Last year, I moved into a new apartment. My friend had painstakingly hunted for rental properties so that I had a roof on my head while I pursued higher studies. I shared the apartment with three other roomies who turned out to be warm and cordial. We spent the first few weeks quite smoothly. The next month rolled in with a list of maintenance issues. First, a waterline burst. I called up the owner to look into the issue to which, he reluctantly agreed. The water burst issue had barely subsided when a horrible accident occurred. My friend was moving things into the storage room. As he walked past the passage towards the main room, he slipped and fell on his head. The incident made us all panicky and we immediately called an ambulance. As I saw the medical attendants carry my friend on a gurney, I noticed the crevices on the floor. The tiles were beginning to come apart and the filling beneath was beginning to show. I had complained of cracking floors before, but the owner brushed the issue aside as one would flick a fly. The issue seemed to correlate perfectly with the accident. Now was the time to call a personal injury attorney California.
The owner was evidently careless. I told the lawyer about our endless confrontations and the general attitude of the owner towards these issues. The personal injury lawyer California asked for a thorough inspection of the house to note down the defects. The insurance company tried its level best to blame my friend on the grounds of carelessness. Our lawyer cautioned us against speaking anything that went badly into our records. From now on, anything we uttered in front of the police, the hospital, and insurance authorities would be under scrutiny. We had to calculate our moves well to ensure that no blame fell on our friend.
The California personal injury lawyer carried out further investigations to validate my friend’s innocence. He dug deep into the property maintenance records to see how well it was kept all along. The records helped us prepare strong grounds for the coverage. Meanwhile, my friend was showing gradual signs of recovery. The medical bills were mounting and both my other roommate and I could not afford to pay out of our pockets. The head injury was an excellent ground for the claims and we hoped to recover most of the medical bills out of the coverage. Things were began to work in our favor at last. The owner was nasty, but too timid to drag the matter to court. The insurer finally relented to a settlement. However, they were yet finding means to minimize the coverage. The battle for adequate claims went on for a while. Our friend was still in the hospital and bills were pending. Finally, luck shined on us and we managed to amass ample coverage for the medical damage and all the out of pocket expenses that went into the process.
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