Happy Veterans Day! Veterans day events in Portland

I usually work most holidays, but tomorrow Ross Law will be closed in honor of veterans day and the Marine Corps Birthday.  Over the next couple of days, I will be remembering the good and bad times I had in the Marine Corps and National Guard. I will also reach out to those that I served with, and take time to remember those that paid the ultimate price of freedom.   Please thank a veteran this weekend and remember all they have done for us. 

If you are in Portland you are in luck as there is plenty to do this weekend in honor of Veterans Day. 

  • The Oregon Zoo gives military veterans, active duty service members, and family members a free day at the zoo on November 11.
  • There is a Veterans Meetup on at 3:30pm on November 11, 2017, at Rontoms lounge in Portland. 
  • The Trailblazers are having Military Appreciation Night on November 10, 2017. 
  • The Portland's Veteran's Day Parade will be kicking off at 930AM on November 11, 2017 in the Hollywood neighborhood.

For a complete list of Veterans Day events throughout Oregon click here.  For a list of businesses that have chosen to honor veterans by providing discounts, free services, or discounts, click here.

 If you are a Veteran in need of legal help, please call me at 503.224.1658.  If I can't assist you, I will do my best to find you someone that can assist you with your legal issue.

Oregon's Most Dangerous Hosptials

Patient Safety is a huge issue in today's medical world. As many as 440,000 people die every year from preventable errors in hospitals.  When hospitals put profits over safety patients may get seriously injured or die.  A recent survey by Leapfrog Hospital Grades has been published and reported on by Oregonlive.  The survey gives grades designating Oregon's safest and most dangerous hospitals . Leapfrog measured the hospital's overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors," (Oregonlive) The results are surprising and worrysome.

The good news is many of Oregon's hospitals received an "A" rating.  Here are some of Oregon's safest hospitals that received the highest "A rating":

  • Portland Adventist (Portland)
  • Asante Three Rivers Medical Center (Grants Pass)
  • CHI Mercy Health Mercy Medical Center (Roseburg)
  • Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center (Clackamas)
  • Kaiser Westside Medical Center (Hillsboro)
  • Legacy Meridian Park (Tualatin)
  • Providence Milwaukie Hospital (Milwaukie)
  • Providence Portland Medical Center (Portland)
  • Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center (Oregon City)

Surprisingly some of Oregon's larger more well-known hospitals received the lowest "C" score.  These scores are much lower than some of the lesser known rural hospitals.  Some other well-known hospitals received an average "B" rating. For example:

  • Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center (Portland) received a "B"
  • Legacy Mt. Hood Medical (Gresham) received a "B"
  • McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center (Springfield) received a "B"
  • Legacy Emanual Medical Center (Portland) received a "C"
  • Oregon Health and Science University (Portland) received a "C" (Click for report)
  • Providence Saint Vincent Medical Center (Portland) received a "C"

The bottom line is that if you have an opportunity to choose your medical care you should consider patient safety in your decision on where you will receive treatment.  Hopefully, the hospitals that received the lower ratings will strive to get better.  However, only time will tell. 

If you or someone you know has been injured at a hospital due to the Hospital's negligence or medical provider's malpractice call Portland Oregon attorney Jeremiah Ross for your free case evaluation at 503.224.1658.  Please remember Ross Law LLC is not affiliated with The LeapFrogGroup and the results above are not independently verified.  Please remember this post may be construed as attorney advertising.

Ross Law Jury Trial-Attorney Fees Awarded to Jeremiah's Client

Jeremiah's personal injury client was recently awarded attorney fees and costs in addition to the thousands of dollars the Jury Awarded his client.   The Jury sided with Jeremiah's injured client who had suffered muscle strains in a motor vehicle crash.  Then it was up to the Judge of whether or not to award attorney fees and costs. 

The Judge's separate award of attorneys fees is a great outcome for the client.  This means Ross Law will not be paid Attorney Fees and Costs out of the the Jury's Award.  GEICO (The Bad Driver's Insurance Company) will have to pay Ross Law's Attorney Fees and costs incurred on behalf of his injured client.   That means more money goes to Jeremiah's injured client.

If you or someone you know have a personal injury case call personal injury lawyer Jeremiah Ross at 503.224.1658.  Ross Law LLC provides free personal injury consultations.  If you have questions about attorney fees call Jeremiah Ross at 503.224.1658.  Please remember results may vary.



