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Medical Record Omissions

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Apr 07, 2020 | 0 Comments

When we represent clients in personal injury cases there are any number of things that attorneys for insurers can try to use to derail us, to cast doubt on the truthfulness of our clients. Some, although not enormous bombshells in a case, are problematic and come up repeatedly. They are inn...

COVID-19: Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

Posted by Scott Edwards | Apr 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on our world. Even if the virus has spared the lives of our friends and family members, life as we know it will never, ever, be the same. The world is changing—probably forever. Even if taking the health issues aside, for those of us older millennials who were aro...

COVID Client Letter

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Apr 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

COVID-19 has changed our day to day reality quickly, including how our cases are handled at this time. I'll share an e-mail, a version of which I wrote to several clients lately, because I think it fairly summarizes the state of things right now. I wrote this a little less than two weeks ag...

Schauermann Thayer Lobbies for Justice

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Mar 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

On January 28, 2020, Craig Schauermann, Scott Edwards, Brad Thayer, and I made an important appearance in Olympia.  It was for WSAJ's Lobby Day.  In short, WSAJ organizes a mad scramble of attorneys who represent injured persons and workers to meet with the Representatives and Senators from...

Some Thoughts On E-Scooters

Posted by Bradley Thayer | Mar 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

It may be readily apparent to everyone all the dangers that may come about with using e-scooters, but then again—maybe not.  Please bear with me. Exposure and Vulnerability Some of the most gruesome and awful injuries we see in our personal injury and wrongful death law practice resul...

Technology vs. Tradition: Working From Home

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Mar 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Necessity is the mother of invention” is one of my favorite sayings. We don't “need” to do something until we really “need” to figure it out. I've often used it to explain some mild procrastination. Scott Edwards recently mused over how technology might change personal injury law.  With...

Technology and the Law

Posted by Scott Edwards | Mar 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Today I'm not working at the office. Instead, I am sitting on hard wooden bleachers at the Clackamas Academy for Industrial Sciences—a middle school in Oregon City Oregon. I'm here watching my oldest son, Caden, compete in his first Robotics team competition. I have been absolutely amazed by the ...

What Else to Watch for After an Automobile Accident

Posted by William K. Thayer | Mar 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

A recent Columbian newspaper article headline read: “21% in ‘17 fatal crashes had THC in system”. It went on to explain that since marijuana has been legalized, the incidence of Washington drivers impaired by marijuana causing fatal crashes has increased significantly. Actually, the numbers pract...

Case Update: Pacheco v. Oregon Mutual

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Mar 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Washington Court of Appeals recently clarified that insurers cannot exclude diminished value claims when an innocent person has his or her car damaged by an uninsured driver.  Pacheco v. Oregon Mutual Ins. Co., 447 P.3d 207 (2019).  To help explain what that means, its useful to take a ...

Is My Personal Injury Settlement Subject to Taxation?

Posted by Scott Edwards | Feb 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

NOTE: I AM A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER, I AM NOT A TAX PROFESSIONAL. EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT TAX LAW I LEARNED 12 YEARS AGO DURING A SINGLE SEMESTER OF TAX WHILE IN LAW SCHOOL. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS BEYOND WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THIS POST, I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONSULT A LEGAL OR TAX PROFESSIONA...

Who is Atticus Finch?

Posted by Scott Edwards | Feb 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

 “To Kill a Mockingbird” is perhaps my favorite book—it certainly holds a place among my top three novels. Authored in 1960 by Harper Lee, it tells the fictional story of Atticus Finch, his six-year old daughter Jean Louise Finch—nicknamed Scout, and her older brother Jeremy—nicknamed Jem. ...

Valentine's Day Reminder

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Feb 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

With Valentine's Day approaching fast, I thought it would be wise to remind all of our Washington-driver lovebirds out there about the legal requirement that they save their affections for non-driving situations. Brad Thayer touched on this a while back here as part of his review of interes...

Announcing Ben Melnick as Newest Partner

Posted by William K. Thayer | Feb 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

We are pleased to announce that, as of January 1, 2020, Ben Melnick has been made a partner.  He joined the firm in 2018, and he has proven himself to be a stellar advocate for injured people.  We are excited for the future Ben has to offer for the firm, and we are proud to call him our par...

On Using Your Turn Signal

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Feb 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

To close out 2019, Washington's Supreme Court weighed in on a topic some might consider trivial, but which impacts something many of us do dozens of times each day: using our turn signals while driving. This appellate case stemmed from a 2015 DUI arrest in Kennewick. While officers were ...

Access to Justice Update - Washington State

Posted by William K. Thayer | Feb 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

In an article entitled “Justice Compromised: Immigration Arrests at Washington State Courthouses”, published by the University of Washington's Center for Human Rights on October 16, 2019, https://jsis.washington.edu/humanrights/2019/10/16/ice-cbp-courthouse-arrests/, U.S. Immigration and Cu...

Can I Afford a Lawyer?

Posted by Scott Edwards | Jan 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

How much is this going to cost me? Do you offer free legal consultations? I don't have any money for a retainer, will you still represent me? These are questions I am frequently asked during an initial consultation with a potential client. During these meetings those who come to meet with m...

Access to Justice Update - Oregon

Posted by William K. Thayer | Jan 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

There have been at least two significant developments in Oregon over the last year, endeavoring to enhance the opportunity for equal access to justice for immigrants, and actually for all persons who may have any business in Oregon courts (remember that courts cannot function effectively unle...

How Do We Measure Success for Our Clients?

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Jan 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

As personal injury attorneys, it is easy to think that success for our clients can be measured simply by the dollar amount recovered on a case. As important as that is to most cases, it is by no means the beginning and the end of the analysis. I often tell my clients that all my work can be...

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