If you have been hurt due to the negligence or recklessness of another person, company, or organization you should understand your rights and options. You may be entitled to money damages that include money for past and future pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.
Get a free consultation with an experienced attorney with a history of collecting significant money from all the major insurance companies. Call 503-546-8812 and ask for a free consultation with Chad Stavley.
Benefits of Hiring an Experienced Portland Personal Injury Lawyer
Protection From Insurance Companies
If you try to take on the insurance company alone or without an experienced personal injury attorney, you will be at a significant disadvantage. Insurance companies only pay fair value on personal injury claims when they know they have to.
If you don't have a trial-tested personal injury attorney, the insurance company will not feel threatened. They will instead feel bold and start trying to devalue your personal injury claim from day one. Their tactics may include:
Making you feel under time pressure by insinuating they have the power to "close your claim" if you don't contact them immediately;
Encouraging you not to contact a lawyer;
Asking you to sign a medical authorization so that they can get your medical records and bills.
Politely (or not) arguing that the incident was partially your fault.
Giving inaccurate legal advice that is including misstating the statute of limitations.
Most commonly, they will make the entire process tedious, time-consuming, and aggravating hoping you will give up and take a low settlement.
Chad Stavley is an experienced Portland personal injury attorney who will protect you from the insurance company representative.
Experience Valuing and Adding Value To Personal Injury Claims
An experienced personal injury attorney will have a much better idea of how to value personal injury claims. Chad Stavley has handled hundreds of personal injury cases during his career. He understands how to value a case but more importantly, he understands how to add value to a case.
Chad understands personal injury law and has access to sources of information the average person would not. He has experience working with many experts nationwide who can help resolve issues and make sure injury victims get fair compensation.
Uncover Additional Benefits You May Be Entitled To
You may not understand all the insurance that is potentially available in your case. One of the first things a good Portland personal injury lawyer can do is make sure you have access to all the different insurance benefits you may be entitled to. Insurance adjusters may not explain adequately what is available. Also, there may be multiple insurance companies and policies available to pay your claim.
Let Chad Stavley's team investigate all the insurance coverage and benefits that might be available.
Save Time & Less Hassle
A common practice for the defense in handling insurance claims is to delay paying your claim as long as possible. They pair that with making everything a big hassle and ultimately they wear you down. Once you hire an experienced Portland personal injury attorney like Chad Stavley, you can be done dealing with the insurance adjuster and their nonsense.
If you suffered a serious injury you don't need to have you or your family spending time jumping through hoops for the insurance company.
Peace of Mind
You will feel a great sense of relief when you know that your personal injury case is being handled by a professional personal injury attorney. We will keep you updated on the progress of your case and will be available any time you have questions. We will contact you when we need something but otherwise, let you work on your physical recovery and being with your family.
A Fair Fight
The insurance company doesn't want a fair fight. They have in-house lawyers and firms full of insurance defense lawyers ready to attack your personal injury claim. But they would prefer you to be either unrepresented or represented by an Oregon personal injury lawyer who is inexperienced.
Don't let them avoid paying the maximum compensation you deserve. Hire a Portland personal injury attorney with experience facing big insurance companies and winning.
Winning Trial Experience When Negotiations Fail
Even the best negotiators cannot resolve every case. Sometimes negotiations fail because there is a disagreement on the facts and sometimes the disagreement is over the value of the case. Don't gamble with your personal injury case or wrongful death claim. By the time you realize the defense is not going to offer a fair settlement, it may be too late to switch personal injury lawyers and get a skilled attorney with trial experience.
Portland personal injury attorneys with winning trial experience also have the advantage of getting better offers. The insurance companies keep track of which personal injury lawyers try cases and the results of those trials. Make sure you hire a lawyer with winning trial experience to handle your personal injury lawsuit. It will improve your chance of getting a fair settlement offer.
Why Choose Portland Personal Injury Attorney Chad Stavley?
A History of Impressive Results
Chad Stavley has a more than fifteen-year year history of achieving excellent results in personal injury matters. He has recovered millions of dollars in personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Oregon and Washington.
You Don't Pay Us Anything Until They Pay Us Everything
Our law firm handles all our cases on a contingency fee basis. That means we don't get paid until we win. Unlike many law firms, we also advance all case costs.
Compassionate Representation = Happy Clients
Read our numerous five-star reviews to get an understanding of how we treat our clients. Our goal is to represent clients who have suffered significant injuries and who we genuinely like and want to pursue justice for. Chad tries to talk to as many prospective clients as possible and to help those we can then point the others in the direction of Portland personal injury lawyers we respect.
Personally Handles Every Case
Chad Stavley personally handles every case in our law firm. You will not be handed off to an inexperienced associate. We accept only a small percentage of the injury victims who call us so that Chad can give the necessary attention to every case. Injury victims deserve a lawyer with the time to focus on their case.
