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Auto Accidents

Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 35. According to statistics released by the United States Department of Transportation, there were approximately 6.3 million auto accidents in the United States in 2004, with these accidents…
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Drunk Driving Accidents Require Experienced Representation

Every 50 minutes a person dies in a drunk driving accident in the United States, and every 60 seconds someone is injured by a drunk driver. One third of all Americans will be involved in a drunk driving accident at some time in their life. Clearly, driving under…
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Head-On Collisions

When two vehicles speeding toward each other crash head to head, the force of the impact is twice as hard. Head-on crashes are more likely to result in fatalities and severe, life-changing injuries than any other types of car accident. Catastrophic injuries often…
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Personal Injury

Personal injury refers to the area of law that seeks to protect victims who are harmed (caused personal injury or wrongful death) by the negligence of another person or entity. Negligence is defined as the failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person, under…
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Property Damage

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 30, 797 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2009. Motor vehicle crashes are an inevitable fact of driving on the highways and other road systems. Damages to vehicles involved in crashes…
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Diminished Value

No one wants to buy a vehicle that has been in an accident. If your vehicle is involved in an accident and has been repaired, you will receive less when you sell it. This is called diminished value. Knowing what your car’s worth both before and after an accident…
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Product Liability

Every year thousands of people are injured in the United States due to defective products. Fortunately, individuals or companies responsible for these injuries are held accountable due to the product liability laws in the United States. Product liability cases are often…
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Nursing Abuse

If you trusted a nursing home or assisted living facility to care for a family member or loved one, and now you suspect abuse, you are not alone. Sadly, nursing home abuse among our seniors is on the rise. Every year one out of four nursing homes is cited for causing…
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Premise Liability

Slip and fall injuries are the second leading cause of injury in the United States. A slip and fall is an injury which occurs when someone slips, trips, or falls as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition through the negligence of a property or business…
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Dog Bites

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year. Of those dog bites, about 800,000 cause serious injuries that require medical attention. Of the millions of people bitten by dogs each year, the majority…
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Boating Accidents

Each year thousands of people are injured and hundreds of people are killed in boating accidents. Boating and personal watercraft accidents often occur due to negligence. They can result in serious and sometimes deadly injuries. These accidents can happen on a…
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Motorcycle Accidents

More than 80% of all motorcycle accidents result in injury or death. In the State of Washington during 2009 there were 69 fatalities related to Washington motorcycle accidents. Of the 69 fatalities 23 were because of alcohol and drugs, 9 were because of not using a helmet…
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Brain Injury

Every year in America, nearly 100,000 people suffer serious brain injuries that require medical treatment and affect their ability to perform everyday activities. According to the Brain Injury Association of Washington, one out of ten people in Washington…
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Wrongful Death

A wrongful death occurs when a person is killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another individual, company or entity. An action for wrongful death belongs to the decedent’s immediate family members (distributees). The most common distributees are surviving…
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Bed Sores

Bed sores typically happen to patients who have not changed position for long periods of time. These sores are often referred to as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers. They are usually caused by ongoing unrelieved pressure and can occur on any area of the…
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Cerebral Palsy

An injury at birth to an infant’s brain can cause cerebral palsy, a type of movement disorder. Many cases of cerebral palsy are caused by preventable medical errors. This is the most common type of serious birth injury. According to some estimates, at least two…
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Cerebral Palsy

An injury at birth to an infant’s brain can cause cerebral palsy, a type of movement disorder. Many cases of cerebral palsy are caused by preventable medical errors. This is the most common type of serious birth injury. According to some estimates, at least two…
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Compensation for Victims of Crimes

When you’ve been a victim of crime, you will deal with police and prosecutors to bring the perpetrator to justice in the criminal courts. But as a crime victim, you may have suffered from physical injury, loss of property, mental anguish, and psychological…
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Medical Malpractice

Medical professionals hold people’s lives in their hands, and because of this, they need to be held to a high standard of care. We trust that they have the education and skill to heal, not harm. Of course not every illness or injury can be cured, but it is the…
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Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions are the most frequent of all kinds of car accidents, totaling around 2.5 million per year in the United States, or 29.6 percent of all car crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Tailgating, or following the…
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Sexual Abuse of the Elderly in Washington Nursing Homes

