Medical Examination after a Car Accident – My Automobile Insurance Company Wants to send me Their Doctor

If you have been injured in an auto accident and your automobile insurance is paying your medical bills under your Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) benefits, there are occasions when your own company will ask you to attend what they call an “Independent Medical Examination” (“IME”) by a doctor of their choosing.

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Medical Release Form from Insurance Companies – Should I sign it after an Auto Accident?

If you have been in an auto accident and you have been injured, one or more of the insurance companies involved may send you a medical release form in the mail. They will suggest that they need to get your medical records to evaluate your claim. If another driver is at fault and it is the other driver’s insurance company sending you the medical release, you should think twice before signing it.

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Who Pays for the Auto Repair to my Car in an Accident? My Company or Theirs?

If your car has been damaged in an Oregon auto accident and the other driver is at fault, you may have a choice of insurance companies to pay for your repairs. If you have collision coverage on your policy, you can have your company pay for the repairs, less your deductible.

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Personal Injury Claims Advice – Part Two

In the first blog post we discussed the “statute of limitations” for many tort claims (not all) in Oregon. The second piece of advice we give to all clients with personal injury claims relates to when someone should settle their claim.

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Scooter Accidents and Wheelchair Tip-overs on Busses Causing Lawsuits

The American Disabilities Act prevents all public transit companies from refusing service to disabled passengers. The Act pushed all public transit companies to adopt methods to safely transport disabled passengers. In some cases, the Act specifically regulates the manner in which disabled passengers will be transported.

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Will the Insurance Company Treat Me Fairly?

The only way we could answer this question accurately is with a crystal ball. Unfortunately, crystal balls are not standard issue when becoming an Oregon lawyer. Our experience as personal injury attorneys handling claims across the state of Oregon has shown us that, like anything in life, there are good apples and bad apples.

There are two factors you can control that minimize the risk of being treated unfairly. The first is your rapport with the adjuster. The second is how you or your attorney presents the claim to the adjuster.

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Why Does My Car Insurance Pay for My Medical Bills?

In Oregon, when you are involved in an auto accident, your personal car insurance pays for your medical bills even if you are not at fault. At first this doesn’t seem to make sense. Why would my insurance pay for my medical bills when the other driver is at fault? The quick answer is that Oregon law requires all auto insurance policies to have no-fault medical coverage.

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Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney for My Auto Accident Claim?

The simple answer is, it depends. When the attorneys in our Albany office looks at a claim, we ask ourselves the following question: “can we add value to your claim?” There are certain types of claims where hiring a personal injury attorney is essential to ensure you are treated fairly by the insurance companies. On the other hand, there are a handful of cases that don’t require an attorney to reach a fair settlement and hiring an attorney would only reduce the amount of the settlement you receive.

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Do Juries, Not Attorneys, Make Oregon Safer?

When my friends or family members hear they have been selected for jury duty, I rarely see or hear them get excited about the opportunity. From their reaction, it seems they view jury duty as a chore that interrupts their daily life. In fact, I am sure that all of us have heard someone discuss how he or she would like to avoid jury duty.

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Oregon Defective Products: Are There Dangerous Drugs in your Medicine Cabinet?

In a landmark defective products case, on July 2nd there was an announcement that one of the world’s largest manufacturers of prescription drugs, GalaxoSmithKline, had agreed to plead guilty to three criminal charges involving three of the drugs they sell should be a cause for concern for everyone.

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