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  • Common Mistakes to Avoid After Being Injured
    February 24 2012

    Too often victims are denied financial compensation because of mistakes made before they hire a lawyer.  Here are some common mistakes to avoid:

    Waiting too long before contacting an attorney.  The passage of time works against you after damages and injuries occur.  Witnesses will forget crucial details and frequently important documents are lost or destroyed.  More importantly, the statute of limitations will forever bar your claim if you wait too long.  Each state has a different statute of limitations.  Some are as short as one year.

    Accepting a settlement too early and without legal counsel. If you are offered compensation, it is because the other party is aware they have wrongfully harmed you.  It’s quite possible you are owed more than what is offered.  When you accept compensation for damages or injuries you will sign away the right to take any legal action, even if you r injuries turn out to be far greater than you initially thought.  If you’ve been seriously injured or are unsure of the outcome of your injury, you should consult with a lawyer as soon as possible and certainly before you give any statements or sign any papers of any kind from an insurance company. 

    Assuming your injury was unavoidable.  Some injuries seem unavoidable or just bad luck.  In reality, however, many injuries are not only avoidable, but should have been foreseen.  How are you to be certain?  Would you really know if a drug’s benefits outweighed the risks for your medical condition?  Would you know if alternative medical procedures were available to you if they were never mentioned?  Most people would not.  That’s when you need experienced legal counsel ton you side to evaluate your case. 

  • Tort Reform back on the agenda for the Oregon legislature
    February 18 2012

    Once again medical malpractice tort reform is being addressed by the Oregon Legislature.  This time around, some legislators are attempting to plan an end run around the wishes of Oregonians by hiding it in a proposed health reform bill by the Governor.  Governor Kitzhaber’s proposed health reform bill is being held up by a small minority who threaten to kill the bill unless medical malpractice tort reform with caps is attached to the bill. 

    Medical malpractice tort reform has been voted down by Oregon voters in the past.  The legislators who threaten the bill have made it clear they are not interested in listening to the will of the people but are hoping to hold the Governor’s bill hostage. 

    This attempt to modify the bill and address tort reform in the manner needs to be stopped.  Oregonians rights to bring a medical claim against a provider who has done harm need to be protected. 
    For more information see http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/02/oregon_health_care_focus_on_pa.html

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