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Jan 10

Exploring Your Legal Options as You Heal

When you head out on the roadways, you have to trust the other drivers around you to be alert and safe.  Despite your own best defensive driving, you could still be involved in an accident that leaves you and your passengers injured.

If you are injured in a car wreck through no fault of your own, you have legal rights that you can pursue if you choose.  By retaining the services of a law firm, mediator, or accident attorney Portland Oregon victims like you may win compensation and justice to which you are legally entitled.

Taking Action in Court

Depending on the circumstances of your wreck, you may have the right to file a case in court.  Accident cases that involve devastating injuries or significant loss of property often end up in civil court.  These cases can take months or years to resolve and require much effort that you might not know how to devote, however.

A lawyer who specializes in this area of law will have the time and commitment to dedicate to your legal cause and be able to see the case through until the end.  He or she can gather evidence, subpoena witnesses, and present medical records, among other proof.  With your lawyer’s assistance, the judge might decide that your case is relatively simple to figure out and award you the damages to which you are entitled.

Settlements

Many defendants prefer to stay out of court because of the time and money it takes to resolve the case.  They do not want any negative publicity attached to their names.  They also do not want to spend money on legal fees.

In those instances, the defendants may offer you a settlement through their insurance company.  The settlement is typically presented with the understanding that you will not take any further legal action against them and that they may or may not acknowledge their own guilt.

Nonetheless, the settlement at first glance may look like a lot of money.  You might even be excited to accept it.