Personal Injury Cases We Handle
- Motor vehicle crashes, including car, truck, and motorcycle collisions;
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents;
- Medical malpractice cases, such as misdiagnosis, birth injuries, surgical errors, and medication mistakes;
- Nursing home abuse and neglect;
- Worksite and construction accidents, which may fall under workers’ compensation or personal injury laws; and,
- A dangerous, defective product, including medical devices.
In addition, we can assist with wrongful death claims if you lost a loved one because of an accident. Many of the same concepts apply to these cases, so surviving family members may qualify for compensation.
How the Legal Process Works
With many accident claims, the at-fault party carries liability insurance to cover the losses of injured victims. As such, your first step is filing a claim and requesting payment. Upon receiving your claim, the insurer will conduct an investigation and begin settlement discussions.
The process may seem as easy as filling out some forms, but you may encounter challenges. The insurance company may deny your claim or offer a low amount to settle. Often, an insurer will try to blame the accident on you or contest the severity of your injuries, based upon the results of its investigation. Many cases will be referred to mediation, a process intended to facilitate settlement.
If the insurance company refuses to pay fair damages, you will need to go to court to recover compensation. The proceedings start with filing a complaint, and the final stage is a trial on the merits.
Facts About Oregon Personal Injury Laws
In addition to the above information, a few points are important for understanding how these cases work.
In a successful personal injury claim, it is possible to recover amounts for medical costs, lost wages, and out-of-pocket expenses to treat your injuries. You may also obtain damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other harm to your quality of life.
Oregon’s statute of limitations is two years, so you must file a lawsuit in court by the deadline. The clock starts to run on the date of the accident. You may have additional time when pursuing a medical malpractice claim, in which the statute dates back to when you were harmed OR when you should have discovered the injury.
There is a law that could affect your compensation if you were partly at fault in causing the accident. Your damages are reduced under the concept of comparative negligence if your actions were also negligent.
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