Damascus, Oregon Personal Injury Lawyers

Richard Rizk
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Helping everyday people every day.

Richard Rizk is the senior lawyer at RizkLaw, an Oregon plaintiff personal injury & insurance, law firm he founded in 2001. Richard passionately pursues justice for everyday people in the context of serious injury... Read More »
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Sara L. Gabin
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30+ years experience representing injury victims. Free consultation. Call now!

I'm an experienced Oregon personal injury lawyer and I fight to help my clients obtain justice and the compensation they deserve. My practice includes motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, and slip and falls. Read More »
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Michael Romano
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Oregon Personal Injury Lawyer with 19 years experience

Mr. Romano attended Southern Oregon University (formerly Southern Oregon State College) in Ashland, Oregon where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, with a minor degree in Philosophy. He then... Read More »
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Matthew D. Kaplan
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Free Consultation! Skilled and Aggressive Personal Injury Lawyer! Call for Help!

I am a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney. I provide personal attention combined with intelligent, aggressive representation! Visit my website to see client reviews or call for a free consultation. Read More »
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Paul J. Vames
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Gresham, OR Personal Injury Lawyer with 22 years experience
(503) 669-3426 2053 N.E. Burnside Road
Gresham, OR 97030
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Insurance Claims
Whittier Law School and Willamette University College of Law
Since 1996, Paul’s professional focus has been litigation of serious injury and insurance-related disputes. He holds a prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell©, demonstrating that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional and ethical excellence.

During his first 13 years in practice, Paul defended insurance companies. However, in 2009 Paul moved his practice from a downtown skyscraper to the suburbs. Since then, he has been privileged to represent good people injured by the negligence of others. Paul litigates insurance disputes, injury claims, cases arising from motor vehicle and motorcycle collisions, cases arising from dog attacks, and cases arising from...
John Bell
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Clackamas, OR Personal Injury Lawyer with 11 years experience
(888) 813-3188 10121 SE Sunnyside Road
Suite 300
Clackamas, OR 97015
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Social Security Disability and Workers' Comp
University of Akron
Gregory Oliveros
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Clackamas, OR Personal Injury Attorney with 29 years experience
(503) 335-3800 9200 SE Sunnybrook Blvd
Clackamas, OR 97015
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Criminal and Family
Lewis & Clark Law School
Original founder of the Oliveros Law Group, Gregory Paul Oliveros is a native Oregonian and passionate supporter of this great state. Mr. Oliveros has a deep commitment to his community. From his involvement with his children’s extracurricular activities during their youth, to being an active community leader in various capacities over the years. Mr. Oliveros continues to look for ways that his law firm can support his local community. However, it’s in his work as an attorney in which Mr. Oliveros is most passionate. When asked what differentiates himself from other attorneys, Mr. Oliveros states,

“Energy and Vision! Outside of the...
Lyndon Ruhnke
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Gresham, OR Personal Injury Lawyer with 20 years experience
(503) 665-2944 123 E. Powell Blvd.
Ste 208
Gresham, OR 97030
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Bankruptcy, Consumer and Employment
Lewis & Clark College
Lyndon Ruhnke represents consumer debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases. Lyndon’s general practice primarily focuses on representing individuals with claims ranging from consumer issues to personal injury. He is a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA). He has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since 1999. He is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of Oregon. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Nebraska and his J.D. with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law...
Jeffrey Paul Thayer
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Lake Oswego, OR Personal Injury Attorney with 20 years experience
(800) 289-3443 5200 SW Meadows Rd., Suite 150
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Insurance Claims, Medical Malpractice and Workers' Comp
Lewis & Clark Law School
K. William Gibson
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Clackamas, OR Personal Injury Attorney with 40 years experience
(503) 307-1676 10365 SE Sunnyside Rd
Clackamas, OR 97015
Personal Injury and Arbitration & Mediation
Clackamas, OR Personal Injury Attorney with 19 years experience
(503) 282-7285 9200 SE Sunnybrook Blvd
Clackamas, OR 97015
Personal Injury, Divorce and Family
Clackamas, OR Personal Injury Attorney
(503) 698-4444 13100 SE Sunnyside Rd
Clackamas, OR 97015
Personal Injury
Gresham, OR Personal Injury Attorney
(503) 512-8393 1220 NW Eastman Parkway PO Box 1118
Gresham, OR 97030
Personal Injury
Clackamas, OR Personal Injury Lawyer
(505) 335-3800 9200 SE Sunnybrook Blvd No 335
Clackamas, OR 97015
Personal Injury
Robert Jesse Harris
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Oregon Personal Injury Attorney with 33 years experience

Robert Harris is founder and president of Harris Velazquez Gibbens, Law Firm. A medium sized law firm located in Hillsboro Oregon with a second office in Northeast Portland. Our law firm focuses on litigation,... Read More »
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Robert Kline Jr
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Injured? Experienced personal injury attorney can help. Free consultation!

