Don suffered disc injuries to his low back in a car accident where the at-fault driver pulled into traffic south of Bellingham and struck the side of Don’s classic 1955 Ford T-Bird. Don’s injuries were severe enough that he could not return to his physically demanding work as a paramedic. Although Don was close to retirement, he was counting on a few more good work years.
The auto insurance company of the at-fault driver agreed to pay its limits of $50,000. However, Don’s own car insurance company was unwilling to offer a reasonable settlement of his underinsured motorist claim that adequately addressed Don’s lost wages. Attorney Bill Coats filed a law suit in Whatcom County Superior Court located in Bellingham, Washington on Don’s behalf. After months of discovery including interrogatories, medical exams and depositions, the insurance company relented and paid a total of $525,000.
If you've faced a similiar situation as a victim of a car accident, you might be looking at a lifetime of lost wages from a job you were counting on to see you through. Contact Bill to schedule a free consultation at Bill Coats Law's downtown Bellingham location. For more information about his approach, visit the Practice Areas page for more information on auto accidents.