Personal Injury FAQs
These are some of the most common questions clients ask about personal injury claims. Although they can help you get a general understanding of how claims work, our team is happy to answer any other questions you may have.
When Should I Call A Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you have been injured in an accident, your first priority should be to seek medical care. However, once your condition is stabilized, we suggest that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. Insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind and do everything they can to minimize compensation amounts. Our personal injury lawyers can help to ensure your rights are protected and handle communications with any insurance adjusters. We are familiar with their underhanded tactics and can deal with them while you focus on your recovery.
How Do I Know If Someone Was Negligent?
In many situations, individuals and entities have a duty of care to ensure others’ safety. For example, a fellow motorist has a legal obligation to drive safely and follow the rules of the road to protect themselves and others. If they fail to practice reasonable care and cause an auto accident, they may be liable for any injuries and property damage that are caused. Proving negligence is a vital element of any personal injury claim and can be challenging to do on your own. Our skilled personal injury lawyers are well-versed in Oregon personal injury law. We review the facts of your case, determine whether the other party was negligent, and fight to help you recover compensation should you have a viable claim.
How Will I Pay For Legal Representation?
When you are unable to work and medical bills are piling up, you may wonder how you can afford to pay an attorney. Our personal injury lawyers offer a free initial consultation, so you won’t incur any up-front costs, even if we don’t take your case. Our personal injury team works on contingency, which means if we don’t recover compensation for you, we don’t get paid. If we make a successful recovery, our fees are taken out of any settlement or award you receive.
Should I Just Settle With The Insurance Company?
It can be tempting to accept the first offer an insurance company puts forth. However, it is easy to underestimate the long term physical, emotional and financial costs of an injury. Do not give a statement, sign any waivers, or accept a settlement offer from an at-fault party’s insurance company without consulting our personal injury attorneys first. We know how to accurately value your claim and fight to help you recover the maximum compensation you need and deserve.
Do I Have To Take My Case To Trial?
The majority of personal injury claims are settled out of court. Our team has a track record of success in settling most of our cases outside of a courtroom, which saves our clients a lot of time and money and stress. However, when an at-fault party’s insurance company refuses to make a fair offer, we may have to take your case to trial. Whether it is through negotiation or litigation, our attorneys are experienced professionals who know how to get results.
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In Oregon, a wrongful death claim must be brought by the personal representative of a deceased victim’s estate. If your loved one died without a will or there is no appointed representative, our probate attorneys can assist you in establishing a personal representative through the probate process. This enables you to proceed with your wrongful death claim in an expedient manner.
Why Choose Us?
At Johnson and Taylor, we treat our clients with respect and provide the personalized attention they deserve. Our attorneys provide a candid assessment of your case and offer honest legal advice you can trust. We believe in keeping you up to date on what is happening with your case, and our team is readily available to address any concerns or questions you may have. Whether you’re looking for a personal injury attorney in Keizer, Woodburn, Albany, Dallas, Salem, or Portland, we’re here to help you get the compensation you need to get well and protect your financial stability.
Contact Our Personal Injury Lawyers To Schedule A Free Consultation
Our Salem personal injury attorneys represent clients in Marion, Polk, Linn, and Yamhill counties and throughout the state of Oregon. Members of our team are also fluent in Spanish. To schedule a consultation, contact us online or call us at 503-990-6641.