In any claim for compensation in litigation, the question of damages is often just as vital as winning or losing.


Whether you are pursuing claims or defending against them, it is vital to retain an experienced trial attorney who knows how to maximize or limit (as the case may be) the recovery. The business litigation trial lawyers at Northwest Business Law emphasize a damage claim as a critical aspect of every case. For our firm, this consideration is a vital part of case strategy, discovery planning, and preparation for trial or settlement.

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  • 1. Economic Damages

    Economic damages are normally the most significant component of damages in a business litigation case. They include lost profits, out-of-pocket expenses, interest, and other direct financial harm, including the costs of business interruption and lost earning capacity. Both business entities and individuals may recover economic damage claims in both Oregon and Washington. In business cases, it is vital to retain top economic experts to demonstrate one’s case as to damages.

  • 2. Non-Economic Damages

    Non-economic damages are monies awarded to compensate an individual for damage to his or her quality of life, including psychological injury. These are also known as damages for pain and suffering. There is no set formula for the determination of non-economic damages. Such matters are left to the discretion of the fact-finder, so it is critical to retain a capable trial advocate to fight for your position.

  • 3. Punitive Damages

    Also known as exemplary damages, punitive damages are assessed not to compensate a plaintiff or claimant, but specifically to punish the defendant and deter similar conduct in the future. Making a punitive damage claim allows a plaintiff to conduct discovery into a defendant’s potential ability to pay a judgment, which is a topic otherwise forbidden in discovery. Pursuing these can be costly, however, as the tax consequences of their recovery can be severe, and their award often invites appeal of an otherwise successful verdict. While Oregon law allows for recovery of punitive damages (and sanctions a portion of them to the state), Washington law does not allow for recovery of punitive or exemplary damages.

Eric Helmy

Corporate Attorney
  • 100% Satisfaction with Communication
         Eric helped represent me with a very large lawsuit that was brought against me. 100% satisfaction with communication. It was timely; it was appropriate; it was insightful, thoughtful. From beginning to end, it was very clear that my legal counsel, Eric Helmy was by far the better warrior, so to speak, the intellectually, strategically, and we clearly outthought the opposition from beginning to end, and I don’t think they knew what hit them. The opposition didn’t have any choice but to really retreat and drop the suit, so I was very satisfied.
    Aloysius Fobia, M.D. Physician in Portland, Oregon
  • He'll Respond to Me When I Need Him.
         …I believe my law case never would have got off the ground without Eric’s attention to what was happening to me. I’m an excavator, in the tough times that have come along, there’s been several instances where the big developers think they’re not going to pay me, and I feel like they’re trying to [take advantage of] me. I can call Eric,…and he’ll come down and go sit in a meeting with me and all these big developers are writing checks before we’re getting up and leaving. …It’s nice to know that I have him on retainer, and he’ll respond for me when I need him. That’s the personal service you’ll get with him…
    Brad Bartlett Bartlett Excavation & Construction, LLC
  • We Left With Important Information and a Plan
         Our first meeting with Eric was very helpful. We left with important information and a plan, and now we have our own corporation! Eric was invaluable in the writing of our bylaws and in advising our business setup. He also had great insights into owning a business in the Northwest. Having him on our company’s side makes us feel ready for the legal hurdles we will face as our business grows.
    Jaclyn Stewart CEO of Jurevicious Studios
  • We are Very Pleased
         …We’ve worked with Eric on two different contract matters and [have] been very, very pleased with his advice and all the support he’s provided to members of our organization…We were really, really pleased with the quality of work Eric delivered, all the due diligence he performed, the advice he gave to the members of our staff…We would certainly recommend Eric, and we would hope to work with him again.
    Alice Forbes