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Lara Johnson: 2021 Lawyer of the Year Award

Lara Johnson: 2021 Lawyer of the Year Award

Best Lawyers in America © recognized Lara Johnson with its 2021 Lawyer of the Year award for her work in Personal Injury Litigation for plaintiffs in Eugene. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review, which sets this award apart from many review organizations.

Unconscious Bias

Unconscious Bias

Every one of us has unconscious biases, simply because of how the brain works. In an effort to make trials fairer, Oregon judges have created a video for all prospective trial jurors in Oregon.

Oregon’s New Law to Help Students with Brain Injuries

Oregon’s New Law to Help Students with Brain Injuries

One of the few laws that was passed in Oregon’s special legislative session in early 2020 was House Bill (HB) 4140, which is intended to help schools give academic accommodations for students diagnosed with a brain injury such as a concussion.

Oregon Supreme Court Overrules Human Loss Statutory Cap

Oregon Supreme Court Overrules Human Loss Statutory Cap

In an important victory for individual rights, the Supreme Court of Oregon has enforced Oregon’s constitutional requirement that “every man shall have remedy by due course of law for injury done him in his person.” This case is a win for the people of Oregon.

Nursing Homes — Abuse Reporting

Nursing Homes — Abuse Reporting

Unfortunately, neglect and abuse of nursing home residents is all too common. Here in Oregon, the first step is to report suspected abuse or neglect to state authorities. Oregon law protects the confidentiality of all people reporting abuse and anyone who reports suspected abuse in good faith.

Oregon Law Clarifies Elder Abuse Reporting

Oregon Law Clarifies Elder Abuse Reporting

The Elder Abuse Bill (House Bill 4151 in 2014, which amended several parts of the Oregon Revised Statutes) was passed by the Oregon Legislature based on the efforts of the Elder Abuse Work Group, which included our firm’s Lara Johnson.

5 Tips to Getting A Fair Insurance Settlement

5 Tips to Getting A Fair Insurance Settlement

Insurance companies use a “3-D” strategy when responding to claims. They delay, deny, and defend in order to avoid paying out money. These five tips can help you “play the game” with your insurance company and get your claim settled the right way. 1. Inform your...

9 Rules Insurance Companies Play By

9 Rules Insurance Companies Play By

  Most of us pay insurance premiums–auto, health, and home, to name a few–to protect us in the case of  losses.  We expect the insurance companies to pay for what their policies promise, whether it’s our insurance policy or the insurance policy of the person or...

5 Steps to a Stronger Injury Case

5 Steps to a Stronger Injury Case

injMost insurance companies try to pay as little money as possible to settle a claim with an injured person. Insurance companies are notorious for their “low ball” offers, which often fall far short of what a survivor needs to cover current and future losses. Many...

Nursing Homes Are Required to Report Abuse and Neglect

Nursing Homes Are Required to Report Abuse and Neglect

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Lara Johnson telling of abuse and neglect cases The Corson & Johnson Law Firm has handled against nursing homes that failed to report abusive employees.

Elder Abuse Reporting

Elder Abuse Reporting

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Lara Johnson encouraging reporting of abuse of elderly clients in care facilities or private homes.

No Excuse for Elder Abuse

No Excuse for Elder Abuse

This segment of The Law and You features Eugene, Oregon personal injury trial lawyer Lara Johnson discussing a movement in Oregon that helps protect elderly citizens from abuse or neglect.

Personal Injury Claims for Children

Personal Injury Claims for Children

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson discussing cases where his firm has represented injured children. TRANSCRIPT JOEL This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Don Corson. Don, what happens when a personal...

Civil Justice System Protects People’s Rights

Civil Justice System Protects People’s Rights

This segment of The Law and You gives insight and context to the often shrill claim that we are a lawsuit-crazed society, pointing out that the number of lawsuits has been decreasing over time and the criticism about huge jury awards has been overblown. TRANSCRIPT...

Personal Injury Cases-How The Law Works

Personal Injury Cases-How The Law Works

This segment of The Law and You informs about the stages involved in a personal injury case and how a qualified personal injury attorney will help you determine the strength of your case, often without cost to you. TRANSCRIPT JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and...

Statutes of Limitation

Statutes of Limitation

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury attorney Don Corson discussing how statutes of limitation work in a civil case and how acting quickly in such cases can make all the difference. TRANSCRIPT JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with...

Personal Injury Cases Bring Change and Help Others

Personal Injury Cases Bring Change and Help Others

This segment of The Law and You explores how personal injury cases often not only bring justice to the injured person but also prompt changes that help others avoid the same pain and suffering. TRANSCRIPT JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene...

