First, we collect your medical records and bills, along with any other evidence that may be relevant to proving what injuries you sustained in your accident and how those injuries have affected you and will effect you in the future. We may order narrative reports from your doctors asking them to state specifically what injuries you sustained in the accident and to give us a prognosis as to your future, including the cost of your future medical care. We then send this evidence to the insurance company with a demand for money compensation for your medical expenses, wage loss, pain, suffering and interference with you activities of daily living. Our goal is to get the insurance company to offer you as much money as they are willing to pay without starting a lawsuit. The only mistake that we can make at this time is to say that you are willing to settle your case for an amount that is less than what the insurance company is willing to pay.
After the insurance company makes their best and final offer, we figure out what that offer means to you. Meaning, after everyone gets paid (medical bills, attorney fees and costs) how much money are you going to walk away with if you settle your case? The term we use is: “money in your pocket.” This is how much money you end up with after everyone else gets their share.
Money in your pocket is an important figure because we compare this figure to what we would have to win at trial for you to end up with more money. We evaluate our wins and losses at trial by whether or not you end up with more money than you could have by just settling your case. As a matter of fact, it has to be enough to justify the added stress and time associated with trying a case. If we go to trial and you only end up with about $1,000 more than you could have settled your case, we really haven't won your case.
You as the client are the boss and our job is to educate you so that you can make an informed decision as to what is best for you. We will never “twist your arm” into settling a case. The case belongs to you and only you can determine whether or not the settlement is fair. Our experience is that if you take a meaningful part in evaluating your case, then you will be satisfied with the result.The Law Offices of Clayton H. Morrison
are Oregon personal injury attorneys who represent people injured in car accidents throughout Southwest Portland
and its surrounding areas, including, Beaverton Aloha, Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood, Lake Oswego, Scappoose, Banks, North Plains, Vernonia, Yamhill, Gaston, Carlton, McMinnville, Sheridan, Wilsonville, Woodburn, Kaiser, Salem, Monmouth,, Tillamook, Cannon Beach, and Astoria.