Seat Belt Use In Washington & Oregon

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Aug 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

“Seat Belts Save Lives” is not just a public service announcement; it is reality. A recent publication by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) found a clear correlation between seat belt usage and lower rates of death in automobile collisions.  The study looked at overall ...

The Rescue Doctrine in Washington & Oregon

Posted by William K. Thayer | Aug 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

Welcome to a basic primer on “the Rescue Doctrine”. If a careless person puts himself or another at risk of injury, and a third person is trying to help gets hurt, can they be held responsible for the attempted rescuer's damages? The answer in Washington State as well as in Oregon is definitely, “Yes”. 

Washington’s Unsecured Load Law & It's Origin

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Jul 09, 2021 | 0 Comments

A near-death experience will change any person. But when a parent sees a child have a near death experience, a law will change. When Robin Abel's daughter, Maria, was almost killed by an unsecured load outside Seattle, she knew something would have to change to limit these preventable events. Ms...

Can I Go To A Chiropractor After A Car Accident?

Posted by William K. Thayer | Jul 02, 2021 | 0 Comments

We don't like giving unduly influence our clients' course of medical care.  We are not doctors.  We don't play pretend.  We do try and help our clients solve problems on every level. Sometimes a big problem is being able to obtain the medical care they need to address their injuries and symptoms—but, even then, we stay in our lane as much as possible.

What's Up with "Diminished Value"?

Posted by Bradley Thayer | Mar 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

After a car has been wrecked and repaired, it is simply worth less money. The eventual potential buyer of a wrecked car is either going to ask about the crash history or get some sort of Carfax or similar report and find out about it, probably. There is a stigma associated with cars which have been involved in crashes, right or wrong. It can be necessary to hire a "diminished value" legal expert to measure the amount of this damage.

The Anatomy Of An Insurance Claim

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Jan 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

 It seems that most of my day is spent on the phone talking to insurance adjusters. Over the years, I have formed some outside impressions that my clients seem to find helpful to make sense of how the whole personal injury claim process works. To be fair, this is probably painting with too br...

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