Karen Kathryn Koehler’s Answers

Karen Kathryn Koehler

Seattle Personal Injury Lawyer.

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  1. A car hit my daughter. How do we proceed? Do we need an attorney? How much pain and suffering compensation should be?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Karen Kathryn Koehler
    2. Bryan Daniel Doran
    3. Steven Mark Sweat
    4. Andrew Daniel Myers
    5. Richard H. Wooster
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    I'm sorry that your daughter was hit but it must be a relief for you all that she is not seriously injured. My suggestion is that you do not talk to the insurance company except to ask them what their policy limits are. Your own PIP will cover your daughter. Hire a lawyer to help you through the process. You should not rush to resolve your daughter's claim, because you want enough time to pass to make sure that in fact there are no other injuries that simply haven't surfaced yet. Best wishes

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  2. I had auto accident on 4/20/12

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Karen Kathryn Koehler
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Ashley Noelle White
    4. George Costas Andriotis
    5. David Charles Snell
    5 lawyer answers

    Hi. I'm glad to hear you have an attorney. I suppose the big question is - if you have an attorney, why are you seeking answers here. Certainly under the basic facts you've outlined, in WA, the law says you take your victim as you find them. If you were made worse after the collision, then you are entitled to compensation. My suggestion is that you go back to your attorney and ask him: 1) what are the total amount of policy limits available; 2) what is his plan for obtaining these limits;...

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  3. Who should I hire to sue a car manufacturer that gave no notice of a dangerous product defect, resulting in an accident?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Steven L Shaw
    2. Karen Kathryn Koehler
    3. Gordon Charles Webb
    4. George Costas Andriotis
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
    5 lawyer answers

    You sound understandably upset. However, no product defect attorney would take your case. These cases are extremely expensive and time consuming. I have handled them, and they typically cost a minimum of $100 to 200,000 minimum in expenses. This is because car manufacturers have armies of lawyers and experts who will fight these claims. Unless a person has been killed or catastrophically injured, we cannot afford to fight these battles.

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  4. When is court approval required to settle an injury claim involving a minor (under 18) in Washington State?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Karen Kathryn Koehler
    2. Bryce Patrick McPartland
    3. Robert M Lorey
    4. George Costas Andriotis
    5. Stacy E Pepper
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    We have very strict laws concerning minor settlements in our state. SPR RULE 98.16 provides as follows: (a) Approval of Settlement Required. In EVERY settlement of a claim, whether or not filed in court, involving the beneficial interest of an unemancipated minor or a person determined to be disabled or incapacitated under RCW 11.88, the court shall determine the adequacy of the proposed settlement on behalf of such affected person and reject or approve it. If a suit...

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  5. Plywood fell of a truck and hit my windshield and hood i followed him off the freeway and got his info what am i entitled too

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Richard Eugene Lewis
    2. Karen Kathryn Koehler
    3. Steven L Shaw
    4. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    5. Jacob Brian Smith
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    Failure to secure a commercial load like this is a violation of state law. RCW 46.61.655. In some circumtances it can be a gross misdemeanor. At a minimum it can be an infraction. If they start playing games, report it to the police. The WSP website provides this link to report a loss of load: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/traveler/escload.php

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  6. Should it be mandatory for victims of a multi rollover car accident to be taken to the Hospital?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Karen Kathryn Koehler
    2. George Costas Andriotis
    3. Robert M Lorey
    4. Mark John Caruso
    4 lawyer answers

    Hi. I'm sorry to hear about your son. I think by your question you're wondering if the emergency worker are responsible legally for not getting your son to the hospital. In Washington, EMT workers are considered good samaritans under a state law - RCW 4.24.300. Good samaritans are immune from liability for all conduct except gross negligence. This is extraordinary reckless conduct that is almost intentional in nature. If you are looking at making insurance claims, your son would be...

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  7. Driver hits jaywalker. Pedestrian at fault. Car's owner not driving. Is pedestrian liable to pay for damages to car?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Karen Kathryn Koehler
    2. Jeffrey Ira Schwimmer
    3. Todd A Taylor
    4. Bradley Joel Benham
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
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    Being hit by a car is never a great experience. Glad to hear you were not seriously hurt. It's also great that you want to take personal responsibility for your own actions. However, you may be giving the vehicle driver too much credit. If he was following the bus and then decided to whip around it, he would have known that the bus was stopped to let off passengers who might be crossing the street. He should have proceeded cautiously. Or perhaps he was speeding. Any number of factors...

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  8. What will happen if someone stole and used my insurance card at an accident?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Karen Kathryn Koehler
    2. Gregory Stephen Colburn
    3. Keith Douglas Vance
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    It sounds like you should be okay. I'm assuming that when you say you "reported the sale" you mean that you recorded the sale with the Department of Licensing. If so, the guy who got in the accident will show up as being the registered owner. His use of your insurance card was his way of trying to avoid getting in trouble at the time that he needed to exchange insurance information. In Washington, you need to have minimum liability insurance with limits of $25,000. If you don't...

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  9. Should medtronics pay expenses of removing a baclofen pump that has been recalled by the Fda.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Karen Kathryn Koehler
    2. Jacob Brian Smith
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. David J. McCormick
    4 lawyer answers

    You can file a report here: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/ReportaProblem/FormsandInstructions/default.htm Then contact Medtronics to see if they will cover the copays.

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  10. Does it sound appropriate to be issued a fail to yield when hit broadside by a bicyclist traveling improperly in driving lane?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Karen Kathryn Koehler
    2. William John Carlson
    3. Robert N. Anderton
    4. Robert John Murillo
    4 lawyer answers

    Because you were entering the roadway from a parking lot, the primary duty fell upon you to enter safely. Everyone on the road - including bicyclists had the right of way as compared to you. The bicyclist was entitled to occupy a lane in the road. It is common for people not to see bicyclists because they are not looking for or expecting them. Because you hit a bicyclist, your personal injury protection (PIP) is the primary medical insurance. PIP is no fault coverage. If your PIP...

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