Oregon Personal Injury Lawyer

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Injuries caused by the negligence of a person, enterprise or government agency are covered under personal injury law. Filing a lawsuit can provide compensation to those who have suffered a physical injury as a result of the wrongful act or negligence of another. Personal injury lawyers handle cases involving automobile accidents, negligent maintenance of property, fire death cases, negligent hiring or retention of employees or other forms of negligent acts that can cause injury or even death.

A personal injury is defined as an injury to the emotions, mind, or body, juxtaposed to an injury to a piece of property. It usually is referred to a lawsuit that involves a plaintiff has been injured due to another person's carelessness. There are many different types of personal injuries, including tripping accidents, assault claims, dog bites, accidents at work, accidents in the home, holiday accidents, medical and dental accidents, and defective product accidents. A personal injury is not only physical in nature, but it can be industrial disease cases. These include occupational stress, contact dermititis, mesothelioma and asbestosis, chest diseases, vibration white fingers, and repetitive strain injuries.

Oregon personal injury lawyers must follow the professional and ethical rules of conduct set forth by the Bar Association of the state where the lawyer is licensed. A personal injury lawyer must also have taken the written bar examination and must hold a law degree from an accredited law school. Personal injury lawyers must also stay abreast of the frequently changing legal arena and follow the developments in their field of practice. Personal injury lawyers must be especially knowledgeable with regard to tort law, which includes civil wrongs and economic or non-economic damages to a person's property, reputation, or rights. Personal injury lawyers may be certified to practice any field of law but will typically handle cases that fall under tort law, such as cases of work injuries, automobile and other accidents, defective products, medical mistakes, slip-and-fall accidents and so on.

A personal injury lawyer will gather the case details from prospective clients and evaluate them with respect to the legal guidelines of personal injury law. A professional personal injury lawyer assists plaintiffs in obtaining just compensation for the damages caused and suffering endured. They must be proficient advocates with strong verbal argumentation skills, and be able to provide client counseling and legal guidance as necessary. Personal injury lawyers must follow standards of legal ethics when dealing with clients and be knowledgeable in personal injury law to competently litigate and protect the clients best interests.

An average of 11,200 accidental injuries that are considered disabling take place every hour every year. The most common accident at construction sites are falls. And, every year about 11,000 people in America suffer from a traumatic spinal cord injury, which many will turn into permanent disabilities. About 6,500,000 construction workers were active in 1995 in the United States. Out of those, there were 1,040 construction related deaths and 350,000 disabling injuries. The part of the body that is the most commonly injured is the back, with about 25% of all work-related injuries.

A recent case in Oregon outlines a landscaper being hit by a University presidents empty car while she was planting flowers and it rolled down the driveway and hit her. She is looking for $61,000 for lost wages, medical costs, and non-economic damages.

Personal injury lawyers handle personal injury and wrongful death cases including car or motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian injuries, defective or unsafe products, medical malpractice claims as well as accidents caused by aviation crashes. A surviving spouse or partner can file a case for loss of income or loss of consortium, and claim for compensation on grounds of the pain and suffering caused, in a wrongful death suit.


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