I am shocked to be asked for my opinion about Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP and how they handled my accident case, so here it goes. I was disappointed and not pleased with the results. Lawyer Jerry Spitz did a poorly job as my representative.
While injured I saw the Ashcraft & Gerel commercial and thought I should get a lawyer for this accident.
I fell into the lawyer type introduction by signing a lot of paperwork, I guess to lock me in.
I had to meet in Washington D.C., the city where I have high anxieties due to this accident.
Mr. Spitz kept asking how much money I expect to receive. I could not answer that question, I just wanted my life back from before this person hitting me and changing my life.
Terri Dunklee would give me misleading dates & locations while I must travel though D.C. by metro or foot.
Melanie MacDonald is a keeper; she would provide correct information, follow-up via email or phone, explain clearly and kept me updated.
I’ve written a detailed Impact Statement; I sent the lawyers pictures and records of my previous car’s worth.
I indicated how in shape my body was with pictures compared to my ruined life now. I don’t know if any of my information was used for my case.
He had a witness and tried to contact the witness 3 years later, then ask me did I communicated with the witness. That’s his job!
I still suffer from PTSD (per therapist) of driving into Washington D.C., my born city.
Over 4 years later, we are at the negotiation table, he convinces me we could lose this case because of the time, I was ready for this trial in the first year, I wanted to go to trial. This person hit me, police report & the driver admit it, how could I lose. We had a scheduled trial date in 2 weeks. He later told me he would get 40% of the finances if we go to court (it supposed to be 30%). He knew I was on furlough, but he persuaded me to take the money, but he kept reducing the funds to the amount that could pay for my car.
At the mediation & pretrial conference, Mr. Spitz and the defense counsel seems to be too friendly which proved this case will not benefit me.
So I felt like the victim multiple times; for the accident, losing my car, had to buy another safe car, losing my time, money for therapy, fear of driving into Washington D.C., I cannot be physically active without pain, (back, neck & hip). I will be paying for this decision for the rest of my life.
Do not ever use Jerry Spitz or Ashcraft & Gerel!