The time immediately following a catastrophic injury can be overwhelming for the survivor and his or her family members. Determining how to move forward is often the biggest challenge. One important early step toward making things right is selecting a qualified personal injury attorney. At The Corson & Johnson Law Firm, we understand the delicate balance of having compassion for the survivor and his or her family while aggressively pursuing compensation from the responsible party.
A catastrophic injury is one that results in an extremely serious and long-lasting medical condition, permanent disability or, sometimes, a shortened life expectancy. We have tried cases involving life-altering injuries including:
- Brain Injury & Brain Damage
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Multiple traumatic fractures
- Other severe trauma
- Internal injuries
Catastrophic injuries have a long-term impact on a person’s health and financial future. This puts stress on not only the injured individual, but his or her family as well. Lawsuits may be necessary to obtain financial resources for a lifetime of care and to prevent similar harms from happening to another person. Having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side to help you determine who is at fault and how to get appropriate compensation for current and future losses is critical.
Determining Who’s at Fault
Our personal injury attorneys are experienced at uncovering the truth in catastrophic injury cases. We investigate the facts of the case, evaluate medical records and other relevant documentation, employ outside experts as needed, and identify responsible parties in order to determine the full value of each person’s claim. Ultimately, our research and legal expertise helps us try to obtain the maximum amount of financial compensation for the injured individual and his or her family.
We understand how much is involved in the treatment and recovery process. We strive for settlements or verdicts that will not only cover a survivor’s current needs, but future medical and living expenses, as well as a person’s human losses.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident Cases
People should be able to feel safe when walking on the sidewalk or enjoying a bicycle ride. If you think you have a pedestrian or bicycle accident case, contact us right away.
Blogs and Articles
Auto Insurer Refuses to Pay For Pedestrian’s Head Injury; Confidential Settlement
A motorist, after passing a flashing amber light and a yellow warning sign indicating a pedestrian crossing ahead, ran down a college student who was crossing in the marked crosswalk. The force of the impact sent the young woman cartwheeling on the pavement, fracturing her skull. READ MORE
Pedestrian Wins Underinsured Motorist Benefits from Insurance Company
A pedestrian who was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk with the right of way was struck by a negligent underinsured driver. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, a fractured foot, and a tear in her hip that caused a permanent limp. The driver was cited at the scene for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. We obtained the full policy limits from the insurance company for the underinsured driver, but that was insufficient to compensate the woman for the harm she suffered. The pedestrian’s own insurance company initially refused to pay the underinsured motorist insurance benefits to her. We filed the case and eventually settled the case at a judicial settlement conference.
When Multiple Drivers Cause Pedestrian Death
Collisions between automobiles and pedestrians may involve more than one negligent driver. For example, a pedestrian crossing the street could be hit by multiple vehicles in rapid succession, making it difficult to determine the injuries caused by each. Oregon law provides that each negligent driver is liable when his or her conduct was a substantial factor in causing the injuries, even when there are multiple negligent parties. We used this rule when we represented the estate of a woman who was crossing in a marked crosswalk when she was hit by two automobiles in succession. The woman was killed, and both drivers fled the scene. It turned out that both drivers were driving other people’s vehicles at the time. Ultimately, we were able to secure policy limits settlements with both of the at-fault drivers.
Wrongful Death: Pickup Truck Runs Over Child in Pedestrian Safety Refuge
In a tragic wrongful death case, a seven-year-old child was run over by a full-size pickup truck while he was in a raised safety refuge for pedestrians in a grocery store parking lot. READ MORE
Law and You Podcasts
Bicycle-Car Collision: How Ryan Fought Back
This segment of The Law and You features Eugene, Oregon personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson speaking about a case where he helped a man involved in a bicycle-car collision fight back against an insurance company who accused him of wrongdoing. PLAY PODCAST
A Driver’s Guide to Crosswalk Laws
This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson bringing awareness on Oregon’s crosswalk laws and how they keep pedestrians safe from injury. PLAY PODCAST
Most of us pay insurance premiums–auto, health, and home, to name a few–to protect us in the case of losses. We expect insurance companies to pay for what their policies promise, whether it’s our insurance policy or the insurance of the person or company’ that caused the injury.
Disputes with insurance companies can turn an already difficult time in an injured person’s life into a nightmare. Many insurance companies will go to great lengths to avoid paying injured parties, adding insult to injury. They are in the business of making profits, which means not giving out money. We call this insurance company tactic when responding to claims a “3D Strategy”:
When injuries are caused by another–such as in a truck or car accident–a personal injury case may be filed to make the injured party whole again. This means covering medical expenses, lost income, and damage to the survivor’s life. Insurance companies usually pay the claims in personal injury cases. Unfortunately, the insurance payout process is seldom an easy one.
Our attorneys are skilled in helping our clients get past the “3D Strategy.”
Getting Your Settlement
Most insurance companies try to pay as little money as possible to settle a claim. Insurance companies are notorious for their “low ball” offers, which often fall far short of what a survivor needs to cover current and future losses. Many people are intimidated by insurance companies and don’t realize that they don’t have to settle for the initial offer. When going up against these big companies, you need an experienced insurance dispute attorney on your side to help you navigate the legal process and force insurance companies to compensate you fairly for your injuries.
When dealing with the other party’s insurance company, here are some tips:
- You are not required to make any statements to an insurance adjuster. Any statements can be used against you. Be polite but firm when dealing with the adjuster, whether the adjuster represents your insurance company or the other driver. In other words, be your own best advocate by being prepared and professional.
- Before signing any forms or accepting any payment from an insurance company, contact a well-qualified insurance dispute lawyer to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
- Even with your own insurance company, you may find that after paying premiums for years, you’re treated as an adversary over a claim. This is especially true in cases where the other party does not have insurance, or does not have enough insurance.
For more tips, download What Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know.