Portland Personal Injury Lawyers
If you have suffered a personal injury because of someone else's recklessness or you lost a loved one due to negligence, it is important to understand your legal rights. You may be entitled to file a personal injury claim to obtain compensation for any damages caused by your injury. The legal process can be difficult to manage on your own which is why you should consider contacting an experienced Portland personal injury lawyer. At Rizk Law, we have the knowledge and resources available to take on insurance companies and their legal representatives who will try to pay out the least amount of compensation for your claim. Founder and Senior Lawyer 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. Mr. Rizk has also resolved over $15 million in claims for many victims for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage and more. He also knows how insurance companies think because he used to work for them. He authorized payment of large loss claims as a large loss claims examiner and defended injury claims as a defense lawyer. He uses the insights he gained from working for the other side for a strategic advantage for people injured through no fault of their own.
Our attorneys understand the financial hardships injured victims experience such as being unable to work or pay the bills. However, there is no need to worry about the costs of seeking legal representation for your personal injury. We take all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means your case consultation is free and you will not be charged any attorney fees unless we help you recover favorable compensation.
Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Lawsuits
Each state has strict deadlines
for filing a personal injury lawsuit and things are no different here in the Beaver State. According to Oregon Revised Statutes section 12.110, these deadlines include:
- Personal injury – Within two years from the date of the accident. This includes lawsuits filed for car accidents, nursing home abuse and more.
- Wrongful death – Within three years from the date of the injury that resulted in the victim's death.
- Claims against the government – An injury claim against the state government must be filed within 180 days of the injury. The 180-day deadline also applies to claims for damages to persons or property against the City of Portland. You can fax or email the claim form or print it out and bring it to the City of Portland Risk Management office. This building is just 10 minutes from our office, which is located at 0434 SW Iowa Street.
If you miss any of these filing deadlines, the court will dismiss your case and you will not be able to recover compensation for your injury by filing a lawsuit. This is why is critical to contact our Portland personal injury attorneys as soon as possible. We understand Oregon state laws and can help you file your claim within the relevant deadline to obtain the compensation you deserve.
We look forward to helping you. Call 503.245.5677.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
Portland is a great place to live for many reasons, from the friendly attitude toward strangers to the variety of food, numerous parks and hiking trails, and other outdoor attractions. However, personal injury accidents still happen and the consequences can be severe or life-altering.
We have experience handling a number of personal injury cases including, but not limited to:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Wrongful death
- Truck accidents
- Birth injuries
If you believe you may have a personal injury case, you should seek legal representation from a licensed attorney who understands exactly what you are going through.
Various parties could be held liable for these situations, from property owners, dog owners and commercial truck drivers to nursing homes and ski area operators. If you were injured in a public park at an event for which a permit was issued, the permit holder can be held liable for losses, damages or injuries if they resulted from the permit holder's negligence, according to Portland city code 20.08.040.
Permits must be issued by the Parks Reservation Center for a variety of activities, including those involving:
- 150 people or more
- Placement of a permanent structure, such as a stage, fence, tent, table or bench
- The activity may require more police or fire protection, placing, removing or opening bollards, gates or fences
The park is being used in a manner that is not consistent with the uses for the park that have been designated by the director for the park, including to charge admission, serve or consume alcoholic beverages, or conduct business
Our personal injury lawyers in Portland are familiar with different types of personal injury cases and can help determine if you have a valid claim.
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Steps to Take After a Personal Injury
The skilled Portland personal injury attorneys at Rizk Law are prepared to manage every aspect of your personal injury claim.
However, there are several things you can do immediately following an accident to help ensure your well-being and help support your case to recover the compensation you deserve. This includes the following:
Seeking Medical Attention
The first thing to do after an accident is to seek medical attention. Even if you think your injuries are minor, it is still important to be examined by a qualified medical professional. Certain injuries may not become apparent until days or even weeks later, only to become more serious over time. A doctor can conduct a detailed examination to diagnose all of your injuries and start a treatment plan.
Waiting to seek treatment could lengthen your recovery time and give insurers and attorneys for the at-fault party reason to doubt that your injuries were caused by the accident.
Collecting Evidence at the Scene
Gather as much information at the scene as possible If you are physically able and it is safe to do so. This includes writing down a description of what happened, where it happened and how it happened. Use your cellphone camera to take pictures of the accident scene, including the area where you were injured, any property damage sustained and your injuries, including visible marks and torn or bloody clothing.
If there are any witnesses present, ask them to describe what they saw and take detailed notes. You should also write down their names and contact information so you and your Portland personal injury attorney can reach out for more information or follow up questions at a later date. It may be very difficult or impossible to find witnesses days or weeks after the accident, which is why it is so critical to talk to them right after the accident.
Contacting an Attorney
After receiving the appropriate medical care, you should strongly consider contacting an attorney to discuss your legal options. Our personal injury lawyers in Portland can investigate your case and begin collecting evidence to help hold any at-fault party responsible for your injury.
We can review your situation during a free consultation to determine if you may be entitled to compensation and the types of damages that could be available.
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How Can a Lawyer Help Me?
