Evaluation Of Tobin vs Department Of Labor Industries

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Jul 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

When resolving a personal injury claim by settlement against a third party, in the situation where Washington worker's compensation (Dept. of Labor and Industries/”LNI” or a self-insured employer/”SIE”) has paid the bills, under the Tobin case you must allocate the settlement between economic damages (medical bills, wage loss) and general damages (“pain and suffering”).

Dogs & Homeowners Insurance

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Jul 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

DOGS AND HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE In February my family welcomed a new puppy, a first for us. Just now, halfway through the year, I got around to calling my insurance agent to ask if my homeowners insurance needed to be updated to take this pooch into account. As we've written about before, dog owne...

¿Tengo que usar parte de mi liquidación o veredicto para devolver los beneficios recibidos de PIP?

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Jul 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

En ocasiones, cuando un caso está por terminar, ya sea por medio de una liquidación o por el veredicto de un jurado, los clientes piensan que el caso se ha acabado. Para muchos clientes es triste darse cuenta que una parte enorme de su caso de lesiones personales es analizar la manera de dividir el dinero de la liquidación o del veredicto. Uno de los lugares más comunes a los que va una buena porción de los fondos es a la propia compañía de seguros de nuestro cliente. Sin embargo, el reembolso de PIP no siempre es obligatorio, en cuyo caso nuestros clientes reciben una suma mayor de la liquidación o veredicto.

Clark County Burn Bans

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Jul 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

When allowed, recreational fires must be built in a metal, stone, or masonry-lined pit (such as those seen in campgrounds or sold in home and garden stores). Fires must not exceed 3 feet in diameter by 2 feet in height, must be at least 25 feet from a structure or other combustible material, and must have at least 20 feet of clearance from overhead fuels such as tree limbs, patio covers, or carports.

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...

City, County, and State Liability for Unsafe Roads – Washington Law

Posted by William K. Thayer | Jul 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

Under Washington state case law, a government entity has a duty to maintain its roads such that they are reasonably safe for ordinary travel.  But this duty is conditional, for it arises only when the government entity has notice of and time to correct the hazard in question.  Likewise, a county, town, or state has a duty to exercise ordinary care in the design, construction, maintenance, and repair of its public roads, streets, sidewalks, and bridges to keep them in a reasonably safe condition for ordinary travel. 

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.

Another Extension Of Oregon Statutes Of Limitation

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Jun 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Another Extension of Oregon Statutes of Limitation On a previous post, I explained part of the Oregon Legislature's response to Covid-19, by extending many civil statutes of limitation. The length of the extension depends on the state of emergency ordered by Oregon's Governor, Kate Brown. On Apr...

Alphabetical List Of Popular Car Insurance Terminology

Posted by Scott Edwards | Jun 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

Reading an automobile insurance policy can be hard.Talking to an insurance lawyer about your insurance policy can be even more difficult. Sometimes insurance lawyers are so experienced in insurance and the words used in insurance policies that we forget that many of the words are not common, that...

Do You Know The Leading Causes in Boating Fatalities?

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Jun 07, 2021 | 0 Comments

In what is becoming an annual tradition on this blog, I write to you today about boating safety. We've touched on it before- here, here, and here.  The waterways are looking a lot more appealing now that the sun is out, on at least a semi-regular basis. Despite the fairly detailed regulatory sch...

Oregon Statute of Limitations Extensions

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Mar 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

As part of the COVID-19 emergency orders, the state of Oregon has tolled the statute of limitations for personal injury and other cases through, at least, July 31, 2021. Best to file early, and to be aware of the specifics of the extension. But you may still have time to file a lawsuit in Oregon so long as the statute of limitations expired during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Should I Trust My Own Insurance Company?

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

 You're trying to navigate the maze of issues after a car crash: medical payments, property damage, rental cars, bodily injury settlements. You may find yourself asking, “should I trust my own insurance company?”, in terms of what they tell you, what they want you to do or sign, and regarding...

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