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Verdicts & Settlements: Passenger Recovers $125,000 in Insurance Payments for Injuries in Head-On Collision

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Passenger Recovers $125,000 in Insurance Payments for Injuries in Head-On Collision by Steven A. Meyerowitz, Esq., Director, FC&S Legal
A passenger in a vehicle involved in a head-on collision in Georgia has recovered $125,000 in insurance payments for his injuries.

Facts and Allegations
Dudly Chiwandire, a law student from South Africa, alleged that he was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle operated by Daniel Winsley in Suwanee, Georgia, when it was struck head-on by a vehicle operated by Raymond P. Alexander.

Mr. Chiwandire primarily claimed injuries to his left wrist from the collision.
He filed a claim with Mr. Alexander’s liability carrier and also sought underinsured motorist benefits from his own carrier, Nationwide. Mr. Chiwandire alleged that Mr. Alexander had been negligent in the operation of his vehicle,causing the accident and his personal injuries. He said that he had two surgeries and physical therapy and alleged that he had a permanent loss of range of motion in his left wrist and thumb, affecting his daily activities and ability to care for his three young children. He claimed $65,834.01 in past medical costs and further sought damages for his pain and suffering. Mr. Alexander did not dispute Mr. Chiwandire’s claimed injuries or damages.

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Verdicts & Settlements: Passenger Recovers $125,000 in Insurance Payments for Injuries in Head-On Collision

  1. 1. The Insurance Coverage Law Information Center The following article is from National Underwriter’s latest online resource, FC&S Legal: The Insurance Coverage Law Information Center. PASSENGER RECOVERS $125,000 IN INSURANCE PAYMENTS FOR INJURIES IN HEAD-ON COLLISION Steven A. Meyerowitz, Esq., Director, FC&S Legal November 11, 2015 A passenger in a vehicle involved in a head-on collision in Georgia has recovered $125,000 in insurance payments for his injuries. Facts and Allegations Dudly Chiwandire, a law student from South Africa, alleged that he was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle operated by Daniel Winsley in Suwanee, Georgia, when it was struck head-on by a vehicle operated by Raymond P. Alexander. Mr. Chiwandire primarily claimed injuries to his left wrist from the collision. He filed a claim with Mr. Alexander’s liability carrier and also sought underinsured motorist benefits from his own carrier, Nationwide. Mr. Chiwandire alleged that Mr. Alexander had been negligent in the operation of his vehicle, causing the accident and his personal injuries. He said that he had two surgeries and physical therapy and alleged that he had a permanent loss of range of motion in his left wrist and thumb, affecting his daily activities and ability to care for his three young children. He claimed $65,834.01 in past medical costs and further sought damages for his pain and suffering. Mr. Alexander did not dispute Mr. Chiwandire’s claimed injuries or damages. Result Mr. Chiwandire settled with Mr. Alexander’s liability carrier for $100,000 and with his underinsured motorist carrier for $25,000, for a total recovery of $125,000. The case is Chiwandire v. Alexander (Ga. Settlement Nov. 6, 2015). Attorneys involved include: Plaintiff Attorney(s): Charles Scholle; Scholle Law; Duluth, GA, for Dudly Chiwandire; Defense Attorney(s): Ken Reeves; Claims Adjuster at Nationwide Insurance; Gainesville, FL, for Nationwide Insurance; Jon A. Allen; Ronnie Moore & Associates; Atlanta, GA, for Raymond P. Alexander. FC&S Legal Comment This report is based on information that was provided by plaintiff’s counsel. Defense counsel for Mr. Alexander did not respond to the reporter’s phone calls, and the claims adjuster for Nationwide declined to comment. To see the full detailed report from our ALM partner, VerdictSearch, please click here. About The Author Steven A. Meyerowitz, Esq., is the Director of FC&S Legal, the Editor-in-Chief of the Insurance Coverage Law Report, and the Founder and President of Meyerowitz Communications Inc. As FC&S Legal Director, Mr. Meyerowitz, a member of the team that conceptualized FC&S Legal, provides daily analysis and commentary on the most significant insurance coverage law decisions from courts across the country and news regarding legislative and regulatory developments. Take the guesswork out of your claims settlements. Call 1-800-543-0874 | Email customerservice@nuco.com | www.fcandslegal.com Click here for a FREE trial »
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