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In Estacada and Throughout All Of Oregon
You might not realize the risk of accidents as you go about your daily routine, but statistics on fatalities and injuries are proof that these tragedies occur frequently. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that unintentional injuries cause 201,000 fatalities annually, placing accidents in the #4 spot for top causes of death in America. Plus, almost 98 million victims are treated at the ER for unintentional injuries, while another 25 million seek care at physicians’ offices. Fortunately, Oregon personal injury laws provide you with options if you were hurt or lost a loved one.
Still, the legal process is complicated, and the underlying concepts are complex. It is wise to retain representation, and our team at the Johnston Law Firm is ready to support you. We will fight to ensure you receive fair compensation, so please contact us to set up a free consultation. An Estacada personal injury attorney can provide details, and an overview is helpful.
About Johnston Law Firm
We Handle All
Types of Oregon Personal Injury Cases
Motor Vehicle Accidents: Crashes are often caused by speeding, texting while driving, running red lights, failure to yield right of way, drunk driving, and many other forms of misconduct. We will help with such cases as:
- Car collisions, including those involving Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing services;
- Truck, 18-wheeler, semi, tractor-trailer, and other large commercial vehicle crashes; and,
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents.
Slip and Falls: Property owners have a duty to maintain a safe space for those who enter, and the failure to do so increases the potential for accidents. These parties may be held accountable when they fail to make repairs, post signage, or implement proper security measures to avoid criminal activity.
Medical Malpractice Claims: Physicians and other health care providers must deliver care in accordance with medical standards. You may have a claim related to diagnosis mistakes, medication errors, birth injuries, and surgical errors.
Other Personal Injury Claims: We also help victims with the legal process for:
- Dangerous defective products;
- Workplace and construction accidents;
- Fatal accidents and wrongful death claims;
- Nursing home abuse and neglect; and,
- Defective medical devices.
Accidents happen because of negligence, but the term means more than mere carelessness in the practice of law. To recover compensation, you must prove that the accident was directly caused by the at-fault party’s breach of the duty to exercise reasonable care. By “reasonable,” the focus is on what a prudent, careful person would have done under the same circumstances.
You will need solid evidence regarding fault, your injuries, and your losses, so important proof in your claim may include:
- Photos and video;
- Accident reports;
- Police incident reports;
- Medical records;
- Statements from witnesses;
- Insurance policies; and,
- Pay stubs and tax records.
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How to Recover
With most accident claims, the first step is filing an insurance claim under the responsible party’s liability policy. There are some forms to complete, but some of the most important details regarding your claim are contained in the forms of evidence described above. You must include all proof that will support your position and request for compensation. In some cases, you may be able to resolve your claim by settlement.
However, even when you think your rights are clear, the insurance company may deny your claim or offer a low amount to settle. Insurers are looking out for their own financial interests, not yours. When settlement discussions break down, you might still go through mediation as a way to resolve disputes. A trained mediator can often guide the parties in reaching an agreement when they engage in productive conversations. If the parties cannot agree during negotiations or mediation, the next step is going to court and pursuing a civil lawsuit.
Legal Help is
Critical for Accident Claims
You can see that the process for recovering damages is quite complicated, so make it a priority to retain skilled counsel for legal help. The Johnston Law Firm will tackle all essential tasks, and you can count on an Estacada personal injury lawyer to:
- Collect evidence;
- Review your medical records;
- Complete insurance claims forms and forward them to the insurance company with evidence;
- Discuss settlement options with the insurer;
- Advocate on your behalf during the mediation process;
- Preparing the complaint to initiate a lawsuit; and,
- Represent you throughout litigation and court proceedings to the date of your trial.
About Accident Cases
After reviewing the above information, the answers to FAQs about personal injury claims are also useful.
There are two types of compensation you may qualify to recover: Economic damages, such as medical expenses, lost income, and out-of-pocket costs; and Noneconomic damages, including pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and other losses that impact your quality of life.
Oregon’s statute of limitations is two years, and you are barred from recovering damages if you do not sue in court by the deadline. You have longer in a medical malpractice case when you did not discover your injuries right away through reasonable diligence.
The comparative negligence law applies if you were at fault in the accident, and it operates to reduce your compensation. The deduction is the percentage of fault linked to your own actions.
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– Michelle E.
Mr. Johnston and his firm were incredibly thorough in getting us a fair settlement from our insurance company with little to no pressure. We really appreciated having someone who truly cared about us every step of the way. I would highly recommend the Johnston Law Firm to anyone in need of personal injury representation.
Speak to an Estacada Personal Injury Attorney About Your Remedies
As you can see, there are numerous requirements and tasks when pursuing the at-fault party for monetary damages after an accident. To avoid putting your rights at risk, trust our team at the Johnston Law Firm to advocate on your behalf. We are aggressive in dealing with insurers, but we are ready to take your case to court. Please contact us today at (503) 389-3479 or via our website. We are happy to schedule a no-cost case review with an Oregon personal injury lawyer.
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