Hala started her private practice in May of 1989. Since then, Ms. Gores has devoted her practice to representing individuals and families in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. Ms. Gores holds an "AV" rating, the highest peer rating for ethical standards and legal ability, as compiled by the Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory. In 1983, she graduated with highest honors from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Middle East Studies Certificate. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law in 1987. Ms. Gores is a member of the Oregon State Bar, and the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.
Ms. Gores sits on the Oregon Trial Lawyers Board of Governors, is a member of the President's Circle of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, and is Oregon's Minority Delegate to the American Trial Lawyers Association. Since 1989, she has been a member of the Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court, and is currently a Master in that Inn. The goal of the American Inns of Court is to raise the standard of the legal profession, achieve higher levels of excellence, and further the practice of law with dignity and integrity.
Ms. Gores also sits on the Advisory Board of the Portland State University- Middle East Studies Center, the Advisory Board of Pioneer Pacific College, and The Advisory Committee of the Al-Khaledy Scholarship Fund at Portland State University. She is a former chair of the Multnomah Bar Association Committee to Advance Equality in the Law. Ms. Gores is a frequent speaker on personal injury law.
B.S., Portland State University (1983)
J.D., Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College (1987)
Member, Oregon State Bar since 1989
Member, President's Circle, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
Member, Multnomah Bar Association
Past Chair, Multnomah Bar Association Committee to Advance Equality in the Profession and Justice in the System
Member, Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court since 1989
Past President, Portland Area Business Association
Past Chair, Women's Caucus- Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Member, American Civil Liberties Union
Hala J. Gores Injury Law Center specializes in the representation of innocent victims who have suffered personal injury, or have suffered the wrongful death of a loved one, as a result of the negligence of another person, company or governmental agency.
We represent only those who have a legal right to be compensated for significant injuries.
We only litigate against people, companies and governmental agencies who have caused significant harm to or client, and who deserve to be held accountable for their actions.
We reserve the right to represent only those persons who are respectful, and whose causes are fair, just and legal.
Hala J. Gores limits representation to persons who have suffered significant injury or harm due to wrongdoing caused by:
Motorcycle and bicycle crashes
Dog bites and/or attacks
Dram shop cases (Bar Liability)
Nursing home abuse
Premises liability (unsafe floors,etc.)
Roads & highways/defects and hazards
Wrongful death cases
Catastrophic injury cases
Since 1989, our clients have turned to us to help make a meaningful difference in their lives when they were facing deep personal losses and financial burdens. Ms. Gores is the recipient of the prestigious "AV" rating, which is a measure of the highest ethical standards and legal ability an attorney can achieve.
What are Catastrophic Injuries?
Catastrophic injuries are injuries that have a long-term or permanent effect on the life of the person who has been injured, and that may require significant medical treatment. Some people hurt in catastrophic accidents recover. Others may live with permanent disabilities, extreme suffering, a significantly shortened life span or a permanently altered way of life.
Catastrophic injury or illness can include brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputations, multiple fractures, burns or other congenital or neurological disorders. A catastrophic injury or illness very often causes severe disruption to the central nervous system, which in turn affects many other systems of the body. In addition to possible loss of movement, sensation and communicative and cognitive abilities, the injury or illness may impact breathing, circulation, skin, the urinary system, the gastrointestinal system and other body systems. Injuries classified as "catastrophic" can include loss of eyesight or hearing, severe burns or disfigurement, head injuries, or loss or paralysis of limbs.
A catastrophic injury affects how the patient lives. Each family member may have to make dramatic adjustments in their lives in order to care for the injured person. There may be life tasks that will have to be relearned, such as how to walk, talk or write. The patient may require a lifetime of medical care and/or repeated surgeries.
Catastrophic injury cases are among the most complex cases and should be handled with the help of an experienced attorney. Hala Gores understands the extensive treatment and recovery process behind catastrophic injuries, and can help the injured person receive the compensation that they, and the family deserve. Cases typically involve claims for pain and suffering, reimbursement for past and future medical expenses, lifetime care, and loss of earnings.
What is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful Death occurs when a person (the decedent) dies due to the negligence of another person, company or institution. Wrongful death cases may be the result of car accidents, construction site accidents, criminal attacks or medical malpractice. (A 1999 study from the Institute of Medicine showed between 44,000 and 98,000 hospitalized Americans die each year due to medical mistakes).
The following types of damages are considered in a wrongful death case:
Immediate expenses associated with the death (medical & funeral).
Loss of victim's anticipated future earnings until time of retirement or death.
Loss of benefits caused by the victim's death (pension, medical coverage, etc.).
Loss of inheritance caused by an untimely death.
Loss of services, protection, care, and/or assistance that the person who died provided to survivors and beneficiaries.
Pain and suffering, or mental anguish.
Generally you must be either the personal representative (a person who manages the affairs of another because of incapacity or death), the child, spouse or parent of the decedent, in order to bring a wrongful death case.
Most wrongful death suits are based on negligence, and as with all negligence suits, you will need to prove that the wrongdoer had a duty to act in a certain manner, failed to act in a responsible manner (breached the duty), and that such failure caused the death of your loved one.
These materials have been prepared by Hala J. Gores, P.C. for informational purposes only and are not legal advice. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship between the sender and receiver. Internet subscribers and on-line readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. Information submitted on this website or by email should not be considered confidential. If this concerns you, telephone or write to us by regular mail.
Wrongful death cases are among the most complex cases, and should be handled with the help of an experienced attorney. Hala Gores can help you receive the compensation you or your family may be entitled to, as a result of this tragic event.
If you have been seriously injured as a result of negligence, you require the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney. Call Hala Gores for a no-cost consultation at (503) 295-1940 or (800) 795-8945. You will not pay any attorney fee unless and until we win your case.