Winter’s Last Blast Creates Traffic Accidents

The first stirrings of the change of seasons can create wild weather. Many drivers simply drive the same way in inclement weather as they do in perfect conditions. Difficult conditions create congestion, and closer proximity presents opportunities for traffic accidents. It’s important to obey all traffic rules, reduce speed, and drive defensively. Even with all that, it’s still possible to be the victim of an accident.

It could even be a hit-and-run. Many people assume that nothing can be recovered in such a situation, but this is incorrect. It’s important to report the accident to law enforcement, and to your insurance company. Do not try to confront the perpetrator of a hit-and-run. It could be dangerous. Whether it’s a criminal offense, or simply an ordinary case of negligent driving, you need a personal injury attorney you can trust.

One of the aspects of a personal injury case that involves a traffic accident is called, “diminished value.” The re-sale value of a car involved in an auto accident declines. Obviously, buyers will not pay market value for such a car. “Diminished value” is the difference between this market value, and the present value after an accident. When choosing a personal injury attorney, it’s important to have an advocate who understands this, and can get you fair compensation. There could be little worse than being stuck without a vehicle, because you did not receive the true value of something. On top of pain and suffering, this would be extremely frustrating.

One of the practical steps you can take is to be calm, as much as possible. When something like this happens, we have a tendency to try to get everything back at once. Being made whole is a multi-stage process, and you can only do one thing at a time. The most important step is finding trustworthy advocates in court. Kroll & Johnson know what to do. Having them on your side is one less thing to worry about. Contact them today for a free consultation.

Pollution in St. Helens

A Utah company that makes commercial explosives plead guilty in US District Court to releasing six tons of anhydrous ammonia into the air, The Oregonian reports. The plea was entered Friday. The strongly-scented gas is toxic, and can lead to death at high levels of exposure. Irritation of mucous membranes, coughing, and breathing problems are also common. Dyno Nobel, Inc. had failed to immediately report the discharge to the National Response Center, who has oversight under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, or “CERCLA.” Company officers waited nearly a week before reporting the leak which began on July 30, 2015. The fine will be $250,000 and also include 2 years’ probation. The potential penalty is $500,000 and 5 years of probation. Presumably the Environmental Protection Agency could shut the business down in the event of any further serious incidents. The failure to immediately report the incident was particularly grave in the minds of prosecutors.

Residents of St. Helens did complain about the smell, and some began to experience the symptoms of ammonia exposure. The company has been working with the government to improve its safety procedures, and to make use of new technologies to improve air quality, but this event harms that effort. It’s unclear why the reporting delay even took place, but that is the substance of the charges.

Beyond the criminal case, civil liability could significantly impact Dyno Nobel. If the discomforts become a series of personal injury cases, it could be very damaging for the company. Personal injury law helps provide an economic incentive to be mindful of regulations, customer and employee safety, and the common good. If you have a personal injury claim in the Portland area, contact Ed Kroll and Justin Johnson as soon as possible. It’s more difficult to obtain justice, the longer you wait. They are Portland personal injury lawyers with years of experience, and success.

Federal Jury Awards Portland Man Shot By Police

A federal jury has awarded 7 million dollars to a Portland man shot by police in 2012. Adalberto Flores-Haro was shot by police after hearing the officers in his yard. The two Washington County officers failed to identify themselves, the jury found. He was armed, but the weapon was not loaded. Fores-Haro mistook them for intruders. The officers were in the area to execute a search warrant at a house down the street.

Flores-Haro’s 5 children were also in the house. The two officers claimed Flores-Haro fired at them. They also claimed that Flores-Haro could have been an associate of the suspect they were there to apprehend. The police said he should have remained in his house, and certainly not approached the officers with a gun. The jury gave no credence to the claim that Flores-Haro fired, because no shell casings from that .44 were found. The family also sued because the police dragged Flores-Haro out by the arm which had been shot. They also separated the children from his wife, Alma Granados-Millan, and questioned her that night, as though her husband were engaged in criminal activity.

Part of the damages awarded are likely to be reduced, because the jury found Flores-Haro partially at fault. Flores-Haro lives with constant pain, and is no longer able to work. He’s lost range of motion in his arms, as well as dealing with less energy caused by the pain. The case may not be a typical personal injury case, but it’s significant. If you or a loved one need a personal injury attorney, consider Kroll & Johnson. You may not be facing the police in your case, but there are powerful people who don’t want to give you what you deserve. Get an experienced and gutsy Portland personal injury lawyer. You never know what life may throw at you, and you need a partner you can trust.


Fatal Car Crash Kills One, Injures Another

A fatal car crash at the intersection of Southeast 122nd Avenue and Southeast Stark Street has killed one and injured another, police report. The driver of a PT Cruiser was speeding north on Southeast 122nd Avenue when the driver slammed into a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The driver of the PT Cruiser was killed, while the other driver was admitted to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police suspect that alcohol played a role in the crash.

