Why Lawyers use Prestige Auto Body
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 • 2:57pm
Attorneys engaged in personal injury and other litigation involving automobile collisions need to prove their Client’s injuries and damages. One way to support this is by the extent of damage to the vehicle. Many insurance appraisers and even body shops that work for insurance companies are trained to overlook and ignore signs of minor or hidden damages; consequently, the true extent of damage is not documented on estimates, and frequently is never completely repaired. This, in turn, adversely affects a personal injury attorney from being able to obtain a settlement or jury verdict for the true value of their client’s injuries.
With a typical “insurance” estimate of rear end damage to a four door mid-size car of only $900 for replacement of the rear bumper cover, it can be difficult to support the extent of injury to the vehicle occupants in court. However, after the bumper cover is removed and the hidden damage is found and documented through a thorough inspection, the cost to repair can increase by $2,000 to $2,500 or more when the costs to repair structural misalignment, repair the damaged rear body panel and trunk floor, and replace the damaged bumper reinforcement are added. This changes the picture completely and an attorney handling this case will have much stronger evidence to support his client’s contention that he or she was in a significant collision that caused serious injuries and damages.
Prestige Auto Body does not participate in any kind of contract or pre-arranged deals with insurance companies where they refer customers and expect the damage to be repaired according to their “guidelines”. Prestige Auto Body does not work for any insurance company; they work for the vehicle owner and their legal advocates.
Sam Mikhail is an ASE Certified Master Collision Repair and Refinishing Technician and an ASE Certified Collision Damage Estimator with 35 years of experience as owner and manager of Prestige Auto Body in Garwood, and has been qualified in New Jersey State Court as an expert witness. Sam inspects damaged cars very closely to detect any sign of hidden damage to the frame or the unitized structure, and to any other hidden areas. Many times these areas are overlooked or ignored by insurance companies. Prestige Auto Body also uses electronic computerized measuring of the structure to document structural damages and to verify the accuracy of the repair. Extensive photos of damage are also taken before and during the repair process.
Even if a car has already been repaired, a thorough post-repair inspection at Prestige Auto Body can determine whether frame, structural, or other hidden damages were overlooked and left off the estimate and the repair. The insurance company can be brought back for a re-inspection and a claim filed for additional repairs needed.
Prestige Auto Body works for the best interests of the vehicle owner, and to help their attorneys obtain the necessary supporting information to help prove the real value of the plaintiff’s injuries in the case.
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