Be Safe in These Dark Days. Tips to Remain Visible on the Road

Daylight savings has arrived. This is the time of year where most people's afternoon commute is done in the dark.  Pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers are all on the wet dark roads doing their best to get home.  This combination can lead to deadly consequences because pedestrians, cyclists, motorcycles, and other vehicles can be difficult to see.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has provided some helpful tips for drivers.  PBOT recommends for drivers to: 

  • Use your headlights even if it is not "night time"
  • Leave more space between you and the car in front of you
  • Remember to practice patience and slow down
  • Stay in your lane and beware of drivers who dart from lane to lane
  • Even though the route may be familiar, don't go on autopilot; stay alert and ALWAYS watch for vulnerable road users such as people walking, biking and rolling
  • Don't touch your phone, eat, drink or do other things that are distracting. Remember, as of October 1, 2017, it is illegal to drive while holding or using an electronic device (i.e. a cell phone or tablet).
  • Slow down at crosswalks and take care when making turns – even at a signal.

Cyclists, Runners, and Pedestrians should increase their visibility by:

Did you know that you’re first visible to people driving from 500 feet away when you’re wearing reflective clothing? Compare this to just 55 feet away when wearing dark colors with no reflective gear or lights.
— Portland Bureau of Transportation
  • wearing reflective clothing or gear
  • using safety lights. 
  • When walking, keeping a small flashlight or using the feature on your phone is another helpful way to make sure you can see at night.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a crash involving a vehicle, call Portland personal injury lawyer Jeremiah Ross at 503.224.1658 for your free case evaluation.  Also, Ross Law LLC is not affiliated with the City of Portland and this post is for informational purposes only.  This post may be percieved as Attorney Advertising.

Jeremiah Ross Named Co-Chair of Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Consumer Law Section

Jeremiah was recently named co-chair of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association's Consumer Law Section.  Jeremiah proudly represents Oregon Consumers in cases involving automobile dealer fraud, lemon law cases, negligent vehicle repairs, and vehicle warranty disputes.  If you, or someone you know, has been ripped off by a car dealer or you have been sold a lemon, call Jeremiah Ross at 503.224.1658.  Ross Law LLC is an Oregon law firm that represents Consumers and injury clients throughout Oregon.    


Halloween Tips Parents Should Know To Keep Their Kids Safe

I spent the vast majority of this weekend watching my kids have the time of their lives running and crawling around in their Halloween costumes.  Yesterday we attended Westmoreland's annual Monster March, and noticed the number of kids that were out this weekend compared with last year.  We are slated for great trick or treating weather which will mean there will be more and more kids trick or treating.  We are all excited to see the kids trick-or-treating, but we also have to remember that Halloween can be a dangerous time of year. 


Halloween is an extraordinarily dangerous time: DUII Drivers are all over the road, mischievous teenage drivers are on the roads, and drivers are distracted by the folks walking around in costume.  Mobs of Children are everywhere and are not paying attention to their surroundings. The totality of these circumstances combines to make for a very dangerous situation.  Many people are aware of the obvious dangers of Halloween, but there are some hidden dangers that parents should be aware of.

Visibility:  It is common sense that a child dressed as a Ninja or in Camouflage will be difficult to see.  However, every year I see a child dressed in all black without any reflective strips or lights to increase their visibility.  This creates the obvious risk of a car injuring your child.  It is best to ensure your child is visible by giving them something that glows or lights up to help motorist see them.  At a minimum put reflective tape around their ankles and wrist where it is visible to others.  Additionally, it is well known that the child should be able to see out of the mask they are wearing, but mask wearing parents need to also remember this.  Limiting your visibility can hinder your ability to keep an eye on your little ones as they run from house to house. 

Tripping:  Kids and parents often find themselves standing on unfamiliar porches littered with small pumpkins and other Halloween decorations.  It is important that you pay attention to these tripping hazards, so you and your child can avoid being injured by a fall caused by tripping over these objects.  Also, sidewalks covered with leaves can cause a person to fall and be injured.  Slow down and watch your step when walking on dark leaf covered sidewalks, and let your kids know they should slow down and watch their step. 

The Street:  The Street is an obvious danger to most, but many people live on quiet streets that do not have a lot of traffic.  Children become complacent and often play in the street or run across the street without being cognizant of the dangers involved. A recent tragic example illustrates the dangers of playing near the street. Two children were seriously injured and killed after being struck by a car as they were playing in leaves piled up in the street adjacent to the sidewalk in front of their house.  The Driver for some reason veered into the leaves, ran over the children, and fled the scene.  These unthinkable tragedies happen and the only way to prevent them is to do your best to keep the kids out of the street and ensure they are aware that they absolutely cannot be in the street on Halloween night. 

Stay Close to Your Little Ones:  My son finally understands the dangers cars pose.  However, sometimes he gets distracted and caught up in the moment, so it is up to me to look out for his safety.  Parents are always doing their best to look out for their children, but sometimes they may let their little ones get too far from them to react to a dangerous situation.  This is very true when people are in their own neighborhood because people often become complacent in their neighborhood. On Halloween, it is always a good idea to keep your little ones extremely close and walk all the way to the door with them.  Keep your body between them and the street, so if they do dart out into the street you are in a position to prevent them from going into the street. 

