August 25, 2022

Personal Injury In Hillsboro Oregon (2022)

Personal Injury In Hillsboro Oregon

Today's post has important info related to personal injury cases in Hillsboro Oregon and how they work. Courts in Oregon are rooted in common law tradition. However, there is also the state constitution and there are statutes that supersede the common law. We go more into detail about individual laws in other posts.

Personal injury cases also can involve federal law, medical providers, insurance companies, and much more. Personal injury matters are often complex affairs. Subsequently, if you are looking for help call us for a free consultation. Talk with a local Hillsboro car accident lawyer today!

It should be noted that personal injury matters are civil cases. As such, they go through the civil courts. Some information here may not pertain to criminal matters. Additionally, there is more information available about civil cases through Oregon's Judicial Department.

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If you have questions about your personal injury matter read on to learn more. Alternatively, you can call our office for a free consultation. Speak with an experienced attorney and learn your options.

Hillsboro Oregon Special Court Rules and Procedures

First, you should know that some courts/judges have specific procedures they follow. This info used to be hard to obtain, but now it is easily available online! Look up your specific judge on this page. Some pages are blank as the judges have no special procedures in their court. Additionally, these pages can have vital contact information for court staff.

Civil Case Arbitration - Hillsboro, OR

Secondly, you should know that if your civil case is seeking damages under $50,000 it is subject to mandatory arbitration. Arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution mechanism. Ideally, it provides quick and cost-effective resolutions to cases.

In arbitration, you do not go before a judge during a trial. Instead, cases are decided by an arbitrator. There is no jury. The arbitrator makes an award based on the evidence and testimony presented at a hearing. This award can then be turned into a formal judgment by the court. However, either party may appeal the decision to the court and request a trial.

Hillsboro Car Accident Report

Thirdly, you show know if you were involved in a car accident you may have a legal obligation to report the accident to the DMV. These are four situations when you MUST report the accident to Oregon's DMV:

  1. Damage to any vehicle is over $2,500 (even if your vehicle was the only one in the crash);
  2. Damages to any vehicle is over $2,500 and any vehicle is towed from the scene;
  3. Injury or death resulted from this accident; or
  4. Damages to anyone’s property other than a vehicle involved in this accident is more than $2,500.

It is important that you file a report when required. The DMV can suspend your license otherwise. Do not skip this vital step. Additionally, please know that a report submitted by the police to the DMV does not negate this requirement.

There are also times when you may want to report your accident to the DMV even if not required. If you were in an accident and the damages were less than $2,500, you can report to DMV if the other party doesn't have insurance. Be sure to clearly note on the accident report that it doesn't meet mandatory reporting criteria.

If you were involved in a traffic crash you may obtain the first page of the Oregon Traffic Crash report free of charge. This is done by completing a Public Records Request Form. This report is useful for insurance companies and attorneys involved in your case.

Washington County Circuit Court

Finally, it is vital to know the Washington County Circuit Court handles personal injury cases in Hillsboro Oregon. Fortunately, Oregon has websites holding information for each of its courts. You can always find up-to-date news and notices on the Washington County Circuit Court Website.

150 N 1st Avenue MS37
Hillsboro, OR 97124

Washington County Court Info

This is the current information for the Washington County Court as of August 2022. Please check the Washington county circuit court website for the most up-to-date information and more importantly check for important notices.

8:00am - 12:00PM | 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Excluding Legal Holidays

Mailing Address
Washington County Circuit Court
Washington County Courthouse
150 N 1st Avenue MS37
Hillsboro, OR 97124

Courthouse Hours
Monday thru Friday:
8:00am - 12:00pm | 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Excluding Legal Holidays

 ADA Contact
ADA Coordinator
Additional ADA information

Presiding Judge
Kathleen J. Proctor
Trial Court Administrator
Richard E. Moellmer

Building Addresses
Washington County Courthouse
145 NE 2nd Avenue
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124

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Hillsboro, OR 97124


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