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Personal Injury

Choosing a good personal injury attorney is essential to ensuring your case will be handled with the care it deserves. Since 1980, the law office of Nelson MacNeil Rayfield has provided effective, professional, and courteous service to the community. We focus on protecting the legal rights of our clients, and have experience handling the complexities of personal injury claims, including case law and procedural rules. If you think you have a personal injury claim, the lawyers at Nelson MacNeil Rayfield are deeply committed to protecting those who were injured as a result of somebody else’s actions.

What’s Personal Injury?

Personal injury cases are legal disputes that arise when one person suffers harm from an accident or injury, and someone else might be legally responsible for that harm. Under Oregon law, if someone causes you harm through a careless action, they are responsible for the harm they caused. In a personal injury case, there are two types of harms that individuals can be compensated for: monetary and non-monetary. Although non-monetary harms are not as easily calculable as medical bills or lost wages, they often constitute the greatest harm of any injury claim.

 

Car Accidents

Choosing a good auto accident attorney is imperative to ensuring that your case will be handled with care from day one. Attorneys who specialize in car accident litigation have experience with the medical considerations and history surrounding car crashes in the state of Oregon, including case law and procedural rules. Whether you suffered minor injuries behind the wheel or lost a loved one in a car crash, we are deeply committed to protecting those whose lives have been affected by an auto accident.

What Can an Attorney Do?

A car accident can only take a second, but the consequences of a crash can last for days, months, or even a lifetime. From the moment you step away from the car crash, you’ll find yourself scrambling. From trying to get money from the insurance companies and struggling to return to work, to drowning in medical bills and facing the physical and emotional pain of your car accident, this is where an experienced Oregon car accident attorney can step in to help. If you or a loved one has been injured in any of the below types of auto accidents, please contact us today:

Rear-end collisions Drunk driving accident Multiple-car pileup Bike/car collisions T-bone accidents Fatal car crashes Chest Pain Hit and run car accidents
Traumatic Brain Injury
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Premises Liability

Choosing a good premises liability attorney is essential to ensuring your case will be handled with care from day one. Attorneys who specialize in premises liability have experience at holding property owners accountable for their negligence. If a property owner has neglected to keep their property safe for authorized visitors, and you were injured while visiting that property, our law firm is deeply committed to investigating your injury and pursuing compensation on your behalf.

What is Premises Liability?

Premises liability is the notion that a business or individual who invites someone onto their property has a responsibility to provide a certain degree of safety to their guests. Under Oregon personal injury law, the level of responsibility and safety differs depending on whether they’re an invitee or licensee. Premises liability cases are often caused by snow or water left on walkways, defective electrical wiring, shoddy materials, building code violations, or poor construction, and common premises liability injuries include:

Broken bones Electric shocks Burns Spinal cord injuries Neck injuries Head injuries
Food Poisoning

Choosing a good food poisoning lawyer is essential to ensuring your case will be handled with the care it deserves. An attorney who specializes in food poisoning cases can not only bring attention to the cause of food safety, but can help force negligent companies to change their unsafe practices. Whether you suffered from Salmonella, Listeria, or E. coli, our food poisoning lawyers are deeply committed to investigating your claim and pursuing compensation on your behalf.

What is Food Poisoning?

Food poisoning, also referred to as foodborne illness, is the result of eating contaminated, spoiled, or toxic food. Although it’s quite uncomfortable, food poisoning isn’t unusual. In fact, according to the CDC, one in six Americans will contract some form of food poisoning every year. Caused by bacteria, parasites, or viruses, anyone is at risk of falling victim to food poisoning, especially children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with a compromised immune system. Symptoms can vary depending on the source of infection, but typically include at least three of the following:

Abdominal cramps Diarrhea or vomiting Loss of appetite Mild fever Weakness Nausea Headaches
Police Misconduct

Choosing a good police misconduct attorney is essential to ensuring your case will be handled with care from start to finish. Although we primarily focus on excessive force, denial of medical treatment, and wrongful death, the law firm of Nelson MacNeil Rayfield is well-versed in all areas of police misconduct. From reconstructing shooting scenes and interviewing witnesses to obtaining videos and documents, our law firm is deeply committed to investigating your police misconduct claim and pursuing compensation on your behalf.

What is Police Misconduct?

Police misconduct refers to ill-appropriated conduct and/or illegal actions taken by police officers in connection to their official duties. Police misconduct can lead to the miscarriage of justice and can involve discrimination, illegal motives of segregation, and obstruction of justice. Our police misconduct attorneys represent victims whose constitutional rights have been violated, and we have expertise in litigating cases involving all forms of police misconduct, including:

Wrongful convictions Police shootings Police brutality Unlawful arrests Unlawful searches and seizures Coerced false confession Intimidation Racial profiling
Dog Bites/Animal Attacks

Choosing a good animal attack and dog bite attorney is imperative to ensuring that your case will be handled with care. Attorneys who specialize in animal attacks have experience in a) proving negligence, and b) establishing liability with a strict liability claim—two types of personal injury claims that can be made in the state of Oregon for animal attacks and dog bites. We are deeply committed to protecting those affected by dog bites and animal attacks, and are prepared to handle your case in a court of law.

When Are Dog Bites a Crime?

Dog owners have a responsibility to ensure their dogs do not harm others; whether that means they keep their dog on a leash at all times, place them in a confined area when guests visit, or properly warn others that their dog may be dangerous. Oregon law recognizes that a dog bite is often the fault of the dog’s owner, and that the owners should be responsible for paying compensation to the victim. In cases where the dog owner knew of the dog’s proclivity for violence, the owner should be held strictly liable. If you’ve been the victim of a serious dog bite, you may be entitled to receive compensation for:

Present and future medical bills Pain and suffering Emotional damages Lost wages Reconstructive surgery Scarring and disfigurement Nerve damage
Sexual Assault/Sexual Abuse

Choosing the right sexual assault attorney is imperative to ensuring that your case will be handled with the care it deserves. Attorneys who specialize in sexual assault and sexual abuse litigation have experience with representing survivors of sexual abuse in a court of law, and doing so in a way that’s both respectful and compassionate. We believe that sexual assault survivors are empowered by seeking justice through civil actions, and are deeply committed to protecting those survivors and holding their perpetrators accountable.

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity that you do not want and do not agree to; any form of sexual activity that forces you to participate in unwanted sexual contact is considered a sexual assault. Although all forms of sexual assault are crimes, only a small percentage of them are reported to law enforcement. If you or a loved one has been the victim of any of the below crimes, please contact us today:

Rape Attempted rape Sexual harassment Incest Voyeurism Child molestation Sexual battery

What Makes Us Different

With over 70 years of collective legal and trial experience, our personal injury lawyers will answer your questions at no cost, help point you in the right direction, or if need be, represent you and your personal injury claim in court. A successful claim requires a lawyer who understands the intricacies of a personal injury case, ranging from thoroughly investigating the claim to understanding the state-by-state regulations for filing.


Finding a reputable personal injury law firm with attorneys who are understanding, compassionate, and willing to fight on your behalf is essential. When choosing a law firm to handle your personal injury case, look for:

  • Experience you can trust
  • Specialty in personal injury litigation
  • Satisfied clients
  • Fair fee structure
  • Ethics
  • Responsiveness

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