Settlement Won for Parking Lot Accident Victim

Dwyer Williams Dretke recently settled a pedestrian injury claim without the need for costly and time-consuming litigation.  The details of this accident and ensuing legal process are as follows…

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Our client had just finished shopping at a local convenience store and was loading her purchases into her car when she suddenly found herself pinned between her passenger-side door and the frame of her car.  A second motorist had been attempting to pull into the adjacent parking spot when he accidentally hit our client’s car door, which crushed our client behind it.  The force of the impact pinned our client to her car and left her with injuries for which she sought immediate medical attention.

After our client completed treatment for her accident-related injuries, the experienced Oregon auto accident and pedestrian injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke evaluated her claim and met with her to discuss our findings.  After several rounds of negotiations with the at-fault driver’s insurance provider, that company made its final settlement offer and presented it to us.  The offer was on the low side and, in fact, it failed to cover our client’s accident-related medical costs.

In response to this offer, Dwyer Williams Dretke sent a series of carefully-crafted letters to the adverse insurance company and to the at-fault driver.  In these letters, we explained that if we were to file a lawsuit related to the accident and win at trial, then these entities would be responsible for paying our attorney fees in addition to our client’s medical bills and any pain and suffering award.  The insurance company immediately retracted its first “final” offer and increased that settlement amount by an additional 20 percent.  Our client’s case settled quickly and smoothly, and our client was more than happy with the results.