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Donald L Jacobs

Donald Jacobs’s Answers

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  • Can anyone give me an estimate on a settlement for a auto accident.

    i was rear ended in a car accident, insurance company already admitted 100 percent other persons fault and have been paying damages to fix car, lost wages, medical, etc. Repairs cost 2000, lost wages were 5000, medical apx 17,000. i was off work...

    Donald’s Answer

    You can look at some of the articles on my website for help, http://www.attorneyportland.com/, but putting a value on a particular personal injury case takes some expertise. Your case looks like it may have substantial value. Trying to do this yourself with the benefit of some research off the internet could result in you settling the case for far less than the actual value. I strongly encourage you find a lawyer with a long history of working on these cases to help. Many people try to save money on attorney fees by doing it themselves. I have no problem with trying to save money, but your case is not one I'd try to handle on your own. You'll probably end up netting more with the services of an experienced lawyer even after paying the fee.

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  • Can your auto insurance require second doctor opinion ?

    Can your auto insurance require second doctor for opinion ? is that a one time and after that you still can go with your own choice of your doctor ?

    Donald’s Answer

    The short answer is yes. If you have uninsured motorist or personal injury protection coverage in your policy both usually contain language allowing your insurance company to request you seek a second opinion from a doctor of their choosing. If this occurs, it is often a big red flag that you need to consult a lawyer. Typically this wouldn't be requested unless the insurance company perceives a problem with your claim. A lawyer may advise you not to go, or may even find a way to talk the carrier out of conducting the exam. Do not make a decision not to attend without seeking legal counsel first. You run the risk of losing all of your benefits should the carrier claim you failed to cooperate.

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  • Made a settlement demand; received an offer....now what?

    unisured motorist claim-other driver ran stop sign on rural road-I hit him at 55 mph, rolling my car & having it land upside down- other driver found guilty of no insurance & failing to stop at a stop sign: My injuries -neck, left side (still some...

    Donald’s Answer

    Unless you left out some important facts, this appears to be what is often referred to in the trade as a low ball offer. Sometimes insurance companies make these and hope you just go away. They gamble on the fact most people are afraid to get a lawyer and will eventually just roll over and accept the offer. Frankly, I don't see any advice that would help you make them come to their senses. I think you probably have no choice but to get a lawyer at this point.

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  • How much compensation can I expect?

    I was riding my bike, in the bike lane, when a woman turned into me and struck me. Her insurance has allready told me they are going to pay my medical bills. They told me I would be hearing from ther bodily harm adjusters in a few days to descuss ...

    Donald’s Answer

    I wouldn't expect much. Usually an insurance company will offer a token amount to see if they can settle the claim quickly up front. Whatever they offer should be rejected until you know more about your injuries. Unless your injury was very minor I'd wait until you finish treatment before considering any offers. Once you finish care you'll be able to determine what residual health problems remain and how they may affect your future. Although a laundry list of things you can recover is a start, you're much better off visiting an attorney with some years of experience in this area for an evaluation. Many factors go into evaluating a case and every client's case is unique. An experienced attorney can advise you what your case might be expected to bring at trial.

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  • Is there a time limit when it come to finshing a case???

    year and a half ago i was in car accident and i got me alawyer to handle it and he took the case and i dont hear from him and when i call the give me a run aroud on the samething they been sayin ayear ago. so is there a time limit which they sh...

    Donald’s Answer

    Your case does have a time limit. If the deadline goes by, you can lose all right to recover damages. Oregon has a two year deadline for most auto accidents. The time limit can be less than two years in certain situations, such as those involving an accident caused by overserving or an accident caused by a vehicle owned by a public agency. Hopefully your attorney will not let this deadline go by without filing the case. You always have a right to switch attorneys. However, you may be obligated to your first attorney depending upon the contract you signed. If you are unhappy with your service I'd schedule a face to face meeting to let your attorney know you're dissatisfied. Ask what the plan is to get your case resolved and how long it is expected to take. If you are unhappy with the answers, that would be the time to seek advice from someone else.

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  • Can I sue a person who was drunk and groped me on an airline flight?

    He groped me and shouted sexualy demeaning slurs

    Donald’s Answer

    Absolutely. I hope you also reported it to the airport police when you landed.

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  • Rear Ended, Hired a Lawyer. Need Some Clarification on Lawsuit Proceedings and compensation

    2 years ago I was rear ended on the freeway. There was lots of traffic and I was stopped while someone behind me came flying at me at about 40-60 miles/hr. My car lost 2 of it's tires and ended up hitting another car and missing a bunch more. Wit...

    Donald’s Answer

    It would be impossible to advise you what fair compensation is without doing a careful review of your medical records and sitting down with you to understand how this injury has affected your lifestyle. If your bills were paid by your own insurance, there is typically a clause in the contract requiring you repay them out of the proceeds of your settlement. However, there are ways to avoid this or minimize it depending on the facts of your case. Your lawyer may be referring to your underinsured motorist coverage. This is insurance you can access if the other driver didn't have enough insurance to cover your claim. If you are unhappy with your lawyer you have a right to retain someone else. You will probably owe fees to your lawyer for the work done to this point. However, your new lawyer can usually work out an arrangement so both lawyers get paid at the end.

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  • Hit from behind have no ins my car is total can i still be coverd by the person that hit me ins?

    automobile accident: i was involved in an auto accident the other driver was at fault and was cited for it but i was uninsured and she had insurance does her insurance still have to pay for damages and injuries?

    Donald’s Answer

    You may have a problem recovering damages other than car repairs, medical bills or wage loss. Oregon has a funny law that limits what you can recover if you drive without insurance. There are several exceptions to the rule however and you should run your story by an attorney experienced in Oregon law to see if one of them may apply.

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  • Which car is responsible in this accident?

    Car A hit the back of car B when car B was turning left. Car B stopped suddenly while he was turning because car C wanted to come out of the ave which is an one way. Which car is responsible in this accident? Thank you!

    Donald’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Lundeen.

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  • Can you get in trouble for a car crash?

    I was not involved in the crash. I was pulling out into the median lane from a driveway and a car braked, causing the car behind it to rearend the breaked car. I didn't get touched, or touch any other car so I'm fine, right?

    Donald’s Answer

    Your question is difficult to answer without more facts. A vehicle can be responsible for a collision between two other vehicles even without being involved in the actual impact. A car recklessly swerving in front of two others that collide in an attempt to avoid him would be an example. If someone does claim you were the cause of this collision, your best bet is to turn it over to your insurance company.

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