Portland Personal Injury Attorney
Suffering a serious injury in a sudden, unexpected accident can be a devastating experience. If it was caused by another party, it can be all the most stressful. Fortunately, you may be able to secure compensation for your injuries via a personal injury claim.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to the negligence of another party, please contact Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC today to discuss our case. Our experienced Portland personal injury attorneys know what it takes to secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Why Choose Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC?
Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC is committed to providing exceptional representation in all matters of personal injury law.
- We have more than 100 years of combined legal experience in personal injury with an excellent reputation and national recognition from industry organizations.
- We strive to provide the best service possible to our clients, limiting our caseload to give all of our clients the direct, undivided attention they deserve.
- We are aggressive negotiators and litigators, always fighting for the maximum possible compensation. We will not hesitate to go to trial if it means securing the recovery you need.
- We represent clients on a contingency fee basis – there are no upfront costs, and you only pay for legal fees if we secure a favorable verdict or settlement on your behalf.
We are always dedicated to acting in our clients’ best interests.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer?
It is highly recommended to consult an attorney with experience in handling personal injury claims if you have been seriously injured in an accident. It can be difficult to represent yourself in a personal injury claim under normal circumstances, but it is often impossible to take care of all the legal proceedings while you may be injured and healing – possibly in a hospital bed. A personal injury attorney can take care of all the legal work on your behalf to ensure you receive the compensation necessary to make a full recovery.
Additionally, some cases can be further complicated by multiple involved parties, uncooperative insurance providers, and other circumstances. An experienced personal injury lawyer can efficiently navigate these legal hurdles on your behalf so that you do not have to deal with additional stress and frustration.
Ultimately, an attorney gives you peace of mind by taking care of all the legal affairs necessary while you can focus on healing and recovery.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
At Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC, we help those injured in all types of accidents. We handle various cases, such as:
Motor vehicle accidents
Although car accidents are common in Portland, they can often lead to severe injuries. Even minor fender-benders may lead to nagging injuries such as whiplash, which can take months and even years to fully heal. If you have been seriously injured in a car, truck, motorcycle, or pedestrian accident, we are here to help you negotiate with insurance companies for the maximum possible compensation. If insurance companies are not cooperative, we can file a claim against the at-fault party for the damages you deserve.
Medical negligence and malpractice
Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals must uphold a standard of care to their patients to ensure their health and well-being. A failure to do so can result in significant injury and grounds for a medical negligence or malpractice claim. Whether it’s a surgical error, anesthesia error, or negligence during childbirth leading to a birth injury, we can help fully investigate the circumstances surrounding your claim and pursue any responsible parties for the full damages.
Business owners and property managers are expected to take care of their properties to ensure the safety of everybody on the premises. A failure to do so can result in serious injury and a premises liability lawsuit. This can include slip and falls due to improperly maintained grounds, injuries due to negligent security, and others. We can help you secure compensation for your injuries while also holding the negligent parties accountable for their failure to maintain their grounds.
If you are injured at your place of work, worker’s compensation insurance should cover the cost of your injuries. However, it is important to note that all insurance claims have a maximum limit imposed by Oregon state law. Often, this maximum is not enough to fairly compensation you – especially in cases of serious injury. We can help you explore your options for compensation after a workplace accident and determine the best course of action for your needs.
These are just a few of the personal injury cases we handle in the Portland area. Regardless of the circumstances of your serious injury, we may be able to assist you if negligence was a contributing factor.
Proving a Personal Injury Claim in Portland
In order to prove a personal injury claim in Portland, you must prove that negligence played a factor in the accident. Generally, there are four elements to proving negligence in an accident.
- Duty of care. The at-fault party owed a duty of care to you. For example, doctors must consider your safety and health at all times, and other drivers must follow certain rules to ensure everyone else on the road is safe.
- Breach of duty of care. The at-fault party violated their duty of care by acting in negligence.
- These negligent acts caused your injury.
- Due to the at-fault party’s negligence, you suffered serious damages.
