On January 26, 1999, Jamie Gibb was driving in Hillsboro, Oregon, on 185th Avenue at its intersection with Baseline Road. Another driver ran a red light and drove into Gibb’s Jeep. The impact lifted the Jeep into the air and carried it across three lanes of traffic where it landed on a parked donut truck. Gibb suffered a brain concusion, broken ribs and a broken nose. The injury to her head caused post-concussion syndrome, including loss of concentration, memory and balance.
“The injuries had a huge impact on my life,” Gibb recalls. “For months, I couldn’t go outside without sunglasses and most the time I also had to wear sunglasses inside. I became sound intolerant as well. I had a constant array of migraine headaches.”
Gibb’s head inury was so severe she was unable to continue her job as a bus driver. Though her fellow workers helped create a job for her in the bus garage, she eventually became unemployed as a result of the accident. Because the negligent driver was uninsured, Gibb had to go to her own carrier for compensation.
When the insurance company balked, Smucker prepared Gibb’s case for trial in Washington County Circuit Court. One week before the scheduled trial date, Smucker helped negotiate a settlement for his client of $100,000, the maximum limit of the insurance policy.