Have you or a loved one suffered a back injury in Portland? Was this injury caused by another party’s negligence or recklessness? If so, consider speaking to the knowledgeable legal team at Siefman Law LLC. We can help you file a personal injury claim or lawsuit to seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
A serious back injury can affect every area of your life, making it difficult or impossible to work, manage your daily tasks, or participate in the activities you once enjoyed. If the back injury is long-term or permanent, it can drastically change your life and cause lasting financial hardship.
Don’t let a back injury determine your future. Call Siefman Law LLC at 503-395-2135 for a free consultation today.
When you suffer an injury in Oregon caused by someone else’s negligence, you have a right to pursue compensation from the responsible party through a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Filing a personal injury claim is best done with the help of a qualified attorney for several reasons.
Building a claim takes time, knowledge of personal injury law, and experience with the claims process. Without an attorney to assist you, the numerous steps involved in pursuing a claim can quickly become overwhelming. Your attorney will handle all the work of building a strong case for you, while giving you the time you need to rest and recover from your injury.
A skilled legal team will fully investigate the accident that caused your injury to gather the evidence they need to support your claim. They will interview any eyewitnesses, gather medical records and accident reports, retain expert witnesses when needed, and more.
Your attorney will also act as your chief negotiator when dealing with insurance companies. Insurance companies are for-profit entities that will work aggressively to minimize or deny your claim for compensation. Insurance adjusters will often ask claimants questions in hopes of getting them to say something they can use to undermine their claim. An attorney, however, will be able to use the strength of the case they build to protect your rights and fight assertively for the maximum settlement you deserve.
In addition, an attorney can help you understand how to quantify all the losses you’ve suffered as a result of the accident. Some of these losses are easy to tally, but others are entirely subjective and require the help of an experienced lawyer to estimate. Not hiring an attorney may mean leaving money you’re owed on the table.
If the responsible party’s insurance company decides not to pay your claim, you may be left on the hook for thousands of dollars in medical expenses. With an attorney to assist you, you can file suit against the responsible party in civil court. If the case goes all the way to trial, a judge or jury will decide the final outcome of a case, rather than the insurance company. It also means the insurance company will be faced with paying litigation and court costs, which can often be more expensive than offering a fair settlement.
At Siefman Law LLC, our experience in the courtroom gives us an advantage over other Oregon personal injury firms. We can use the trial experience we’ve gained to help you pursue the compensation you deserve after a back injury. We’ve worked hard to earn our reputation as strong advocates for our clients, and insurers know we aren’t afraid to take a case to court, when necessary, to fight for a fair outcome.
We will represent you with poise, passion, and perseverance. We will work tirelessly to help you achieve the positive outcome you need to move forward after a back injury, no matter the obstacles you face.
We pride ourselves on providing a level of service a cut above the rest. We know what you’re going through, and we will provide the compassion and support you need, as well as excellent legal counsel. We will protect your rights, listen to your needs, and provide an open line of communication at all times.
Compensation for a back injury usually comes from the responsible party’s insurance company. Though it’s nearly impossible to determine the amount you may receive without a full review of your case, the basic rule is the more severe your back injury, the more compensation you may be entitled to.
You can potentially be compensated for a variety of losses, depending on the circumstances. These losses are called damages. Some damages are material in nature, and some are entirely subjective. The amount you may be able to obtain varies widely depending on the injury and circumstances of the accident.
Economic damages are any losses with a definite monetary value. Some examples include:
Non-economic damages are losses without a specific economic value that are subjective. These may include:
If your injury was caused by malicious or particularly egregious behavior by the responsible party, you may be eligible to seek punitive damages. Punitive damages are rarely awarded and are intended to punish the party that caused your accident. By Oregon law, regardless of the amount of punitive damages awarded, 30 percent would go to you, and 60 percent would go to the Criminal Injuries Assistance Account for Crime Victims’ Assistance. Talk to your attorney to learn more about punitive damages.
Back injuries come in many forms and vary depending on the type and severity of the accident which caused them. Some common types of back injuries include:
If you’ve suffered a back injury caused by another party’s negligence, don’t wait to get the help you need. Call Siefman Law LLC today. In Oregon, you typically only have two years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit, so time is of the essence. Call 503-395-2135 today for a free consultation. We will review your case and discuss your options at no charge. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve. Call Siefman Law LLC today.