Car Accident Lawyers

Head On Collision Accident Victim Compensated For Pain And Suffering

Our client and her passenger were driving in southern Oregon when a motorist approaching from the opposite direction at high speed veered into her lane and caused a head-on collision.  Our client as well as her passenger were seriously injured in this accident and they sought immediate medical attention for their accident-related injuries.

Oregon Auto Accident Injury Attorneys | Oregon Personali Injury Attorneys | Oregon Car Accident Insurance SettlementUnfortunately for our client, the other motorist was uninsured at the time of the accident and our client’s medical bills totaled almost $70,000.  She called the tough but compassionate auto accident injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke PC to help her resolve this stressful matter.

Once we were retained as counsel, we opened a medical claim and an uninsured motorist claim for our client.  After she had fully completed her treatment, we ordered her complete medical records in order to evaluate her claim.  We then contacted her insurance company to discuss the claim’s resolution.

Armed with this medical evidence that her injuries were accident-related and not attributable to any other cause, we were quickly able to convince the insurance company to offer our client a policy limits settlement.  We also successfully negotiated down her medical bills to a fraction of what she had originally owed.  Our client was happy that she received a settlement for her pain and suffering in addition to having all of her bills paid and, most importantly, that she was able to put the case behind her.

Does The Extent of Vehicle Damage Affect Your Auto Accident Settlement?

Happy Friday, July 5th – we here at Dwyer Williams Dretke hope that you had a safe and happy Independence Day celebration yesterday. In this week’s video clip, our founder and senior partner Roy Dwyer discusses whether or not it matters if your car was seriously injured in your personal injury auto accident. Here is his quick response:

As Roy explains in this video, unfortunately, the issue of whether or not your car was damaged in an auto accident does affect your Oregon personal injury claim. Insurance companies call accidents in which you sustained little damage “low impact auto accidents”. They have a stable of experts who will come in and testify that, because there was little damage to your vehicle, it is impossible that you could have been seriously injured. This is an unethical practice, but in our experience it is frequently what insurance companies do in order to manipulate juries.

If you have been injured in an accident in the state of Oregon, call an experienced personal injury attorney right away. Call us for a free consultation at 541-617-0555 or visit our website for more information: roydwyer.com

To view additional informative videos about personal injury law in the state of Oregon, visit Dwyer Williams Dretke PC’s You Tube channel.

Client With Preexisting Back Injury Recovers Auto Accident Settlement

Our client in this matter was a passenger in a car being driven by her husband. Their car was stopped at a traffic signal, five cars back from the light. When the light turned green, our client’s husband began to move forward with traffic. As he looked in his rear-view mirror, however, he saw another motorist approaching at a very high rate of speed. That motorist rear-ended our client’s vehicle.

Oregon Back Pain Injury AttorneysPrior to this accident, our client suffered from age-related degeneration in her spine. She was receiving treatment for this degeneration when the accident occurred. We knew that we would need to provide documentation of her back condition because, often and in this case, insurance companies will attempt to blame preexisting conditions for accident victims’ injuries rather than accepting responsibility on behalf of their insureds.

In addition to ordering our client’s accident-related medical records, we ordered prior records in order to determine exactly what condition her spine was in leading up to this traumatic collision. It was very clear based on those records that the accident exacerbated our client’s preexisting back condition.

We provided the at-fault driver’s insurance company with our client’s complete medical records and, after several rounds of negotiation, the case settled for the amount we had previously determined to be the top value for our client’s case. Our client and her husband were happy with the results.

Settlement Finally Reached for Head-On Collision Accident Victim

Our client was injured while riding in the front seat of her car, which was being driven by her husband. She and her husband had been traveling South on a highway outside of Eugene, Oregon, when a north-bound vehicle crossed the center line and collided with them head-on. The other driver received a citation for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII).

Oregon Auto Accident And Personal Injury AttorneysOur client’s car was totaled and she was rushed to the hospital by ambulance.  In the hospital, she learned that she had sustained serious neck, back, knee, and rib injuries. These required six months of rehabilitation after her hospital stay. In addition to months of discomfort and pain as the result of this accident, our client also incurred substantial medical expenses.

Approximately four months after this accident, our client called the experienced Oregon auto accident attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke PC because she had not been able to get the at-fault driver’s insurer to communicate with her. She had not been compensated for her totaled vehicle or been able to obtain a rental car. She had an attorney at the time, but was frustrated because nothing was being done to assist her.

We were able to get our client compensated for her vehicle and for loss of its use within one week of being retained by her.  After reviewing her medical records, we were able to show the insurance adjuster that our client’s injuries were caused by the accident rather than by any other factor.  The defendant’s insurer had attempted to claim that our client’s injuries were attributable to her old age and frailty rather than the accident, but her medical records clearly indicated otherwise.  We settled the case after extensive negotiations, much to the satisfaction of our client.

Settlement for Uninsured Driver Injured in On-the-Job Accident

Our client was on the job, driving a company vehicle, when he was rear-ended while entering a freeway.  This was a low-speed collision, but it nevertheless caused property damage to the vehicle and the other driver did not dispute liability.  Following the accident, our client started to experience lower back pain that ultimately required corrective surgery.

Oregon Auto Accident Injury Attorneys | Oregon Car Accident Injury LawyersThe problem our client faced was that, although the company car that he had been driving was injured, his employer did not carry workers’ compensation insurance.  Our client had no motor vehicle insurance of his own. He called the experienced auto accident attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke for help in this on the job auto accident injury and workers’ compensation case.

The defendant’s insurance company attempted to take the position that no serious injury could have occurred because the accident was low-speed.  They also claimed that our client’s injuries were attributable to preexisting health conditions rather than to the accident itself.

We worked with the  State of Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division to get a workers’ compensation claim opened through provisions established for non-complying employers.  Once we were able to establish this claim for our client, his medical bills and wage loss were paid and he could obtain the treatment that he required.  Upon completion of his treatment we obtained documentation from our client’s treating physicians attributing his need for treatment and surgery to the automobile accident rather than to any other cause.

The negotiation process took several months since the defendant’s insurance company refused to abandon its claim that our client’s back injury was unrelated to the motor vehicle accident.  Determination and patience, supported by the facts, finally turned the tide in favor of our client.  The  adverse driver’s insurance company offered him a full policy limits settlement.  Our client was satisfied with this settlement given the insurance company’s initial reluctance to negotiate and was even happier when we were able to also establish an uninsured claim on his behalf that paid him the full policy limits.