Chiropractor Failed to Disclose Risk of Stroke

A chiropractor performed vigorous manual neck manipulation without a “work-up” to determine whether there was increased risk to the patient based on factors such as medical history, and without warning the patient of the risk of stroke. The patient suffered a stroke and later sued the chiropractor for medical malpractice. The patient retained experts who […]

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Landlord Responsibility for Injuries to Guests

Sometimes a tenant’s guests are injured because of a dangerous condition in the rental property. Whether the landlord is legally responsible for injuries to a tenant’s guests depends on various factors including whether the property is commercial or residential, whether the injury occurred in a common area, whether the lease contract requires repairs, whether the […]

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The Right of Way

The rules of the road rights of way help determine fault. Often fault for an accident is pretty clear. Often it is not. There may be differing accounts of what happened. ‘I had the light.’ ‘No, it was green for me.’ Also, the right of way is not always an either/or proposition. The disfavored driver […]

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Bicyclists Allowed Rolling Stops

For decades the law in Washington has been that bicyclists must obey the same traffic control signals as motor vehicles. At least four states and some local governments have adopted laws allowing bicyclists to make rolling stops, treating stop signs as yield signs. A new Washington law will allow rolling stops for bicyclists state-wide effective […]

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Hold Harmless Agreements

You signed a hold harmless agreement. The worse case scenario happened. You are someone you care deeply about was injured, perhaps badly, and it was someone else’s fault. Is that hold harmless provision the end of the story for seeking just compensation? Maybe not. A hold harmless provision is unenforceable if violates public policy. Examples […]

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Repeal of Washington Statute Does Not End Rights of Herpes and STD Victims

Washington until recently had a statute that prohibited a person with knowledge they carry a sexually transmitted disease from having sex with anyone without first disclosing the presence of the sexually transmitted disease. This statute was repealed in 2020. This should not end hope for those wrongly exposed to herpes and other STDs. Most personal […]

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Retail Store Slip and Fall Cases

Slip and fall cases in retail stores are common. Human factors studies and common experience show that when we are shopping our eyes are where retailers want them, on their goods. Also when we are shopping we often are carrying goods or have a shopping cart filled with items obstructing our view. We have the […]

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Trampoline Injury Cases

Trampolines are injury magnets. Their use frequently leads to injury, sometimes a quite serious injury. In some cases, the injury victim is compensated. An $800,000 jury verdict in New York in a trampoline case was upheld on appeal a few years ago, for example. Often trampoline cases are tough for the injury victim to pursue. […]

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Statute of Limitations Not to be Messed With

Although it seems unfair, if a personal injury victim misses the statute of limitations, even by a day, there is no claim in court or against anyone’s insurance, no matter how meritorious the claim and deserving the injury victim. Avoiding the statute is easy if you act early, but can be tricky if you act […]

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Injury in Northgate Mall Parking Lot

Many innocently and reasonably assume if they are injured on business property the business’s insurance will pay the personal injury claim, or at least the medical bills. In fact, the claim will almost certainly be denied, even if it is meritorious. A recent Court of Appeals case (although not one of our cases) illustrates how […]

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