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Monday, December 16, 2013

CASE UPDATE: Successful Resolution of Personal Injury Judgment

The Law Offices of Peter J. Lamont has successfully resolved a complex personal injury judgment and related real estate transaction in favor of the firm's client.

FACTS OF THE CASE

Prior to hiring our firm, the client had retained another lawyer to defend him against a personal injury suit filed by the client's tenant.  The attorney had stopped representing the client because he wanted more money to defend the claim.  As a result, the client could not adequately defend the suit and was served with a judgment in excess of $140,000.  

It is important to note that our client was not actually responsible for the injuries sustained by the tenant as she was severely intoxicated at the time of the accident. Had our client received proper representation from his prior attorney, he would have been able to completely defined the personal injury action. 

RESOLUTION 

Upon receiving the judgment, the client hired the Law Offices of Peter J. Lamont to help resolve the judgment. The client wanted to sell his rental property in order to satisfy the judgment but there were a large number of issues that needed to be resolved with the property before it could be listed.  

The firm worked with the brokers and client to resolve all outstanding issues with the property.  The house was listed and sold and the firm handled the closing.  Separately, we were successful in negotiating a greatly reduced settlement amount.  Thus, instead of paying the $140,000 judgment, we were able to reduce the total settlement payment to $50,000.  This allowed our client to retain the bulk of the money from the sale of the property. 


CLIENT QUOTE

"Having worked with an other attorney in the past, I can honestly say that Mr. Lamont's firm is top notch.  He helped me and my wife through one of the scariest ordeals of our lives. Not only was I surprised that we were able to sell the house, but I almost fell on the floor when they told me that they reduced the judgment from $140k to $50k. Saying "thank you" just doesn't express how very grateful we are to Mr. Lamont and his staff."
-Joe  D. 

If you would like more information about this topic or have general legal questions, please feel free to contact me at (973)949-3770 or via email at plamont@peterlamontesq.com We answer legal questions on a daily basis and would be happy to discuss any issues or questions that you have with you.  Offices in: New Jersey New York, Colorado & Puerto Rico.  Affiliated throughout the country
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