In this Blog category you will find articles about wrongful death as a result of accident or negligence. Personal Injury suits and insurance claims may require the help of an attorney. A good lawyer can protect your rights under the law.

Distracted Driving, Horror Stories 3

If that hasn't been enough to convince you to put the phone down while driving... Let's look at the fines in Oregon. Check out the Video: It may save your life or at the least, $1K..

Distracted Driving: Horror Stories 1

"The common response is 'Well, I didn't have it up to my ear.' Well, it doesn't matter, if you're holding the phone, if you're touching your phone other than the one swipe, it's a violation."

How Can Alcohol Affect my Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Claim?

Many unsightly injuries and devastations occur at the hands of alcohol. Just last year, approximately 10,265 people died in a drunk driving incident, up 3.2% from 2014 statistics. If alcohol was a factor in your personal injury case, you may be interested in knowing whether or not that can affect your claim.

Besides suing the alcohol-impaired driver who caused the accident, depending on the circumstances around your case you may be able to file a claim against the bar, bartender, or server who did not utilize discretion when serving the driver […]

By |February 28th, 2017|Personal Injury, Wrongful Death|

What to Know About Oregon Wrongful Death Suits

Seniors being denied care in a nursing home, a doctor prescribing the wrong drugs to a patient, a pedestrian struck in a hit-and-run accident; these are all scenarios that can culminate in a wrongful death and be the catalyst for a wrongful death lawsuit. In many ways, a wrongful death case is just like a personal injury case, except in for the unfortunate fact that the victim has not survived the injuries imposed.

A wrongful death suit in Oregon is a civil suit that seeks to atone for the losses endured by the victim’s family. A wrongful death is one […]

By |January 20th, 2017|Wrongful Death|

Oregon Boat Safety for 2016

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Yes, I’m a lawyer, but in a former life I was a YMCA boating instructor, camp counselor and life guard. In that context safety was front and center. Sadly, I have seen safety take a back to recreation as children become young adults… until tragedy strikes.

Memorial Day weekend will be here in a few days so NOW is a great time to remind all my friends and clients that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Keep in mind that most safety rules were enacted in response […]

Claim Value- Variable #1: YOU

This is the first post in my weekly blog series: Personal Injury Claim Value: Key Variables. During the past 25 years I have quantified claims big and small–as a large loss claims analyst (1996-2000), an insurance defense attorney (1990-1996) and since 2000 as a plaintiff personal injury attorney. I dedicate the series to my past clients, adversaries and their insurers whose now resolved disputes laid a pattern of lessons learned.

When it comes to personal injury claims ultimately there is really only one question: How much is my claim worth?”

The short, quick answer is a simple number. A number […]

Swimming Pools: More dangerous than Guns

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In the best-selling book Freakenomics, authors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner challenge “conventional wisdom” with statistics. In one example, Levitt and Dubner consider the parents of an eight year old girl, Molly. Molly’s parents prohibit her from visiting her friend Amy because Amy’s parents keep a gun at home. So instead, Molly spends time playing in the swimming pool at the home of her other friend, Imani.

Molly’s parents are pleased with themselves for making such a smart choice. According to “conventional wisdom” children should not play where guns are around. The authors point out that according to the data, […]

Resolving Washington State Personal Injury & Insurance Claims

 

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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.

 

Child Falls from Open Upstairs Window

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Although a refreshing breeze feels good from an open upstairs window, parents need to guard their small children from tragic falls. Each year in the United States, 15 to 20 children under the age of 11 die and nearly 15,000 are injured falling from open windows.

Child Critically Injured in Fall in Southeast Portland’s Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood

A 3 year old boy who fell from a 2nd story window on Sunday afternoon did not survive his injuries despite the life-saving efforts of medical staff at a Portland hospital on Sunday evening.

On Sunday […]

By |September 25th, 2014|Child Injury Accidents, Wrongful Death|

Legislation Enacted after Tragic Pool Accident

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Unfortunately, it often takes a tragic accident to inspire safety legislation. In June 2002, 7-year-old Virginia Graeme Baker, granddaughter of former Secretary of State James Baker, became stuck to the family’s hot tub drain and was unable to pull herself free. Efforts by her mother to pull Graeme from the drain proved unsuccessful. Two men who eventually freed Graeme from the spa pulled so hard that the drain cover broke from the force. Graeme died from drowning, but the real cause of her death was suction entrapment due to a […]

By |August 26th, 2014|Child Injury Accidents, Product Liability, Wrongful Death|