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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: Can I sue my ex for my bill to college if she caused my homelessness by breaking up with me during my unemployment?

We were both living with her friends from work and we got in a fight one day going to work/school and during her day at work she broke up with me and I was immediately rendered homeless. This caused me to have to move to another state and be unable to go to the college. It was past the time limits... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Mar 29, 2019

No.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Elder Law, Landlord - Tenant and Libel & Slander for Oregon on
Q: I need an attorney.

I have been accused of violating my lease. They say they have me on camera. I have a signed statement from the man who actually committed the offense. I am 80 and in a wheelchair. I cannot take this harassment anymore. It is adversely affecting my health. I have been in Home Forward for 24... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Mar 8, 2019

It is unclear whether this is still in an informal state of resolution or if you are being sued in court. Either way, you likely do indeed need the aid of a landlord-tenant attorney. Simply make an appointment to review everything with a local one and see where you go from there.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: In Oregon, if you hire someone to cut down a very large tree in your yard and he gets hurt, can he sue you? tks Gary
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Mar 5, 2019

Depends, are they a licensed contractor? If they are, then you should be good. If you hired someone else, well, you were not supposed to and you may be on the hook. File a claim with your homeowner's policy and see if they can sort it out.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: i want to sue assante physcian partner !!

my mom 101 was prescribed nitrofurtion , a macrbid drug .not for the elderly with pre existing conditions that when givin that drug can lead to serious problems .now my moms back in hospitol over that drug and ignorant dr.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 23, 2019

I don't see a malpractice case nor do I see one any attorney would take. If you want contact a member of the Oregon Assn for Justice that handles malpractice. Do avoid discussing this on social media as your mom may have problems seeing a doctor if your family gets a reputaiton of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: I had a judgment against me and a garnishment was enforced over a 3200 er bill that was a work comp injury Is this lega

Sorry for the abrupt question only had 120 character. Injury happened in dec 2015 and all of the appropriate paperwork that providence gave me was filled out and returned to my employer the very next day as they had set up a appointment with a hand specialist. That bill apparently got paid and I... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Jan 13, 2019

This is why you should have hired an attorney back when you received the notice of the small claims case. You may be able to have the judgment set aside, but seek out a consumer protection attorney (not me) ASAP. Not next week, NOW. Use Google and search to find one. Time is of the essence, and was... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: A person was bit by our dog on our property while we were out of town. The person was permitted to be on the property.

There were no witnesses to the event and the injury required many stitches but not severe. Dog owners are cooperating and are willing to help financially but with in reason. Dog has never bitten or shown signs of aggression. Many strangers visit property daily. Victim has a history of seeking... Read more »

Michael Bersani
Michael Bersani answered on Jan 4, 2019

If this happened in Oregon, it is important that you ask your question ONLY to an Oregon personal injury lawyer. You should not accept any answer from a lawyer who is not a licensed Oregon lawyer. Reason: dog bite laws are very different in each State. I know the answer to your question for New... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: What situations require a landowner to keep their property safe? I'm a hunter so I had permission to be on the property

but got injured due to holes in the ground that weren't covered.

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Dec 18, 2018

You likely are barred by recreational immunity: https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/105.682

If seriously injured, consult with a personal injury attorney to confirm.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Gov & Administrative Law for Oregon on
Q: How do recreational statutes work? If I'm injured in a state park, does that shield the state from all liability to pay

my medical bills?

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Dec 4, 2018

Depends on how you were injured, as in whose fault was it. Be careful, you have to send a tort claim notice within 180 days of the injury though.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Oregon on
Q: Does the fact that I was driving without a license mean an at-fault drive can't be held liable to pay for my injuries?
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Nov 19, 2018

Not exactly. There is a law that if you were driving without insurance you cannot recover what are called non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. And if you did not have a license, you may not have had insurance either.

But, even if that is the case, you can still get economic...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: I got food poisoning at a required work dinner and so did a bunch of other coworkers. Do I sue my employer or the

catering company that made the food?

