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In Tillamook and Throughout All Of Oregon
About Johnston Law Firm
Nobody should have to go through the devastating experience of a personal injury caused by another party’s negligence. Yet personal injury happens more often than you might think in Tillamook and throughout the state of Oregon, and other parties are often at fault for devastating and deadly injuries. Personal injuries in Tillamook happen in motor vehicle collisions and slips and falls, and as a result of medical malpractice and product defects. When these injuries happen, they often require extensive medical care, and they usually result in other monetary losses that include lost wages.
Were you recently injured in or around Tillamook? It is critical to have a Tillamook personal injury lawyer evaluate your case as soon as possible to determine whether you could be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit against one or more responsible parties. At the Johnston Law Firm, we have been helping injury victims and their families for years with personal injury and wrongful death cases, and we can assess your claim for you today.
Injury Cases We Handle
At the Johnston Law Firm, our Tillamook personal injury lawyers serve clients in many kinds of personal injury cases. The following are examples of the types of cases we handle:
- Traffic collision cases;
- Medical negligence claims;
- Product defect cases;
- Premises liability lawsuits; and
- Wrongful death claims.
Elements in a Tillamook
Personal Injury Case
The elements of a personal injury case in Tillamook will depend upon the theory of liability that is grounding your claim. In a negligence lawsuit, a plaintiff in Oregon must be able to prove that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care, and that the defendant breached the duty of care by acting negligently, which resulted in the plaintiff sustaining an injury and damages. What specifically constitutes negligence will depend upon the type of case and the particular factors involved. Differently, in a strict liability lawsuit (such as a product defect case), you will not need to prove that the defendant was negligent. Instead, you will only need to prove that the defendant was responsible for designing, manufacturing, or marketing/selling the product, and that the product was defective.
What should you expect more generally in a Tillamook personal injury case? The following are the most common steps in an Oregon personal injury case:
- File an insurance claim if relevant (in some personal cases, you may be able to begin the claims process by filing an insurance claim, but in other cases, you may need to begin with a lawsuit);
- Consider, if it would be helpful to your case, a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) like mediation or arbitration;
- File your personal injury lawsuit, ensuring that you file the lawsuit before the statute of limitations has run out on your case;
- Go through the pre-trial discovery phase, including requests for documents from the other side and depositions;
- Consider any settlement offers you receive from the defendant, which can come in at any point during the pre-trial or trial phase, up until the court issues a decision in your case; and
- Judgment in your case, which can include both economic and non-economic damages — both types of compensatory damages — if you win your case.
Often, it may be possible to reach a settlement out of court to avoid having to take your case to trial, or to avoid having to take your case to a jury verdict. Regardless of whether you settle your case prior to trial or during trial, or you need to take your case all the way to a jury verdict, our Tillamook personal injury attorneys will advocate for your right to compensation. We will gather evidence to show that the defendant should be responsible for the vast losses you have incurred as a result of your injury, and that you are entitled to damages under Oregon law.
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Insurance Claims in
Tillamook After a Personal Injury
At the Johnston Law Firm, we have extensive experience representing clients in both insurance claims and civil lawsuits following a personal injury. After you have sustained a serious personal injury in an accident, it can be difficult to know whether you can file an insurance claim first, or whether you need to move onto a lawsuit. Our firm can assess your case and provide you with more information.
Proving negligence in a personal injury case in Tillamook will depend on the type of personal injury case you are filing and the specific facts of your case. Generally speaking, however, you will need to prove that the defendant’s behavior was less than the level of care that a reasonable person would expect, and that a reasonable person would consider the defendant’s behavior to be negligent. For example, in a car crash case, negligence can involve any behavior that is unreasonable given the circumstances, whether it is violating a traffic law or driving too fast for conditions during a storm.
Typically, Oregon law requires lawsuits to be filed within two years from the date of the injury.
Most plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits can seek compensatory damages, which include both economic and non-economic damages.
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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.
Contact a Tillamook Personal Injury Attorney
Were you injured in an accident in the Tillamook area? Was a loved one recently injured or killed in an accident in Oregon? It is time to get in touch with one of our experienced Tillamook personal injury attorneys to find out more about filing a claim in order to seek financial compensation. Do not hesitate to get in touch with our firm to learn more about how we can assist you. Contact the Johnston Law Firm to find out more about getting started on a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
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