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Fatal pedestrian accidents in Washington

pedestrian.pngSeattle streets are busy places. On any given street, people can find cars, trucks, bicyclists and other pedestrians. All of these people need to work together in order for everyone to make it to their destinations safely. However, sometimes motor vehicle drivers are negligent. They fail to uphold the standard of care necessary to keep everyone safe. While sometimes these negligent drivers cause accidents between cars or trucks, they can also cause auto-pedestrian accidents. In many of these cases, these accidents are fatal.

Washington pedestrian hit by a car. Do I have a case even if I was jaywalking?

jaywalking_man.jpg.size.xxlarge.promo.jpgEveryone knows that jaywalking is illegal, but many people do it anyway. Jaywalking is crossing the street at a time or location which is against the law. It could be crossing a street mid-block. It could be crossing at a crosswalk against the light. Many people, including myself, occasionally jaywalk because it seems safe to do so. If you look both ways and there are no cars coming, you should be able to cross safely, right?

Posting on social media can ruin your Washington personal injury claim

social_icons.jpgIf you're like me, you love social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Foursquare, Google Plus. You name it and I've probably posted there in the last twenty-four hours. Social media is a great way to stay in touch with friends, engage in community or political activism, discuss current events, and share thoughts and ideas. It is also one of the tools the insurance company will try to use to defeat your injury claim.

Hit by driver high on marijuana - Do I have a case?

drivingwhilestoned.jpgRecreational marijuana may be legal in Washington, but driving under the influence is still illegal. Even if a driver is below the legal limit, being high could impair a driver's judgment resulting in an accident.

What is pain and suffering? Part 3 - Damages for injuries to a loved one

Hugging Trio.jpgNon-economic or "general" damages are most commonly referred to as "pain and suffering," but the concept includes so much more. It includes physical pain and emotional pain, both in the past and future. It includes disability, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life. It includes fear, frustration, worry, doubt, uncertainty, and sadness. The law provides no formula for placing a dollar value on any of these "intangibles," and so it is ultimately up to a jury to determine what they are worth. If you want to settle your claim, you and the insurance company will have to agree on the value of your pain and suffering. In order to maximize your claim, a good attorney will get to know you and how your injuries have affected your life. He will then make sure the insurance company knows exactly how your life has been turned upside-down, and he will seek to get you a recovery for each type of non-economic damage recognized by the law.

Understand your options when a school bus accident occurs

school-bus.jpgFor most Seattle children the school year is in full swing. Each morning children across the city leave their homes to board a school bus. While on these buses, the children and their parents trust that the driver is acting as safely as possible to get them to school in one piece. For most people, a school bus is nothing more than a mode of transportation, but this bus has a great responsibility in our city. Children are some of our most precious assets and needed to be treated with the highest care.

Let's help those affected by brain injury

BIA.jpgSome of the most devastating injuries we see are brain injuries. Even "mild" brain injuries can completely disrupt a person's life, making even the most simple task seem impossible. And because brain injuries aren't apparent to the casual observer, many of our clients suffering from brain injury are accused of being "complainers" or "malingerers."

What is pain and suffering? Part 2 - Disability, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life

scar.jpgNon-economic or "general" damages are most commonly referred to as "pain and suffering," but the concept includes so much more. It includes physical pain and emotional pain, both in the past and future. It includes disability, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life. It includes fear, frustration, worry, doubt, uncertainty, and sadness. The law provides no formula for placing a dollar value on any of these "intangibles," and so it is ultimately up to a jury to determine what they are worth. If you want to settle your claim, you and the insurance company will have to agree on the value of your pain and suffering. In order to maximize your claim, a good attorney will get to know you and how your injuries have affected your life. He will then make sure the insurance company knows exactly how your life has been turned upside-down, and he will seek to get you a recovery for each type of non-economic damage recognized by the law.

