Newport Personal Injury Cases We handle
At the Johnston law firm, we represent clients in a wide range of personal injury cases, including but not limited to the following:
- Motor vehicle collision claims, which can include car crashes, motorcycle accidents, trucking collisions, and pedestrian accidents, often caused by negligent motorists engaged in dangerous behaviors like distracted driving, intoxicated driving, aggressive driving, and drowsy or fatigued driving;
- Medical malpractice cases that can be brought when a health care provider’s negligence results in a patient’s injury;
- Premises liability lawsuits that involve a person sustaining injuries on another person’s property due to negligent maintenance of the property, which often include slip and fall cases, as well as negligent security claims and swimming pool accident claims;
- Product liability lawsuits that involve injuries resulting from various kinds of product defects, and can include lawsuits against the designer, manufacturer, or retailer and marketer of the defective or dangerous product; and
- Wrongful death lawsuits, which are closely related to personal injury lawsuits but instead the personal representative of the deceased’s estate will stand in the shoes of the deceased to seek compensation for a range of losses.
Our firm also represents clients in a range of other types of accident and injury cases such as airplane and mass transit accidents, dog bite cases, elder and nursing home abuse claims, and various types of catastrophic injuries.
Newport Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)
At the Johnston Law Firm, we routinely receive a range of FAQs from injury victims. The following are some commonly asked questions and our answers.
When do I need to file my personal injury lawsuit in Newport?⌄
Under the Oregon personal injury statute of limitations, most personal injury lawsuits in Newport must be filed within two years from the date of the accident. Otherwise, if you wait more than two years from the date of your injury, your claim will become time-barred.
What is comparative fault and how can it impact my Newport personal injury claim?⌄
Comparative fault, or comparative negligence, is a defense theory that the defendant may raise in order to limit the amount of damages they must pay, or to avoid paying damages altogether. Oregon’s comparative fault law is a “modified” comparative fault law. Accordingly, a plaintiff can recover damages as long as that plaintiff is not more than 50 percent at fault. As long as the plaintiff is 50 percent or less at fault, the plaintiff can recover damages, but the damages award will be reduced by the plaintiff’s percentage of fault.
Am I eligible to file a personal injury or a wrongful death case?⌄
While personal injury law and wrongful death law are closely related, it is important to understand that these types of lawsuits are not interchangeable. A personal injury lawsuit is designed for the injury victim to file, while a wrongful death lawsuit is only appropriate when the injured person has died and another party — the personal representative of the deceased — must stand in the metaphorical shoes of the deceased to file a lawsuit.
Filing an Insurance Claim in Newport After a Personal Injury
Many injury victims in personal injury lawsuits will initiate a claims process by filing an insurance claim. In particular, in auto accident cases, the first step is usually to file an insurance lawsuit. Our firm has years of experience representing clients in insurance claims and negotiating with the insurer on your behalf. We will seek the highest possible insurance settlement available to you and will hold the insurer accountable for any delayed investigation or other bad faith acts. If you cannot obtain compensation through an insurance claim, our Newport personal injury attorneys can represent you in a personal injury lawsuit.
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