Our client was injured while riding in the front seat of her car, which was being driven by her husband. She and her husband had been traveling South on a highway outside of Eugene, Oregon, when a north-bound vehicle crossed the center line and collided with them head-on. The other driver received a citation for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII).
Our client’s car was totaled and she was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. In the hospital, she learned that she had sustained serious neck, back, knee, and rib injuries. These required six months of rehabilitation after her hospital stay. In addition to months of discomfort and pain as the result of this accident, our client also incurred substantial medical expenses.
Approximately four months after this accident, our client called the experienced Oregon auto accident attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke PC because she had not been able to get the at-fault driver’s insurer to communicate with her. She had not been compensated for her totaled vehicle or been able to obtain a rental car. She had an attorney at the time, but was frustrated because nothing was being done to assist her.
We were able to get our client compensated for her vehicle and for loss of its use within one week of being retained by her. After reviewing her medical records, we were able to show the insurance adjuster that our client’s injuries were caused by the accident rather than by any other factor. The defendant’s insurer had attempted to claim that our client’s injuries were attributable to her old age and frailty rather than the accident, but her medical records clearly indicated otherwise. We settled the case after extensive negotiations, much to the satisfaction of our client.