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What Happens after Your Personal Injury Complaint is Filed?

We have made it to Friday again! Today’s video from our founder and senior partner Roy Dwyer discusses what happens after your Oregon personal injury or serious accident complaint has been filed:
 

As Roy explains in this clip, once your claim has been filed, we (your attorneys) bring your complain to a process server, who serves that complaint upon the defendant. The defendant then gives it to the insurance company and the insurance company turns it over to their lawyer.

If you have been injured in an accident in the state of Oregon, contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away. Call us for a free consultation at 541-617-0555 – we can help you.

To view additional informative videos about personal injury law in the state of Oregon, visit Dwyer Williams Dretke PC’s You Tube channel.

Settlement Reached for Multiple Vehicle Collision Injury Victim

The defendant in this matter lost control of his vehicle, side-swiped another vehicle, and collided with our client head-on.  This collision totaled our client’s car and left her with serious injuries.  She was immediately rushed to the local hospital, where her examination revealed a number of severe injuries.  These included a cracked and bruised sternum, ligament and tendon damage in her ankle, neck and back injuries, and severe bruising covering the rest of her body.  She completed eight months of treatment following the accident before making a complete recovery.

Oregon Auto Accident Injury AttorneysOur client called the experienced Oregon auto accident injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke PC because her total medical bills exceeded personal injury protection (PIP) limits and because she recognized that the number of people injured in this three-vehicle collision would complicate her claims. She needed professional help and we took her case.

Once hired by our client, we explained her PIP benefits to her.  We gave her health insurer all of the information it needed to pay her bills and provided that insurance company’s information to our client’s medical providers with outstanding bills.  In the end, we were able to obtain more money for our client than any of the other parties to the crash received.  Additionally, we were able to convince our client’s insurance company to waive its statutory right to be reimbursed for what it paid out in PIP benefits.

Sleep-Deprived Teens At Hightened Risk of Crashing

According to a study recently released online in the JAMA Pediatrics journal, drivers between the ages of 17 and 24 who report having slept 6 or fewer hours per night were about 20 percent more likely to be involved in an auto accident than those who slept longer than 6 hours per night.

Sllep Deprived Teens More Likely to CrashThis study, which was conducted on participants in New South Wales, Australia, was not highlighting a new problem: sleep deprivation and “drowsy driving” are well-known factors contributing to auto accidents.  The novelty of this study was that it focused young drivers and found that sleep affected young drivers’ ability to drive safely more their age, number of driving hours per week, and even risky driving behaviors like speeding.

JAMA emphasized that young drivers should be a focus of driver safety efforts because they already experience more impairment in alertness, mood, and physical performance than older drivers.

If you or your child has been injured in an auto accident in Oregon, don’t hesitate to call the experienced auto accident injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke PC today for your free consultation at 541-617-0555.

Dog Bite Accident Claims Are on the Rise in Oregon

In a news release from State Farm yesterday in honor of Dog Bite Prevention week, the insurance company proclaimed that dog bite accident claims are on the rise throughout our state.  According to State Farm’s amalgamated research, almost 5 million people are bitten or attacked by dogs every year across the United States. Drawing from State Farm’s research, dog bites are on a significant rise in Oregon.  Our state ranked 15 for the most dog bite claims. The insurer handled 77 dog-bite claims in Oregon last year, up from 62 in 2011.

In addition to the number of claims, the cost associated with treating these injuries seems to be mounting as well.  State Farm said that it spent $1.2 million helping Oregon customers recover from dog bites. This figure is nearly double what State Farm paid dog accident injury victims in 2008.  Hilliard said there are a number of factors that contribute to the rise in expenses paid – additional claims, medical treatments and severity of the injuries are just a few.

“A dog’s tendency to bite depends on factors like heredity, obedience training, socialization and health,”said Brad Hilliard, State Farm spokesman in Salem. “There are good dogs and bad dogs within every breed, just as there can be responsible and irresponsible owners of each breed.”  As a result, he said, “we do not track the type of breed for each claim.”

As the experienced dog bite and dog attack injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke know, any dog may attack when provoked.  But dog bite injuries are preventable when appropriate steps are taken to keep everyone safe.  These preventative measures include:

  • NEVER leave a baby or small child alone with a dog, even if it is a family pet. Children are often bitten by a dog in their own household.
  • Make sure your pet is socialized as a young puppy so it feels at ease around people and other animals.
  • Never put your dog in a position where it feels threatened or teased.
  • Walk and exercise your dog regularly to keep it healthy and provide mental stimulation.
  • Use a leash in public to ensure you are able to control your dog.
  • Regular veterinary visits are essential to regulating the health of your dog. A sick or injured dog is more likely to bite.
  • Be alert. If someone approaches you and your dog while out on a walk, caution them to wait before petting the dog, giving your pet time to be comfortable with the stranger

If you or a loved one has been injured in an Oregon dog attack, call our caring and experienced dog bite injury attorneys today at 888-257-9023.  We can help you!

What To Expect if Your Oregon Personal Injury Claim Goes to Court.

Hello again and happy Friday! Today’s video clip from our founder and senior partner Roy Dwyer discusses what you can expect if your Oregon personal injury claim goes to court:

As Roy explains in this clip, first you will have to file a complaint. Complaints indicate how the accident happened, information about you, how you are injured, and how this case has impacted your life. This complaint must then be filed in the court and served on the defendant.

If you have been injured in an accident in the state of Oregon, call an experienced personal injury attorney right away. Call us for a free consultation at 541-617-0555 or visit our website for more information.

To view additional informative videos about personal injury law in the state of Oregon, visit Dwyer Williams Dretke PC’s You Tube channel.