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Release of Liability in an Automobile Accident Settlement

Posted on July 8th, 2015

A release of liability, or more generally known as a “release,” is one of the most important documents involved when settling a car accident claim with an insurance company. Many though are quite unfamiliar with this document, and resultantly, poor settlements get made. The following takes a closer look at what a release actually is and what it means for your settlement. Two quick things a reader should learn are: (1) never rush into signing a release; and, (2) contact Phillips Law Firm if you have any questions before you sign a release. What is a Release of Liability? A… [Read More]

Who’s at Fault in a Rear-End Car Accident?

Posted on June 29th, 2015

The experienced personal injury attorneys at Phillips Law Firm have represented innocent victims in countless of auto collision cases. We have seen a host of accident scenarios and have worked hard at determining the often complicated issue of negligence. Although difficult to establish at times, negligence in rear-end car accidents is a bit easier to identify. The bottom line is that negligence will normally lie with the tailing driver. The Law on the Matter Washington law presumes that the tailing driver in a rear-end collision is responsible for causing the crash. The tailing driver has the right to rebut this… [Read More]

Can Passengers File Personal Injury Claims After a Car Accident?

Posted on June 1st, 2015

The law tells us that drivers of autos can file personal injury claims, following an automobile collision, against the party responsible for causing the accident.  But, what about passengers of autos?  If injured in a car accident, do passengers go without any type of recourse for their injuries?  The quick answer is “no.”  Let’s take a moment and analyze this issue in a bit more detail. Drivers are Responsible for Their Passengers  When passengers are riding in a motor vehicle, the driver of that vehicle has a legal duty to exercise reasonable care for the safety of the passengers while… [Read More]

What Can I Do if My Workers’ Compensation Claim Gets Denied?

Posted on March 2nd, 2015

An old proverb tells us: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”  This about sums up what claimants can do if they’ve filed a workers’ compensation claim with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) and the claim gets denied.  The “try again” part means workers have the right to appeal their workers’ compensation denial. The following takes a closer look at the appeal process.  Please note that this is a big picture as to how the appeal process works for workers’ compensation claims that are denied in Washington.  The nature of specific cases always varies… [Read More]

Three Tips to Help Build a Better Personal Injury Claim Following an Automobile Accident

Posted on February 27th, 2015

We all know that auto accidents can lead to heightened emotions, anxiety, and yes, injuries.  All of these possible results tend to prevent an accident victim from gathering valuable information from the scene of an accident.  By “information,” we mean critical facts and evidence that may help a victim build a better personal injury claim.  Let’s take a moment below to provide three simple tips to help ensure you preserve the information you need following an accident. Before jumping to the tips, please note that if you’ve suffered injuries as the result of an automobile collision, the most important thing… [Read More]

Pedestrian Accidents in Washington

Posted on February 26th, 2015

According to Washington’s Preliminary 2013 Annual Collision Summary, 1,700 Washington pedestrians were involved in a fatal/injury related collision with an automobile in 2013.  In fact, a pedestrian (or bicyclist) was involved in a crash almost every three hours.  Further, a pedestrian (or bicyclist) was killed in a crash with a vehicle every six days. Pedestrian accidents are very real in Seattle, as well as, in all of Washington for that matter.  Pedestrians that are struck by automobiles can suffer serious and devastating injuries.  They can also incur substantial medical expenses and time away from work.  The following provides a further… [Read More]

Health Spending Grows at Snails Pace

Posted on February 25th, 2015

According to a recent study conducted by analysts at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), health spending in the U.S. grew in 2013 at the slowest rate ever recorded.  Total spending on healthcare increased by just 3.6% last year to $2.9 trillion.  In comparison, healthcare spending in 2012 increased by 4.1% and health spending increased by nearly 10% back in 2002. Reasons for the Slowdown in Spending According to statisticians and economists who worked on the HHS study, the slowdown in healthcare spending was largely the result of sluggish economic growth.  The recovery from the “Great Recession” that… [Read More]

Driver Killed After Speeding Car Launches Over Embankment in Renton

Posted on February 24th, 2015

Many residents of the greater Seattle community may believe that speeding is just an ordinary course of business when driving upon a Washington roadway.  But, please think again.  While although many may equate speeding as a run of the mill traffic violation, it can easily kill.  A recent death in Renton unfortunately reinforces this…all too well. Tragic Renton Crash Police authorities and firefighters responded to an accident scene in Renton at approximately 5:40 a.m. on the morning of December 3rd.  The scene was located on Puget Drive South at Benson Road South.  Respondents raced to the scene after receiving a… [Read More]

Workers’ Compensation and Third Party Claims

Posted on February 23rd, 2015

Many injuries take place in the workplace as a result of an employer or a co-worker.  However, injuries can also result from other persons or entities.  These injuries are said to result from a “third party.” If you have been injured at work from a third party, you may be entitled to compensation via a “third party claim.”  This is a claim that is filed with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).  The following offers further insight into third party claims.  As always, Phillips Law Firm is here to make sure you understand your legal rights. Third… [Read More]

Who’s Responsible if I Suffer an Injury on Government Property?

Posted on February 20th, 2015

Government property generally includes public parks, government buildings, public museums, public sidewalks, roadways, and all other locations that are owned or controlled by a government agency.  What happens if you suffer an injury on this property?  Can you sue the government to recover any losses that you may have sustained?   Years ago, the answer would have been a vociferous “no.”  In 1948, however, Congress passed the Federal Tort Claims Act.  Soon thereafter, individual states began to enact their own forms of tort claims legislation.  The results?  People injured on federal and state government property can now file personal injury… [Read More]

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