Wednesday, February 27, 2008

February winding down

We were busy last week, so I didn't post anything. It was a cold, cloudy, dreary sort of week so we stayed inside and did a lot of cleaning. I've been working on downsizing our life somewhat and I bagged up lots of stuff to donate, and then spent some time re-organizing what's left. We discovered some old cameras we forgot we had, and it has sparked a newfound interest in photography for Margaret.

We also closed the book on a chapter of our life that has hovered over us since Tony was involved in a minor car accident 3 years ago. He let his foot off of his brakes while waiting at a red light and drifted into the car in front of him. Not so bright, but it wouldn't seem like such a big deal. The woman he hit had a dented bumper but our car didn't have so much as a scratch. We really didn't stress out about it at all and had assumed it was resolved by our insurance until one year ago when a man showed up at our door and handed me (I was 1 week postpartum and holding my newborn baby) a lawsuit for injuries she allegedly sustained in the accident. The lawsuit was asking for $75,000.
We were pretty dumfounded, but our insurance company hired a lawyer who told us that it would likely get settled and that we had plenty of coverage in our policy. To make a long story short, it wasn't settled (she was offered almost as much as she was asking and turned it down) and it went to trial last Tuesday. I'm sorry I wasn't able to be there, it sounds like it was an interesting process and we had a very competent lawyer representing Tony. The trial took two days and after hearing the evidence the jury found for the plaintiff in the amount of $2500. Yes, that's only 2 zeros. So we lost, but really the big loser was the plaintiff. She could have had tens of thousands more, but she wouldn't settle and she (or at least her lawyer) got instead what the jury felt was the right amount. It feels pretty good to have it all behind us finally.

Toward the end of the week we passed around the flu, but we're all pretty well recovered now and getting back to life as usual, which is pretty unusual most of the time. :)

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