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  • Linn County Jail Settles Wrongful Death Case 05/01/2017

    According to a Marion County Sheriff’s report, at around 11:00 p.m., on November 16, 2014, Linn County Jail inmate Ashley Chambers overheard a female deputy telling an inmate to “quit faking it, I’ve heard it all before,” and “don’t make me come back in here.”   Another inmate, Katrina Gray, also heard a female deputy tell the inmate to “stop faking it” or she would tear apart her cell.  The inmate’s name was Samantha Robinson.  Four hours later, Robinson would die from bacterial pneumonia while lying on the floor of her cell.  The only treatment Robinson received during her 8-day stay at the Linn County Jail was Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and several recommendations to rest and drink fluids. 

  • Oregon Patient with Third-Degree Burns from Surgical Lights Files $805,000 Lawsuit against Silverton Hospital 08/07/2015

    Thomas E. Heathman, a 52-year old man from Corvallis, who underwent toe surgery back in May 2014 filed an $805,000 lawsuit against Silverton Hospital in Marion County, Oregon for medical negligence. Heathman has been dealing with a persistent oozing wound that appeared on his foot after surgery, which ended up being a third-degree burn caused by the surgical lights.

  • Oregon Attorney and State Representative, Dan Rayfield, Elected to House Majority Whip 07/27/2015

    Dan Rayfield, who is an Oregon personal injury attorney at Nelson MacNeil Rayfield and current Oregon State Representative, was recently elected to a house leadership position. The House Democrats elected Rayfield during an election held after the close of the 2015 legislative session. As House Majority Whip for the next 18 months, Rayfield will be part of the Democrats’ leadership team, which includes the Speaker of the House and Majority Leader, among others.

  • SB 411 Aims to Protect Insured Oregon Drivers 04/20/2015

    Dan Rayfield, a personal injury attorney at Nelson MacNeil Rayfield, was elected to the Oregon House of Representative - District 16 in November 2014. Since this time, Rayfield has worked with fellow lawmakers to build a stronger future for all Oregonians; protecting their safety, expanding the middle class, and improving the quality of their day-to-day lives. Recently, Rayfield and other local representatives passed Senate Bill 411, a bill intended to change auto insurance coverage and significantly improve the auto insurance benefits of insured drivers.

  • Oregon Personal Injury Attorney, Dan Rayfield, Sworn in as House District 16 Representative to the Oregon State Legislature 02/05/2015

    Corvallis, Oregon – Dan Rayfield, a personal injury attorney at Nelson MacNeil Rayfield, was officially sworn in as State Representative on January 12, 2015. Rayfield represents House District 16 which includes  Corvallis, Philomath and encompasses Oregon State University. Rayfield defeated Republican challenger Jacob D. Vandever in November’s general election, taking 72.1 percent of the total votes. He garnered 16,797 total votes to Vandever’s 6,379.

  • Lawyers at Nelson and MacNeil Educate During End Distracted Driving Month 04/23/2012

    ALBANY – Distracted driving is responsible for more than 5,000 deaths and close to 450,000 injuries in the U.S. every year. Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. Drivers who use handheld devices are 4 times more likely to get into an injury-producing car accident.

    These are just a few of the startling and tragic statistics that result from distracted driving.

  • Nelson and MacNeil File Lawsuit Against Drunk Driver and Local Taverns 03/27/2012

    CORVALLIS – A $5 million dollar personal injury lawsuit was filed earlier this month in Benton County
    against Shane Michael Chambers, and a pair of Corvallis taverns, Murphy’s Tavern and the Corvallis Sports Park. The lawsuit cites violations of safety laws preventing businesses from serving visibly intoxicated patrons.

  • Drug Maker Recalls Iodine Solution 08/24/2011

    Drug manufacturer H&P Industries has issued a recall of all lots of the company’s Povidone Iodine Swabsticks, Prep Solutions, Scrub Solutions, and Prep Gel at the command of the Food and Drug Administration. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that testing was not in place to prevent “objectionable microorganisms” from contaminating the products. The company said an investigation into the products did not find any contaminants. Staff Report, PR Newswire

  • Lawsuit Over New WI Voter Law 08/23/2011

    A voter’s group in Wisconsin has said they will file a lawsuit against a recent law passed by politicians requiring voters to show a photo ID at polls. The group claims the law violates the state’s constitution, which only gives the state the ability to decline voting rights to felons and people deemed incompetent. “Getting a state ID can be difficult for low-income and elderly voters,” said a spokesperson for the group.Jack Nicas, WSJ Blogs

  • Lawsuit: Officer Tased 7-Year-Old Boy 08/22/2011

    A Louisiana family has filed a personal injury lawsuit against a Gretna, La., police officer who allegedly Tasered a 7-year-old boy during a traffic stop. According to the lawsuit, the officer Tased both the driver and his son after the driver declined to step out of the car during the traffic stop. The boy was treated for burns on his leg caused by the shock. The suit is seeking $325,000 in damages from the officer, the department and the city. Paul Purpura, New Orleans Times-Picayune

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