I am passionate about the law and how to use it to help you. Since I was a child I was fascinated by the law and its unique ability to solve people's problems. I pride myself in constant learning and practice. I know that regardless of the legal question or situation you may find yourself in, it is likely the most important issue in your life. My goal is to answer your questions and resolve your issues as quickly and efficiently as possible, so that you can get back to your life with as little hassle as possible.
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- Who pays my medical bills after a car crash?
9 March 2018
- Consequences for a first-offense DUI in Oregon
8 January 2018
- Statewide DUI/DUII enforcement is up during the holidays
21 December 2017
- Abdominal pain after a car accident? Go to an emergency room
1 December 2017
- Making a car insurance claim? Things you need to do.
16 November 2017
- Things to absolutely avoid when making a car insurance claim
7 November 2017
- 6 ways to combat a DUI charge
26 September 2017
- Why should you hire a personal injury attorney after a car crash?
28 August 2017
- What treatments are there for soft-tissue injuries?
3 August 2017
- Q. If I am hit from behind by someone with car insurance who admits it's their fault and they would pay for the damage.
- A: You may be in a tough position in certain regards if you were driving without insurance, this is the case whether you knew about it or not. In Oregon, you are barred from recovering non-economic damages for a loss that occurs while driving uninsured. There are certain exceptions, but this can get very complicated, very quickly. Your best bet would be to call a good personal injury attorney who is familiar with ORS 31.715.
- Q. guy we were working for assaulted one of our workers 2x and now refuses to pay us. Says we are trying to extort
- A: There could be a number of claims here. You may be able to sue for damages in a personal injury case for the assault. If additionally you are not being paid your wages, you could sue for back wages, and in most cases recover not just the back wages, but attorney fees as well. There also appear to be potential cases for damage to property and possibly defamation. I recommend consulting with a lawyer well versed in both employment and personal injury law.
- Q. What are the downsides of hiring a PI attorney on a contingency basis?
- A: There is very little if any downside to hiring a PI attorney on a contingency fee basis. In essence, the lawyer takes the risk that the case may be lost, in which case he or she does not get paid. One of the few downsides might be that if the case is extraordinarily large and/or easy, in which case you may end up paying more than you would have paid if you had hired an attorney by the hour; most good attorneys however will be willing to work with you to figure this out, and if need be, work with you so you are comfortable with the fee agreement.
- Q. How do I prove that someone who hit me with their car when I was a pedestrian owed me a legal duty and was negligent?
- A: This depends on the facts of your case. First you have to figure out what the legal duty was. Generally, drivers of motor vehicles have a duty to avoid collisions of any nature. This duty is heightened when it comes to collisions where pedestrians are likely to be found (crosswalks, etc.) Once you have determined what the duty is, proving the legal duty is a matter of presenting the facts of the case to a jury, judge or arbitrator through admissible evidence. It would be in your best interest to gather all your supporting evidence, and make an appointment with a personal injury attorney. A reputable personal injury attorney will be happy to review your case at an initial consultation with you free of charge. Speak with the lawyer before making statements to the insurance companies.
- Q. Does the government have immunity if one of their employees hit me in a government-owned vehicle?
- A: For all practical reasons, the answers is no, the government does not have immunity from liability from a run of the mill car accident. However, if you intend to sue the government, there are certain very technical requirements which you must abide by, and which vary by which type of governmental entity you intend on suing. The best advice is to hire a good personal injury attorney as soon as possible, and let them protect your rights.
- Q. I got hit by a cyclist as I was walking on a sidewalk.
- A: Whether or not there is a bike lane is beside the point. They still have a duty to keep a lookout, and if they hit you because they weren't watching where they were going, they likely are responsible and liable. Best regards,
- Q. I was given a DUI, however I was not operating my vehicle. It was parked at a separate location. Is this lawful?
- A: You can be "charged" with the crime of DUII regardless of whether at the time of the stop you were driving or not. Being charged with a crime,and being found guilty of a crime are two different things. Since driving is an element of the crime of DUII, you would likely have a very good defense at trial if the police are not able to prove you were driving on the date in question. I recommend consulting with a lawyer with ample experience in DUII law to guide you through the process.
- Q. How much information can the insurance company give me about the injuries the other party suffered in my car accident?
- A: Insurance companies will likely be very reluctant to share information regarding what injuries other parties to the accident have suffered, as any information they receive is likely protected by HIPPA, and their dissemination of another person's health information could result in liability to the insurance company. There are ways for experienced Personal Injury attorneys to obtain these records for you.