Driving recklessly and possibly under the influence has taken a life, and altered another. The injured driver deserves some recompense, and he or she will need a top-notch Portland personal injury attorney to get it. No one anticipates this life disruption. You have a routine and a rhythm to your days, and then an accident changes everything. Besides repairs to your car, perhaps you have injuries. Maybe you can’t work, or at least not the way you did before. The medical bills are rolling in. If you’ve been in an accident, you’ll need help, and fast. Those who were at fault aren’t just going to knock on your door with a smile and a big check. When it’s time to find an advocate, consider Kroll & Johnson. Helping those injured in auto accidents is what they do. It’s not new to them. Waiting only makes things more difficult.

A car crash doesn’t have to define your life. Once you get a qualified personal injury attorney like Ed Kroll, you’re well on your way back to normal. Your life is waiting to be lived. The person injured in this accident probably never thought this late night trip would be so jarring. All you can do is go forward. Go forward with an attorney you can trust. Kroll & Johnson have 2 offices to serve you. The consultation is free.

Wrongful Death Suit In Multnomah County

The estate of Kristi Leigh Oliver is suing Multnomah County, and landowners Mark and Jill Harrington, for wrongful death after a falling tree fell on the pregnant Oliver as she drove down the road, the Oregonian reports. She was just 30 years old. The estate of Ms. Oliver seeks 9.5 million dollars. Mark Harrington says the county refused him permission to cut down the huge rotting tree, which had also suffered damage from woodpeckers. The 100-foot cedar toppled without warning, by all accounts, and the event is certainly tragic.

It will be interesting to see how a jury assesses fault in this case, if it gets to a jury. They could put the blame on the landowners for failing to cut down the rotting tree. Or the blame could be placed on Multnomah County for denying Harrington the permission to cut down the massive tree. Did Mark Harrington believe the tree was dangerous, or simply unsightly? If he believed the tree was dangerous, might a jury find that he had an obligation to remove the tree, even though doing so at that time would have been illegal, in the absence of permission to remove it? It is difficult to imagine any fault imputed to the victim, but no one can be absolutely certain before it is tried in court. Oliver’s estate retains another local firm, but the incident reminds us of the importance of good representation by a personal injury attorney.

If you have been impacted by a wrongful death, and believe someone else is at fault, seek out a skilled Portland personal injury attorney. Ed Kroll and Justin Johnson know how to win. That skill and experience means they can offer you much more than just thoughts and prayers. They’re ready to serve you in your difficult time of grief and loss.

No Money Awarded To Baby Infected With Herpes

A Multnomah County jury has awarded no money to a baby who contracted herpes from his mother. The mother, Angela Johnson Musa, had been a sex worker previously, and had failed to inform her physician. She also missed a follow-up with an obstetrician/gynecologist. Musa had sought a total of $46.5 million from Dr. Carrie Miles, who treated her. It is not routine to check for herpes in the United States. Musa settled out of court with Dr. Joseph Elia, a Portland pediatrician, who treated her son Jonah ten days after he was born.

Dr. Miles had ordered testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea, because signs of sexually transmitted disease were present. Expert testimony on Miles’ behalf said it was their opinion that Musa contracted herpes after Miles examined her. If caught early enough, herpes can be treated, without damaging effects. Unfortunately for Jonah, it was not diagnosed early, and he’s been left with severe disabilities. A crucial aspect of the case was whether the signs of illness were obviously indicative of herpes. If the jury thought so, Miles would have been negligent.

This personal injury case has emotional resonance on both sides. It’s not difficult to feel pity for Jonah, nor is it difficult to see why the jury found no fault with Dr. Miles. Now Angela Musa has to care for a disabled child, as a result of some combination of fault and tragic misfortune.

Whether a case is clear-cut or tough, people need tough, smart, and compassionate attorneys to represent them. A good Portland personal injury lawyer might be the difference between getting what you deserve, and getting nothing. Kroll and Johnson have been advocating for people like you for years. They’re ready, willing, and able. If you’re ready to be made right, they’re ready to take your call. It’s a free consultation.

Interstate 5 Expansion Under Discussion

Citizens of Portland weighed in on Interstate Highway 5 expansion Thursday, as well as on proposed changes to regulations governing building height in the city’s central core. All the matters under discussion highlight the difficult balancing act of living in a modern city like Portland. Aesthetics, safety, economic development, and the need for more housing are a few of the topics and legitimate concerns given voice at the meeting.

Highway expansion likely means higher driving speeds on longer stretches of road in our community. Higher speeds means more auto accidents. More accidents means injuries, and those injuries will increase the need for good personal injury attorneys. Most people would say that a more prosperous and vibrant city is worth taking a chance on. As the article indicates, city leaders are planning long-term. Commuting is often a part of economic development, and obviously part of professional success for most people. So not driving is out of the question for most of us.

