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INJURY Attorney

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Representing injured Victims 
In Troutdale and Throughout All Of Oregon


Personal injury law covers accidents where a person is injured unintentionally.  Many of the most common accidents are unintentional, but victims can still sue for compensation to cover their losses. Oregon law requires that people use reasonable care as they go about their activities, and any failure can result in legal liability.

Contact Johnston Law Firm today if you were injured in an accident. Our Troutdale personal injury lawyer can analyze whether you have a legal claim and explain next steps.

Were You
Injured in an Accident?

Most accidents stem from negligence. This is the failure to use the care that a reasonable person would in a similar situation. Negligence sends many people to the hospital with serious injuries, including fractures, concussions, back injuries, and more. Our clients are often injured by negligent defendants in the following types of accidents:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Premises liability accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Medical malpractice
  • Product liability
  • Wrongful death

Understanding Personal 

Personal injury cases are tort claims where a victim seeks compensation from those who caused their injuries. The claims process has many pieces, including:

  • Damages. A victim’s damages include financial losses like lost income or medical expenses, but also non-financial losses like pain, suffering, and mental anguish.
  • Claim for compensation. We can request that a defendant pay compensation to settle the dispute, which will make a lawsuit unnecessary.
  • Negotiation. It is possible to avoid a lawsuit by negotiating a settlement with the defendant’s insurer. However, disputes over liability or damages sometimes prevent a resolution to the case.
  • Legal complaint. We might file a lawsuit when negotiation is not successful. The defendant has a chance to respond and explain why they are not liable.
  • Mediation. A judge might send us to mediation, or we can request it on our own. A third-party neutral (mediator) can help each side find common ground and possibly settle the dispute.
  • Judgment. If our case goes to trial, a jury will probably determine liability. A judge then hands down a judgment, which can include the amount of compensation the defendant needs to pay if we win.

Don’t miss out on these common personal injury mistakes.

Get the legal counsel you need to guide you through the process of filing an injury claim.

The Johnston
Firm Advantage

Why should you choose us over other law firms in Oregon? We have negotiated with many insurance companies and convinced them to reconsider a denial and offer fair compensation. This is not an easy process. Inexperienced lawyers might not know how to build a case the correct way to show both liability for the accident and your losses.

Oregon insurance companies routinely reject claims, or they otherwise delay even investigating the claim to begin with. This is unacceptable conduct. We know how to use insurance laws to your benefit. If you hire us soon after being injured, we can make your insurance claim strong before you submit it.

Troutdale Personal 

These are common questions we are asked all the time about Troutdale personal injury cases. If you have a different question, please contact us:

To establish negligence, you need to prove:

  1. The defendant owed you a duty of care. Usually, the duty arises because of close physical proximity. A motorist, for example, must drive carefully so as not to injure anyone else on the road or in the crosswalk.
  2. The defendant’s conduct breached that duty. This means the defendant’s conduct fell below the duty of care.
  3. You suffered damages. Damages are losses which a court can compensate. Most bodily injuries result in damages, such as medical expenses or pain and suffering.
  4. Your damages are caused by the defendant’s breach of their duty. This is the causation element. Your injury must result from the defendant’s conduct.

We use different types of evidence with each case. For example, we might rely heavily on surveillance video if you slipped and fell in a store. In a car accident case, we might rely on physical evidence and witness testimony. One advantage of working with a seasoned lawyer is that we know what evidence is useful for your case.

Deadlines are found in the relevant statutes of limitations. Generally, most personal injury cases give you two years to file suit. The clock begins on the date of the accident. The same is true for medical malpractice cases. You get two years from the date of the medical error or when you reasonably discovered your injury.
Wrongful death cases have a different deadline: three years from the date of the accident which led to the death. We strongly encourage anyone who thinks they have a case to call our firm right away.

Yes. Very few cases end up going to trial. In most situations, a settlement works for everyone involved. We can secure some compensation without worrying about how unpredictable juries can be. Many people also find trials very stressful, so we can avoid one by negotiating a fair settlement.

Every accident victim’s case is unique. We take a close look at all your losses from the accident. Some of the most common expenses are medical and rehabilitation bills. Someone with a serious injury might need tens of thousands of dollars of care. Other victims lose income because they can’t work. They should receive compensation for this and any property damage, like damage to their car.
You should also receive a fair amount for your pain and suffering and emotional injuries. These are harder to put a price tag on.

Yes. Some lawyers charge clients by the hour for all work that they do. That type of arrangement can make hiring a lawyer expensive. We do things differently. At Johnston Law Firm, we use a contingency fee agreement, also called a “no win, no fee” agreement. If we win your case, we take only a slice of your settlement or judgment. If we lose, we don’t get paid anything.

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