I’m an experienced Oregon personal injury lawyer and I’m dedicated to helping my clients obtain justice and compensation. My practice includes motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and slip and falls. Read More »
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Gresham, OR Personal Injury Lawyer
(503) 661-7020 1300 NE Linden Ave
Gresham, OR 97030
Personal Injury and Estate Planning
Clackamas, OR Personal Injury Attorney
(503) 432-8312 10121 SE Sunnyside Rd., Suite 300
Clackamas, OR 97015
Personal Injury
Michael Paul Longo
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Oregon City, OR Personal Injury Attorney with 23 years experience
15195 S. Willsada Park Way
Oregon City, OR 97045
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury
University of Oregon School of Law
Bryan William Dawson
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West Linn, OR Personal Injury Lawyer with 23 years experience
5695 Hood Street
West Linn, OR 97068
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Insurance Claims, Insurance Defense and Products Liability
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
I am a Portland, Oregon lawyer specializing in personal injury claims and lawsuits. Please call me or visit my website: www.dawlaw.net. I offer free consultations at 503-919-1315.
Jared Justice
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(503) 722-3981 409 Center Street
Oregon City, OR 97045
Oregon City, OR Personal Injury Lawyer with 11 years experience
Personal Injury, Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Criminal Defense and DUII Defense in Clackamas County Circuit Court and the surrounding municipal courts (West Linn, Lake Oswego, Gladstone, Canby, and Oregon City) for nearly a decade. Serving my clients locally allows me to dedicate more time to my clients cases, rather than dedicating time for travel.

Year after year this law firm delivers accessible representation, extensive preparation, strong communication, and effective results.

The number one complaint about lawyers is not being able to get them on the phone. I pride myself on not making that mistake. If I am not able to take a call, I always...
Jeffrey D. Munns
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West Linn, OR Personal Injury Attorney
(503) 657-3397 4891 Willamette Falls Dr
West Linn, OR 97068
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Insurance Claims and Products Liability
Lewis & Clark Law School
Wendell L. Belknap
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Oregon City, OR Personal Injury Lawyer with 34 years experience
(503) 657-8946 411 5th St.
Oregon City, OR 97045
Personal Injury, Business, Divorce and Medical Malpractice
Lewis & Clark Law School
Jacob Braunstein
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Sandy, OR Personal Injury Attorney with 13 years experience
38740 Proctor Blvd
Sandy, OR 97055
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Consumer, Criminal and DUI
Lewis & Clark Law School
George McCoy
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Portland, OR Personal Injury Attorney with 9 years experience
(503) 255-8795 850 NE 122nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97230
Personal Injury, Family and Medical Malpractice
University of Oregon School of Law
A graduate of University of Oregon School of law, George A. McCoy, is a native to the Portland area and specializes in personal injury law. Mr. McCoy handles a variety of personal injury cases including: motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, police brutality, wrongful death, and medical malpractice. Mr. McCoy is licensed in both Oregon and Washington. Mr. McCoy currently lives in southwest Washington with his wife and their 4 children.
Timothy J O'Donnell
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Milwaukie, OR Personal Injury Lawyer with 11 years experience
(503) 659-3627 11073 SE Main Street
Milwaukie, OR 97222
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Bankruptcy, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
Golden Gate University School of Law
Born and raised in Clackamas County, attended Law School in San Francisco, came back to Oregon in 2012. Father of two boys. My practice is primarily civil litigation with an emphasis on real estate. I also handle personal injury actions, estate planning and probate, and landlord-tenant law.
Marc Johnston
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Oregon Personal Injury Lawyer with 14 years experience

We are a different kind of law firm — one that is dedicated to serving you. We are committed to providing each of our clients with the personal care and attention they deserve in all of our practice areas and more.... Read More »
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Matthew H. Kehoe
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Free consultation, aggressive representation in personal injury cases. Call now!

