Uber & Lyft are now legal in Portland thanks to a 120-day Pilot Program

Uber & Lyft are now legal in Portland thanks to a 120-day Pilot Program

  Tuesday night the City Council voted 3-2 to allow ride-sharing companies to operate in Portland as a part of a 120-day pilot program. Since Uber starting running illegally in Portland back in December, that made it hard for some of the commissioners to trust their business practices. The 120-day pilot programs would lift the […]

Attitude is Everything

Attitude is Everything

These are the times when you find out what you are really made of.  Anyone can be optimistic when the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming. But we Oregonians know how to keep a good attitude when the weather is bad. It is natural and easy to fall into self-pity when you have […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oregon’s Statutes of Limitations

Oregon’s Statutes of Limitations

Many people ask the same question, how long do I have to file my personal injury case?  In general, Oregon personal injury cases must be filed with the court within two years of the date of the injury.  This does not mean you can decide one year and eleven months after your accident that you […]

What is Underinsured Motorist Insurance?

What is Underinsured Motorist Insurance?

When you bought your insurance policy, in addition to PIP and liability coverage, you also got underinsured motorist insurance (UIM). If someone else hits you and causes $150,000 worth of injuries, but only has $25,000 worth of insurance, UIM will make up the difference, but only if you have UIM policy limits of $150,000 or […]

Can Bankruptcy Affect your Personal Injury Case?

Can Bankruptcy Affect your Personal Injury Case?

If you are in bankruptcy, or might be soon, this can have an enormous effect on any recovery you may get from a personal injury case. If you are in bankruptcy, your claim does not belong to you; it belongs to your bankruptcy trustee. Generally, you can keep up to $10,000. But the rest usually […]

What happens to your money from a personal injury settlement when you divorce?