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I am a 33 year old female, I was at my local safeway, in the produce department, and I slipped twice on 2 out of 3 large puddles, that were unmarked, I had my 8 year old cover one of the puddles with a caution cone that was tucked in a corner, tal...
Having litigated these types of claims, I can tell you Safeway will aggressively defend any claim for slip and fall injury, but especially one that happened in produce. In your case, I imagine that even with additional witnesses, in-store incident report that actually detailed everything that happened, video footage preserved with letter of non-spoliation, and other necessary evidence, Safeway often wins.
Your best bet is to speak with a Pierce County attorney who is very familiar with "premises liability" claims and suing Safeway, because a lawsuit is almost a certainty with facts like yours. Use AVVO's search tool to find someone in your area and give them a call.See question
So well driving on the freeway a car in front of me that was about two car lengths away came to a near stop in the middle of the freeway going 60, of course I had no time to stop obviously and I slammed into the back of them destroying the front o...
More often than not, a following car will be held responsible for a rear-end collision, because they are in the best position to avoid the collision by maintaining a safe distance from the car in front of them. In Washington, this is referred to as the following car doctrine. However, there are defenses which may result in making the stopping vehicle contributorily negligent (partial fault) or at fault all together.
Questions that may lead to mitigating your fault are:
Did the car's brake lights work or did they use some other kind of signal? (notice it was going to stop)
Did the car stop in a part of the roadway where stopping could be anticipated? (close to an intersection or traffic signal)
Did the car's actions deceive or show intent to cause a collision? (ex. changing into your lane quickly and slamming on the brakes)
These might make a stopping car partially or completely to blame. That said, the facts that you shared make it unlikely to avoid fault. Whether they stop fast or slow, following drivers have the primary responsibility to avoid a collision by maintaining a safe distance.See question
My domestic partner's (let's call him "Bob") wife passed away (let's call her "Mary") in May 2013. Bob sent certified death certificates to all applicable companies. In 2016, Bob noticed that he was still being billed monthly for a supplemental Me...
Medicare supplemental insurance (or gap insurance) is treated like any other private pay health insurance. I would begin by contacting the WA State Office of the Insurance Commissioner's office to make a complaint. They are a very good office, and will take your complaint seriously. If that doesn't get you the resolution you are looking for, any attorney that practices "insurance coverage" law could help. Where you may experience difficulty is it could cost you much more in fees than you could conceivably expect to recover.See question
Addiction clinic put up indoor audio video surveillance after employees went home. Employees did not give consent. The camera records the receptionists and patients coming in. There are no signs posted.
It is legal to video record areas where there is no "expectation of privacy." Zones of privacy would be places like inside your home, in a bathroom, in a locker room - these are places where you should expect protection from prying eyes. Years ago some department stores were caught putting video cameras in changing areas to combat shoplifting, and in almost every case courts saw that as over-reach.
To put a video camera in the check-in area of an addiction clinic may or may not be a "zone of privacy" where someone should expect protection from that kind of surveillance. I would imagine those participating in programs there would not like being video recorded, but if the camera is in plan sight, they may be implicitly waiving their right to refuse to be recorded.
As the other attorneys on this string have indicated, audio recording cannot be done without obtaining permission from the person(s) being recorded. That is not just wrong, it can be criminal. It's certainly worth asking the clinic what their recording policy is, and whether they are recording audio as well as video.See question
I have lost my umbrella insurance coverage because of my teen-aged daughter's tickets and insurance losses. I was able to find umbrella coverage, and she is excluded. I would like to protect myself from potential future events related to her dri...
