OREGON CITY OREGON PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY
Mr. O'Rourke is an experienced Oregon City Personal Injury Lawyer and experience makes a difference.
Mr. O'Rourke has practiced law as a Personal Injury Attorney in Portland, Oregon and has represented persons in personal injury cases in Clackamas County, including Oregon City, Oregon since 1978.
Mr. O’Rourke represents people in all types of vehicle and automobile accident, animal attack and premises liability cases, including slip and fall cases and cases involving defects and hazardous conditions in buildings, houses and properties which cause injuries in Oregon City and throughout Clackamas County including West Linn and Lake Oswego.
Personal injury cases which occur in Clackamas County Oregon or in which a defendant can be served or is doing business in Clackamas County are filed and go to trial in Oregon City, Oregon at the Clackamas County Courthouse.
Mr. O’Rourke gets good results for his clients in Clackamas County and they appreciate the way he represents them.
Clackamas County has an estimated population of 338,397. The largest cities in Clackamas County are Lake Oswego (36,350), West Linn (24,180), and Oregon City (29,540). Clackamas County also includes Milwaukie, Gladstone, Canby, Estacada, Sandy, and Mollalla.
Mr. O’Rourke has practiced law as a Clackamas County Personal Injury Lawyer since 1978.
THE CLACKAMAS COUNTY COURT SYSTEM
All courts throughout the State of Oregon are required to follow the Oregon Revised Statutes including The Uniform Trial Court Rules and the Oregon Rules Of Civil Procedure, and the Oregon Evidence Code. These rules generally govern personal injury and wrongful death case litigation.
Each county also enacts its own Supplementary Local Rules which provide for how that county will manage personal injury cases. The main differences between the Counties’ Supplementary Local Rules which affect personal injury lawsuits are the rules relating to Mediation, Arbitration, Judicial Settlement Conferences and the setting of trials and assignment of trials to particular judges.
An Oregon City injury lawyer needs to know these local rules and how to use them to assert and protect the rights of their clients.
SUPPLEMENTARY LOCAL RULES FOR CLACKAMAS COUNTY
Supplementary Local Rule 6.012 (1) requires that the parties to a personal injury case participate in a pretrial Judicial Settlement Conference.
Personal injury case are generally set for a Judicial Settlement Conference within six months of the date of commencement of the lawsuit which is the date the complaint is filed with the court. On the scheduled day, the parties, lawyers and insurance company representatives appear and the Settlement Conference Judge attempts to help the parties reach a fair settlement of the case. Each party or their insurer or attorney is required to attend the mediation. Attorneys and insurance company representatives are required to have authority to offer money to settle the case.
Unless the parties specifically agree otherwise, the Settlement Conference Judge will not be the Trial Judge.
The parties may choose to participate in private Mediation instead of or in addition to a Judicial Settlement Conference.
To get a Clackamas County case set for Mediation, the parties select and hire a private mediator who is knowledgeable about personal injury lawsuits in Oregon City. After picking a mediator the parties set a mediation settlement conference.
If the Settlement Conference or Mediation is not successful, the case moves on to Trial or Arbitration.
To get a case set for Arbitration in Clackamas County a party files a request that the Court transfer the case from the trial docket to Arbitration. If the amount in controversy is stated in the plaintiff’s complaint to be less than $50,000.00 the case is automatically sent to Arbitration.
It is required that all parties make a good faith effort to resolve cases by Alternate Dispute Resolution Methods.
GETTING A TRIAL DATE IN CLACKAMAS COUNTY
In Clackamas County, most personal injury cases go to trial within one year of the date of filing of the lawsuit.
When the lawsuit is filed, the case is given a first trial date approximately 6 months from the filing date and about a month after the date set for the Judicial Settlement Conference.
Most Oregon City personal injury cases are tried to the Jury. There are 12 Jurors. In the majority of personal injury cases in Oregon City, the Jurors decide issues of fault and damages. Clackamas is the most rural of the three Portland area Counties. Jurors in Oregon City are most often composed of working people, mill and farm workers as well as people from the more developed and populous communities of West Linn and Lake Oswego. Clackamas County is considered a more conservative jurisdiction for Plaintiff’s cases.
There are 12 full time Circuit Court Judges sitting in Oregon City all of whom are qualified to preside over personal injury and wrongful death cases. Most cases are not assigned to a trial judge until the day before trial. In most cases, pretrial motions are heard by judges other than the judge who ends up presiding over the trial. In Clackamas County, most personal injury fact issues are tried to a jury rather than to the Court.
At present all Clackamas County personal injury and wrongful death trials and related court proceedings are held in the courthouse in downtown Oregon City.
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