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In the blink of an eye, a slip and fall can change your life. Unfortunately, insurance companies often stand in the way of innocent people receiving what they are owed after accidents. At Newlin Law Offices, we are ready to fight for your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation with our Portland slip and fall attorney.

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Guiding You Toward Justice: Your Slip and Fall Advocate in Portland

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At Newlin Law Offices, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that slip and fall incidents can take on victims and their families. Our dedicated team is committed to helping you seek justice and pursue the compensation you deserve. We approach each case with compassion, diligence, and a deep understanding of premises liability laws in Oregon.

Whether you've suffered injuries in a grocery store, a restaurant, or any other public or private property due to negligence, we're here to guide you through the legal process. Our goal is to hold responsible parties accountable for their actions and to help you regain control of your life.

Contact us today for a free consultation and take the first step toward securing the compensation you need to move forward.

What Are Slip and Fall Accidents?

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Slip and fall accidents are a common type of personal injury incident that occurs when an individual loses their balance and falls due to hazardous conditions on someone else's property. These accidents are typically associated with premises liability, a legal theory under which property owners or occupiers are responsible for maintaining a safe environment for visitors and guests.

Slip and fall accidents can involve various factors, including:

  • Wet or slippery surfaces
  • Uneven or damaged flooring
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Unsecured cords or obstacles
  • Icy or snowy conditions
  • Failure to provide safety measures
  • Subpar construction or design

When property owners do not maintain their properties, they may be held responsible for paying for medical and rehabilitative costs associated with accidents that occur due to their negligence.

Where Do Slip and Fall Accidents Commonly Occur?

In Portland, Oregon, slip and fall accidents can occur in various locations, due to the city's diverse landscape and weather conditions. Common areas where slip and fall accidents often happen include:

  • Retail stores and supermarkets
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Hotels and motels
  • Apartment complexes
  • Public streets and sidewalks
  • Construction sites
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Public transportation
  • Shopping malls
  • Parks and recreational areas
  • Private residences

If you've been injured in a slip and fall accident in any of these locations due to negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Reach out to Todd Newlin for a free consultation to discuss your case and explore your legal options.

Common Injuries in Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, some of which can be minor, while others can be quite severe. Common injuries that can occur in slip and fall accidents include:

  • Bruises and contusions
  • Sprains and strains
  • Fractures
  • Head injuries
  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Cuts and abrasions
  • Dislocations
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Emotional distress

It is important to seek medical attention following an accident, as prompt care can mitigate any long-term harm you may experience. Seeking medical care can also provide documentation your legal team can use to support your claim.

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Understanding Premises Liability Laws in Oregon

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Premises liability laws in Oregon, like in many other states, are designed to hold property owners or occupiers accountable for maintaining safe premises and ensuring that visitors and guests are protected from foreseeable hazards. 

Here's an overview of premises liability laws in Oregon:

Duty of Property Owners

In Oregon, property owners and occupiers owe a duty of care to anyone who enters their property, whether they are invited guests, customers, or even trespassers in certain circumstances.

Premises must be maintained in a safe condition, and owners must take reasonable steps to prevent accidents and injuries. This may include addressing potential hazards on their property, such as slippery surfaces, uneven walkways, or loose flooring. 

If immediate remedies are unavailable, marking hazards with visible signs and cones until they can be dealt with can help visitors stay away from dangerous areas and avoid injury.

How to Approach an Oregon Slip and Fall Accident Lawsuit

In order to establish liability in a slip and fall case in Oregon, the following elements generally need to be proven:

Duty of Care

The plaintiff (injured party) must demonstrate that the property owner owed them a duty of care. This duty exists when the plaintiff is legally on the property or has been invited for a lawful purpose, such as being a customer in a store.

Breach of Duty

The plaintiff must show that the property owner breached their duty of care by either creating a hazardous condition or failing to address a known hazard in a reasonable amount of time.

Causation

It must be established that the breach of duty was a direct cause of the slip and fall accident and resulting injuries.

Damages

The plaintiff must have suffered actual damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, or property damage.

Comparative Negligence in Oregon Slip and Fall Claims

In Oregon, if you slip and fall and want to make a claim for your injuries, it's important to understand the comparative negligence standard for situations where both you and the property owner might be at fault. 

Here's how it works:

If you slip and fall on someone else's property because the property owner didn’t clean up spilled liquid, the property owner might say that you did something wrong, too, and that's why you fell. 

The court or jury will work to determine whether you were at all responsible for your accident and what percentage of the blame is yours.

If you're found partly at fault, it doesn't mean you can't get compensation. Oregon follows a modified comparative negligence system, which means you can still get money for your injuries as long as your share of the fault was not greater than the combined fault of any other parties.

