Posted by a client
In 2014, I was t-boned by a motorist who ran a red light. My van was totaled and my back was broken in two places. At first I tried to handle my case myself but I quickly realized I needed an expert to help me. The other party’s insurance had admitted guilt but was very difficult to work with. Adler Giersch was recommended by one of my physical therapists. They had helped her and she was confident they’d be able to help me as well. I made the call and was introduced to Melissa Carter.
Melissa never sugar coated anything, she always gave me realistic conclusions based on years of experience. While it was stressful to know that my case was not a sure bet, I respected Melissa’s decision to explain all the possible outcomes. She meticulously went over with me what she and her paralegal, Rachael Maguda would need to have the greatest chance for success. Using the information I provided her and pouring over the pages and pages of legalese concerning my case, Melissa made my demand to the other party’s insurance. Coming into our final meeting, I expected Melissa to tell me she had done her best to get me what she could but I would still owe money for all of my medical expenses: these totaled over two hundred thousand dollars. I was dumbfounded when she announced she’d managed to get me the maximum amount from the other party’s insurance and was able to reduce my medical bills by more than eighty percent!
After seeing firsthand how hard Melissa works and how much pride she takes in her job, I would recommend Adler Giersch to anyone. While Melissa could never guarantee such a positive outcome for everyone, I believe she would work tirelessly to achieve one.
Posted by Shalene
I was involved in a high speed collision two years ago. When going through physical and psychological pain related to a serious accident, the last element someone wants to think about is finding a lawyer to handle the endless amount of interactions from insurance companies. Having dealt with non-responsive lawyers in the past, I was reluctant in finding someone who would take my claim seriously, or fight on my behalf. I was lucky enough that my family had dealt with Melissa and her firm in the past, and I knew that if my family thought she was excellent, I would too. No doubt, Melissa Carter and her staff at Adler Giersch handled my claim with the utmost professionalism. From the moment I started having Melissa work on my case she handled everything, and kept me in the loop throughout the entire process. She fights for her clients when needed, and has the knowledge and compassion to deal with personal injury claims. No amount of compensation could take away the pain and damage that collision has caused me, however, Melissa made the nightmare more bearable. Thank you Melissa!
Posted by Rachael
There honestly isn’t enough room here to say how amazing Melissa Carter and the Alder Giersch team truly are. In 2012 I was in a car accident that changed absolutely everything and I suddenly was desperate for help and guidance. The smartest thing I did was not just getting a lawyer in my case it was getting Melissa on my team! Melissa caught things my doctor did not. You can tell she truly has your back through the entire process and cares. When I was so overwhelmed and could not think, she walked me through the process of getting a resolution helping me every step of the way. I would recommend her and the firm to anyone!
Posted by Serena
When i first got into my 5 car accident(Rear Ended :( ) i was injured and was completely confused on what to do, I was referred to her by a friend and from there she helped me figure out what i needed to do ( I wasn’t even paying her when she was helping me for about 4-5months!) Once I found out i needed a surgery to repair my injured shoulder/arm i went ahead and worked with Melissa.
She was there for me whenever i needed her, she responded quickly to my questions, kept me updated as we go, GENUINELY cared about my well being, and was willing to drive me to our mediation!
After the case settled, Melissa has made it possible for me to resume my life, I’m enrolled in college, and starting nursing in the fall, I am not sure if i would have been able to even go back to college if I did not find Melissa.
I'm so glad I met her, she helped me in so many positive ways and i cant thank her enough!
Posted by Julia
My husband, son, and I were rear-ended in my Camry last Halloween (2014). I called 911 before I got out of our car and within a few days, all of us had been medically checked, with both adults suffering damage to our necks. It was clear to me even though I've never been in an accident before that it was relatively serious and I had no idea how to proceed. The other driver was a 19-year old from Oregon driving a borrowed $90,000 car... that also made me nervous that it might be hard to deal with them.
