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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

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

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

PIP IME's - When a medical exam is not truly objective?
When your automobile insurance company schedules you for a medical exam, often called an IME, be aware the exam will not be conducted like a typical exam performed by your physician. The IME - referring to “independent medical exam” probably…
Published Thursday, May 07, 2015

Pedestrian struck by car has ability to access personal injury protection benefits of the striking vehicle
An often overlooked provision in a motor vehicle insurance policy is the benefits a pedestrian is entitled to upon being struck by a vehicle. A pedestrian, (a person afoot – which includes a wheelchair and bicyclists) who may or not have their own…
Published Friday, February 05, 2010

Washington Public Policy Encourages Broad Insurance Coverage for Injured Persons
In insurance policy disputes, the court will look to insurance policy, to determine if the policy has the proper phrases and blank which allow the insurance company and the insured to understand their rights and responsibilities Before an accident…
Published Thursday, January 04, 2018

Proximate Cause - Superseding Cause
WPI 15.05 – “A superseding cause is a new independent cause that breaks the chain of proximate causation between a defendant’s negligence and an injury/event. …“It is not necessary that the sequence of events or the particular resultant injury/event is…
Published Monday, January 09, 2017

Negligence of spouse cannot be imputed to the other spouse
Negligence of one spouse cannot be imputed to the other spouse. Washington Pattern Instruction (WPI) 11.04.01 states the following: “Negligence, if any, of one spouse or domestic partner is not imputed or charged to the other spouse or domestic partner.”…
Published Thursday, November 10, 2016

7 STEPS TO GOAL SETTING
A significant skill a person can have is the ability to set a goal, and then accomplish that goal. These seven (7) steps are a good starting place for anybody who hopes to achieve their goals. IDENTIFY YOU GOAL – You must have a target for what you are…
Published Monday, May 21, 2018

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