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Who Pays Attorney Fees in Oregon? | Southwest Portland Law Group
If you've recently been injured in an accident, you may be asking yourself "how can I get compensated for my injuries if I can't afford an attorney?" Typically, for these kinds of cases, there is no statutory right to recover attorney fees, and plaintiffs must either pay attorneys out-of-pocket for representation or enter into contingency fee agreements in which the attorney receives a share of the compensation ultimately obtained for the client. However, more often than not, if your injuries are relatively minor you will bear the cost of pursuing your claim, which can make hiring an attorney cost-prohibitive. As a result, victims of accidents or other incidents that result in bodily injury or property damage feel that they are not being treated fairly by the at-fault party's insurance company. Insurance companies and their claims adjusters are well-versed in claim negotiation and are often able to settle claims for less than their full value when injured parties attempt to handle the