Three Things To Do Immediately After A Hit & Run

Posted by Schauermann Thayer | May 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

Monmouth, Oregon, was recently the setting of a horrific hit and run. A pedestrian, Santiago Amaya, was struck by a vehicle on September 7, 2018, at 5:45 am. The driver of the vehicle drove off, and while Amaya received treatment for his serious injuries, he died. The driver, Dyllan D. Coons, was...

6 Things To Do After Spouse Killed In An Accident

Posted by Schauermann Thayer | May 07, 2021 | 0 Comments

Whether you have been married for a day or 50 years, the loss of a spouse is extremely difficult and tragic. The tragedy multiplies when it was an accident -- especially when caused by someone else. In these types of situations, there is little or no time to say goodbye, and that creates a void i...

Two Things You Thought You Knew About Jaywalking

Posted by Schauermann Thayer | May 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

It is often said that motorists must always be mindful of pedestrians and that pedestrians have the right-of-way regardless if he or she is jaywalking. These assumptions, however, in the State of Washington and Oregon are generally false. There's more to it than a pedestrian being able to cross t...

Where Do Most Pedestrian Accidents Occur and Why?

Posted by Schauermann Thayer | Apr 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Washington and Oregon both take pedestrian safety seriously, especially since data suggests pedestrian accidents have been slowly increasing -- as outlined in Washington State Department of Transportation's 2018 report or as identified in Oregon's Crash Statistics & Reports. These increases are s...

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.

Lessons from a Mediation

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Jan 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Ultimately, any opportunity to receive real insight and input on a case is valuable. It can teach us about our case, the defense, and ourselves. No one factor is more important than another, but they all serve to advance the cause of the civil justice system, which is to provide a platform to resolve a dispute.

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