Erin Healy Hammond’s Answers

Erin Healy Hammond

Auburn Medical Malpractice Attorney.

Contributor Level 8
  1. Should I make voluntary payment arrangements with an insurance company to resolve my alleged liability?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Erin Healy Hammond
    2. Irving A Sonkin
    3. Pamela Koslyn
    3 lawyer answers

    It's hard to know precisely what would happen or what you should do in such a situation, because your options with respect to settlement depend largely on the evidence in the case. We don't know what that is (and shouldn't know what that is in this forum). But I added this answer to offer a few points on the topic. 1. At times, insurance companies do file "subrogation" lawsuits. These are suits like you describe, where an insurer seeks repayment for the amount it paid from the...

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  2. Should I accept insurance settlement?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Erin Healy Hammond
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Derryl Stephen Halpern
    4. Steven Irwin Milligram
    4 lawyer answers

    You may wish to talk with the investigating officers from the state patrol to see what they have learned about the incident and whether criminal charges will be filed. Driving with an unsecured load is a crime in Washington. If there will be criminal charges filed, you may be able to be reimbursed for your repair costs through that system by recovery of "restitution;" this would be arranged by the prosecutor, with input from you. If this was not an unsecured load situation, and it was...

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  3. Wrong billing and malpractice

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Elizabeth Taylor Herd
    2. Erin Healy Hammond
    3. David B Pittman
    4. Christopher Steven Hoffmann
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    In addition to what the other lawyers have said, if you feel certain about the allegations you are making, I would recommend that you file a complaint against the chiropractor with the Washington State Department of Health. You can find the form and the process on the Department's website. This will trigger an investigation, where evidence will be gathered from a variety of sources. If, at the conclusion of the investigation, the Department believes there has been "unprofessional conduct,"...

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  4. Employer wants me to sign a non-competition form with a bonus of $200.

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Erin Healy Hammond
    2. Gary K. Marshall
    3. Bryant Keith Martin
    3 lawyer answers

    The general rule in Washington is that employees are "at will," meaning they can quit or be let go for any reason or even no reason at all, as long as the reason is not prohibited by law or public policy. Thus, most employees can be terminated for refusing to sign a noncompetition agreement. The exception would be if there is a contract that governs the employment relationship. If there is such a contract (for example, an individual employment agreement or a union's collective bargaining...

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  5. Release from a hospital

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Erin Healy Hammond
    1 lawyer answer

    Unfortunately, this question is too vague to really be able to answer in a concrete way. To be able to analyze the question, among other things, it would be important to know if we're talking about a minor or an otherwise impaired or incapacitated person. We'd also want to know what type of safety you are discussing, and the circumstances surrounding admission and discharge and the POA you mention.

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  6. Do it mean that the lawyer has had no cases if any when their is no concern on their avvo

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Erin Healy Hammond
    1 lawyer answer

    According to the Avvo help section, all "no concern" means is that Avvo didn't feel it had enough information to rate the lawyer. I know I've seen other lawyers on the site with that designation who certainly have had cases before. As for the second part of the question, the lawyer him or herself will likely be the most ready source of information about their experience. Good luck.

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  7. Are attorneys held accountable in any way in Washington state for bringing a 'frivolous' suit?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Maki Imakura
    2. Erin Healy Hammond
    3. Michael Duane Daudt
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with the other attorneys who have answered your question. I'm writing to note a couple of additional legal points and a couple of practical ones also. For the legal points: In addition to Civil Rule 11, Washington has a statute that addresses frivolous claims and provides for recovery of some fees and costs in that context. It's RCW 4.84.185. If you choose to seek relief under that statute, note its strict timeframe. While there are lawsuits that are deemed frivolous, our...

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  8. How can I get an attorney to work probono for me in a lawsuit?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Erin Healy Hammond
    2. Curtis Lamar Harrington Jr
    3. Barry Franklin Poulson
    3 lawyer answers

    There are times when lawyers do agree to work pro bono, in support of access to justice. You might check with the Washington State Bar Association's Moderate Means Program, and see if you are a good fit for that program. If you qualify, you can obtain reduced cost services. It also refers individuals for entirely pro bono work. Here's the website: http://www.wsba.org/Legal-Community/Volunteer-Opportunities/Public-Service-Opportunities/Moderate-Means-Program/Moderate-Means-Program-FAQs...

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  9. Does Washington State recognize Doctrine of Good Faith in contracts? Not all states do, per Restatement of Contracts, right?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Irving A Sonkin
    2. Erin Healy Hammond
    3. Robert Adam Meyers
    3 lawyer answers

    It doesn't sound like a laches situation. Laches is an equitable defense that can apply when a claimant has slept on their rights for so long that it is, essentially, no longer fair to let the claimant assert the rights. More applicable in a situation like this is a statute of limitations, which prescribes by law precisely how long one has to enforce rights. In Washington, the general statute of limitations for a written contract is six years. However, there are some scenarios that can...

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  10. RN accused unprofessional conduct

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Zaheer A Shah
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Erin Healy Hammond
    4. David Ian Schoen
    4 lawyer answers

    This is a niche area of the law. Make sure that you obtain assistance from experienced counsel. You may be eligible for coverage for the cost of counsel through your employer/employer's insurer, so I'd suggest you look into that possibility. Also, if you have received what the Department/Commission refers to as a "letter of cooperation," where it requests a narrative response regarding the allegations or documents (or both), take this response and deadline very seriously -- a failure to...

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