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On The Job Unloading Lumber Injury – $314,000

Our client sustained injuries to his wrist and shoulder while unloading lumber from a truck. The workers’ compensation insurer denied coverage of the injury, but when Dwyer Williams Cherkoss PC took the matter to trial, the jury awarded our client $314,000.

Falling Overhead Luggage Neck Injury – $325,000

During takeoff on a flight, a bag fell from an overhead bin and hit our client directly on the head. He suffered neck and shoulder injuries from the impact, which required corrective surgery. The airline’s insurance company denied liability. We took the matter to a judicial settlement conference and received $325,000 for our client.

Single-Car Roll-Over Accident – $325,000

During a roll-over accident, our client sustained complex right ear lacerations and avulsion as well as multiple lacerations to the scalp and face. These conditions required surgery and left our client with significant facial scarring. After conferring with the treating physicians, and negotiating with insurance companies numerous times, we obtained a $325,000 settlement.

Fractured Pelvis in a Roll-Over Accident – $345,000

Our client sustained multiple pelvis fractures during a roll-over accident. The insurance company made no settlement offer to our client before he hired us, but we were able to obtain a $345,000 settlement on his behalf.

$400,000 Gym Equipment Failure (Premises Liability)

Our client suffered a traumatic head injury while using an improperly-maintained piece of equipment at a fitness center. The insurance company denied liability, but after considerable litigation we settled the case for $400,000.

$400,000 Head-On Collision with Uninsured Motorist

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.

Eastern Oregon Snowmobile Accident – $2,400,000

Oregon Snowmobile Accident Injury SettlementDwyer Williams Cherkoss Attorneys, PC reached a $2.4 million settlement for a client who was injured while on a snowmobile trip in Eastern Oregon.

Early on the day of the injury, our client and several friend took turns jumping their snowmobiles over a particular jump in the mountains.  They continued further up the mountain for lunch and eventually drove the trucks back along their earlier path.  Toward the end of this return trip, our client saw the jump that he and his friends had taken earlier that day and decided to jump it again.  The landing zone for this jump was obscured by the jump itself – a fact of which everybody in the group was well aware given that they had each successfully jumped it several times that morning.

Unfortunately, and unbeknownst to our client, another member of his snowmobiling group was the first down the hill.  That friend drove his snowmobile into the landing zone of the jump, where he parked it while waited for the others to join him. As our client took the jump one last time, he could not see his friend’s parked snowmobile.  In fact, the first time he was able to see the parked snowmobile wasn’t until he was in the air and unable to do anything to avoid the collision.  As a result, he crashed into the other snowmobile on his landing and sustained significant head and brain injuries.

Our client was a successful surgeon prior to this snowmobile accident.  Following the crash, his injuries left him unable to perform any surgeries; his brain injuries were permanently disabling.  This, in turn, left him with substantial medical expenses and an inability to earn a living to the same extent he was able prior to the crash.  He made a claim with the other snowmobiler’s insurance companies to compensate him for these losses.  However, this was met with extreme resistance.

The other snowmobiler driver’s insurance company refused to settle with our client for a reasonable sum, instead choosing to blame him for the accident.  Disappointed, but not defeated, our client approached Dwyer Williams Cherkoss Attorneys, PC for representation.  Notably, this was after having been turned down by several other attorneys who deemed his case to be too difficult for them to handle. We took the case and immediately filed it with the court then proceeded with discovery – request for production of documents, interrogatories, and depositions.  Ultimately, with our help, we were able to settle the case for $2,400,000 – the maximum amount of insurance available to our client from the various insurance companies involved.

If you have been injured in a serious accident in Oregon, contact the dedicated brain and other serious injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss Attorneys, PC.  Call for a free consultation at 541-617-0555.  We get results, and you get the settlement that you deserve.

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Central Oregon Auto Accident – $2,000,000

car accident settlement case 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 Cherkoss Attorneys, PC 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 Cherkoss Attorneys, PC. Call for a free consultation at 541-617-0555. We get results and you get the settlement that you deserve.

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$2,350,000 Deadly T-Bone Auto Accident

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 Cherkoss Attorneys, PC 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.

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$600,000 Workplace Burn Injury

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 Cherkoss 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.

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