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Snow Predicted: Should We Be Surprised? It's Winter!

Posted by William K. Thayer | Jan 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Car crashes occur for many reasons, but a big cause is snowy and icy road conditions. Snow is predicted here in the Clark County and Multnomah County area starting Tuesday or Wednesday. How can we best protect ourselves and our loved ones from the risks which nasty winter road conditions entail? ...

Winter Driving Reminder

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Jan 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

Will there be “snow in the valley” this year? As any longtime resident of our area knows, the answer is “who knows?” The only way to guarantee a snow encounter is to head to the mountains, which many of us will do one or more times this winter, for ski resorts, mountain retreats, snow parks, or p...

Get the Video

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

Ben Melnick ably covered the topic of “what to do if you're hurt at a business” in great detail earlier this year. I wanted to follow up and emphasize just one of the points he hit in that post. The point is: get the video.  And actually, it usually isn't quite that simple. You may not be a...

Oregon's Physician-Patient Privilege

Posted by Bradley Thayer | Dec 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

We've written a blog prior entitled: “What if There's Sensitive Stuff in my Medical Records?” –on some level the answer depends on whether your personal injury claim is filed in Washington or Oregon. As we stated in the prior blog post linked to and referenced above, the general rule (at least...

Loss of Use: The Law vs. The Practical

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

The law governing loss of use claims can lead to some pretty amazing potential results, but practical considerations can sometimes serve to tamp those down.  First, the law in Washington and Oregon: Washington A claimant is entitled to recover damages for loss of use during the period ...

What You Should Know About Skamania County's Courts

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

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

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...

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