accident and injury lawyers

Oregon’s Elder Abuse Bill Moves Forward

Oregon Elder Abuse AttorneysA bill seeking to add attorneys, chiropractors, optometrists, and members of the Oregon Legislature to a list of people who are required to report elder abuse passed the Oregon House of Representatives today. Next it will go to Governor Kitzhaber for his signature.  Oregon state law currently requires certain kinds of health professionals and social workers to report elder abuse when they have reason to believe that it is taking place.

Does it Matter Which Doctor Treats Your Accident-Related Injuries?

Happy Friday!  Today’s video from our founder and senior partner Roy Dwyer addresses a common question that clients bring to us after they have been injured in a serious accident: does it matter which doctor treats my accident-related injuries?

As Roy explains in this clip, your choice of medical provider is indeed an important consideration in your personal injury claim. The more specialists who you consult with, the higher your overall cost of medical treatment and the more that insurance providers will object to covering your claims.

If you have been injured in an accident in the state of Oregon, contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away. Call us for a free consultation at 541-617-0555 – we can help you.

To view additional informative videos about personal injury law in the state of Oregon, visit Dwyer Williams Dretke PC’s You Tube channel.

After Tough Negotiations, Large Settlement for Injured Pedestrain

Our client was walking through a parking lot on his way to a bus stop when a motorist backed up without looking and hit him.  Our client was knocked to the ground and his hip and elbow were broken.  Our client sought timely medical help and treatment for his accident-related injuries, but his medical expenses exceeded the at-fault driver’s insurance policy limits.

Oregon Pedestrian Accident Injury AttorneysAfter he had hired the dedicated and tough auto accident injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke PC, we contacted the at-fault driver’s insurance company and were able to get it to disclose its insured’s policy limit.  Once we knew this figure, we let our client’s health insurance know that there would not likely be enough money to go around.

After several rounds of negotiation, we were able to reach an agreement with our client’s health insurance company wherein it agreed to reduce its lien by almost half to total outstanding amount.  From there, we were able to get all of our client’s accident-related medical expenses paid and to get him a generous pain and suffering settlement.  Our client was thrilled with his decision to work with our experienced and tough personal injury attorneys.

Settlement for Uninsured Driver Injured in On-the-Job Accident

Our client was on the job, driving a company vehicle, when he was rear-ended while entering a freeway.  This was a low-speed collision, but it nevertheless caused property damage to the vehicle and the other driver did not dispute liability.  Following the accident, our client started to experience lower back pain that ultimately required corrective surgery.

Oregon Auto Accident Injury Attorneys | Oregon Car Accident Injury LawyersThe problem our client faced was that, although the company car that he had been driving was injured, his employer did not carry workers’ compensation insurance.  Our client had no motor vehicle insurance of his own. He called the experienced auto accident attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke for help in this on the job auto accident injury and workers’ compensation case.

The defendant’s insurance company attempted to take the position that no serious injury could have occurred because the accident was low-speed.  They also claimed that our client’s injuries were attributable to preexisting health conditions rather than to the accident itself.

We worked with the  State of Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division to get a workers’ compensation claim opened through provisions established for non-complying employers.  Once we were able to establish this claim for our client, his medical bills and wage loss were paid and he could obtain the treatment that he required.  Upon completion of his treatment we obtained documentation from our client’s treating physicians attributing his need for treatment and surgery to the automobile accident rather than to any other cause.

The negotiation process took several months since the defendant’s insurance company refused to abandon its claim that our client’s back injury was unrelated to the motor vehicle accident.  Determination and patience, supported by the facts, finally turned the tide in favor of our client.  The  adverse driver’s insurance company offered him a full policy limits settlement.  Our client was satisfied with this settlement given the insurance company’s initial reluctance to negotiate and was even happier when we were able to also establish an uninsured claim on his behalf that paid him the full policy limits.

What Happens after Your Personal Injury Complaint is Filed?

We have made it to Friday again! Today’s video from our founder and senior partner Roy Dwyer discusses what happens after your Oregon personal injury or serious accident complaint has been filed:
 

As Roy explains in this clip, once your claim has been filed, we (your attorneys) bring your complain to a process server, who serves that complaint upon the defendant. The defendant then gives it to the insurance company and the insurance company turns it over to their lawyer.

If you have been injured in an accident in the state of Oregon, contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away. Call us for a free consultation at 541-617-0555 – we can help you.

To view additional informative videos about personal injury law in the state of Oregon, visit Dwyer Williams Dretke PC’s You Tube channel.