Liability Insurance and Policy Limits

Liability Insurance and Policy Limits

Every driver in Oregon is required to have liability insurance. Liability insurance is meant to protect you if you are legally responsible for an automobile accident. It is also a possible source of compensation in a wrongful death case resulting from a car crash because the deceased person’s family can bring a claim against the […]

Federal or State Court?

Federal or State Court?

“Venue” means where a lawsuit is filed. The options are Federal Court or State Court, and then within the State Court system, a particular county must be chosen. This is a complicated decision that depends upon the specific details of your case, but here’s an overview of why “where” is very important. In general, State […]

Roads May Be Icy for Thanksgiving Travel

Roads May Be Icy for Thanksgiving Travel

Heading into the Thanksgiving weekend, the temperatures will drop to freezing during the early mornings and late evenings.  Holiday commuters are warned to watch for icy roads early Thursday morning.  Temperatures through Saturday could dip as low as 20 degrees with rain and freezing fog possible.  Patches of black ice will likely form on roads […]

Beneficiaries in a Wrongful Death Case

Beneficiaries in a Wrongful Death Case

A wrongful death claim is brought by a personal representative for the benefit of certain “beneficiaries.” Exactly who qualifies as a “beneficiary” is defined by the law. Note that the person who can “bring the lawsuit” is not the same as the people who can “benefit from the lawsuit.” The “beneficiaries” are the people who […]

Possible Beneficiaries in a Wrongful Death Case

Possible Beneficiaries in a Wrongful Death Case

The law applicable to wrongful death is more technical. There is just more to understand. But for another thing, it is very difficult to settle a wrongful death case yourself, unless you are willing to accept far less than full value. Most insurance companies would be happy to settle with you before a lawyer gets […]

Rainy and Windy Driving Safety Tips

Rainy and Windy Driving Safety Tips

With so many rainy days in the forecast, it is important to remind drivers about safety tips in these conditions.  Since these are some of the first heavy rainstorms of the season, sometimes the rain pulls motor oil, grease, and dirt from where it has accumulated on the road. This makes the road slick, not just wet. […]

How the Value of a Wrongful Death Case is Determined

How the Value of a Wrongful Death Case is Determined

What is a life worth? What is the value, in dollars, of the loss of a father, a wife, a grandparent, or a child? There is of course no answer to this question. The value of a life is not measured in dollars. But even though this is true – and obviously true at that […]

Punitive Damages for a Wrongful Death Case

Punitive Damages for a Wrongful Death Case

Punitive damages may be recovered in some wrongful death cases. Punitive damages are widely misunderstood, largely due to the McDonalds coffee case. Many people are under the false impression that punitive damages are a road to riches. Punitive damages are difficult to prove. You are not allowed to even ask for them until after you […]