UIM Verdict Against State Farm

Derieux v. State Farm, Multnomah County Case No. 1310-14005

Plaintiff was injured when the motorcycle he was riding was hit by a car on I-5.  His injuries included multiple right wrist fractures requiring surgical repair with the insertion of hardware.  He claimed that he would likely need future surgery to fuse the wrist due to an intercarpal collapse.  Permanent wrist impairment was claimed. The at-fault driver had a $25,000 insurance policy, and they paid their limits. Plaintiff had an underinsured motorist (UIM) policy with defendant. Plaintiff sought $39,500 in medical expenses, $70,000 in future medical expenses and $500,000 in non-economic damages.

Defendant disputed damages only and asked the jury to award $115,000.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Mike Colbach

Defense Counsel – Ken Abere

Verdict – $374,500.00

Date – November 5, 2014

November 5, 2014

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