Our client had been an active mother of two small children when she was injured in an auto accident in Portland, Oregon. She sought medical treatment for her injuries and had nearly exhausted the $15,000 policy her personal injury protection (PIP) provided. In addition to her medical treatment and expenses, she found that the result of her injury was that she could no longer perform the duties of the job she had enjoyed up until that point. She found another job, but it paid less than her previous one. Trying to take care of herself and her two children, she filed a claim for wage loss through her PIP carrier to cover the gap and give her time to recover financially.
To her surprise, her PIP carrier declared that she had chosen to pursue a new career and refused to pay her lost wages claim. Furthermore, her PIP carrier demanded that she repay what they had paid for her medical bills with the money she had received in the liability settlement from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. A previous attorney had pursued these issues vigorously but with no success, so she transferred the case to a Portland, Oregon auto accident attorneys at Dwyer Williams Potter.
ORS 742.544 provides for repayment only when the recovery is greater than the financial losses. Considering that our client had to take a job that paid less, her lost earning capacity exceeded her liability settlement. The notion that she had wanted a change in careers was absurd, and we provided documentation from our client’s doctors to prove that the change in jobs was due to the injuries she suffered in the accident. In spite of our arguments, the PIP carrier still refused to pay the wage loss. Undaunted and determined to get our client the settlement she deserves, I filed a lawsuit for the lost earnings and attorney fees.
As usual, filing a lawsuit made the PIP carrier take us more seriously, and the case settled shortly after it was referred to a defense attorney, based on the understanding that attorney fee exposure would be far greater than the amount of lost wages. Our client kept the entire $25,000 liability settlement without repaying the medical expenses, and she received the lost wages from her PIP carrier to which she was entitled. She was very happy that she had transferred the case to Dwyer Williams Potter.
If you have been in an auto accident and have medical expenses and have lost wages as a result, we can help you get the financial reimbursement you deserve. Even if you’ve already consulted with another attorney, we often get results where others have failed, as in this case. 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