Insurance Company Lets Off Brakes on Settlement in Personal Injury Case
Our client was an employee in a large warehouse in Portland, Oregon. One day, he was performing routine tasks while riding on a forklift when the brakes on the forklift went out. In a horrifying chain of events, he was thrown from the forklift and run over by the heavy piece of machinery. Not surprisingly, he had multiple broken bones and several severe cuts.
He spent one month in the hospital and many months out of the hospital recovering. His medical bills were astronomical. When his medical treatments were complete, he had a permanent limp and several large scars on his right leg. He was sure that his worker’s compensation insurance would cover it and was surprised and angered when they denied his claim and offered no settlement. Their reason? The insurance company said that the driver had done nothing wrong and that our client had not been thrown off but had jumped off unnecessarily. Our client, knowing nothing could be farther from the truth, called an expert personal injury attorney at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss.
During my investigation of our client’s accident, I discovered that the forklift had brake problems several months before our client’s accident. The driver of the forklift, who was also the owner, had tried to fix the brakes himself but had not succeeded. I immediately turned this information over to the insurance company and they reconsidered their position and agreed to negotiate. After negotiations, the company offered our client a fair settlement.
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