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Our blog is a free resource for you. Here, you can find answers to your frequently asked questions, uncover the critical steps of the legal process, and learn more about specific types of accidents and injuries impacting Oregonians. Scroll through our entire library of articles below.


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What are Common Misconceptions About Hiring a Car Accident Attorney?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 21, 2022
If you think hiring a lawyer after a car accident is too expensive, think again. Contingency fees allow attorneys to help…

What Qualifies as Pain and Suffering?

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

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

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

Head Trauma, Concussion, and Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuits

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

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

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

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

Bedsores: The Painful Effect of Nursing Home Neglect

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

Safety Tips For The Avid Cyclist

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

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

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

Is It Time For Your Parent To Stop Driving?

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

How Long Should Children Be In Rear-Facing Seats?

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

7 Tips For Driving Through Heavy Rain

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

Does Bruising On Elderly Nursing Home Patients Indicate Abuse?

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

What Is An Independent Medical Examination?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amber turn signal lights cut accidents

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

Wearing a seat belt can save your life

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

Self-driving vehicles are not as safe as advertised

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

Pedestrian deaths may have risen 60% from 2009 to 2019

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

Rural roads and the safety threat they pose

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

Defect-related crashes most often due to older vehicles

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

How drowsiness affects drivers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tips for dealing with slow drivers

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

Bedsores may be an early sign of nursing home neglect

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

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

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

The various ways in which alcohol disrupts driving capabilities

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

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

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

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

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

What can you do to prevent concussion?

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

Driver arrested after fleeing the scene of Portland accident

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

What’s behind the rise in trucking accidents?

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

Contributing factors in tire blow-outs

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

What are bedsores?

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

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

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

Reduce the risk of TBI when behind the wheel

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

Exploring the silent epidemic of elder abuse

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

How to Know if You Are a Victim of Negligent Entrustment

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

Safety is a top priority when going for a bike ride

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

Father sues football helmet maker for son’s wrongful death

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