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Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!

Dwyer Williams-Potter Law StaffFrom all of the personal injury attorneys and everyone here at Dwyer Williams Potter, please enjoy a safe and happy holiday time, and don’t forget a few simple things to get you and yours through the next few weeks with minimal mishaps:

  • Use a designated driver or take a cab if you enjoy a few drinks at the party. Have a plan to spend the night or an alternative way home.
  • Wear your seat belt and drive defensively – it may not be you that causes the accident, but injuries may be avoidable.
  • If you host a party, don’t forget to include non-alcoholic beverages and check in with your guests before they leave – having a number to the local cab company handy can be a life-saver – literally!
  • When walking or riding a bike in the dark, remember to wear bright, reflective clothing for yours, and everyone’s safety.

Settlement for Portland Pedestrian Injured in Hit and Run

Our client in this dramatic pedestrian hit-and-run case was reported to have “flown through the air” after being hit by a driver on the roadway where he was walking. The driver sped off after the accident occurred. In the meantime, our client was transported by ambulance from the accident site to a local hospital, where he was admitted into intensive care. He had suffered serious injuries including a ruptured spleen, renal injuries, rib fractures, and multiple contusions and abrasions. He was discharged five days later.

Portland Oregon Serious Accident LawyersTwo months after being released from the hospital, our client began to experience headaches. He was also experiencing continued pain in his middle to lower back. He sought treatment for what was diagnosed as high blood pressure in several emergency rooms over the next month. Between his emergency room visits, his frequent scans and blood tests, and the consultations he had to do with a cardiologist specialist, our client’s medical bills were through the roof and he did not know how to proceed.

This injured pedestrian had heard of our Oregon personal injury law firm‘s reputation for diligent work on behalf of injured people throughout the state of Oregon. This is the main reason why he contacted the personal injury team at Dwyer Williams Potter Accident Injury Lawyers and hired us to represent him.

Once retained as counsel, we were able to establish a PIP claim with the at fault driver’s insurance company and that got all of our client’s medical bills paid. Our client was fairly compensated for the pain, suffering, and disruption to his life that their irresponsible insured driver has caused.

Fair Settlement for Injured Taxi Cab Passenger

Our client in this Portland Oregon car accident was seated in the back of a taxi when the crash occurred. As our client’s taxi entered an intersection, the defendant ran a red light and collided with the taxi, causing it to careen into a telephone pole. The police were called to the scene, where the defendant admitted that he had driven through the red light and was issued a citation for failing to obey a traffic control device. Our client was immediately transported by ambulance to the emergency room, wearing a C collar.

Portland Oregon Taxi Cab Accident InjuryOur client suffered headaches, facial abrasions and contusions, neck pain, and arm pain as a result of this crash. While in the emergency room, she had to undergo CT scans of her head, face, and cervical spine, and to get her right arm X-ray-ed. She was referred to a physical therapist and saw that PT as well as a massage therapist for treating her neck.

Because our client was a passenger in a taxi, there was no PIP available to pay her medical bills. PIP benefits are only available for vehicle drivers who are involved in accidents. Additionally, she had no health insurance so there was no avenue to have her bills paid while she was receiving treatment.

This injured passenger called the experienced Portland car accident lawyers at Dwyer Williams Potter Accident Injury Attorneys because she knew our reputation for diligently representing our clients. Once she had retained us to represent her, we were able to convince all of her medical providers to hold their bills, explaining that we would satisfy them upon the resolution of her case. 

We successfully negotiated a settlement with the at-fault driver’s policy that not only paid our client’s medical bills but that also compensated her for the pain, suffering, and disruption to her life that she had experienced.

Portland Schools’ Bus Safety Reports Are Alarming

According to recent research published by the Oregon Department of Education, Portland school buses are in dire shape.  Since 2007, certified state as well as school district inspectors have been responsible for keeping buses in safe running condition.

Portland Oregon School BusAccording to the data, Oregon’s school bus inspectors found buses that were in such poor shape that they had to be immediately taken out of service.  The true scope of this problem remains unknown.  As Steven Huillet, former Director of Pupil Transportation for ODE, explained to reporters at KVAL: “we have two people… assigned to inspect the school buses for 196 districts.”

Reports released by On Your Side inspectors reveal that the ODE has not been able to inspect any district’s buses more than once in the past five years.  Steven Huillet added that, in his estimation, upward of three quarters of our state’s buses go un-inspected on any given year.  How is your school district doing?  Read the stats here.

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.

Fair Settlement Awarded to Out-of-State Car Crash Victim

Our client was visiting Oregon on an interstate road-trip when he was severely injured. He was driving through a Portland intersection and he had the right of way, when another motorist suddenly drove straight into the side of his car. This high-speed intersection collision left our tourist client with severe injuries that required treatment in Oregon then again in several other states on his drive back home.

Back in his home state a few weeks after the collision, this Oregon auto accident injury victim was unsure how to make his claim. , He called our experienced Portland injury lawyers to represent him for the claims that he had to file in our state.

Once on the job, our dedicated and tough attorneys quickly got to work collecting this client’s medical records and bills. We went over the details of our client’s case with him in fine detail before sending out a demand package.  After several rounds of negotiations, this case settled for a fair value and our client was able to move on with his life, leaving this complicated legal matter behind him.

Motorcyclist Receives Settlement After Being Knocked Over

A motorcyclist client was injured when his bike fell on top of him in a Portland roadway accident.  He noticed that his bike wasn’t working when he was preparing to leave work: the bike wouldn’t start, so instead of riding it home he had to push it home in the bicycle lane.  Unfortunately, a passing motorist drove too close to our client and hit him.  Our client fell and his motorcycle fell on top of him, crushing his leg. He sought immediate medical treatment for his accident-related injuries following this incident.

