Gresham Personal Injury Attorneys
It only takes seconds for an accident in Gresham to alter the course of your life. One minute, you are sitting in traffic on I-84, walking around in a retail store, working on a construction site or using a consumer product and the next, another person’s incompetence has led to an injury that will take weeks, months, or even years to heal. Personal injury accidents can put your life in crisis-mode. If you have suffered a personal injury caused by another’s negligence or recklessness and are seeking treatment for your injuries, a Gresham personal injury attorney at Rizk Law may be able to help you explore legal options. The firm’s founder Richard Rizk is licensed to practice law in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. We focus our legal practice on helping accident victims pursue the justice and fair compensation they deserve.
Contact us today if you think your injuries were someone else’s fault. Your consultation is free and we do not charge any fees or costs for our services unless you obtain compensation. Do not wait to schedule your free consultation, as you only have a limited amount of time to file a claim. If you decide to move forward, we will do everything we can to help you obtain favorable compensation.
What to Do After a Personal Injury
The moments following an accident can be scary experience, leaving you unsure about what to do. By taking the following steps right after your accident, you can help ensure your health and help preserve your right to pursue a claim for compensation:
Seek Medical Care
The first step to take after an accident is to seek medical care for your injuries, even if you do not believe your injuries to be serious or life-threatening. Sometimes injuries can appear minor at first, only to become worse over time if they are left untreated.
Visit one of Gresham's local medical facilities, such as Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, which can provide emergency care and begin treating your injury.
This is why it is important to see a doctor and have your injuries examined. He or she will conduct a detailed medical evaluation to diagnose your injury and provide you with the proper treatment plan to aid in your recovery. Sometimes seeking treatment sooner prevents and injury from getting worse, which can actually speed up the healing process.
Report the Injury
After suffering a personal injury, file a police or accident report. Having an official report of your injury can help support your case and possibly improve your chances of recovering compensation. Make sure to also ask for a copy of the report once it has been filed.
Be detailed and accurate in the report while details are still fresh in your mind. You may forget certain information over time if you fail to report your injury as soon as possible. Include details such as the time of day, date, weather conditions and the specific location of the accident.
However, do not admit to any fault or wrongdoing. This could hurt your chances of obtaining compensation. Let the Gresham Police Department conduct a detailed investigation of your case to determine all the facts involved.
If you are physically able to, gather evidence at the scene by taking notes and photographs to help you remember all the details. Write down a description of what happened, where it happened, and how it happened. Obtain the full names, addresses, phone numbers, license information and insurance details from all parties involved in the accident.
Be sure to also take pictures of the accident scene, including your injuries, any property damage, torn or bloody clothing and anything else you believe is important to capture.
It is also critical that you speak to any witnesses present at the time of your accident. A witness statement can provide details you may not have seen or been aware of. Collect his or her name and contact information as well so you and your attorney can contact the witness at a later date if needed.
Document anything and everything at the accident scene. It can be difficult to recall specific details or information as time passes, which could ultimately affect the amount of compensation you may recover. Evidence often disappears quickly after an accident, so it is best to document things as quickly as possible.
Contact a Lawyer
If you are involved in an accident caused by another person’s negligent or blatant disagreed for anyone else’s safety, you may have the right to file a lawsuit or insurance claim and pursue compensation for any damages and losses you have suffered.
An experienced lawyer can review the details of your case and determine whether or not you have a valid claim. If you do, he or she will get started conducting a separate, but detailed investigation into your accident and may hire accident reconstruction experts or medical experts to help prove that negligence played a role in your accident and establish the value of your damages.
Our personal injury lawyers in Gresham will work to hold any at-fault party liable for your injuries. If we can prove another party is at fault, you may be entitled to recover damages for losses such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Richard Rizk, senior lawyer and founder of our firm, has experience as an insurance defense lawyer and authorizer of large loss claims. He learned a lot about how insurance companies think and can use those insights when assisting injury victims who are pursuing compensation.
Fill out our Free Case Evaluation form to learn more about your legal options.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
At Rizk Law, our Gresham personal injury attorneys have helped numerous accident victims and their families over the years recover the compensation they are entitled. We have handled cases involving, but certainly not limited to:
- Car accidents
- Brain injuries
- Dog bites
- Slip and fall accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Spinal cord injuries
- Product liability
If you think you may have a valid case, you should consider reaching out to a skilled and knowledgeable attorney at our firm who understands exactly what you are going through.
