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Understanding the Personal Injury Laws in Washington and Oregon

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Personal injury claims typically break down to four elements: duty, breach, causation, and damages. Car accident claims, for example, turn on everyone’s duty to drive reasonably and follow traffic safety laws. If a person drives negligently, they have breached that duty. If their negligence causes an accident and that accident hurts a victim, the… Read More »

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What are the Types of Guardianship in Washington and Oregon?

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

A guardianship is a legal relationship under which one person is legally responsible for managing the finances, medical decisions, and physical care of another person. Typically, the “protected person” under the care of a guardian is either a minor child or an adult who is unable to care for themselves due to physical or… Read More »

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What Happens After an Accident With an Uber or Lyft Driver

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

We’ve talked before about how many Uber and Lyft drivers are operating vehicles with active safety recalls unaddressed. But what actually happens when you get into an accident with a rideshare driver? Will Uber or Lyft automatically step in to cover your claims? The answer: It depends. Continue reading to learn about bringing claims… Read More »

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Coronavirus Pandemic Leads to National Bike Shortage

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

The ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to have varied effects on nearly every aspect of daily life. Some of the consequences have not been as obvious or predictable. Business closures, limitations on travel, and fears over the dangers of buses and subways have led to a massive surge in hopeful bike riders around the… Read More »

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Estate Planning and the Coronavirus

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has upended the normal functions of the country, leaving millions of people with deep uncertainties concerning their finances and their health. The dangers posed by the pandemic serve as an important reminder to have your legal ducks in a row in terms of your estate, should anything unfortunate happen to… Read More »

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Child Car Seat Laws in and Oregon

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Different states have different requirements concerning child vehicle safety. While most states require children to sit in an approved car seat or booster seat, state laws vary in terms of the age at which a child no longer needs to use the car seat, where the child can sit in the vehicle, whether there… Read More »

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Calculating Pain and Suffering in an Oregon or Washington Car Accident Case

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

If you were injured in a car accident, you are entitled to more than just repayment of your immediate expenses. While you can sue for reimbursement of your medical bills and wages lost as a result of your injury, you are also entitled to compensation for the mental distress you suffer as the result… Read More »

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Brush Prairie Crash Kills Three, Critically Injures Others

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

A serious two-vehicle crash in Brush Prairie killed three people on a recent Friday afternoon. The victims of the tragic accident included several children who were being transported by the drivers of the vehicles involved. Learn more about the Washington car crash below and contact our dedicated Vancouver personal injury lawyer for help after… Read More »

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Injury Claims Against the Government in Oregon

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Dealing with the aftermath of a serious accident can be complicated and difficult at the best of times. The matter can quickly become much more complicated if the person who caused the injury is a government employee. What if you are hit by a city bus or rear-ended by a police officer? Are there… Read More »

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Passenger Rights After a Car Accident in Oregon and Washington

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Drivers are not the only parties who may be hurt in an auto accident. Pedestrians, motorcycle riders, bicyclists, and other passengers are all liable to be hurt in a traffic crash. If you are a passenger in a car and you wind up in a crash, what are your rights? Are you covered by… Read More »

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