Archive Monthly Archives: March 2016

Clifford & Raihala Win $724,600 In Auto Settlement

Attorneys Keith Clifford and Terry Polich obtained a $724,600 settlement for their client after filing suit. The client was severely injured in a car accident when a vehicle drifted across the centerline and into oncoming traffic, colliding with the client’s vehicle. The client suffered a cervical “hangman’s fracture” as well as a severe heel fracture. The resulting injuries required two separate surgeries and 12 weeks in a wheel chair. The client now lives with a permanent limp.

The case was settled through mediation. “My client was first offered just $300,000 less than half the final settlement,” said Clifford, “but we continued to fight because we knew our client deserved better.” The client received special damages including $74,000 towards the client’s medical expenses, $69,000 for home care services and $20,275 for lost wages. The total settlement, including the special damages, amounted to $724,600.

If you would like more information about Clifford & Raihala, S.C. Attorneys at Law, please call 608-257-7900 or visit http://www.myjustice.com/contact/.

$575,000 Settlement For Personal Injury

Attorney Keith Clifford and John Raihala obtained a $575,000 settlement to compensate their client who was injured in a bicycle accident. The client was in the bike lane when a woman opened her car door, obstructing the client’s path. The client was thrown into the air, collided with another vehicle and landed in the street. As a result, the client suffered from fractures to his cervical spine, clavicle, pelvis and seven ribs, as well as lacerations to his kidney and a collapsed lung.

Clifford and Raihala successfully resolved the case in mediation. “We felt that it was important to settle this case without a trial so that our client could receive compensation and begin to move forward with his life,” commented Clifford. The total settlement amounted to $575,000 including $39,000 for lost wages and consulting contracts and $75,000 for medical expenses.

If you would like more information about Clifford & Raihala, S.C. Attorneys at Law, please call 608-257-7900 or visit http://www.myjustice.com/contact/.

$550,000 Settlement For Personal Injury Case

In winter of 2014, John Raihala and his team won a settlement of $550,000 for the estate of a woman involved in a personal injury auto accident case. Several weeks prior to her death, the victim was a passenger in a car accident caused by a negligent driver who failed to yield. Although she hit her head on the seat of the car, she did not experience symptoms until the following morning when she was treated for a concussion and released from the emergency room. Several weeks later, she again experienced symptoms but was treated and released. A week later she suffered from a series of acute ischemic strokes, caused by the earlier head injury. The strokes eventually lead to her death.

The defense attorney argued that her death was a result of a previously existing condition, not the accident. However, Raihala discredited this by calling upon the subject’s neurologist who confirmed that the collision “was a substantial factor in causing the patient’s severe encephaolopathy and subsequent strokes which ultimately led to hear death.”

If you would like more information about Clifford & Raihala, S.C. Attorneys at Law, please call 608-257-7900 or visit http://www.myjustice.com/contact/.