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Accidents…Will Happen.

Getting in a motor Vehicle collision can be incredibly disruptive to daily life. You have to fix your car or find a new one, seek medical treatment, file a claim, figure out how to pay bills if you can’t work, etc. These tasks can seem daunting, but we are here to help you through the process. Our friendly staff can help you navigate your claim and refer you to our network of lawyers and providers as needed. We will tailor a treatment plan to your needs and help get your body back to pre-loss condition as quickly as possible.

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After an accident

  • Get medically evaluated immediately.
  • Even if you don’t think you are injured.
  • Do not accept a settlement prior to being assessed by a medical professional.
  • Follow doctors treatment plans and be consistent with care.
  • Consider getting a consultation from a personal injury lawyer.
Insurance Laws

Know Your Rights

Most Oregon motor vehicle insurance policies are required to provide Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and uninsured motorist coverage. PIP may also apply to people in the car with you at the time of the accident, pedestrians and bicyclists. PIP usually covers a minimum of $15,000 per person worth of medical expenses. You may be eligible for PIP regardless of whether or not you were at fault.  For more information we recommend you visit Barbur Law.
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Healing Process

It can be days, weeks, or even months before you feel the pain from a car accident. Healing from injuries, regardless of the cause is a process.  You should be prepared to work hard and follow doctors’ orders.  There will be set backs, but our doctors will be with you every step of the way.  We will tailor your treatment plan to meet your needs and goals and provide you with a home exercise plan to speed your recovery process.

What you can expect:

  • We will help you to understand your rights and benefits under your insurance and bill them directly.
  • We will help you maintain the integrity of your claim and refer you to our network of lawyers and other medical professionals as needed.
  • We will always provide a thorough examination and do our best to address any issues you have.
  • We will establish a custom treatment plan designed to help you meet your goals and we will adjust it as you heal.
  • We will walk you through every step of your treatment so you understand what we are doing and why.
What we don’t do:

  • We cannot file a claim for you.
  • We cannot do x-rays in our office or prescribe painkillers.
  • We cannot and do not offer legal advice about claims.
  • We will not ask you for payment while you are being treated.

The Claim Process

For most people, filing a claim is as simple as calling your insurance agent. Let your insurance agent know you have been in an accident and that you’re hurt and intend to seek medical treatment. Your agent should then open a claim on your behalf. Your insurance company should act as an advocate on your behalf.  They will typically pay for your claims directly and then pursue the at fault party for reimbursement. However, it is typically in the insurance company’s best interest to close claims quickly.

Before choosing to take a settlement, it may be in your best interest to seek the opinion of a medical provider so that you can be assessed for injuries that may come to light later.  A $250 settlement is much less attractive if you end up needing a $50,000 disk surgery.  Similarly, if your insurance company attempts to close your claim prior to you finishing treatment, you have the right to seek representation and have your lawyer demand continued treatment on your behalf.