STJSE Proudly Announces its 2019 "Super Lawyers"

Posted by William K. Thayer | Jul 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Craig Schauermann and Scott Edwards each earned honors again by their inclusion as 2019 “Super Lawyer”  and “Rising Star” selectees, respectively, by Law and Politics Magazine.  In 2019, Brad Thayer was named a “Rising Star” selectee for the first time also. Every year Super Lawyers selects atto...

Will the Jury Know What Was Offered to Settle?

Posted by William K. Thayer | Jun 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Often times in the practice, I hear a client say something like, “Well, the jury will at least decide to award the amount that the insurance company offered, right?”. Since that's not a safe assumption, let's talk about why. Usually, before a case gets to trial, settlement negotiations have...

USAA and Denial of PIP Benefits

Posted by Scott Edwards | Jun 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Being a personal injury attorney, we can often see patterns in how insurance companies adjust and resolve claims. Sometimes, for example, the pendulum swings toward settling claims and saving on defense costs (meaning, the insurance company might be okay paying a little bit more to settle a claim...

Pedestrian Deaths in the United States on the Rise

Posted by William K. Thayer | Jun 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Some 6,227 people died as pedestrians around the nation after being hit by motor vehicles in 2018. More than in any year since 1990. According to a Wall Street Journal article published Thursday, February 28, 2019, entitled "Pedestrian Deaths Highest Since 1990", pedestrian traffic fatalities ...

Premises Medical Payments Coverage

Posted by Bradley Thayer | May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

“Medical payments” insurance coverage is something we encounter fairly often in the premises liability cases that we handle.  Automobile insurance policies will sometimes have a specific coverage called “medical payments coverage”, but most often, in Washington State and Oregon, there is a spec...

Responsible Dog Ownership

Posted by Scott Edwards | May 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

My family recently added a new member to our family. Jimmy came to us when he was almost six months old and has almost literally turned our world upside down. Being first time dog owners, we didn't really know what rules and laws applied to him and to us. We guessed many dog owners were equal...

What if Someone Intentionally Injures Me?

Posted by Scott A. Staples | May 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Most of the injury claims we see in our office, and going through the courts, are of the unintentional variety- some form and degree of negligence on the part of the bad actor.  Of course, intentional injuries do occur.  Intentional injuries to the body can involve vehicles, fists, or weapons, ...

What Does "MMI" Mean?

Posted by William K. Thayer | May 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

You may have heard a doctor, attorney, or a medical or legal assistant use the acronym “MMI” before. As in, “I think your condition is at MMI.” But what does that mean? Well, the letters MMI simply stand for “maximum medical improvement”. And, what that phrase means is that to the extent yo...

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