Personal Injury FAQs
Get Answers from Portland Injury Trial Attorneys
The trial lawyers at Paulson Coletti want to help you understand your legal
rights and options following a personal injury or loss of a loved one.
With more than 100 years of collective legal experience, you can trust
our experience on the issue of injury claims and lawsuits. If you have
questions that are not covered on this page, call us or schedule a free
case review online.
Will I have to go to court?
Not necessarily. In fact, most injury and wrongful death claims are settled
outside of court. However, every case is different. The attorneys at Paulson
Coletti prepare every case as if it will go to trial. As trial lawyers,
we always go the extra mile to prepare cases with merit that juries can
understand and believe in.
Can I afford your services? What are your fees?
If we evaluate your case and determine that it has merit, we can provide
you with a potential recovery range or estimate. This will be based on
the dollar amount we believe is appropriate to compensate for your losses
and our fees are computed as a percentage of your total recovery –
called "contingency fees."
Applicable bar regulations require the client to pay the expenses of the
litigation. We are permitted to advance all necessary litigation expenses,
but please understand that these expenses will be recouped and recovered
from your portion of the successful outcome of the case.
If I have been referred to you by another lawyer, does that mean my case
is going to cost me more money?
No. Many of our clients are referred to us by other lawyers and if there
is a referral fee to be paid, the referring lawyer will be paid out of
our attorney fees. You will be not be required to pay additional attorney fees.
How long will this process take?
The answer depends on the case. For example, most cases in Oregon are completed
within 15 months of the case being filed in court, unless there is an
appeal or substantial other delay. Multnomah County, Oregon has one of
the fastest dockets in the country. Medical malpractice cases tend to
take longer because of a longer trial docket.
What damages could I be able to recover?
The amount of compensation you may be able to recover depends entirely
on your unique situation. Areas of compensation may include lost wages,
past and ongoing medical bills, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
Will you take my case?
Our philosophy is to keep a small caseload so that we can focus the appropriate
time and attention on each case. Because of this, we only take cases we
believe have merit. Our firm ends up turning down far more cases than
we take, but this benefits the clients we do accept. Sometimes the merit
of a case can be determined almost immediately. In other instances, we
need additional time, effort, and investigation in order to learn whether
a case has merit. If we believe your case does not to have merit, we will
try to notify you as soon as we make this determination.