Why Should I Call a Lawyer?
Calling an attorney is always smart if you or a loved one get injured in a car accident. At the very least, you will leave a conversation with us, with a better understanding of how this process goes and what you need to look out for. We will give you our best and most honest advice regarding your next step.
An experienced Wilsonville car accident attorney can help guide you through this process to ensure you get back what you lost, and ensure that you obtain all available benefits, including coverage for medical benefits, future medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Even if you choose not to hire an attorney, our best recommendation is to at least give us a call. Take advantage of our time that we give you. We are here to help.
What Kinds of Damages are Eligible for Compensation?
- 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.
Common Injuries from Car Accidents in Wilsonville
As unpredictable as an accident can be, injuries sustained from these accidents can be even more unpredictable and varied. Some major car accidents can result in minor to injuries for one person, while a minor accident can cause life-altering injuries to a different individual. As varied as these injuries can be, there does tend to be a collection of various ones that appear frequently:
- Head trauma
- Lower body trauma
- Bulging discs in back
- Herniated discs in back
How to Begin your Car Accident Case
If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, or pass away from those injuries, you have the right to consult with an attorney. After an accident, your first steps should include getting to safety, obtaining all information available at the scene; other driver’s license, insurance coverage, vehicle damage, license plate, photos of your vehicle, witness information.
Obtain as much of these items as possible before contacting your insurance company to formally report an accident. You should also file an accident report through DMV within 72 hours of the accident.
Your next step should be to contact an experienced and dedicated car accident lawyer in Wilsonville. If you call us at the Johnston Law Firm, we will listen to what happened and give you our very best advice about your next step, whether it be to set up an in-person meeting with Attorney Marc Johnston or to refer you to another attorney who might be better suited to help you. If we do set up a meeting, you will be able to sit down with Marc Johnston and discuss your case further, at which time you can decide to officially begin your case. We will walk you through every step of the way in this difficult time and take care of your legal needs so you can focus on your recovery. Give us a call today at 503-546-3167.
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