Oregon Personal Injury Law and Recoverable Damages

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In the state of Oregon, if another party is at fault for injuring you and/or damaging your property, you are entitled to recover those damages. However, it is vitally important that you speak with a personal injury attorney in such a case. Do not rely on insurance adjusters, as they are not working for you and may try to minimize any payout they have to make.

Oregon allows you to recover damages for a number of different conditions. These include:

  • Lost wages. This includes any wages you lost due to inability to work, as well as any lost future wages. If you are no longer able to perform your job as you did before, this will factor into the consideration.
  • Property damage. Any damage to your property is also recoverable. For instance, if you are injured in an automobile accident and your car is damaged, you can recover damages for your vehicle, as well as physical damages suffered in the accident.
  • Pain and suffering. No one should have to endure pain because of another’s negligence. If you have suffered because of your injury, you can seek compensation for it.
  • Medical expenses. All past medical expenses, current medical expenses and expected future medical expenses may be recoverable. This includes devices you now rely on to get around, medication and therapy you need to undergo, as well as doctor’s visits and hospital stays.
  • Household help. If you require assistance at home because of another’s negligence, you can receive compensation for this.

The statute of limitations on seeking compensation for personal injury, in the state of Oregon, is generally two years for most tort claims.  There are some exceptions.  After that, your ability to recover damages is severely compromised if not extinguished. If you have received an injury due to the negligence of another party, it is important that you speak with an expert attorney right away. Only an experienced professional can help you to get the maximum possible recovery for the damages done to you.

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