Car Accident Medical Expenses

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.

Fair Settlement Reached for Rear-End Auto Accident Victim

Our client was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by his wife. They were driving on a rural road, climbing a small hill, when they spotted a pedestrian in the road walking his dog. As they slowed their vehicle down to avoid hitting the pedestrian, another motorist traveling behind them failed to stop in time to avoid causing a collision. The second motorist rear-ended our client, injuring him badly.

Rear End Collision Auto Accident Attorneys | Car Accident Injury Attorneys | Oregon Car Accident Injury SettlementOur client’s injuries were primarily soft tissue injuries that were slow to resolve. The insurance adjuster made a low ball offer to resolve the case, which our client wisely rejected before calling us. He had heard of our firm’s reputation for tough negotiating with insurance companies and hired us to get him the Oregon auto accident injury settlement he deserved.

We had numerous communications with the at-fault driver’s insurance company during negotiations. We were able to continue working them up to a fair settlement offer using our knowledge of our client’s accident-related medical treatment, his past medical history, and Oregon law.

After several months of negotiations, we were able to resolve the case for a fair value and our client was happy with the result.

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.

Elderly Auto Accident Victim Compensated for Serious Injuries

Dwyer Williams Dretke PC recently won a large settlement on behalf of a client who hired us to represent him in the fall of 2011. This client had been driving eastward in the left lane of a large boulevard when a second, inattentive driver pulled out of a parking lot directly into our client’s lane of traffic and collided with him. Our client’s car was crushed and he sustained serious injuries for which he was immediately rushed to the hospital.

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X-rays, CT scans, and the ER physician’s examination revealed fractures to our client’s chest and left arm. Our client’s arm injuries required immediate surgery, but he was discharged soon after the procedure with instructions to continue treatment with his primary care doctor.  For two months after the accident, our client could barely move and he was unable to participate in household activities or duties. Eventually, as he slowly gained mobility, our client began to feel tingling and pain in his lower back and legs.

Due to the seriousness of his injuries, our client’s personal injury protection (PIP) was immediately paid to the hospital where he was treated. However, with more than $50,000 in outstanding medical bills after his PIP benefits were exhausted, our client didn’t know how to pay his remaining medical bills.  Our team of compassionate and professional personal injury attorneys explained our client’s PIP benefits to him and we immediately contacted his insurance provider and all of the involved medical providers.

After a series of negotiations, we were able to secure a fair settlement for our client in which the adverse insurance company paid all of his accident-related expenses as well as for his pain and suffering. Our client was happy to have chosen the experienced auto accident at Dwyer Williams Dretke to settle this expensive auto accident injury claim.