Benjamin Wright Haile’s Answers

Benjamin Wright Haile

Portland Civil Rights Attorney.

Contributor Level 7
  1. Spring assisted knife in Oregon?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Benjamin Wright Haile
    2. Orion Jacob Nessly
    2 lawyer answers

    It is illegal to have a CONCEALED spring assisted knife in Oregon. ORS 166.240 provides, "any person who carries concealed upon the person any knife having a blade that projects or swings into position by force of a spring or by centrifugal force, any dirk, dagger, ice pick, slungshot, metal knuckles, or any similar instrument by the use of which injury could be inflicted upon the person or property of any other person, commits a Class B misdemeanor. It is also illegal for a convicted...

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  2. My husband died in the hospital 8/5/13 from a torn muscle in his thigh and bled to death. Do I have a case of wrongful death?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Christian K. Lassen II
    2. C. Donald Briggs III
    3. Jeffrey Mark Adams
    4. Benjamin Wright Haile
    5. Richard Marc Katz
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    I agree with the other attorneys who have responded. The next step to evaluate this case is to hire an attorney to obtain and evaluate his complete medical records and decide if the doctors violated the standard of care. I practice law in Oregon. Contact me if you would like to talk more about the case.

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  3. Can the police place you in prison for asking to speak with an attorney?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Benjamin Wright Haile
    2. Jay Bodzin
    3. Rixon Charles Rafter III
    3 lawyer answers

    The police cannot use your request for an attorney as evidence of guilt. However, in the real world, there is some risk that asking for an attorney will increase the investigating officers' suspicion of you. Therefore, you have asked a reasonable question. Usually, when police are interrogating a suspect about a crime, it is a very bad idea for the person to try to talk their way out of trouble. This is one of the main ways that police get evidence. Mr. Bodzin is correct that the...

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  4. Looking for a contingency lawyer on a potentially huge case

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Benjamin Wright Haile
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Timothy George Kerrigan
    4. Philip Anthony Fabiano
    4 lawyer answers

    Since this a written communication to a person in need of legal representation, I am required by the Rules of Professional Conduct to put the word ADVERTISEMENT at the beginning and end of what I say. I would definitely be interested in learning more about your potential case to see if my firm could represent you. My practice is almost entirely focused on lawsuits against state and local government for negligence and for violations of people's rights. If we take your case, it would be on...

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  5. Can a private clinic re-release department of corrections records to a patient after they've been released?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Benjamin Wright Haile
    2. Samuel Cohen
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. David Ian Schoen
    5. Josh P Tolin
    5 lawyer answers

    Records from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) are not typically subject to any unusual limitations on release to the patient. This includes both the DOC medical records, which you are probably referring to, and the DOC inmate file, which contains non-medical records relating to classification, cell assignment, work assignment, and discipline. The former inmate could obtain all of these records directly from DOC. Now that the DOC records are part of the medical file you have for the...

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  6. What am i able to do?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Benjamin Wright Haile
    2. J Christopher Minor
    3. Jay Bodzin
    3 lawyer answers

    This is not an area of law that I know well. Therefore my answer to this question will be general. I specialize in cases for people whose rights have been violated by the police. You could try contacting the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center for advice. http://www.ocvlc.org/ Many district attorneys offices have crime victims' rights advocates. So try calling the office of the district attorney for the county where this case is pending. You should be able to get the date of the...

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  7. Police officer accusing me of altering an adderall prescription over phone call, wants me to call him back, what do i do?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Jay Bodzin
    2. Benjamin Wright Haile
    3. Nicholas A Heydenrych
    4. Mitchell Scott Sexner
    4 lawyer answers

    Be very careful about talking to a police officer without an attorney present. As high as two thirds of all convictions come from admissions that people make to police officers when they think they are talking their way out of trouble. A common police tactic is to pretend that they just want to help you explain problem without prosecution. Remember, police officers are allowed to lie and frequently do lie when they are interviewing suspects. That being said, I have seen people talk their...

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  8. Attorneys tell me my case is to much for them or they don't call back.?. I am in deepshit and also a target.

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Benjamin Wright Haile
    2. Jay Bodzin
    3. Malosack Berjis
    3 lawyer answers

    You said that attorneys have told you that your case is too much for them or they don't call back. When you are seeking an attorney for a violation of your right by police, you often need to organize your story and present it to them. It's not like finding an attorney for an auto accident case. Those cases are much simpler. As an attorney who specializes in suing the police, I can say from experience that often there is not enough evidence to win these cases. If the case goes to trial, you...

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  9. Can I sue the county jail for negligence? Or cruel and Unusual Punishment?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Benjamin Wright Haile
    2. John F Medler Jr
    3. Robert Lee Vogel
    4. David Ian Schoen
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
    5 lawyer answers

    I understand your concern about the danger to your daughter. The best thing you can do for her is contact the person in charge of medical care at the jail and make sure that person is aware of your daughter’s medical needs. In small to medium sized jails, this is often a nurse practitioner, not a doctor. Next, you should contact the officer in charge of the jail. This will typically be a person with the title “lieutenant” or “commander”. In a small jail it could be the county sheriff. If...

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  10. I have a Depuy shoulder replacement.

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Christian K. Lassen II
    2. David Ian Schoen
    3. Elizabeth Taylor Herd
    4. Benjamin Wright Haile
    5. C. Donald Briggs III
    5 lawyer answers

    There has been a large amount of litigation regarding problems with the Depuy hip replacement. On November 12, 2013 Johnson & Johnson, the parent company of Depuy, agreed to pay over $4 billion to patients who suffered from problems with the hip implant that could have been avoided by Johnson & Johnson. There has been less litigation shoulder replacement. I am aware of one Oregon attorney who has litigated many hip replacement claims, though I do not know him well. Contacting him could be a...

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