Our client and a friend had planned a weekend getaway. The client’s friend picked her up early in the morning, and the two were off on what was supposed to be a fun, relaxing adventure. Unfortunately for the women, their weekend plans were put on hold when they were involved in an accident, in which their car left the road and rolled several times before catching fire. Neither woman remembered much of the accident or the events leading up to it. Luckily, they escaped the accident with their lives – but not without injury.
Our client sustained soft tissue neck and back injuries consistent with a car accident. She received treatment for these injuries, and they went away in a few months. She was very relieved to be done with the ordeal of the auto accident injuries. Then, about 8 months after the car accident, she began to expeience fainting episodes. Her doctor prescribed a round of extensive medical testing, which added to her already substantial accident-related medical expenses. This was additionally frustrating when the tests came back with normal results, and the doctors were unable to pinpoint the cause of the fainting.
When she attempted to file a claim for her new medical condition, the insurance company refused to pay, claiming that the fainting episodes were not related to her auto accident. Faced with this refusal and worried about her mounting medical bills, she decided to contact an Oregon auto accident attorney.
I reviewed her medical records and was able to prove to the insurance adjuster’s satisfaction that her fainting episodes did in fact result from a concussion she sustained during the accident, in spite of the months intervening between the accident and the onset of the fainting. The client was covered by Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance, and I was able to get the insurance company to pay the maximum amount to cover her medical bills. Even after that, the client still had some expenses remaining, and I worked to get her a settlement to completely cover her medical bills and to compensate her for her pain and suffering.
It is not uncommon for auto accident-related injuries to manifest months after the accident. If you have been in a car accident and are having trouble getting insurance to cover your medical expenses, contact us. 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