We fight for you! For nearly 30 years our office has been working to get justice for our clients. Call today for a free consultation. Read More »
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Stu Smucker
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Portland, OR Personal Injury Lawyer
6400 SE Lake Rd
Portland, OR 97222
Personal Injury
University of Oregon School of Law
D. Neal Peton
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Portland, OR Personal Injury Lawyer with 11 years experience
(503) 274-4252 9415 SE Stark, STE 207 3rd Floor
Portland, OR 97216
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Bankruptcy
Robert Le
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Portland, OR Personal Injury Attorney
(503) 898-0753 800 SE 181st. Ave
Portland, OR 97233
Personal Injury
Wm Keith Dozier Jr
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(503) 594-0333 385 1st St
Ste 215
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Personal Injury, Insurance Claims, Medical Malpractice and Products Liability
Lewis & Clark Law School
Keith Dozier is a Portland area trial attorney/injury lawyer representing individuals and families from all over Oregon that have suffered serious injury because of someone else's carelessness. He and his associates handle claims for victims of auto accidents, truck crashes, work place accidents, malpractice, dangerous products, discrimination and other forms of personal injuries. We work hard to obtain insurance coverage for deserving injured parties so that they can get proper medical treatment and put their lives back together as much as possible. We pride ourselves on providing honest and effective legal representation. Our law firm represents a relatively small...
Michael Romano
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Portland, OR Personal Injury Lawyer with 19 years experience
(503) 208-5529 111 SW 5th Ave.
Suite 3150
Portland, OR 97204
Personal Injury, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Willamette University College of Law
Mr. Romano attended Southern Oregon University (formerly Southern Oregon State College) in Ashland, Oregon where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, with a minor degree in Philosophy. He then received his Juris Doctorate at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. While in law school, Mr. Romano clerked for the Marion County District Attorney’s Office and developed a taste for trial work. He was then admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2000 and began his career as a prosecutor working in Klamath, Coos, and Deschutes Counties. In early 2006, he then opened his private...
Kenneth Kahn II
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Portland, OR Personal Injury Attorney with 29 years experience
(503) 241-4105 1000 SW Broadway
Suite 2300
Portland, OR 97205
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Criminal and DUI
Lewis & Clark Law School
Your initial telephone conference is free. (503) 241-4105.

I've defended the rights of the accused for over 26 years and handled over 6,000 cases. Rated 10 Best, Client Satisfaction (American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys). Rated as one of the Top Lawyers in Oregon for Ethical Standards (2015 and 2016, The Legal Network). Rated as one of the Top 100 Criminal Lawyers in America (2016, The National Trial Lawyers). Ranked in the top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers, Oregon (2016, American Society of Legal Advocates).

