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You’ve been through a lot, and we want to help.
It’s hard enough dealing with the physical pain and trauma of an accident; you shouldn’t have to also figure out how to pay for medical bills and rehab costs from an accident that wasn’t even your fault.
At Hess Law Office, we believe that if another person’s careless behavior caused your injuries, you shouldn’t have to cover their tab.
Let us take over your claim and get you compensated for your damages so that you can get your life back on track.
Reach out to our Portland personal injury lawyers today to get started on your claim.
The insurance company isn’t on your side. Regardless of how concerned they seem about your well-being, trust us when we say they’re even more concerned about lining their pockets.
See, here’s how the insurance game works: You file a claim, and they’ll begin their investigation. If they believe their customer is at fault, they’ll attempt to underpay you to protect their bottom line.
And even better, if they get you to accept full responsibility for the accident instead, they might not have to pay you at all.
But don’t blame them; they’re just built that way. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you beat them at their own game by taking over negotiations and collecting the evidence to prove damages to the maximum settlement.
Accidents come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing’s for sure—when you’ve been hurt, you need a lawyer to get compensated.
Here are a few ways our family helps yours.
When you have a run-in with another vehicle on the road, you usually would rather just leave it up to the insurance companies to handle themselves—that’s why you pay a premium, right?
It’s true that when an accident isn’t your fault, the other driver’s insurance company will want to settle quickly and quietly, but unfortunately for you, that could mean they’ll offer you low compensation or, worse, try to hold you responsible for the accident. Our car accident lawyers can help you establish fault with the other party, fairly value your damages, and negotiate a payout on your behalf.
Premises liability claims happen when someone is injured on another person’s property, usually because of poor maintenance or unsafe conditions. Suppose you slip and fall on a wet floor in a grocery store or a restaurant; you may be well within your right to pursue a premises liability claim against the owner of the building.
Many people either don’t know they have the right to make these claims or are too intimidated to do so. At Hess Law Office, our slip-and-fall lawyers don’t shy away from a challenge. We’re not scared to go head-to-head with big businesses to get the compensation you deserve.
When you purchase a product, you expect it to be relatively safe. But if the product fails and causes injuries to you or your family, you may have grounds for a product liability claim.
Product liability laws hold manufacturers responsible for producing safe products for consumer use. So if a manufacturer creates a dangerous or defective product, puts it out on the market, and someone gets hurt, our defective products lawyers can hold them strictly liable for the damages.
Losing someone close to your heart is one of the most devastating events anyone can experience. And when their death results from another person’s carelessness, it can be even more difficult to cope with the loss.
If you have lost a family member in an accident that wasn’t their fault, you may be eligible for compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. You can turn to a Portland, OR, wrongful death lawyer to help guide you and your family through this difficult time.
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At Hess Law Office, we know personal injury inside and out. Let us help you navigate the system like a pro; call our law firm today.
Personal injury claims tend to have a lot of he said, she said.
You can bet your bottom dollar that the other person will argue (at least once) that you’re partially responsible for the damages.
However, even if you are, you still have the chance to collect a financial recovery for your injuries and property damage.
Under Oregon law, if a court finds that both parties to a lawsuit share some degree of liability, they can reduce compensation by the percentage the plaintiff shares fault. However, if a court finds that the plaintiff is more than 50% liable for the damages, personal injury law will not entitle them to collect compensation for their losses.
For example, if the total for damages is $100,000, but a court finds that the plaintiff is 10% liable for the injuries, they will deduct 10% from that amount. Therefore, the total amount of awards the court would award the plaintiff is $90,000.
When seeking financial recovery through a personal injury claim in Portland, it is crucial to have a well-versed lawyer as an advocate. Skilled representation could fight any accusations and ensure you don’t lose out on any of the compensation owed.
If you or someone you know sustained a serious injury because of the negligent actions of another person, you have the right to hold them accountable. A personal injury claim could allow you to collect compensation for the damages and losses you have suffered, but you should not pursue this recovery alone.
An experienced Portland personal injury lawyer could help you with the civil court process and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf while answering your questions along the way.
How long does a personal injury claim take to settle? What do I do about my medical bills in the meantime?
A claim could take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to settle, depending on how long it takes you to recover, how well our negotiations go, and other variables. While waiting on compensation, let your providers know the situation and ask if you can defer payment until your claim is settled or create a payment arrangement.
Do I really need a lawyer? Can’t I file my own claim?
You can certainly file your own claim and represent yourself, but it’s not advisable. It’s in the insurance company’s best interest to pay you as little as possible or nothing at all. And without an understanding of personal injury law, they’ll do just that.
Is it expensive to hire a personal injury lawyer?
When you work with a personal injury lawyer, you pay nothing unless we’re successful in your personal injury case. This is called a contingency fee arrangement and is usually charged as a percentage of the final settlement amount.