When you have been injured in an accident you need a Gresham personal injury attorney who will protect your rights, maximize your settlement recovery and minimize the hassles.

When you have been injured in an accident or collision, you are worried about who is going to pay your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. The last thing you want is to be taken advantage of by an insurance company. If you don't protect your rights, you may not be able to make a claim. Insurance companies have attorneys and adjusters whose goal is to pay you as little as they can. You need a Gresham personal injury lawyer to fight for you. I am dedicated to helping your recover as much money as possible under the law.

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  • I handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means YOU DO NOT OWE ME A LEGAL FEE UNLESS I RECOVER MONEY FOR YOU. I do not ask for any attorney fees upfront. If there is no recovery there is no fee.

I was involved in a serious accident and was looking for an attorney to represent me. A past client of Michael's highly recommended him and I now know why!!!! From my first interaction with Michael throughout the entire process both he and his amazing staff were incredible!!! He is not only a grade A lawyer but also a grade A person which is not easy to find!!! I would VERY highly recommend Michael to anyone wanting to work with a true professional who really has his client's best interest at heart!!-->More

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5 star review posted on Google about Portland personal injury attorney Michael Colbach handling of his personal injury case.
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Why you need an experienced Oregon trial attorney

Most personal injury cases settle before trial, but you want to maximize your settlement. If you hire an Oregon personal injury attorney who has little trial experience, oftentimes they will be afraid to go to trial. Insurance companies know who these lawyers are, and they oftentimes offer them less than the case is worth.

I have over thirty years of courtroom trial experience and over twenty years exclusively dedicated to personal injury law with a record of proven results in trial verdicts and settlements. I have numerous five star reviews from clients who I represented.

Lawsuits can be expensive, it will not cost you any money up front for filing fees, court costs, expert witness fees, nor any other costs?

If I take a case I believe in it and I work hard on every case the moment it comes through my door. Investigating accidents, finding witnesses, filing a lawsuit, paying court costs and expert witness fees can be very expensive. Every year I spend thousand of dollars in litigation costs. I know that most people cannot afford these costs up front, so I forward these costs up front in every case I take.

Factors to consider in evaluating your personal injury claim

It is impossible to predict the value of a case until all of the information has been collected and you are medically stationary. Even then, there are no magic formulas for determining what your claim is worth. However, there are many factors that go into determining the value of a case, but in the end, it is not up to the insurance company, nor your lawyer, only you or a jury can determine a fair settlement amount for your injuries, losses, and pain and suffering.

  • The amount of your medical bills.
  • How the medical bills were incurred and whether they are from diagnostic tests, treatments, physical therapy, hospital stays, prescriptions, over the counter medication, chiropractic care, or other care or treatment.
  • How much income and other employment benefits were lost as a result of your injury. This would include lost pay, sick leave used, vacation time used, loss of insurance benefits and other documented losses resulting from your injury.
  • The extent of the injury and how it has affected your daily life. This would include limitations of household activities, sports, leisure activities and social life.
  • Whether or not any aspect of your injuries is permanent. This would also include permanent disfigurement such as scars or blemishes.
  • Whether any of your injuries required hospitalization.
  • The extent of liability on the part of the potential defendant.
  • How the law applies to your case.
  • The quality of your witnesses, including those who will testify about the incident, your injuries and your medical treatment.
  • Pain, suffering, inconvenience and the impact on married life.
  • The particular insurance company that is involved.
  • Whether there is any evidence that you were partly at fault in causing your injuries, this is called contributory negligence, and even if you are considered as partially at fault it does not completely stop you from being able to a monetary recovery from your accident.