What I learned As An Insurance Defense Attorney

Posted by Scott Edwards | Jun 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

WHAT I LEARNED WORKING FOR INSURANCE COMPANIES When I was just a puppy lawyer, I worked for one of the largest, most influential insurance defense law firms in the Northwest. I later worked for one of the most popular insurance companies in the United States. In each of these positions, I was em...

Do You Know The Leading Causes in Boating Fatalities?

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Jun 07, 2021 | 0 Comments

In what is becoming an annual tradition on this blog, I write to you today about boating safety. We've touched on it before- here, here, and here.  The waterways are looking a lot more appealing now that the sun is out, on at least a semi-regular basis. Despite the fairly detailed regulatory sch...

Can Attorneys Practice Law Outside Of Their Jurisdiction Due to Covid-19?

Posted by Scott Edwards | May 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Can an attorney work remotely outside of the state where they are appearing? The American Bar Association recently told attorneys throughout the United States that we can work remotely from anywhere on cases in a state in which the attorney is licensed, if they follow certain rules. Under those rules, the lawyer must not: Advertise to the public an address in the jurisdiction; Give an address on letterhead, business cards, or websites that indicate the lawyer is present in the jurisdiction; and Offer or provide legal services to clients located in the local jurisdiction, unless authorized by the state’s temporary practice rules.

Responding To Cases Of Underinsured Motorists

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | May 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

UIM LIMITS FOR NAMED INSUREDS Underinsured Motorist Coverage (UIM) exists to provide additional insurance coverage for accident victims where the at-fault driver's liability insurance limits are insufficient to cover the injured person's damages. The UIM benefits are limited by the coverage limi...

Springtime in the City

Posted by William K. Thayer | Mar 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

Experienced attorneys who have spent their careers in the courtroom are able to pause, and notice the changing of the seasons. Such is the case in this post when Schauermann Thayer founding member, Bill Thayer, stops and smells the roses.

Oregon Statute of Limitations Extensions

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Mar 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

As part of the COVID-19 emergency orders, the state of Oregon has tolled the statute of limitations for personal injury and other cases through, at least, July 31, 2021. Best to file early, and to be aware of the specifics of the extension. But you may still have time to file a lawsuit in Oregon so long as the statute of limitations expired during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

What's Up with "Diminished Value"?

Posted by Bradley Thayer | Mar 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

After a car has been wrecked and repaired, it is simply worth less money. The eventual potential buyer of a wrecked car is either going to ask about the crash history or get some sort of Carfax or similar report and find out about it, probably. There is a stigma associated with cars which have been involved in crashes, right or wrong. It can be necessary to hire a "diminished value" legal expert to measure the amount of this damage.

How Do Attorneys Determine How Much A Case Is Worth?

Posted by Scott Edwards | Mar 11, 2021 | 2 Comments

Ava's case was unique and complex. Her injuries are permanent. It was a difficult case to evaluate despite our experience and background. It was one where we asked for help from the community by way of focus groups and one in which we continue to evaluate even today (by way of your comments and questions)

Traffic Fatalities Increased in 2020

Posted by Scott Edwards | Feb 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

The National Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA) looked at data from the first nine months (January through September) and calculated that the number of people killed on the nation’s highways rose 4.6% despite the number of drivers on the roadways being drastically down as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns.

Schauermann Thayer Updates Web Site and Blog

Posted by Schauermann Thayer | Feb 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

Last month we updated our website to better serve our clients and to make sure those injured because of someone else’s negligence are able to find the resources and connections they need to protect themselves from overreaching insurance companies. Though the look and feel of the website is more modern and contains much of the same information, it should be more accessible and user friendly than our prior website.

Justice Delayed: A Partial Survey of the Pandemic Jury Trial Situation

Posted by William K. Thayer | Feb 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

The old saying goes, “Justice delayed is justice denied.” With that in mind, courts in Oregon and Washington had until recently been trending toward fast-track systems, implementation of local rules that would push civil cases to be resolved, if at all possible, within a year to fourteen months from the date of the case being filed in court. Since March of last year, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that train has definitely ground to a halt.

Can I recover for future needed medical care and pain and suffering in my personal injury case?

Posted by Bradley Thayer | Jan 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

The basic guiding principle is, can you prove to a degree of reasonable medical certainty that any future care will be required to address your continuing symptoms? A reasonable medical certainty requires a showing that the future care is “more probably than not” reasonable in amount, necessary as a result of the incident, and related, specifically, to the incident. “More probable than not” could be simplified stated as a 51% probability.

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