Burtons v. Ameriprise Ins. Co., Multnomah County Case No. 1308-11878
Mr. And Mrs. Burton were stopped at a red light when they were struck from behind by a driver with minimal policy limits ($25,000 / $50,000). The driver estimated her speed at 25 MPH. The Burtons both suffered disc injuries that required surgical repair. The pictures of the Burton’s car did not appear to show any damage. As a result, the insurance company for the at-fault driver did not think the injuries were related. The Burtons hired Portland car crash lawyer Chad Stavley. He filed a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. Shortly before trial the defense finally offered their policy limits. Mr. Stavley then brought a claim for underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage. Prior to trial on that case, the Burton’s insurance company agreed to settle. $227,500 for her and $250,000 policy limits for him.