Personal Injury Advice for Salem, OR
At the Salem law office of Vick & Glantz LLP, our personal injury attorneys have 40 years of experience assisting clients injured due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of others in motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability, products liability, and civil rights in obtaining a full and fair recovery.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Millions of automobile accidents occur every year in the United States, causing millions of injuries and tens of thousands of deaths and costing hundreds of billions of dollars. In Oregon alone, in 2009 there were 377 traffic fatalities, including 53 motorcycle fatalities and 35 pedestrian deaths. Multnomah, Clackamas and Marion County were some of the most dangerous counties in terms of fatalities.
There are many ways a person may drive without exercising proper care, including speeding, driving while intoxicated, distracted driving, aggressive driving, reckless driving, and driving too fast given the traffic or weather/road conditions. In addition to driver negligence, accidents can also be caused by defective automobiles and roadways that are defectively designed, poorly maintained or inadequately posted with signage. Of course, any combination of these factors can come together to cause an accident. At Vick & Glantz, we apply our 40 years of civil trial litigation experience in determining the cause of the accident and identifying all of the responsible parties. But winning an accident claim takes more than proving who was right and who was wrong. Our knowledge of the system and experience gained through many years of practice will give you the confidence to keep going, regardless of how hard the insurance company tries to discourage you in the pursuit of your claim.
Property owners have a legal duty to maintain their property in a safe manner. This duty may include making periodic inspections and repairs, and if the owner is made aware of a problem, it should either be fixed promptly, or a barrier should be erected or a sign conspicuously posted warning people of the danger.
People who are injured due to an accident on the unsafe or dangerous property of others may be entitled to compensation from the owner or occupier of the property. Premises liability cases are not always straightforward and can involve many complicated issues. For instance, the extent of liability can depend upon the nature of the property, whether the injured person was on the property legally or was either allowed onto or invited onto the property, and whether the property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition before the accident occurred. The length of time the condition was allowed to exist is often a critical factor. We employ skilled accident investigators and expert witnesses as necessary to help in proving the facts of the case before a judge or jury.
Product manufacturers owe a high duty to make sure that their products are reasonably safe for their intended uses or for any reasonably foreseeable uses. When products are defectively designed or defectively manufactured, their maker can be held liable for any injuries which result. This duty includes providing adequate instructions on how to use the product safely, as well as supplying clear and conspicuous warnings about any dangers and safety precautions that must be taken to use the product correctly. Products liability covers any type of manufactured product, from household cleaners and power tools to automobiles and aircraft.
Seek Experienced Legal Representation
The lawyers at Vick & Glantz know how to prepare a case and argue effectively with insurance companies in or out of court to obtain a verdict or settlement that compensates our clients for the damages they have suffered, including property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident or in a case of premises liability or products liability, contact Vick & Glantz LLP for a free consultation to discuss how we can help you on the road to recovery.