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James E. Banks

James Banks’s Legal Cases

6 total

  • Prater v. Anderson

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Outcome:
    Prevailed at King County Arbitration
    Description:
    I represented a blind, homeless man that an Allstate driver hit while he was walking through a crosswalk with his cane and guide dog. Allstate refused to offer a settlement to my client because it viewed him as a worthless poor person that a jury or arbitrator would never give money to. I took the case because I believe that Justice is important even for the least among us. The arbitrator thought so as well, and held the driver accountable by awarding my client money for his pain and suffering.
  • Clem v. Dhillon

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Outcome:
    King County MAR Judgment & Award of Damages
    Description:
    I represented a 7-months-pregnant woman that was riding as a passenger when she was injured by a Liberty Mutual driver. My client suffered extreme emotional suffering not knowing whether her unborn child was injured. Her child was o.k., but the Arbitrator held the driver accountable for his actions, awarding my client full and fair compensation for her injuries, including the emotional suffering she experienced.
  • Dye v. Fisher

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Outcome:
    King County MAR Judgment & Award of Damages
    Description:
    I represented a man that suffered a back injury after being hit by an Allstate Driver. He was a husband and a father. He lost the ability to support his family due to his injury. We told his story to a King County Arbitrator that was compelled to find for my client and award substantial damages for loss of enjoyment of life.
  • Sunny Gautam v. Donald Hicks

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Aug 03, 2012
    Outcome:
    Jury Verdict in favor of Plaintiff.
    Description:
    Defendant Donald Hicks chose to drive his car too fast and he chose not to pay attention. Defendant Hicks violated basic roadway safety rules and crashed into Mr. Sunny Gautam, causing Mr. Gautam to suffer a painful injury to his spine. Defendant Hicks and his insurance company, Workmen's Insurance, then chose not to take responsibility for his actions, thereby forcing Mr. Gautam to file a lawsuit in King County Superior Court. A 12 person jury heard Mr. Gautam's case over 2 days and returned a substantial money verdict in favor of Mr. Gautam. The jury enforced the community's safety rules, held the Defendant accountable, and allowed fair compensation for Mr. Gautam. This verdict goes a long way in keeping the King County community safe and proving that Justice still exists for all members of our community.
  • Flores-Rivera v. Bailey

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Nov 01, 2012
    Outcome:
    Verdict in favor of Plaintiff
    Description:
    Barbara Bailey chose to violate numerous roadway safety rules while operating her vehicle: she chose not to yield; she chose not to pay attention; and she chose to try a dangerous manuever. Her negligence caused a severe collision with Anabella Flores-Rivera, causing her to suffer a permanent injury to the ligaments and connective tissues in her spine. After a two-day King County Superior Court Jury Trial, the jury award Ms. Flores-Rivera a substantial money verdict for her injuries. Then, the court ordered the defense to pay all Plaintiff's attorney's fees and costs related to the matter.
  • Ian Cassel v. Dragon Gate Chinese Restaurant

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Jul 25, 2013
    Outcome:
    Judgment for Plaintiff $226,096.77
    Description:
    This King County Superior Court case concerned the liability of Dragon Gate Chinese Restaurant to Plaintiff Ian Cassel for personal injury damages (abdominal laceration) caused by Dragon Gate’s negligent violation of restaurant safety rules. On October 9, 2010, Dragon Gate served hard alcohol over the course of several hours to Armando Guerra, Sayde Guerra, and Kenyon Guerra, all of whom became inebriated. Dragon Gate then allowed the Guerras to remain on its premises after their conduct had become obstreperous and aggressive to such a degree that Dragon Gate knew or ought to have known that the Guerras endangered other patrons. Dragon Gate failed to take measures for the protection other business invitees: Dragon Gate chose not to eject the Guerras and Dragon Gate chose not call 911. Dragon Gate bartender, Greg Bonus, argued with the Guerras for a substantial amount of time, and at one point told them to “pay the ‘F***ing’ bill and get the “F***’ out of here.” The Guerras exhibited several signs of aggressive behavior, argued with other customers, yelled profanities, threw a bar stool that assaulted Ren Chang, and numerous other red flags. Despite all these warning signs, Dragon Gate failed to take appropriate measures to protect other patrons. Armando Guerra eventually pulled out a knife and cut three customers, severely injuring them. Plaintiff Ian Cassel was one of those customers. Mr. Cassel sought compensation for his injuries caused by Dragon Gate’s violations of restaurant safety rules. After a vigorously fought arbitration hearing, the arbitrator determined that Dragon Gate must be held accountable for its violations of several safety rules, and allowed $226,000 for Mr. Cassel's damages.