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Personal Injury Claims
When you are injured by another person or if you are a passenger in a vehicle accident, the insurance company will likely call you very quickly. They may tell you that they are worried about you and want to check in on your Personal Injury Claims. In reality, they are looking for statements to use against you if your injuries become more apparent over time or are more severe than you thought. Their goal is to save their insurance company money. Our goal is the opposite. We work to make sure you recover as much as you are legally entitled to recover. We call it making you whole.
We will represent you with honesty, integrity and sincerity. If we do not believe it is in your interest to hire a lawyer or we do not believe we are the right lawyers for you, we will tell you. We can help by analyzing your case which may include hiring medical experts and/or medical specialists to review your injuries to make sure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries.
How lawyer can help with your personal injury claim
We know how to drive up the value on your case by listening to you, reviewing the medical documents, using our extensive knowledge of the Oregon vehicle code (helping to prove fault if it is an issue), fronting the money for an independent medical exam (if necessary) and telling your story through a legal lens and a strong communications strategy. We are skilled negotiators, communicators and trial attorneys. We approach every case like it will go to trial. This forces insurance companies to take us seriously. We work on a contingency fee agreement. This means we do not get paid unless you get paid. There are also certain cases in which we can be awarded attorney fees and not take any of the award proceeds.
Perspective clients often want to know how much their case is worth or what can be recovered in terms of money or property. In any personal injury case, you can recover economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include, but are not limited to medical bills, lost wages (including past and future), lost earning capacity, profits as well as damage to your property (vehicle, personal property etc.). These damages are usually proven by showing evidence from medical bills, actuaries, auto body shops and wage statements.
Non-economic damages are only recoverable if the jury has awarded at least one dollar of economic damages. Once over the one dollar threshold, the jury can award pain and suffering damages. Non-economic damages are tax free. This is to compensate you for the physical and emotional pain (including loss of companionship) suffered by the negligence of the defendant. The key to obtaining the full amount of non-economic damages, the jury needs to understand how the injury has effected your life. What do you miss most about the person you lost? On a day to day basis, what does your injury delay or prevent you from doing? What types of activities cause pain? We work to make sure your personal injury claims story is told to the jury in an effective manner so that they understand their one opportunity to award you the non-economic recovery you deserve. We work with our clients to break down the law into easily understandable terms. We work with you to learn your personal injury claims story and develop a communication strategy that is effective in front of a jury.
How Insurance Companies Value Your Case
Opposing insurance companies are not looking out for you nor your personal injury claims. They are trying to keep the settlement as low as possible to close the claim and save the company money. It is not in your interest to speak with them. They will try and be as nice as possible to see if they can find things to drive down the value of your case. There is no precise way to determine compensation. One thing for sure is that the insurance company will not look at you as a person but through an algorithm. They will simply look at your injury and make a calculation of damages primarily based on medical bills and/or damage to the vehicle. The way to drive up the settlement figure is for us to prepare every case like it is going to trial. First, we tell your story to the insurance company. Second, we have built a reputation for taking cases to trial we won’t be intimidated by low insurance settlement offers. Insurance companies are forced to take us seriously. Once they take us seriously, you are rewarded with much better offers to settle your case.
You may be deposed by the Defendant’s insurance company. Taking a deposition means being asked questions under oath regarding the accident, your medical treatment, your lost wages, your pain etc. The deposition process is how the insurance company will try and size you up and value your case. We make sure our clients are fully prepared for the deposition. We sit next to our client during the depositions and are there to object to questions that are out of bounds as well as call for pauses and breaks to regroup if needed. We are skilled at taking and defending depositions. You will not find more thorough lawyers than the ones at Thuemmel, Uhle & Eder.
We handle all of our cases as if it is our most important case. The last thing we want you to worry about is whether your lawyer is working as hard as possible on your behalf. Serious accident and wrongful death cases can be complicated. We use our experience with crash reconstruction, medical record review, damage calculations, experts and simplify the case into a legal narrative for a jury. We deal with vehicle cases in the criminal and civil arena. To be effective at our job, we have to understand the nuances of Oregon’s vehicle code in many accident cases. We will always be prepared to take your case to trial. We have tried over 2,000 cases to a juries. We never charge to meet with perspective clients. Please let us see how we can help you with your case.
Slip and Fall
If you fell and injured yourself on a business property, you may be able to recover damages. Whether the business breached the standard of care is up to a jury. Businesses need to provide reasonable care in making sure its premises are safe. The next question is whether the business’ actions caused your injury. Was the injury foreseen? Has it happened to other customers? These are harder cases to prove but we have effectively done so. Let us evaluate your claim and see if we can help you recover.