Compassionate, Dedicated Representation For Injury Claims
Personal injury is an area of law that focuses on protecting the rights of victims of negligence. When a person, business or other responsible party acts in a negligent way and causes harm, the victim may have a claim for compensation. If you have been injured due to the carelessness of someone else, an experienced attorney can help you establish your case.
The knowledgeable personal injury lawyers at Usera & Snow, P. C. in Salem have over 30 years of combined legal experience. Our attorneys offer sound advice and compassionate, yet aggressive representation throughout the legal process and make sure you have every opportunity to enforce your rights.
We Handle A Wide Range Of Cases
Although no two accidents, injuries or victims are ever the same, you would do well to retain a lawyer with a record of success managing cases similar to yours. At our firm, we handle all types of personal injury claims, including:
- Motor vehicle crashes – These can involve an accident between cars, injuring pedestrians or cyclists, motorcycle crashes or a collision with a commercial truck.
- Premises liability claims – Claims for slip-and-fall, falling debris, negligent security or injuries on a construction site can all fall into this category.
- Animal attacks – When pet owners fail to control their animal and that animal injures someone, the owner could be liable for the damages.
- Products liability cases – When a consumer product injures someone or causes a severe illness, you may have a claim against the manufacturer or seller. This can include automotive defects, dangerous medications or the failure of safety equipment.
- Wrongful death losses and catastrophic injuries – If you have lost a loved one to someone else’s negligence, whether in an auto accident or due to some other personal injury, we can help you recover financial compensation for your family.
The common thread between these cases is that the other party was negligent and that negligence resulted in your injury. Damages vary based on the type and severity of the injury.
Answering Your Questions About Personal Injury
The law can be complicated and confusing. You may have many questions regarding your case. Below you can find answers to some common questions our clients bring to us.
How much is my case worth?
Every case is different and there is no mathematical calculation for determining the appropriate compensation in a given case. In general, however, the law allows an injured person to recover economic damages, which include things like medical bills, lost wages and vehicle damage, as well as noneconomic damages, which include emotional distress or pain and suffering caused by your physical injuries.
How do I choose an attorney?
Choosing a lawyer is an important decision. When you meet with us, by all means, answer our questions during the consultation, but also ask your own questions and listen for the attributes that help ensure you choose the right lawyer for your unique personal needs. For example, does the lawyer have specific experience with your type of case? How comfortable are you with this lawyer and do you feel they understand your needs? Do you feel like they are communicating clearly and answering your questions?
What steps should I take after my injury?
Whatever type of accident or incident led to your injury, you should follow certain steps:
- Seek medical treatment and follow the treatment plan
- Take photos of the injury and accident area
- Gather contact information for witnesses
- Keep receipts and other records
- Talk to your attorney
How much does it cost to hire Usera & Snow, P. C.?
To retain our services in a personal injury case costs you nothing upfront. We represent plaintiffs on a contingency basis, which is based off of a percentage of what we recover for you, so there are no upfront attorney fees. You will only pay the contingent fee if we successfully recover compensation from the at-fault party. Put simply, if we do not successfully recover a personal injury settlement for you, we do not get paid for our services.
You likely still have questions about your particular situation and we are happy to answer them for you in a free consultation.
Oregon Statute Of Limitations For Personal Injury Claims
The statute of limitations sets the time period for people to take legal action on a particular type of claim. Once that time is up, the claimant generally loses legal rights forever. Here is some of what you need to know about Oregon’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims:
- The applicable period is generally two years.
- If a government entity is going to be the defendant, a claimant must provide proper and timely notice of the claim to the entity; generally within 180 days of the injury event.
- In most injury cases a 10-year statute of ultimate repose will also apply. However, some types of products have different statutes of repose.
- If the victim is a child, the statute of limitations is often extended, but there are nuances and exceptions.
Retaining an experienced attorney assures that your rights are protected. If you or someone you love has been injured, you should seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
Our team understands the psychological and physical pain accidents can cause. As a result, we work hard to help you obtain fair compensation in a timely manner to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Although many of our clients choose to settle their case out of court, we are always prepared to take your case to trial, if necessary.
Here To Serve You
If you need legal representation, we are ready to serve. We take great pride in fighting for our clients’ rights. Let us be your voice. Call us at 503-868-4822 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.