Seattle Personal Injury Attorney

Passion for justice. Empathy for people.

Sometimes life reminds us just how much we take for granted. The simple things we enjoy doing. Quality time with the people we care about. When these things are taken away we realize how precious they are. That is what your personal injury case is "worth." We never forget this and channel these thoughts into a zealous pursuit of justice for you.

A personal injury case is ultimately not about law. It is about people. It is about needless suffering. Personal injury law is as much about genuine empathy as it is about lawyering. A big part of our philosophy is to treat clients as people, not mere cases.

As part of that commitment, an experienced personal injury attorney will personally handle your case from start to finish. You will never be handed off to a newbie or unlicensed "negotiator."

Safety and Convenience.

In response to the pandemic we prefer meeting by phone and/or online. Home or hospital visits are available if your injury prevents other methods.

No settlement, no attorney fee.

We do not get paid until you do. We handle personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis. That means you never pay an attorney fee unless and until the case is resolved in your favor and you receive monetary compensation for your injuries.

Statute of limitations.

Any claim, no matter how meritorious, must be initiated in court by filing and proper legal service of process before the applicable statute of limitations runs. Also, it is important to start gathering and preserving evidence early. Contact a personal injury attorney for a no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation today.

 

$475,000 at mediation. Original offer of $150,000.

$475,000 settlement in mediation for client who lost her spleen and suffered other injuries in a motor vehicle accident. Original offer of $150,000.

"Travis works hard for his clients and is a bright lawyer."

Colleague endorsement, May 2012.

$82,500 settlement after client offered only $8,000 before hiring our attorney.

The insurance company offered only $8,000, an amount well less than his medical expenses.

He hired us. We settled the case for $82,500 without having to go to court.

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- Feedback from a continuing legal education seminar company.

May 03, 2013.

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Personal Injury Law Pocket Briefs

Short Outlines on Personal Injury Law

Free personal injury case evaluation.

Contact us today for a free, no-obligation personal injury case evaluation.

No attorney fee until you receive compensation for your injuries.

206-801-1188

What a personal injury attorney can do for you.

A personal injury attorney will

  • Gather and preserve evidence including vehicle black boxes, witness statements, surveillance videos, store and preserve the vehicle, issue subpoenas, and retaining medical, accident reconstruction, and other experts.
  • Negotiate a settlement with strategies to maximize your personal injury compensation, gleaned from years of experience and training.
  • If settlement negotiations fail, file the personal injury case in court with appropriate motions and other litigation strategies to put you in the best position to continue negotiations or if need be successfully litigate the personal injury claim.
    • Most cases settle even if filed in court. Hiring an attorney does not mean you will have to go to court.
    • Being treating unfairly by insurance companies causes you to have to go to court. If you have an attorney, they fear you.
  • Review all insurance coverage (including your own) to ensure you are treated fairly and are fully compensated. Even though you do not pay the attorney until you are financially compensated, as part of the settlement you may be entitled to partial reimbursement from your own insurance company for the attorney contingency fee.

Personal Injury Practice Areas

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Auto Accidents

We have been honored and privileged to represent people injured in auto accidents for more than twenty years. Our cases include past and current clients who suffered catastrophic injuries requiring emergency surgery.

The photos below are not stock photos. Our clients were seriously injured in these collisions. Call 206-801-1188 for a free case evaluation. We are working remotely. No office visit is required.

Pedestrian Accidents

For obvious reasons, pedestrian accidents are especially dangerous and often result in serious injury. We have represented pedestrian accident victims whose lives were forever altered.

Our clients have included people walking home to or from work in their normal work attire, but the insurance companies tried to blame them (as they are fond of doing) for wearing clothes that were "too dark."

We obtained a six-figure settlement for a client who was "jay-walking" in an unmarked crosswalk at night and as a result of concussion could not remember the accident.

Call us at 206-801-1188 for a free case evaluation. No office visit is necessary.

Airplane Accident Injury

In addition to tragic air travel catastrophes that make the news, air travelers are injured by luggage falling from overhead, beverage carts, and scalding liquids.

Air travel is governed by a complex web of US and international laws. Speak to an attorney to help untangle that web. Call 206-801-1888 for a no-obligation no-cost case evaluation. No office visit is necessary.

 

Insurance Bad Faith

Insurance companies are not on your side.

