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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.

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 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:

When is it illegal to drive under the influence in Washington?

In a recent accident in Washington, an intoxicated driver was blamed for the death of a man. In that case, the possibly drunk driver swerved out of his lane and hit another car. The driver of the other car was killed on the scene. Unfortunately, fatal motor vehicle accidents like this one are all too common in Washington. Individuals get behind the wheel of a car after having too much to drink all of the time. Sometimes, these drivers get lucky and don't cause any harm, but often drunk drivers are responsible for serious and life threatening motor vehicle accidents.

Intoxication suspected in accident that killed Seattle man

Driving in a car is routine for many Washington residents. It's something that many people take for granted and may not even think about. But, it requires a lot of skill and attention to detail. When people idrive under the influence, they are unable to give the attention necessary to the task.

After a fatal truck accident, investigation is critical

We've all been on the highway and seen a negligent driver - whether we have realized it or not. Negligent drivers are those drivers who fail to exercise reasonable care at all times behind the wheel. Negligent driving takes many forms, from inattention to distracted driving to speeding. In many cases, a negligent driver is behind the wheel of a large semi truck.

Two killed in Washington accident when car crosses center line

Life is unpredictable and unfortunately, fatal automobile accidents can occur almost randomly. Even in the most commonplace of activities, life can end. When this occurs, the victim's family is left to deal with the emotional trauma and the financial damage.

Recovering damages following a fatal accident

The loss of a loved one is a devastating situation. The emotional pain can be even more severe when the negligence of another causes the person's death. Sadly, this situation is all too common with fatal motor vehicle accidents. People's lives are shattered in an instant when a drunk driver, distracted driver, speeding driver or otherwise negligent driver causes a fatal accident.

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