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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! Your personal injury law guide.

Rizk 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 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

Portland Unprepared for Late 2016 Snow Storm

While most Oregonians are prepared to drive safely in rain, snow is a different matter. Even a light dusting of snow, not considered newsworthy in other parts of the country, can bring traffic to a stop, as it did in December 2016.    Portland Traffic Halts during Light Snowfall The National Weather Service predicted snow on Wednesday December 14th, and transportation officials warned drivers to avoid travel. Portland schools, however, remained open and few employers advised workers to stay home.  When flakes that first appeared late Wednesday morning were sticking by afternoon, panicky residents hopped in their cars to beat traffic on their way home. Traffic came to a halt, and drivers stuck on freeways and steep, slick hills blocked roads for snow plows and buses. Cars without traction tires or chains tried and failed to negotiate hills, and many were abandoned along Highway 26 west of the Vista Ridge Tunnel. “It seemed like there were many people who simply were not prepared for winter driving conditions,” said AAA spokeswoman Mary Dodds. Schools Closure Delay Traps Buses for Hours Portland schools unwisely decided to delay sending students home early Wednesday, trapping packed school buses in icy gridlock for hours into the evening. Parents were worried, and school officials say they will be more proactive in the future with early school closures and communicating with parents. Road Surfaces Unprepared for Icy Conditions Road crews were out days before snowfall spraying road surfaces with gravel and a magnesium chloride de-icing solution when rock salt should have been used instead, as it is in other states. Although salt is corrosive to cars and road equipment and contaminates ground water, it is a better de-icing material. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced December 16th that it will begin using rock salt to melt ice and snow on roads across the state in certain problem areas when other options have failed, such as Sylvan Hill along US 26 and Breeze Hill on I-5 near Tigard. How to Stay in Control in Snow and Ice Avoid Traveling If Possible Travel experts agree, the best way to deal with ice and snow on the roadways is to stay home, or if you are travelling, stop off for the night at a motel when snow starts. If you must travel, remain where you are until snowplows and sanding crews have done their work. Maintain Adequate Tire Tread Depth […]


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.


Consumer Advocate Clarence Ditlow Leaves Auto Safety Legacy

November 10th saw the passing of Clarence M. Ditlow, III, since 1976 the Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety. For four decades Mr. Ditlow’s persistent pressure on safety agencies and automakers forced improvements in the auto industry in safety, reliability, and fuel efficiency. His accomplishments included millions of safety recalls and lemon laws in 50 states. The Center for Auto Safety was founded in 1970 by Ralph Nader and Consumers Union to provide consumers a voice for auto safety and quality in Washington, to help owners of defective vehicles fight back. The installation of air bags was a key goal at one of the first staff meetings, eventually becoming standard in all vehicles. Since the Center was founded, the death rate on America’s roads has dropped dramatically, from 5.2 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 1969 to 1.1 per 100 million vehicle miles in 2010. Under Mr. Ditlow’s direction, the Center played a major role in the following recalls: 6.7 million Chevrolets for defective engine mounts 15 million Firestone 500 tires 1.5 million Ford Pintos for exploding gas tanks 3 million Evenflo child seats for defective latches In the past seven years, the Center was the primary force behind the recalls of: 7 million Toyotas for sudden acceleration 2 million Jeeps for fuel tank fires 11 million GM vehicles for defective ignition switches 60 million faulty Takata airbag inflators Mr. Ditlow, with other representatives of the Center, testified 50 times before congressional committees regarding auto safety, warranties and service bulletins, air pollution, consumer protection, and fuel economy. Under Mr. Ditlow, the Center for Auto Safety became the leading consumer advocate for passage of: The 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act The fuel economy provisions of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (which established the first Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency CAFÉ standards) The disclosure to consumers of automotive technical service bulletins which auto companies send to dealers alerting them to hazardous conditions in their cars The Center’s current projects include the 2008 Safe Climate Campaign, advocating more efficient, less-polluting vehicles to fight global warming.


Oregon car crash victims face medical maze

You were in injured in a motor vehicle accident and purchased your auto insurance in Oregon. Your Oregon auto insurance policy provides at least $15,000 in coverage for “reasonable and necessary” medical costs related to the crash. This no fault medical insurance in your own auto……


Oregon Supreme Court: Diminished Value Coverage, Auto Accidents

On October 23, 2008 the Supreme Court of Oregon decided a case which will likely require many insurance companies to pay for diminished value of a vehicle caused by an accident. In the decision, Gonzales v. Farmers Insurance, Oregon’s highest Court stated: “We hold that……