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Pursuing Justice for Catastrophic Injury Victims in Portland, Oregon


At Newlin Law Offices, we are unwavering advocates for those who have suffered catastrophic injuries in Portland, Oregon. We understand that these injuries can shatter lives and change the course of your future in an instant. That’s why our commitment goes beyond legal representation — we stand firmly by your side, working tirelessly to seek justice and fair compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial burdens.

Your path to justice begins with a single call. Contact Newlin Law Offices today for a free consultation, and let us fight for the compensation and justice you deserve.

What Is a Catastrophic Injury?

A catastrophic injury is a severe and life-altering injury that typically results in long-term or even permanent disabilities. These injuries often have a profound impact on a person’s life, significantly affecting their physical, emotional, and financial well-being.

Catastrophic injuries can result from various accidents, including car crashes, workplace incidents, medical malpractice, and more. Because of the extent of their injuries, victims may require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation, and ongoing care, making it essential to seek legal representation to pursue compensation for their losses.

Catastrophic Injury Cases We Handle

Our catastrophic injury lawyer in Portland handles a wide range of cases involving severe and life-altering injuries. These cases include but are not limited to:

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

Traumatic brain injuries can result in cognitive impairments, memory loss, and physical disabilities, impacting a person’s ability to lead a normal life.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Catastrophic spinal cord injuries often lead to paralysis, affecting an individual’s mobility and independence.


The loss of a limb — whether due to an accident or medical malpractice — can be emotionally and physically devastating, requiring prosthetics and rehabilitation.

Severe Burns

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Catastrophic burns require extensive treatment — such as surgeries, skin grafts, and therapy — and often lead to permanent scarring and disability. 

Burns are categorized into several types based on their severity and depth:

  • First-Degree Burns: These are superficial burns that only affect the top layer of the skin (epidermis). They typically cause redness, pain, and minor swelling. First-degree burns, like sunburns, usually heal without scarring.
  • Second-degree burns (Partial-Thickness Burns): These burns extend beyond the epidermis and into the second layer of skin (dermis). They are characterized by blisters, intense pain, redness, and swelling. Healing may lead to scarring.
  • Third-Degree Burns (Full-Thickness Burns): Third-degree burns damage both the epidermis and the dermis, often extending into deeper tissues. These burns may appear white, brown, or charred, and they may not even be painful due to nerve damage. Treatment typically involves skin grafts and can result in significant scarring.
  • Fourth-Degree Burns: These severe burns extend through the skin to reach underlying tissues such as muscles, tendons, or bones. Fourth-degree burns are life-threatening and require immediate medical attention.

While catastrophic burns are usually limited to fourth-degree burns, third-degree burns can also result in devastating injuries and limitations on your ability to enjoy life.

Organ Damage

Injuries to vital organs such as the heart, lungs, or liver can have life-altering consequences, requiring ongoing medical care and surgeries.

Blindness or Vision Loss

Partial or complete blindness profoundly affects an individual’s daily life. You would likely need adaptive measures and assistance after suffering a catastrophic injury that leaves you blind.

Hearing Loss

Catastrophic injuries can lead to partial or complete hearing loss, requiring hearing aids or cochlear implants.


Partial or complete loss of motor function can require extensive physical therapy and lifelong assistance.

Multiple Fractures

Injuries involving multiple fractures may necessitate surgeries, rehabilitation, and ongoing orthopedic care.

Regardless of the type of injury you face, our experienced team is committed to helping you seek justice and recover the compensation you deserve. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial challenges you face, and we’re here to provide the legal support you need during this difficult time.

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Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries


Common causes of catastrophic injuries in Oregon include:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents: High-speed collisions, DUI incidents, and reckless driving often result in severe injuries.
  • Dog Attacks: Serious dog bites and maulings can result in disfigurement and emotional trauma.
  • Burn Injuries: Fires, explosions, and chemical exposure can result in severe burn injuries.
  • Motorcycle Accidents: Motorcyclists are vulnerable to catastrophic injuries in collisions with larger vehicles.
  • Bicycle Accidents: Cyclists can suffer traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord damage in collisions.
  • Pedestrian Accidents: Being struck by a vehicle while walking can lead to catastrophic injuries or fatalities.
  • Workplace Accidents: Industrial mishaps, construction site incidents, and heavy equipment accidents pose significant risks to workers and passersby.
  • Falls: Slip and fall accidents, particularly among the elderly, can result in severe head and spine injuries.
  • Acts of Violence: Assaults and criminal activities may result in catastrophic injuries.
  • Defective Premises: Inadequate maintenance and safety measures on properties can lead to catastrophic accidents.

