Portland Personal Injury Lawyer

The Portland Personal Injury Lawyers at the Richard Rizk Law Office are there for all persons injured, harmed or hurt due to the negligence or fault of another. Our attorneys have decades of experience in helping those in need and we offer a free, no obligation case evaluation if you have been injured in Portland, or anywhere within the state of Oregon. Call our offices at 503.245.5677 to speak with an attorney.

AVVORichard Rizk Law Office

0434 SW Iowa Street
Portland, OR, 97239

Phone: 503.245.5677
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‘Personable’ Personal Injury Lawyer Portland OR.

“Richard Rizk is a client’s hope — an honest, non-greedy, and very warm personable lawyer. He definitely knows the methods of powerful insurance firms and how to untie the knots they use to bind claims for no action.”
— R.A.

Justice for You

You were harmed and it’s not your fault. You are hurting and the situation is, scary and humiliating. You might be angry. Your head is reeling. You are not sure what to do – or who to trust.

Now is the time to heal and rebuild, not haggle over fault, damages or insurance coverage. Insurers hire teams of monitored, measured and highly trained professionals with one goal: pay as little as possible on your claim.

Bicycle Hit and RunYou, on the other hand, have been inundated with cute insurance company ads luring you to believe insurers are on your side. Why? So they can sweep in and quickly settle your claim for peanuts with less resistance.

In recent history, insurers have been very successful extracting low settlements from unrepresented injured people. Following the great recession, everyday people had little money. In a financial pinch, injured folk everywhere settled for pennies on the dollars to meet financial obligations. As more financially strapped claimants accept low-ball settlements, the median claim value decreases. In this way, insurers are rewarded for undervaluing claims, reinforcing low ball tactics.  You need a lawyer with experience, expertise, and passion to fight for justice for you. Richard Rizk is that attorney!

Rizklaw.com: Your personal injury law guide.

Rizk Law.com provides you with valuable information to guide you through the personal injury and insurance claim maze. Because, without expert help no one can effectively fight an insurance company army—especially while still traumatized by serious injury, death or long-term disability.

Remember, insurance claims examiners are not your friend. They are potential witnesses who could testify against you. On the other hand, insurers need certain information to process claims.

It’s a delicate balance. Even if you say all the right things, a claims examiner’s memory may differ from yours. And, winning a he /she said contest against an insurer is a steep uphill battle. Don’t go there. Let Rizk Law be your guide.

Contact Richard Rizk – Personal Injury Attorney @ 503-245-5677 or email him at at rich@rizklaw.com to get help with your accident, personal injury, and insurance claims.

The Dark Side

A view from the dark sideConfessions and Insights of a Former Insurance Defense Attorney & Claims Examiner

From 1990 to 1996 I worked as Nationwide Insurance and Wausau Insurance in house counsel. In that role I defended workers’ compensation claims, slip and falls and car accident injury claims. From 1996 to 2000 I supervised and negotiated resolution of environmental claims and litigated cases nationally from Nationwide’s satellite home office in suburban Chicago. Since then, I have switched to the side of righteousness and justice representing and litigating and resolving personal injury and insurance companies in Oregon and Washington state. Along the way, I have learned many valuable lessons and insights, I share 10 with you here.

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Respected Insurance Veteran

AVVOMr. Rizk has extensive experience in the field of insurance law. He is a passionate and effective advocate for the rights of the insured. I endorse this lawyer.”  –Jeremy Craft (Non- affiliated Lawyer)

Maximizing large loss claim recovery requires timely identification and triggering of rights and duties, under sometimes conflicting insurance provisions. Richard Rizk is one of few Oregon lawyers with the experience to efficiently harvest insurance benefits in the context of your catastrophic personal injury claim or large loss property loss.

The key to large loss resolution is accessing money to pay for the loss. Insurance is, by far the largest potential single source of funds to pay for catastrophic losses. As a result, a deep understanding of insurance and the interplay of various coverages is at the heart of effective large loss resolution.

Helping everyday people, like you.

I have effectively resolved automotive injury, environmental and long-term disability claims against America’s most powerful companies. My goal is successful resolution of your claim quickly and for the greatest amount possible.

Personal Injury Attorney Richard Rizk Portland, Oregon

Richard Rizk
Attorney at Law

“Helping Everyday People, Every Day” is not just a slogan. It is my passion. I seek justice for you, an injured and/or disabled person facing a powerful insurance company or employer. Why? Because helping folks in claim distress make the best use of my unique blend of insurance defense and inside claim handling experience. I worked for insurance companies or their law firms from 1990 to 2001. As a result, I know insurers and employers have great power and sometimes abuse that power. I now work to prevent that from happening.

I opened Rizk Law Offices in 2002. I have a big heart and insights only a former insurance attorney can have. Call me if you think I might be able to help you. – Richard H. Rizk

Result Oriented

“Rich pretty much guaranteed the club’s future for the next 50 or 100 years by resolving this lawsuit.” T. F., Oregon State Bar Bulletin, January 2011

“Three attorneys, upon separate accounts over several years, failed to achieve monetary compensation. One attorney, who knows Richard from law school, recommended his firm. What three attorneys could not accomplish over a decade, Richard was able to settle within a year’s time.”  R. A. (Former Client)

 

Former Insurance Company Lawyer

rizklawRichard Rizk knows how insurers and employers think because, over the course of a decade, he strategized for insurers and the employers they insure. As an environmental claims attorney Mr. Rizk, over four years    (1996-2000), managed defense of high-exposure environmental claims and suits on a national basis for Nationwide Insurance. And, earlier (1990-1996) as an insurance defense attorney for Wasusau Insurance, he defended Oregon employers in disability and injury litigation. Rich first drafted disability appeals in the mid-1980s for Oregon’s SAIF (State Accident Insurance Fund).

In 2002 Mr. Rizk opened his own law firm to help the underserved and deserving…everyday people up against powerful insurers and employers. Hire the personal injury lawyer who insurers relied on for so many years. Richard can motivate insurers and employers to pay claims because for a decade he was the legal mind of insurers and employers. More about RizkLaw and Our Team

Here’s what others are saying…

Passionate, Caring & Experienced

Mr. Rizk has extensive experience in the field of insurance law. He is a passionate and effective advocate for the rights of the insured. I endorse this lawyer.”  

Jeremy Craft (Non- affiliated Lawyer)

“My confidence level in using his skills to assist me in this matter went to the “top of the chart” by the end of our conversation. His passion for assisting individuals became absolutely clear to me in our conversation.”

Captain Rutter, (Commercial Airline Pilot)

“He (Mr. Rizk) has extensive experience in insurance related matters and remains passionate and dedicated in his representation. I fully endorse and recommend him.”

Randal Acker  (Non- affiliated Lawyer)

“Mr. Rizk was assertive, thorough, creative and caring. He helped me through one of the roughest times in my life and in the end I got the benefits and justice I deserved.”

A. S. (Former Client)

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