Taxes for Personal Injury Settlement

During tax season, many clients ask me if they owe taxes on their personal injury settlement or award. My usual answer is that, generally speaking, compensation for physical injuries is non-taxable and the money does not need to be reported on your income tax return. There are a few exceptions such as punitive damage awards … Read more

Stormy Winter Driving in Oregon

During the winter, there is a significant upswing in motor vehicle accidents. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has a comprehensive checklist regarding safe driving during the winter months. The highlights are: 1. Make sure your vehicle is ready for travel. Make sure to use antifreeze. Carry a flashlight. Carry chains or use traction tires. … Read more

Spring Break Driving on Oregon Roads

Spring break for Oregon schools means more people on the roads traveling for vacations, skiing, or trips to the beach. It isn’t just families out on the road; there are a number of youthful drivers out on day trips with their friends, shopping, or returning home late at night after parties. Traffic will be heavier … Read more

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Safety Reminder

Each year before St. Patrick’s Day, Oregon law enforcement urges everyone going out to celebrate to designate a sober driver before going, get home safely after the celebration, and don’t take the chance of being pulled over for drunk driving. “Unfortunately, one of the most widely celebrated days of the year all too often shares … Read more

Common Mistakes to Avoid After Being Injured

Too often victims are denied financial compensation because of mistakes made before they hire a lawyer. Here are some common mistakes to avoid: Waiting too long before contacting an attorney. The passage of time works against you after damages and injuries occur. Witnesses will forget crucial details and frequently important documents are lost or destroyed. … Read more

Thanksgiving Travel

Oregon State Police (OSP) offers travel tips in order to make the Holiday Weekend safe. Getting Ready for the Trip Plan ahead to give yourself plenty of extra time to get to your destination Stay informed about weather conditions, potential traffic hazards, and highway closures. Check road conditions by visiting or calling 5-1-1. Make … Read more

Drinking and Driving Don’t Mix—Be Safe During the Fourth of July Holiday

The Fourth of July weekend is the deadliest time of the year on Oregon roads. Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel: Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends … Read more

Use of Fog and Auxiliary Lights on Vehicles

With increasing numbers of vehicles on the road with fog or auxiliary lights, state transportation safety officials are reminding people to use vehicle lighting correctly and safely. Fog lights are designed to be used at low speeds in fog, heavy mist, snow, and other situations where visibility is significantly reduced. Front fog lights are generally … Read more

Over The River and Through the Woods – Safe Travel Suggestions

During the holiday season, many Oregon families will be driving long distances over busy, wet, and slippery highways to celebrate with loved ones. According to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Oregon State Police (OSP) during the holiday season more motorists are involved in motor vehicle collisions resulting in injury and death than … Read more