Oregon Personal Injury Law Questions and Answers
If you are looking for a get-rich quick scheme, filing a personal injury lawsuit is not the way to do it. The job of an excellent personal injury attorney is to fight for justice by making sure that you are adequately compensated for your injuries and losses, not to make you rich. If you get rich from a Portland lawsuit, something VERY bad probably happened to you.
You may have heard stories in the news about people making millions of dollars off of their personal injury lawsuits, but the truth is that victims rarely — if ever — suddenly become rich from a personal injury lawsuit.
Most of the multimillion-dollar cases you read about either (a) are not entirely true, (b) had the verdicts radically reduced by the judge, or (c) the amount of money awarded was the amount actually needed by the injured person. You know how much medical care costs; if a person has been paralyzed and now requires round-the-clock care for a lifetime, $5 million probably will not cover it.
If someone has injured you, then his or her insurance company should pay the amount of money necessary to make up for what you have lost. But the law does not entitle you to more than that. If you are looking to get rich quick, you will be sorely disappointed. If you are looking for fairness and justice, you might, with a lot of hard work, get what you deserve. Remember, the adjusters will look at medical records and property damages and other finite numbers when making an offer – you cannot make unreasonable demands without the adjusters realizing they are unreasonable.
A lot of people cite the famous McDonald’s case when discussing frivolous or high-settlement lawsuits, but many people do not know the facts behind the case. In reality, Stella Liebeck did not receive as much money as people think, and we believe the money she received was just – if only because McDonald’s was so callous about previous complaints.