Mathew Fleuret was in a bar fight in 2006; during the melee, police officers waded into the fray and began breaking it up. In doing so, Fleuret was pepper sprayed, hit in the head with a police baton and slammed down into the floor face first. He was then taken to the Orange County jail and put into a holding cell.
According to the lawsuit that he filed, after the experience, Fleuret alleges that while in the holding cell, he was subjected to several up close and personal face down experiences with the floor of the cell, pinned down by a deputy’s knee and stun gunned 11 times in 13 minutes. The end result of his treatment in the holding cell was a concussion, a torn labrum and post-traumatic stress disorder. He was unable to go back to his job on a construction crew.
The officers defended their actions in the lawsuit, stating that they were reasonable in light of the situation, however, they agreed to a $750,000 settlement before the case actually went to trial, that is 750,000 reasons to disbelieve the officers in question.
This lawsuit, and many others like it, took four plus years to resolve. Without the ability to earn a living and while trying to get on with his life, this young man waited four years for some measure of justice. This is the situation that lawsuit funding was developed for, so many years ago. Litigation funding provides interim lawsuit cash advances to plaintiffs in personal injury litigation so that they can stay the course and get maximum value out of their lawsuits. Removing the severe financial pressure to settle cases too early for too little is what legal finance services are all about. This was certainly the scenario for this plaintiff. Had he sought and received case funding, the plaintiff would have been able to pay his outstanding medical bills and important bills and expenses like mortgage, rent or car payments. Legal funding is money given ahead of any settlement or court verdict and it allows the victim to decline offers that fall far short of what their case is worth.
It is quite easy to apply for pre-settlement funding; accident victims can do so by phone or online. There are no hidden fees or charges and once approved, plaintiff receive their fast cash “lawsuit loans” within 24-48 hours by check or wire.