Pembroke Pines Accident Attorney Recovers Settlement for Glass Injury

Woman Purchases a Fish Bowl at the Local Pet Shop that Turns Out to be Defective

A Pembroke Pines woman was simply looking for a home for her new fish. Instead, she got cuts and lacerations after the faulty fish bowl shattered in her hands while she was attempting to move it. Attorneys Dell and Schaefer helped the woman receive a settlement from the pet shop that sold her the defective fish bowl.

Our client, a 45-year-old mother from New York, purchased a fish bowl from a local pet shop in Pembroke Pines, Florida. After purchasing the fish bowl, she brought it home and filled it with water and some freshwater fish. With one hand, she grasped the entire fish bowl and carried it across the room. Suddenly and without warning, the fish bowl broke and her thumb caved through the fish bowl. Our client suffered lacerations to the tendons in her hand requiring stitches. Our client underwent therapy on her hand for several months and never fully recovered from her injuries. Not knowing what to do, our client called the Pembroke Pines Accident Attorneys Dell and Schaefer. Our firm took possession of the broken fishbowl and preserved the evidence for trial.

Dell and Schaefer Files a Bodily Injury Claim against the Pet Shop, Maker and Distributor of the Defective Product

After being hired by our client, our firm quickly filed a bodily injury claim against the pet shop. As expected, the pet shop argued that the maker of the fish bowl was responsible and not the pet shop since all the pet shop did was sell the defective product. Our firm also filed a claim against the maker of the fish bowl. As expected, the maker of the fish bowl pointed the finger at the distributor of the fish bowl and argued that the distributor was at fault. Our firm does not tolerate finger pointing and we immediately filed a claim against all three defendants—the seller, the maker, and the distributor.

Dell and Schaefer Negotiates a Settlement against All Three Defendants

Once all three defendants were notified of our claims, our firm began the negotiation process one-by-one with each defendant. Our firm sought monetary damages for bodily injury, aggravation of a preexisting injury, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, disability, mental anguish, past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and impairment of ability to earn future wages. All the defendants continued to point the finger at each other and none were willing to pay the claim alone. Fed up with the games, our firm quickly drafted a lawsuit and sent a courtesy copy to each defendant. We informed each defendant that we would not waiver in our resolve to recover the maximum amount for our client, and we also reminded each defendant that should our firm have to file a lawsuit against all three defendants, each defendant would be forced to file counter and cross claims against each other, resulting in possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.

Faced with the unfortunate result of multiple counter and cross claims, each defendant agreed to make a partial payment towards the total settlement. After a lengthy negotiation process, all three defendants made generous offers. The amount settled for was part of a confidential settlement; however our firm is able to report that after the client accepted the offers, she gave the attorney at our firm a huge hug and thanked him for changing her life.

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