Compensation for Catastrophic Injuries in Oregon

Catastrophic injuries often result in long-lasting physical, emotional, and financial consequences, and victims may be entitled to various forms of compensation to help them cope with the aftermath. 

Here are the types of compensation available to catastrophic injury victims in Oregon:

  1. Medical Expenses: Victims can seek compensation for all past, current, and future medical bills related to their injuries, including hospitalization, surgeries, medications, therapies, and assistive devices.
  2. Rehabilitation Costs: Catastrophic injuries may require extensive rehabilitation, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and vocational rehabilitation.
  3. Lost Wages: Victims can pursue compensation for lost income due to their injuries
  4. Pain and Suffering: Victims may receive compensation for physical pain, emotional distress, and mental anguish caused by a catastrophic injury.
  5. Disability and Impairment: Compensation may cover permanent disabilities, impairments, and disfigurements that affect the victim’s quality of life and prevent them from working.
  6. Loss of Consortium: If a catastrophic injury negatively impacts the victim’s relationship with their spouse or family, the affected family members may seek compensation for loss of companionship and support.
  7. Property Damage: Victims can seek reimbursement for property damage caused by an accident, such as damage to vehicles or personal belongings.
  8. Wrongful Death Benefits: In cases where a catastrophic injury results in death, surviving family members may pursue wrongful death benefits that compensate for funeral and burial expenses, lost financial support, and other losses.
  9. Punitive Damages: In cases involving gross negligence or intentional misconduct, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the at-fault party and deter similar behavior in the future.
  10. Home Modifications: Compensation may cover the costs of necessary home modifications such as handrails, ramps, etc.
  11. Assistive Devices: Likewise, compensation may cover the cost of assistive devices such as wheelchairs, prosthetics, and mobility aids.
  12. Future Costs: Compensation may cover the cost of ongoing care and treatment.

Because of the various kinds of compensation available, it’s essential for victims of catastrophic injuries to consult with an experienced Portland personal injury attorney to assess their case’s value accurately and pursue the maximum compensation available under the law. Legal representation ensures that victims receive the financial support they need to rebuild their lives and secure their future.

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How Our Catastrophic Injury Attorney Can Help You

Catastrophic injuries are challenging and life-altering experiences. At Newlin Law Offices, our dedicated Oregon personal injury lawyer is here to support you through this difficult journey. We understand the profound impact these injuries can have on your life, and our mission is to provide you with the legal advocacy and support you need to secure the compensation and justice you need. 

Here’s how we can assist you:

  1. Skilled Legal Guidance: Our experienced personal injury attorney will offer you legal guidance throughout the entire process, making sure you understand your rights and options.
  2. Investigation: We will thoroughly investigate your case, gathering evidence and identifying liable parties to build a strong personal injury claim.
  3. Negotiation: We will handle discussions with insurance companies and opposing parties to pursue a fair settlement on your behalf.
  4. Personal Injury Litigation: If necessary, we are prepared to take your case to court and represent you in front of a judge to seek maximum compensation.
  5. Medical Resources: We can help you access medical experts to assess your injuries, prognosis, and long-term care needs.

With Newlin Law Offices, you’ll have a committed partner by your side, fighting relentlessly for your rights and helping you rebuild your life after a catastrophic injury. Contact us today for a free consultation to begin your path to recovery and justice.

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Why ChooseNewlin Law Offices?

Along with the aforementioned benefits, we promise our clients the following all-important advantages when they retain our services.

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    16+ Years of Experience

    Our personal injury attorney, Todd Newlin, brings 16 years of experience in catastrophic injury cases, ensuring you have a skilled professional on your side.

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    Proven Track Record

    We have a history of successful outcomes, securing substantial compensation for our clients, and holding negligent parties accountable for their misdeeds.

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    No Fees Unless We Win

    With our catastrophic injury lawyer, you won’t pay any legal fees unless we win your case. Your well-being and financial security are our top priorities.

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    Personalized Approach

    We understand that each case is unique. That’s why we provide personalized attention, tailoring our strategies to your specific needs and goals.

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    Emotional Support

    Catastrophic injuries often take a significant emotional toll, but we provide compassionate support to help you navigate the emotional challenges you may face.

