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Rob knew how to use this knowledge to my advantage. He knew what insurance companies do and how they do it. He wasn't surprised by their underhanded tactics.  Read More.

Nancy Gonzales

Portland, Oregon

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Frequently Asked Questions

How should I pick a lawyer?

Hiring a lawyer is a lot like hiring a doctor. You know you want a good one, but unless you’re one yourself it can be kind of difficult to evaluate what you’re getting.

There are three categories to consider:

(1) Is the lawyer qualified to represent you?

(2) Does the lawyer have the experience to get a successful outcome in your case?

(3) Can you get along with them?

Qualified

Find out where the lawyer went to law school. Did they go to a good school? How well did they do in school? Did they receive any academic honors? Read more…

Do I need a lawyer?

It is not always necessary to hire a lawyer. If you have a minor injury and make a quick recovery, you probably can resolve your claim on your own. However, if you have a more significant injury or you face a longer recovery, you need to give serious consideration to hiring a lawyer. Without an experienced attorney on your side, you’ll be at a substantial disadvantage Read more…

Who pays my immediate medical bills?

If you’ve been injured, one of the first things you are going to be thinking about is your medical bills. If you decide to pursue a personal injury claim, the culmination of that process if you are successful is that the person, organization or insurance company responsible for your losses will compensate you for your medical bills. But the claim process can take a long time. In the meantime, who is going to pay your immediate medical bills? Read more…

What is my case worth?

There is no set formula for determining the value of a case. Oregon law permits an injured person to recover two categories of losses which the law calls damages economic and noneconomic.

Economic Damages Are Mostly Objective

Economic damages are hard costs that can be objectively verified. They are relatively easy to determine and include:

  • past, present and future medical bills;
  • wage loss;
  • loss of earning potential; and
  • other out-of-pocket expenses.

If you were in a car, motorcycle or bike accident, economic damages also include repair or replacement costs. Read more…

Should I Accept The Insurance Company’s Offer?

Insurance companies make money when they collect more in premiums than they pay in claims. Their objective is to pay you the least amount of money possible. The insurance company for the at-fault party will contact you shortly after the accident or incident and may try to pressure you into accepting a settlement. The insurance company representative may be friendly or charming. But remember that no matter how personable the representative is, the insurance company is looking out for its own interests, not yours. Read more…

What should I do after an accident?

If you have been in an accident, there are a number of critical steps you should take to protect yourself and your legal rights.

Get immediate medical attention

If you’ve been injured, you should get medical attention right away. If you’ve been seriously injured, you’ll likely end up in the hospital. On the other end of the spectrum, you might be able to drive yourself home. If that’s what happens, don’t take two aspirin and call it good. As soon as you can, go see a doctor. Read more…