Rated Excellent by Avvo.com. My experience in court will make your experience...
Joanne Reisman
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Portland, OR Personal Injury Lawyer with 36 years experience
(503) 222-7401 732 SW 3rd Ave
Suite 304
Portland, OR 97204
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
Lewis & Clark Law School
Portland Legal Services specializes in Personalized Advocacy. This is a full service civil law firm. We cross specialize in several related areas of the law which means that we can offer you comprehensive solutions to difficult issues that require knowledge in several legal sub-specialties. We can help you with issues in the areas of: Family Law (Divorce, Custody, Support), Paternity, Bankruptcy (Chapter 7), Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, Elder Law (Special Needs Trusts), Probate, Conservatorships, Guardianships, , Personal Injury, Auto Accidents, Small Business, Real Estate, and Civil Litigation. If you don't see your problem area listed...
Joshua Shulman
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PORTLAND, OR Personal Injury Attorney with 16 years experience
(503) 222-4411 1553 SE Tolman St.
PORTLAND, OR 97202
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Products Liability
New York University School of Law and Lewis & Clark Law School
At Shulman DuBois LLC, we will give you and your case the consideration it deserves. The insurance companies have the money, power, and personnel to bully the injured and overwhelmed - we are dedicated to helping you fight back. At a time when your insurance company is not giving you the thoughtfulness, concern, and respect that you deserve, we will be there to bring the facts to light and set the situation right. Serving Portland, Oregon, as well as the surrounding areas, we represent people in our community who are struggling in the wake of a serious accident. As active community...
Jennie Lynn Clark
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Portland, OR Personal Injury Lawyer with 19 years experience
(503) 238-1010 6501 SW Macadam Ave Suite E
Portland, OR 97239
Personal Injury, Animal, Criminal and White Collar Crime
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Member of the Oregon State Bar since 2000 Member of the Oregon Federal Bar since 2000 Member of Washington State Bar since 2010. I practice in a variety of areas of the law, which is useful when there are overlapping legal issues. We offer a free phone consultation for the following types of cases:
Personal Injury
Motor vehicle accidents
Dog bites
...
Kevin C Brague
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Portland, OR Personal Injury Lawyer with 14 years experience
(503) 922-2243 1205 NW 25th Avenue
Portland, OR 97210
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Business, Civil Rights and Education
Pepperdine University School of Law
I represent individuals who have been harmed by others - whether personally like in an automobile/car accident, or by an institution like abuse or violation of civil rights. I have been practicing law in the State and Federal courts in Oregon since 2005, and have additional relevant legal experience extending back to 1991. My experience includes working for international law firms to my own solo practice representing corporations, small businesses, and individuals. I am a trial attorney and have litigated cases against businesses, insurance companies, colleges, universities, trade schools, and schools on behalf of people that...
Geordie Duckler
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Tigard, OR Personal Injury Attorney with 32 years experience
(503) 546-8052 9397 SW Locust St.
Tigard, OR 97223
Personal Injury and Animal
Lewis & Clark Law School
As a trial attorney for over 30 years, Geordie heads The Animal Law Practice, a nationally unique law firm engaged exclusively in the litigation, defense, and trial of animal-related disputes, crimes, and injuries in state and federal cases all across the country. His diverse clientele includes a variety of pet owners, animal shelters, recreational riders, commercial farmers, ranchers, neighborhood associations, specialty dog and cat breeders, equine stable owners, animal welfare activists, hunters and sportspeople, zoo and aquarium owners, consumers, veterinarian clients, bite and attack victims, and accused persons on neglect and abuse charges in hundreds of unique animal cases each...
Marc Johnston
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Portland , OR Personal Injury Lawyer with 14 years experience
(503) 546-3167 101 SW Main St. Suite 1905
Portland , OR 97204
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Business, Medical Malpractice and Products Liability
Gonzaga University School of Law
We are a different kind of law firm — one that is dedicated to serving you. We are committed to providing each of our clients with the personal care and attention they deserve in all of our practice areas and more. Some cases are best settled, and some are best taken to a jury. We have dedicated our careers to being prepared for both. We welcome the opportunity to take our clients’ cases to a jury when the need arises. The fact that we are willing to take every case to a jury if necessary increases our credibility and the...
Matthew D. Kaplan
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(503) 226-3844 50 SW Pine St
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Portland, OR 97204
Free ConsultationPortland, OR Personal Injury Attorney with 21 years experience
Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Medical Malpractice and Products Liability
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Mr. Kaplan is a father of two boys and resides in SW Portland, Oregon. When he is not working he is usually backpacking or rock climbing. He began practicing law in 1998 and opened Kaplan Law, LLC, in 2003. Kaplan Law is a law firm dedicated to helping injury victims and their families achieve justice. Mr. Kaplan believes in getting to know his clients on a personal level so that he can understand their cases, what their needs are, and what is the best resolution for them. Mr. Kaplan takes on difficult cases that focus on injuries to children, wrongful...
Aaron Tillmann
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Portland, OR Personal Injury Attorney with 14 years experience
(503) 272-8986 101 SW Main St Ste 1905
Portland, OR 97204
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Products Liability
Personal Injury Attorney Aaron Tillman, Esq.

Aaron Tillmann is the founder and Managing Attorney of Tillmann Law, P.L.L.C. His practice focuses on the areas of personal injury, specifically motor vehicle collisions, pedestrians hit by vehicles, bicyclists struck by vehicles, premises liability (aka slip and fall), dog bites, Trucking or Tractor Trailer insurance denials and more. He is admitted to practice in the states of Oregon and Utah and all their respective courts, and the Federal Courts of Oregon and Utah, along with the Bankruptcy Court, and also the United States Tax Court.

