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Is a house always an asset?
Your house technically is not an asset if indeed you owe more than what it would bring on the open market. I would consider an asset to be anything of value you have that is not encumbered by debt. In order to find out what your net worth to be, you…
Published Wednesday, April 20, 2011

In California, what is the length of time for a medical malpractice statute of limitations?
The statute of limitations in California remained at one year for medical malpractice, even though other causes of action for personal injury were recently amended to two years. There are exceptions however if you’ve continued to treat with the…
Published Friday, April 22, 2011

Work-Product Privilege extended to PIP IME
Under the Harris v. Drake case, the court dealt with the question whether the independent medical exam (IME) doctor who performed an exam based on PIP coverage was work-product of that patient’s insurance company. The court said the opposing…
Published Monday, January 21, 2013

After a car accident, getting your bills paid
Car accidents injuries can be debilitating for any person. However, when medical bills are stacking up, you expect your auto insurance company to help you. In the state of Washington, most people injured in an accident have personal injury protection or…
Published Saturday, July 14, 2007

Uninsured & Underinsured Coverage - UIM - Auto Insurance that is a necessity
Uninsured & Underinsured Coverage - UIM - Auto Insurance that is a necessity Recently in our office we have been reminded of how important uninsured/uninsured(UIM) motorist coverage is for protecting oneself financially stemming from the effects of a…
Published Thursday, July 29, 2021

Immediately Following an Accident/Motor Vehicle Collision
Here is our attorney-approved, easy-to-remember list for what to do immediately following an accident: Protect: Keep yourself safe. Then, if able, determine if anyone else is injured or needing medical attention. Call 911 to report the collision and…
Published Monday, March 05, 2018

Assumption of the Risk - Recent California case
Assumption of Risk – is an affirmative defense used by a defendant to prevent a personal injury claim. Recently, during an NFL football game, Sal Alosi, a strength and conditioning coach for the New York Jets, stuck his knee out during a play and…
Published Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Assumption of Risk – Barring of Plaintiff’s Case
Assumption of Risk – Barring of Plaintiff’s Case Washington Pattern Instruction 13.03 is a complete defense to a plaintiff’s case if properly proved by the defendant. Assumption of risk as a defense has survived the adoption of contributory negligence…
Published Thursday, February 23, 2017

False Assumption - 9. My neighbor settled her own claim
My neighbor settled her own claim and obtained a good settlement. Many individuals think that perhaps a friend or relative can assist in the settlement of their personal injury claim. Maybe your loved one believes they successfully settled a claim…
Published Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Degree of Contributory Negligence
Determining the Degree of Contributory Negligence. Washington Pattern Instruction (WPI) 11.07 states the following: “If you find contributory negligence, you must determine the degree of negligence, expressed as a percentage, attributable to the person…
Published Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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