Portland Negligence Attorney
You Can Still Pursue Damages If You Contributed to the Accident!
At the Law Offices of Timothy Grabe, our Portland negligence attorneys help victims who have suffered injury due to the negligence of others, even if their own negligence may have contributed to the accident. According to the state of Oregon, damages will be awarded in a personal injury case based on “modified comparative negligence.”
Modified comparative negligence means that anyone who has contributed to their own harm can still pursue compensation from another party—as long as their determined level of fault does not exceed 51%.
Benefits of Modified Comparative Negligence
Other states in the U.S. follow a system of “contributory negligence,” which often makes it a lot harder for the victim to secure the money that they deserve. Under this system, the plaintiff may be denied any form of compensation if they are found to be even 1% at fault for causing their own injuries.
Why You Need Experienced Representation
Although the system of modified comparative negligence is beneficial to the plaintiff, there is also a downside. Since this system places a specific percentage of fault upon each party involved in the lawsuit, the plaintiff may be putting themselves at risk of a counter-lawsuit. If for example, the victim of a car accident was deemed to be 60% responsible for causing the collision when their case was brought before a jury, the defendant may have legitimate cause to turn around and seek damages from the plaintiff.
Your case should be carefully examined by a Portland injury attorney before you take action. When you have a seasoned professional by your side, you may have a much better chance of avoiding such a serious pitfall.
If you have been injured, call the Law Offices of Timothy Grabe at 503-223-0022 for assistance today.
Filing a Lawsuit for Damages
As you prepare to file, get the help of the Law Offices of Timothy Grabe. It is important that you consult with an experienced legal professional before moving forward with your case. Although your chances of recovering compensation may be better under a system of modified comparative negligence, you should also take the potential risks into consideration. For this reason, we encourage you to sit down with the Portland personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Timothy Grabe to discuss your case.
Not only does our firm have more than three decades of trial experience to offer, but it won’t cost you a cent to get started. Additionally, our firm works on a contingency fee basis—meaning that you won’t be expected to pay us a fee unless we are successful in recovering compensation on your behalf. For this reason, you have absolutely nothing to lose when you pick up the phone and contact our firm today.
When you contact our office at 503-223-0022, the initial consultation is free.