Tragic Snowmobile Accident Resulting in Brain Injury
Dwyer Williams Dretke PC reached a $2.4 million settlement for a client who was injured while on a snowmobile trip in Eastern Oregon.
Early on the day of the injury, our client and several friend took turns jumping their snowmobiles over a particular jump in the mountains. They continued further up the mountain for lunch and eventually drove the trucks back along their earlier path. Toward the end of this return trip, our client saw the jump that he and his friends had taken earlier that day and decided to jump it again. The landing zone for this jump was obscured by the jump itself – a fact of which everybody in the group was well aware given that they had each successfully jumped it several times that morning.
Unfortunately, and unbeknownst to our client, another member of his snowmobiling group was the first down the hill. That friend drove his snowmobile into the landing zone of the jump, where he parked it while waited for the others to join him. As our client took the jump one last time, he could not see his friend’s parked snowmobile. In fact, the first time he was able to see the parked snowmobile wasn’t until he was in the air and unable to do anything to avoid the collision. As a result, he crashed into the other snowmobile on his landing and sustained significant head and brain injuries.
Our client was a successful surgeon prior to this snowmobile accident. Following the crash, his injuries left him unable to perform any surgeries; his brain injuries were permanently disabling. This, in turn, left him with substantial medical expenses and an inability to earn a living to the same extent he was able prior to the crash. He made a claim with the other snowmobiler’s insurance companies to compensate him for these losses. However, this was met with extreme resistance.
The other snowmobiler driver’s insurance company refused to settle with our client for a reasonable sum, instead choosing to blame him for the accident. Disappointed, but not defeated, our client approached Dwyer Williams Dretke PC for representation. Notably, this was after having been turned down by several other attorneys who deemed his case to be too difficult for them to handle. We took the case and immediately filed it with the court then proceeded with discovery – request for production of documents, interrogatories, and depositions. Ultimately, with our help, we were able to settle the case for $2,400,000 – the maximum amount of insurance available to our client from the various insurance companies involved.
If you have been injured in a serious accident in Oregon, contact the dedicated brain and other serious injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke PC. Call for a free consultation at 541-617-0555. We get results, and you get the settlement that you deserve.