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Case Results


A motorcyclist was driving on Dexter Avenue in Seattle, Washington, when a truck made an illegal left turn causing the motorcycle to t-bone the truck. The motorcyclist suffered a Schatzker Type VI Right Tibial Plateau Fracture that required emergency surgery at Harborview Medical Center. During the motorcyclist’s three-week hospital admission at Harborview Medical Center, he also required Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF) of the Tibial Plateau Fracture. The motorcyclist developed postoperative infection requiring surgical implantation of antibiotic PMMA beads. Ultimately, the injured motorcyclist underwent seven surgeries and has permanent functional impairments and disabilities.

Total Settlement: $1,800,000

Motorcycle Accidents


A semi-truck hit a disabled car on Interstate 90. The young man driving the disabled car was ejected and transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, including a Traumatic Brain Injury, Concussion, Loss of Consciousness, Humerus Fracture, Scapula Fracture, Rib Fractures, and Pelvis Fractures.

Total Settlement: $1,000,000 Policy Limits

Semi-Truck Accidents


A construction worker was injured after falling from a roof. The roofing subcontractor failed to provide safety equipment or protections. The construction worker suffered severe injuries to both of his feet which required multiple surgeries and left him wheelchair bound for approximately two years.

Total Settlement: $1,000,000

Construction Site Accidents


An 18-year old young woman suffered Third Degree Chemical Burns to her scalp at a salon after a hairdresser negligently applied hair coloring during a Balayage treatment. She developed a serious infection and required skin grafting performed at Harborview Medical Center. The salon was insured by Farmers Insurance.

Total Settlement: $750,000

Personal Injury


A woman was walking to work at Starbucks Corporate in SODO. While crossing the intersection of South Lander Street and 1st Avenue South, she was hit by a driver turning left. She was walking in a marked crosswalk with the pedestrian light in her favor. A recovery was made against the at-fault driver, as well as the City of Seattle for negligently designing and maintaining the intersection.

Total Settlement: $620,000

Pedestrian Accidents


A dog bite to the face of a woman resulted in permanent scarring. The dog owners were strictly liable under Washington's dog bite law. We successfully recovered the dog owner's $300,000 homeowners insurance policy with MetLife Insurance, and an additional $200,000 from the dog owner's excess insurance policy with The Hartford Insurance.

Total Settlement: $500,000

Dog Bites


A young woman was involved in a car accident and suffered a mild Traumatic Brain Injury. We successfully made a claim against State Farm Insurance for her Underinsured Motorist policy limit.

Total Settlement: $300,000 Policy Limits

Underinsured Motorists


A left turning driver failed to yield the right of way and caused a serious car accident. Our client suffered a rotator cuff tear that required surgery. State Farm insured the negligent driver and paid its $100,000 bodily injury limit. Our client had Underinsured Motorist (UIM) coverage with PEMCO Insurance.

Total Settlement: $267,800

Underinsured Motorists


Our client suffered road rash and lacerations as the result of a driver's negligence. Although she received medical treatment, her medical expenses were small relative to the extent of her injuries. The total personal injury settlement was more then thirty-five times her medical bills.

Total Settlement: $250,000

Car Accidents


A car accident at an intersection in Bellevue, Washington, resulted in a female passenger losing consciousness. She was transported to Overlake Medical Center and diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury, including diffuse axonal injury, Concussion, and traumatic cranial nerve palsy.

We successfully recovered policy limits from both drivers. We argued that the driver insured by GEICO ran a red light. We argued that the driver insured by American Family Insurance failed to slow and stop for a yellow light.

Total Settlement: $225,000 Policy Limits

Car Accidents


The employee of a subcontractor was injured when the general contractor failed to provide a worksite free from recognized hazards. The general contractor violated its non-delegable duty to protect against specific hazards, including but not limited to fall hazards, which resulted in serious personal injuries.

Total Settlement: $225,000

Worksite Injury


A motorcyclist was driving on SE Issaquah-Fall City Road approaching the intersection with Klahanie Drive SE when a truck driver attempted a left turn causing a collision. We represented the motorcycle rider who suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury and pelvis fracture. The truck driver's insurer, USAA Insurance, initially blamed our client. By gathering witness statements and recreating the accident, we were able to show that our client had no comparative fault. We successfully recovered USAA's $100,000 bodily injury limit, as well as our client's $100,000 UIM limit from American Family Insurance.

Total Settlement: $200,000 Policy Limits

Motorcycle Accidents


An elderly gentleman tripped on broken curbing at an apartment complex. He fell to the ground suffering fractures to his femur and pelvis. Our client had a prior history of multiple slip-and-falls and trip-and-falls which complicated the issue of fault. Even so, based upon the negligently maintained premises and our clients injuries, a successful settlement was achieved.

Total Settlement: $200,000

Slip & Fall Injuries


An auto accident in Seattle resulted in a concussion and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to our client. Although our client reported to officers and Emergency Department physicians that she did not lose consciousness, we worked with our client's neurologist to establish that the car accident caused a mild traumatic brain injury. The total settlement was approximately nine times the medical bills.

Total Settlement: $160,000

Car Accidents


Our client was driving his motorcycle when a USPS driver turned left causing a t-bone collision. The injured motorcyclist initially hired a Seattle personal injury law firm; however, the United States Parcel Service only offered $35,000 for neck injuries and medical bills of approximately $22,000. We were hired to litigate the motorcycle accident injury claims in federal court against the United States. As a result of aggressive advocacy, USPS agreed to make our client whole with a $126,000 settlement.

Total Settlement: $126,000

Motorcycle Accidents


Our client suffered a low back injury in a car accident. Three years before the car wreck, she had undergone major surgery on her low back due to chronic pain. We successfully obtained all available insurance policy limits despite our client's underlying condition. In addition, although our client's medical insurer claimed reimbursement of more than $78,000 from the settlement, we successfully negotiated a full waiver.

Total Settlement: $125,000 Policy Limits

Car Accidents


A young man was assaulted by a security guard at the Log Cabin Pub in Sumner, Washington. The bouncer attacked and punched our client causing him to fall backwards hitting his head on the pavement. Our client suffered a concussion. Through investigation, we learned that the security guard had a criminal history that included convictions for assault. Based upon claims of negligent hiring, training, and supervision, the Pub's insurer agreed to settle rather than risk litigation.

Total Settlement: $100,000

Premises Liability


A car accident resulted from a teenage driver’s failure to yield. Our client suffered a concussion and depression.

Total Settlement: $100,000 Policy Limits

Car Accidents


Our client suffered psychological injuries as the result of a car accident. Although he did not sustain any physical harm, the emotional trauma of the car wreck caused serious psychiatric injuries resulting in anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Our client was hospitalized and continues to suffer from PTSD. We obtained the insurance policy limit of $25,000 from the at-fault driver's insurer, GEICO. In addition, we successfully recovered our client's $25,000 Underinsured Motorist limit from his insurer, GEICO.

Total Settlement: $50,000 Policy Limits

Car Accidents