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Premises Liability - Highest Duty of Care owed to an Invitee
A possessor of land is obligated, to varying degrees, to those who come upon his or her land. The level of obligation is determined by the “status” or connection with the land. This is somewhat an antiquated legal perspective, and many other…
Published Friday, January 15, 2010

Premises Liability - Location, Location, Location
There are 3 definitions that govern premises liability as well as real estate property values. The State of Washington relies on an antiquated distinction articulated for numerous centuries, dating back to English Common Law – of liability and the duty…
Published Thursday, September 22, 2016

Nondelegable Duties
Nondelegable Duties Washington Pattern Instruction (WPI) 12.09 states the following: “(Fill in person or entity) is not relieved of its duty to (particular duty) by delegating or seeking to delegate that duty to another person or entity.” In the case of…
Published Friday, December 16, 2016

Premises Liability – What is your status?
What’s your status? This is a typical question for this day and age on Facebook. It also matters when it comes to law, specifically in the State of Washington, if you are going to recover from injuries sustained on another’s property it often…
Published Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Social host liability
Property owners owe a duty of care to their guests to exercise reasonable care. This is subject to much discussion on what was/is reasonable care. A property owner must either warn or create a safe environment for their guests. Washington case law states…
Published Saturday, March 17, 2007

Duty to investigate - onus is on the insurance company to do it correclty
Insurance companies have a duty to investigate a crash. They have an obligation to do it quickly and without a detrimental impact on their insured – the person who is covered by the insurance. Thus, when investigating a claim, their sole obligation…
Published Tuesday, November 17, 2009

False Assumption - 8. All my medical bills will be paid
All my medical bills will be paid because someone else is at fault. For an auto accident, the initial insurance you must look to for help in paying for medical treatment is your own automobile insurance. In the State of Washington, we have Personal…
Published Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Young Lawyer Gets 36.1 Million Dollar Verdict
The article that follows is a quick read ~ and a great example of why personal injury trial lawyers catch a bad “rap”. All that the media ever reports is the verdict! They don’t explain the precipitating facts ~ that the insurance…
Published Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Auto Insurance – What to think about when signing up for a new policy
When signing up a client with a new insurance policy, an auto insurer must follow several steps: First, Washington state law RCW 48.22.085 requires all auto liability insurers to offer personal injury protection (PIP) to their clients. Clients do not…
Published Friday, June 05, 2015

False Assumption - 2. The other driver admitted fault for the accident, so I don't think I need to call the police.
The other driver admitted fault for the accident, so I don’t think I need to call the police. As I mentioned in previous entries, a police officer can document important details following an auto accident. The traffic collision report can help…
Published Saturday, July 21, 2007

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