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A: Call me immediately. Do not give the other person’s insurance company a statement until you have consulted with a lawyer. I make a point of returning all calls and e-mails promptly. If you have suffered a personal injury, you need to know right away what insurance coverage is in place to cover your medical expenses and lost wages.

A: Yes. With your uninsured motorist coverage, or UM coverage, you can recover money for your medical bills and pain and suffering even if the other driver had no insurance. Your underinsured motorist coverage, or UIM coverage, also covers any loss above the other driver’s insurance. The laws in Oregon underinsured motorist cases are different than Washington underinsured motorist cases, so you need an attorney who knows the difference.

A: Many auto policies will cover you if you are injured in a bicycle accident or if you are a pedestrian.

A: Please contact me and we will discuss your case. My consultation on a personal injury case is always free.

A: It depends on the nature of your personal injury claim. Larger personal injury cases typically take longer to settle.

A: No. Oftentimes I only meet with clients for the initial interview and then we can just talk over the phone. If we do have to go to court, it will take more time. I realize your time is important, so I don’t waste it.

A: The vast majority of auto accident and personal injury cases don’t go to trial. However, I treat each case as if it is going to be a trial, because you have to be willing and prepared to go to trial to maximize your settlement.

A: In order to settle your personal injury and auto accident cases you will have to deal with insurance companies. Their goal is to pay you as little as you will take. It is tough for someone who is not familiar with personal injury cases to know what a fair settlement amount is. An attorney can help you to determine that amount and reach a fair settlement.

A: I handle auto accident, dog bites and all of my other personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means YOU DO NOT OWE ME A LEGAL FEE UNLESS I RECOVER MONEY FOR YOU. I do not ask for any attorney fees upfront. If there is no recovery there is no fee.

A: I do not charge my clients a fee recovering their past medical expenses. Many lawyers charge a percentage of the total recovery, including your medical expenses. I base my fee on what is recovered in addition to your medical expenses. If your lawyer charges you for recovering your medical expenses it can significantly reduce how much goes in your pocket. For example, if you had $50,000 in medical expenses and a $100,000 settlement, your lawyer would get $33,000, $50,000 would go to repay your medical expenses, and you would be left with around $17,000. In a case like that, I would base my fee off of the $50,000, putting $33,000 in your pocket instead of approximately $17,000. The only time I charge a fee for recovering your past medical expenses is when someone other than you, usually your insurance company or healthcare provider, pays me to recover your medical expenses.