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What is a "Free Legal Consultation"?

Posted by Bradley Thayer | Nov 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Often you might hear attorneys referred to as “counsel” or “counselors”—particularly in more formal courtroom-type settings.  Merriam-Webster defines a “counselor” as first: “a person who gives advice or counseling”; and, second, within the context of a lawyer, specifically: “one that gives a...

What You Should Know About Cowlitz County's Courts

Posted by William K. Thayer | Nov 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

This blog is a continuation of a series published earlier entitled, “What You Should Know about Clark County's Courts”.  As such, here I won't repeat the basic attributes of Washington state Small Claims, District Courts, and Superior Courts, nor reiterate the essential details of the Washing...

Collecting Washington PIP in Oregon Crashes

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Nov 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

This post is aimed more at practitioners than the public, and addresses an issue we see come up with some frequency when handling cross-border cases in Oregon and Washington. When I'm handling a case for a Washington-resident client who gets into a car crash in Oregon, I will sometimes get ...

Guidelines for the Lawyer-Client Relationship

Posted by William K. Thayer | Nov 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

This is a “how to practice” blog that you may want to read and think about if you are a young lawyer. It might be of interest to clients and prospective clients as well, offering insights against which can be measured attorney-client relationships being forged or already formed. While it is perti...

School District Safety: Protect the Students

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Oct 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

A good public school system is one of the principal building blocks for American society. School is special in many respects. Attendance is mandatory, up to a certain age. Once there, participation is hard to enforce, and the expectations are demanding on teachers, administrators, staff, bus dr...

Am I Greedy for Hiring an Attorney?

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

“Would anyone in the world ever ask for this?” This is a question I ask my clients all the time as they sit across from me and explain to me how someone else's carelessness (negligence) caused them injury. Another thing I tell them is, no matter what amount of money we might ultimately reco...

What If I'm In A Wreck and Don't Have Health Insurance?

Posted by Scott Edwards | Oct 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

I've seen this scenario play out too many times with my clients to not address this important question on our firm's blog. In fact, just today I spoke with a woman who, even though she had liability insurance, she had neither health insurance nor personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. ...

Washington Mandatory Arbitration Limits

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Oct 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

In previous posts we've at least touched on what an arbitration is, and what role it may play in a personal injury case—like here, here, and here. A lot of folks confuse arbitration with mediation. Mediation is where the parties to a lawsuit, by agreement or by court order, get together wit...

What You Should Know About Clark County Courts

Posted by William K. Thayer | Oct 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

Occasionally I am asked, which court in Clark County, Washington, should my personal injury, wrongful death, or property damage case (all of which are “tort claims”) be filed in?  It's a good question, and there are a lot of factors to consider.  This blog won't endeavor to address the tact...

A Singular Focus

Posted by Bradley Thayer | Oct 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

Our firm really only does one thing. We practice personal injury and wrongful death law (with rare exceptions). Granted, we do it in two states—Washington and Oregon. Granted, there are many different types or contexts in which injuries or death can occur. So, our practice is diverse and comp...

On Suing Friends or Family Members

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Sep 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

This is a question that commonly comes up in the context of a passenger injured in a motor vehicle collision. As personal injury attorneys, it is our job to allow our clients to make informed decisions about the important aspects of their case.  This includes forecasting potential problems ...

What is Expected of Me in Litigation as a "Plaintiff"?

Posted by Bradley Thayer | Sep 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

When it comes time to make a decision about whether or not my clients want to accept the top, pre-filing offer from the liability insurer or file a lawsuit and litigate the case, often times they want to know: “What is expected of me in the litigation process as the Plaintiff (the person br...

Back to School on Crosswalk Safety

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Sep 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Because kids are now back in school, I am reminded about the importance of pedestrian/crosswalk safety. It's vitally important that all drivers keep a proper lookout and respect pedestrian right-of-way's, especially with so many more children on foot. It's important not only to try and ensu...

Can I Drop My Case After Filing It?

Posted by William K. Thayer | Sep 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

People file lawsuits when they feel they have been legitimately harmed and the offer from the insurance company for the party-at-fault strikes them as unreasonable, unfair, and/or simply insufficient to remedy the harm/damages caused by the person whose conduct injured them. In our civil ju...

How Do I Get My Medical Records And Bills?

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Sep 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

For better and for worse, a large part of proving damages in a personal injury case involves producing medical records and the associated billings to the insurance company or its attorneys. There are several different ways of obtaining medical records to be able to provide it to them. If th...

Will I Get to Make the Important Decisions in My Case?

Posted by Bradley Thayer | Sep 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

The general consensus when it comes to criticism of personal injury attorneys seems to be either the attorney is not responsive in communicating with the client or that the client feels as though attorney did not appropriately involve a client in making the substantive, important decisions ...

What If I Miss Work Because of a Car Crash?

Posted by Scott Edwards | Sep 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

It is not uncommon that our clients miss at least a little bit of work time as a result of a collision. In reality most miss at least a little bit of work. Whether because the collision occurred on their way to work so they're just a couple hours late , or because they miss more substantial...

On Providing Referrals

Posted by William K. Thayer | Sep 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

I had a friend ask me recently who he should get to write a will for him. I gave him the names of a couple of colleagues that I know write wills, but I encouraged him to call and talk to these lawyers about his situation and how they charge fees before he hired one, actually, before he even...

Boating Safety Refresher

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Sep 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

It seems that here in our neck of the woods the summer heat is finally starting to arrive. Some will say “better late the never.” Some of you have enjoyed the cooler summer we've had thus far, more so than the past few scorchers. Even though the kids are getting ready to go back to school, ma...

An Open Letter to Hit and Run Drivers

Posted by Bradley Thayer | Aug 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

The main hard-and-fast belief I strive to live by is “do not actively hurt any other human being.” As simple as that might sound, if you read the news, it seems there are not as many people living by this mantra as there should be. So let's talk about hit and run drivers.  I have thought...

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