would provide coverage for the drunk driver. Faced with the serious injuries to the client, coupled with the aggravated liability of the crash, both insurance companies agreed to pay their policy limits for a total of $125,000.


Keith Fuicelli Succeeds at Trial

You can learn as much about an attorney from the way he handles lower value cases as you can from the way he handles the larger ones. On February 9, 2009, Keith Fuicelli tried the matter of Cortez v. Moran. Mr. Cortez was rear ended at a slow speed. He felt a pop in his back and, on the advice of the investigating officer, went to the emergency room in an ambulance. After that, he sought some conservative chiropractic care.

Because the vehicle Mr. Cortez’s was driving sustained only minor damage, the insurance company only offered $250 to settle the case. What is surprising about this was that Mr. Cortez’s total medical expenses were over $9,000.00. Due to this ridiculously low offer, Fuicelli & Lee filed suit against the at-fault driver in County Court. After a one day trial, Mr. Cortez received a verdict that, with costs and interest, exceeded $15,000.00.


Car Accident Settlement-$250,000.00

Paul H. was driving his car when someone turned left for no apparent reason and side-swiped his car. Unfortunately, the car hit Paul right in the driver’s door. Ultimately, he needed surgery to help fix disc problems in his lower back. In fact, he actually had stem cells injected into his lower back. This was one of the first uses of stem cells in this kind of procedure in the country. After several months of litigation, Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. settled the case for the at-fault driver’s policy limits of $250,000.00.


Product Liability Settlement-$45,000.00

Deb C. worked hard her entire life and finally purchased what was one of her dreams, a home in the mountains. The property was a fixer-upper and Deb. C. poured her blood, sweat and tears into the property. After more than a year fixing the place up, it was finally something she was immensely proud of. Then one day she returned to the home and could not believe her eyes. There was water everywhere and her home was trashed! A short investigation revealed the culprit; a toilet supply line had fractured due to a manufacturing defect. Deb. C’s insurance company spent well over $100,000.00 to repair her home. As you can imagine, there were still many expenses her insurance company did not cover. For example, she was entitled to compensation for the “loss of use” of her property. Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. tried unsuccessfully to get the manufacturer of the toilet supply line to cover these expenses. Ultimately, after suit was filed, the manufacturer (Masco Corporation) agreed to pay $45,000.00 to cover Deb C.’s additional losses.


Bicycle Accident Settlement-$525,000.00

Keith Fuicelli recently settled part of a case involving a seriously injured bicyclist for $525,000.00. Next the firm intends to pursue additional compensation for the client against the client’s own insurance company based upon the failure to the client’s insurance agent to adequately offer insurance coverage consistent with Colorado law. It is worth noting that this is the type of case in which many people may not understand their own automobile insurance will provide coverage because the accident was caused by a vehicle.


Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. Settles Drunk Driving Case for Insurance Policy Limits

On June 8, 2008, Kris K. was driving his car when he was struck from behind by a drunk driver driving approximately 90 miles an hour. Due to this crash, Kris suffered significant injuries to his back. After investigating the accident, the lawyers at Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. determined there were two insurance policies that would provide coverage for the drunk driver. Faced with the serious injuries to the client, coupled with the aggravated liability of the crash, both insurance companies agree to pay their policy limits for a total of $125,000.


Keith Fuicelli Succeeds at Trial

You can learn as much about a firm from the way it handles lower value cases as you can from the larger ones. On February 9, 2009, Keith Fuicelli went to trial in the matter of Cortez v. Moran. Mr. Cortez was rear ended at a slow speed. He felt a pop in his back and, on the advice of the investigating officer, went to the emergency room in an ambulance. After that, he sought some conservative chiropractic care.

Because the vehicle Mr. Cortez’s was driving sustained only minor damage, the insurance company only offered $250 to settle the case. What is surprising about this was that Mr. Cortez’s total medical expenses were over $9,000.00. Due to this ridiculously low offer, Fuicelli & Lee filed suit against the at-fault driver in County Court. After a one day trial, Mr. Cortez received a verdict that with costs and interest exceeding $15,000.00.


Automobile Settlement-$125,000.00

Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. settled the case of a client injured in a motor vehicle accident for policy limits of $125,000.00. The client suffered a stretch of an ACL graft recently performed on his knee. Due to the motor vehicle collision, his knee surgeon concluded he would have to undergo a second repeat knee reconstruction.


Car Accident Settlement-$250,000.00

Paul H. was driving his car in when someone turned left for no apparent reason and side-swiped his car. Unfortunately, the car hit Paul right in the driver’s door. Ultimately he needed surgery to help fix disc problems in his lower back. In fact, he actually had stem cells injected into his lower back. This was one of the first uses of stem cells in this kind of procedure in the country. After several months of litigation, Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. settled the case for the at-fault driver’s policy limits of $250,000.00.


Product Liability Settlement-$45,000.00

Deb C. worked hard her entire life and finally purchased what for her was one of her dreams, a second mountain home in the mountains. The property was a fixer-upper and Deb. C. poured her blood, sweat and tears into the property. After more than a year fixing the place up, it was finally something she was immensely proud of. Then one day she returned to the home and could not believe her eyes. There was water everywhere and her home was trashed! A short investigation revealed the culprit; a toilet supply line had fractured due to a manufacturing defect. Deb. C’s insurance company spent well over $100,000.00 to repair her home. As you can imagine, there were still many expenses her insurance company did not cover. For example, she was entitled to compensation for the “loss of use” in her property. Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. tried unsuccessfully to get the manufacturer to the toilet supply line to cover these expenses. Ultimately, after suit was filed, the manufacturer (Masco Corporation) agreed to pay $45,000.00 to cover Deb C.’s additional losses.

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