Halloween should be a fun time for all, and you should not have to spend the night in the hospital worrying about your little one’s injuries and the tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. Being aware of the dangers can help you prevent yourself and your little ones from being injured by the negligence of another.  I wish you all a safe and Happy Halloween!

If you believe you were injured by the negligence of another call Oregon personal injury lawyers Ross Law LLC and Jeremiah Ross at 503.224.1658 for your free personal injury case evaluation.  Please remember this post is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.  Also, please remember that this post does not create an Attorney-client relationship.  

Congress Shot Down a Rule Meant to Preserve Your Right to a Jury Trial & What You Can Do About It

Arbitration can kill a consumer's case by preventing consumers from having their day in court. Many people who are ripped off by car dealers or subjected to automobile dealer fraud have no idea they relinquished their right to a jury trial by signing an arbitration clause.   The CFPB was taking steps to limit businesses ability to bar the doors to the courthouse and force people into expensive, business-friendly arbitration.   

Congress didn't do consumers any favors this week by killing the CFPB rule that was intended to protect consumers access to justice. However, there are still ways to stay out of arbitration. The NCLC article has identified the ways to combat arbitration clauses despite Congress' terrible decision. Click here to read more.

If you have additional questions call Oregon Consumer Lawyer Jeremiah Ross at Ross Law.  Call 503.224.1658 for your very breif free case evaluation.

Don't Drive While Holding Your Phone! New Stiff Penalties Are Soon To Be In Effect.

We all know that using your phone while driving is a dangerous activity.  However, despite the data, the education, and the advancements in technology, people still continue to use their mobile phones while driving. This increases the dangers of getting in a crash, and you can get ticketed and fined.  Using a cellular phone or other hand held device while driving may also make you vulnerable to a claim for punitive damages if you injure someone as a result of distracted driving.  

You or your insurance company may have to pay tens of thousands of dollars more for injuring someone because you chose to break the law and drive with your cell phone.   Despite these deterrents it wasn't enough.  Oregon Law Makers decided to get tough on drivers using their smartphones and enacted new laws increasing the penalties.  Below is what you need to know:

When do stiffer penalties and the new law come into effect?  October 1, 2017. 

What did the old law prohibit?  The old law prohibited talking on your phone without a hands free device or texting while driving. However, their was a gaping loophole that allowed people to use their phones to access the internet, driving directions, checking and responding to emails or entertainment.  

What can I legally do on my phone while driving?   You can talk on your phone with a hands free device.  However you cannot touch or hold your phone while driving.   The new law prohibits drivers from using any feature or app on their phone that require holding or touching the phone.

Can I use GPS or a Tablet and Drive?  No, the law applies to all electronic devices including GPS, tablets, laptops, smartphones, and cellular phones. 

Do I have to turn my car off to hold my phone and use its features?  No, you just need to have the vehicle lawfully parked and off the road. Stopping in a traffic jam, at a stop sign, or a traffic light does not count as being parked. 

How Do I Use Navigation Features While Driving?   You can still rely on your phone or other devices for navigation.  However, you need to input the data (address, location, etc) prior to driving.  Also, you tap the screen once, you simply cannot hold the phone.  The apps you rely on must be able to be operated hands-free.  This means that you can't be holding the phone. The same goes for other devices.  

How much is the fine for unlawfully using a device while driving?  The first presumptive fine is $260.00.  If you cause a crash while breaking the no driving and using your electronic device law you will face a presumptive fine of $435.00.  If you are stubborn enough to continue to use your electronic device/phone while driving and are convicted three times in ten years you will be facing a misdemeanor charge.  You would then be facing 6 months in jail and a $2500.00 fine. 

Can I still get sued if I get a ticket for using my phone while driving and I caused a crash?  Yes, you will likely have to deal with a personal injury attorney like myself that represents the injured driver if you injure someone while driving and using your phone.  

Where can I locate the new law?  Look at ORS 811.507 (2017) and any appellate decisions addressing that law for guidance.   

If you have additional questions regarding using your hand-held device and driving please call Portland Oregon personal injury lawyer Jeremiah Ross. Ross Law LLC is dedicated to helping change Oregonian's behavior by holding negligent driver's accountable.  If you or someone you know has been injured by a person that may have been using their phone call Ross Law at 503.224.1658 for your free personal injury consultation.  Please do not rely solely on this post.  This post is not intended to be legal advice and you should look at the text of the law (ORS 811.507) (2017) and any appellate decisions interpreting the law.