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.

“He really took my situation seriously and worked extremely hard to settle my case and get me a good amount of money.”

Former Client

2017-07-19T10:34:44+00:00

Former Client

“He really took my situation seriously and worked extremely hard to settle my case and get me a good amount of money.”
“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.”

Former Client

2017-07-19T10:37:22+00:00

Former Client

“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.”
“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.”

Former Client

2017-07-19T10:41:53+00:00

Former Client

“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.”
“I recommend you (Richard Rizk) to anyone who has gone up against those big unethical insurance companies that unfairly strip people of their benefits. Thank you so much for your outstanding representation.”

Former Client

2017-07-19T10:43:53+00:00

Former Client

“I recommend you (Richard Rizk) to anyone who has gone up against those big unethical insurance companies that unfairly strip people of their benefits. Thank you so much for your outstanding representation.”
“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.”

Former Client

2017-07-19T10:44:35+00:00

Former Client

“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.”
“Richard took the time to talk to me about my case and was very helpful. He was easy to talk to and helped me combat the insurance company that was trying to push me around! I highly recommend his services!”

Former Client

2017-07-19T10:45:17+00:00

Former Client

“Richard took the time to talk to me about my case and was very helpful. He was easy to talk to and helped me combat the insurance company that was trying to push me around! I highly recommend his services!”
“Richard came highly recommended and from the minute I contacted his office I was impressed. Richard had a fully booked week, but when I asked if I could buy him dinner, he said "no thanks, just stop by my office at 5pm and we can chat about your needs.” Richard reviewed my case, provided solid alternative solutions, and as a result, I was able to proceed confidently under a very difficult and complex case. I would highly recommend Richard to represent your disability case.”

Former Client

2017-07-19T10:45:56+00:00

Former Client

“Richard came highly recommended and from the minute I contacted his office I was impressed. Richard had a fully booked week, but when I asked if I could buy him dinner, he said "no thanks, just stop by my office at 5pm and we can chat about your needs.” Richard reviewed my case, provided solid alternative solutions, and as a result, I was able to proceed confidently under a very difficult and complex case. I would highly recommend Richard to represent your disability case.”
“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)

2017-07-19T10:47:33+00:00

Jeremy Craft (Non- affiliated Lawyer)

“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.”
“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)

2017-07-19T10:48:37+00:00

Captain Rutter, (Commercial Airline Pilot)

“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.”
“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)

2017-07-19T10:49:35+00:00

Randal Acker  (Non- affiliated Lawyer)

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

2017-07-19T10:50:50+00:00

A. S. (Former Client)

“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.”
"I had pre-existing conditions and expected next to nothing for my car crash case. With Richard Rizk's help and expert knowledge, I earned 500k!"

Former Client

2017-07-25T06:09:33+00:00

Former Client

"I had pre-existing conditions and expected next to nothing for my car crash case. With Richard Rizk's help and expert knowledge, I earned 500k!"
"My settlement totaled 100k, when I first started working towards a claim for my car crash I expected only 10k. It would not have been possible without Mr. Rizk's assistance."

Former Client

2017-07-25T06:11:17+00:00

Former Client

"My settlement totaled 100k, when I first started working towards a claim for my car crash I expected only 10k. It would not have been possible without Mr. Rizk's assistance."
"I was getting worried when we were settling, since the insurance company I was up against went bankrupt during negotiation. Despite this hiccup, the case still ended in a 1 million settlement."

Former Client

2017-07-25T06:17:13+00:00

Former Client

"I was getting worried when we were settling, since the insurance company I was up against went bankrupt during negotiation. Despite this hiccup, the case still ended in a 1 million settlement."

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. 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

Results 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

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Oregon and Washington States Say Don’t Hold the Phone

Nationwide, distracted drivers account for one in ten traffic fatalities and 18 percent of traffic injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Because one life lost is one too many, neighboring Washington and Oregon states have recently expanded their distracted driving laws banning cellphone use. Washington Adds Any Mobile Electronic Device to its Distracted Driving Law Beginning July 23, 2017, those driving in Washington who are caught reading, writing, or viewing messages, pictures and data on any handheld electronic device, even while stopped at a red light, stop sign, or in stop-and-go traffic can be ticketed. A decade ago, Washington was the first state with a texting ban. Following a 30 percent increase in distracted driving fatalities in the state between 2014 and 2015, the Washington State House in May approved expanding its “Driving under the Influence of Electronics” law with a 46-13 vote, which bans holding a cellphone or other electronic device while driving or stopped in traffic. After a 21-8 vote of approval in the Senate, the bill returned to the House for concurrence with Senate amendments. Before, drivers in Washington could only be ticketed for texting and holding a phone to their ear. Now use of any mobile electronic device while driving, except to call 911 or emergency services, is considered a primary offense, subject to a fine of $136 for the first offense and $234 for the second. The violation will then be reported to the driver’s insurance company and will appear on the driver’s record. During the first several months, Washington State Highway Patrol will issue only warnings to educate motorists. Eating, smoking and grooming, or anything that is not driving will also be a secondary offense  (“Driving dangerously distracted”), subject to an extra fine of $99. Drivers engaged in those distracting behaviors will not be stopped unless, at the time, they were committing a separate primary offense, such as speeding or failing to signal. If you think the law is too strict, think about this: texting takes a driver’s eyes off the road for 5 seconds, enough time to drive the entire length of a football field at 55 miles per hour while blind-folded. Oregon’s Driving under the Influence of Electronics Law to Be Enacted in October The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) sees traffic fatalities caused by distracted driving as an epidemic. According to a report from ODOT’s Distracted Driving Task…

