Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Millions of people across the country are injured or worse, killed, because of acts of negligence by other people. Many of those accident victims are right here in West-Linn. People become hurt in a number of ways but the most common of these that result in a personal injury claim include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Premises liability accidents, such as slip and falls
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Wrongful death
West Linn Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)
The Statute of Limitations in Personal Injury Claims
All personal injury cases are governed by a statute of limitations, or a time limit. This is a very important law in personal injury claims because if you file once the statute of limitations has expired, you will not be able to claim any compensation at all.
Most personal injury cases in West-Linn have a statute of limitations of two years. This means you have two years from the date of the accident to claim compensation. There are some exceptions to this, but they are very limited and only apply when there are extenuating circumstances. There are also instances in which the statute of limitations may be increased or reduced, so it is always important to speak to a West-Linn personal injury lawyer who can advise on your case and make sure it is filed on time.
Personal Injury Settlements vs. Personal Injury Trials
There are many reasons people are hesitant to file personal injury claims. One very common reason is because people are intimidated about the thought of going to court. This is a natural reaction, but there is very little reason to worry.
The vast majority of personal injury cases are settled outside of the courtroom, during negotiations between your lawyer and the liable party, or the insurance company that provides them with coverage. In fact, fewer than five percent of personal injury cases end up going to trial. So, there is a very good chance that you can file your claim and still receive the full and fair settlement you need without ever having to step inside a courtroom.
Still, there are times when liable parties and insurance companies refuse to act fairly and offer a settlement that will fully cover the cost of your injuries. In these instances, there is a slight chance that the case will go to trial. Due to this, it is critical that you work with a West-Linn personal injury lawyer who has extensive experience in negotiating, and at trial. This is the only way to ensure that no matter how your case is resolved, you are working with someone who has the necessary expertise.
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