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A Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help With Medical Providers

Roughly once a week someone takes the time to send a Thank You card to my office.  Many come from clients.  Some come from vendors.  Sometimes they come from medical providers.  This week I received a lovely card from a Chiropractor.  The Chiropractor had been the treatment provider for a car crash client in a case I was involved in.  The case went to trial and he testified on behalf of our client. A couple of weeks after the trial we had lunch to discuss the trial.  During the conversation, we also started to discuss how Oregon personal injury lawyers should be assisting their clients with medical providers.  Things like billing issues, referrals, and obtaining medical records were all topics of discussion.

Many of my Personal Injury clients already have a medical provider when they come to see me.  If that is the case then I do my best to help the provider with any insurance billing issues they may encounter.  This allows my client to focus on getting better and the provider can deal with my office that regularly interacts with insurance companies. 

My office can also work with a provider who is treating a client who had their personal injury protection benefits terminated by their insurance company.  There are various ways to do this, but often the medical provider is concerned about payment for future services, so it is my office's responsibility to assuage those concerns and do my best to force the insurance company to reinstate PIP medical benefits. 

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Occasionally my personal injury clients will ask for a referral to a medical provider.  I do not have a common referral list, but there are some providers that I have told my clients to steer clear of.  At the end of the day, the client needs to be with a provider that they feel comfortable with.  

If you, or someone you know, has been injured by another and need a free case evaluation call Portland Oregon Personal Injury Attorney Jeremiah Ross at 503.224.1658.  At Ross Law LLC we do our best to help people injured in Car Crashes, Bus Crashes, Trucking Accidents, Bicycle crashes, Bike Crashes, Motorcycle Crashes, and dangerous premises cases.  Please remember this post, this blog, and website can be considered ATTORNEY ADVERTISING. 

Shovel That Snow and Chip the Ice off the Sidewalk or You May Be Responsible for Fall Injuries

I had previously written an article about property owner's responsibilities in clearing ice and snow from the sidewalk.  Recently the Oregonian wrote a similar article and made a great video about the obligations of property owners to shovel snow and ice off of their sidewalks. 

Portland: Doesn’t put a specific time requirement for owners — or occupants, such as tenants — to remove snow or other slip-and-fall hazards during other times of the year, such as leaves. But the city transportation bureau’s website urges property owners and occupants to do it “as soon as possible.”
Hillsboro: Requires property owners to remove snow and ice — or take other safety measures, such as sprinkling sand — within eight daylight hours after a storm covers the sidewalks next to their homes or businesses.
Beaverton: Requires property owners to remove snow and ice within four daylight hours of when it has fallen or formed.
Vancouver: Requires property owners and renters to clear sidewalks of snow and volcanic ash — perhaps in recognition of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.
Lake Oswego: Property owners must remove snow or ice within four daylight hours if it accumulates at night and within two daylight hours if it accumulates during the day.
Tualatin: Has one of the toughest codes around. Snow must be removed within two daylight hours of it falling, and ice must be removed withint two daylight hours of it forming “unless the ice is covered with sand, ashes or other suitable material.”
Oregon City: Says property owners and occupants are responsible for keeping the sidewalks next to them in good condition, and they are liable if someone is hurt.
— Oregonlive.com

It is clear that property owners must keep their sidewalks and walkways safe.  If you or someone you know were injured on an icy sidewalk call me, a Portland Personal Injury Attorney, at 503.224.1658 for your free personal injury consultation.   Please remember the law is constantly changing, so please consult with a lawyer and do not rely solely on this post.  Ross Law LLC and Jeremiah Ross arehappy to discuss the law with you.  

Dealing with an Injury from an Ice Cycle and Falling Snow..

Portland Oregon's recent snow and ice is beginning to thaw.  As it does, snow and ice will begin falling from roofs, gutters, and awnings.  Falling snow and ice can be hazardous to pedestrians walking below.  Many people will not be seriously injured, but some people may be seriously injured.   Ice and snow falling on a person may cause head injuries and lacerations.  Insurance companies will often deny any person who claims to have been injured by falling snow and ice.   

