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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Libel & Slander for Oregon on
Q: is sending a defamatory message a legal offence in Oregon?

A text message that is accusatory of a Federal and State crime(s) but is false is sent to a group of individuals. Factually the accusations are false. It was sent with intention to harm. Has this sender committed:

1 - Offence

2 - Crime

3 - Neither

4 - Both

Brad  Holbrook
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answered on Dec 5, 2022

The question asks essentially, "Whether sending a text message that accuses someone (falsely) of a state and/or federal crime is lawful?" Clearly, if you speak a false statement about someone to a third person(s) in manner that is called "publishing", it is actionable as... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: If I hurt someone on accident, can they make me pay their medical bills?

I accidentally shot a girl in the face with an air soft gun at a fraternity party and she was injured. There was drinking involved with all parties. They are now making me pay their medical bills. I am wondering if they can do this and if the other parties would also be liable. There were other... Read more »

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answered on Nov 29, 2022

I am sorry for the circumstances of the shooting. Guns and drnking are not a healthy combination and lead to a lot of accidental shootings. In short, it would be my opinon that you are liable to pay for any medical treament that is reasonable, customary, and necessary, and for any and all... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: Do I have a case?

I was spraying electronic cleaner on my navi screen and plugged in my car vacuum and all the sudden my car exploded and caught on fire with me in it. All my windows were shattered including my windshield and sunroof. My doors that were shut and locked were all blow open and bent in half. I was... Read more »

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answered on Nov 1, 2022

This sounds like a horrifying and terrifying experience, and very unfortunate given your living situation; however, the bright side is that you were not killed. You might have a case against the maker and the subsequent sellers of the product that ignited the car explosion. It seems highly... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Oregon on
Q: Can I sue my employer for not allowing me to turn in a patient for a hit and run that is financially impacting me?

My car was parked and a patient backed into it and drove off. There were many witnesses who confirmed it was a patient at my job but due to hipaa, my job says I can not press any charges to help pay for repairs on my vehicle. Insurance says if we know who did it, we would not have to pay any fees... Read more »

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answered on Oct 28, 2022

I do not how HIPAA would affect your ability to pursue a hit and run case against the patient. Driving a motor vehcile in the parking is wholly unrelated to treatment and medical charts. I think your employer is wrong, if, in fact, that is what they are alleging. The act of striking a vechicle is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Insurance Bad Faith for Oregon on
Q: Is it legal for my car insurer to make me pay to insure my boyfriend after adding him to my policy without permission?

My boyfriend does not drive my car and is not a owner of the car in any way. The only reason he has his license is for work. My insurer added him to my policy after stating that "you did not verify so we added him anyway". Their website clearly states that he is classified as a... Read more »

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answered on Oct 24, 2022

I understand your concern about being "forced" to add someone to your policy, especially when it's your own car and the other person DOES NOT drive your car. However, you can imagine the insurance company's concern that he still could have access to your keys and there is a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: I rolled a friend's side by side I had permission He gave me a bill for 13k. I can't pay it so he's suing me Am I liable

The bill was typed by him and not from a shop. I've asked him to turn it in to insurance but he won't. He's now threatening to sue me. I will happily pay the deductible but can't pay the 13k he wants in cash. What are my options? I was actually a volunteer employee at an event... Read more »

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answered on Oct 24, 2022

First, I am very sorry about your accident. Second, I am glad that you did not say you were injured in the acccident.

Last, are you liable? This is not something that I can completely answer without knowing all the facts of the accident. However, if you were driving in a negligent and/or...
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