Assault Victim Sues Apartment

This article discusses a Court of Appeals opinion our firm did not participate in. Gilberto was walking home one night when he noticed two men following him. They assaulted Gilberto in a poorly lit area of the apartment complex in which he lived. Gilberto sued the apartment complex. He alleged that the apartment was aware […]

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Injured by a Foreign Driver

When I was in law school and working for a law firm we had a client who was badly burned by a defective gas grill. The manufacturer was a Mexican company. I had to research how to serve the Mexican company as one of the defendants, found the answer in a treaty. A recent Washington […]

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Christmas Cheer and a Broken Arm

Suzette worked for Frontier Bank. In December 2009, her employer instructed her to visit some local businesses that did their baking with Frontier Bank. Suzette visited one such business, walked out, and headed next door to another business. Before she reached the next door Suzette found herself on the ground. She had seen no obstruction […]

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Child Burned by Radiator in Apartment

Renato and Joleen lived with their two small children in an apartment. One day when Joleen was alone with the kids Joleen heard one child screaming. She was in the bathroom, and could not see the kids. At first she assumed it was horseplay. When the screaming continued Joleen went to investigate. Joleen discovered her […]

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Injured Woman Sues School District

A woman frequently visited a high school to use its running track. On one occasion she took a different route, one that required her to step down from the bleachers onto the track. She did not accurately perceive the rise that separated the bleachers from the track surface. As she took the step, she fell […]

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Washington State Supreme Court Hears Medical Malpractice Appeal

Darla suffered from sleep apnea.  She underwent surgery involving cutting bone on the upper and lower jaws to advance them, thereby opening airway space to improve her breathing.   After surgery Darla suffered pain and green pus exuded from one of her surgical wounds. She went for a follow-up. She continued to experience pain and […]

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Personal Injury Case Hinges on Service of Process

Bad Things Come to Those Who Wait. While it is often best to attempt to settle a personal injury case before filing a lawsuit—insurance companies do not always make reasonable offers, sometimes not even enough to cover medical expenses.   If a personal injury lawsuit is the only realistic option, filing the personal injury lawsuit […]

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Bicyclist Inured in Park Sues City of Bellingham

A bicyclist riding in a city park attempted to steer around a speed bump.  The speed bump was painted yellow.  The City had placed an asphalt berm between the speed bump and the curb in order to divert water. The berm was about one inch shorter than the speed bump. It was not pained. The […]

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Overhead Box Falls on Hardware Store Customer

A Lowe’s Home Improvement customer was viewing a kitchen counter display when a box fell from above and hit her between the eyes. She never saw it coming.   The box was not part of the kitchen counter display. The box was on a high shelf, out of reach of customers, and accessible only by […]

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Woman Injured on ATV

Dori moved back to her father’s rural home to help care for him after he was diagnosed with cancer. Her father kept an all-terrain-vehicle (ATV), which he had modified so the driver could swift from two-wheel-drive to four-wheel-drive. 

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