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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)

Posts by: Richard Rizk

Let it be: Summit Ski Area rest room

Here’s some good news. The popular public restroom area at Summit Ski area in Government Camp once slated to close Halloween, 2011, will now stay open for the immediate future. The 50 year old Summit Ski area heated restroom building sits on U.S. Forest Service land and has been operated……

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GREEN Means RED: Oregon’s Misunderstood Crosswalk Laws

Most Oregon drivers know to stop for pedestrians, walking within a marked cross walk when the pedestrian has the right of way as indicated by a green light or pedestrian walk signal.  What many Oregon motorist don’t know is that under Oregon law, a crosswalk exists at EVERY intersection, whether or not the crosswalk is marked.  ORS 811.028 A reasonable question to ask might be, “If a crosswalk exists at every intersection, where is the cross walk in an intersection without a marked crosswalk? “ Answer:  Where one would expect the crosswalk to be: an imaginary connection of sidewalks on opposite sides of a street. If no sidewalks exist, where a sidewalk would be.   Crosswalks need not be parallel with each other but crosswalks must be at least 6 feet wide and no more than 20 feet wide.  Crosswalks exist mid-block ONLY where clearly marked. A pedestrians’ right to cross at a crosswalk begins when any part of the pedestrian’s body (or body extension, such as a bicycle, cane or wheelchair) crosses the curb / street plane. At that point, the vehicle has a duty to stop —regardless of the color or any traffic signal device!  ORS 811.028 (4). Oregon law prohibits pedestrians from walking directly into traffic, however. ORS 814.028 (4).  A driver cannot enter into a crosswalk until the pedestrian clears its lane and is at least 6 feet away.

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Feds Finally Propose Rule for Rear-view Auto Cameras

The National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a proposed rule on March 31, 2014 requiring all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds (including SUVs, trucks, buses, and vans) to have “rear-view visibility systems.” In 2007, Congress passed the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Safety Act, that required the Department of Transportation (DOT) to have a rule in place by 2011, requiring cameras or other backup warning devices on all new cars and trucks by the 2014 model year. Under the rule, all vehicles would have to give the driver a 10-foot by 20-foot viewing zone directly behind the vehicle. In a 2010 report, NHTSA said that each year 210 people die and 15,000 are injured in light-vehicle backup incidents, with about 31% of the deaths among children under age 5 and 26% among adults over 70. After multiple delays and a lawsuit against the Obama administration brought by a coalition of car-safety advocates and families touched by tragic back-over accidents, the regulation was finally issued. The rule will be final in 60 days and start phasing in on May 1, 2016 models, to be 100% by May 1, 2018. NHTSA estimates that, by the final deadline of 2018, 73% of light vehicles will already voluntarily have rear-view cameras. The cost per vehicle to equip the remainder will be $132 to $142 for a complete system and $43 to $45 to add the camera to a vehicle that already has an adequate display screen.

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Less Than “Independent” Medical Exams

The Scenario: You were involved in a car accident in Oregon. So, like a good neighbor, you dutifully report the accident to your insurer. After- all they are on your side. You naively believe you are in good hands. A lizard with an English accent assures you that you have no fault……

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Understanding Insurance

What do cavemen, geckos, snoopy or a ditzy young girl have to do with insurance? Nothing! Insurance companies distract consumers with a barrage of entertaining yet often irrelevant information. No wonder few consumers know the truth about insurance. In this article, I hope to shed……

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