Your question is a complex one, because of the interplay between the Family Car Doctrine (a legal basis for holding parents responsible for damages caused by a member of their family who is also a resident of their household) and the language of the policy you have purchased. Primary coverage for a loss from a motor vehicle collision comes from the policy that insures the vehicle - presumably, any car your daughter drives while at college will be insured by the car's owner, and would cover any damage she caused up to its limit. But if the car is uninsured (or underinsured), then the next place to look for coverage would be your daughter. I would recommend she get her own policy, which could cover her as a driver only. And if she's spending more than 6 months away from home, then I would argue she is not a resident, and not entitled to any coverage under your policy.See question
My brand new 2016 Jeep Renegade Limited Edition was hit in a parking garage while I was at work. There are no cameras, I was not present at the time of the accident and nobody left a note. My vehicle only had 4000 miles at the time of the accide...
I don't know of any attorneys in the Vancouver area that handle this type of claim without an associated injury claim, but an attorney named Paul Veillon in Seattle is very good at property damage claims, especially diminished value claims, or what are called "reputation" damage claims. He is on AVVO.See question
At a dead stop to make a left turn for over 2 min. Teenager who was texting while driving slammed into my car at full speed (50 mph). I had seen she wasn't slowing down and slammed my horn but she rear ended me hard. My 7 mo old baby was in the ca...
Unfortunately in Washington, making someone accountable for your injury and damages doesn't include why they did what they did (cell phone use), in spite of the fact that it makes us all upset when we hear someone causing a crash because they used a cell phone. I recently asked perspective jurors if they would be more outraged if someone caused a crash because they used a cell phone, than they would if someone was just following too close. Without exception, they held the cell phone using driver more accountable for the damage done.
In Washington, the compensation you demand from the at-fault person or entity is only about compensating you for your losses. It is not meant to punish the at-fault driver. So, the way you hold that driver responsible for their stupid choice, is to make sure you collect for every injury you received in the crash. A good lawyer, as the others have said, is the best route to that kind of justice.See question
I fell at the grocery store by slipping on a puddle of soda and ice. Fell directly onto my tailbone and head simultaneously. Injured my back pretty bad. Haven't been to DR. due to lack of time from work - their rep already called me to tell me th...
Hiring a lawyer to represent you for a personal injury claim is easier than you might think. Almost all personal injury lawyers will speak with you without charge, to determine whether you have a claim worth pursuing. Slip and falls are tough cases because liability will almost always be fought.
My advice to you is to start calling a few in your area. Be ready to describe your claim to them, and be ready for some to say they are not interested. For those that are interested, be a good consumer and make sure they are a good fit for you and your case.
Best of luck.See question
I was rear ended in a car accident 11 months ago. I was injured and received chiropractic care 2 to 3 days a week for 6 months, resulting in about $5000 in medical bills. My insurance company paid my medical bills and damage to my vehicle. I didn'...
Let me just add a little to Mr. Nivison's response, which is very good.
There are so many variables when determining whether the offer you are being given is adequate. Since there is no guideline - no formula for determining what a claim is worth, you must take a look at how your injuries affected your life. Maybe your life was only changed in ways which $3000 compensates - maybe more would be necessary to offset your losses. It's tough to tell without sitting down with you to discuss it, and comparing your claim with similar ones which have been recently presented to a jury.See question
My son was shopping with me at Hobby Lobby. A long shard of glass went through the bottom of his flip-flop and punctured the sole of his right foot. I found a sales associate, who paged a manager. He finally arrived with an old first aid kit, no ...
The two main questions an attorney will consider when you make contact, is how strong is the liability, and how great are the damages.
With premises cases, it's not always clear who did what wrong. Did the store have notice that glass was on the floor? Is there a way to tell when it happened? If so, when did it happen, and did the store have reasonable notice that it had happened? Did the store follow its own policies when it comes to visually inspecting the floors, and are those policies reasonable ones? There are so many questions to ask and get answers to before knowing how to proceed against them.
The next question, how great are the damages, is a tough one to answer. How much medical treatment did your son need? How much more will he need? Did it affect his day to day activities? Is he temporarily disabled? How long will his symptoms last? In the end, how much money will compensate him for his loss?
Be prepared to address those questions when you make contact with an attorney, as those will be key to whether the attorney wants to represent your son in this matter. Best of luck.See question