We’d all like to think well of our fellow citizens, even in regard to conscientious and safe driving. We can imagine perhaps what it would be like if every driver used best practices, whether in speed, tactics, or simply in reacting to other drivers. But if you’ve been hurt in an accident, what ought to happen gives way to what has happened. In addition to doing your best not to let the accident get you down, you’ve got to get the best representation you can. Especially if you believe the accident is someone else’s fault. The only thing worse than being in an accident is getting taken to the cleaners afterward. Kroll & Johnson won’t let it happen. They’ll look out for your interests before their own. If you don’t win, they don’t cash in. Let them get you back on the highway, and back to life. Call for a free consultation today.

Employment Discrimination

Most of us like to think we’ll never be the victim of employment discrimination. Admittedly, it’s not first on the list of problems at work. But if you’ve been the victim of wrongful termination, retaliation, or some other discrimination, it’s important to know you have rights. First, you need to contact the Oregon Civil Rights Division, and then you need an attorney skilled in handling these types of cases.

Some who have experienced employment discrimination would rather not get into a fight. They’d rather just find a new job, and move on. The problem is that this type of discrimination continues, until someone calls it out. Maybe that time is now. Maybe you were protecting someone’s right to speak the truth, or someone decided to discriminate against you for some other reason. Either way, you need Ed Kroll. There might be other employment discrimination lawyers in Oregon, but few have been on both sides of the courtroom. Kroll and Johnson know how to get the job done for people like you. The government spends time and money trying to make sure this kind of discrimination doesn’t happen. Now it’s happened, and it’s time to do something about it.

Certainly, you’ll want the best Oregon employment discrimination attorney you can find. Legal advocates in cases like these help make it hurt where it matters: the bottom line. It’s important to make sure that honest people don’t get run over by others with money, who believe they can get away with anything.

You’ve got to find another job. Perhaps the whole ordeal has left you with challenges you didn’t expect. Let Kroll & Johnson worry about your case. You may think you don’t want to rock the boat, so to speak. On the other hand, your livelihood and energy has been taken. Someone should make it right. Kroll and Johnson can help. Call now for a free consultation.

Holidays And Drunk Driving

Drunk driving continues to occur, despite a decline especially in fatalities since the 1980s. But despite police crackdowns, increased awareness, and social stigma, some people choose to drive drunk. If you’re another motorist, you can only do so much, in terms of defensive driving, and other wise habits. You’ve become the victim of a drunk driver. You might be wondering how to put things together again after this accident. Someone else made the choice, now you are paying the price. Aside from the pain, and perhaps an inability to work, there’s an immense frustration. Does anyone understand what you’re feeling?

Ed Kroll & Justin Johnson have been helping people in personal injury cases just like yours for a long time. They know how you feel, and more importantly, they know how to make it right. Don’t leave your future and that of your family in the hands of another less-qualified Portland personal injury attorney. You don’t need the injustice of the accident to be compounded by the injustice of a bad result. Insurance companies and the one at fault want things to be as quick and painless as possible. Let’s just say you deserve better. Get yourself an advocate who won’t stop fighting until you get what you deserve.

No one wants the wonderful holiday season interrupted by an auto accident, much less by a drunk driver. The past can’t be undone, but you can find the best personal injury attorney possible. They’re affordable, tenacious, and compassionate. Of all the things you could worry about, your case will not be one of them. A free consultation with Kroll & Johnson may be what you need to get a jump on better things for the new year. Give yourself the gift of peace of mind. At least you’ll know that whatever happens, you’re not alone.

Winter Weather Increases Slip & Fall Injuries

Ice and snow make walking on sidewalks, driveways, and streets hazardous. Some mishaps are unavoidable, but some result from negligence. Walking should not be an occasion for major life disruption. Head, neck, and spinal injuries are common in slip and fall injuries. If you believe you have been hurt due to someone else’s negligence, it’s imperative that you call an experienced personal injury attorney right away.

The CDC reports that 1 in 5 falls results in serious injury. This type of injury can be especially serious for older adults. Falling doubles the risk of falling again. The fear of falling can curtail everyday activities, and that’s a tragedy. Walking should be a normal part of living, not a cause for anxiety. If you’ve been seriously injured from a slip and fall injury, the medical bills are growing. Perhaps you can’t work. This troubling situation can’t stand. Get help from Kroll & Johnson. They can handle slip and fall cases like yours. They can make the difference between simply suffering, and walking away with hope.

We’d all like to enjoy the holiday season worry-free, and to celebrate the year gone by with our family and friends against the backdrop of a majestic snowfall. We sort of laugh at the Hallmark movies, but in the end, that’s a picture of what we really want: peace instead of pain. No one plans for serious injury. What you can do is plan for a better aftermath by getting an outstanding personal injury attorney who’s got your back. Go into the new year with a trusted partner, ready to help you put these injuries behind you.

Don’t wait for the pain to get worse. Your peace of mind will only suffer if you do. The consultation is free. You’ve got a pain-free life to live. Start living that life today.