A friend recalled an accident 20 years ago (!!) and she had great things to say about Adler Giersch, so I called them. From the very first phone call (answered by a real person, with knowledge and genuine concern) through today, everyone at the firm has been great. We were assigned to Melissa Carter, who specializes in the kinds of injuries we had, and she gave me good advice from our very first conversation. She helped me immensely, even before I decided to hire her because of complications caused by an uninsured driver and the significant medical expenses I was facing for needed neck surgery (C6-C7 ACDF March 02, 2015, a complete success).
I never felt like she was in it for the money. Melissa called and checked on me when she knew I had significant doctor appointments and I felt genuinely cared about, which mattered to me a great deal; I've had medical procedures before but nothing with my spine, and I was really scared about permanent disability and all the ramifications of my injuries. She also always took the time to explain all the possible options, with her experience leading her to recommend a path that was likely to lead to the best outcome. When I emailed her at night or even on the weekend to provide a detail, she responded quickly... she was always "on" and immediately responded to my questions. Awesome!
Melissa and Rachael worked hard to get my settlement quickly, which meant that I got to keep a lot more of what little money there was to get. They made sure that the medical bills were sorted out and paid bills before they got any money from the involved insurance companies, meaning that nothing went to collections. She also has helped my husband, whose case is simpler and probably doesn't require representation.
I hope to never need Melissa's help again :-) but if I do, I will call Adler Giersch without hesitation.
Posted by a client
I was in two separate car accidents in 2012 and was just trying to navigate my way through the unknown process of trying to get treatment for my pain. It wasn't until one of my physical therapist recommended I get in touch with the Law office of Adler and Giersch. Melissa Carter took my case and that was life changing. I had never worked with a lawyer before and didn't know what to expect. Melissa exceeded all of my expectations and words can not express my gratitude! It was because of her that I was able to receive treatment from the best medical professionals in the Seattle area. If it wasn't for her I don't know where I would be on my road to recovery. Melissa was great to work with, every time we spoke she listened to everything that I had to say and she answered all of my questions. She held my hand through the entire process until the end. After meeting Melissa I felt like FINALLY someone was looking out for me!
Posted by PATRICIA
I am a Licensed Medical Massage Practitioner. I contacted Adler-Giersch Law Firm after having a motor vehicle accident in 2009. Melissa Carter inherited my case and fought a great fight for me...we ultimately settled out of court in 2014. Yes this is a long time to have a case pending but Melissa kept on until she got what she thought was a fair offer. Her prompt response to each and every one of my emails was tremendous! I never felt out of the loop or that my case was unworthy. Melissa will be my go to in the future and I will refer to her as often as I get a chance.
Posted by Eddie
Melissa is not just a great lawyer but a wonderful person. She is a very passionate and caring person who is incredibly knowledgable on what she does. She always kept us informed as to where the case stood and what we were going to do next. Being this was the first time that we have gone through a law suit, we had no idea how the process worked. Melissa took her time to answer all our questions and made sure that we were well informed on our options. We were very happy with the outcome of the case and are grateful that she represented us. We would not hesitate to recommend her.
Posted by Nicole
I was referred to Melissa and Richard by a friend, and I will always remember my first conversation with them. They were so friendly and comfortable to talk to, and they immediately guided me on the steps it would take to clean up the mess that had been created after my accident. I have never been in an accident before, nor have I never had to hire an attorney before so this whole process was foreign to me. I was so overwhelmed dealing with the insurance company, and I felt I was at a loss with my treatment from the accident I was in. Melissa kindly took me under her wing and supported and fought for me for 4 years. She was there through some of the toughest moments in my life, and I cannot thank her enough. If I had any concerns or questions she was easy to contact, and I felt I could be completely honest with her. I will forever be grateful for the amazing work she did for me.
Posted by Cindy
Bright, compassionate, rigorously knowledge seeking, and makes you feel as though your case is her only case due to the attention she provides. I had a very difficult case to represent in that my primary injury was rare and not well understood even by most physicians. Melissa found the top doctors not only for me to see, but to help educate herself and the defense about the nature of my injury and its long term impact to my life. She deserves to earn an honorary M.D.. My settlement was both financially substantial and is aiding me in my emotional healing from the pain and suffering I have endured. I would not hesitate to recommend her.