Client Bill of Rights

What you should expect from a lawyer. You have the right to a lawyer who is enthusiastic and informed about you and your case. You have the right to a lawyer whose staff is enthusiastic and informed about your case. You have the right to a lawyer who turns off the phone, stops checking email, […]

Settlement Lawyer or Trial Lawyer?

Settlement Lawyer or Trial Lawyer?

Some lawyers advertise that they have been to trial hundreds of times.  This many or may not be useful. The lawyer may have done a lot of criminal trials.  Criminal trials are very different from personal injury trials. Some other lawyers may go to trial often because they are not very good at negotiating, so […]

What to Look for in a Personal Injury Attorney

What to Look for in a Personal Injury Attorney

If you have decided to hire a lawyer, how do you find a good one?  We can offer a few hard and fast rules, and a few guidelines. Hard and Fast Rules Rule #1: Meet with the lawyer before you sign anything.  If you have a bad feeling about the lawyer, trust your gut instinct, […]

Do I Need an Attorney to Settle my Case?

Do I Need an Attorney to Settle my Case?

You may not need an attorney for your accident.  If you have minor injuries, you are not in bankruptcy, all of your medical bills have been paid by PIP, and the insurance company treats you respectfully and truthfully, you may be better off settling your lawsuit directly with the insurance company. It is usually difficult […]

What is my Case Worth?

What is my Case Worth?

What is a broken arm worth? How about a bulging vetebral disc that causes nerve pain down the arm for six months until surgery fixes it? What if the surgery doesn’t work? Unfortunately, there is no science to this.  In fact, here’s the crazy way that our society figures out what a broken arm is […]

FAQ’s About Auto Accident Insurance in Oregon

FAQ’s About Auto Accident Insurance in Oregon

What if the other driver was at fault, but doesn’t have insurance? How will I pay my bills? Well, to pay your bills initially, you will be able to use your PIP. But in addition to PIP, you will also have other coverage in your policy to cover expenses over $15,ooo. In Oregon, every driver […]

How to use your Personal Injury Protection (PIP)

When you bought your insurance policy, if you are like most people in Oregon, you were thinking you were getting liability coverage, so if you caused a crash and injured someone, your insurance would take care of them.  But your insurance also contains “personal injury protection.” known as PIP. The idea behind PIP is that […]

Medical Liens and the Importance of Negotiation

Medical Liens and the Importance of Negotiation

If your health insurance or your auto insurance (PIP) pays your medical bills due to an injury that was someone else’s fault, and then you get a settlement from that person (or their insurance company), then your insurance company (that pays your medical bills) has the legal right to get back the money they paid […]