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Portland Welcomes Driverless Car Testing

“Portland’s long history of transportation innovation is about to enter a new chapter. My Goal is to have an autonomous vehicle pilot program in Portland, working for Portlanders, by the end of the year. To the inventors, investors, and innovators, I’m here to say that Portland is open for business.” — Mayor Ted Wheeler, Portland Business Alliance April Forum Breakfast. Anticipating a future in which driverless cars are commonly used to facilitate transportation, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has long been a proponent of getting Portland to adapt to the oncoming technology in its initial stages. His goal of attracting automakers to the city to test their driverless vehicles has overcome significant hurdles and is picking up steam. On April 19th, the mayor and City Commissioner Dan Saltzman announced the Smart Autonomous Vehicles Initiative (SAVI). The initiative authorized PBOT to develop self-driving vehicle policies and seek proposals from automakers that would like to test these vehicles on the city’s road system. City officials see the many potential advantages the technology can bring to advance Portland’s transportation goals, including Vision Zero’s arduous quest to eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2025. City Council voted unanimously to move forward with the pilot program to attract companies looking to further the technology by testing on public roads. The Smart Autonomous Vehicle Initiative SAVI contains four elements that are working in harmony to advance Portland’s top transportation goals. They include: A proposition for City Council and the general public to review that includes policies that confirm that autonomous vehicles will serve the city’s safety, equity, climate, and economic goals. Publishing a Request for Information that invites autonomous vehicle (AV) testing to advance stated goals. Adopting an Interim Administrative Rule that allows AV engineers to apply to test, pilot, or deploy AVs in Portland. Getting Portlanders involved in shaping new road rules for AVs. We are now in the fourth phase of the initiative, as PBOT has invited Portland residents to review its Draft Autonomous Vehicles policy. So, whether you welcome the idea of driverless vehicles taking over the roads or are hesitant to give up the wheel, it seems inevitable that these cars will appear on Portland streets. Top Arguments for Autonomous Vehicles in Portland Save Lives The strongest argument in favor of autonomous vehicles is their predicted ability to reduce the number of accident fatalities. According to the CDC, approximately 33,000 lives…

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Can You Avoid Making a Dangerous Left-Hand Turn?

What driver hasn’t impatiently waited to make a left-hand turn, while anxiously anticipating a quick dash between two oncoming cars? It’s a dangerous move that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says is involved in 61 percent of crashes that take place while turning. A study by New York’s transportation planners also concluded that left-hand turns were three times as likely to kill pedestrians as right-hand turns, and 36 percent of fatal accidents involving a motorcycle involve a left-hand turn in front of the motorcycle. Even when there is a left-turn lane and traffic signal, if your judgement is off or visibility is poor you are risking a collision. AAA advises drivers to signal a left-hand turn at least 150 feet in advance of the intersection, and yield the right of way to other traffic. To safely complete a left-hand turn, you must consider: The speed of oncoming traffic The time involved to complete the turn before the light changes Whether or not there are other vehicles, bicycles, motorcycles or pedestrians in the path Whenever possible, it is always better to avoid a left-hand turn by using a different route. UPS Finds a Way to Eliminate Left-Hand Turns While considering the danger of left-hand turns, United Parcel Service also was concerned about the time its drivers spent at each left-hand turn intersection. Because idling and waiting to turn left takes time and uses fuel, in 2004 UPS began to require that its drivers avoid turning left whenever possible. The company later added to its trucks an onboard GPS navigation system called ORION (On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation), that tells drivers the best route to take using right turns. By choosing driver routes that minimize and sometimes eliminate left-hand turns, UPS has been able to save millions of gallons of fuel and decrease driver time in making deliveries. How do UPS drivers do it? Instead of waiting to make a left turn, a driver continues ahead to the next intersection, turns right, and then makes two more right turns around the block, using the traffic light to go straight across the intersection. While some left-hand turns are unavoidable or not always necessary, such as in residential neighborhoods where traffic is low, when possible this maneuver can help any driver avoid accidents, while saving time and fuel. Left-hand Turns on and off Highways Are Especially Dangerous Higher speed limits on many…

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