Our client, Nicholas, suffered critical injuries as the result of a New Year’s Day motor vehicle collision with a driver fleeing from police in Federal Way.
The defendant had been caught shoplifting at a Macy’s Department store at The Commons At Federal Way mall. The defendant hit an officer with his Dodge Dart vehicle, then police began a high-speed pursuit on Pacific Highway South.
The defendant ran a red light and collided with another car while going through an intersection, causing the defendant to spin and collide with Nicholas’ Saturn L200 as he began to proceed through the intersection.
According to police records, the defendant’s car broadsided Nicholas’ at approximately 60-70 miles per hour. Nicholas was taken by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he was treated for his numerous critical injuries: seven broken ribs, a broken femur, broken knee, lacerated spleen, bleeding on the brain and a fractured spine in the neck area.
Fighting For What Nicholas Deserved
When the accident occurred, 24-year-old Nicholas was heading to a square dance event in Sumner.
After a 22-day hospital stay – which included a bout with pneumonia – Nicholas was finally able to go home to his family. While the accident was stressful on everyone in the family, beginning the process of recovering damages was extremely important. His speech, physical and occupational therapy wasn’t cheap.
Three days after the accident, Nicholas’ family contacted us, beginning the year-and-a-half journey to a settlement. Our legal team looked at all the avenues of compensation available to Nicholas, ultimately recovering $100,000 from his Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) coverage and the maximum $25,000 from the at-fault vehicle’s liability coverage.
Attorney Chris Davis was eventually able to negotiate a settlement of $125,000 for our client and his family.