The Landau Law Shop investigated the case, which was referred by another Herndon lawyer, Mani Fierro of The Herndon Law Firm. The injured worker was earning $539.67/week at the time of his death. There was a minimum limits ($25,000) settlement of the Uninsured Motorist (“UM”) case early in the claim. WHile an injured worker normally has to pay back the employer and insurer from the proceeds of any “third party settlement,” because the settlement was from the worker’s OWN car insurance policy, it is notco nsidered a “third party recovery,” and so NO money was repaid by Mr. Landau from the D.C. workers comp settlement. The family was able to keep all of the net negligence and workers comp case settlements. The money from BOTH settlements was free of state, local and federal taxes.
Special Comments: Both ABRAMS LANDAU and the insurance company retained the services of structured settlement annuity experts in order to analyze the future exposures on the case as well as to negotiate the structured settlement aspects of the offers. Looking at the amounts offered, the terms of the payments and the companies behind the annuities require sophistication and experience beyond simple arithmetic formulae and number crunching. Counsel met with representatives of both structured settlement experts in Toronto, Canada, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Seattle, Washington. Structured settlements such as this enable the amily to have a GUARANTEED, TAX-FREE INCOME. Doug Landau is one of the very few trial lawyers who will retain the serices of a strutured settlement expert to help negotiate a settlement for his clients. No other Herndon Virginia firm travels all over the country (and the world) to meet with experts, co-counsel, clients, referring attorneys and learn the latest developments in the law.