Our client Derek was driving home when he was struck by another driver who was distracted by his young children, failed to negotiate a curve in a Whatcom County road, crossed the center line, and crashed directly into Derek. Derek was extricated from his vehicle and was airlifted in critical condition to the hospital, where he was treated for a fractured forearm, fractured fibula, hip dislocation and broken ribs. His treatments included surgeries, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. Derek’s resulting medical bills were more than $200,000.

Since Derek had no health insurance, the only coverage he had was his Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage through his auto insurance policy, which was quickly exhausted. Derek was extremely concerned about how he would pay his massive medical bills while he waited for his claim to settle. Personal injury attorney Bill Coats used his experience in auto accident insurance law and worked closely with the car insurance adjuster to quickly settle the claim. He was also able to convince all of Derek’s medical providers to accept a greatly reduced amount so that Derek could pay off all his bills while keeping more of the settlement proceeds.

It's this kind of thorough, empathetic approach that makes Bill Coats an effective ally for accident victims in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County. Contact Bill for a free consultation about your case. For more information on his approach, visit the Practice Areas page for more information on distracted driving accidents.

Amount: 
$545,000