When At Fault Drivers Avoid Service of Process

Most personal injury cases settle out of court, but some cannot be settled because the at-fault driver’s insurance company simply will not make a reasonable offer. In that scenario the only recourse is to file a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver. It is important not to procrastinate in speaking to a personal injury […]

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Landlord Not Liable When Deck Step Collapsed

Contrary to a commonly held belief, when someone is injured on another’s property it is sometimes difficult to prove liability.  Though not one of our cases, a recent Court of Appeals case illustrates this point. A woman was leaving her boyfriend’s home when she realized she had left her cell phone. When she returned for […]

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Bicyclist Injured on Public Trail

A woman and her niece were riding their bicycles on a public trail in Pierce County. As they approached and passed a lawn mower it expelled a cloud of dust and debris. The woman shielded her face and swerved, clipping her niece’s bike. The woman fell and injured her knee and elbow. Please note: Our […]

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Proving a Slip and Fall Injury Case

People injured because of a slip and fall accident may be legally entitled to fair compensation for their injuries. Nevertheless, slip and fall personal injury claims can be among the most difficult claims to pursue. Contrary to a commonly held belief, if you are a social guest and slip and fall on someone else’s property, […]

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Counting the Days

You go to a public event at a city park. A tent set up by a public utility district collapses. You are injured. You make a personal injury claim against the public utility district, but if you delay contacting an attorney you risk making it difficult and possibly impossible to pursue the claim. A couple […]

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Recent Premises Liability Decisions

Two recent appellate decisions illustrate some of the challenges injured parties face in premises liability claims. Our firm did not participate in either of these cases. Chair Collapses and Injures Customer Mark Haubrich went to a pizza place with a friend. They sat outside on the deck. About forty-five minutes later Haubrich’s chair broke where […]

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Recreational Use Statute

Recreational use statutes encourage landowners to open land for public recreational use by providing the landowner immunity from liability for personal injury.  The purpose of the recreational use statute is to encourage the opening of lands to the general public that would otherwise be closed. Immunity under the recreational use statute applies only if 1) […]

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Tenants’ Dog Bites Visitor during Home Inspection

Shelly’s daughter was considering buying a house. The house was occupied by tenants who kept a Rottweiler-Labrador mixed dog.  Shelly accompanied her daughter on an inspection of the house. The tenants had informed the real estate broker that their dog would be closed up in the laundry, which no one should enter. The inspector and […]

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Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations

Jamie Fast lost her viable unborn son. She attributed the loss to an alleged failure by her health care providers to timely recognize and act upon the risk she would develop gestational diabetes. The Fasts sued for the mom’s own personal injury claim, and for a wrongful death claim for the loss of her baby. […]

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Tattoo Leads to Kidney Failure

Anna got a tattoo. The ink was apparently contaminated with bacteria when the tattoo artist received it from the distributor. Several of the tattoo artist’s clients, including Anna, suffered negative reactions. Most of the tattoo clients quickly recovered. Anna did not. Anna’s doctor diagnosed a bacterial infection at the tattoo site and prescribed antibiotics. The […]

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