Our client had attended a show at a downtown Eugene, Oregon venue and was headed home about 2:30 am. He was sober and wearing his seat belt. He was leaving downtown on a one way street when he saw a car approaching in the opposite direction – going the wrong way on the one way. Thinking as quickly as he could, he pulled over to the side of the street to avoid a crash. In spite of his best efforts, the other driver hit our client head-on. To make matters even worse, the other driver jumped out of his car and attempted to run away from the scene. The police caught up with him, fortunately, and arrested him for driving under the influence. Our client suffered a chipped tooth and neck and back strains, for which he sought medical attention as soon as he could.
Near the end of his treatment regimen, he filed a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) claim with his own auto insurance company for his medical expenses. They tried to deny him, arguing that his multiple massage therapy and physical therapy visits over the five-month recovery period had been excessive for the injuries he had sustained. They attributed much of his medical care to pre-existing conditions. Feeling helpless to fight the insurance company alone, he called us, expert auto accident attorneys specializing in DUII accidents.
Upon taking the case, I obtained all of our client’s medical records and provided them to the insurance company, detailing how his treatment was directly related to his car accident and necessary, not excessive. With the medical records behind us and some skillful negotiation on my part, we were able to counter the insurance company’s arguments and get our client the full amount claimed under his PIP coverage. Additionally, we filed a claim with the intoxicated driver’s insurance company and got recovery for property damage and pain and suffering. Our client was able to walk away with his medical bills, property loss, and pain and suffering covered by the settlements.
If you’ve been in a car accident and need help getting money from your own PIP coverage or from the at-fault driver’s insurance, we can help. Call us today. 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