A lawyer (also known as an attorney) is a professional with years of training and experience that can help you navigate through a confusing time of dispute. Many insurance companies already have attorneys on their side and they will try to minimize your claim as much as they can. A defendant's goal is to get rid of your case as quickly as possible. This might mean throwing "small money" at you to get you to sign away your rights or intimidating you with laws that supposedly limit your options. Defendants sometimes won't even take you seriously until you are represented by a lawyer. Keep in mind that defendants do not have your best interest in mind.
It makes sense to balance the field by having an attorney of your own. By hiring a lawyer, you assert your legal rights and show the defendant that you are serious about your claim. Even big companies recognize that a lone lawyer can make all the difference. An attorney knows the right avenues to assert your position and get your case heard. Your own attorney is also ethically bound to protect your interests and your interests alone.
Our law firm has decades of experience working to get the most for our clients. We have helped clients negotiate fair settlements and are not afraid to take a case to trial. With many lawyers in our firm specializing in different areas of personal injury law, we have the expertise to give you the advice you need. With a team behind you, you can be ready to face any adversary, no matter how big or small.
Our firm works on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not charge you attorney fees if we do not make a recovery on your behalf. If we do win an award, our firm will take a percentage of the recovery. In some cases, our fees are paid for by the other side if we prevail. In those cases, we sometimes do not charge you at all.
The benefit of a contingency fee is that it allows people who are struggling financially to have access to competent and diligent lawyers. Whether you are rich or poor, everyone should be able to afford a lawyer if they have a good case.
Those who are hurt by another person's negligence or carelessness should contact an attorney as soon as possible to protect their rights. Most lawsuits have deadlines (called the "statute of limitations") that require a person to file a claim before the claim expires. Personal injury claims usually have a statute of limitations of two years. However, this time frame can be much shorter (a matter of days) or much longer depending on your situation.
Contacting a lawyer early on can also help you preserve your case and protect critical evidence that may be lost with time. Our law firm can prevent evidence from being destroyed and take the necessary steps to discover the details while they are still fresh. By contacting an attorney as soon as possible, you can learn about your options and protect your future interests.
Every lawsuit is different. Some lawsuits settle in weeks and others take years. Depending on your situation, we can give you an educated estimate on how long a case might take. We may also strategically decide to wait or proceed depending on your specific circumstance.
For those who are still treating their injuries, we may decide to wait so that we can get you full compensation for ALL of your treatment, not just part of it. In other cases, it makes more sense to proceed early so that you can get the assistance you need to make ends meet. Cases vary from person to person, and we can help you figure out the details.
We pride ourselves on being trial lawyers, which means that we are always ready to go to trial if it is necessary to protect our client's interests. However, sometimes a client's interest is better served if they enter into a settlement. Depending on which study you look to, it is estimated that 80% to 92% of cases settle before trial. There is no guarantee that a case will settle, but we can advise you on all the options available to you. At the end of the day, you are in charge. If it looks like we're headed to trial, we will take all the necessary steps to get you prepared and ready.
We take care of as much as we can so you can focus on other obligations without worry. Part of having a lawyer is feeling confident that matters will get done right on your behalf. Still, we recognize that many people like to be involved so we keep all of our clients up to date with important information. We will never file a lawsuit or settle a claim without your consent.
Sometimes, it is also necessary to get you directly involved. There are situations where we will need you to gather documents that you have access to, answer questions, or show up for depositions. Gathering documents and answering questions seldom take more than a few minutes. Depending on the case, depositions can take several hours but they are usually finished in a day. No matter what we need your time for; we will always try to work with your schedule so that it will be as convenient as possible.
If we are proceeding to trial, we will need your time during the court hearing. Most trials are done in a couple of days but some can span more than a week. We will notify you what is likely to occur so you can make proper arrangements to get ready.
Our law firm accepts small and large cases. We don't think it matters if a case is "small" because we are more concerned about how good your claim is rather than how much money is in dispute. We believe that everyone is entitled to justice. We may still decline your case for other reasons. If we cannot adequately represent you, we will be happy to refer you to another attorney.
We have represented people all over the United States. Even though most of our cases are in Oregon, we are also licensed to practice in Washington State and have a national reputation for our expertise in heavy equipment injuries and workplace accidents. With a national network, we are often able to get temporary licenses and work with local attorneys in your home state to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Good, neither do we. Our goal is to get full and fair compensation for clients who have been hurt by others.