For example, imagine you're awarded $10,000 in damages, but the court decides you were 30% responsible for the accident because you weren't paying attention to where you were walking. You would still be able to pursue compensation, as your share of the fault was under the 51% standard. However, your compensation would be reduced by your share of the fault.

What Damages Can You Recover in Oregon?

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In an Oregon slip and fall claim, you may be eligible to recover various types of damages if you can prove that the property owner's negligence led to your injuries. The potential damages you can recover include:

Medical Expenses

You can seek compensation for all reasonable and necessary medical costs related to your slip and fall injuries. This includes doctor's bills, hospital fees, prescription medications, rehabilitation, and future medical expenses if your injuries require ongoing treatment.

Lost Wages

If your injuries prevent you from working, you can pursue compensation for lost wages during your recovery period. This may also cover any reduction in your earning capacity if your injuries result in a long-term disability.

Pain and Suffering

Slip and fall accidents often cause physical and emotional pain and suffering. You may be entitled to compensation for the pain, distress, and inconvenience you've experienced due to your injuries.

Property Damage 

If your personal belongings were damaged in the accident, such as clothing or electronic devices, you can seek reimbursement for these losses.

Loss of Consortium

In some cases, spouses or family members of the injured party may be eligible to seek compensation for the loss of companionship, care, and support they would have received from their loved one if they hadn’t been injured.

Punitive Damages

In rare instances where the property owner's actions were particularly reckless or intentional, punitive damages may be awarded. These damages are meant to punish the defendant and discourage similar behavior in the future.

It's important to understand that the specific circumstances of your slip and fall case will determine the damages you can recover. Pieces of evidence, such as medical records, accident reports, and witness statements, play a crucial role in establishing the extent of the damages to which you are entitled.

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How Our Slip and Fall Attorney Can Help

Todd Newlin is here to provide you with the support and legal representation you need when facing the challenges that come with a personal injury. We understand that slip and fall accidents can result in significant physical, emotional, and financial burdens. 

Here's how Newlin Law Offices can assist you:

  1. Case Evaluation: We'll thoroughly review the details of your slip and fall incident, gathering evidence to establish liability and negligence.
  2. Legal Knowledge: Todd Newlin has vast experience with premises liability cases, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to your claim.
  3. Negotiation: We'll skillfully negotiate with insurance companies and at-fault parties for a fair settlement that covers medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
  4. Litigation: If necessary, we're prepared to take your case to court and advocate aggressively on your behalf.

If you've suffered injuries due to a slip and fall accident, don't hesitate to reach out for a free consultation. Let Todd Newlin be your advocate during this challenging time.

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Why Choose Our Portland Slip and Fall Attorney?

Choosing Newlin Law Offices means selecting a lawyer who is dedicated to your well-being and committed to pursuing the compensation you deserve. Todd Newlin has been practicing law since 2008 and has deep ties to the community in Portland.

He also has experience with personal injury claims as a lawyer and a plaintiff, allowing him to empathize with clients and anticipate confusion and anxiety during the legal process.

Here are several other reasons why you should entrust us with your slip and fall case:

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    Proven Track Record

    We have a history of successfully securing favorable outcomes with fair compensation for our clients.

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    Personalized Attention

    We treat every case with the utmost care, providing personalized attention and working to understand your unique situation and needs.

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    Aggressive Advocacy

    We are prepared to take your case to court if necessary, defending your rights on your behalf.

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    Compassionate Support

    We understand the physical and emotional toll of slip and fall accidents and will offer compassionate guidance throughout the legal process.

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    No Upfront Fees

    You won't pay us anything unless we win your case, allowing you to seek justice without financial worries.

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    Local Experience

    Our team is well-acquainted with the local laws and regulations in Portland, ensuring that your case is handled effectively.

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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
    5
  • 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 Pedestrian Accidents

  • To determine whether you have a valid slip and fall case, consider the following factors:

    • Liability: Did the property owner or occupier fail in their duty to maintain a safe environment, leading to your injury?
    • Negligence: Can you establish that the property owner's negligence directly caused your slip and fall?
    • Damages: Did you suffer quantifiable damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, or pain and suffering? 

    Consulting with a slip and fall attorney can help you assess the viability of your case.

  • Building a strong slip and fall case requires gathering evidence, such as:

    • Photographs of the accident scene and hazardous conditions
    • Witness statements detailing the accident
    • Accident reports
    • Medical records documenting your injuries
    • Surveillance footage
    • Maintenance records
    • Any communication with the property owner or their representatives

    It may help you to organize all relevant documents and records in a safe place for easy access as your case progresses.

  • Yes, there is a time limit, known as the statute of limitations, to file a premises liability claim in Oregon. Typically, the statute of limitations for such claims is two years from the date of the injury, according to Oregon Revised Statutes Section 12.110. It's essential to consult with an attorney promptly to ensure your claim is filed within the legal timeframe.

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