10 Guidelines for Finding a Good Wrongful Death Attorney

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 […]

Top 5 FAQ’s for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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 […]

How to Negotiate with a Personal Injury Claims Adjuster

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 […]

The Oregon Litigation Process

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 […]

How Does Life Insurance Relate to a Wrongful Death Case?

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 […]

Staying Safe in a Flooded Portland

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. […]

Understanding Insurance Policy Limits

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 […]

Safety Tips to Avoid Drunk Driving Accidents this Holiday Season

Safety Tips to Avoid Drunk Driving Accidents this Holiday Season

Alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes cost more than an estimated $37 billion annually. December is one of the busiest on the nation’s roadways and is also one of the most dangerous. With the holidays approaching, there is an increase in social gatherings and many of those events involve alcohol. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety […]