Our client was slowing for a stop light in Eugene, Oregon, when she was rear ended by another driver. The other driver was going slow, and the impact of the crash was low, with less than $600 in property damage. In spite of the low speed and minimal property damage, our client still suffered a back injury that required medical treatment and caused her to miss work.
Because she had numerous pre-existing conditions as a result of workers’ compensation claims and auto accident claims within the last couple of years, her insurance company balked at paying her medical bills or wage loss. At the same time, the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier attributed all of her injuries to prior accidents and did not offer a settlement. Unable to pay her medical expenses or to afford losing wages from missed work, she called us, experienced auto accident attorneys.
As soon as I took the case, I began working on her Personal Injury Protection (PIP) carrier so she could get her medical expenses and wage loss covered. My argument was rooted in the language of the PIP statute and the statements by her medical providers that the treatments she was receiving were related to the accident in question, not her previous accidents or injuries. After listening to my arguments, the PIP carrier reconsidered and agreed to pay her medical bills and wage loss. This enabled her to get the treatment she required for recovery.
When she completed her treatment, I obtained all of her medical records, including prior ones, and demonstrated to the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier how her medical treatment was related to the current accident, caused by the negligence of their insured driver. After negotiations, the insurance company offered a fair settlement that reimbursed her medical providers and compensated her for her pain and suffering.
This case is an excellent example of how an experienced auto accident attorney can help you navigate the rough waters of complicated insurance claims. If you have pre-existing injuries or previously claimed accidents, you will almost certainly need the help of an Oregon auto accident attorney to help you win the settlement you deserve. If you have been injured in an auto accident and have pre-existing injuries or prior claims, we can still help. One of our expert Personal Injury Attorneys will be happy to discuss your Oregon Personal Injury case with you. Call us now: 541-617-0555