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Benton County High School Mock Trial Competition

25 Feb 2013

This weekend Ashley White and I drove down to the Benton County Courthouse in Kennewick, Washington (the Tri Cities) to judge local high school trial teams in their mock trial regional finals. I participated in two mock trials and was able to give (what I at least thought was) constructive feedback to the participants and [...]

Benton County High School Mock Trial Competition

Car Accidents With Deer: It’s That Time of Year

21 Jan 2013

During the late fall and throughout winter deer migrate to lower elevations, creating a serious hazard for drivers. However, most drivers are not aware of the heightened danger of deer crossings brought on by the changing weather. What’s even more concerning is that most drivers do not have a game plan for what to do [...]

Car Accidents With Deer: It’s That Time of Year

What Do You Do After Another Driver Injures You In an Automobile Accident?

7 Jan 2013

What Do You Do After Another Driver Injures You In an Automobile Accident?

The time right after a car accident is stressful and can even be downright traumatic in some situations. The goal of this article is to help guide you through this confusing and time-consuming process by giving you a non-exhaustive checklist of some things to keep in mind while you move forward with your claim. Call [...]

What Do You Do After Another Driver Injures You In an Automobile Accident?

Insurance Company Refusing to Settle in Good Faith? Enter Covenant Judgments

18 Dec 2012

Insurance Company Refusing to Settle in Good Faith? Enter Covenant Judgments

While we might file lawsuits for any number of reasons, when somebody injures us we want them to pay us the money they owe for causing our injuries. Because most people are not wealthy or responsible with their money, we typically only sue people who are insured because that is the only way we will [...]

Insurance Company Refusing to Settle in Good Faith? Enter Covenant Judgments

Stay at work legislation

13 May 2012

New legislation will affect return-to-work procedures following an industrial injury or occupational disease. Once an industrial insurance claim is allowed, the State of Washington will now provide an incentive to employers to return the worker to work as quickly as possible to a light duty or transitional job. The State can reimburse employers up to [...]

Stay at work legislation

Social Security Administration makes changes to cut costs

29 Dec 2011

The Social Security Administration, in an effort to cut it’s costs, has again taken away significant rights of disabled persons applying for Social Security Disability benefits. Just a few months ago, the Administration enacted Social Security Rule 11-1p.  Which says that if a Social Security Claimant has an application on appeal, they may not file [...]

Social Security Administration makes changes to cut costs

Senate OKs Lump-sum Workers Comp Buyouts

20 May 2011

The Washington State Senate passed landmark state workers compensation reform legislation on March 5, 2011.  It was embodied in SB 5566. The Senate-approved measure would drastically change Washington State’s workers’ compensation system by establishing an option for lump-sum settlements for claimants who are looking at long-term disability (pension benefits).  Under the Senate version of the [...]

Senate OKs Lump-sum Workers Comp Buyouts

New decision regarding Mandatory Arbitration and Trial de Novo

26 Jan 2011

Splattstoesser v. Scott, P.3d, 2011 WL 91040 (Div. III, 2011) Those persons injured in an automobile crash in Washington have yet one more reason to be concerned, with a recent opinion that is being published by Division III of the Court of Appeals, Splattstoesser v. Scott, P.3d, 2011 WL 91040 (Div. III, 2011).¹ In this [...]

New decision regarding Mandatory Arbitration and Trial de Novo

Workers Compensation Case Before WA State Supreme Court

14 Apr 2010

In November of 2009, the Washington State Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding Tobin v. Dep’t of Labor & Indus., 145 Wn. App. 607; 187 P.3d 780; 2008 Wash. App. Jim Tobin, a Washington State worker, was permanently disabled after being hit by a crane boom. He sued the crane operator, settling for 1.4 million [...]

Workers Compensation Case Before WA State Supreme Court