Case Conclusion Date:March 17, 2011
Practice Area:Personal Injury
Outcome:Jury Verdict $300,375.00
Description:Michael Tidiman and his Wife were traveling westbound on the Mt. Baker Highway at about 11:35 PM. A drunk driver with a suspended license hit Mr. and Mrs. Tideman head on. The drunk driver was totally uninsured and was operating his vehicle on the wrong side of the road. Michael Tideman and his wife were seriously injured. Mr Tideman brought an Insured Motorist claim against his own insurance company (Allstate). Mr Tideman's policy limit with Allstate was $100,000.00. Allstate refused to pay the policy limits to Mr. Tidiman. Allstate made an initial offer to Mr. Tidiman in the amount of $5,000.00. Shortly before trial, Allstate offered Mr. Titiman $50,000.00. As Mr.Tidimans attorney, I felt Allstate was acting in bad faith and that Mr. Tidimans case was worth much more than the $100,000.00 policy limit. Even so, I offered to settle with Allstate for the $100,000.00 policy limit. Alstate Refused to accept my offer and I took the case to a Whatcom County Jury trial. At trial, Alstate's attorney told the jury that Mr. Tidiman's case was only worth slightly more than $20,000.00. Mrs Tidman had insurance with Allstate for more than 25 years. Mr. Tidiman and his wife had excellent driving records. Allstate fought us every inch of the way. After the trial finally ended, the jury awarded my client $300,375.00. This was about 15 times more than Allstates attorney suggested that the jury award to Mr. Tidiman. Allstate appealed the jury verdict. My firm represented Mr. Tidman in the Court of Appeals. Allstate lost the appeal. Right now I am filing a lawsuit against Allstate for Bad Faith. I will be requesting another jury trial and I will ask the Jury to award over $1,000,000.00 to Mr Tidiman for Allstate's Bad Faith Conduct.