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Emotional Distress Damages in a Personal Injury Case

Emotional distress is a very real issue after a traumatic personal injury accident. A severe car crash, act of violence, dog attack, workplace fall, or other incident can impose significant emotional scarring and mental anguish. The psychological trauma the victim of someone else’s negligence suffers is not a harm the state of Washington ignores. It

What Is the Difference Between Wrongful Death and Medical Malpractice?

A wrongful death lawsuit takes the place of a personal injury lawsuit when the victim of negligence or an intentional tort does not survive his or her injuries. A medical malpractice lawsuit is a civil action against a medical professional for violating the standard of care for a patient and harming the patient. While these

What is Popcorn Lung?

Electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes or e-cigs, have become extremely popular in the 10-plus years since their release. About 10.8 million adults in the U.S. currently use e-cigarettes, according to Reuters. More than half of users are under the age of 35. Yet e-cigs have also been in the news numerous times in the last

The Design of the Courtroom

The majority of Seattle personal injury claims don’t go to trial, meaning the claimants won’t see the inside of a courtroom. Most personal injury claims can settle successfully during pretrial negotiations, especially with help from experienced attorneys. A court trial, however, could result in higher compensation for plaintiffs. If your lawyer believes going to court

Is Negligent Driving a Criminal Offense?

Negligent drivers cause thousands of traffic accidents, injuries, and deaths every year. When someone gets behind the wheel without taking the driving responsibility seriously, that person can cause a preventable crash. Negligence isn’t only a civil tort, or wrongdoing, in the state of Washington, it can also be a crime. Negligent driving is a criminal

What Are the Most Common Accidental Injuries?

While there are plenty of injuries that occur due to negligence or malice, many simply are the result of accidents. Though they may seem small, accidental injuries can be quite severe. A slip and fall accident in a dangerous location on with a poor landing can cause severe damage. The Centers for Disease Control and

Beyond the Numbers: Seattle Traffic Accidents

The seaport city of Seattle is the largest city in the state of Washington, as well as the largest in the Pacific Northwest. As of the latest census, there were 713,700 people living in Seattle. Seattle residents get around by car, trolley, streetcar, public bus, bicycle, on foot, and by rail. With such bustling streets,

Amtrak Train Derailment and Positive Train Control

What is Positive Train Control? Positive Train Control is safety technology designed to prevent train accidents before they happen.  Positive Train Control is mandated by law and intended to: Prevent derailments caused by excessive speed. Prevent train-to-train collisions. Prevent a train from moving through an incorrectly positioned track switch. According to the U.S. Department of

Holiday Driving Safety in Seattle  

The holiday season is officially upon us. Along with the spirit of the season comes increased traffic, more pedestrians doing their holiday shopping, and the potential for accidents. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reduce your risk of accident or injury this holiday season. Simply follow these holiday driving safety tips.

What You Can Do During the Most Common Accidents

Every year, injury from an accident affects millions of U.S. citizens. These incidents happen suddenly and most often take place away from home. Being mindful of your surroundings can prevent you from falling prey to an accident. If an incident does happen, knowing how to respond can reduce the severity of the injury and maybe