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Availability of First Party Coverage, namely Personal Injury Protection after a collision
First Party insurance is insurance purchased by the injured person or provided by the government or employer which provides insurance coverage that extends to the injured person because of his or her status at the time of the injury. The following is a…
Published Saturday, June 05, 2010

Combining Pattern Instructions
When submitting economic and noneconomic damage instructions in a personal injury case, the jury instruction can include multiple jury instructions compiled together making it easier for the court to articulate these instructions. Washington Pattern…
Published Monday, June 26, 2017

Under the Influence of Alcohol or any Drug - Definition
Under the Influence of Alcohol or any Drug – Definition WPI 16.04 states the following: “A person is under the influence of alcohol or any drug if, as a result of using alcohol or any drug, the person’s ability to act as a reasonably careful person…
Published Tuesday, January 17, 2017

About Edward C. Harper and Harper Law PLLC
Throughout the past sixteen years practicing personal injury, insurance claims and medical malpractice, Ed has been successful in a variety of claims and/or lawsuits.
Published Monday, April 25, 2016

A Defense to Negligence – Exculpatory Agreements
A properly executed exculpatory agreement, also known as a hold harmless or a general liability release can overcome a claim for negligence. Thus, a defendant will often successfully defeat a plaintiff’s claim of negligence if certain factors are…
Published Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Choosing the Right Insurance Company and Coverages
A friend of mine recently asked if she could lower her insurance coverage. Here are some of my thoughts: Not all Insurance Companies are Equal First, not all insurance companies are equal. Some handle their claims better than others. And a first party…
Published Friday, April 03, 2015

Contributory Negligence and Why It Matters
What is contributory negligence? Contributory negligence is defined in the State of Washington as “negligence on the part of a person claiming injury or damage that is a proximate cause of the injury or damage claimed.” WPI 11.01. The essence of…
Published Thursday, October 27, 2016

Recent Washington case reviews Assumption of Risk
Assumption of Risk – The State of Washington follows the common law more closely than California as a complete defense to a personal injury claim. Assumption of risk is defined as a plaintiff’s voluntary choice to encounter a known risk. In…
Published Thursday, January 06, 2011

Getting Your Medical Bills Paid
Our clients often ask us “Who is going to pay my bills?” and we tell them, in all honesty – it depends. However, these four steps will help illuminate what happens regarding insurance billing in most cases following a motor vehicle collision. (I’m…
Published Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Family Car - Liability issues
Many parents ask me this question: “Am I responsible for any injuries which result from my son or daughter crashing the family car? This is a common question and often causes many gray hairs for parents. The answer is “yes” for most of…
Published Tuesday, October 06, 2009

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