Matthew Chapman Wins $625,000 For School Bus Driver

On December 22, 2015, after rejecting a $350,000 final settlement offer, Matthew Chapman tried an underinsured motorist case before an arbitration panel, resulting in a $625,000 award. Mr. Chapman’s client was a part-time school bus driver who was struck head-on by another vehicle. The driver, a member of the Transit Union, suffered a neck injury that required surgery. In this complex case, Mr. Chapman personally handled three different claims: (1) a policy limits settlement against the at-fault driver; (2) a $30,000 settlement of the workers’ compensation claim, since the driver was working at the time of the accident; and (3) a $675,000 underinsured arbitration award, which was reduced by applicable offsets to $625,000. In addition, all of the client’s medical bills were paid in full. The client, who asked that her name be kept confidential, stated: "I didn’t understand how any of this worked, but Matt did. I was nervous when he advised me to reject the settlement offer. He was confident we could do better, and he was right. I’m so thankful to him and his staff for all their hard work."