Frequently Asked Questions

What is a personal injury attorney?

A personal injury attorney is a lawyer who provides legal representation for people who have been injured, or for family members of people who were killed, as the result of the actions of another person, a business, or a government entity which were careless or negligent.

What type of cases do you handle?

We handle personal injury and wrongful death cases including car and traffic accidents, drunk driver accidents, hit and run accidents, distracted driver accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, boating accidents, and construction accidents. We also handle cases involving animal bites, head injuries, homeowner claims, premises liability, and dangerous and defective products.

Why should I choose Schauermann Thayer versus another law firm to handle my case?

At Schauermann Thayer, you know the moment you walk in the door and are greeted by our friendly and professional staff that you are in good hands. Schauermann Thayer has been in business for over 30 years and we work hard to maintain our stellar reputation. Since we opened in 1986, we have been chosen repeatedly to represent the people we often work with when they need legal representation, including other lawyers, judges and police officers.

A core mission at Schauermann Thayer is accountability. We work hard for our clients to make sure that insurance companies, corporations, and individuals are held responsible for their harmful actions.

How do I get to your office?

Our office is located in Vancouver, Washington, close and easily accessible from I-5, I-205, and WA-500. We are located at the corner of St. Johns and Fourth Plain. We have a parking lot you can park in free of charge.

Do I have to meet with you in the office or in person?

No, we would be happy to meet with you at your home or the hospital if you are unable to travel to us.

Our office is capable, also, of working remotely and serving our current clients and new clients using technology to conduct virtual meetings and teleconferences.  To meet with one of our attorneys today without leaving your house, please call (360) 695-4244 or submit a form here to send us an e-mail.

In a personal injury case, who is the defendant and who is the plaintiff?

The defendant is the person, business, or government entity alleged to have been careless or negligent. The plaintiff is the person injured or damaged by the alleged carelessness or negligence.

What is the benefit of hiring a personal injury attorney versus settling my claims myself?

When you hire a personal injury attorney, you are hiring a professional. For over 30 years, we have handled these types of cases. We know the law governing these types of cases. We know the process and the companies involved well, which helps ensure that you are compensated fairly for the damages you have suffered.

You are also hiring a personal injury attorney to take the stress off of yourself. Your focus needs to be on getting healthy, not on battling with insurance companies.

Experienced Attorneys

The attorneys at Schauermann Thayer handle personal injury, wrongful death, and insurance actions for clients throughout the Southwest Washington and Portland, Oregon area.


Schauermann Thayer is committed to answering your questions and addressing your concerns about potential personal injury and wrongful death cases in Washington and Oregon.

We offer free consultations and we’ll gladly discuss your circumstances with you at your convenience.