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    Strong Advocacy

    We are fierce advocates for our clients, committed to pursuing maximum compensation to cover any medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation, and future care.

Hear from Our Clients

  • I was referred to Todd after a car accident. I had not sought representation for auto incidents before. I had concerns about my physical health and how my insurance company was handling it. Todd was amazing.  He had me start medical treatment, and he handled everything. I was compensated and referred family members, friends, and everyone to Todd. He's helped me and the people I care about navigate getting the best support after an accident. Todd is the best!!

    Sarah Dunn
  • I am so grateful for Todd’s work in navigating the insurance claims after my van was rear ended.  The medical adjusters were calling me regularly while I was in treatment, which I found very overwhelming.  Once Todd took my case, he handled all the communications between my insurance and my medical providers, which relieved me of the weight of that responsibility and gave me the space to fully heal from the accident.  He clearly explained my rights under the laws of personal injury protection, and negotiated a settlement far exceeding what I could have done on my own.  I highly recommend his services to anyone who has experienced and auto accident.

    Rachel Stern
  • Todd helped me navigate the overwhelming steps of an auto accident. I was rear ended at a stop light, my car was totaled and I was taken to the ER. Post accident, it was hard to wrap my mind around anything and what needed to be done. Todd ensured that my health was priority and helped get me the treatment I needed. While I was able to focus on my rehabilitation, he took care of the insurance and dealt with the aftermath of what needed to be done. Though it was a stressful time, being able to rely on Todd to handle the claim and other legal matters was the biggest relief. He is extremely communicative, easy to reach and truly cared about my progress even when we settled. Forever thankful and would highly recommend.

    Lisa Harris
  • I was in a MVA and had no clue what to do with the insurance company or how anything worked. Todd walked me through everything step by step. There were no dumb questions and he gave excellent guidance. My insurance company turned out to be a massive pain in the butt and were horrible to work with. Todd was able to step in once that fact became apparent and was able to swiftly and successfully close my case that had been dragged out for 3 extra months by the insurance company. He and his staff are very knowledgeable and straight shooters. Overall wonderful to work with and his office is my first call if I need him in the future.

    Jack Agger
  • Todd is great at what he does and an amazing resource to anyone needing legal support for auto accidents. In 2015 I was injured as a result of an auto collision, and Todd was instrumental in ensuring I received medical care. His professionalism and dedication to the case was an immense relief to me, especially as someone who never had an accident before.

    Emmy Quinn
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FAQs About Portland Car Accidents

  • Yes, the Oregon statute of limitations for catastrophic injury cases typically allows victims to file a lawsuit within two years from the date of the injury or accident. However, it’s crucial to promptly consult with an experienced catastrophic injury lawyer to ensure you meet any legal deadlines and have the best chance of pursuing your case successfully.

  • The legal process for a catastrophic injury case can be complex and lengthy, but here’s what you can generally expect:

    1. Consultation with an Attorney: During your initial consultation with a catastrophic injury lawyer, you'll discuss the details and merits of your case.
    2. Investigation: If your case proceeds, your attorney will launch an investigation that includes gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and consulting with experts.
    3. Complaint: If there’s sufficient evidence of negligence or liability, your attorney will file a complaint in court, outlining your claims against the responsible parties.
    4. Response from Defendants: The defendants (those you're suing) will then respond to the complaint, either admitting or denying liability.
    5. Discovery: Before any settlement can be reached, both parties will exchange information such as depositions, requests for documents, and interrogatories.
    6. Settlement Negotiations: Your attorney will typically attempt to reach a settlement before going to trial, pursuing maximum compensation from the defendant’s insurers.
    7. Trial: If a settlement cannot be reached, your case will proceed to trial, where your attorney presents evidence, witnesses, and arguments to the court.
    8. Verdict: After deliberation, the court will render a verdict — if the verdict is in your favor, the judge will determine the amount of compensation you're entitled to.
    9. Appeals: Either party may then appeal the court's decision, which can extend the legal process.
    10. Collecting Compensation: If you win your case, your attorney will work to collect the awarded compensation from the defendants.
    11. Distribution: Once the compensation is collected, your attorney will distribute it according to court orders, paying off any legal fees and expenses first.
    12. Closure: Finally, the legal process concludes, and you can begin to rebuild your life with the compensation you've received.

    It’s essential to work closely with an experienced catastrophic injury attorney throughout this process. They will guide you, protect your rights, and help you navigate the complexities of the legal system while seeking the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.