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When You Play With Fire - Your Wallet Might Get Burned

You can't get blood from a stone. So what happens when that good for nothing stone owes you a large sum of money? Unfortunately, not much. Between collections and bankruptcy, there are several tactics a defaulting tortfeasor can utilize to avoid compensating an injured party. The same thing happens in a Personal Injury case when the at-fault party is indigent or lacks sufficient insurance coverage. The State of Oregon will likely learn this lesson the hard way in the near future after a Hood River County judge recently affirmed $36 million in restitution against a 16-year old Vancouver, Washington resident.

Don't Get Blindsided by Your Insurance Company

Unfortunately for drivers, their auto insurance company is just that - a company. Just like any other company, all are profit-driven ( and that's ok). The problem is that some of these companies will make claims decisions with the goal of improving their bottom line instead of looking out for you. These decisions may affect individual drivers every day and when accidents happen, some - although not all - companies will do whatever it takes to save a buck. (And as an aside, we are happy to discuss with our clients our personal thoughts on various insurance companies -- which ones look out for you and which ones look out for themselves.) 

The real story on punitive damages

Punitive damages are the favorite of every prospective claimant throughout the United States. In essence, punitive damages are meant to penalize Defendants for actions that violated the rights of or injured another person. Usually, the Defendant's action must be grossly negligent, reckless or intentional in order to garner these exemplary damages. 

To prevent dog bites, a little information can go a long way

About 4.5 million dog bites occur every year in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These tips can help you protect yourself and your loved ones from the risk of dog attacks, as well as help you know what to do if you are approached or attacked by a dog.

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