Portland Bicyclist Hit By Car Receives Huge Settlement After Negotiations

Our client in this Portland bicycle accident injury case was riding her bicycle down a hill approaching a quiet Portland intersection when a car suddenly turned in front of her.  She couldn’t bring her bike to a stop and rode straight into the car.  The force of the impact threw her onto the hood of the car and then to the ground.

Portland Bicycle Accident Injury AttorneysEven though our client was wearing a helmet when she rode into the car, she lost consciousness upon hitting the ground. Following the accident she experienced headaches, back and neck pain, as well as pain in her left shoulder and arm. She underwent months of costly physical therapy to treat her injuries.

Our client did not have insurance at the time of her accident and she called our experienced Portland bicycle accident attorneys because she did not know how to get her medical bills paid.  Knowing that she lived with her parents, we immediately went to work establishing a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) claim for payment of our client’s medical bills under her parents’ insurance policy.

What followed was a tough negotiation process with the driver’s insurer.  For months, the insurer claimed that our client was responsible for the accident.  Eventually, though, the insurer conceded that the driver had failed to yield the right of way to our client and had thereby caused our client’s accident-related injuries.  Our client accepted the insurer’s six-figure final settlement offer and was happy that she had called us for help.

Insurer Covers Treatment Costs After “Preexisting Condition” Disproved

Our client was sitting at a stop sign in downtown Portland in his pickup truck waiting for traffic to pass when another driver traveling on the intersecting road drifted into our client’s lane and collided with the driver’s side of his car.  The at-fault driver had been traveling at approximately 60 miles per hour when the collision occurred and our client was seriously injured.  He was seen at the emergency room directly following the accident and was diagnosed with a cervical strain.  In addition to months of pain and discomfort, our client has substantial medical expenses as a result of this accident.

Portland Oregon Auto Accident Injury AttorneysAt the time of the accident, the other driver received a citation for failing to drive in his lane. There was no question of fault in this accident.  Our client called us seven months after the accident because he had not been able to get the at fault driver’s insurance company to communicate with him. He knew that he needed an experienced Portland auto accident injury attorney to negotiate with the insurer on his behalf.

Our client had fully completed treatment for his accident-related injuries before contacting us.  That treatment consisted of chiropractic work that occurred in two phases separated by three months.  He also had medical bills that needed resolving.

Once we had been retained as counsel, we obtained all of our client’s medical records and bills.  We were soon able to get all of his medical bills paid by PIP.  The defendant’s insurance company immediately took the position that all treatment after the three month gap was not related to the automobile accident and, thus, that it should not be considered for coverage or reimbursement.

After reviewing all of our client’s medical records, we were able to point out to the insurance adjuster that our client had not had any preexisting conditions and that our client’s need for treatment was all attributable to the other driver’s negligence.  The negotiation process in this case was challenging but ultimately successful and our client was thrilled with his decision to retain Dwyer Williams Potter in this Portland auto accident case.

Client Injured in Car Accident Settles for Ten Times Initial Offer

Our client in this case was driving along the highway when another motorist attempted to cross the highway in his truck and collided with her. The impact of this collision was so forceful that our client’s new car was totaled. Our client did not believe her injuries to be serious, so directly following the accident she attempted to proceed with her normal activities as though she was not hurt. Because of this decision, when it came time for her to settle with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, that insurer made a low-ball offer, claiming that her physical injuries were minor and didn’t deserve compensation.

Our client called Dwyer Williams Potter to represent her in this Portland automobile accident case, knowing our firm’s reputation for success and tough negotiating in the Portland area. We pulled together and reviewed her pre-accident and post-accident medical records in order to confirm that her injuries were a direct result of the impact of this car accident, then we approached the insurance company to negotiate.

Faced with this medical evidence in favor of our client’s version of events, the insurer increased its offered to our client, but the sum on offer still wasn’t enough to make her whole. After consulting with our client and reviewing options, we decided to file a lawsuit on our client’s behalf. Not long into the discovery process, the insurer offered our client ten times its initial offer and we accepted. Needless to say, our client was thrilled with her final settlement and with her decision to call our experienced and dedicated Portland auto accident injury law firm.

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