Over $49 million in verdicts and settlements in 15 years.
If you have been injured, you need an Oregon personal injury attorney who knows how to handle your case.
Oregon personal injury law is not simple or easy and requires many years of experience and hard work to become good at it. It is very, very hard for an attorney to do many different kinds of law well.
I am exclusively dedicated to protecting the rights of seriously injured people.
My practice focuses on Oregon personal injury law and nothing else.
Many Oregon attorneys try to do everything. They do criminal cases, divorce cases, wills, business law, etc.
When someone asks me for a referral to a divorce lawyer or criminal lawyer, I refer them to a specialist who only practices that kind of law.
The reason you hire an attorney is to get every advantage you can get in your case. That requires specialized skill and knowledge that most attorneys don't have.
Most Oregon personal injury attorneys never try cases.
Most Oregon personal injury attorneys are either too afraid or lack the skills to try personal injury cases to a jury.
If you hire an attorney who does not try cases, you are stuck taking whatever the insurance company will give you. They know who these attorneys are and they don't pay them or their clients as much as attorneys who are willing to go to trial and are skilled at going to trial.
I have over 25 years experience and proven trial and settlement results.
I have tried over 140 jury trials (and counting) and I have had excellent results. Insurance lawyers know this and have told me that they pay my clients more because of it.
If you or a loved one has a serious Oregon personal injury case, you need an Oregon personal injury attorney who tries cases and is good at it.
I cannot guarantee what a jury will do, but I can guarantee that I will try your case if it needs to be tried and I will use my 25 years of trial experience to do everything I can to get you what you deserve.
How do you go about choosing a Portland personal injury attorney? What should you look for?
The two most important things to look for in choosing a personal injury attorney are experience and proven results.
You need a lawyer who is very experienced in personal injury law. Many personal injury attorneys in Portland are not really personal injury attorneys, but rather general practice lawyers who hold themselves out as personal injury attorneys.
Many Portland attorneys practice a number of different kinds of law, but do not focus on any particular kind of law, doing criminal, personal injury, divorce, bankruptcy, etc..
It is difficult if not impossible to be a top Portland personal injury attorney if you do not limit your practice to personal injury cases.
You would not go to your dentist for a foot injury, so why would you go to a criminal or divorce lawyer for your personal injury case?
How do I know if an attorney is an experienced personal injury attorney?
When talking to an attorney:
- Ask them what percentage of their practice is devoted to personal injury cases.
- Ask them how long they have been practicing personal injury law.
- Ask them how many cases they filed.
- Ask them the last time they tried a case to a jury.
Then ask yourself if you would rather have an attorney who only does personal injury cases and who goes to trial often, or if you are OK with a lawyer who does not try cases and does not focus their practice on personal injury.
Proven results matter.
Any Portland personal injury attorney can pay to be members in legal organizations or have their friends review them online.
These memberships and reviews have little or nothing to do with whether or not they are an effective Portland personal injury attorney.
When hiring a personal injury attorney, you want to hire one who is most likely to succeed on your case.
If an attorney has not performed in the past, what are the odds that they will perform now?
Although nobody can guarantee success, past performance is the best indicator of future performance.
The best way to choose an attorney if by the one thing that they can't fake or buy, VERDICTS.
Many Portland personal injury attorneys have never done well in trial or are even afraid to go to trial.
- Your lawyer gets paid for making insurance companies pay more due to the threat of trial.
- If they are not willing to go to trial, then what are you paying them for?
- If a lawyer has not had a number of six figure verdicts, they are probably inexperienced, unskilled, afraid, or lazy.
- None of those are traits you want in your personal injury attorney.
Getting big verdicts takes hard work, skill, experience, and faith in your case.
You deserve a Portland personal injury attorney who has all of the above and you should keep looking until you find one.
Michael A. Colbach.
- Experienced and effective personal injury and trial attorney.
- I offer free initial legal consultations and contingency fee agreements (no attorney fees without a monetary recovery).