Portland Personal Injury Law Firm
The Portland personal injury law firm of Shulman DuBois LLC has extensive experience with all types of personal injury cases. We work hard to ensure that our clients feel informed, well-represented, and receive the justice and compensation they deserve. If you are interested in speaking to one of our personal injury attorneys about your case, please call 503-222-4411.
A personal injury is any injury caused by another person’s careless behavior. “Negligence” is often used to describe, for example, a driver who caused a pedestrian accident because they were texting at the wheel, or a property owner who forgot to warn customers about a wet floor which cases someone to slip.
If You’ve Been Injured, You Deserve a Fair Settlement
If careless behavior that causes a person to suffer injury goes unpunished, it will happen again. In the legal world, there has to be structure and definitions. Without them, there would be chaos. For a person with a serious injury that was caused by a car accident, these definitions aren’t as important as making sure medical bills are paid or there is enough money to feed the kids after missing months of work to recover.
It’s easy to get frustrated with the law when you don’t understand it or it doesn’t seem fair. And feeling this way while in pain or being unable to perform daily tasks because of a distracted driver or hit-and-run accident is all the more difficult. That’s why hiring a Portland personal injury law firm can help.
Personal injury lawsuits are not just so a person can take the money and run. Personal injury claims do provide accident victims with money, but they also hold a careless person or company responsible or punish them to set an example and discourage them from making the same mistake again in the future.
Common Causes of Personal Injury Accidents
Some common causes of personal injury or physical harm caused by another’s carelessness include:
- Product defects (poor design, labeling errors, marketing misrepresentation, manufacturing mistakes)
- Unsafe premises (no security guards, poor lighting, missing warning signs)
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Car accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bus crashes
- Truck collisions
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Construction accidents
- Dog/animal attacks
If reading the above list makes you a little paranoid, we don’t blame you. Accidents are scary and they can happen to anyone. We wish there was a way to guarantee that personal injury accidents will never happen. That’s why we do all we can to put our legal experience, resources, and knowledge to work so that a person can be fairly compensated for their suffering, and hopefully prevent a future injury to someone else. At Shulman DuBois, LLC, our Portland personal injury law firm chooses to help people during one of the most challenging times in their life.
We Can Help Answer Your Questions About Oregon Personal Injury Claims
There are a lot of uncertainties after an accident. We are here to answer your questions. Give us a call at 503-222-4411 for a free consultation with a Portland personal injury law firm.
If a person is injured because someone else was careless, the injured person has rights and may be able to obtain compensation from the careless individual. For example, if a manufacturing company sells an unreasonably dangerous product or fails to properly warn the public of a product hazard and injury results; if a motorist drives recklessly and causes an accident; or if someone intentionally harms someone else. A personal injury victim is entitled to hold a person or company who caused them harm responsible for their negligent actions.
Personal injury cases are complex. Personal injury victims not only face physical challenges, but emotional and financial hurdles as well. In some situations, an individual may need long-term medical care and treatment for their injury that resulted from an accident. This is where a Portland personal injury attorney with years of experience handling such cases can help.
There are strict laws in Oregon. If your injury was someone else’s fault, they should pay all the costs associated with your injuries, including medical bills. At Shulman DuBois LLC, our experienced Portland personal injury attorneys represent personal injury victims injured from another person’s negligent behavior. If a court of law finds the other person to be at fault, you will recover costs such as medical bills, wages lost as a result of injury, physical therapy fees, and more.
As personal injury lawyers in Oregon, we understand how overwhelming being injured in an accident caused by another person’s carelessness can be. We are dedicated to making this challenging process as simple as possible for you and your family. Contact us today by calling 503-222-4411 for more information about your legal rights and for a free consultation of your case.
Past Personal Injury Accident Case Examples:
Personal Injury Accident Case Example #1: T-Bone Car Accident
One December day, at about 3:00 in the afternoon, John Taylor was driving north on N. Williams, with his wife Della Taylor in the passenger seat. The defendant pulled in front of them suddenly and without warning, causing the Taylors’s car to smash into the side of the defendant’s car in a T-bone collision. The Taylors were not wearing their seatbelts, I’m very sorry to say. John and Della Taylor were an unusual older couple, both in their 70′s at the time of the accident. They met later in life, fell in love, and remain deeply in love with each other. John had been caring for Della for a few years before this collision. John’s injuries now mean that it is more difficult for him to care for Della at home.
John suffered a fracture to his vertebra, which required surgery and resulted in difficulty swallowing and neck pain, both of which are probably permanent. Della was already in bad shape before the crash, but the crash caused further leg problems and cognitive difficulties. The case settled for $450,000 before trial.
Personal Injury Accident Case Example #2: Rear-End Truck Accident
Larry T, in his early 50′s when he came to us, had worked as a truck driver for most of his life. One day he arrived early to a delivery. The warehouse wasn’t open yet, so he parked his rig and took a nap in the berth. In the wee hours of the morning, a garbage truck backed into Larry’s truck, knocking him out of his “bed,” and causing injury.
The insurance company for the garbage company claimed all sorts of things. That the garbage truck was only going 2 m.p.h., that our client couldn’t have been hurt as badly as he claimed, even that he was making up his injuries. But he wasn’t. In fact, Larry was as honest as the day is long. Our law firm’s investigation showed that the garbage truck company did not train its drivers well, that this particular driver had been in previous accidents and had not been properly disciplined, and more.
But the insurance company continued to say it was not the garbage truck driver’s fault. They claimed it was Larry’s fault, for parking in the wrong place! You can read L.T.’s truck accident attorney testimonial on our testimonials page, or watch his testimonial video. We were able to obtain a $399,000 settlement for our client, at trial.
Personal Injury Accident Case Example #3: Crushed Between Two Trucks
J.T. was sitting in traffic behind a truck when another truck approached from behind her. The truck behind her did not slow in enough time to stop, and hit J.T – shoving her car up under the truck in front of her. Between the two trucks, her car was so smashed, she had to be cut out of the car, and then she was transported to OHSU. After emergency surgery, and ongoing medical treatment, it was determined that her pain and loss of range of motion would be permanent. This case settled for $175,000.
Personal Injury Accident Case Example #3: Bicyclist Walking His Bike Hit in Crosswalk
M.T. was walking his bicycle across the street when he was hit by a car. He was in the crosswalk and had a walk sign, so liability was clear. The car knocked him to the ground and ran over his dog! The dog was fine, but M.T. was severely injured. His injuries, including serious back pain and a hand injury that later required surgery also affected his ability to do his job. Eventually, he had surgery and with physical therapy he was able to use his hand, although not as well as he had before. Sean DuBois was able to get a settlement of $115,000 (original offer: under $50,000).
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Shulman DuBois LLC, is located in Portland, Oregon, and serves clients in all Oregon cities and counties, including: Portland, Beaverton, Multnomah County, Hillsboro, Gresham, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tualatin, Troutdale, Sellwood, Corvallis, Salem, Eugene, Milwaukie, and Albany.