Update: As of November 17, 2021, after Farmers lost their frivolous and meritless motion for sanctions, earlier in the year, Attorney Polito was taken off the case, and an offer was presented for $15,000.00 over the $30,000.00 Farmers Policy Limits.
In the world of “Personal Injury,” you are told what to do by the insurance adjusters. If you don’t listen, they tell you “go do what you have to do.” We heard that line about 25,000 times from insurance adjusters, and each time we went to do what we had to, setting a record for the Most Motor Vehicle Trials in Harris County, and maybe in the nation, in 2019 for a firm our size.
Now, all they say is “Congratulations.” Yeah, right. Now they say “Stop doing what you are doing,” “Don’t go to trial,” “take our policy limits,” “here’s over our limits.” The Hadi Law Firm settled over 12 cases in 2019 alone, 2 by Verdict, in excess of an Insurance Carriers Policy Limits. A case called STOWERS allows us to do that. Still, you need to work for it, which sometimes means going to trial and getting a verdict. We have successfully “Stowerized and Settled in excess of limits” against over 15 Insurance Carriers.
We recently received an offer at mediation, on June 4, 2020, for the maximum limits of $30,000.00, afforded our client under the at-fault tortfeasors coverages. Farmers Insurance refused to respond and settle after numerous demands to settle. Farmers even refused after watching their Insured run over our client. Watch the Video here. Speeding in a School Parking Lot! Their Defense Counsel, Hipolito “Polo” Gonzalez, even taunted the limits at one point but ultimately refused to offer it. When push came to shove, Farmers filed a Motion with the courts COMPELLING MEDIATION. In their motion, they discussed how our client’s case was bad, and that:
“9. The undersigned defense counsel believes that this case is ripe for mediation, and that a local mediator will better be able to reach the Plaintiff’s lawyer from Houston as to how a jury in McClennon [sic] County, Texas would respond to his arguments and demands given the actual proof in this case.”
Instead of properly evaluating a case in the beginning, Farmers instructed their Defense counsel to draft a Motion to Compel that suggests the Jury Pool in McLennan County [Waco, Texas area] would somehow be less willing to award our client money. Their so called “Local Mediator,” couldn’t put out the torch, even after he said:
“All this Texas Torch mumbo Jumbo goes right over my head and I don’t give a FIT. Are you going to demand less than limits or no, if NOT, THIS MEDIATION IS OVER!”
We said no. They Offered their Limits. We still said no.
Instead of evaluating this case and resolving it in 2016, Farmers pushed their options and selected bias and intimidation, forcing our office to spend money on mediation when they had already decided to offer the limits. Their games will turn into flames. They saw that nothing will stop The Texas Torch and tendered their limits, but by that time, it was a little too late. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for updates and videos on Personal Injury Law and How To Attack in Texas.