Our client’s car was hit head-on by an uninsured motorist. He suffered several herniated discs in his lumbar spine, which required multiple surgeries to correct. No settlement offers were made by the insurance company. Once brought on as counsel for this client, we litigated the case and won an arbitration award of $400,000.
Highway Head-On Collision
This dramatic collision took place when our client and his son were sitting in their vehicle on Highway 97, stopped and waiting for traffic to clear so that they could turn left. At that moment, a commercial water tanker struck their vehicle from behind and shot them into oncoming traffic. Our client hit an oncoming vehicle head-on and both he and his son sustained extensive injuries that required multiple surgeries to correct. The defendant water truck driver denied liability and no settlement offer was initially made to our client.
Having been denied a settlement offer, our client hired Dwyer Williams Dretke to aggressively represent him in this devastating rear-end collision case. After extensive litigation we settled his case for $2,000,000 at mediation.
If you have been injured in a serious auto accident in Oregon, contact the dedicated auto injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke PC. Call for a free consultation at 541-617-0555. We get results and you get the settlement that you deserve.
Our clients in this matter were husband and wife who were involved in a “T-Bone” car collision while enjoying an evening drive. An SUV blew through a stop sign and crashed into the side of our clients’ vehicle at such a high speed that the husband died and the wife was severely injured. The SUV driver had a suspended license and was uninsured. Dwyer Williams Dretke filed a lawsuit and quickly obtained a judgment in the amount of $1,112,007 against the SUV driver. This judgment was significantly limited by Oregon’s cap on wrongful death claims. We were also able to settle with our clients’ under-insured motorist carrier for the full policy limits. With our help, our female client secured more than $1,242,000 in lawful compensation for her injuries and loss.
Our client was working for a metal recycling company. His crew was hired to go onto a job-site and cut up heavy machinery to be recycled for scrap metal. The owner of the machinery agreed that he would remove all flammable liquids prior to allowing our client access to cut them up. However, he forgot to do so on the last machine. As our client was working on this piece, he struck a pressurized hydraulic line, causing the hydraulic fluid to burst, ignite, and burn him badly.
Our client was hospitalized and some of his skin grafts developed complications, requiring two rounds of surgery. His medical bills were over $100,000. The owner’s insurance company tried to blame our client for his injuries, arguing that he shouldn’t have relied on the owner to do as he had promised. The insurance company did make our client a settlement offer prior to him hiring Dwyer Williams Dretke PC, and promised that it would never offer more.
Dwyer WilliamsDretke, PC became involved at this point. We filed a lawsuit in federal court that included claims for negligence, breach of contract, breach of warranty, violation of the Employer Liability Law, and violation of the Oregon Safe Employment Act. We conducted substantial discovery in support of these claims and hired a forensic engineer who determined how the line became pressurized and who calculated the spray pattern of the flaming hydraulic fluid. Just before trial, the insurance company folded, agreeing to settle the case for $600,000 – substantially more than its “final” settlement offer prior to our firm’s involvement.
Our client was driving along a Central Oregon highway when a second motorist pulled into her lane without first making sure that it was clear. That motorist struck our client’s car, causing substantial property damage. Our client’s most significant injuries were a torn tendon in her right ankle that required surgery and a partially torn tendon in her left wrist. Due to her ankle and wrist injuries, our client was unable to resume work immediately following the accident.
Our client was trying to recover from her accident and was having difficulties understanding the insurance process. She was unsure if her medical bills were being paid and she was anxious because she was not being paid for the work she was missing. She hired the experienced personal and auto accident injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke to represent her in this confusing matter.
We helped our client fill out the necessary insurance paperwork to ensure that her medical bills were being paid. We also helped her to recovery lost wage payments from her insurance company while she was recuperating from her accident-related tendon injuries.
At the conclusion of the case, the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier offered its full policy limits of $100,000 to resolve the claim. However, our client’s insurer believed that it was entitled to reimbursement for medical payments and wage loss. We argued that it was not entitled to this money because it failed to perfect its lien under Oregon law and because our client would not be made whole if her insurer were to take a large percentage of the settlement. The insurer ultimately relented and waived its lien, leaving our client with the full $100,000 settlement.