Our client decided to hire an attorney to represent him in this matter because his injuries persisted after he had completed the treatment recommended by his physician.  He called Dwyer Williams Potter, knowing our reputation for excellence.  Our experienced motorcycle accident injury attorneys quickly learned that our client’s doctors had recommended further treatment, but that they had failed to properly communicated this to him.  Our client returned to his medical provider to receive this further recommended treatment, which eventually helped him to completely recover from his accident-related injuries.

After several rounds of negotiation with the insurance companies in this matter, our client was offered a fair settlement that covered all of his accident-related injury expenses.  He was happy with his settlement as well as with his decision to retain the Portland motorcycle accident injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Potter to represent him in this motorcycle accident case.

Generous Settlement in Portland Slip and Fall Case

Our client in this matter walked into a Portland grocery store in the middle of the day to purchase lunch and a drink. As he was entering the store, he slipped on a substance on the floor and fell. He caught himself by grabbing a shelf as he fell, but he cut his hand in the process and sustained injuries to his shoulder and back.

At first, the grocery store adamantly denied liability because they said that our client or another customer might have spilled something on the floor. They also suggested that our client could not have sustained the injuries he claimed because he did not fall all the way to the floor.  They thus suggested that his injuries were due to preexisting health conditions.

Our client called Dwyer Williams Potter LLP right after this premises liability incident occurred (“premises liability” is the official legal term for slip, trip, and fall cases). He knew our stellar local reputation as dedicated Portland personal injury attorneys with years of experience settling Portland slip, trip, and fall cases. By conducting a timely investigation, we were able to determine that the substance on the floor on which our client had slipped was vegetable oil.  This oil came from a bottle that had been correctly stocked, but which was leaky.  The employee who stocked this oil had failed to notice the leak and no one cleaned it up to protect store customers and other employees.

At the same time as we presented the results of this investigation to the store’s management and attorneys, we also provided medical forms showing that our client had no preexisting problems with his back and shoulder.  Armed with this information, we were quickly able to convince the store that it alone was liable for our client’s injuries.  We were able to get our client a generous settlement, which compensated him for his pain and suffering and paid all of his medical expenses.

Another satisfied client who was happy with his choice of Dwyer Williams Potter LLP, compassionate and effective Portland personal injury attorneys.

Driver Fatigue is a Persistent Issue on Portland Roads

Recent news coverage in Portland and across the state of Oregon has shined a spotlight on an important roadway safety issue that we would like to address from a legal perspective. Almost every week, articles and televised broadcasts cover yet more Oregon auto accidents in which driver fatigue is a crash contributor. If it isn’t already, this should be an issue of concern to Portland drivers, bikers, and pedestrians alike.

Several months ago Portland newspapers and radio stations were tuned in to a transport union’s contract bargaining dispute in which distracted driving was a significant issue. At that time, local activists and an organization called Oregonians for Safe Transit had started a campaign to raise awareness of bus driver overtime practices that were leaving drivers fatigued and endangering those who might come into contact with their vehicles. Oregonians for Safe Transit issued a report that described how Portland bus drivers were working up to 22 consecutive hours and – not surprisingly – falling asleep on the job.

United States Federal law applies to interstate train operators, but not to bus or train operators who work within the boundaries of one state. Unlike Portland’s bus drivers, train operators are required to take a minimum of seven hours off in between shifts. This rule is in place to guarantee that train operators can get the rest that they need in between shifts in order to do their jobs properly and safely. The Portland drivers who were the focus of the organizing campaign this winter were not allowed to work for more than 17 hours without a break, but they also weren’t guaranteed any specific period of time off between shifts.

Driver fatigue is not only an issue for bus drivers – it is a real problem for everyday commuters. In a recent report issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (USCDC), 1 out of 24 U.S. drivers self-reported falling asleep while driving in the previous month. This study highlights an issue that affects drivers throughout the United States and which is well-documented in Oregon. According to the Oregon Department of Transportation’s most recent Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Data publication, last year 8 percent of all motor vehicle crashes in the state of Oregon involved exhausted drivers.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident and you believe that fatigue was a factor leading to your injuries, contact a Portland auto accident lawyer right away. The compassionate, dedicated, and experienced attorneys at Dwyer Williams Potter Personal Injury Attorneys LLP would be happy to investigate your auto accident injury claim. Call us today for a free consultation at 888-700-4337.

Roy Dwyer Answers Clients’ Personal Injury Claim Questions

Our law firm’s senior partner just recorded a series of video clips answering some of the most common questions that clients typically ask about their personal injury claims. In this YouTube video series he answers these questions:

  1. What does it take for me to recover an auto accident injury settlement?
  2. Does the type of auto accident injury that I sustain affect my settlement?
  3. Does it matter which doctor treats me in my personal injury claim?
  4. How do my medical bills affect my personal injury settlement?
  5. Does it matter if my car was not seriously damaged in my auto accident?
  6. Does a gap in treatment impact the value of my personal injury case?
  7. Does having a prior auto accident affect my personal injury claim?
  8. Does the extent of my injuries impact the value of my case?
  9. Does being unemployed make a difference in the value of my case?

If you have been injured in a Portland Oregon auto accident or other serious accident and are contemplating hiring a Portland personal injury lawyer, we encourage you to look through these helpful videos. Call our experienced Portland personal injury attorneys for a free consultation and to answer your further questions today at 888-247-9023.

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