It appeared to be a relatively quiet midweek day, and our client and a friend had decided to go into downtown Portland, Oregon for lunch. What had started out as a quiet day quickly got chaotic when a driver ran a red light and t-boned the car our client was the passenger in. He suffered serious injuries and was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. After examination and x-rays, his doctors diagnosed a protruding disc that required surgery.
When he filed a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, they offered to settle the case for a ridiculously low amount, citing a prior condition the client had suffered from about a year before that involved back pain and numbness in his leg. The cited this in spite of the treating physician’s specifically prescribing the surgery for accident-related injuries, not the pre-existing condition. Knowing that he deserved more, he contacted an experienced Portland, Oregon auto accident attorney for help in getting a better settlement.
In order to get the insurance company to talk about its position on our client’s claim was to file a lawsuit. I did this, confident that we could fight it in court successfully if we needed to. However, the lawsuit got the insurance company’s attention, and they had their own attorney review the case. He advised them to settle, given the facts. Even then, the insurance company only offered half of policy limits. I negotiated with them aggressively until they offered full policy limits, giving our client the resources he needed to get the proper medical care.
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