Experienced Portland Catastrophic Injury Attorneys

Portland Catastrophic Injury Lawyer

Find out why we are some of the best Portland catastrophic injury lawyers

Recovering from a catastrophic injury can be a daunting and lengthy process.

Goldberg & Loren is a reputable law firm in Portland and we handle cases of catastrophic injuries, advocating for the legal interests of those who have suffered serious harm.

With 30 years of expertise and the commitment to our clients, we are the firm you can trust to get you the compensation you deserve.

Types of Catastrophic Injuries in Portland

Catastrophic injuries are severe and life-altering injuries that result in permanent disabilities or impairments. Numerous types of catastrophic injuries exist, some common injuries include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): A TBI happens when the head experiences a sudden and severe blow or impact, leading to significant brain damage. TBIs can cause cognitive impairments, memory loss, paralysis, and other permanent disabilities.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs): Damage to the spinal cord can cause partial or complete paralysis, loss of sensation, and difficulties with motor function. SCIs often result in long-term disabilities, such as paraplegia (loss of sensation and movement in the lower body) or quadriplegia (loss of sensation and movement in all four limbs).
  • Severed or Amputated Limbs: The loss of a limb or the severing of a body part can have a profound impact on a person’s life. Amputation can lead to physical limitations, permanent disabilities, and the need for prosthetic limbs or assistive devices.
  • Severe Burn Injuries: Severe burns can cause immense pain, scarring, and disfigurement. They may require skin grafting, multiple surgeries, and prolonged rehabilitation. Burn injuries can result in psychological trauma.
  • Multiple Bone Fractures: Injuries involving multiple broken bones can be debilitating. They often require surgical interventions with extended recovery periods. Bone fractures may cause chronic pain, limited mobility, and long-term physical impairments.
  • Organ Damage or Failure: Catastrophic injuries may involve damage or failure of vital organs, such as the heart, lungs, liver, or kidneys.
  • Severe Spinal or Joint Injuries: These injuries can result in disabilities and greatly affect an individual’s ability to move and their overall quality of life.
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Causes of Catastrophic Injuries in Portland

Catastrophic injuries can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents: Motor vehicle accidents, such as car, truck, or motorcycle crashes, are leading causes of catastrophic injuries.
  • Falls: Falls from heights, such as falls from ladders, scaffolding, or rooftops, can cause a catastrophic injuries.
  • Medical Malpractice: Errors committed by healthcare professionals, including surgical mistakes, anesthesia errors, or misdiagnosis, can lead to catastrophic injuries.
  • Acts of Violence: Violent acts like assault, shootings, or stabbings can cause catastrophic injuries.
  • Defective Products: Product malfunctions or defects can result in catastrophic injuries. Examples include faulty automobile components, defective machinery, or unsafe consumer products.
  • Explosions and Fires: Explosions and fires can cause major injuries, including severe burns, smoke inhalation, and traumatic amputations.

Determining Fault in a Catastrophic Injury Claim

The process of determining fault in Portland may involve the following steps:

  • Investigation: A thorough investigation is conducted to gather evidence and facts about the incident. This may include reviewing accident reports, eyewitness testimonies, photographs, video footage, and any available documentation.
  • Analysis of Negligence: Negligence is generally defined as a failure to exercise the appropriate level of care that a reasonable person would exercise in similar circumstances. The injured party or their legal representative will need to prove that the responsible party owed a duty of care, breached that duty, and that breach directly caused the catastrophic injury.
  • Expert Opinions: These experts, such as accident reconstruction specialists, medical professionals, or engineers, can help analyze the circumstances and provide insights into the cause of the injury and who may be at fault.
  • Legal Proceedings: If fault cannot be determined through negotiation or settlement, a lawsuit may be initiated. The case will be presented in court, and a judge or jury will weigh the evidence and make a determination of fault.
Determining Fault in a Catastrophic Injury Claim

Damages Available in a Catastrophic Injury Claim in Portland

Damages available in a catastrophic injury claim can vary depending on the circumstances of the case, but they generally fall into several categories.

  • Medical Expenses: Catastrophic injuries often require extensive medical treatment, including surgeries, hospital stays, medication costs, physical therapy, assistive devices, and ongoing care. 
  • Rehabilitation and Therapy: Therapies may include occupational therapy, speech therapy, vocational training, psychological counseling, or specialized treatments. Damages awarded in a catastrophic injury claim may cover these expenses to help the victim adapt to their new circumstances and improve their quality of life.
  • Loss of Income and Earning Capacity: Many catastrophic injuries lead to long-term or permanent disability, preventing the victim from returning to work or pursuing their previous career. Damages may be awarded to compensate for the lost income and potential future earnings. [2]
  • Pain and Suffering: Compensation for pain and suffering acknowledges the lasting impact these injuries have on the victim’s overall well-being, including mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and the need to adapt to a new way of living.
  • Loss of Consortium: Catastrophic injuries not only affect the injured person but also place a strain on their relationships with their spouse. Damages for loss of consortium aim to compensate for the loss of companionship, support, and intimacy that results from the injury.

How Do Catastrophic Lawyers Get Paid?

Our payment is based on a contingency fee arrangement. Our lawyer’s fee is dependent on the outcome of the case and the client receiving compensation.

In a contingency fee arrangement, our lawyer does not require the client to pay any upfront fees. Our lawyer has agreed to receive a percentage of the recovered damages if the case is successful.

Damages Available in a Catastrophic Injury Claim

Contact Our Experienced Catastrophic Injury Lawyers at Goldberg & Loren

If you or a loved one has experienced an injury in Portland, reach out to our catastrophic injury lawyers today. Our attorneys have 30 years of experience handling cases involving successful catastrophic injury claims. Call us or fill out our contact us using our online form. 


A catastrophic injury claim is considered valid if it can be established that another party's negligence or wrongdoing caused the injury and resulted in severe and life-altering consequences. Your lawyer will evaluate factors such as liability, the extent of your injuries, the impact on your daily life, the available evidence, and applicable laws to determine the viability of your claim. 

The Statute of Limitations for personal injury claims, including catastrophic injury cases, in Oregon is two years from the date of the injury. There are certain exceptions and nuances to this timeframe, consult with a knowledgeable catastrophic injury lawyer who can assess your case and provide accurate information regarding the applicable Statute of Limitations.

Portland, Oregon follows a modified comparative negligence system. Meaning that if you bear some percentage of fault for the accident, your damages may be reduced proportionately based on your level of responsibility. As long as you are less than 51% at fault, you can still pursue a claim for compensation. 


[1] OAR 137-076-0037 – Payment of Catastrophic Injury Claims. (n.d.). https://oregon.public.law/rules/oar_137-076-0037

Goldberg & Loren Personal Injury Attorneys

6500 S Macadam Ave #300,
Portland, OR 97239
(971) 339-8080

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