Victims of Intentional Torts – If a Civil Lawsuit may not Be Cost Effective, What Can be Done?

Posted by William K. Thayer | Jan 07, 2021 | 0 Comments

We often get calls from someone who has been assaulted, molested, or otherwise injured as the result of an intentional act. Acts done purposefully which cause harm to another are referred to in the law as “intentional torts”. These phone calls we get can range from someone having simply been threatened or harassed, to the caller or their family member having been actually physically hit, shoved, sexually attacked or raped, or merely slandered. In some of the more egregious physical assault cases, there may even have been a fatality.

Recreational Use Immunity: Watch Your Step

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Jan 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

There are lots of ways to enjoy the outdoors. Many people use public lands or lands open for use to the public to get outside. Inevitably, some people will be injured enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest terrain. In Washington, these injuries show an interesting intersection of public policy. Generally, Washington is a state that values public safety and holding landowners accountable for maintaining unsafe premises. As a result, an owner or occupier of land might be liable for damages if a person is injured on his or her property.

Animal Bites in Washington State

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Dec 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Is a dog owner in Washington legally responsible for injuries caused when their pooch bites someone? Because of Washington’s dog bite statute, the answer is usually an easy yes. However, it’s often not that simple.

Sovereign Immunity and the Public Duty Doctrine

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Dec 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Bringing a claim against the government can be tricky for a number of reasons, from learning who the correct agency might be, to getting proper service of a tort claim notice, to litigating a claim against the government and its vast resources. Another consideration is whether the claim being brought is the right type of claim.

A Winter Sidewalk Reminder

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Dec 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

That biting chill of winter, if not already here, will soon be upon us. In the age of COVID-19, with gyms either still closed or less appealing to those wanting to stay active, the homebound looking to simply get out for some fresh air, and deliveries of goods to homes abounding, there may well be more pedestrians traversing our community’s public sidewalks. This begs the question- if those sidewalks get hit with a coating of snow or ice, who is responsible for making them safe for those using them?

Daylight Saving: A Dangerous Time

Posted by Bradley Thayer | Dec 07, 2020 | 0 Comments

A big impact Daylight Saving Time has on people (to the extent it could be life and death) is the danger it creates for drivers and, more particularly, pedestrians. This impact, too, is well-documented and clearly borne out by statistics, unfortunately.

A Winter Driving Reminder (Again!)

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Nov 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Stark Family’s oft-repeated words (yes, I know Game of Thrones ended forever ago) will soon be ringing true - “winter is coming.” When it arrives we may have one of our occasional winter storms that dumps significant snow, or we may go the mountains to find it at ski resorts, mountain retreats, or snow parks.

Case Update: Gerlach v. Cove Apartments, LLC

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Nov 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Washington’s Supreme Court recently issued a decision clarifying injury law in a residential landlord-tenant relationship. Previously, there has been confusion over whether the law—specifically Washington’s statutory Residential Landlord Tenant Act (RLTA), Ch. 59.18 RCW, and the common law implied warranty of habitability—could provide a legal basis for liability when an unsafe condition injured the guest of a tenant. The Court’s answer was mixed: although the RLTA warranty did not apply to guests, the common law continues to provide a framework for injured persons to seek justice.

Language Barriers and Connecting With Clients

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Nov 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

For me, part of what makes this career rewarding is providing access to justice and access to the courts to people who might not otherwise have it. This includes people who cannot afford an attorney, people who might be unfamiliar with the legal system, and people who do not speak English as a primary language, to name a few. However, I have some concerns that, even with access through an attorney, the systems are still not set up to serve those people.

Trial by Zoom

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Nov 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Earlier in the COVID-19 tempest we wrote about many of the things our firm has been able to do to keep cases moving forward - using Zoom (mostly) and other videoconferencing platforms to meet with clients, take and defend depositions, mediate and arbitrate cases, and attend court hearings. We’ll now add one more to the list, having completed our first trial held entirely on Zoom.

Health Insurance annual reminder – do you have it? If not – now is the time to get signed up!

Posted by William K. Thayer | Nov 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

Health insurance is critical. There may be a debate as to the wisdom of having other types of insurance. Like: How much liability insurance do you need to carry? (Well, what assets do you have to protect?) Should you buy life insurance? (Well, are there going to be loved ones deprived of needed support if you are taken out unexpectedly?) What about fire insurance, earthquake insurance, flood insurance, cyber insurance, or . . .

My Own 40-Year Journey

Posted by Scott Edwards | Nov 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

I just celebrated my fortieth birthday. While this is a milestone most Americans reach, forty years is a long time by whatever measure. Those who have already reached forty, will remember that 1980 was the same year that Mt. Saint Helens erupted. It was the same year John Lennon was killed. It’s also the same year Post-It notes, the Rubix cube, and Pac-Man were released into the world. While those are certainly memorable events, I’m in awe of the happenings those born in 2020 will have to reflect upon forty years from now when they celebrate their birthdays. What a year we have had!

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Posted by Scott Edwards | Oct 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

It is a time to focus on the problem of bullying. With so much going on in the world around us, it would be easy to not give attention to this important topic and I wanted to take a moment of my own to reflect upon what I can do personally to impact change. Bullying can come in many forms. It is always unwanted and involves a real or perceived power imbalance.

It’s All About Recovery

Posted by William K. Thayer | Oct 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

From the title of this, you would think that this blog would be about our country’s economic recovery. Nope. This is instead about recovery from addiction, and the creative efforts of a local man whose passion to help others in their efforts to make a comeback from alcohol and drug addiction is quite remarkable. Specifically, this is about my good friend James Kasper’s most recent project.

Time to vote!

Posted by Craig F. Schauermann | Oct 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Having trouble going to sleep? Having trouble staying asleep? Can’t stop watching the all day, all night news channels? Wondering how the election is going to play out? You may be suffering from “Election Anxiety Syndrome”.

Washington's New Law for Cyclists

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Oct 08, 2020 | 0 Comments

Due to a change in the law, starting October 1, 2020, bike riders in Washington will no longer be required to stop at stop signs. The new statute (SB 6208) will instead allow riders to treat almost all stop signs as yield signs.

2020: A “New Normal” or a “New New Normal”?

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

It’s interesting. When the shelter-in-place orders were first issued and we as a country, indeed as a world, began the adjustment to working remotely from home, it was uncomfortable and seemed strange to be so isolated from the world around us. But we adapted and made accommodations to make our new “normal” work for us. We, no doubt, changed as a society. I absolutely believe that the “workplace” will never again return to the old “normal.” 2020 has changed it forever. I believe it changed the way we work, the way we vacation, and the way we interact with our clients and business associates. Returning, at some point in the future, will surely cause another adjustment as we all adapt to our new, new normal.

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