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Pictures Truly are Worth a Thousand Words

Everyone has heard the saying. But in a personal injury case, it could not be more true. For example, pictures of the scene of an incident, vehicles following a collision, or injuries following an incident give attorneys and would-be jurors a much fuller understanding of what exactly occurred. I’m shocked at how many people come into our office that has […]

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Turning Left Into a Driveway or Private Road Seems So Simple

Ask yourself, when driving down the highway, such as a state route, when reaching the point where one is to turn left into your friend’s farm or client’s orchard, do you have any obligation other than making sure there is not any oncoming traffic in the opposite direction? As an attorney practicing injury law, I thought the answer was simple, […]

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Safety Rules at School Playgrounds

156,000 children were reported injured by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in 1999, and 67% of those injuries fell from public playground equipment. I just finished reading a deposition of a school representative who was asked to testify about safety rules in playgrounds at his school. As parents, we trust that schools in charge of our children’s safety will properly […]

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Maintaining Treatment

Social Security Disability appeals and the need to show ongoing medical treatment of all disabling conditions. It is always a challenge to prove to an Administrative Law Judge that you are disabled enough to qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits. In a recent case, where the individual is known to have severe arthritic degeneration in multiple levels in the cervical […]

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The Dangers Associated with Swing Sets: Head Injuries to Children

50,000 children a year go to the emergency room with injuries sustained on playground equipment: that is 137 children per day. This statistic does not include children that only go to a doctor or treat their lesser injuries at home. US hospital emergency rooms reported from October 2000 to September 2001 that 8,250 children under the age of 2 (two) were injured […]

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Hospital Accreditation Standards on Epidemic of Falls in Hospitals

The Hospital Accreditation Standards (HAS) organization reports that according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality each year 700,000 to 1 million falls occur in hospitals by patients, and the HAS organization has published very thoughtful introspective guides on how to improve the hospital environment for patients and visitors to significantly reduce the number of falls. Yet it appears that the vast […]

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Can I sue my doctor for what happened to me?

The real question should be “Do I have a case if I sued my doctor?” Unfortunately, many cases where it may appear that the doctor or medical provider did something negligent, there actually isn’t a case. Generally speaking, in order to have a case for medical negligence/malpractice, you must prove with expert testimony that the healthcare provider fell below the […]

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WA’s Mandatory Auto Insurance & Motorcycle Riders

Washington State’s mandatory auto insurance laws requires that anyone who drives a motor vehicle in the state to have one of the three options below: 1. $25,000 for injuries or death to another person $50,000 for injuries or death to all other people $10,000 in damage to another person’s property 2. Pay a deposit to the Washington State Treasurer, or […]

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Why do I need a collision report?

Injured in an accident – Importance of a collision report If you’re involved in a collision where there is damage to one of the party’s property and/or someone is injured, it is important to make sure the police are notified for a number of reasons. Some obvious reasons are to make sure emergency services arrive to assist the injured and […]

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Loss of Consortium Claims in Washington State

Loss of consortium is a term most people aren’t familiar with – but in the personal injury world it basically boils down to the loss of love, affection, care and companionship between you and your spouse, or you and your child who have been injured by the negligence of another. If your loss of consortium claim is regarding your spouse, […]

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