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,, 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...

New Washington Child Seat Belt Law

Posted by Scott Edwards | Jan 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

A new law was passed in Washington State that went into effect on January 1, 2020. This affects the requirements for restraining children in child-specific safety seats while traveling in cars and trucks on Washington roadways. The new law requires all children under the age of two to sit i...

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...

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