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Salem Car Accident & Personal Injury Attorneys

Exclusive Representation for Accident Victims

Excellence. Determined. Zealous. Honest.  These are just a few words insurance companies, opposing attorneys and judges use to describe the lawyers at Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC.  Travis Prestwich and Brian Lathen are nationally-recognized, car accident & personal injury lawyers who want to help you.  

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Protecting Individuals and Families Since 1958

Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC, began more than six decades ago. Charlie Burt and Lawrence Brown joined forces in 1958 to start Brown & Burt, PC, a firm focused on representing individuals. In the 1970s, they were joined by Keith Swanson, Neil Lathen, Mic Alexander and Don McCann, where the firm became one of Oregon’s premier personal injury law firms and known as Burt, Swanson, Lathen, Alexander & McCann, PC. Travis Prestwich and Brian Lathen ushered in the third generation of lawyers, focusing solely on personal injury and wrongful death claims, and becoming Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC. 


We Get Results for Our Clients

While every case is important to us and gets our individual attention, here are some of the more notable monetary results.

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Areas of Practice Expertise

Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC only represents individuals and families in personal injury and wrongful death claims.  Below are some of the types of cases we handle.  Let us put our experience, work ethic and integrity to work for you.

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Protecting our Hometown, Salem’s Trusted Legal Experts

The personal injury attorneys at Swanson Lathen Prestwich, PC, are proud to serve our hometown. As Northern Oregon’s population has grown, so has its need for capable and talented attorneys. For 60 years and counting, our track record is clear: we help Salem residents like you get full and fair compensation after suffering injuries caused by someone else’s negligence.

For any personal injury case, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, dog bites, wrongful death, and much more, reach out to the law firm Salem knows and trusts. Our Salem attorneys have the confidence and experience to stand up to insurance companies and get you the help you need.

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Client Reviews

Arthur PorterArthur Porter
19:21 04 Jan 23
I was involved in an accident, and was having difficulties dealing with my insurance company.One of my neighbors recommended me to Brian Lathen, after a very prompt meeting I retained his services.Durring a long and tiring process, the staff at Swanson Lathen and Prestwich made me feel so much more comfortable, and helped greatly in getting through it.Along with now having a trusted lawyer/allie to call if anything unexpectedly happens in the future. I feel like I had made a friend.Thank you.
Mindy MichelleMindy Michelle
21:53 15 Dec 22
Swanson Lathen Prestwich is a Godsend!I was in a terrible car crash, literally caused by another person who admitted fault to the police, to their own insurance, to my insurance and I STILL had to fight for fair compensation. Realizing I needed to get a lawyer involved, an acquaintance recommended Travis Prestwich.After meeting Mr. Prestwich, I was immediately at ease. He was very knowledgeable, kind, welcoming and realistic. I appreciated that he actually listened to me and provided information that helped me get into the right mind frame. Travis was very patient and kind and responded to questions rather quickly. I appreciated his realistic approach and learned quickly that other lawyers, judges and community members, highly respect him; which was a huge sign that he was the right person for my situation!His staff, Carrie Meeker and Jennifer Hiser were equally phenomenal during the process! They were also very kind, empathetic, knowledgeable and responded to inquires in a timely manner and were just wonderful to work with. As odd as this sounds, I really enjoyed talking with them and knew that once my case with over with that I would miss all three of them.When the time came, and I had to go through a settlement hearing, Travis was by my side the whole way through. The unknown always frightens me but he found a way to keep me at ease with his calm demeanor. This review doesn’t even do this trio justice! They are wonderful people and did a phenomenal job on my case.I pray I never have to go through this process again however if I do, Travis will be the very first person I call. I HIGHLY recommend Swanson Lathen Prestwich and Travis Prestwich, Carrie Meeker and Jennifer Hiser!! I wish there were more people out there like them! I give them an A+++
04:43 21 Oct 22
Mr. Prestwich and his entire staff were nothing but kind, supportive and professional through the entire process of helping me with my car accident settlement. The outcome was exactly what I had hoped for and it was all because of the hard work that was done by this office.
Captain MorganCaptain Morgan
13:53 17 Oct 22
Myself and my family have worked with Keith Swanson since the late 80's.Unfortunately when an accident occurs you need to make good decisions.You can't go wrong with Keith.He's an amazing man. Honest, straight forward and well respected in the industry.Not to mention one of the best accident attorneys in the profession.Thank you Keith, and Chris.
Nathan CookNathan Cook
00:34 18 Jan 18
Great Services! Helpful reception. Brian Lathen was great and helped a lot.

