Being a victim of someone else's negligence can be devastating. It can feel all too sudden, with an overwhelming rush of emotions, pain, and suffering. Even though the emotional and physical damage cannot be undone, you can seek compensation to help with loss expenses. 

Whether you're hurt on someone else's property or a victim of a vehicular accident, I can guide you through the personal injury process, so you can focus on recovery.  

What to Do After a Personal Injury

The following are some tips when you're unsure of what steps to take after a personal injury: 

  1. Seek immediate medical attention after the accident: Your health should be your top priority. Not only is medical attention crucial for your well-being but it serves as important documentation of your injuries. 

  1. Document everything about the accident and your injuries: Gather as much evidence as you can. This includes photographs of the accident scene, your injuries, and any property damage. Write down everything you remember about the accident while it's still fresh in your mind. 

  1. Follow all the treatment orders given by a physician: Adhering to your doctor's advice not only aids your recovery but also demonstrates that you're taking your injuries seriously. This can be beneficial when seeking compensation. 

  1. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney like Lyndon Ruhnke P.C.: Navigating the legal system can be challenging. Having an experienced attorney by your side can help ensure your rights are protected and that you get the compensation you deserve. 



Comparative Negligence Rule

Oregon follows what's known as a modified comparative negligence rule. This means that even if you were less than 50% at fault for the accident that led to your injuries, you may still be eligible to recover damages. However, your compensation will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For instance, if you were found to be 20% at fault and your total damages amount to $100,000, you'd be eligible to receive $80,000. 

If you're found to be more than 50% at fault, you may not be able to recover any compensation from the other party involved. As your attorney, I'll work tirelessly to argue your case and protect your rights. 

Statute of Limitations

When it comes to personal injury claims in Oregon, you generally have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. Missing this deadline could potentially result in the court refusing to hear your case, which is why it's crucial to consult with an attorney as soon as possible. There are exceptions to this rule, such as cases involving government entities or medical malpractice. 

Filing a Personal Injury Claim

There are different options for filing a personal injury claim, depending on your purpose for pursuing legal action.

Against Your Own Insurance 

When pursuing a personal injury claim in Oregon, one of the potential avenues for seeking compensation is filing a claim against your own insurance. This is especially true if you have personal injury protection (PIP) coverage as part of your auto insurance policy. In such cases, you can seek compensation from your own insurance company regardless of who was at fault for the accident. 

Against At-Fault Person/Entity

On the other hand, you may also have the option to file a claim against the at-fault person or entity. If your injuries exceed the limits of your PIP coverage or if you do not have PIP coverage, you may be eligible to file a claim. I'll guide you through the process, helping you gather the necessary evidence such as medical records, witness statements, and accident reports to build a strong claim. 


Sometimes, negotiations with insurance companies don't lead to a fair settlement. When that happens, litigation may be necessary. As an experienced personal injury attorney, I'm prepared to take your case to court if needed. I will gather evidence, interview witnesses, and build a compelling legal strategy to present your case effectively. 

Damages Available

In personal injury cases, various types of damages may be available to compensate you for your losses. These can include: 

  • Medical expenses: If you had to seek medical attention, you can seek reimbursement for hospital bills, medication costs, and any ongoing treatment expenses. 

  • Lost wages: If the injury caused you to miss work, you can seek compensation for any lost income or wages. 

  • Pain and suffering: You can seek damages for any physical pain and emotional distress caused by the accident.

  • Property damage: If your property was damaged in the accident, you can seek reimbursement for repair or replacement costs.

Each case is unique, and the damages you may be eligible for will depend on the circumstances of your case. My goal is to use my experience and practice to seek compensation that adequately covers your losses and helps you recover physically, emotionally, and financially. 


At Lyndon Ruhnke, P.C., I understand that navigating personal injury claims can be overwhelming. Serving clients in Portland, Beaverton, Gresham, and throughout the Portland Metropolitan Area and across Oregon, I'm committed to providing compassionate, authoritative, and empathetic legal guidance. Reach out today and let's discuss how I can assist you.