Auto Accident

Types of Legal Compensation Available After a Car Accident

If you, or a loved one, have been in a car accident in Portland or in Oregon, you know the devastating effects that this can have on you and those around you.

Work time, wages and income will likely be lost. Moreover, the injuries sustained may be so traumatic that it is not possible to work again, resulting in a permanent loss of income. We know that the recovery process itself can be challenging, but while you recuperate your bills still need to be paid – including, now, hefty medical bills.

Financial burdens may not be the first thing on an auto accident victim’s mind, but they become increasingly important in the aftermath of the crash. Fortunately, Oregon law requires auto insurance policies to have Personal Injury Protection. This protection will pay for medical bills and income loss for the first year after a car accident.

Personal Injury Protection

How does Oregon’s Personal Injury Protection work?

  • $15,000 in medical expenses for all medical bills necessarily caused by the accident will be paid so long as they are incurred within one year of the wreck.
  • After an accident victim has missed 14 consecutive days of work, $3,000 per month or 70 percent of wage loss, whichever is less, will be paid for up to one year.

Knowing this protection exists provides some peace of mind to those who have suffered an injury. However, given that Personal Injury Protection is only available for one year and the money it pays out is capped may require creativity to help those who do not fully recover within one year.

Many motor vehicle accidents can result in severe injuries that may take many years of medical treatment before recovery. If one sustains permanent disability and loss of ability to work exists, Personal Injury Protection provisions will be of limited help.

What to do after Personal Injury Protection runs out?

A professional and experienced Portland auto accident attorney will assist you in securing the financial compensation you deserve for the damages that you, or your loved one, incurred as the result of someone else’s negligence.

With the right legal representation, a strong case can be made to recover the following from a negligent third party or their insurance company:

  • Past, present and future medical expenses
  • Property damage
  • Past, present and future wage loss
  • Past, present and future pain and suffering
  • Compensation for past, present and future interference with your ability to perform your usual daily activities

The Law Offices of Jon Friedman have been helping auto accident victims to claim the full and fair compensation for thirty years to which they are entitled. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle crash, we welcome your call for a free consultation on 503-360-1506.

Protecting Yourself After an Auto Accident

Auto accidents result in the deaths of over 33,500 people and the injuries of approximately 3.3 million people every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

When a car accident happens, we know that you may become flustered, emotionally shocked, and perhaps physically injured. For the citizens of Portland and Oregon, there are important steps to take after a car wreck to make certain that your rights are protected.

What to do following a crash

If you have been in a car wreck, the following steps will help gather the essential information that your car accident attorney will need to work on your case:

  • Pull over to a safe, well lit area away from traffic and turn on your hazard lights.
  • Check yourself and the others involved for injuries. They may not always be obvious after an accident, but it is important to check anyway. If there are significant injuries, call for an ambulance.
  • If there are significant injuries, call 911 and request a police officer come to the scene.
  • File a DMV report and retain a copy. This will contain important information that is needed to pursue a claim as a result of your motor vehicle collision.
  • Speak to witnesses and obtain ways of contacting them in the future. If a witness does not want to get involved, do not force them. There may be other eyewitnesses who will be happy to talk to you and provide their contact details. If nobody volunteers, ask those who may stop if they would please share their contact information with you.
  • Take notes. Ensure that you record the date, the time, and the locations of the vehicles after the crash, including any debris. Note impact zones and the events that occurred as you remember them. Describe how the collision occurred. This is important as memory can fade over time, and you may be asked to recall this information later.
  • Get the other driver’s information including their name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, insurance company name and policy number, and make, model, and year of their car.
  • Take pictures. You should take photos of the accident scene, the cars involved, as well as any injuries you or your loved ones may have suffered.

Additionally, make sure to document all medical visits and treatment, as well as obtaining estimates of property damage. An experienced auto accident attorney needs this information to put together a persuasive case for settlement negotiations or a jury trial.

If you, or a loved one, are in Portland, or anywhere in Oregon, and have been injured in an auto accident, we invite you to call the Law Offices of Jon Friedman on 503-360-1506 for a free initial consultation.