Doug Schaller has been an attorney with our firm since 1987 and a shareholder since 1993. His practice focuses on truck and motor vehicle accidents, industrial accidents, medical malpractice, and injuries caused by defective medical products.
Doug develops his cases thoroughly, working with investigators and experts to flesh out the important aspects of a case. For example, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) was killed on New Year’s morning when he was called to the scene of a one car rollover accident. After determining that the occupants in the car were not injured, he stopped to assist a firefighter set flares to warn other drivers of the accident. He saw a tractor trailer that was approaching start to slide on the icy road. Though he managed to climb up a steep hill to avoid the rig, it plowed into his ambulance, slid off the road, and tipped over on the EMT, crushing him. He died at the scene.
The driver was not charged with DUI, but an investigation that included post collision chemical testing revealed methamphetamine metabolites in the truck driver’s system, indicating that he had taken methamphetamine within a few days of the accident. Working with experts in accident reconstruction and toxicology, Doug established that even with the short distance of visibility reported by police, the driver should have been able to stop or otherwise avoid the stopped ambulance – but for withdrawal symptoms associated with the prior drug use and related fatigue. The “third party” claim subsequently filed by Johnson Johnson & Schaller against the trucking company provided compensation to the family for the loss of the EMT’s society and companionship in addition to the workers’ compensation benefits to which the family was entitled.
Honored as an Oregon SuperLawyer, Doug is a sustaining member of the American Association of Justice (AAJ), a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, and a member of the Lane County Bar Association. A member of the Oregon State Bar Association, he served in the House of Delegates from 2002-2004. He received his J.D., Order of the Coif, from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1985, and his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics at the University of California Davis, in 1974. He is licensed to practice in all Oregon state and federal courts, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Co-Author, ” Defective Hip Implant Litigation,” OTLA Trial Lawyer, Winter 2014
Co-Author, “Medical Malpractice,” 1 TORTS, Oregon CLE, 2012
Co-Author, “Wrongful Death and Survival of Personal Injury Actions,” 2 TORTS, Oregon CLE, 2012
Co-Author, “Claims Against Governmental Bodies,” TORTS, Oregon State Bar CLE, 1996