Frequently Asked Questions

What areas of law do you specialize in?

At Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC, we have nationally recognized car accident and personal injury lawyers to help you. Our Oregon personal injury lawyers represent families and individuals in many different cases, including car accidents, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, wrongful death, premise liability, nursing home neglect, sexual abuse, mesothelioma, traumatic brain injury, and defective products.

How much do services cost at Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC?

Our Oregon personal injury law firm operates on contingency fees, which means that once our attorneys agree to take on your case, they are only paid if they secure a settlement or obtain a verdict. This is also known as a “no win, no fee” payment structure. One of the main advantages of a contingency fee agreement is that you don’t pay anything out of pocket unless we win your case. You’ll avoid any financial risk. When we win your case, we take a percentage of the total settlement as our payment. Call us for a free consultation today!

Do I have a case?

Scheduling a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers will help you determine if you have a case. We’ll meet with you, evaluate the details of your case, and determine the best plan for your case, regardless of whether you choose to hire us. If you think you may have a case, don’t wait. In many cases, the success of your case relies on quick action after an accident. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.

How long does it take to resolve a case?

Unfortunately, there is no set time frame when settling a case. The amount of time varies based on the case, lasting from a few months to a couple of years depending on the seriousness of your injury and the case’s complexity. Because each case is unique in injury, scope, details, and involved parties, there’s no set time before it’s settled. However, you can rest assured that Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC will work tirelessly to settle your case as soon as possible.

When should I reach out to a personal injury attorney?

The quick answer is as soon as possible! The sooner you contact us to file a case, the higher the chances of success and the more we can help you. In some situations, there may even be a deadline, known as a statute of limitations, before which you must file a claim. Our Oregon personal injury lawyers will know which stipulations must be followed when filing a case and will assist you when you reach out. Contact us for a free consultation today.

What should I bring to an initial consultation?

To ensure a successful beginning to your case, we recommend you bring as many documents to your consultation as possible. Such documents include any medical records and expenses you already have, lost wages information, police or other similar reports, insurance information, miscellaneous information, miscellaneous expenses, and evidence, such as photos of vehicles and the accident scene. We don’t expect you to go out and get all of these documents. We’ll do that for you. Just bring what you already have. Our Oregon car accident attorneys will review all materials to determine if you have a case and inform you of any other documents you may need. Not sure of what exactly you’ll need for your case? Give us a call!

What makes Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC different from other firms?

Many things set us apart from other Oregon personal injury lawyers. The attorneys at Swanson, Lathen, Prestwich, PC have been recognized by peer review-rated groups identifying the top one to five percent of lawyers in their given practice area in Oregon and nationally. We draw on our decades of experience, specialization and dedication to provide the best possible outcome for you. We provide our clients individualized attention and are your advocates from beginning to end. We won’t settle for less than what you deserve.

Which areas do you serve?

Our Oregon lawyers serve residents across our beautiful state, including Salem, Albany/Corvallis, Eugene, Beaverton/Hillsboro, Pendleton/La Grande, Portland, Medford/Ashland, and Roseburg to name a few. No matter where you are in Oregon, contact our attorneys for a free consultation–it’s free, confidential, and carries no obligation. We have won cases all over our great state. Our award-winning personal injury firm wants to help you; schedule your consultation today!

Let Us Help You

We offer free consultations to all prospective clients and if we take your case on, there is no fee unless we win. Let us know how we can help you!