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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When Common Sense Makes No Sense At All in Personal Injury Cases

Over the past decade, we have seen numerous instances when insurance companies and their representatives refuse to negotiate on personal injury claims, arguing that our client must not have been injured because the property damage to their vehicle was minimal. This frequently happens in rear-end collisions.

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How Do I Choose an Oregon Personal Injury Law Firm?

From time to time, I thumb through the yellow pages or surf through web pages of lawyers who advertise for clients who have personal injury claims. And, of course, there is always the television commercial of a law firm that pops up from time to time on a local channel. I often wonder how someone who has never hired an attorney sorts through this maze of information.

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Advice for Personal Injury Claims in Oregon

There are numerous things that can, and will, be important to each personal injury claim. There are, however, two things we tell every prospective client about their claim. While certain information may apply to different types of claims, these two bits of information apply to all Oregon personal injury cases.

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