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$21 Million Verdict Against Nationwide Mutual Ins. Co.

Berg v. Nationwide

In an insurance bad faith action, arising from a $25,000 collision claim, Mayerson Law secured a punitive damage award of $18 million, plus $3 million in attorney fees, against Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. The verdict was entered in Berks County on June 21, 2014. This is the largest insurance bad faith verdict, by a policy holder against their own insurance company, in Pennsylvania history.

To learn more about the trial court opinion for Berg versus Nationwide, review the following:

    • Father of Three $1,130,000.00

      When an electric company employee and father of three was badly injured in a head-on collision, the insurance company unreasonably refused to settle on its $500,000 policy limits. An arbitration panel found that the insurance company had acted in bad faith and forced it to pay policy limits, plus an additional $600,000, for a total recovery of $1.13 million.

    • Teenage Motorcyclist $1,025,000.00

      A negligent motorist struck a teenaged motorcyclist head-on, causing disabling injuries. The negligent driver’s insurance company refused to handle the claim properly. Mayerson attorneys were able to force that insurer to pay $1.025 million – beyond its coverage limits – when it became clear that the insurance company had acted in bad faith.

    • Settlement for Head-On Collision $865,000.00

      Mayerson attorneys were able to secure all available insurance coverage for a client struck head-on by a negligent driver.

    • Driver with Prior Spine Surgery $750,000.00

      When a rear end collision caused damage to surgical hardware implanted during our client’s prior spinal surgery, Mayerson attorneys were able to settle her claim for $750,000.

    • Motor Vehicle Injury $570,000.00

      Peter Kenny was 19 years old when he sustained an injury to his hip in a motor vehicle collision. Peter's doctors diagnosed a progressive hip injury (labral tear) that could be treated conservatively through surgery but that Peter would eventually require a total hip replacement by the time he reached the age of 40.

      After settling the liability claim with the defendant driver for the $20,000 limits of that driver's liability coverage, an underinsured motorist claim (UIM) was submitted to the insurer of Peter Kenny's family. The insurer resisted the claim for many months and eventually offered only $10,000 to settle it. That offer was rejected, and after years of litigation, the insurer ultimately paid $570,000.00 to settle the UIM claim.

      I filed a lawsuit against the insurer, detailing the insurer's bad conduct. The suit was filed June 1, 2006. It settled in less than 6 months for an additional $400,000.00.

    • Facilities Worker $300,000.00

      Our client, Sharon, was involved in an auto accident when another driver ran a red light, struck the front of her vehicle, and then fled the scene. While she did not receive any immediate medical attention and was covered under a limited tort auto policy, she later developed back and neck pain. After ultimately undergoing a fusion of several lumbar vertebrae and missing over a month of work, we settled her claims for more than $300,000 – 98 percent of the available coverage. This included underinsured motorist (UIM) benefits which Sharon’s insurer initially asserted Sharon had waived. We also helped her obtain wage loss benefits she did not even know she had.

    • Crane Accident $270,000.00

      Our client suffered a serious arm injury when his fall protection lanyard became tangled in the moving parts of an overhead crane. He was forced to undergo invasive surgery but was able to return to work within a year. We secured settlements from both the owner of the crane and the manufacturer of the lanyard.

    • Woman Injured After Other Driver Ran Stop Sign $225,000.00

      Our client, Donna, suffered serious injuries, including an aggravation of her pre-existing degenerative disc disease, after being involved in a violent accident wherein another driver ran a stop sign and pulled into her path of travel. When conservative treatment failed, she underwent a major neck surgery. We were able to obtain policy limits from the other driver as well as a six-figure settlement under her own underinsured motorist benefits.

    • Multiple Accidents $212,000.00

      Even though Chris had been involved in other accidents both before and after the car accident for which I represented him, I was still able to obtain over $200,000.00 compensation for his chronic back pain, even though he never underwent surgery.

    • Slip on Ice $170,000.00

      Jim was walking from his car to work when he slipped on ice that had accumulated under a downspout that was pouring water directly onto the pavement. The property owner blamed the builder; the builder blamed his subcontractors. But we were able to mediate this complex case to a six-figure resolution.

    • Motorcycle Accident $160,000.00

      Albert was injured when a car merged into his lane of travel and forced him to lay down his motorcycle to avoid being pinned against a parked car. While he was initially treated and released at the emergency room, his problems continued and he eventually had to undergo a minimally invasive, microdiscectomy, back surgery. We secured him $160,000.00 in compensation.

    • Insurer Bad Faith Case $150,000.00

      Michael Soncini was involved in a motor vehicle collision. He had a limited tort policy with Farmers Insurance Group. Farmers recommended Mike have his Ford Ranger truck repaired at one of Farmers' Circle of Dependability Repair Facilities. The business arrangement between the collision repair facility and Defendant Farmers is known as a direct repair program within the insurance and collision repair industries. In a direct repair program the insurer generally enjoys discount repair work in exchange for the referral, from the insurer to the repair shop, of claimants in need of collision damage repairs.

      Michael's collision claim was handled poorly and in bad faith. Mike retained me to represent him when his efforts to have his claim properly handled, failed. After my good faith efforts to resolve the claim dispute failed, I filed a lawsuit for insurer bad faith. The bad faith suit settled for $150,000, on a collision claim worth $10,000.

    • Head On Collision Case $1,150,000.00

      My client, Kelly K., was involved in a head on collision, sustaining multiple fractures to her arms, legs, and pelvis. Her recovery was long and painful, and she was left with substantial residual scarring to both legs and a permanent limp. At the time of the accident she was already permanently disabled. Thus, her damages were largely non economic, i.e. pain and suffering.

    • Injured Good Samaritan $1,965,000.00

      An auto mechanic was struck and injured by a hit and run driver while trying to assist a stranded motorist. When his insurance company refused to fairly adjust his claim, Mayerson attorneys pressed a bad faith claim to a $1,965,000.00 out of court settlement

    • Successful Cross-Examination of Expert Witness

      In this case, Stephen Fedder, MD, a neurosurgeon, was hired by a defendant insurance company to conduct what the insurance industry calls an "Independent Medical Examination." My job is to expose any bias the insurance company's expert witness may have against my client. On two occasions, I did my job so well that this neurosurgeon said, on the record, that he would hire me.

      Click here to read excerpts from the cross-examination.

    • Truck Driver $1,075,000.00

      Mayerson attorneys were able to obtain $1.075 million for a truck driver who suffered a torn rotator cuff and detached bicep tendon after his rig was t-boned by a negligent driver.

    • Underinsured Motorist Arbitration- $1,025,000.00

      In this case, our clients were hit head on in the west bound lane of Route 422, by a women driving eastbound, in the westbound lane. Our client, husband and father of four, sustained significant injuries requiring a fusion of his cervical spine, and a significant post concussive syndrome.

      The case is noteworthy because the insurer paid well over $660,000 of underinsured motorist benefits, even though the policy provided only $60,000 of benefits. The extra $600,000 was paid pursuant to a written agreement precluding any future lawsuit for insurance bad faith being filed against the insurance company for its handling of the underinsured motorist claim. The written agreement was reached just prior to the verdict being awarded. It was paid immediately after the verdict was secured.

    • Young Single Mother Permanently Disabled in Head-On Collision $1,150,000.00

      Mayerson attorneys were able to obtain a 1.15 million dollar settlement for a young woman who suffered multiple compound fractures after being struck head-on by a negligent driver.