Insurance companies are on their shareholders’ side, not yours–but do not just take our word for it:

“I ripped off a lot of people and I feel bad about that….My goal at the time was to save [the insurance company] money, not settle claims for what the case was worth.”

–An adjuster for a major insurance company as quoted in the Wall Street Journal. 

Insurance companies hire legions of lawyers and investigators to resists personal injury claims. You need someone on your side.  If you are an injury victim, you need a personal injury attorney to review your case and advise you. We offer a free, no-obligation personal injury case evaluation.

Slip and Fall Injury Cases

Slip and fall, or premises liability, are among the most challenging personal injury cases for an injured person to bring. The retail businesses and their insurance companies fight even the most meritorious slip and fall claims. Some colleagues do not accept these types of cases.

We have successfully pursued slip and fall claims, including for clients who underwent surgeries as a result of their injuries. We are happy to go over your claim in a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. No office visit is necessary.

Call 206-801-1188.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most Popular Personal Injury FAQs

Hiring an attorney shows you are serious. Showing you are serious is the only way you will be treated fairly.

Most cases do not go to trial, even if filed in court. Having said that, you must be prepared to go to trial if necessary, and you must show it.

The stark reality is that the insurance industry looks at your claim as a cost item in their business ledger. Only if they fear your personal injury claim will they make a fair and reasonable offer. They only fear your personal injury claim if you show you are ready to go to court if you must.

The surest and fastest path to a full and fair out of court settlement is to show you are ready to go all the way if you have to. Showing you are willing to litigate the case is the best way, sometimes the only way, to assure a fair and just result without having to go to trial. And that is the reason you hire a lawyer.

Contact us for a free personal injury case evaluation.

Not necessarily.

The right of way is important, and if there is no genuine dispute about who had the right of way that is a big deal. But, it may not be the whole deal.

Washington courts hold that the right of way is “relative rather than absolute.” Both the favored driver (the one with the right of way) and the disfavored driver (the one lacking the right of way) must exercise ordinary care.

The favored driver may by law assume other drivers will yield unless and until a point a driver exercising reasonable care would realize that the disfavored driver is not going to yield.

Fault is comparative, meaning both drivers could be found partly at fault under the facts of a particular case.

Sometimes fault is cut-and-dried. Sometimes it’s not, even if you have the right of way.

Just because you signed a release or waiver might not mean you do not have a personal injury case.

As is often true of legal questions, the short answer is: it depends.

The legalese explanation is that a waiver is not enforceable if it violates public policy, or it is inconspicuous (it is in the “fine print.”).

Parents cannot waive the claims of minors in hold harmless agreements.

Landlords cannot use hold harmless provisions to avoid liability for failure to maintain the property.

There are many other situations in Washington in which courts will not enforce hold harmless agreements. Read our pocket brief on hold harmless agreements, or for advice about your circumstances contact our office for a free personal injury case evaluation.

The short answer is, it depends. If you are injured at someone else’s fault you have a legal right to fair and just compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Damages for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life are subjective and will depend on how the injury has impacted your life. Can you enjoy the same hobbies and activities? Has your day-to-day life changed? How so? Do you require assistance?

Only after an attorney takes times to get to know your case, and more importantly gets to know you, can a meaningful number be put on the case value.

No face-to-face meeting is required. While we can come to you if your injury prevents travel, you can also choose to speak to us via phone and/or online, and complete all paperwork electronically.

Insurance companies frequently challenge injury claims, including the medical bills. The at-fault party’s insurance company or even your own insurance company might challenge the amounts your doctor charged, or hire a doctor to challenge whether all the treatment was medically necessary. This can be rather frustrating to someone just following doctor’s orders and trying to get better.

If the insurance companies fight even the medical bills, it should be no surprise that they often resist full, fair, and reasonable compensation for all legitimate damages.

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$100,000 (policy limits) settlement

Our client was not in a marked crosswalk. She was “jaywalking” at night. We successfully argued the driver nevertheless should have seen her and should have avoided hitting her.  We settled her personal injury claim for $100,000. 

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Bicycle Safety Laws in Washington

Here are a few bicycle safety tips and laws. You can find more bicycle safety tips on the Washington Dept. of Transportation website and the League of American Bicyclists “Smart Cycling” page. Always ride a bicycle with the flow of traffic. Wear a helmet. You should always wear helmet foe safety when cycling. As for […]

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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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