You need an Oregon personal injury lawyer who has negotiated, fought, and won cases like yours before. That’s because an experienced lawyer — one who has been down this road before — works to your advantage. Our previous work with 11 specific personal injury cases helps us deliver the strongest representation for you.
EXPERIENCE IN A VARIETY OF AREAS
Our Practice Areas
Driving a car is second nature to most Oregonians, but one accident can change that forever. A serious car accident can leave you with significant physical and psychological trauma. That kind of lasting pain deserves compensation, whether it’s a muscle strain or PTSD to life-altering injuries like spinal surgery or even death. Our attorneys are here to help you secure the financial compensation that recognizes your painful experience and removes the financial burden you shouldn’t have to carry.
When you are injured while walking on a street, parking lot, or sidewalk, you are highly vulnerable to catastrophic accidents. Without the protection of a vehicle, serious injuries like traumatic brain injuries or even death are common. Our attorneys make sure the reckless driver or other responsible party doesn’t get to slip away without facing the consequences. We don’t back down until we reach a full and fair settlement for the pain you’ve experienced.
In our experience, motorcyclists often are some of the safest drivers on the road — it’s the environment around them that leads to dangerous accidents. Sadly, some of the most injured clients we have represented are those involved in motorcycle accidents. Even if you have the experience and street smarts to manage traffic, other drivers’ negligence can’t always be avoided. We don’t back down from insurance companies and other parties unwilling to give you the financial compensation you deserve after a devastating motorcycle accident upends your life.
Special rules for truck drivers are in place to make the roads safer for you and them. Weight restrictions, time limits, and lower speeds are critical regulations to keep traffic flowing smoothly and safely. Sometimes, however, those rules are broken. Some drivers and companies try to bend the rules to save money. When your accident was caused by a trucker or their company knowingly cutting corners and putting lives at risk, we make them face the consequences of their actions.
When you lose a loved one because of the negligence of another person or entity, you’ve experienced a wrongful, unnecessary death. It can happen as a result of many things — from a car accident to using a defective product. While nothing can replace a life, we resolutely demand the responsible party offers compensation that lifts any subsequent financial burden from your family. Our attorneys have represented many Oregon families who have lost a loved one; we’ll help you navigate the legal process as smoothly as possible during this time of immense grief.
Premises liability cases frequently are referred to as “slip-and-fall” or “trip-and-fall” cases. While premises liability cases certainly include these facts, they also can include other dangerous conditions found on someone’s property. Unsafe sidewalks, darkened rooms, misplaced pallets or equipment, or even unmaintained devices can lead to a premises liability. While many lawyers shy away from these cases, we have a proven method for obtaining outstanding results.
Nursing Home Neglect
Many of us rely on nursing homes to keep parents and grandparents in a comfortable living environment when they can no longer safely live independently. Sadly, some companies and employees cut corners or even purposely hurt residents. We have seen elderly residents abused physically and sexually, neglected in their care, and even blamed for injuries caused by negligence or abuse. Federal and state regulations are in place to help ensure residents’ protection, but sometimes these systems fail. We seek justice when others have failed — for the elderly and their families.
In Oregon, victims of sexual assault are able to pursue justice through a criminal case as well as a civil case. Civil claims involving sexual violence are about far more than monetary compensation; they are sometimes the only way for victims to hold the perpetrator accountable, achieve some measure of closure, and help prevent similar things from happening to someone else. Our attorneys will validate your experience and be your advocate for justice with expert legal assistance and representation in sex abuse lawsuits.
Mesothelioma & Asbestos Cases
A mesothelioma diagnosis can be devastating. Exposure to asbestos can cause a variety of cancers, but mesothelioma is arguably the most insidious. Mesothelioma is especially troublesome because even low levels of exposure can trigger the disease even decades before a diagnosis is made. Our Oregon asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers have handled numerous cases where this toxic substance has forever altered someone’s life. We work tirelessly to secure a settlement that covers not only past but future medical costs for you.
Traumatic Brain Injury
TBIs include everything from a concussion to life-altering brain damage. Traumatic brain injury lawyers understand the lifelong complications you face after suffering a TBI. We know that these injuries are never simple, which is why you need to account for all of your future needs when seeking compensation. Our lawyers work with your medical team to determine the full scope of your injuries and how they will affect your life. This enables us to seek maximum compensation for our clients.
As consumers, we expect the products we buy to be safe and effective. But when corporations cut corners or lack due diligence, defects can result, causing serious and devastating effects. Defects may include anything involved from the manufacturing process to the product’s design or its purpose and span industries of every kind. We have represented injured clients in defective product cases involving defective hip joints, problematic ATVs, faulty construction equipment, illegal chemicals, bad recreational equipment, and more.
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”Brian Lathen did a fantastic job at getting me what I deserved in my settlement from a car accident that occurred three years ago. He was honest, helpful, and an all around great person to work with. His assistant Allie was fantastic as well. I would highly recommend Brian to anyone and would use him again if I ever needed it.Destinee ThomasCar Accident
”Before I came into their office, I was overwhelmed with medical bills, doctor visits, and the other party's insurance company urging me to settle for a small amount. After visiting with Travis, he listened intently, explained my options clearly, and then let my wife and I take time to decide whether or not we want representation. After agreeing to have them represent me, all the stresses I had were removed, and his staff took care of anything accident related. If you are looking for a law firm that has your best interests in mind, is professional, and genuinely cares about you, I highly recommend Swanson Lathen Prestwich, PC.Robert Potts
”I have worked with the attorneys at Swanson Lathen, Prestwich for most of my 20+ year career. The clients and friends that I refer to them come back with glowing reviews regarding the firm's tenacity, organization and humanity. I certainly would trust them with my own or a family member's case.Ryan CollierAttorney
”Travis Prestwich did an excellent job pursuing the large national company that runs the care home where my mom lives and suffered abuse by another tenant. He followed through obtaining the necessary documents and reports about the incident to secure a settlement that was substantial enough punishment to get the facility’s attention and step up their oversight. Thank you so much for your help!Lisa PeartNursing Home Neglect
”I was walking and a truck hit me. I had to have all my arm muscles reattached in surgery and extensive physical therapy, massage and chiropractic. Attorney Brian Lathen worked hard to get me a settlement from the insurance company. He is professional yet friendly, honest, knowledgeable, and thorough. I HIGHLY recommend him to anyone who needs a personal injury lawyer.Shauna CoulsonPedestrian Accident
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