Oregon Personal Injury FAQs
Answers from knowledgeable Portland and Salem injury attorneys
Were you injured by the negligence of another person? If so, Johnson & Taylor knows you have questions about personal injury law and what rights it affords you as the injured party. To help you, we have assembled answers to some common questions and provided helpful answers:
- When should I call a lawyer if I am injured?
- Do I have to pay a steep out-of-pocket fee for my representation?
- Do I have to go to trial?
- How do I know if someone were negligent?
- Should I sign a waiver to get paid by the at-fault party’s insurance company?
- Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?
Let Portland and Salem area lawyers focused on personal injury law help you
Johnson & Taylor takes pride in being honest with clients and treating them with the respect they deserve. The top complaint about some lawyers is that they do not communicate often enough with their clients. We believe in being readily available and quickly respond to your questions and issues. With us, you won’t have to worry about being out of the loop, wondering what is going on with your case. Contact us at 503-990-6641 or online.
Your first focus should be treating any injuries requiring emergency care, but once your condition is stabilized, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The moment you are injured, the insurance companies start their work of gathering facts and information to help them payout as little compensation as possible. We can advise you on how to do things correctly every step of the way, so it is good to have that experience working for you from the beginning.
With mounting medical bills and other losses, the last thing you need to worry about is how to pay your lawyer. Johnson & Taylor operates on a contingency-fee basis for personal injury cases. If you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.
It is possible that your claim won’t result in court. We successfully settle most of our cases out of court, saving you time and money. Whether a given case is likely to settle or go to court depends on many variables, including the willingness of the opposing party to settle for a fair amount. Our experienced personal injury lawyers can look at the facts and determine if your case is likely to go to trial. Additionally and because of our experience, we can often negotiate reasonable settlements without the need for litigation.
The law requires that people act with reasonable care. What constitutes the duty of reasonable care varies, depending on the situation. For example, a shop owner has a greater duty to customers than two strangers have to each other in public. Negligence is present when, based on the facts, the at-fault party did not act with the required reasonable care. Proving negligence is a necessary part of getting an injury damage award.
Do not sign any waivers or accept any checks from an at-fault party’s insurance company without consulting our knowledgeable attorneys. Insurance companies are businesses trying to minimize out-of-pocket costs and are motivated to make low-ball offers. A settlement that may look good now might not look so good later if you are disabled or require continued medical care.
Oregon law allows wrongful death claims to be instituted by the personal representative of the decedent’s estate. We can assist in establishing the personal representative of the estate through the probate process.