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John Michael Brangwin
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John Brangwin’s Legal Cases

7 total

  • Head On Collision Settled for $300,000

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Outcome:
    Settled
    Description:
    On July 16, 2007, Ron[1] was driving a company truck south-bound on US-97 near Omak, WA. A driver going the opposite direction tried to pass a semi-truck in a no-passing zone. Ron tried to avoid a head-on collision but was unable to do so because of the guardrail along the highway. When the collision was over Ron and his passenger were alive, but injured. The on-coming driver was not so lucky; he died instantly. Ron was taken by ambulance to a hospital where emergency surgery was performed to repair his badly broken wrist. He also had a number of abrasions and he was extremely sore most strongly in his left knee, back and shoulder. In all, Ron would have three surgeries to his wrist and countless medical appointments. Ron is still in college being retrained and intends to continue his college towards a degree in a medical field such as nursing or surgery technician. Ron also has his first child on the way. The proceeds from the settlement will allow Ron to finish college, make a down-payment on a house, and care for his new child. A few weeks after the accident, Ron hired Woods & Brangwin, PLLC to assist him with his case. The case was primarily handled by me, with help from attorney, Shane Reichert, and the entire office staff. After the accident, Ron was unable to return to work because of his injuries. He was working at the time of the accident which made him eligible for workers compensation benefits. The first challenge was to ensure that Labor & Industries were paying Ron all of his benefits he was entitled to under the law, including all of Ron’s medical bills and wage benefits. We successfully fought to have Ron retrained for a new job because his wrist injury would not allow him to perform the construction work he did before the accident. It is estimated that Woods & Brangwin, PLLC secured nearly $90,000 in benefits from L&I. Next, we sought justice from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. The at-fault driver maintained only limited coverage of $50,000. We quickly got the insurance company to offer the full policy limits of $50,000. Because the at-fault driver had perished and was of limited means, we did not pursue a judgment against the driver. Instead, we accepted the policy limits of $50,000 from his insurance company. Finally, we made a claim to the insurance company of Ron’s employer. Fortunately for Ron, his employer carried Under-Insured Motorist (UIM) coverage. Many employers exclude such coverage for their employees. Employers that carry UIM coverage for their employees should be commended. We made a demand to the UIM insurance company, but instead of proceeding to court, both sides agreed to use Spokane attorney, John Riseborough, to mediate a resolution. After a full day of negotiations a settlement of $250,000 was reached. This brought the total recovery to $300,000.
  • Appeal reverses lower court decision on Negligent Driving

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Outcome:
    Victory
    Description:
    The Chelan County District Court found our client committed the offense of Negligent Driving. The State won using evidence we believed was hearsay. We timely objected to that evidence but the District Court allowed the evidence anyway. We appealed to Chelan County Superior Court. The Honorable Lesley A. Allan agreed with us that the court should not have allowed the hearsay evidence. Without that evidence the State would have lost. Accordingly, the case was remanded to the District Court with instructions to rule in our client’s favor.
  • Domestic Violence Case Dismissed

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Case Dismissed
    Description:
    By working with the alleged victim and the prosecutor, the charge against the client was promptly dismissed.
  • DUI reduced to a traffic ticket

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    Reduction
    Description:
    Driver accused of being DUI. Officer reported the client was swerving and failed all three field sobriety tests. Our client told us he was texting and while he had drank some beers, including an open container in the car, that he was not drunk. The day before trial we were able to negotiate a dismissal of the DUI in return for our client paying a non-criminal traffic ticket.
  • .13 DUI reduced to Reckless

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    Reduction
    Description:
    Client with prior offenses accused of DUI. Driver was stopped for speeding at nearly double the speed limit. The client did okay on two of the three field tests but took a PBT that was over the limit. At the jail the client blew a .13. The case was settled with a plea bargain to Reckless Driving
  • DUI with breath test refusal reduced to a lower DUI

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    DUI reduced from refusal reduces license revocation by 1 year
    Description:
    A citizen motorist called the police that our client was ‘all over the road’. Police intercept and stop our client. He badly fails all three sobriety tests. At the station he admits he is drunk and is sorry. The case was settled by a reduction from DUI refusal down to a lower level of DUI, with a sentence recommendation for the mandatory minimums. This reduction saves our client a full year of license revocation.
  • DUI refusal ends with Neg 2 infraction

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Date:
    Jul 31, 2012
    Outcome:
    (not available)
    Description:
    Client charged with DUI Refusal (1C). Case reduced 5 levels down to a traffic ticket (Neg 2)