Personal Injury Law and Accidents in Oregon
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Personal Injury Attorney for Portland Oregon
Personal injury falls under tort law. Personal injury cases are civil law cases in which people seek compensation for injuries they sustained to their persons. Physical injuries to your person could arise from involvement in an automobile accident, a bicycle accident, an airline or other common carrier accident or a construction or other workplace accident. They could also result from a dangerous or otherwise unsafe product and from other injury-causing situations.
However, personal injuries do not necessarily have to be physical. They could be psychological. Psychological personal injuries could be the psychological trauma associated with life-threatening and/or disfiguring physical injuries, or they could arise as a result of witnessing trauma in others. They could also follow an escape from serious physical injury during a traumatic event. Before you can collect an award, your personal injury lawyer will have to prove that the defendant is liable. To prove liability, the attorney must also establish negligence.
If there is any failure on your part to exercise reasonable care to prevent injury or damage then there may be comparative (or contributory) negligence, in which case you and the other party are both at some degree of fault. If you win, you may receive money (an award) to compensate for medical costs, lost wages and lost future earnings as well as possibly for pain and suffering and punitive damages.
Matthew H. Kehoe specializes as a Personal Injury Attorney serving the entire State of Oregon. For over 20 years his practice which is based in the Portland, Oregon metro area has helped personal injury victims receive compensation for their injuries. He and his practice are responsible for recovering millions of dollars in compensation for damages caused. If you’re looking for an experienced and reputable Personal Injury Attorney, call The Law Offices of Matthew H. Kehoe today to schedule your free in person consultation.
What Is a Tort?
A tort is a civil wrong recognized by law as grounds for a lawsuit. Torts fall into three general categories: intentional torts (e.g., intentionally hitting a person); negligent torts (e.g., causing an accident by failing to obey traffic rules); and strict liability torts (e.g., liability for making and selling defective products). These wrongs result in an injury or harm constituting the basis for a claim by the injured party (tort litigation).
While some torts are also crimes punishable with imprisonment, the primary aim of tort law is to provide relief for the damages incurred and deter others from committing similar harms. The injured person may sue for an injunction to prevent the continuation of the tortious conduct or for monetary damages. Among the types of damages the injured party may recover are: loss of earnings capacity, pain and suffering, and reasonable medical expenses. They include both present and future expected losses.
Head injuries can be very serious. You can suffer from traumatic brain injury, or TBI, and not even know it. Some people think you have to be knocked unconscious to suffer a concussion, but that is not true. You can suffer a concussion from a collision that can result in memory loss, confusion and other medical problems. Also, spinal injuries do not always appear immediately.
You should never settle a claim from an accident until your doctor has declared you medically stationary and you feel as you felt prior to the accident.
Concussion, Head and Spinal Injury
Head and spinal injuries can also result in physical trauma such that you end up needing future medical care and never return to your pre-accident life. We can help you with these types of injuries. We have experience helping people who have been involved in accidents that resulted in memory loss, head trauma, spinal injuries and other similar medical conditions.
Slips, Falls, Fires, and Elevator, Escalator, and Swimming Pool Accidents in Oregon
In a case where you are injured because of someone’s negligence, call us. These cases often require the use of an expert and investigator to determine fault and to obtain witness statements soon after the incident. This can mean finding the right expert for injuries from elevators, escalators, fires, failures to meet building codes and many other situations.
In every case, there are two things that come into play: liability and damages. Liability must first be established through careful case investigation and then the damages portion of the case can be determined once the injured person is medically stationary.
Over the years, we have handled numerous slip and fall cases, including cases in which our clients had broken hips resulting from falls in restaurants, grocery stores and other locations. We have handled smoke inhalation cases, hotel accidents and swimming pool injuries.
Experience with these cases is important. Call us immediately so that we can help you.
If you have been involved in an accident, or been injured by the fault of someone else, contact The Law Offices of Matthew H. Kehoe to request a free attorney evaluation of your case. We have been helping injury victims of accident cases here in Oregon for over 20 years. Get experience, professionalism and respect on your side today.