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Why should you hire a personal injury attorney after a car crash?

Just because you are part of a car crash does not necessarily mean you are able to receive compensation. However, if the other party was at fault, you need to learn more about your legal rights.

Many people are the "do it yourself" type, believing that they can navigate the legal landscape without professional assistance. While there is no law saying that you have to hire a personal injury attorney, it's often in your best interest.

What treatments are there for soft-tissue injuries?

Soft-tissue injuries may not seem like they're life-changing, but many can be, at least in the short term. Soft-tissue injuries range from strains and sprains to bruises.

Soft-tissue injuries are typically caused by sudden traumatic events like car accidents or trip-and-fall incidents. They can also be caused by overusing the areas of the body that suffer the strain, sprain or bruising.

What damages are available through a personal injury claim?

If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, you know how difficult the aftermath of an accident can be. A traumatic injury changes your life. You can no longer get up and go to work in the morning like you used to. If you had a physical job, you may never be able to perform your job duties again. The healing process is often paired with exorbitant medical costs. Finding happiness may now be a challenge. All of this can take its toll on your family as well.

When this dramatic change in your livelihood was caused by another person, it is important to know that you have options. One of those options is to seek justice through a personal injury claim.

Do you have the right to refuse a field-sobriety or breath test?

You were driving when the police pulled you over. The officer explains that he'd like you to take a field-sobriety test, because your vehicle was weaving in the lane. You know you haven't been drinking.

What should you do? Do you have to take the test? Here are a few things to think about.

An Oregon DUI charge carries hefty penalties

Getting charged with a DUI can change your life in a matter of minutes. One moment, you're headed home from work or a social gathering and the next, you're on your way to spend the night in jail. The whole experience can be traumatic, especially if you weren't breaking the law. There are a number of reasons why people could be falsely arrested with driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) in Oregon. Untreated diabetes or other medical conditions could result in a failed field sobriety test and breath test. Mistakes or uncalibrated breath tests could also cause serious legal issues for someone.

You are still required under law to submit to a breath test if you are driving. Failing the test results in arrest. Oregon sets the legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) at 0.08 percent. Anyone whose test shows a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher will face criminal DUII charges. Even if your driving ability wasn't impaired and you got stopped for an unrelated reason, you could still get convicted of a DUII offense. The higher your BAC level when tested, the higher the potential penalties for your offense. Having children in the car could also result in increased penalties or additional criminal charges.

If I’m in an accident, who pays my medical bills?

When you get sick or are hurt, do you ever think twice about going to the doctor? Does it have anything to do with how costly the bill could be?

If so, you are not alone. The rising cost of medical care has made it no longer feel like a no-brainer to seek care. For many people, being unsure is reason enough to wait out a cold or other ailment just a little longer.

What happens if you refuse to take a breath test?

Imagine that you are driving home after a night out watching the game with friends. Your night suddenly goes from great to worrisome when you see the lights of a police car in your rearview mirror. You pull over to the shoulder and wonder if maybe you had one too many drinks. If the officer asks you to take a breath test, will you agree?

Many people in Oregon have found themselves in this situation. Is it better to take a breath test and fail, or refuse to take the test altogether?