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Drunk Driver Steals Car, Collides with Valet and Bus, Then Stops in Front of SPD…What Was He Thinking!?

Posted on August 21st, 2014

It’s that time again when the Phillips Law Firm practices its dubious honor of highlighting a member in our community whose actions make us all cringe.  They make us cringe because the actions are unsafe.  They are careless.  They are foolish.  They place people’s lives in danger. Rooted in our firm’s values is a belief in justice.  We believe in it and also work tirelessly to achieve it for our clients.  Our work is simply made more difficult when others act irresponsibly.  To help deter this irresponsible conduct, we believe it useful to emphasize those actions that should be avoided,… [Read More]

ABA Says Lawyers Can Snoop on Social Media Sites

Posted on August 18th, 2014

If you’re headed to jury duty anytime soon, please know that your “tweets” and Facebook posts may have some new followers.  You probably have never met these people, but they sure want to learn all about you…from your age and gender to your thoughts and opinions.  Sound intrusive?  Well maybe, but the American Bar Association (ABA) has recently decided that lawyers can snoop on a juror’s social media sites. The ABA Ruling According to the ABA, it’s now ethical for lawyers to view and examine the publicly available social media posts of prospective and actual jurors.  This means a juror’s… [Read More]

VA Says More than 57,000 Veterans Waiting for Medical Care

Posted on August 15th, 2014

The Phillips Law Firm strongly supports the men and women of our Armed Forces.  We honor their strength, dedication and commitment with enduring warmth and compassion.  Further, just as we believe that all citizens have the right of access to the courts, we also firmly believe that our injured veterans should have the right of access to quick and quality medical care. A recent internal audit, however, shatters our excpectations as to good and efficient medical care for our veterans; and, it has us angered.  The audit was performed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and it shockingly revealed… [Read More]

Lake Washington Boat Crash Proves Fatal

Posted on August 13th, 2014

Residents of Seattle and the greater King County area are exposed, daily, to news about dangerous accidents that cause injury or even death.  Many of us instantly assume these accidents pertain to motor vehicles.  The truth of the matter, however, is that we live in the Pacific Northwest where lakes, rivers, and waterways abound.  For us, dangerous accidents are not limited to automobiles.  Accidents involving boats frequently occur and they can also prove fatal. One Killed, Two Injured in Lake Washington Boat Crash On July 16, at approximately 10:30pm, two boats collided on Lake Washington.  The collision occurred just off… [Read More]

Do Washington’s “Drive High, Get a DUI” Commercials Really Work?

Posted on August 7th, 2014

On July 8th, Deb Greene, a 65-year old grandmother, walked into the store Cannabis City and legally purchased two bags of marijuana.  The purchases are significant for they mark the first bags of marijuana legally sold for recreational purposes in Seattle.  Yes, a march that started as Washington Initiative 502 is finally coming to fruition and the legal sale of marijuana is well underway in the greater King County area. Despite your specific stance on this issue, the legal sale of marijuana is now producing a myriad of issues that Seattle must come to grips with in the name of… [Read More]

Seattle Doctor Allegedly Sexting During Surgery… What Was He Thinking!?

Posted on July 24th, 2014

At Phillips Law Firm, we care about our clients.  We care about those people whose lives have been impacted by the careless and negligent acts of others.  Our firm works tirelessly to help ensure that these acts are condemned and those injured from the acts are delivered respite and reprieve. In this aim, we would like to introduce a new monthly component to our blog.  Each and every month, we will highlight a professional or citizen that allegedly acted with undue care, negligence or complete disrespect for those under his guidance, treatment, or dependence upon safety. We highlight these people… [Read More]

Social Security to Close Offices Despite Wave of Baby Boomer Claimants

Posted on July 21st, 2014

According to the 2013 OASDI Trustees Report, Social Security will be insolvent within the next two decades.  Sounds terrible, right?  Well, according to recent reports, matters might get even worse for our Social Security system. We hate to be the bearer of bad news.  However, one of the goals at the Phillips Law Firm is to constantly keep our clients and our citizens informed of news that will likely affect their rights and access to justice.  Recent tremblings within Congress motivates our desire to share the following news to better accomplish this goal; and, to assist in your protection. Dozens… [Read More]

Do You Feel Safe Driving on SR 522?

Posted on July 16th, 2014

For those unfamiliar with State Route 522 (SR 522), it’s a roadway that basically connects Seattle to the city’s northeastern suburbs.  In September of 1995, a Reader’s Digest article labeled this roadway as one of “America’s most dangerous highways.”  A recent deadly head-on crash on SR 522 perhaps reaffirms this unlikely label.  It also motivates our current question: Do you feel safe driving on this highway? June Crash Results in Two Dead and Two Injured The safety of 522 came under fire, yet once again, last month after an automobile collision left two dead and two critically injured (including a… [Read More]

What the Heck is PIP and Do I Really Need it?

Posted on July 15th, 2014

Every month, the Phillips Law Firm will devote an entire post to the topic of PIP, or personal injury protection insurance.  The reasoning behind this is twofold.  First, our firm is dedicated to helping personal injury victims seek justice.  In a sense, personal injury protection is our middle name. The second reason is that PIP is an insurance related topic.  While many of us quiver at anything insurance related, our firm is brave enough to face the insurance world. We’re also committed and insightful enough to know that the insurance world can be a bit confusing at times.  Confusion is… [Read More]

Ambulance Chaser: One Nasty and Ugly Legal Term

Posted on July 9th, 2014

The legal system and the practice of law is chop full of unique terms and labels.  Many of these are used to describe persons, events, or procedures.  Case law, discovery, house arrest, pleadings, pro se, service of process…all of these represent just a quick sampling of terms embed within the law.  Some terms are helpful.  Some represent procedural necessities.  Some are rooted in Latin while others have developed over time. Personal injury law shares in this general use of terms and labels.  There’s one term, however, that often gathers more attention and intrigue in the personal injury context.  The term… [Read More]

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