When you call our office my assistant will take some initial information from you. She will ask you the basic facts of your case including what happened to you, when it happened, and what your injuries are. If your case meets our criteria, she will either connect you to Chad or schedule a call with Chad if he is not currently available.
When you talk to Chad he will want to know more about what happened to you and your injuries. This is the basic factual summary necessary to understanding any personal injury matters. For instance, in an auto accident case, Chad might ask you:
When the crash happened;
Where the crash happened;
If there were witnesses;
If the police responded;
What your injuries were;
What medical care you received;
Who your insurance company is and who the other driver's insurance company is;
What items of evidence you might have;
If you don't know some of the information, that is fine. Once Chad has the basic information about your case, he will take the time to answer all of your questions so that you understand your legal rights and options.
If you decide you want our law firm to represent you, Chad will walk you through the next steps required for making that happen.
Understanding Personal Injury Claims
Understanding the basics of personal injury law helps prospective clients when it is time for a free initial consultation. Personal injury cases require the plaintiff (injured party) to prove negligence, causation, and damages. Put plainly you must prove that another party did something wrong or dangerous and that their actions caused your harm.
In a basic personal injury case you have to prove that the other party was negligent. Oregon law defines negligence using a reasonable person standard. Did the other party do something a reasonably careful person would not do?
In basic auto accidents, this might be that the other driver ran a red light or was not paying attention and rear-ended you on the roadway. In professional negligence cases like a medical malpractice case, this might mean that a doctor failed to diagnose your condition when a reasonably competent doctor would have done so. Think of this as establishing fault. Was someone else at fault?
The next step in a basic personal injury case is establishing causation. Were your injuries caused or made worse by the negligence of the other party? Sometimes this is an easy requirement. Imagine in our car accident example that the driver suffered a compound fracture of her arm. That would be clearly caused by the crash. But what if she had a disc bulge in her back and had already been getting medical care related to her back before the crash? those are the kind of cases where causation is more difficult and the insurance defense lawyer will fight the case based on causation.
Next, you have to prove your damages. Damages in a basic personal injury case can include:
Future medical bills related to the medical treatment you will need;
Future lost income or diminished earning capacity;
Pain and suffering damages also known as non-economic damages;
Funeral and burial expenses in wrongful death cases;
Medical devices and home modifications in certain cases;
Severely injured people may have overwhelming medical bills and face an uncertain future. These cases require experts to help calculate future needs so that the accident victims get full and fair compensation. Make sure you hire an experienced attorney who knows how to fully recover compensation in cases involving catastrophic injuries. That is the best way to make sure you get the best financial recovery possible.
Personal Injury Cases We Accept
Motor Vehicle Accidents / Car Accidents
Truck Accident Cases
Victims of Drunk Drivers
Wrongful Death Claims
Nursing Home Abuse
Premises Liability Cases
Dog Bites Dog Attacks
Jail Medical Malpractice
Crime Victim Representation
Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer for Portland and Throughout Oregon and Washington
Mr. Stavley represented a Portland electrician who was injured when he came into contact with a live electrical line at work. The man suffered electrical burns to his hand which led to a finger amputation. Prior to hiring Mr. Stavley, the insurance adjuster made no offers.
Mr. Stavley represented a Portland woman who was charged by a neighbor’s pit bull causing her to fall over a retaining wall. The woman suffered a slight fracture to her femoral condyle, ruptured her ACL and tore her meniscus. The dog owner’s insurance company, Allstate, initially blamed the woman for her own injuries. A week before trial they offered $185,000 then days before trial increased the offer to $225,000. The jury returned a verdict totaling $404,044.75.
Mr. Stavley represented a Portland man who was being taken to jail on a misdemeanor when the transporting officer ran off the road and hit a telephone pole. Our client suffered an abdominal injury from the seatbelt which required surgery and the removal of a foot of his colon. He also suffered a concussion. The client made a great recovery and the consequences of the abdominal surgery are minor.
Chad and his staff did an amazing job! Couldn't have asked for a better team during this stressful and overwhelming time in my life! He was always very communicative always there when I had questions. Was also very upfront on how the process was going to play out and what I needed to do to prepare for the situation. Very professional and respectful guy who is also very knowledgeable about the system and how the law works! Will definitely recommend him to family and friends and couldn't have asked for a better team to have in my corner during probably the most stressful time in my life. Thank you guys again don't know what I would have done with out you seriously!
- Kyle Odell
highly recommend Chad! very professional & exceeds all expectations!
- Allison Friend
“Chad is personable and caring. He will continue to seek out all possibilities for building that strong case. His staff is very professional and compliment Chad.”
- Ed Sharick
“Chad and his team helped me navigate an uninsured driver/bicycling injury. While I spoke to other attorneys; I felt Chad was the most personable. I also feel that hiring Chad was a wonderful choice because he was able to explain the process, his paralegals reached out regularly to keep me looped in, and the settlement wrapped rather quickly. I'd recommend hiring him to anyone whom wants a trustworthy representative, and a pleasant experience with excellent results.”
- Brian O’Donnell
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