Portland, Oregon Injury Lawyer
ORS 20.080 Overview
Think you have a case too small to bother hiring a Portland attorney? Never fear, because there’s a statute in Oregon that addresses this exact problem. Our lead Portland accident attorney, Bryan Dawson, sheds some insight one this important statute, ORS 20.080: “Attorney fees for certain small tort claims”. This key law is so well known among Oregon personal injury attorneys, it is often just referred to as “20.080.”
How 20.080 WorksSo what is 20.080 and how can it help it you? It’s a procedure to demand $10,000 or less in order to leverage the threat of attorney fees. Sounds confusing, but keep reading to see the outline of the procedure. We think the outline will help you understand how it works and why it can be useful. The 20.080 procedure is as follows:
- As your Oregon lawyers, we send a demand letter for $10,000 or less to the defendant in your case. In personal injury claims, we send this letter along with your accident related medical records and bills to the at-fault party and their insurance carrier.
- The defendant’s insurer then has 30 days in which to make an offer before we file a lawsuit.
- If you like their offer, you accept it and the case is over.
- If you don’t like their offer, we file a lawsuit on your behalf and proceed with litigation.
- If you go on to collect more in arbitration or trial than the highest offer you received before suing, they will have to pay your attorney fees.