What is pain and suffering? Part 1 - Physical pain and mental anguish

Tears.jpgNon-economic or "general" damages are most commonly referred to as "pain and suffering," but the concept includes so much more. It includes physical pain and emotional pain, both in the past and future. It includes disability, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life. It includes fear, frustration, worry, doubt, uncertainty, and sadness. The law provides no formula for placing a dollar value on any of these "intangibles," and so it is ultimately up to a jury to determine what they are worth. If you want to settle your claim, you and the insurance company will have to agree on the value of your pain and suffering. In order to maximize your claim, a good attorney will get to know you and how your injuries have affected your life. He will then make sure the insurance company knows exactly how your life has been turned upside-down, and he will seek to get you a recovery for each type of non-economic damage recognized by the law.

The insurance company is threatening to close my claim

window_sign_closed_400_clr_5976.pngThe one thing insurance companies don't want is for you to be educated about your rights. An educated claimant knows what he has to say and what he can keep private. He knows what forms he has to sign and what forms can be discarded. An educated claimant cannot be bullied by the insurance companies, but someone who doesn't know his rights can be intimidated into acting too quickly or settling for too little.

All work and no play...

Thumbnail image for 20151018_161905.jpgAt the Law Offices of Matthew D. Dubin we work hard for our clients. It is our highest priority that our clients' claims are being handled efficiently and effectively. We are also committed to maintaining frequent communications with our clients. We return phone calls promptly and we reach out regularly to update clients on the status of their cases. Our day doesn't end when the office closes. We often take work home, preparing for trial, arbitration or other hearings. Sometimes our clients' cases keep us up at night, but we love what we do.

When your doctor wants to close your case before you're better

doctor.jpgIf there's one thing I've learned in my 20 years representing injured people, its that everyone experiences injuries differently. I've seen people walk away from major wrecks without needing any treatment at all and I've seen people suffer for years from relatively minor incidents.

The police report for my accident is wrong. What should I do?

police investigation.jpgOccasionally we get a client who lets us know that the police traffic collision report for their motor vehicle accident is wrong. Police officers do the best they can when investigating claims, but they do sometimes make mistakes. Most commonly the mistake involves leaving out from the report passengers of one or more of the invovled vehicles, or failing to document the identities and statements of witnesses. Even though police reports themselves are generally inadmissible in court, such mistakes can complicate your case if not dealt with promptly.

I want to fire my lawyer

fired.jpgSeveral times each year, I get a call from someone who was injured in an accident, hired a lawyer, and now wants to fire his lawyer and hire me. The most common reason people give for wanting to change lawyers is lack of communication. They tell me stories of trying for weeks to speak to their lawyers without success. They leave messages and speak to case managers, legal assistants, and paralegals. They even send letters, but they never hear back from their attorneys.

Do pedestrians have a part in preventing pedestrian accidents?

Pedestrians are just one part of every vibrant city. Seattle residents fill the city streets as they casually move from place to place. This pedestrian traffic helps to support local businesses, helps to cut back on traffic congestion and helps people get out and exercise.

DO I HAVE TO PAY TO MEET WITH A LAWYER?

meet with lawyer.jpgEvery day I get phone calls from people who have been injured in some kind of accident. Often the first question they have for me is how much it will cost to meet with me to discuss their case. I guess it shouldn't surprise me; most people don't really pay attention to personal injury lawyers until they need one. The answer is simple:

Contributory negligence in Washington

Seattle's streets are a busy place. There are cars, commercial trucks, bikes and buses. With all this traffic, accidents are almost guaranteed. However, these accidents don't just occur between two vehicles. Pedestrians are also at risk of injuries while in or near Seattle streets.

Pedestrian hit by car, left with life-threatening injuries


pedestrian accident.jpgDrivers have many responsibilities when they get behind the wheel of a car. They need to make sure they are following rules that apply to themselves, wearing their own seatbelt, for example. They also need to make sure they are following general traffic laws. This includes following posted speed limits and traffic control devices. Drivers also need to make sure their cars are in good working order. Finally, people need to make sure that they are careful of the other people on the road. This includes other drivers and pedestrians.

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