4th of July Fireworks Safety

Posted by 11 Bridges on Friday, July 4, 2014

It’s the 4th of July and, while I hate to be the wet blanket on your 4th of July party, Id like to take the opportunity to warn you about fireworks. The rules in Oregon are pretty specific about what kind of fireworks you can buy, but lets face it, lots of people drive over the bridge in Portland and get bigger better fireworks in Vancouver. Fireworks can be fun, but they take a lot of supervision, especially with children.

Every summer I see otherwise totally safe parents letting their children run wild with fireworks, and it always gives me pause. As an example, there is a sad story about a young man that Id like to share with you.

A middle school aged minor I represented had legal fireworks, and went to a friends house to use them. Unbeknownst to him, the boys at the house had used some gasoline in an empty water tank the day before just goofing around and the gasoline didnt burn off all the way. My client lit a tiny firecracker and dropped it in the water tank. Then the whole tank exploded, severely burning his face. Fortunately, he recovered pretty well. They got him to the hospital and he was in the burn unit for 7 weeks before he was released.

This story is a reminder that with fireworks, the potential for serious injury is huge, so enjoy them carefully this 4th of July.

If you or a loved one has a burn injury you should seek medical attention immediately. And if the burn was caused by the actions or negligence of another person or company, you may be able to get compensation.

If the thought of navigating the legal claims process seems overwhelming, consider hiring a compassionate Portland burn injury attorney. They can give you a free consultation to assess your potential claim, and then guide you through to recovery.

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable 4th of July. Happy 4th of July!


Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms Can Persist for Years

Posted by Sean DuBois on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Weve all heard the expression thats used when a football player takes a blow to the head and appears shaken up on the field. Commentators virtually make light of the situation by saying, He got his bell rung, which gives the definite impression that if the player goes to the sidelines for a few plays, hell be ready to go again by the next series of downs.

Up until recently, doctors didnt do much to dampen that view. They have long expressed the opinion that the effects of a bang to the head in a car accident, or when playing sports, or when someone trips and falls and hits their head off the floor will dissipate within a short period of time, given a bit of rest and relaxation for the victim.

This theory regarding head injuries has taken a knock of its own recently. A new University of Oklahoma study indicates that traumatic brain injury symptoms can last for years. In many cases, not only do the symptoms not disappear, they dont even decrease in intensity. (more…)

Semi-Truck Accidents Are Complicated, Seek Professional Help

Posted by Sean DuBois on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Oregon Truck Driver Sustains Serious Injuries in Collision with Trees

On Monday, February 18, 2013, Oregon State Police responded to a serious semi-truck crash on Highway 58 that resulted in a commercial truck driver being transported via LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Medical Center with serious injuries.

Still under investigation, the semi-truck accident occurred in the early afternoon about two miles west of Oakridge when the truck driver, whose semi was pulling two semi-trailers, left the highway, went down a steep ditch and came to rest after crashing into a couple of trees. According to an Oregon State Police News Release, the reason for the crash remains under investigation and police had not released the name of the adult male driver of the semi as of Monday evening.

While this accident involved only the truck (still a tragedy for the driver), many semi-truck accidents involve much more than an injured truck driver and the death of a couple of trees.

In fact, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 76% of fatal crashes involving large trucks and 80% of injury crashes involving large trucks, passenger vehicles are involved in 91% of the fatal crashes and 94% of the injury crashesmeaning that if you are involved in an accident with a heavy truck, the likelihood of injury is high. When you think about it, it stands to reason that a semi-truck or large truck that weighs thousands of pounds is no match for a car in a collision. (more…)

The #1 Mistake After an Injury: Not Seeking Medical Care

Posted by Sean DuBois on Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Portland personal injury attorneys are advising people that not seeing a doctor after a motor vehicle accident could mean even bigger trouble paying medical bills than if they went to the doctor right away.

The sad fact is, too many people make the mistake of not seeing a physician within three days of being involved in an automobile accident, and there may be a number of reasons for this.

  • The economic downturn has resulted in fewer people going to their doctors in an effort to save money.
  • Some people think they havent really been injured badly enough to warrant seeing a physician.
  • Still others display what is known as the John Wayne syndrome. They feel they are too tough to have been injured in a fender bender. Even if they feel aches, pains, headaches and dizziness, these people frequently tell friends and family they are fine or maybe just a bit shaken up.

Its a big, costly mistake

Not seeing a physician as soon as possible after being in an auto accident is a serious mistake. Those that opt to tough it out may end up having serious trouble paying their medical bills if and when they ultimately face reality and go see a doctor. (more…)

Tips for Negotiating Your Car Accident Settlement

Posted by Sean DuBois on Monday, April 28, 2014

There are nearly two million Americans each year who suffer injuries from car accidents across the country, and there are at least 20,000 car accidents that end up becoming fatal. It is no surprise then that car accident settlements are on the rise. With this increase in accidents comes an increase in the need for legal professionals who are well aware of the tactics needed in order to properly negotiate a successful car accident settlement and who can help those who have suffered from such terrible accidents to receive compensation for their injuries.

If you are someone who has gone through a car accident, you may now be facing the necessary task of making a claim with the insurance company of the driver who was at fault for the accident. There will be vital steps that you will need to take in order to ensure that the negotiation process is successful. There are several books and resources on this subject; however, if you would like some quick tips, here are a few for negotiating a car accident settlement. (more…)

Do I Need a Portland Personal Injury Lawyer?

Posted by Sean DuBois on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It’s a universal dilemma, and one that thousands of Oregon motorists have asked themselves after being injured because of another road user’s negligence: “Do I really need a Portland personal injury lawyer to look after my claim?”

What kind of answer would you expect to receive on an injury attorney’s blog? Well, it may shock you then to hear that the real answer is you may not need to hire a lawyer in some situations. It depends very much on the myriad of details surrounding each individual’s case.

The main reason people elect not to use the services of an attorney is because they simply don’t want to “share” their compensation. Contingency fees (a fee that is charged only if and when you win your case) of 33% are about average, and that might seem like a lot. However, you should also consider the many reasons you should retain the services of a personal injury lawyer. (more…)

Why File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Posted by Sean DuBois on Monday, April 14, 2014

When a terrible accident has claimed the life of a loved one, between the grief that you are struggling with and the care that you have to provide to your family, it is undoubtedly a difficult time for you to even consider thinking about wrongful death lawsuits. However, if you wish to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions and obtain justice for your lost loved one, you have a limited time to do so. In Oregon, surviving family members typically only have three years after the date of the injury that caused the death in order to file wrongful death lawsuits, though sometimes the time limit is much shorter, like a year for cases against public bodies. The sooner that you can contact a personal injury attorney with experience in wrongful death cases, the better it will be for your family and your future.


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