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Injured in a car accident? 5 things you should know

Car accidents can be frustrating, especially if another car hits you. Many times, you and the other driver will disagree on what to do. Should you call the police or handle it by yourselves? Should you move your cars to a safe location or leave them exactly as they were when the accident occurred? What information do you need to get or give to the other driver? These questions can be overwhelming for drivers of all ages, and it is necessary to know what to do. 

Contingency Fee and Personal Injury Law


At the Law Offices of Brain Whitehead in Salem Oregon, all of our personal injury cases are done on a contingency fee basis. Put simply, that means that we don't get paid if you don't win your case. The rationale is to provide an equal access to justice. You don't have to be wealthy to have an attorney represent you on a personal injury case.

How much can I get for pain and suffering?


Pain and suffering is a legal phrase referring to certain injuries that a victim suffers from of an accident. It not only includes physical pain, but also emotional scars such as fear, insomnia, grief, worry, inconvenience and even the loss of enjoyment of life. In most personal injury cases, the injured party should be able to recover some amount of money for pain and suffering.

When Products You Buy Cause You Harm


No doubt we are a consumer driven society. Millions of products in every industry imaginable are produced every year. As a public, our expectation is that the products we by are safe to use. Further, we expect that manufacturers, distributers, and retailers have a responsibility for the reasonable wellbeing of consumers when their products are used as intended and in a sensible way. Often, the sad reality is that consumers fall victim to faulty, poorly designed, or poorly made products. Tens of thousands of injuries result from defective or dangerous products every year.

How to make sure your Oregon workers comp claim is accepted


Educating people on workers comp - how to make sure your claim gets accepted

It happens all the time. You injure yourself at work, but shake it off, man up and keep working, because you want to be a good employee, a team player. You go home and hope it will get better and it usually does. If you don't get better, you have a legitimate Oregon workers comp claim. This might be the worst thing you can do in terms of getting the benefits you're entitled to. What should you do when you're hurt at work?

When Insurance Won't Pay


From renters or homeowners insurance to auto, health, and disability coverages, the average person spends a lot of money each year on insurance premiums. But most people don't suffer large losses and, as a result, have very little experience dealing with insurance companies on large claims. The unlucky ones who do file such claims, may be in for a bit of a surprise. If insurance won't pay, it is important to know your consumer rights and seek legal counsel.

Can I sue my employer after getting hurt at work?


A question that often comes up is, "Can I sue my employer if I've been hurt at work?". In most circumstances, an employee who flies a workers compensation claim in Oregon is entitled to certain limited benefits if his or her claim is accepted by the workers comp insurance carrier. Typically, in this arrangement, the worker gives up his right to sue the employer but there are a few exceptions. 

Oregon Workers Compensation - The Process


After an injury on the job in Oregon, workers compensation should take care of your medical bills and lost wages so you can focus on getting better. But, people injured on the job are often overwhelmed by questions, and don't really know what benefits they are entitled to. The process of worker's compensation claims can be complicated and, although there are similarities, no two cases are identical. This article will help you understand and navigate that process.

Your auto insurance can cover you in the event of a bicycle accident


Personal Injury Protection insurance and Bicycle Accidents

Adrenaline runs extremely high after any kind of accident but particularly if you were hit by a car while riding your bicycle. Riders often leave the scene of the bicycle accident without getting any information from the driver, thinking that they're not hurt very badly. But when the excitement winds down many of these bike accident victims realize that they actually sustained substantial injuries that require medical attention, surgery, and in some cases, long term medical care - with no recourse against the driver of the car that hit them.

Top 5 causes of motorcycle accidents and how to protect yourself


I have been riding street motorcycles for 40 years. Yes, I had a couple of serious crashes, but luckily all I have lost is bike parts and skin.

As a rider myself I know that motorcycle riders are uniquely vulnerable on the road. You have to be more aware and exercise a greater degree of care than you would in a car. There are some features of motorcycle accidents vs car accidents that require the experience and perspective of some one who actually rides. Having a better understanding of what we face as motorcycle riders, I'm in a better position to help our clients, especially when the other party tries to blame the accident on our client. That level of understanding from a fellow rider, is a first step in effective legal representation after a crash.

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