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McCarthy v. USAA – $352,731 Arbitration Award.

Motor Vehicle Crash, Facial Scarring

Our client was a 16 year old girl belted in the back seat of her mom's minivan on the way to soccer practice when another driver ran a red light and struck their vehicle.  The force of the collision blew out the car door window, cutting her face.  She was left with scars around the right side of her mouth, extending down towards her jawline.  We resolved the case against the adverse driver for the insurance policy limits of $250,000. 

We then made a policy limits demand against our client's own first party, underinsured motorist coverage.  USAA, the insurance company initially denied the demand and offered nothing.  We proceeded to arbitration, and on the eve of the hearing, USAA offered $10,000.

The arbitration award was for $385,000.  Post award, we negotiated with USAA to pay the entire arbitration award, including expenses and expert fees.

Dev Sethi

Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.

Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian

Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian is one of the most experienced, successful personal injury law firms in the Tucson area. Established in 1995, our firm has a long history of success, as seen in our many victories.