Friday, November 28, 2014

Seattle Personal Injury: Large auto accident verdict

This past Wednesday, a large $1.13 Million verdict was reached in a lawsuit for an Auto accident in Washington State. 

Our Firm is lucky to be a part of the Washington State Association of Justice (WSAJ) and received the facts surrounding the case. The law firm and the Plaintiff will remain anonymous for obvious reasons. That said, this is a really big deal to get a verdict this large for injuries that are not easily identifiable.  Million.
The Case: "a pretty simple, straight forward case like most strictly soft tissue cases.  Our client was a 40 year old male rear-ended ".  He first saw a chiropractor and an M.D. a month later.  He received physical therapy, additional chiropractic and acupuncture to the tune of $25,000 in medical bills. 
Plaintiff indicated he was 80 to 90% improved within 3 months so Insurance Co. postured that he was completely recovered in the magic "8 to 12 weeks" and had no explanation for his "ongoing headaches"for which there were no objective findings. 
The pre-trial offer was the typical less than the medical specials in this case $22,000.  Defense counsel suggested the jury award $1,000 in economic damages (loss of wages, etc.); $1,000 to $5,000 in non-economic damages (pain and suffering) and an unremarkable amount for the medical specials.  Plaintiff counsel asked for $1.5M.
The attorney polarized the case right from the start telling the jury in voir dire that they would be asking for over a million for an injury that you couldn't see and then laid out everything the defense was going to tell them during the trial. 

The turning point int trial was getting an expert witness of the defense to contradict herself from previous testimony during the trial. 

Overall, a remarkable outcome for this family and job well done by the Attorneys involved. 

Fore more information on your rights in a Auto Accident, consider contacting a Kirkland Auto Accident Attorney. 

Our Firm: 

DC Legal 
520 Kirkland Way, Ste 103
Kirkland, WA 98033


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Personal Injury Seattle: What is Subrogation?

Subrogation is one of the those legal terms that gets peoples heads spinning. We'll take this post to attempt to simply as best as possible for you. 

In the context of a lawsuit or claim, subrogation is essential the means through which an insurance company, or any other party, steps into the shoes of another party in order to assume that person's rights and remedies. 

In the context of a car accident case, it refers to your insurance companies right to seek recovery for expenses it paid due to the negligence of the driver that hit you. 

If your health insurer or automobile insurer, often under your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, pays medical or other expenses due to the at-fault driver's negligence, the insurance company has a right under its policy with you to recover those expenses. Realistically, your own insurance company often comes to you or your personal injury attorney and asks for repayment directly from the settlement amount. Whenever you are contemplating settling a car accident or personal injury case in Washington, be aware that your own insurance company is entitled to recovery for expenses, subject to a Mahler reduction

For more information on your rights in a Seattle Auto Accident claim, consider contacting a Seattle Personal Injury Attorney.  

Our Firm: 

Weitz Law Firm, PLLC
520 Kirkland Way, Ste 103
Kirkland, WA 98033