When a mother claimed her child had fallen victim to lead-based paint poisoning in their apartment, the risks to all parties were frightening.
If the claims were true, the child faced years of developmental problems. The family realty that owned the bulding faced a suit for $1.8 million, including punitive damages.
On top of that, the insurance companies refused to cover the lead-based paint claim. Without coverage, the family business faced bankruptcy under the weight of the lawsuit.
The $1.8 million lawsuit turned on two issues: securing insurance coverage for the family-owned realty and separating certainty from sympathy.
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. attorneys convinced one of the realty's insurers to pay legal fees and, with medical experts, investigated the child's condition.
Faced with information revealed during discovery, the mother's own experts were unable to prove the child suffered from lead-based paint poisoning. The realty settled for a nominal sum paid by the insurance company. And the suit was dismissed with prejudice.