Seeking compensation after an accident can seem overwhelming and stressful. Even if you are not at-fault for your injuries, it will be your word against that of the insurance company. Insurance companies will always look out for their best interests and do everything they can to downplay your injuries and diminish the value of your personal injury claim.
This is why there are many advantages of working with a trusted lawyer on your case. He or she can advocate for your best interests, fight for your legal rights and guide you throughout the entire claims process. Our Portland personal injury attorneys can help provide vital resources and years of experience to build a strong case when filing a claim for compensation. This also includes:
- Conducting a detailed investigation of the accident scene to prove negligence occurred
- Obtaining all relevant medical records detailing your injuries and how they are being treated
- Photographing the scene and hiring accident reconstruction experts to help us determine what happened
- Reviewing relevant state and federal laws to determine if any were violated by the at-fault party
- Determining an accurate value of your claim by calculating any damages you have suffered
- Handling all the communication and settlement negotiations with insurance companies
- Making sure your claim, court documents and other paperwork are correct and filed before deadlines pass
At Rizk Law, our firm is prepared to provide aggressive legal representation on your behalf.
Call 503.245.5677 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.
Compensation Available for Personal Injuries
There are various forms of compensation to recover from a personal injury claim depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident and your injuries, such as:
You may be entitled to recover medical expenses for all past, current and future medical care of your injury. This includes:
- Any treatment provided at the scene
- Ambulance services
- Medical imaging, such as CT scans or X-rays
- Laboratory testing
- Physical therapy
- Rehabilitation services
- Medical equipment needed to aid in your mobility such as wheelchair or walker
If you are unable to work due to your injury, you may recover compensation for any wages you have lost. This includes wages lost when you were physically unable to perform your job duties or your doctor prohibited you from working. An attorney can help you determine how much income you have lost as a result of your accident. Ask your employer to provide you with documentation of your normal rate of pay, hours lost from being unable to work, and the total amount of compensation lost.
Loss of Earning Capacity
If you suffer a permanent disability, you may be able to recover compensation for loss of earning capacity. A permanent disability could include things like a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or the amputation of one or more limbs.
If your car or any other personal property was damaged in the accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for the cost of repairs or the fair market value of your property. This also includes any damage to clothing, jewelry and other items.
Pain and Suffering
Although this type of compensation is difficult to calculate, you may be able to recover damages for physical pain and suffering you have experienced due to the accident. This includes any emotional distress, trauma or severe discomfort associated with your injury.
Contact a personal injury lawyer in Portland today to see how we can help determine the damages you have suffered and an accurate value of those damages. We know that no amount of compensation can change what happened, but it can hopefully help you get closer to the physical, financial and emotional state you were in before the accident.
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What If I Am Partially at Fault?
Not every personal injury case is straightforward and, in many instances, may not be as easy to determine who was at-fault for the accident that caused you harm. Luckily, you can still file a claim for compensation even if you are partially at-fault for your injuries.
Our state does however limit the amount of compensation you may recover from a lawsuit if you are partially to blame for the accident. This includes lawsuits over injuries sustained from vehicle collisions, slip and falls and bicycle accidents, among others.
Under Oregon Revised Statutes sections 31.600 to 31.620, the state follows a modified comparative negligence rule, which means that the amount of compensation you may be entitled to recover will be reduced according to your percentage of fault as long as it does not exceed 50 percent.
For example, if you are 40 percent at fault, your compensation would be reduced by 40 percent. This means a compensation award of $80,000 would be reduced to $48,000. If you are 50 percent or more at fault, the law prohibits you from recovering any compensation.
A qualified Portland personal injury attorney can help build a strong case to try to ensure you are not assigned more fault than you deserve so that you can recover the all compensation you are entitled.
Contact our firm today by calling 503.245.5677 for a free consultation.
Proving a Personal Injury Case
Every personal injury case has four elements of negligence that must be proven in order to obtain compensation for your injury:
- Duty of care – You must prove the at-fault party had a duty of care or legal responsibility to act in a way a reasonable person would in a similar situation to prevent you from suffering harm. An example of duty of care is the obligation a driver has to follow traffic laws to prevent a crash.
- Breach of duty of care – You must prove the at-fault party breached his or her duty of care. An example of a breach of duty of care is driving while impaired or distracted.
- Causation – This means that there is a direct link between the breach of duty of care and your injuries. You must show that you would not have been injured if it was not for the careless actions of the at-fault party.
- Damages – You must show that your injuries resulted in financial, physical or emotional damages. This can range from medical bills and loss of income to pain and emotional distress.
Contact a Portland Personal Injury Lawyer Now
Suffering a personal injury can be a devastating experience, often causing life-altering injuries for victims and their loved ones. Receiving medical care and being unable to work due to the accident can lead to mounting bills that may affect your physical and emotional well-being.
You should consider contacting a knowledgeable Portland personal injury attorney at Rizk Law who understands your legal rights and is committed to defending your best interests to obtain the compensation you need for all the damages you have suffered.
We work on a contingency fee basis and will not charge any fees or costs for our services unless we help you recover favorable compensation.