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Bryan W Dawson

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  • I was backed into by a jeep while waiting in boyfriends car,is a settlement possible

    So i was waiting for my boyfriend outside a convient store,without seat belt,perked up into the mirror doing my makeup when boom,a jeep leaving the pkng lot hit our rear end exchanged insurance info and left,i didnt feel any pain the 1st night but...

    Bryan’s Answer

    I agree with the comments given above. You should notify your boyfriend's insurer, which can cover your medical costs. Several factors can influence the value of a claim: how hard you were hit, where the incident happened, how soon afterward you went for treatment, etc.

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  • What is a fair amount to ask an insurance company for emotional distress without going to court?

    I was involved in a collision on 11/15/11 during which my vehicle was totalled. It was completely NOT MY FAULT and the other driver admitted fault. I experienced mild whiplash, which one visit to my chiropractor cured. However, since that time I...

    Bryan’s Answer

    I agree with the responses given above, especially about the offer being low and about the difficulty of evaluating a case in the abstract this soon after an accident. The value of an auto case turns on several factors, including what the vehicles looked like after the accident, your medical history, how soon and often you received treatment, and where the accident happened.

    You don't necesarily have to go to court (i.e. have a trial) if you don't accept the first, apparently very low offer. One option in Oregon is to make a demand for damages under $10,000 plus attorney fees.

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  • Rear end auto accident where front driver slammed on brakes - rear driver 100% at fault?

    Front driver saw people on sidewalk walking up to crosswalk - too close to stop safely - slammed on brakes - No one was in crosswalk - Police were present - no citation issued to either driver - Portland Oregon

    Bryan’s Answer

    In Oregon, and likely most other states, every driver has a duty to use reasonable care under the circumstances. This means that you had a duty to follow at a reasonable distance and speed. This also means that the other driver had a duty not to randomly slam on his/her brakes in traffic. The claim could turn on the details of how far the pedestrians were from the crosswalk, how far back you were, what your speeds were. You're not automatically 100% at fault but, as noted above, the rear-ending driver has an uphill battle.

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  • Looking for personal injury attorney in Portland OR. I need a lawyer who can handle my case and fight for my rights. Pls help

    I was in car accident 1 and half year ago, not my fault. It was uninsured vehicle fault. I got injured. Still not fully recover and looking forward for surgery. My doctor told me its possible related to car accident. Tried to settle my case for "p...

    Bryan’s Answer

    My law firm represents people in your situation in the Portland area. Please call 503-656-0400 if you want to talk. Your situation is fairly common, where the doctors disagree about causation. The important point is that the treating doctor is willing to say that the accident was a substantial factor in causing your need for treatment. Thanks.

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  • Can i be personally sued after a car accident even if insurance has taken care of it?

    While i was in Iraq last year, April/May time frame, my wife was in a car accident. We live in Las Vegas and the accident happend in California. She was at a 4 way stop, the woman to my wife's left and my wife went at the same time. Although th...

    Bryan’s Answer

    Make sure that you send the summons and complaint to USAA as soon as possible. USAA will then hire an attorney to defend your wife and USAA will then either settle the case or defend your wife through trial. Most likely what happened is that the plaintiff's attorney tried to negotiate a settlement with USAA, but no agreement was reached. Negotiations can resume during litigation. The important thing to remember is that your wife has to inform USAA of the lawsuit.

    Thanks for your service.

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  • When can a landlord be held liable for dog injuries?

    last june while walking along a rural road I was charged by a bullmasstiff,resulting in a shattered patilla,broken tib fib and two bones in my arm.The dog owner does not have insurance but is the daughter and son in law of the property owner.There...

    Bryan’s Answer

    As noted, you should talk to a local lawyer because the law will vary from state to state. In Oregon, a landlord can be liable if the victim can show that the landlord knew or should have known that a dangerous animal lived at the property at the time the lease was signed or renewed. (If there's no written lease, the law may provide that it's a month-to-month lease.) It's also possible that the owner had insurance that may cover the incident. Good luck.

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  • If i got a DUI in oregon and blew a .14. I was told if i plead no contest and take diversion i will get my license back. true?

    I was pulled over after making a quick turn down the road from my house and a cop pulled me over. He then gave me a DUI. a former chief of police in coos county oregon said that if i plead no contest and take diversion that I wont lose my licens...

    Bryan’s Answer

    This isn't my area of practice, but I can tell you that these rules for Oregon are well explained at http://www.davidlesh.net/duii.htm.

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  • I slipped and fell in a Wells Fargo Bank which resulted in me going to the hospital, should they be responsible for the bill?

    Walking into the bank I slipped in something on the floor, falling backward and hitting my head on the floor. I was taken to the hospital in an ambulance becaus I had head and neck pain and because I'm 6 months pregnant and was not feeling my baby...

    Bryan’s Answer

    You should certainly ask them to pay your bill. You should also make sure you're feeling fine for a few weeks before you sign any settlement papers from them or their insurance company. Sometimes, people are more hurt than they realize at first. Once you settle any medical claim with them, that'll be the end of them paying for more services.

    Any bank should have a fairly easy and friendly way to submit a claim like this.

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