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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

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

What you need to prove for medical negligence claims
A former client recently asked me if she had a claim for medical malpractice. This is what i told her: It is possible there is a claim for medical negligence for the failure to provide adequate treatment for you. However, I wanted to go over some details…
Published Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Loss of Earning Capacity
What can you recover if you cannot work up to your capabilities? Washington Pattern instruction 30.08 stands for the proposition that one’s loss of earning capacity is the inability to earn money. This is separate from “lost earnings”. Loss of earning…
Published Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Auto Accident - Frequently Asked Questions
Auto Accident Injuries which stem from accidents occurring on streets or highways require one to make decisions often when one is suffering from shock or experiencing a rush of adrenaline. Be prepared for long-lasting effects from a collision. The…
Published Monday, August 18, 2008

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

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

Loss of Use after a Collision
A client recently asked me a question regarding loss of use of his vehicle. His vehicle was damaged in a collision and the other side delayed making an offer for the use of a rental car for approximately one week. The insurance company is now offering a…
Published Friday, February 04, 2011

Look Left Last
Recently, a couple of events in my life reminded me of a driving principal – you have to “Look Left Last”. Looking left last as you enter an intersection will eliminate many potential hazards to you and your loved ones. Drivers must look to their left…
Published Thursday, September 01, 2016

Vehicles Principally Garaged definition
Some cases have articulated this to mean what was the parties intention regarding the actual location of the vehicle in the state. If the insured intends to keep the vehicle in another state during the policy period, and does keep the vehicle in another…
Published Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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