What Happens When You are Hit by an Uninsured Motorist?

More than 60,000 motor vehicle accidents occur each year on streets and highways throughout Oregon. If you have ever been involved in a collision, you probably know the process of exchanging insurance information with the other driver to allow you to file a claim for property damage or personal injuries with the other party’s auto insurance company. According to statistics …

What Role Does Bad Weather Play in Determining Liability in an Accident?

A motor vehicle accident can be an emotionally and physically devastating event that happens suddenly and without warning. You might be commuting to work in stop-and-go traffic when the truck driver behind you tries to stop on an icy patch and smashes into the rear of your car. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, of the almost six million …

Road Rage and Emotional Harm: Can Victims Be Compensated?

Your chances of being the victim of road rage and aggressive driving incident are high considering the frequency with which drivers engage in those behaviors. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted a study in which 80 percent of motorists admitted to driving aggressively and exhibiting extreme anger at least once while driving. Aggressive driving is to blame in 56 percent of …

Will Pregnancy Affect My Workers’ Comp Claim?

An accident or illness related to your job could prevent you from working and earning a living. Fortunately, workers’ compensation laws in all states require employers to provide a method by which injured employees may be compensated for their medical costs and lost wages without having to resort to costly and time-consuming litigation. The process for obtaining benefits is usually …

Workers Compensation PTD

The Challenges Associated With Obtaining Workers’ Compensation for PTSD

There are approximately eight million adults suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder in the United States at any given time. It is estimated that between 7 and 8 percent of the population will be afflicted with PTSD at some point in their lives. PTSD has long been associated with members of the military exposed to traumatic events during combat, but it …

I Hit a Cyclist with My Car

No One Wants to Say or Hear, “I Hit a Cyclist with My Car”

More than 66 million bicycle riders take to the streets, parks, and roads annually throughout the U.S. to reap the health benefits and enjoyment that riding offers. A large segment of the population, approximately 800,000 people, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, rely on bicycles to commute to and from work. An increase in people riding bicycles for pleasure or for commuting …

OSHA

What Role Does OSHA Play in Workers’ Comp Claims?

Workers’ compensation programs exist throughout the country to assist individuals injured in work-related accidents to obtain medical care and lost earnings while recovering from their injuries. Administered at the state level, these programs developed as an alternative to forcing injured workers to file lawsuits against employers to obtain reimbursement for medical care. Through the years, one federal agency, OSHA, has …

Property Owner Liability When a Slip on Ice Causes Injury

There is a TV commercial for a national pizza chain showing a customer slipping on ice as he and his dinner go crashing to the ground. A voiceover reminds customers they can return a damaged pizza to the store for a replacement. While it’s nice to know that your dinner is easily replaced if you slip on ice, the physical …

A Psychological Injury Could Entitle You to Workers’ Compensation Benefits

A hand mangled by machinery and lungs damaged by inhaling toxic fumes are the types of injuries people usually associate with a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Psychological injury, perhaps associated with work-related stress, might not be the first thing that comes to mind. Because workers’ compensation laws differ from one state to another, your ability to claim psychological injuries …

Roundabouts: Safer or the Cause of a Different Class of Accidents?

Statistics proving roundabouts to be a safer and more efficient method of controlling traffic flow at intersections is one of the reasons more drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists encounter them as they travel through Oregon. It is difficult to argue with a 78-82 percent reduction in intersection accidents resulting in serious injuries or loss of life, but a close look at roundabout …