Call us at 503.245.5677 to schedule your free consultation.
Element of Negligence
If you wish to obtain compensation for your injuries, you must be able to prove the four elements of negligence. In other words, you must show that the cause of your injury and the extent of your damages was the result of the at-fault party’s negligence. The four elements of negligence include the following:
- Duty of care – The at-fault party was obligated to act in a reasonable manner to not cause you harm. You must prove that he or she had a duty of care to behave as a reasonable person would have in a similar situation.
- Breach of duty of care – The at-fault party breached his or her duty of care by acting or failing to act as a reasonable person would. For instance, a duty of care is breached when a motorist decides to drive while distracted, sleepy or drunk.
- Causation – There must be a causal link between the at-fault party’s breach of duty of care and your injuries. In other words, you would not have been suffered a personal injury if the at-fault party had not acted in a negligent or careless manner.
- Damages suffered – You must prove that you suffered damages as a result of your accident and injury. Monetary damages could include medical expenses and loss of wages.
If all of these elements can be established in your case, you may have a valid claim and be entitled to recover compensation for your injury.
Complete a Free Case Evaluation form today to find out if you have a case.
Compensation Available for Personal Injuries
Compensation may be available to help personal injury victims recover some of their losses from the accident and hopefully help them return to a position that is close to where they were at before the accident. This means you may be entitled to recover compensation for economic and non-economic damages, such as:
- All medical bills associated with the accident
- Rehabilitation and therapy costs
- Costs for special medical equipment
- Medication costs
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
However, Oregon law does limit the amount of compensation you may recover in a personal injury case depending on your degree of fault in the accident. The state follows a modified comparative negligence rule, which means that the amount of compensation you may be entitled to receive will be reduced by an amount equal to your percentage of fault as long as it is no more than 50 percent (Oregon Revised Statutes sections 31.600 to 31.620).
For example, if you are 30 percent at fault, the amount of compensation you could receive would be reduced by 30 percent. This means an award of $100,000 would be reduced to $70,000. If you are found to be more than 50 percent at fault, you will not be able to recover any amount of compensation, no matter how severe your injuries are.
A licensed personal injury lawyer in Gresham can help you build a strong case to try to ensure that you are not assigned more blame than you deserve for the accident.
We look forward to helping you. Call 503.245.5677.
How Our Firm Can Help You
The trusted Gresham personal injury lawyers at our firm have years of legal knowledge and experience handling a variety of personal injury cases. We will thoroughly investigate your case and take care of every aspect of your claim on your behalf.
In handling your personal injury case, our attorneys will:
- Represent your best interests and fight for your rights every step of the way
- Personally handle your case and answer any questions or concerns you may have
- Conduct a detailed investigation of the accident scene to prove negligence
- Reach out to eyewitnesses present at the time of your accident to learn more
- Analyze your injuries, putting a value on your pain and suffering
- Communicate with the insurance company to obtain a fair settlement
- Take your case to trial if you believe you were offered a low-ball settlement
We understand Oregon laws and can help you file a personal injury lawsuit within the statute of limitations to recover the compensation you deserve. Generally, personal injury claims must be filed within two years from the date the accident occurred (ORS 12.110). This also includes cases involving any type of motor-vehicle accident (car, truck motorcycle), dog bites, nursing home abuse, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and more.
If your injury was caused by medical negligence, you also have two years from the date the injury was first discovered or should have been reasonably discovered, but no more than five years from the date of the malpractice that caused your injury.
In the event of an unfortunate death, wrongful death claims have a three-year deadline. This means you must file within three years from the date of the injury that resulted in your loved one’s death.
We understand the time restraints that apply to your unique situation and will help you file any paperwork necessary to pursue the compensation you and your family need.
Fill out a Free Case Evaluation form today so we can start reviewing your case.
Contact Our Personal Injury Attorneys in Gresham
Rizk Law has been advocating for accident victims in Oregon for almost two decades. If you feel that you or a loved one has suffered an injury caused by someone else’s negligence, contact our Gresham personal injury attorneys to explore your legal options.
We take all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so you will not have any upfront costs and nothing will be owed unless you are compensated first.