Ihave been acriminal defense and personal injurytriallawyer for over 23 years. I... more
Ihave been acriminal defense and personal injurytriallawyer for over 23 years. I have represented individuals in both state and federal court in Washington and other states. I have representied individualsin several high profilefelony cases as well as individuals charged with the death penalty and other serious felony charges. I also represent individuals who have sufferedserious person... view profile
I grew up in Tacoma and have practiced law in my hometown for over 31 years. I have... more
I grew up in Tacoma and have practiced law in my hometown for over 31 years. I have been a member of the firm of Rush, Hannula, Harkins Kyler, LLP, since I graduated from University of Washington Law School in 1977. Since that time, I have dedicated my law practice to representing injured persons in Western Washington. I have considerable experience in cases of medical negligence, wrongful dea... view profile
Injured victims and their loved ones are already dealing with enough as they get... more
Injured victims and their loved ones are already dealing with enough as they get medical treatment for, and adjust their lives to, their injuries.They should not have to worry about how their medical bills will be paid, how their lost wages will be covered, or how their pain and suffering will be fairly compensated.For those who have lost a loved one due to anothers negligence, it can be especi... view profile
Working for justice is a lifestyle. I start each morning pursuing the goals i make... more
Working for justice is a lifestyle. I start each morning pursuing the goals i make for each client. I'm proud to say that I finish each day knowing that because of my services, victims were cared-for, and the constitution was respected. Sometimes being an effective advocate means seeking sensible solutions and being creative. Other times it means fighting through trials. In each case, i pursue ... view profile
The above picture is me with my terrific mom and brother. Since graduating from... more
The above picture is me with my terrific mom and brother. Since graduating from Gonzaga University School of Law, I have primarily focused my efforts on criminal defense representing clients accused of a wide range of felonies, misdemeanors and infractions. I also have significant experience with plaintiffs personal injury cases, civil defense, administrative issues and employment law. I h... view profile
Thomas Balerud, after 17 years with the same firm, has opened his own law practice,... more
Thomas Balerud, after 17 years with the same firm, has opened his own law practice, located in downtown Tacoma. Tom is a graduate of both Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound. Tom has enjoyed success in many well publicized high-profile State and Federal cases. He is currently serving as a Trustee to the TPCBA. Tom and his experienced staff are currently available to as... view profile
Ben F. Barcus is a trial lawyer whose firm emphasizes plaintiff's personal injury,... more
Ben F. Barcus is a trial lawyer whose firm emphasizes plaintiff's personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights and insurance matters. He has enjoyed both trial and appellate success. His is listed in the Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers, enjoys the highest peer-reviewed rating - AV, and has been named a "Super Lawyer."
A personal injury lawyer works with clients who have suffered a physical or emotional injury, usually by accident or mistake. They cover cases such as car accidents, botched surgery, and harassment. Personal injury attorneys know how the insurance claim process works, they know what evidence to gather, and they know how to calculate and present a claim for damages. Many personal injury attorneys take cases on a contingency basis, which means they receive an agreed-upon percentage of the payment you receive, also called the personal injury settlement. If you don't recover any money, they don't get paid their fee. Personal injury lawyers also know how to defend you if someone thinks an injury is your fault.