FAQ

Do you handle cases on a contingency fee basis?

Personal injury cases are typically handled on a contingency fee basis. Employment cases may be handled on a contingency fee basis depending on the merits of the case. This is a case-by- case determination.

How long do I have to bring a case?

The time in which you have to bring a case (the statute of limitations) depends on the type of case and the person or entity against whom the claim is brought. For example, in Oregon, a personal injury case must typically be filed within two years. However, if your personal injury claim is against a public body (such as the state, a city, or the school district), you must provide notice of the "tort claim" within 180 days. Tribal cases have even stricter deadlines.

An employment discrimination claim is different and the time limits depend on the type of case and a number of other factors. The best thing to do is to discuss the details of your case with an attorney. If you wish to discuss this with Loren Collins, contact him as soon as possible to avoid missing deadlines.

Can I sue my employer even if I am "at will"?

"At will" simply means that an employer may terminate the employee at any time for a reason that is not illegal. However, there are many legal restrictions that apply to "at will" employment. For example, an employer cannot discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, and a number of protected activities even if the employee is "at will." You should not be discouraged from pursuing your rights just because you've been told that you are an "at will" employee. If you believe that the employer has discriminated against you or treated you unfairly, you should discuss your rights with an attorney.