"Hi my name is Celeste Perez. When I was thirteen years old, I was involved in an auto accident with my mom and my dad. It was a rollover accident due to a faulty tire. And I was in the hospital for a week in a half with two missing fingers and just a bevy of other injuries. My mom ended up with broken vertebrae in her neck and she was basically partially scalped at the top.
"My parents decided to contact an attorney. At first they weren't really sure about doing it, because they didn't really know if they had a case. But eventually, they were pointed in the direction of VB Attorneys over here and they talked to them and found out we did have a case. So it was a long and lengthy process, but it was one that resulted in a huge change in my life. The settlement from that case – when I was thirteen years old, I didn't really realize how much it would mean in the future. But I can tell you that since then, I've been able to go to college and get my Masters degree debt-free, which is something that people can only dream of today. I've had that nest egg now ready for me whenever I need it, and I know that I can always turn back to it when I need it.
"And so I would say to people, think about the future and not just today. Your mental health is also a big aspect of any accident.
"And it can really change your life. And you want to be able to not have to worry about money. You know, it's one of the one things that we feel like we should – you know we shouldn't ask for money for things that happen to us. But it's your right.
"You are given this money so you can take care of yourself in the future.
"And I'm glad that my parents did that for me. And it was the right decision. And I'm really glad that they came here to VB Attorneys. I've kept in touch with them all these years. And everyone here is so wonderful and so nice. And so I'm glad to be able to give this back and tell them thank you – and everyone thank you – for this opportunity."
Find out more about how we helped Celeste and her family get fair and just compensation for the injuries they suffered because of that faulty tire. If you were injured in a similar situation and would like to learn more about whether or not you have a case, get this free, insider's guide to injury cases.