It was a normal day at work, and our client, an employee in a Portland, Oregon warehouse, was riding a forklift that a co-worker was driving. The day quickly became abnormal when the brakes went out on the forklift, throwing our client to the ground, where he was then run over by the forklift. He suffered multiple broken bones and severe cuts.
After one month in the hospital and many months of out-of-hospital recovery, his medical bills were astronomical. In addition, he had a permanent limp and several large scars on his right leg. He was sure that his worker’s compensation insurance would cover his medical expenses and was angered when they denied his claim and offered no settlement. Even more ludicrous was the insurance company’s reason: they said that the driver had done nothing wrong and that our client had not been thrown off but had jumped off on his own. Our client, knowing nothing could be farther from the truth, called an expert Portland, Oregon personal injury attorney at Dwyer Williams Potter.
In the course of investigating our client’s accident, I discovered that the forklift had brake problems several months before our client’s accident. The driver of the forklift, who was also the owner, had tried to fix the brakes himself but had evidently not succeeded. I immediately turned this information over to the insurance company and they reconsidered their position and agreed to negotiate. After negotiations, the company offered our client a fair settlement.
If you’ve been injured at work and need help getting an insurance company to settle your claim, we can help. One of our expert Portland, Oregon Personal Injury Attorneys will be happy to discuss your Portland, Oregon Personal Injury case with you. Call us now: 888-700-4337