People injured by the carelessness of others are often ill prepared to deal with the full effects of their injury. It is overwhelming to juggle work, family and medical treatment, let alone attempts to negotiate with the other person’s insurance company. It is often frustrating, it can be frightening, and it can take a significant toll on a person who is already in a vulnerable state. Often the injured person feels isolated and alone.
It can be extremely relieving to know that you are not alone. Dean Gibbons and Emerson Lenon bring an experienced, friendly and compassionate hand to the business of personal injury law. We can help you deal with the legal and medical demands of your case and allow you to focus fully on your recovery. Once you hire us, or any lawyer, you will no longer have to deal with insurance adjustors; in fact once you are represented they are forbidden to contact you.
Insurance companies want to settle your claim as cheaply and quickly as possible. They know you are weak and vulnerable in the wake of an accident. Sometimes they will start calling while you are still hospitalized, drugged and/or emotionally distraught. They know that they have the upper hand in negotiating with you and they often take advantage of that fact. We can help use our experience and skill to stand up the insurance companies on your behalf.
We offer fee consultations to discuss your case and help you determine if you want to employ us to represent you. If we agree to work together then we will work for you on a contingency basis. That means that we only get paid when you get paid. We take a percentage based on the stage of the case. We will try to get a fair settlement for you, but we are not afraid to take the fight to them and litigate your case to fairly represent your rights.
Frequently Asked Questions
I was just in a car accident, what should I do?Obviously, the first thing you should do is tend to your own well-being. Once any injuries are properly addressed, gather as much information as you can while still at the scene. Exchange information with the other driver and communicate with people at the scene and any police officers. Use whatever resources are available to document what happened. If you have a camera on your cell phone, take a lot of pictures. After exchanging information with the other driver, do not converse with them any further. Even making small talk can now affect your case.
What if I am injured and I don’t have health insurance?
Even if you have no health insurance, Oregon law requires every auto insurance policy to include Personal Injury Protection coverage. Contact our insurance company as soon as you can and start a claim. Regardless of whether or not the other driver has insurance, your own insurance will help you and we can assist you with your claim.
Why do I need a lawyer?
Maybe you don’t need a lawyer. Sometimes you can solve a claim yourself. However personal injury cases are easily manipulated by people and insurance companies. It is always assuring knowing you have someone experienced and professional watching over your case. Often times, insurance companies can take advantage of people who don’t have an attorney’s support. To feel confident of getting back what was lost, you should have a lawyer for support and knowledge.
What if I can’t afford to pay for a lawyer?In a personal injury case, you don’t have anything to lose. We will give you a free consultation to determine whether or not you have a worth-the-while claim. After that, we work on a contingency basis, meaning that we don’t get paid unless we are successful in getting you compensated. In some cases we can help you take advantage of an Oregon law which will allow us to get you a full recovery while we get paid by the other side.
How long will it take to get me compensation?There are a lot of factors that contribute to how long it will take for you to get compensated. The extent of injuries, length of treatments, and the compliance of all parties involved. Our objective is to get you the best possible settlement as opposed to the quickest possible settlement, and the majority of our cases are resolved in less than 12 months.
ORS 20.080Discover more about this Oregon statute which can help people with small claims get top quality legal representation. Even if you weren’t in a huge accident we can likely help you get a fair offer. Find out if you have a claim, call or email us today.
Why does my insurance company want me to submit to an ‘Independent Medical Exam’?When you buy car insurance in Oregon you get Personal Injury Protection coverage by law. Ordinarily your PIP coverage will pay all your medical bills for one year, up to your limit. However, lately insurance companies have been using Independent Medical Exams (IME) to cut off PIP benefits and deny injured people medical treatment. Find out more about PIP and IMEs here.