Personal Injury Laws in Oregon to Consider
It is important to consider many of the laws that Oregon has in place to regulate personal injury claims.
What Are the Fault and Negligence Laws in Oregon?
Like most other states, Oregon is a fault-based state. Generally, in fault states, those who are predominantly more responsible for the accident is financially accountable for any and all damages arising from the accident.
However, when it comes to fault and negligence, there are different types of provisions and details that determine who is allowed to file a lawsuit and pursue damages, depending on the percentage of fault. These laws on negligence vary from state to state.
Oregon is a modified comparative negligence state. This means that someone is only eligible for compensation if they are found to be 50% or less at fault for the accident. If a party is found to be majority at-fault for an accident, they are disqualified from damages.
What is the Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Claims in Oregon?
Oregon imposes a strict time limit to file a personal injury claim – otherwise known as a statute of limitations. If you are unable to file a lawsuit within this time limit, your claim will likely be rejected. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Oregon is 2 years from the date of the injury or accident.
However, some types of personal injury cases may also have what is known as a “discovery rule” – a time limit that starts from the date the injury was first discovered. This is commonly applicable in medical malpractice cases, where injuries or illnesses may not surface until much later. It is best to consult a lawyer first, however, to determine which types of cases may be eligible under the discovery rule.
Damages You Can Recover
Although it is difficult to determine exactly how much you may be able to recover in your case, there are general damages you may secure. These are typically separated into two categories: economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are those that can be easily quantified due to bills, receipts, and other easily retrievable records. This includes:
- Medical bills, such as ambulance care and emergency room costs
- Continuing medical bills, such as cost of hospital stay, rehabilitation, and medication
- Lost wages due to time missed from work
- Lost earning capacity, any lost theoretical income due to your resultant injuries
- Any property damaged in the accident
Non-economic damages are those that do not necessarily have a monetary value attached to them. This includes:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral expenses
In cases of egregious negligence or accidents where the party shows no remorse, punitive damages may also be rewarded to the injured party. As the name suggests, this is done as a form of punishment, in the hopes that it prevents the other party from ever committing such acts again.
How Can Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC Help with My Personal Injury Claim?
At Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC, our lawyers provide invaluable help and support during a difficult time. Our services are intended to minimize the stress and frustration throughout proceedings, helping you by:
- Finding the proper medical care necessary for you to make a full recovery
- Fully investigating the case and gathering evidence to substantiate your claim
- Determining the full value of your claim to obtain the maximum possible compensation
- Negotiating with insurance companies and other parties on your behalf
- Filing any necessary paperwork
- Evaluating your options for settlement, and taking your case to trial if it is necessary to secure the compensation you deserve
We understand the transformative nature of a serious accident, and we want to help you in any way that we can.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Due to the multiple circumstances and factors in a personal injury case, the exact cost of a personal injury attorney can be incredibly difficult to determine. For example, a lawyer who takes a case to trial will be significantly more costly than one who manages to obtain a settlement.
At Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC, we understand that legal representation is often a costly expense for those who have just suffered an accident. After all, even minor accidents can result in considerable financial hardship for many families. This is why we offer our legal services on a contingency fee basis. Your initial consultation is free, and there are no upfront costs if we decide to represent you. Additionally, all legal expenses throughout the case are advanced, and you only pay them if we secure a favorable settlement or verdict on your behalf. If we win, we take our fees as a percentage of your recovery – never out of your pocket.
This strategy allows any injured victims to secure exceptional legal representation without having to worry about whether they can afford it. Additionally, it empowers us to provide the best possible representation, in order to secure the maximum possible compensation for your needs.
Contact Us Today
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to the negligence of another party, please contact us today to discuss your case. We are here to provide assistance and counsel for those who deserve it in the Portland region.
Schedule a free initial consultation with us today and see how we can help.
“Jane Paulson of Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys did an amazing job. I instantly felt at ease and she made a very difficult situation easy. Jane went above and beyond our expectations and took all the hassle and worry away. I highly recommend her and her company.” – Sarah D.