Low Impact Auto Accident Results in High Impact Settlement
Our client stopped after work one day at a local shopping center to pick up a birthday gift for a close friend. She selected the perfect gift and returned to her car. Although she was anxious to get home after a long day, she was navigating the busy parking lot cautiously. She began backing out of her parking spot slowly, then stopped completely to get a better look around the big truck parked next to her. While she was stopped, another driver, not exiting his parking spot so carefully, hit her car.
Although the crash happened at a low speed and there was very little damage done to her car, our client incurred serious whiplash injuries. When she sought medical treatment, her injuries were so severe as to require surgery. Faced with the prospect of daunting medical expenses, with the additional stress of missing work – and wages – she decided her best course would be to contact an Oregon auto accident injury lawyer.
In this case, the medical evidence was undeniable; all of the treating physicians attributed her injuries and her need for treatment, including surgery, to the parking lot auto accident. Even so, the insurance company quibbled about the claim, arguing that the collision was too low speed and low impact to cause our client’s injuries. I knew I would have to go into negotiations with the insurance company well prepared and with a firm number. Prior to negotiations, the client and I discussed her case, and I put a value on the case that would represent a fair settlement. As I suspected, the insurance company was unwilling to settle immediately, and several rounds of negotiation were required. I refused to stop until the settlement offer reached a number that was within the range the client and I had agreed on.
Ultimately, I was able to get our client a fair settlement, one that covered her substantial medical expenses and compensated her both for her lost wages and for her pain and suffering. Although stressed by the ordeal of the accident, medical treatment and lost wages, she was extremely satisfied with the settlement, which made it possible for her to return to her normal life.
No matter what kind of car accident you have been involved in – high or low impact, in a parking lot or on the highway – we can help you get the settlement you deserve. 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