UIM Verdict Against GEICO

Coyote v. GEICO, Multnomah County Case No. 14CV19058

This was an underinsured motorist case. Plaintiff Coyote was struck from behind by a motorist with $25,000.00 policy limits.  Defendant GEICO was Coyote’s insurance carrier. Coyote had $100,000 underinsured motorist coverage (UIM) with Defendant. Coyote made a claim for UIM benefits, and GEICO denied the request. Coyote alleged that the crash caused her to injure her neck and back including a cervical disc herniation requiring surgery. She sought $9,279.00 in past medical expenses, $70,000.00 in future medical costs and attorney fees under ORS 742.061.

GEICO disputed Coyote’s injuries, the need for surgery and the amount of Coyote’s damages.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Willard Merkel

Defense Counsel – Mark D. Monson

Verdict – $75,000.00

Attorney Fees Under ORS 742.061 – $45,000.00

Date – January 21, 2016

January 30, 2016

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