What If the Person Who Hit Me Was Drinking at a Bar?

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Feb 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

What If the Person Who Hit Me Was Drinking at a Bar? Often when people are involved in car crashes, everything in the immediate aftermath turns into a blur. Getting to a place of safety and securing medical help for those who need it is the primary concern. But in the chaos of a crash scene,...

What does "Litigation" mean?

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

To be technical, the word "litigation" is based on the intransitive verb "to litigate". According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, to litigate means "to carry on a legal contest by judicial process", or "to decide and settle in a court of law". But that doesn't tell you much about the l...

A Brief History Of Schauermann Thayer

Posted by Scott Edwards | Feb 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

A Brief History of Schauermann Thayer Would you believe our office used to be a gas station? It's true. Years before Craig Schauermann and Bill Thayer purchased the building in 1986 however, it had already been converted into office space. That was a lifetime ago—at least for the younger att...

Immigration Status In Civil Discovery

Posted by William K. Thayer | Feb 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

If One's Immigration Status is Generally Not Admissible in Washington, Must a Party Answer Questions About His or Her Undocumented Status at Deposition? Short answer: Typically, not.  Given the fact that one's immigration status is generally not admissible in Washington courts, it follows t...

Is my case going to trial?

Posted by Bradley Thayer | Jan 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

We've outlined the typical personal injury claim process before in a blog post you can find here. If there was a timeline done of the typical personal injury claim, the latter portion of the timeline would be the litigation phase (everything that happens after filing a lawsuit) and the final...

My Insurance Company Wants me to Attend an "Independent Medical Exam," What Should I Do?

Posted by Scott Edwards | Jan 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Insurance companies have the right under almost all automobile insurance policies to verify you’re your medical treatment is “reasonably and necessarily incurred as a result of” the collision. One way the insurance company can almost always this is by asking you to see a doctor of their choosing. This is called an “Independent Medical Exam” or an “IME”.

When is it necessary to file a lawsuit?

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

To see an overview of the typical personal injury claim process, click here. The following are situations in which it can be necessary to file a lawsuit. This list is not exhaustive and this list is not legal advice. To the extent you believe it is necessary for you to file a lawsuit, please...

Bill Thayer Presents "Ethics In Mediation"

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Jan 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

Bill Thayer of Schauermann Thayer Jacobs Staples & Edwards PS spoke as one of the presenters at a Continuing Legal Education course entitled “Ethics in Mediation" on December 6, 2018 at the Red Cross Building at Fort Vancouver.  The course was presented by the Clark County Bar Association.     ...

What is a declarations page?

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

When I meet with a potential client who's been involved in a car crash, I always ask them about their own auto insurance coverage.  Specifically, the coverages I'm most curious about are Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) and Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (“UIM”).  You can find helpful explanat...

What if an insurance adjuster threatens me?

Posted by Bradley Thayer | Jan 02, 2019 | 0 Comments

Our clients and potential clients who reach out to our firm consistently tell us that they have been threatened by an adjuster working for the insurance company of the person or company who caused a car crash, slip and fall, or other injury to them.  Whether it is the adjuster telling them they w...

What is Mediation?

Posted by Scott Edwards | Dec 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

To answer the titled question simply, a mediation is a formal and structured opportunity to resolve a lawsuit. In a typical mediation, one party sits in one room, the other party in another room, and a mediator will walk back and forth between the parties to try and settle the case. Mediators do this by building and developing a relationship of trust with both parties and then helping each party to better understand the case—the good and the bad.

Should I give a statement to the other driver's insurance?

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Dec 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you’ve been involved in an auto collision, the other driver’s insurance company is likely going to contact you by phone within the first several days afterwards. They will likely seem quite pleasant and concerned for your well-being, especially if it’s pretty clear their insured was at fault for causing the collision. The adjuster will probably want to take a statement from you about the collision and your injuries, and they’ll want to record it. What do you tell them?

What is a Demand letter?

Posted by Bradley Thayer | Dec 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

In my representation of my clients, my goal is to try to get the adverse insurance company and its representative to see my client as more than a file on their desk or a claim number.

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