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What is my car accident case worth?

One of the most common questions among car accident victims is, “What is my case worth?” Even though this is a…
September 26, 2023
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What to look for in a personal injury attorney

After you’ve been the victim of an accident or injury that wasn’t your fault, the best thing you can do is…
August 2, 2023
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Is it worth hiring a car accident attorney

Car accidents can alter lives and leave victims with severe injuries and significant financial burdens. If you've experienced this traumatic event,…
July 28, 2023
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What are Common Misconceptions About Hiring a Car Accident Attorney?

Don't fall for these five misconceptions about car accident attorneys. Working with a good lawyer is the best way to get…
April 14, 2023
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How Does My Attorney Experience Impact My Car Accident Case?

Choosing the right Oregon car accident attorney can have a tremendous impact on the outcome of your case. Working with an…
March 24, 2023
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What to Consider When Choosing a Car Accident Attorney

No one wants to think about the possibility of being in an accident, but unfortunately, they do happen. When a costly…
February 7, 2023
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Motorcycle Injuries & Safety Tips

Motorcycle accidents are far too common, and, unfortunately, they often lead to severe injuries. Those injuries can result in life-altering medical…
October 5, 2022
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Oregon Auto-Pedestrian Accidents

Car accidents involving pedestrians can have devastating results, and they are on the rise in Oregon. Pedestrian accidents can also be…
September 6, 2022
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Expert Witnesses in Personal Injury Cases

Expert witnesses can win or lose your personal injury case. Whether helping to verify a claim for the injured party or…
August 15, 2022
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Oregon Car Seat Laws and Child Restraint Guide

Keep your kids safer by following Oregon child seat laws and using the proper safety restraints for your vehicle. Oregon Car…
August 4, 2022
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What To Do After An Injury

You Do Not Have To Walk Through The Aftermath Alone What happens in the moments, days and weeks after an accident…
July 28, 2022
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Oregon’s Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys Weigh In On Roadway Dangers

The Dangers of Distracted Driving in Oregon   Distracted driving is a dangerous but all too common habit of many drivers.…
July 21, 2022
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Oregon Teenage Driving Laws: What to Know Before Your Teen Starts Driving

Have a Teenage Driver? Here's What You Need to Know Before They Get Behind the Wheel If you've got a teenager…
July 20, 2022
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Oregon Personal Injury Lawyers – No Win, No Fee!

The Advantage of Hiring a No Win, No Fee Attorney If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you should…
July 20, 2022
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Contingency Fees: Here’s How They Work

If you think hiring a lawyer after a car accident is too expensive, think again. Contingency fees allow attorneys to help…
June 21, 2022
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What Qualifies as Pain and Suffering?

What qualifies as “pain and suffering?” You may have heard the phrase “pain and suffering,” but what does it really mean?…
May 17, 2022
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Understanding Elder Abuse: When to Contact Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

A Guide to Understanding Elder Abuse in Oregon Placing a loved one in an assisted living home is often a difficult…
April 28, 2022
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Oregon Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys

Did you slip and fall because of someone else's negligence? Everything You Need to Know Now, From An Experienced Slip and…
April 27, 2022

Head Trauma, Concussion, and Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuits

Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion Lawsuits: A Detailed Guide When you or a loved one have experienced a serious injury to…
April 12, 2022
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How Long Does A Personal Injury Settlement Take?

How Long Does A Personal Injury Lawsuit Take to Settle? If you have been injured and are contemplating or are currently…
February 28, 2022
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Oregon Personal Injury Statute of Limitations

What is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury in Oregon? Each state, Oregon included, requires lawsuits to be filed within…
February 24, 2022
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Do personal injury claims usually settle before a lawsuit is filed?

Do personal injury claims usually settle before a lawsuit is filed? Yes! Most people settle their personal injury cases before trial.…
February 7, 2022

Bedsores: The Painful Effect of Nursing Home Neglect

What You Need to Know About Bedsores and Nursing Home Neglect If you have an elderly loved one in a nursing…
December 6, 2021

Safety Tips For The Avid Cyclist

Rain or shine, you love to get out on your bike. You trust yourself, your skills and your equipment. All you…
February 3, 2021

When Walking Through A Store’s Parking Lot Is The Most Dangerous Part Of Your Trip

It’s a quick drive to the store, and you make it once a week. You’re careful and safe the entire way.…
January 2, 2021

Is It Time For Your Parent To Stop Driving?

Your parents helped you gain confidence as you were learning to drive. It was a long time ago, but you still…
December 23, 2020

How Long Should Children Be In Rear-Facing Seats?

Rear-facing child seats in cars often feel less convenient to parents. Maybe it’s harder to put the child in. Maybe you…
December 9, 2020

7 Tips For Driving Through Heavy Rain

When you live in Oregon, you are accustomed to dealing with more than a few rainy days, in multiple seasons: fall,…
November 30, 2020

Does Bruising On Elderly Nursing Home Patients Indicate Abuse?

If you have an elderly parent, grandparent or other loved one in a nursing home, you would likely be shocked and…
November 9, 2020

What Is An Independent Medical Examination?

When you’re the victim of a car wreck, you have every right to seek compensation for any damages you’ve suffered. There…
October 26, 2020

Who was Alexxyss Therwhanger, and why was she so important?

