How to Prevent Drinking and Driving this New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve has the second largest amount of drunk driving accidents next to Thanksgiving. Drinking and driving carries many risk for yourself, passengers and any others that may cross your path. Preventing your friends or family from drunk driving can help minimize the number of accidents that occur on the road, especially on New… read more
How Do Wrongful Death Attorneys Get Paid?
If you are considering a wrongful death case, you may be concerned about the cost of hiring an attorney. But, with a contingency fee agreement, much of the financial burden and uncertainty of seeking legal representation is lifted. To put it in the simplest terms possible, a contingency fee agreement means if the lawyer takes… read more
Can I Sue A Car Insurance Company After an Accident?
What to Do If You ARE Seriously Injured in a Car Accident in Portland While you can’t technically sue a car insurance company after a car accident, you can bring a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. Insurance companies, regardless of how necessary and helpful, are ultimately out to make money. That means that… read more
10 Guidelines for Finding a Good Wrongful Death Attorney
Ask around. Getting a referral from someone you trust can be an excellent place to start when you’re looking for a lawyer. But remember that the lawyer who did a divorce or reviewed a real estate deal for a friend probably doesn’t have experience with wrongful death cases. You don’t want to be someone’s first wrongful… read more
Top 5 FAQ’s for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Q: Can a domestic partner act as a “spouse” under the Wrongful Death law so as to bring a lawsuit or be a beneficiary? A: Probably not. ORS 112.017 used to allow a “common-law spouse” to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. That law might have been applied to allow a domestic partner to bring a… read more
How to Negotiate with a Personal Injury Claims Adjuster
As an injured person in an accident, or someone who has sustained damages to a vehicle in a car accident, one of your next steps will be to work with a personal injury claims adjuster. This can be a stressful experience for some people, especially for those people who have no idea what to expect… read more
The Oregon Litigation Process
Here are some highlights of what you can expect a lawyer to do in a wrongful death case. This is only a selection; there is much more, but since every case is different, we have singled out some of the more common tasks so you can get a flavor. Preserve all evidence: take photos of… read more
How Does Life Insurance Relate to a Wrongful Death Case?
If your loved one had life insurance, that policy should pay separately from any wrongful death claim. People usually name specific beneficiaries in their life insurance policies. If the life insurance policy does name specific beneficiaries, then the life insurance company should pay those claims. Some people also have Accidental Death clauses added to their… read more
Staying Safe in a Flooded Portland
With the excessive amounts of rain and wind hitting the Portland Metro area, injuries and accidents are more likely to occur. Streets are flooded, landslides are happening and trees are falling on homes and streets. Driving on flooded roads is very dangerous. A small car can be moved by just eight inches of rushing water…. read more
Understanding Insurance Policy Limits
Every insurance policy has limits. This is the maximum amount that the insurance company will have to pay. Automobile insurance limits are typically quoted as two numbers with a slash between them. For example, as of this writing, ORS 806.070 requires that an automobile policy issued in Oregon must have liability limits of at least… read more