Injury & Wrongful Death

Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton is nationally recognized for their work representing injured people and their families. Injury victims turn to our attorneys for their experience, renowned skill, and effectiveness in achieving success on behalf of their clients, whether at trial or through negotiation. Our attorneys, based in Eugene, have successfully tried cases with large payouts in Lane, Douglas, Deschutes, Linn and other counties in Oregon as well as Washington.

Losing a loved one is devastating. The grief is often compounded by financial burdens and a lack of response by those at fault to compensate you for your losses. In most cases, the sooner we can analyze the facts of the tragedy, and get our investigators involved, the better. Many times, the entity at fault may disturb evidence that proves negligence. It is nearly always in your best interest to reach out to an Oregon personal injury/wrongful death law firm that you trust, and that has decades of experience handling wrongful death cases.

Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton has a record of solid success in recovering damages on behalf of people injured and the families of people killed in industrial, factory, and construction accidents. We have represented clients injured in explosions, by exposure to toxic chemicals, by contact with high voltage electrical wires, by defective equipment, by falls, by suffocation, in fires, by scaffold failures, by unguarded saw blades and pinch points, and by the negligence of other workers, to name a few. Throughout Oregon, individuals are affected by industrial and construction accidents and our attorneys are here to represent you. Our attorneys carefully analyze the facts and circumstances of each situation. Faulty installation of equipment or structures, unrealistic and accelerated business schedules, defective parts or products, all comprise components of cases we have successfully resolved on behalf of our clients.

Premises Liability

TV sitcoms portray slip and fall injuries as the stuff of slapstick. In real life, sustaining serious or even fatal injuries due to dangerous, unmarked conditions at a business or residence can be tragic. Drowning because of unsecured pools, sexual assaults in poorly lit parking garages, and fractures resulting from slipping on wet supermarket floors are all real life, and sadly not uncommon events that often result from negligence.

Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton has filed premises liability claims for clients who have been terribly injured. In one case, a commercial painter fell 15 feet from a raised deck onto concrete when an improperly installed guardrail gave way had been installed, and our client leaned against it. In addition to the benefits he received through his workers’ compensation claim, we filed and ultimately settled a “third party” legal claim, an Employers Liability Law claim, and a premises liability claim on his behalf due to the dangerous conditions at the property.

Often the property owner quickly repairs the condition that caused an injury. Consequently, it is important to investigate premises liability claims as soon as possible. In the case involving the painter, for example, the 2 X 4 rail that gave way quickly disappeared and a new railing was installed. Fortunately, we were contacted early and were able to assist in the investigation, preserving smart-phone photographs and interviewing elusive witnesses before they could no longer be found.

Industrial, Factory & Construction Site Accidents

Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton has a record of solid success in recovering damages on behalf of people injured and the families of people killed in industrial, factory, and construction accidents. We have represented clients injured in explosions, by exposure to toxic chemicals, by contact with high voltage electrical wires, by defective equipment, by falls, by suffocation, in fires, by scaffold failures, by unguarded saw blades and pinch points, and by the negligence of other workers, to name a few. Throughout Oregon, individuals are affected by industrial and construction accidents and our attorneys are here to represent you.

Let Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton help determine if you have compensatory damages that exceed workers’ compensation benefits. To learn more about “third-party” civil claims in construction and job site injuries, see our workers’ compensation practice page.

Landslides, Mudslides, and Debris Torrents

Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton represents the survivors and families of several people killed in the March 2014, Oso, Washington mudslide. Dozens of people lost their lives in that terrible, but foreseeable, event. In association with Washington attorney, Corrie Yackulic, we are currently investigating the causes of the mudslide. We also represented victims of a second debris torrent on Highway 38 that occurred the same day. There a landslide started in a clearcut near a logging road and came down the ravine. It killed one woman and injured several others. Logging and road building also contributed to that devastating landslide. We were able to obtain compensation for the victims of this event.

After the litigation, one of our attorneys was a member of an Oregon state task force that reviewed existing forestry and land use laws and regulations. The task force developed new legislation that allowed the Oregon Department of Forestry to prevent logging on steep high risk sites above homes and highways. That legislation was enacted by Oregon’s legislature. Today, the Oregon Department of Forestry would not allow such logging to go forward.

Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents are likely to involve very serious injuries or death. Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton has handled many pedestrian accident claims for victims and families. We recently represented the French children of a gentleman tourist who was in the United States visiting when he was run over and killed by a distracted driver. In another case, one of our clients, a police officer, was hit by a car when he was picking up debris that had fallen from a scrap metal truck. Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton has a record of solid success in recovering damages on behalf of people and the families of people injured or killed in pedestrian accidents.

Timber Company Negligence

The logging industry is a dangerous one. Loggers cut, yard, load, and haul timber. Each aspect comes with its own unique risks of serious injury and death. Our firm has represented numerous loggers and log truck drivers, foresters or their families in logging related injury and wrongful death cases. The attorneys of Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton are here to help with your logging accident.

Our experience:
A few relevant past cases

Woman Died after Nursing Home Negligence

We represented a woman with a history of falling. Her doctor ordered that she must be secured each time she was in a wheelchair, but staff at the nursing home failed to follow the orders. She repeatedly sustained injuries from her falls. Eventually, she fell and was so badly injured that she died within a couple of weeks. The Willamette Valley family turned to our firm, and we successfully resolved the case.

Premises Negligence

A client was celebrating her birthday in a well-known chain restaurant in Grants Pass, Oregon, when she slipped on a wet floor, breaking her hip. The restaurant claimed she had fainted, but our investigation revealed that one of the EMTs had also slipped when he went to help our client. We were able to resolve the claim.

Swimming Pool: Quadriplegia

Diving accidents are often preventable through appropriate design and warnings. In one case, we brought an action on behalf of a young man rendered quadriplegic in a diving incident in an aboveground swimming pool. The case involved issues of design, safety engineering, warnings, life care planning, and rehabilitation medicine.

Industrial Chemical Accident

While working in the wood products industry, our client was blinded in one eye when a chemical-delivery system failed and sprayed chemicals into his face.

Defective Logging Equipment

One logger we represented was responsible for setting up and operating yarders to pull heavy logs up steep slopes to landings where the logs were loaded onto log trucks to be hauled to local mills for processing. Late one afternoon as he was pulling a log up with a skycar he had erected with towers and supporting cables, he heard an unfamiliar noise – an explosive crack, and then a whistle. A guy line had broken loose from its anchor and whipped past him. Tragically, but the 100-foot tower it was supporting rocked and then crashed down, crushing his leg and knocking him unconscious. After a long investigation, we determined that a defective guy line end caused the accident. We held the manufacturer responsible, citing evidence uncovered by a metallurgist we employed as an expert. We also worked with an OSU forestry professor and medical, and life care experts. The defective products logging case was settled for a confidential amount.

All example cases in this area