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Nov 5, 2018

You can't sue your employer, as you can only file a worker's compensation claim as to your employer. You can go after the caterer, though you do have to prove they were the ones responsible.

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Oregon on
Q: If I wasn't wearing a seat-belt when another car side-swiped me, does that mean I can't win a lawsuit for medical bills?
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Oct 24, 2018

Not quite, but it reduces how much you can get: https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/31.760

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: So I got into a disagreement at a sporting event that resulted in a physical fight

-- they started the physical stuff, but I started the disagreement - who is at fault? Can I sue them to cover the bills for my injuries?

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Oct 12, 2018

You can always sue, but as an attorney, I would not want to take that sort of case to trial. The fact that you question whose fault it was based on you starting the argument is exactly what the jury would struggle with. My best guess is that even if you win, the jury would award like a $1.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: What happens if the person in a lawsuit dies while it's still going on? Can our family still continue it?
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Sep 26, 2018

Yes, your family can still continue the lawsuit. Basically the estate is substituted in for the person you sued.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: Is it hard to get money for pain and suffering in a suit - I've heard it is.
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Sep 14, 2018

It depends on the injuries. If the injuries are soft tissue, it can be.

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4 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Wrongful Death, Personal Injury and Gov & Administrative Law for Oregon on
Q: Are there any personal injury attorneys licensed and familiar with practice in BOTH arizona AND oregon?

My dad was murdered in lake havasu city, AZ, I live in OR..OR doesnt really help because the crime wasnt committed here, AZ has done very little more than make me feel even more confused, alone, lost, rejected, wrong for needing help/having questions & having absolutely no idea of what i can or... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Sep 12, 2018

There probably is, but it would be time consuming to find those few who do. That said, you do not need an Oregon attorney, you need an AZ one that does wrongful death. Just do a Google search for wrongful death attorney in the closest bigger city and then make some calls.

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Oregon on
Q: I felt okay after my car accident a few weeks ago, so told

the police I didn't need to go get checked, but now I don't feel well - will the insurance company say it's not because of the accident and not cover it?

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Aug 31, 2018

They will certainly try, but it is also common to not feel the pain from the injuries right away.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: I was hit by a car while riding my bike. The driver was at fault. My question is, will the fact that I was on meth

Will me being on illegal drugs at the time of the accident ruin my personal injury case?

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Aug 20, 2018

If the other side knows about it, of course it will effect it. For one thing (DUII is not my area of practice) if one is convicted of DUII (which includes drugs and includes riding a bicycle) in an accident, you cannot recover anything in that accident for non-economic damages, i.e. pain and... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: I was recently in a Car accident where a driver was using the special left turn lane as I was exiting a parking lot

One this day it was very sunny and dry, I was stopped at a parking lot exit waiting for southbound lane traffic to allow me to turn on to a special left lane turn so I could merge on to the northbound lanes on the other side, the traffic on the southbound lanes stopped and wave me on to get on the... Read more »

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Aug 14, 2018

You are getting the run around because you don't have an Attorney representing you. Yes, absolutely your have the right to turn in the middle turn lane and other drivers can only use that lane to start and finish turns, not for direct travel. That's why the guy got the ticket. But... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Oregon on
Q: In a personal injury case, I'm being sued, can they take my military disability compensation income? Or retired income?

Or put a lien on my house?

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Aug 14, 2018

i would hope that you have car insurance and your insurance company is defending you. The majority of these case will settle at or below your policy limits assuming you have insurance. If the damages were very severe and could exceed your policy limits you could be at risk.

You can...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Personal Injury and Juvenile Law for Oregon on
Q: what are our options?

me and my wife were assaulted by our oldest duaghter who is 16. we have a total of 4 kids including her 2 of which have special needs who witnessed the incident and traumatized by it. we called 911 police came and refused to arrest our daughter even though there was clear marks on both my wife and... Read more »

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Aug 3, 2018

If your daughter is a minor in your custody you have the legal right to commit her for a psychiatric evaluation or to put her in some type of institution that works with problem children. You would have to figure out how to pay for these services. Your health insurance might cover the psychiatric... Read more »

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