Degree of Fault Is Critical

Degree of Fault Is Critical

This segment of The Law and You focuses on the evolution of the concept of liability or fault in determining who wins and for how much in civil justice cases. TRANSCRIPT JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Don Corson. Don, what happens...

Know Your Rights in Working With Attorneys

Know Your Rights in Working With Attorneys

In this segment of The Law and You, personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson talks about how the Client-Attorney relationship is supposed to work. TRANSCRIPT JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Don Corson. Don, attorneys talk a lot about...

Punitive Damages Help Crime Victims and Discourage Misconduct

Punitive Damages Help Crime Victims and Discourage Misconduct

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson talking about punitive damages. TRANSCRIPT JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Don Corson. Don, sometimes we hear about punitive damages in lawsuits. What...

Most Jurors Find the Experience Worthwhile

Most Jurors Find the Experience Worthwhile

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson talking about jury service. TRANSCRIPT JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Don Corson. Don, we all know that juries are important, but we often want to find...

Calculation of Losses Not “Frivolous”

Calculation of Losses Not “Frivolous”

 This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Lara Johnson explaining why personal injury lawsuit claim amounts may sometimes seem large. TRANSCRIPT JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney, Lara Johnson. Lara, there...

Criminal and Civil Cases: Finding Justice

Criminal and Civil Cases: Finding Justice

This segment of The Law and You explains the difference between criminal and civil justice systems, with examples of common cases in each system and their typical outcomes. TRANSCRIPT JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Don Corson. Don,...

Cases Create a Safer World

Cases Create a Safer World

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial attorney Don Corson discussing the role of the civil jury system in making our communities safer.  TRANSCRIPT JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Don Corson. Don, you’ve seen...

Arbitration Clauses

Arbitration Clauses

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Lara Johnson discussing arbitration clauses.  A qualified, experienced attorney can help you protect your rights when dealing with arbitration clauses. TRANSCRIPT JOEL: This is Joel Block for The...

Braking Unsafe Trucking Companies

Braking Unsafe Trucking Companies

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson discussing a national effort to reduce deaths and serious injury due to unsafe trucking practices.

Driving While Drowsy

Driving While Drowsy

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drowsy driving causes over 100,000 crashes per year, leaving 71,000 people injured and 1,500 dead. What many people do not realize is that lack of deep, restful sleep can impair the human brain as much as alcohol.

Truck Collision Causes Blindness

Truck Collision Causes Blindness

This segment of The Law and You features Eugene, Oregon personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson speaking about a case where he helped Larry Woody, who went blind due to an collision caused by a truck.

Government Should Be Responsible for Public Playgrounds’ Safety

Government Should Be Responsible for Public Playgrounds’ Safety

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson explaining that the law needs to change to allow recourse for a person injured on public playgrounds and other public recreational lands. TRANSCRIPT JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law...

The “Silent Epidemic”of Brain Injuries

The “Silent Epidemic”of Brain Injuries

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson on the subject of the “silent epidemic” of brain injuries and their two major causes–motor vehicle collisions and falls.

Preventable Propane Stove Explosion Kills Two at Home

Preventable Propane Stove Explosion Kills Two at Home

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson discussing one of his firm’s wrongful death cases where a couple died in their home when an incorrectly-installed propane gas stove exploded. TRANSCRIPTJOEL: This is Joel Block for The...

Oregon Law On Crash Reporting

Oregon Law On Crash Reporting

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Lara Johnson telling about crash notification requirements in Oregon.

Going Beyond Workers Compensation

Going Beyond Workers Compensation

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson discussing a case where a client he represented was not fully covered by workers compensation after an accident. If you have a case that you would like legal advice on, please contact us....

Water Safety Laws on Oregon’s Rivers

Water Safety Laws on Oregon’s Rivers

This segment of The Law and You features Oregon personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson discussing the importance of life jackets in water safety. TRANSCRIPT JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Don Corson. Don, a few years ago, we talked...

Can Liability Releases Hold Up In Court?

Can Liability Releases Hold Up In Court?

This segment of The Law and You addresses pre-printed liability releases found on the backs of tickets. TRANSCRIPT JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Don Corson. Don, we’ve all been to events or activities where on the back of our ticket...

Few Records Are Truly Private When You Are in Litigation

Few Records Are Truly Private When You Are in Litigation

This segment of The Law and You addresses the importance of having an experienced trial lawyer in personal injury litigation and making sure your attorney is aware of all your records. TRANSCRIPT JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Don...