What should you do if you, or someone you know, is injured by falling ice or snow:

  1. If seriously injured, immediately seek medical attention and/or call 911;
  2. If you are injured, or tending to the injured person, delegate someone to take photos and get information for you;
  3. Photograph the scene of the incident and any injuries;
  4. Try and get names and phone numbers of witnesses (ask them to send a text to your phone is the easiest way to do it);
  5. Try and obtain the address of the property where the ice or snow fell from;
  6. Have another person notify the property owner of the incident;
  7. Take photos of the ice or snow.  Use a finger or hand next to the ice or snow to provide some scale.
  8. Keep track of the medical bills
  9. Call an Oregon Personal Injury Attorney like myself at 503.224.1658.  An attorney is useful because they can notify the property owner, investigate the claim, and deal with the insurance company.  I don't charge for a consultation and work on a contingency fee in personal injury cases, so you don't have to pay for representation.

PLEASE CALL AN ATTORNEY AT 503.224.1658 IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS!  I am happy to provide free personal injury consultations.  Please remember: THIS POST IS NOT INTENDED TO BE "LEGAL ADVICE" and may be considered "Attorney Advertising."  The law is constantly changing, so it is best to call a lawyer and not rely on this post to determine if you have a personal injury case. 

Injured on an Icy Sidewalk? Here is what you should do...

The Snow has arrived here in Portland.   The Metro region is blanketed in snow and ice.  This means roads are hazardous, but people often forget about the dangers posed by a slippery sidewalk.  The Oregonian recently reported that the snow and ice has resulted in an increase of people being admitted for fall injuries.  Most of these falls are caused by people slipping on ice or snow.  

Most people brush these falls off when they occur.  However, once costly medical bills arrive in their mailbox they properly question why they should be forced to pay for the medical bills if they were injured in a parking-lot or sidewalk that another person was responsible for ensuring it was maintained in a safe condition. 

First it is important to note, you may not be responsible for your injuries if you slipped on ice or snow. The law in many cities requires people to maintain their sidewalks and parking lots in a safe condition.  More specifically, if you live in one of the cities below and you don't remove the ice and snow on your sidewalk and/or parking lot you may be breaking the law:

  1. Beaverton Oregon, Title IV Chapter 42, 4.207-4.208
  2. Eugene Oregon, Eugene City Code 7.375
  3. Gresham Oregon 7.15.040 (5)
  4. Hillsboro Oregon Chapter 9, 9.16.010
  5. Lake Oswego Oregon LOC 42.06.310 and 34.02.035(20)
  6. Milwaukie Oregon Title 12 12.04.060
  7. Oregon City Oregon 12.04.030-12.04.031
  8. Portland Oregon Portland City Ord. 17.28.020 (A))
  9. Salem Oregon Chapter 78 78.220
  10. Springfield, Oregon Chapter 3.306
  11. Tualatin Oregon Title 02 Section 2-2-010 - 2-04

Many people do not make an insurance claim or seek out a lawyer, because they are under the improper assumption that because they fell they are solely responsible.  This may or may not be the case.  However, the law is pretty clear on these issues. If a person fails to maintain their sidewalk or parking-lot in a safe condition (removing snow and ensuring it is free of ice) then the property owner is responsible.  

If you were injured in a fall caused from ice or snow here are some tips:

  1. At the Scene: Once the area is safe, USE YOUR CELL PHONE to gather evidence: Take pictures of the area of the property where you were injured, the address of the property, witnesses, and any employees that assist you.  If there is ice or snow ensure you get pictures of the snow.  Try and get the depth of the snow.  If it is ice, ensure the photograph accurately depicts the ice. Call 911 if there is an injury and relay what the injuries are. Have witnesses text or email you their contact information from their phones. This way you can locate them later if needed. If you are not able do this because of your injuries, send someone to the property ASAP to gather information and photographs.
  2. Seek Medical Care: Immediately seek treatment if you are injured. Some businesses have no fault insurance that may pay $5,000.00 of medical bills. This does not mean you need to go to the Emergency Room, but you should schedule an appointment with a Doctor or Chiropractor to ensure you have not suffered serious injuries.
  3. Notify the property owner or business.  It is best to call a lawyer BEFORE you contact the property owner or business.  
  4. If you fell on Public Property remember to file a TORT CLAIM NOTICE.  
  5. Call A Lawyer at 503.224.1658: It won't cost you anything to chat, and you can learn about what you need to do next.

Falling on ice can be painful and can cause serious injuries. Many people initially laugh and are embarrassed only to later discover serious injuries. 


If you were one of the many people that reported to an Oregon Hospital for fall related injuries, feel free to call 503.224.1658 for your FREE personal injury consultation. Please remember these tips are not to be considered legal advice.  You may need to take additional steps to preserve your claim.  Also, the law is constantly changing, so refer to the actual law and do not rely on this post.   If you have additional questions click HERE.