Personal Injury - Frequently Asked Questions
What Kinds of Cases Does Angel Law, P.C. Accept?
Our attorney will consider any meritorious personal injury case where negligence
has caused harm to another person. Harm does not necessarily refer to
physical harm, although that is typically the case. It can also be harm
to a person's property, career, or reputation. At Angel Law, P.C.,
we also represent employees who have been discriminated against in the
workplace, lost their job due to illegal retaliation, or been subjected
to illegal harassment.
Attorney Patrick Angel is a
Portland personal injury lawyer at our firm. He is known for considering any kind of meritorious injury
case or discrimination case for a plaintiff.
Questions About Personal Injury
Do I Have a Case?
With regard to personal injury lawsuits, Oregon law requires every person
to use the best reasonable care in all of their actions in order to avoid
harm to another person or their property. The current negligence law is
the result of hundreds of years of societal development and is a mechanism
by which our society addresses harmfully irresponsible or reckless behavior.
If someone's unreasonable or careless actions have caused physical harm to you or your property, you have a right to file
a civil lawsuit seeking compensation.
This right is protected by the Seventh Amendment of the
U.S. Constitution. Listed below are the important legal elements to remember when considering
a potential personal injury lawsuit. As a plaintiff bringing a lawsuit,
you will have the burden of proving that the defendant owed you a duty
of care and breached that duty. You will also have to prove that you suffered
harm and that the defendant caused the harm.
In regard to employment discrimination, the law protects employees in the
workplace from discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation,
cultural heritage, marital status, age or disability. An employer may
not subject an employee to harassment or any other negative employment
action due to the employee exercising his or her legal right to report
discrimination. Speak with our firm to discuss whether or not your employer's
conduct has violated any of the employment laws enacted to protect you.
What Cases Do You Handle?
Typically, however, he represents clients who have cases in the following areas:
The answer to this question depends on the type of grievance you are interested
in pursuing and the amount of monetary compensation you seek. Some cases,
quite honestly, may not benefit from the involvement of a lawyer. In Oregon,
as in many other states, countless individuals have successfully represented
small claims court and been awarded the fair monetary damages they sought; however, a claim
filed in small claims court may only be awarded a maximum of $7,500.
If your potential injury claim involves damages greater than $7,500, small
claims court may not be your best option. In truth, legal knowledge in
today's world is a specialized area, and if an unrepresented plaintiff
pursues compensation on their own, he or she could be facing long odds.
Our Portland personal injury attorney can help you navigate complex rules
and legal requirements, resolving your case as smoothly and as successfully
as possible. Learn
why you should consider Angel Law, P.C. for your case:
call our office at (503) 862-8666
Will I Have to Go to Trial?
Studies in the United States have revealed that only about 5% of civil
cases filed actually get to the trial stage. In some cases, the plaintiff
decides to drop his or her case some point after filing. More commonly,
however, the plaintiff and defendant agree to some kind of settlement
which ends the dispute prior to trial. With the assistance of our personal
injury law firm, your case will be prepared to go the full distance.
Anyone with a personal injury claim or employment discrimination claim
should make sure that the law firm they select to handle their case is
prepared to try the case in court if need be. If a defendant or insurance
company becomes convinced that a plaintiff is unwilling to take his case
to trial, it is very unlikely that a fair settlement offer will ever be
made. As our personal injury lawyer and employment discrimination lawyer
at Angel Law, P.C., Attorney Patrick Angel is prepared to go to trial.
We only accept cases that we believe can win.
How Long Will My Case Take?
Unfortunately, there is no satisfying answer to the question of how long
your case will take because it depends on various factors, such as, but
not limited to, the following:
- Whether your case is litigated in state or federal court
- What type of case you are facing
- How many parties are involved
Generally, a typical auto crash accident case, for example, filed in Multnomah
County State Court is resolved in about a year from the date that it was
filed. It can either be settled within that time or tried to a jury. If
a person's injuries are serious, Angel Law, P.C. may not file a case
for a client for many months after the client has retained the firm to
make sure the client's medical condition is completely understood.
From the time that a client first contacts Angel Law, P.C., his or her
case may take around one to two years to resolve.
Is There a Time Limit to File My Claim?
Yes, it is very important to consult a Portland injury lawyer from our
firm promptly to discuss your filing deadline. Different cases have different
deadlines; some kinds of cases have short deadlines and others require
the plaintiff to notify the defendant within 180 days of the occurrence
of his or her intent to file a lawsuit. Other kinds of cases require a
lawsuit to be filed within 2 years of the injury. Filing deadlines are
strict and serious. Failure to file your claim or notice within the time
frame established by law could result in the loss of your right to file
at all. Our firm can help you determine the deadline related to your unique
How Much Compensation Will I Get?
Most clients who are contemplating a lawsuit want to make a determination
about whether or not filing is worth it, given the stress and potential
disruption that litigation can have on a person's life. An experienced
Portland personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you arrive at a
solid estimate of a case's value range. Angel Law, P.C. can help estimate
your case's value by considering numerous factors, such as lost wages,
the cost of medical treatment, damage to property, and the permanence
of a physical impairment.
What Is a Contingency Fee?
Contingency fees are a payment arrangement in which a client pays a fee for an attorney's
services only if the outcome is successful. Typically,
contingency fees are calculated as a percentage of either a jury award
or a monetary settlement with the opposing party. At the end of litigation,
if Angel Law, P.C. is successful in recovering monetary compensation for
you, a percentage of that recovery will be paid for attorney services.
Contingency fee arrangements make it easier for most people to pursue
civil claims, especially injury or negligence claims that are too expensive
to pay for on a traditional hourly basis. When Angel Law, P.C. accepts
a case on a contingency fee basis, no legal fee is payable if Angel Law,
P.C. does not recover compensation for the client. In other words, if
we do not recover compensation for you, we do not receive legal payment.
Auto accidents are unexpected and can result in substantial trauma. If
you are in an accident, you should check for injuries and seek medical
assistance at once. If possible, you should move the vehicles to a safe
location out of the way of traffic. Be cautious about what you say and
who you speak to after an accident. Obtain information from the other
driver, but do not admit fault or apologize. You will need to collect
as much information as possible. You need to obtain contact and insurance
information from any witnesses as well. Also, take photos of all cars
at the scene of the accident.
Schedule a case evaluation with our firm at once to begin!