Personal Injury Cases We Are Very Experienced In
Most of our personal injury clients are injured in unintentional accidents. Despite this lack of intent, however, the fact remains that most accidents are caused by a lack of care, which might qualify as negligence. We can assist anyone harmed by the following type of negligent accidents:
- Car, truck, and other motor vehicle wrecks—a driver can fail to drive carefully due to fatigue, distraction, or sheer carelessness;
- Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents—hazards on the ground can lead to a fall that injures a person;
- Premises liability accidents—defects on property injure visitors who are owed a duty of care;
- Medical malpractice—medical errors are a leading cause of injury and death and include diagnostic errors, surgical errors, and premature discharge from the hospital;
- Products liability accidents—unreasonably dangerous products explode or fail to work properly, harming those nearby;
- Wrongful death—some accident victims do not recover but sadly succumb to their injuries.
If you were hurt in an accident, we strongly recommend reaching out to Johnston Law Firm.
Personal Injury FAQs
We appreciate that the personal injury claims process is confusing. We receive many questions from the public about the law, and we include some of the most common here.
What is Comparative Negligence?⌄
Oregon states that you can still sue if you are negligent, but your compensation is reduced by your degree of fault. So if you are 50% to blame, you can only receive half of what you would if you were completely blameless. Comparative negligence helps defendants. They will blame you for the accident and pay you less than you deserve.
If you are more at fault than all defendants, you can’t sue for compensation. In practice, this means someone who is 51% responsible is out of luck.
What Are the Deadlines?⌄
There are many deadlines you need to meet. This is one reason to work with an attorney. For example, you cannot file a lawsuit after the statute of limitations expires. The amount of time you get depends on your claim:
Medical malpractice and other personal injuries: Two years
Wrongful death: Three years from the accident that resulted in death
Can I Afford Your Services?⌄
How to Receive Fair Compensation
The sad news is that insurers do not readily agree to a fair settlement. Instead, many employ a “delay, deny, defend” strategy which has helped them inflate their profits over the past 20 years. Insurers will often blame you for your accident, which allows them to reduce what they owe you.
We seek compensation for:
- Medical bills, including future medical expenses for permanent injuries. We request money to cover the costs of diagnostic tests, doctor visits, surgery, hospital overnights, rehabilitation, mental health counseling, prescription drugs, and more.
- Lost income and loss of earning capacity. If you can’t work due to an accident, you shouldn’t suffer loss of income.
- Property damage. We request compensation to cover damage to your vehicle or other property damaged in an accident.
- Pain and suffering. Bodily injuries cause pain and discomfort. You deserve compensation for this type of suffering.
- Emotional distress. Many accidents are traumatic, and our clients suffer from depression or anxiety. We request money to compensate for your emotional turmoil.
Most claims are paid out of the defendant’s insurance policy. Do not be surprised if an insurer instantly rejects your claim, often for no valid reason. We can push back on any denial and prove that you deserve the maximum allowed by the law.
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