In Oregon, discussions about distracted driving often focus on a young woman named Alexxyss Therwhanger. Since the state has some of…
October 2, 2020

Yes, your grade-school child should be in a booster seat

As soon as children start going to school and spending more time with their peers than their parents, they often tend…
September 28, 2020

Bedsores: How they develop, and why they shouldn’t, in nursing homes

Bedsores, which are also known as decubitus ulcers, develop for a few different reasons, but none should happen in a nursing…
September 15, 2020

What should you do if you’re in a car accident?

Every time you get behind the wheel of your vehicle you’re at risk of an accident. There are steps you can…
September 1, 2020

Amber turn signal lights cut accidents

A simple part on a car that costs only a few dollars could mean the difference between safety and danger for…
August 12, 2020

Wearing a seat belt can save your life

Today’s motor vehicles are safer than ever before, but only if you take advantage of the many safety features that are…
July 23, 2020

Self-driving vehicles are not as safe as advertised

Self-driving cars have been billed as the cure-all to road accidents in Oregon and the rest of the country. However, the…
July 10, 2020

Pedestrian deaths may have risen 60% from 2009 to 2019

More and more pedestrians are being killed in Oregon and across the U.S., and a preliminary study of traffic deaths in…
July 10, 2020

Rural roads and the safety threat they pose

Drivers in Oregon should be aware that though rural roads have less traffic, this does not make them safer than more…
June 10, 2020

Defect-related crashes most often due to older vehicles

In Oregon and across the U.S., many car crashes arise because of defective car equipment, such as bad brakes or bald…
June 2, 2020

How drowsiness affects drivers

Drowsy driving is a serious form of negligence. Some 328,000 car crashes occur every year in Oregon and across the U.S.…
April 30, 2020

Are your kids using the right safety restraints in your vehicle?

The more you drive with your kids in your car, the more risk your children have. Currently, motor vehicle collisions are…
April 6, 2020
Senior citizen victim of elder financial abuse and fraud

Protecting Older Adults from Financial Abuse: Recognizing and Preventing Financial Exploitation

When people think of elder abuse, they may think of scars, bruises, and bedsores they receive due to negligent nursing home…
February 22, 2020

What you need to know about Oregon’s recent lane-splitting bill

Oregon lawmakers are considering whether to allow lane-splitting on state highways. The practice would enable motorcyclists to cross between lanes on…
February 17, 2020

Tips for dealing with slow drivers

Car crashes usually occur from people driving too fast. However, driving below the speed limit could be equally or even more…
February 15, 2020

Bedsores may be an early sign of nursing home neglect

People want to make sure their loved ones are receiving the best possible care inside their nursing home facility. Sadly, a…
February 7, 2020

Study looks at role of opioids in fatal two-car crashes

JAMA Network Open has published the results of a study on fatal two-car crashes and the potential role that opioid use…
December 4, 2019

The various ways in which alcohol disrupts driving capabilities

It is no secret that operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol can be a dangerous decision. As…
November 21, 2019

Reckless Driving in Winter Conditions: Tips to Reduce Accident Risk Driving in the Snow

Winter-weather car accidents in Oregon (and around the country) claim over 1,300 lives and injure more than 116,800 road users every…
November 18, 2019

Traffic accident risks go up in fall when clocks go back an hour

The end of daylight saving time ushers in a season for increased risks for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists in Oregon. Shifting…
November 8, 2019

What can you do to prevent concussion?

Compared to other traumatic brain injuries in Oregon, a concussion is often relatively mild. The effects are usually temporary, and the…
October 10, 2019

Driver arrested after fleeing the scene of Portland accident

Few people in Salem likely ever anticipate being involved in a car accident. On the contrary, most may believe that their…
October 1, 2019

What’s behind the rise in trucking accidents?

The trucking industry is vital to the nation's economy. Transporting goods and other cargo wouldn't be as easy without truck drivers…
September 27, 2019

Contributing factors in tire blow-outs

On the roads in Oregon, there are plenty of dangers that a driver can face. For example, a tire may blow…
August 30, 2019

What are bedsores?

If caring for your infirm loved one becomes too difficult, you may feel confident entrusting their care to a nursing home…
August 19, 2019

What kind of car or booster seat does your child need?

Parents will go to great lengths to keep their children safe. This is particularly true when parents need to drive their…
August 2, 2019

Reduce the risk of TBI when behind the wheel

During the summer, Oregon roadways are busier than ever. Big trucks line the highways, delivering goods from around the world. Families…
July 21, 2019

Exploring the silent epidemic of elder abuse

While many people in Oregon do acknowledge that elder abuse does happen, what most do not realize are just how extreme…
June 15, 2019

How to Know if You Are a Victim of Negligent Entrustment

Motor vehicle accidents are commonly the result of avoidable circumstances. While distracted driving, driving under the influence, and other frequent causes…
June 10, 2019

Safety is a top priority when going for a bike ride

Is riding a bicycle a passion of yours or have you recently gotten back into the activity as a form of…
June 6, 2019

Father sues football helmet maker for son’s wrongful death

Most of us take reasonable precautions to protect ourselves from injuries large and small. But some of the most serious injuries…
May 20, 2019