How Does the State of Oregon Describe a Personal Injury?

Have you or a loved one been injured, or did a loved one die due to another person’s negligence? 

Personal injuries happen every day and all too often in every state in America. Personal injuries and primarily due to someone’s negligent actions towards another person or persons. When another person is negligent in their actions and causes physical, emotional, or mental harm to you, you have the right to seek the highest compensation possible to help pay for the extra added expenses to get you healthy again. 

There is an endless list of personal injuries that the state of Oregon recognizes. Personal injuries, mostly happen due to the negligence of a person, business, corporation, or manufacturer of products with defects. 

  • Personal injuries relate to,
  • Negligence
  • Car accidents
  • Assault
  • Slip and fall accidents and many other types of mishaps
  •  Truck accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Amputations injuries
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Catastrophic, life-changing injuries
  • A wide variety of medical malpractice injuries
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Premises liability
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Nursing home abuse injuries
  • Elder abuse
  • Wrongful death due to the negligence of another person
  • Product negligence
  • Pharmaceutical mishaps

There are specific steps to take in the event you are injured due to another person’s carelessness. We want you first to seek appropriate emergency medical care, then,

  • Make a police report, but never admit fault because you probably were not at fault. Never say you are sorry for what happened. Word of this type can significantly decrease your chances of winning your settlement case. Stick to the facts only!
  • Document everything you know or remember about your accident or have a trusted family member do this for you.
  •  Take pictures of the accident site and your injuries or have a trusted family member do this for you.
  • Give our law firm a call as soon as possible or again have a trusted family member call us. We will come to you for a free, no-obligation consultation if you cannot come to us.

Understanding Oregon’s Statute of Limitations 

While most states agree with the basic foundation of a personal injury claim, some states may differ in a few different areas. States may have something different to say about the timeframe in which you may file a wrongful injury claim through your attorney and when it may be too late to file a claim. 

It is your seasoned, skilled, and experienced personal injury attorney who remains by your side during this ordeal and decides if you have a sound claim against someone’s careless actions that caused your injuries. 

Our personal injury law firm in Oregon reviews every aspect of your case and will not take your case unless you have valuable facts and can prove another person’s negligence. We help you sort out your claim and handle every aspect of your case. All you have to do is to concentrate on healing and to get well again. 

If someone’s carelessness caused your injuries due to negligence, it is your right to seek a settlement to help pay for those injuries, no matter how minor or severe they become. 

Oregon laws related to the statute of limitations have a strict timeline that you must follow to file a lawsuit in civil court. Sometimes these deadlines differ a bit due to the circumstances surrounding the case. 

Remember that the filing deadline is vital. If you go beyond this deadline, the chance is excellent that you cannot file your claim. However, our attorney explains how this deadline could be extended in the state of Oregon in some circumstances. 

In Oregon, the standard statute of limitations on a personal injury claim is two years after the date of your accident. This law is found in the Oregon Revised Statutes section 12.110, which reads as follows. 

“An action for assault, battery, false imprisonment, or for any injury to the person or rights of another… Shall be commenced within two years.” 

The reading of Oregon’s statute of limitations means it is too late for you to file your claim after these two years. If you go ahead and file a claim, the accused party can point this out to the judge, and the court will dismiss your claim. 

Again, it is most important to call us as soon as possible after your accident to file your claim. Time flies by quickly, and before you know it, two years have passed. Never let a negligent person get off without a penalty for their careless actions. 

It is your right to seek compensation for the expense that this carelessness cost you and your family. You would agree that it would help your finances if you did not have to pay anything towards those mounting medical bills and extra expenses related to your injuries. 

Almost every client that we represent says that they cannot afford an attorney. However, you cannot afford not to hire a seasoned and experienced personal injury attorney to help you seek compensation and navigate the laws set in place by the state of Oregon. 

It will put your mind at rest knowing that we have a No-Fee Guarantee, as there are no worries about being able to afford an attorney to seek a settlement for your personal injury case unless we win. We work to protect your legal rights, and we do not take personal injury cases that have no sustenance for you.

Exceptions to Oregon’s Two-Year Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims

The exceptions to this law can be complicated and complex, and it takes the expertise of a seasoned attorney to sort through these exceptions. Your attorney explains these exceptions to you and lets you know if these apply to your case. According to Oregon’s exception rule,

  • “This extension will not go beyond five years or for more than one year after the disability ends, whichever comes first if the following apply as taken according to Oregon law.” 
  • “The injured person is a minor and under the age of 18 years.”
  • “The injured person is mentally disabled and did not understand their responsibility.”
  •  “If the injured person leaves Oregon at any point after the underlying accident, but before the lawsuit can be filed, and takes up residence in another state, or if the defendant takes steps to conceal him or herself within the state, the period of absence/concealment probably won’t be counted as part of the one-year period. The “clock” pauses during this time.”

A Call to Action for Recklessness of Others 

Give us a call as soon as possible if you have been injured in Eugene, Oregon. We want to hear what you have to say and are ready to defend your rights to say what happened in or outside the court and seek compensation. 

Our goal is that we do all the investigation and will pull your winning case together. We do all the communicating with insurance companies and other attorneys working for the defendant. Our goal is to take all worries about your future off your shoulders and let you heal.

We cannot stress enough that if insurance companies harass you with phone calls or want to settle out of court, please refer them to us and refuse to speak with them. An offered settlement may sound reasonable. However, if your injuries are severe, long-term, or your prognosis is life-changing, the proposed settlement is never enough to carry you into the future and beyond to take care of all your expenses and living costs. 

Please allow us to help you get the compensation you need and deserve. 

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