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...

Can I End Up Owing Money at the End of my Case?

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Apr 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

In short, yes there is a situation where you could end up owing, but it is extremely rare and with appropriate advice from your attorney, it is an outcome that is usually avoidable as your case progresses.. This is a topic I simultaneously love to discuss with clients because it shows they c...

Should I Trust the Other Driver's Insurance Company?

Posted by Scott Edwards | Apr 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

Often times people who have been injured in the collision call us to tell us that an insurance company has offered them a few hundred dollars to resolve their personal injury claim. They relate to us that the insurance company adjuster has been “really nice” to them and was helping them to “pro...

What if I Lose My Job Because of My Injuries?

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

When a client is hurt badly enough that their medical providers say they cannot work, one of the major stressors in their lives can be whether they are going to have a job to go back to if and when they recover. It's a huge burden and worry for a client and their loved ones. And in many truly...

Will "Discovery" Invade My Right to Privacy?

Posted by William K. Thayer | Apr 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

Sometimes in the course of discussion about the pros and cons of proceeding into litigation a client will ask me, “Will the discovery process invade my right to privacy?” The short answer is – “Yes”. If “right to privacy” means an expectation on your part that you would be able to avoid having...

Building a Case Through Public Records

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Mar 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Federal, state, and local governments, as well as their various agencies and subparts, generate records for countless reasons. The public has a great interest in transparent government. As a result, there are laws on the books for the safekeeping and release of public records. Under federal law...

Can We Negotiate Up From a Lowball Offer?

Posted by Bradley Thayer | Mar 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

The short answer is: “Yes, maybe”.  As long as the initial lowball isn't so low it is offensive and would leave you—the injured person—“in the hole” financially speaking, there is a chance that productive back and forth negotiation could occur.  To see an overview of the typical personal injur...

Should I Keep a Journal After I Get Injured?

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Mar 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

So you've heard that your personal injury case might drag out a long while. You also know it's likely that someday a bunch of insurance adjusters, lawyers, and doctors are going to be asking you a lot of questions about what happened, what hurt, how long it hurt for, and how it impacted your ev...

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