Mr. Tillmann focuses his practice on the client and their...
Sean DuBois
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Portland, OR Personal Injury Lawyer with 13 years experience
(503) 222-4411 1553 SE Tolman St.
Portland, OR 97202
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Insurance Claims and Legal Malpractice
Lewis & Clark Law School
At Shulman DuBois LLC, we will give you and your case the consideration it deserves. The insurance companies have the money, power, and personnel to bully the injured and overwhelmed - we are dedicated to helping you fight back. At a time when your insurance company is not giving you the thoughtfulness, concern, and respect that you deserve, we will be there to bring the facts to light and set the situation right. Serving Portland, Oregon, as well as the surrounding areas, we represent people in our community who are struggling in the wake of a serious accident. As active community...
Kristin Olson
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Portland, OR Personal Injury Lawyer with 16 years experience
(503) 740-7608 1020 SW Taylor Street
Ste. 400
Portland, OR 97205
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Business and Products Liability
University of Oregon School of Law
I'm a trial lawyer who practices civil litigation, including commercial and personal injury law. I defend lawsuits on behalf of individuals and companies, and I also bring lawsuits on behalf of injured individuals.
Dan Rayfield
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Portland, OR Personal Injury Lawyer with 13 years experience
(503) 222-0977 520 SW 6th Ave #1105
Portland, OR 97209
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Civil Rights, Medical Malpractice and Products Liability
Willamette University College of Law
Mr. Rayfield is a partner with the Oregon personal injury law firm Nelson MacNeil Rayfield Trial Lawyers PC. He joined the law firm in 2009 and has been a partner with the firm since 2013. Mr. Rayfield’s pratice is entirely devoted to representing clients with oregon personal injury claims. Mr. Rayfield graduated from Western Oregon University in 2003 and Willamette University College of Law in 2006. In 2005, he worked for the Benton County District Attorney’s office as a law clerk. During this time, he gained valuable trial experience prosecuting DUIIs and other misdemeanor charges. Following...
John Coletti
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Protland, OR Personal Injury Lawyer with 25 years experience
(503) 433-3524 1022 NW Marshall St
Suite 450
Protland, OR 97209
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Medical Malpractice
Willamette University College of Law
Shelley Fuller
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Beaverton, OR Personal Injury Lawyer with 21 years experience
(503) 626-1808 4800 SW Griffith Drive
Suite 230
Beaverton, OR 97005
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Seattle University School of Law
Shelley has been practicing law in Oregon for the last 18 years. While originally from Wisconsin, she has called Oregon home for the last 25 years and has no desire to live anywhere else. She has been a solo practitioner / small business owner since 2002 when she opened her own practice. She is dedicated to providing outstanding legal advice to her clients by advocating zealously, advising honestly and litigating tirelessly when needed.
sarah lynn nelson
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Portland, OR Personal Injury Lawyer with 18 years experience
(503) 417-4227 111 SW Fifth, Suite 1740
Portland, OR 97204
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Elder and Products Liability
University of Oregon School of Law
I am a top-rated Portland, Oregon car accident and personal injury lawyer. As a former in-house trial lawyer for one of the nation's largest insurance companies, I learned what the insurance companies look for when analyzing cases. I know what buttons to push and I know how to maximize the value of your case, either at the settlement stage or through trial. There are a lot of personal injury attorneys in Oregon; very few can actually deliver on what I just described.
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Injured in an accident?

When a person is injured, tort law will govern whether that person may be compensated for the injury, the amount of compensation that may be recovered, as well as which parties will be liable for the injury. Tort law, also known as injury law, comes from federal and state codes, as well as judicial opinions from prior cases. The amount of damages a plaintiff to a personal injury action may receive can be determined by statute, or by a judge or jury. Typical recoveries may include compensatory damages (e.g., lost wages, medical bills, etc.) and in particularly egregious situations, punitive damages. In some cases, a plaintiff may recover certain non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, or loss of enjoyment of life.

Personal injury lawyers help injured people seek compensation from those who have harmed them. Some injury attorneys focus on a specific type of case, such as truck accidents, car accidents, slip-and-fall injuries, medical malpractice or products liability cases. If a person is injured as a result of criminal behavior, it may be appropriate to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in addition to the state's criminal investigation or prosecution.

Many personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation to evaluate your claim.


Negligence: Failure to use care which a reasonable and prudent person would use under similar circumstances.

Joint and several liability: A legal doctrine that makes each of the parties who are responsible for an injury, liable for all the damages awarded in a lawsuit if the other parties responsible cannot pay.