Here at the Law Office of Christopher J. Graves, LLC, our priorities are focused on helping our clients move forward with their lives and build a better future. Personal injury law – also known as “tort” law – is one of our practice areas for this very reason.
Generally speaking, the purpose of personal injury law is to compensate and make a person “whole” for the economic, emotional, or physical harm they’ve suffered, either as the result of an accident or by someone else’s intentional act.
Accidental Injuries and Intentional Conduct
If you have suffered harm from an accident, collision, or unexpected injury, you may be dealing with a variety of different issues, such as medical bills, insurance premiums, pain and grief, disability, lost income, and more. An experienced attorney may be able to assist you in deciding whether or not you have a legal action underlying your claim, and if so, what steps you might take to ensure your rights and interests are protected.
Similarly, if you have been the victim of an intentional tort – i.e., conduct perpetrated against you with the intent to harm you – an experienced attorney can help you determine what, if any, remedies exist for you to seek compensation and remuneration your injuries.
Types of Personal Injury
Personal injury is a broad term, and encompasses many different aspects of the law and different factual scenarios. Some of the common examples of subjects underlying personal injury or tort suits include:
Assault and Battery
Perhaps two of the most commonly known torts, assault and battery need little explanation. In plain English, battery generally consists of someone making an unwanted, harmful and/or offensive contact with your body or something connected to you, such as a punch, kick or shove. Assault, in contrast, is when someone threatens or tries to commit a battery upon you, and does so in a way that makes you fear battery is imminent – an example would be a person telegraphing a punch while yelling that they wanted to hurt you. If you believe you may have been the victim of an assault or battery, contact our offices to discuss possible options to help remedy your situation.
Automobile, bus, commercial trucking, motorcycle accidents and collisions can result in serious injury and harm. Such accidents may be the result of careless, reckless, distracted, drunk drivers, or even consequence of factors outside of one’s control, such as weather, wind and rain. Regardless, if you have been injured in a car accident or any type of vehicle collision, a personal injury attorney can help you determine which options and remedies are available to you.
Cycling and Pedestrian Injuries
In a city such as Portland, bicycle and pedestrian accidents are an unfortunately frequent occurrence. Sometimes these accidents take the form of hit-and-run accidents, being injured by opening car doors, or other tragic collisions. Other times, the accident may be the result of an improperly managed roadway, sidewalk or street. An experienced attorney at our office can help investigate and determine the cause as well as any underlying causes of action relevant to a bicycle or pedestrian accident.
Business torts are a unique type of tort claim, as they generally consist of injuries to a business rather than to an individual. These laws help provide remedies to individuals and business owners whose business relationships or other economic interests may have been harmed by the wrongful conduct or actions of another.
Such claims may include: Interference with Contractual Relations, Interference with Prospective Business Advantage, and/or Theft of Trade Secrets.
Defamation and Libel
In cases of defamation or libel, the wronged individual must generally prove that another person “published” (spoke or wrote) a statement that damaged or diminished the wronged party’s personal or professional reputation. If feel that you have been harmed by false or misleading statements, contact our office to determine if there is a basis for a defamation or libel action to help assert your rights and protect your interests.
Domestic violence may involve any number of different torts and personal injury claims, including intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud and financial abuse, and battery or assault. Because the practice of personal injury in domestic violence situations so often overlaps with domestic relations law, for more information on our Domestic Violence practice area, please click here.
Definitions of elder abuse vary, but it generally consists of taking advantage – either emotionally, financially, or physically – of a vulnerable adult. This may take the form of neglect, fraud, financial exploitation, or physical or emotional abuse. If you fear that your loved one may be suffering elder abuse, contact our office to discuss your personal situation and possible options.
To establish a claim of fraud, an individual must generally prove that another person intentionally misrepresented a material fact, and that the individual relied on that misrepresentation and was thereafter harmed by it. Common examples of fraud claims may include a seller misrepresenting the quality or condition of a home or automobile, which the buyer then relies upon, only to find out later that the home is infested with termites or the car is a lemon. If believe that you have been deceived by a person or by an unfair practice, contact our office to help assert your rights.
Invasion of Privacy
Invasion of privacy claims are actually several separate torts joined under an umbrella category. These torts – which existed at common law – allow injured parties to bring suit against individuals who intruded into their private affairs, published private information without their consent, or uses his or her name or likeness for personal gain. If you feel you have been the victim of an invasion of privacy, contact our offices to discuss your situation and potential options.
Premises liability cases cover a wide range of different personal injury claims, including slip and fall cases, unsafe construction zones, buildings or spaces, safety violations, defective conditions or other hazards. If you have been injured on someone else’s personal or commercial property, contact our office to help evaluate any claim you may have against the landowner, manager, or landlord.
Wrongful deaths can have tragic long-term affects on surviving family members. Surviving family members affected by a loved one’s wrongful death may not realize the extent of their legal rights and options. If you are struggling with the death of a loved one and feel there is more that should be done to enforce your rights, contact our office and we will gladly advise you of possible options or steps you can take.
Time is of the Essence
It is important to remember that many personal injury claims have very strict time limitations – or statutes of limitation – in which a suit or action must be brought. For example, in Oregon, the statute of limitations for battery is two years. For this reason, it is important to contact our office as soon as you think you may have a claim, that way we can best help you preserve any claims you may have.