What is the Vangelisti Law Firm LLC advantage to the client?
Vangelisti Law Firm LLC promises superior representation through:
• The personal attention each client deserves. We handle a small number of select cases, which enables us to strive to take good care of each client's unique needs.
• The legal skill required to protect each client's legal rights. The firm's lawyers have worked for national and international law firms, and this experience is put to work for individuals and families.
• The professionalism to represent each client fairly, ethically and effectively.
In short, we apply our experience, persistence and up-to-date knowledge of the law to seek the best possible result for you. With intelligent use of doctors, engineers, accident reconstructionists, appraisers and other experts, as well as private investigators, life care planners and litigation support professionals as appropriate, we can litigate efficiently and effectively against the largest defendants, including insurance companies. Whether your case is resolved by settlement before any lawsuit is filed, or by a jury verdict at the end of trial, we offer national experience with neighborhood service.
We invite you to learn more about our team's credentials and accomplishments.
Do I have a case?
Do I need to file a lawsuit to recover damages?
Do I need to consult a lawyer?
How can I afford a lawyer?
It is important to understand that an attorney fee is different from costs, which are the necessary expenses incurred in representing a client. In some instances Vangelisti Law Firm LLC will advance these costs for clients, which may later be recouped from a portion of the client's recovery if there is a favorable outcome of the matter. In most states, regulations require the client to be ultimately responsible for costs regardless of the outcome of the case. For example, Oregon Rule of Professional Conduct 1.8(e) in most cases allows an attorney to advance costs, but only if the client remains ultimately liable for such costs "to the extent of the client's ability to pay." Our firm has never had a dispute with a client regarding costs.
How long will it take to resolve my legal issue?
How much will I recover?
The answer to this question depends on numerous factors, which may include extent of culpability of the wrongdoer, whether the wrongdoer admits liability at trial, the extent of your injury and losses, whether the law will hold someone liable for your injury, "tort reform" caps on your damages, availability of expert opinion, pretrial and trial rulings of the court, whether the wrongdoer has insurance or money to pay for your injury, any contributory fault, whether the case is in federal or state court (including which county), and the fees and costs required to obtain a recovery. No lawyer can guarantee a recovery or result.
Unfortunately, certain organizations have been active in petitioning our government in the name of tort "reform" to cap the amount of damages that an injured person can recover from wrongdoers, even if the losses far exceed the cap. In every case it is our job to understand these factors, and to provide our best guidance and counsel.
Is it too soon to settle my case?
The appropriate time to settle a case depends on several factors. Many cases settle when an injured person is "medically stationary," meaning that the injuries have either fully resolved, or remain but are no longer improving. In some cases, it is necessary to file the case in court to preserve the statute of limitations, or to obtain an agreement to toll the statute of limitations, because it will take too long before the injured person is medically stationary.
Insurance companies generally will not settle a case unless the settlement is final. That means that once a case is settled, injured persons generally are not be able to recover any more money from anyone, even if injuries that were previously unknown are discovered, or if medical care that was not anticipated becomes necessary. In some cases a client chooses to settle a case despite ongoing symptoms. In this situation, there is a greater risk that symptoms will worsen. In other cases, a client may believe he or she has reached a full recovery, but symptoms recur. Because of these risks, it is important for an injured person considering settlement to understand that in most cases when a settlement is reached, there is no way to recover any more money even if new injuries or medical bills arise.
Protect Your Rights
If you have been injured, it is important to have an Oregon or Washington personal injury lawyer evaluate any personal injury claim you may have.
Oregon law provides strict deadlines for bringing personal injury, insurance and wrongful death claims. It is critical that you contact an Oregon injury attorney or Oregon accident attorney if you think that you may have a claim. A Portland personal injury attorney at Vangelisti Law Firm LLC can provide a free consultation to discuss your injuries and legal rights.
Washington law provides similarly strict statutes of limitations and other deadlines. A Washington injury attorney or Washington accident attorney at Vangelisti Law Firm LLC can provide a free consultation to discuss your injuries and legal rights.
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