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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

Voluntary Intoxication and Consequences
Voluntary intoxication used as an offense sword or defensive shield. Washington Pattern Instruction (WPI) 12.01 states the following: “A person who becomes intoxicated is held to the same standard of care as one who is not so affected.” WPI 12.01. and…
Published Saturday, November 19, 2016

Call the police after a collision and know your location when you call
After collisions, people often assume there is no need to contact the police if there is an exchange of information. However, for accident reconstruction purposes, the law enforcement officer can document certain items that may be in dispute later. For…
Published Saturday, July 14, 2007

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

Driver's Intoxication and Passenger's Knowledge
Driver’s Intoxication and Plaintiff’s Passenger’s Knowledge Washington Pattern Instruction (WPI) 12.01.01 states the following: “If you find that: 1) A driver was intoxicated from the use of alcohol or drugs; and 2) The plaintiff voluntary rode in the…
Published Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Should a Plaintiff's Spouse Bring a Loss of Consortium Claim?
Should a Plaintiff’s Spouse Bring a Loss of Consortium Claim? Washington Pattern Instruction 32.04, the loss of consortium instruction, is based on an injury to the other spouse. But this instruction has been expanded of late to include other…
Published Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Wisdom when it comes time to settle
Following a car crash, many individuals become strapped for cash because they are out of work. They may decide to pay for items such as food, health care deductibles, etc. with a credit card, with the idea the at-fault driver’s insurance will…
Published Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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

Can a child be found negligent and thus contributorily negligent?
Can a child be found negligent and thus contributorily negligent? Yes, if they are less than 6 years old. Washington Pattern Instruction 11.03 states the following: “A child under the age of six years is incapable of contributory negligent. Therefore…
Published Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Measure of Damages – Elements of Noneconomic Damages
WPI 30.06 states, “The pain and suffering, both mental and physical [see RCW 4.56.250(1)(b)] experienced and with reasonable probability to be experienced in the future.” RCW 4.56.250(1)(b) – this statute holds noneconomic damages are “subjective…
Published Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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