In this Blog category you will find articles legal issues relating to injury at someones home or place of business. Personal Injury at work and insurance claims may require the help of an attorney. A good lawyer can protect your rights under the law.

A Guide to Protesting in Portland Oregon

Have you noticed? Folks of all walks of life are exercising 1st Amendment rights more often and much of the time through protest. Though crucial to a healthy democracy, Americans’ free speech right has limitations. But before protesting, you should be aware of your rights, duties and risks. 

Oregon Ski Resorts Seek “Special Snowflake” Status


In December 2014 the Oregon Supreme Court found the “liability release” printed on the back side of a lift ticket unenforceable. Bagley v. Mt. Hood Bachelor 356 Or 543 (December, 2014). Keep in mind, prior to Bagley ski resorts were already immune from injury claims caused by the “inherent risk of skiing” that are “reasonably obvious, expected or necessary”. In other words, a skier who hurt after hitting a tree or slipping on an icy snow accepts those risks and has no claim against the ski resort. Skiing is a dangerous sport and those who participate in […]

Resolving Washington State Personal Injury & Insurance Claims



Richard Rizk is now admitted to the Washington State Bar. He is also licensed to practice law in Oregon, Federal Court (9th Circuit), Oregon District Court and Illinois (currently inactive). Mr. Rizk became familiar with Washington insurance laws as a high level claims analyst in the 1990s working to resolve environmental insurance coverage disputes involving insureds including Cadet Manufacturing, Port of Vancouver and Dairygold.


Portland hosts safety meeting

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This morning the City of Portland hosted a meeting of business leaders to discuss safety issues. Mayor Hales and Assistant Police Chief Day were responsive to the concerns expressed regarding the Portland’s apparently growing homeless population and the need to reach out to minority populations. Portland is looking for housing options for Portland’s homeless and just hired its first Somali police officer, Mayor Hales […]

By |May 27th, 2015|General News, Premises Liability|

Swimming Pool Safety Tips for Parents

Pool Safety

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury and death for children ages 1 to 14 years. Here are things you can do to make your pool and spa area safe.

Install a Complete Gated Enclosure Around Your Pool

Install a four-foot or taller fence around all sides of your pool and spa, with self-closing and self-latching gates. Also, install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.

The most overlooked pool safety hazard is leaving a pool gate unlocked. To prevent accidental drowning, keep all entries to the pool […]

By |August 27th, 2014|Child Injury Accidents, Premises Liability|

Gas Grilling Safety Tips

Gas Grill Fire

Summer is the time to dust off the gas grill in preparation for barbeque season. If you plan to treat your family and friends to a backyard feast, don’t spoil the day with a major flare up. According to a 2013 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) report on cooking equipment fires, gas grills were involved in an annual average of 7,200 home fires from 2007-2011, a higher number than for charcoal grills.

Inspect Your Equipment

Be sure your grill is working properly. Propane gas hose leaks or breaks are […]

By |July 29th, 2014|Personal Injury, Premises Liability|

10 Tips to Make Your Child’s Playground Safe

A playground, whether at school or a public park, should be a safe place to play and have fun with friends. Unfortunately, every year more than 200,000 kids are treated in emergency rooms for playground related injuries. Playground injuries may involve falls on hard surfaces, head entrapment, and strangulation by entanglement. Other accidents are caused by equipment or facility design defects or poor maintenance.

The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission offers the following guidelines to make your child’s playground fun and safe:

  1. Surfaces around playground equipment should have at least 12 inches of soft materials, preferably rubber chips, that […]
By |April 23rd, 2014|Child Injury Accidents, Personal Injury, Premises Liability|

Occupational Safety a Right of All Workers

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), slips, trips and falls account for 15 percent of all accidents and are second only to motor vehicle accidents as a cause of occupational fatalities. Employers are required by law to provide employees with working conditions......

By |March 7th, 2014|Employment Law, Personal Injury, Premises Liability|

Oregon Ski Resort May Be Liable for Paralyzed Snowboarder

The Oregon Supreme Court has allowed a petition for review in paralyzed snowboarder Myles Bagley’s lawsuit against Mt. Bachelor ski resort. 

State Appeals Court Upheld Circuit Court Decision

The Oregon State Appeals Court upheld in September 2013 a Deschutes County Circuit Court decision to toss out the $21.5 million lawsuit filed in 2008 against the ski area. The court ruled that Mt. Bachelor was not responsible for the injuries and ultimate paralysis of Myles Bagley, then an 18-year-old snowboarder, who was paralyzed from the waist down after going over a jump in an expert terrain park in February 2006.

Oregon […]

By |February 15th, 2014|Personal Injury, Premises Liability|

Safer Playground Surfaces

How Safe is Your Child’s Playground? Between 1990 and 2000, 147 children ages 14 and younger died from playground –related injuries. Of these children, 31 (20%) died from falls to the surface beneath the playground equipment, most from fatal head injuries. Of these deaths, (70%)......

By |December 9th, 2013|Child Injury Accidents, Personal Injury, Premises Liability|