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Auto Accident Lawyer Representing
Injury Victims in Scappoose, OR
About Johnston Law Firm
Life is not about getting knocked down, but rather about how we get back up. Car accidents have the potential to push our lives in various negative directions, whether it is financially, physically, or emotionally. Sometimes, all three of these factors can be impacted for victims. We at the Johnston Law Firm are here for you and your loved ones if you are injured in an auto accident in Scappoose. Give us a call today so we can help in any way we can.
How an attorney can
help you after a car accident
Car accidents open a confusing and stressful world to the average person, which is why we are here to help. If you initially doubt the idea of hiring a lawyer, here are a few things we can help with.
- We will handle the insurance companies while you and your loved ones recover physically.
- We will protect you from getting taken advantage of by insurance companies. Insurance companies do not like when our firm gets involved because they know we do not let anything slide. We ensure you are protected and treated fairly.
- We do not charge any fees up front. We do not get paid until we win a settlement for you.
- We ensure your insurance coverage covers the fees they are entitled to cover.
- We conduct our own investigation of the facts of the case to better build your case.
- Cases like these rarely go to trial but we prepare every day like there is a trial date.
Common Pains and Injuries
from Car Accidents in Scappoose
Motor vehicle accidents can end in many ways, and for some people there are no injuries even though the accident was severe. Minor accidents sometimes end in major injuries for victims. This type of event is unpredictable, but there tends to be a select few injuries and pains that are common.
- Upper neck stiffness and soreness
- Lower back stiffness and soreness
- Lower body trauma
- Head trauma
- Bulging discs in back
- Herniated discs in back
Regardless of how you feel after the accident, you and anyone involved should attempt to seek some type of medical attention. This could just be an urgent care visit to give a quick look to make sure everything is ok. Pains and injuries may take time to appear, so it is important not to disregard the fact that you feel fine right after. Many times, victims do not feel anything minutes or hours after an accident because of the adrenaline your body is producing.
Don’t miss out on these common personal injury mistakes.
of Car Accidents
As varied as injuries from car accidents can be, the causes of those accidents can be even more varied. Many auto accidents are results of human error and lack of care or attention. Some of the most common causes are directly a result of conscious or unconscious decisions. There does tend to be common causes of these events, such as:
- Driving too fast for the current conditions
- Distracted driving (intoxicated, texting)
- Illegal lane changes
- Following too closely behind
- Failing to avoid oncoming vehicle ahead
What Damages Can
I Receive Compensation for?
In the state of Oregon, car accident cases can make victims eligible to receive two types of compensation. Both types of compensation are designed to compensate the victim for their losses, whether based on vehicle damage or emotional scarring.
Economic Damages: compensate an injured plaintiff for direct financial losses, such as medication costs, hospitalization stays, surgery bills and lost wages. Economic damages are defined by Oregon law as “objectively verifiable monetary losses including but not limited to reasonable charges necessarily incurred for medical, hospital, nursing and rehabilitative services and other health care services, burial and memorial expenses, loss of income and past and future impairment of earning capacity”.
Noneconomic Damages: compensate an injured plaintiff for more subjective losses such as emotional trauma or distress. Oregon law defines these as “subjective, non-monetary losses, including but not limited to pain, mental suffering, emotional distress, humiliation”. These damages are more difficult to quantify, as emotional pain can be traumatic and long-lasting, as well as difficult to recover from.
This will depend on both insurance companies and their coverages. It will also depend on whether the insurance company who is handling the vehicle damage, declares your vehicle ‘totaled’ or not. If they deem it totaled, they will offer you a check with an amount they declare to be the vehicle worth. In terms of the case if you choose to hire an experienced and dedicated car accident attorney, the amount will not be final until all investigations are complete.
Yes, you should. Calling an attorney’s office like ours at the Johnston Law Firm is highly recommended. What you can gain from a simple call to us is quick, honest, and helpful legal advice of what to do next. Whether or not we feel we could best represent you, we want to help you in any way we can. Even if that means just answering a simple question you have. We are here to help people in your situation.
After a car accident, there are three critical steps to take to ensure your safety and financial security. First, you need to report the accident to your insurance company. Do not give a recorded statement until first contacting an attorney. Secondly, you need to fill out an accident report through the DMV within 72 hours of the accident. The third step should be to call an experienced and dedicated attorney like us at the Johnston Law Firm. We will give you a free case assessment and advice regarding your next step. Call even if you do not think you want an attorney, we can help even without formally starting a case.
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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.
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