You would think 50-year old Sandy Noe would have the worst luck. This father of two boys in the US Army was rear ended not just once, or twice, but three separate times. To make matters worse, the crashes that occurred on November 2012, October 2013, and October 2016, were by three uninsured motorists. Noe brought his first two claims to his insurance company GEICO Insurance to use his uninsured motorist coverage to his pay for the damage to his cars and to help cover the cost of his injuries. He was shocked when they denied that he was hurt and disputed the extent of his damages. He was so frustrated that he changed his insurance to The United Services Automobile Association (USAA).
But when Noe got hit for the third time by an uninsured driver his new insurance company USAA blamed his former insurance company GEICO for not treating his pre-existing injuries, and GEICO blamed USAA for making his conditions worse. Noe was now in terrible pain after these three crashes, sustaining injuries to his neck and back, which ultimately led to a lumber microdiscectomy and a cervical disc-replacement. All very painful procedures with months of recovery. Despite the multiple medical procedures, he continues to suffer excruciating low back pain and doctors have recommended he have a spinal cord stimulator implanted into his back.
He continued to work throughout his injuries, treatments and pain. But with terrible lower back pain Noe couldn’t travel extensively with his job, so ended up having to change careers and took a desk job. Desperate for relief, he even lost 100 pounds to try to ease his back pain. Through it all he refused to lose hope that he would get help to heal. He turned to the team at Coker Law to help get GEICO and USAA to provide him the uninsured motorist coverage that he had dutifully paid for over years for just this situation. Coker Law knew that Noe had been treated unfairly and unjustly by the insurance companies that are supposed to be there for their customers when they need them. Coker Law took Noe’s case to court and showed the jury that he had been badly hurt in these crashes and would need medical care and pain treatments for the rest of his life.
In a verdict that reflected the value of what Noe lost as a result of these three crashes, they award Noe $11.4 million dollars. “This case was the embodiment of the team coming together to create the best possible outcome for a very deserving client,” said Dan Iracki partner at Coker Law. “Every lawyer and Coker staff member that participated in this case played an integral role in ensuring justice prevailed for Mr. Noe and his family.” Noe and his family feel grateful to the team at Coker Law and to the jury that believed him and provided the help he needs to try get his life and his mobility back.
Case Title: Sandy Noe vs. GEICO & USAA
Attorneys/Staff Involved in Case: Daniel Iracki, Howard C. Coker, Joel Harris, Janeen Kirch, Aaron Sprague, Laura Weise, Leigh-Ann Morrill, Robyn Scull, Evie Jackson and Yelena Chizhik.
Date of Jury Verdict: March 22, 2019
Amount of Jury Verdict: $11.4 Million
IF YOU’RE INVOLVED IN A CRASH, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
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