Practice Areas

My Practice Includes:

Automobile and Trucking Collisions

Whether it be texting and driving, changing the radio station, drinking and driving, or simply not paying attention, our roads are filled with distracted/impaired drivers every single day. Every action has a consequence and unfortunately, the negligent actions of others leaves innocent parties in bad situations.

A collision can be devastating, especially if there are injuries or death. Injuries can be as simple as a neck/back strain or sprain to as complicated as broken bones, brain damage, or loss of a limb. Often a collision can cause emotional suffering as well or leads to the inability to work and long-term disabilities that cost thousands in medical expenses.

A bad situation can be made worse by insurance companies who often look for reasons not to pay or if there is not sufficient insurance available to fully compensate you for your loss and injuries.

Not all collisions involve cars. There are also trucking collisions, which often cause more severe injuries than a collision involving a car. Common causes of trucking accidents include driver fatigue or inattention, inexperience, overloaded or improperly loaded trucks, and exceeding safe speed for the roadway or conditions. Proving fault in trucking collisions is usually more complex than automobile accident cases.

When an automobile or trucking collision causes injury or death, the everyday life of victims and their families are turned upside down. That is why it is best to seek the advise of experienced legal counsel as quickly as possible.

Wrongful Death

The death of a loved one is devastating. It is not made any easier when it could have been avoided. Wrongful deaths can occur for many reasons such as automobile or trucking collisions, medical negligence, nursing home abuse or neglect, construction accidents, or dangerous drugs. If a loved one dies due to someone else’s wrongdoing, family members have a right to recover for their loss and can include medical and funeral expenses, pain and suffering, loss of support and services, and loss of companionship.

Premises Liability

Property owners have certain obligations under local, state, and federal laws. While these laws vary, the basic underlying fact of them is similar regardless of where you live: property owners have an obligation to keep their land and the buildings safe for authorized visitors and those with business there. When they fail to do so, people can suffer devastating personal injuries.

Examples of premises liability cases:

  • Slip and fall cases,
  • Staircase accidents,
  • Electricity and electrocution,
  • Defective sidewalks,
  • Insufficient security,
  • and many more.

Premises liability cases are often caused by:

  • Snow or water left on walkways,
  • Defective electrical wiring,
  • Poor construction,
  • Shoddy materials,
  • Building code violations,
  • and many more.

Medical & Dental Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, nurse, dentist, or other healthcare provider acts negligently and injures a patient. There are many different ways this type of malpractice can happen. Medical malpractice can happen because a diagnosis was missed, because the wrong surgical technique was used, because the wrong medication or dosage was prescribed, or because the patient was not fully informed of the risks of a drug or medical procedure.

Some examples of medical malpractice include:

  • Birth injuries
  • Missed, delayed, or mistaken diagnosis,
  • Misread x-rays,
  • Emergency room errors,
  • Anesthesia errors,
  • Prescription errors,
  • Surgery negligence,
  • Dental work gone wrong,
  • and many more.

General Personal Injury

When a person suffers a physical and/or emotional injury because of another persons wrongful conduct, he or she may be entitled to recover damages by way of a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Personal injury cases include, but are certainly not limited to, automobile and trucking accidents; unsafe premises (trip and fall); dog bites; medical malpractice; dangerous construction sites; and defective products.

Insurance Claims

There are many different types of insurance claims: automobile, homeowners, and general liability, just to name a few. What they have in common is a contract between the insurance company and the insured. First thing when a covered event happens is to read the insurance policy or contract to determine if there are any exclusions to the coverage you are seeking. If there is no exclusion then a claim can be made.

When you have a valid claim but the insurance company delays, denies, or simply does not pay for your damages, you then may have a claim against your own insurance company. This routine denial of payment is happening more and more often. There are several types of claims you can bring against your own insurance company, including violation of the Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA), of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), of the Washington Administrative Codes (WAC), and breach of contract.

For more information on any of these areas of practice or to schedule an appointment, please contact me for a free consultation.