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Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  How Can I Afford an Attorney?
A:  Our office provides a free consultation. If we agree to take your case, we will do so on a contingency-fee basis, which means that you will only have to pay a legal fee if we obtain compensation for you.

Q:  How Long Will the Process Take?
A:  The length of each case depends on a variety of factors, including the medical condition of the client. However, in most counties in Oregon, after a case is filed in court it will typically go to trial or be resolved within 12 to 15 months.

Q:  Will I Have to Go to Court?
A:  Not necessarily. The vast majority of cases are settled before they go to trial. However, if the insurance company or other defendant is not willing to settle the case for a fair amount, it may become necessary to file a lawsuit in court and take the case to trial.

Q:  Who Pays My Medical Bills after a Car Crash if the Person Who Injured Me Doesn’t Have Insurance?
A:  Oregon law requires that every private motor vehicle be covered by automobile insurance, including liability, uninsured motorist, and personal injury protection coverage. If someone who doesn’t have automobile insurance injures you, we can make a claim for your damages against your own auto insurance policy under your uninsured motorist coverage. We can also make a claim under your personal injury protection coverage, which provides no-fault payment of medical bills, lost wages, and other essential services.