Any form of care facility has breached its duty of care when staff fails to protect elderly patients from sexual assault. Sexual abuse is when someone makes sexual contact with the elderly person without the person’s consent. In addition to actual sex acts…
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Signs that an Elderly Person is being abused or neglected

For families with older members living in nursing homes, it is imperative to be familiar with signs of abuse and neglect and be alert to any red flags pointing to even the possibility of abuse. One step to take is to find a safer facility where the victim can reside. After the…
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Birth Injuries

Most births today take place in hospitals where mothers trust that having the assistance of trained professionals will ensure an uneventful delivery and a healthy baby. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and babies are sometimes born with serious injuries. An estimated…
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Truck Accident Injury Claims

Not all truck accidents are caused by large tractor-trailers. In Washington, many accidents are caused by vans, delivery trucks, dump trucks, garbage trucks, moving trucks, and courier service trucks. Some are owned by individuals, for example a plumber, electrician, or landscaper…
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Anesthesia Errors

Anesthesia makes life-saving medical procedures possible, and most anesthesiologists and nurse-anesthetists are well-trained, careful, and competent. But when they are not and anesthesia goes wrong, serious problems, including death, can result. Anesthesia errors are often an…
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Playground Injuries

Play is an essential aspect of child development. Children need outdoor play, which means they need to have access to safe playgrounds. Playgrounds give children the opportunity to get the exercise they need while making friends and having fun, but they are also a place where children…
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Elderly Abuse

The older population is growing rapidly, a trend that the U.S. Census Bureau predicts will continue until 2030 when the last of the baby boom generation turns 65. The over-65 population is projected to be double in 2030 what it was in 2000, increasing from 35 million to 72 million. As the…
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Emergency Room Errors

Emergency room staff, from triage nurses to EMTs to physicians, are required to make critical judgments—quickly and accurately. The ability to provide on the spot care while remaining cool under pressure are indispensible traits of an effective emergency room doctor or…
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Failure to Diagnose Cancer

When cancer is discovered and treated early, before it has spread from its original site, it is often completely curable. Early diagnosis, in many cancers, makes the difference between living and dying. When a patient visits a physician with a complaint, whether major or minor, it is incumbent…
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Hazardous Building Accidents

When building owners are less than diligent in the upkeep of their property, conditions often deteriorate, and the buildings become hazardous and a threat to the safety of the public. Hazardous buildings include both occupied and vacant buildings. Buildings are hazardous if they have structural…
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Infant Brain Damage

While childbirth is a natural process that can usually be expected to proceed without complications, most mothers in the United States choose to deliver their babies in a hospital to provide an extra measure of safety in the event a complication should arise. Women put their trust…
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Negligent Security

Property owners are responsible for maintaining their premises in a safe condition, and this means taking reasonable precautions to prevent people on the premises from becoming victims of crime. This is especially important if the property is located in an area that is known for…
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Semi Truck Accidents

When a passenger vehicle, motorcycle, or pedestrian is involved in an accident with an enormous 18-wheel semi truck, the results can be catastrophic. These huge trucks usually weigh in the neighborhood of 80,000 pounds when loaded, so they can cause serious damage…
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Sidewalk Accidents

Sidewalks, over time, often become uneven, slippery, cracked, or otherwise dangerous. This can happens because of tree roots growing under the pavement, freezing and thawing, irrigation systems, or normal wear and tear. Sidewalk falls can cause serious injuries including…
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Taxi Accidents

Taxi drivers make their money by maximizing the number of fares they get in a shift. This often leads to aggressive driving, and aggressive driving is a major cause of injury accidents in Washington. Speeding, unsafe lane changes, weaving in traffic, failing to yield the right of way…
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Texting While Driving Accidents

A large majority of adults in the United States now own cell phones—about 83 percent. The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that 73 percent of those cell phone users send and receive text messages, and that the majority of these people actually prefer…
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