It Pays to Dig Deeper: Investigating Single-Car Crashes

I bet that 90% of lawyers would have made a $9 million mistake on this case. Before I explain, let me walk you through the scenario. Imagine that you’re a personal injury lawyer, and someone calls you up and tells you this story: “I live in California, but I was on a car trip in […]

Bringing Such a Small Case to Trial Would Be Silly

Bringing Such a Small Case to Trial Would Be Silly

I teach a class to paralegal students one evening per week. On last week’s midterm exam, I asked them to write an essay outlining possible tort claims that could be brought on behalf of a fictional woman who sprained her ankle slipping on water in Fred Meyer. In her answer, one of the students wrote […]

Do Gaps in Treatment Lead to More Injury Trials?

One of the duties of a lawyer is to tell people the truth, even when it hurts. To tell people that their actions, however well-intentioned and justifiable, may have certain unfair consequences. No lawyer enjoys it, but it is part of our job. So don’t shoot the messenger. Let me give you an example of […]

What Would You Do If…

Fantastic article in the New York Times about one woman living with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) her husband received on the job. As a lawyer, you’d think the legal aspects of the article would grab me, but in fact I barely noticed them, focused as I was on the emotional story she was telling. […]

April Fundraiser for Police Veteran Reminds Us – Life Can Change in an Instant

Accidents happen. Not matter who you are, what you do, or how healthy you might be, an accident can derail your life, changing things forever. That’s just what happened to 20-year Portland Police veteran Paul Meyer. Paralyzed in what The Oregonian characterized as a “freak accident”, Meyer has gone from being an active Portland police […]

It Can Be Hard to Get a Fair Oregon Car Accident Settlement

Oregon car accident settlements, while presumed to be fair compensation for any injuries you might sustain in an accident, are often difficult to obtain in an amount that truly makes you whole. The car accident settlement process begins immediately following a car accident and is complete when you receive a check from an insurance company […]

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 […]

Truck Accident Injuries are Prevented By Ban on Cell Phones

2013 Marks the Beginning of a National Hand-Held Phone Ban Regarding Interstate Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers As of January 3, 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a ban on the use of hand-held phones by interstate commercial truck and bus drivers. With […]