As this blog has discussed before, Portland a city of people who like to walk places. Many walk to work and school or, at least, to and from the nearest bus or MAX stop. Given that Portland is a great place for hiking, running or just walking, one will also find many pedestrians who are out and about just for pleasure.
Pedestrians are perhaps the most vulnerable people on Portland’s roads and sidewalks since they have no protection from the blow of a vehicle. As a result, pedestrians often get the worst of it when a motorist accidentally or recklessly hits them.
One of the more serious injuries a pedestrian can face is a spinal cord injury. A spinal cord injury more often than not results in paralysis, meaning a person is going to have to profoundly change his or her way of life. In addition to extensive medical treatment, for example, the victim will have to adapt to not being able to walk or, in the most severe cases, move much at all.
An injury like this will require the victim to receive assistance with a lot of basic tasks, and it could also mean the victim will not be able to return to work.
The expenses and emotional loss associated with a spinal cord injury is astronomical. When one of these injuries happens to a pedestrian who was innocently walking alongside a street or crossing a crosswalk, it may be absolutely necessary for the person’s financial survival to secure legal representation in order to make sure their expenses get totally covered by the responsible party.
In this respect, our law office relies on a variety of experts, as well as our own extensive legal knowledge and experience, to get our clients the compensation they deserve.