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Q: I was a chaperone on a school field trip. At the end of the trip the teacher took us across the street to a college cam

I was a chaperone on a school field trip. At the end of the trip the teacher took us across the street to a college campus with a concrete 85 step staircase....told kiddos to hurry to top fir a foto then hurry back down so we could go to another area she wanted to visit. I got bumped by a kiddo... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 4, 2019

If after your repeated attempts, they are not making any efforts to arrange for reimbursement of your medical expenses, you should consider consulting with a Washington attorney. As a general matter in many jurisdictions (I do not know the operation of Washington State law on this), public entities... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Personal Injury and Products Liability for Washington on
Q: Express Editorial of the Washington Post the week June 12, 2019, DNC and Bernie Sander how I can find court opinion?

Washington Post/Editorial Express in the Week of June

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 3, 2019

I suggest you see if a law librarian at one of DC's law libraries can help you. There isn't enough information there to figure out if it is a case that is being reported or what.

you may have in mind the following which isn't a suit by Sanders but by a group of supporters:...
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Q: Can you sue if you were a victim of prenatal drug exposure?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 30, 2019

It is possible you could, but there are not many details to go on here. You could arrange a consult with an attorney in Washington who could review the medical file. The drug isn't mentioned in your post, but you could also do some research on your own to learn if it is the subject of any class... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Are there any successful attorneys willing and available to help with a injury claim against Boeing and Sedgewick?

Need someone who can help facilitate the dealings with Sedgewick, who is Boeing's private insurer, because they can't seem to get things right on a case that has been going on for 10+ years. Had 5 foot surgeries 10+ years ago. Finally got fixed with 5th one. About 1-1/2 years ago, re-opened my... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 25, 2019

You mention a widely recognized and well-liked workers' comp carrier and working graveyard shift. This looks like a WC case - you've posted in good categories but if you add Workers' Comp to your categories, hopefully one of the WC attorneys could pick up your question if this is something that... Read more »

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Q: Multi-litigation Lawsuit settlement

I received a settlement offer for a multi-litigation lawsuit and I feel that I am being cheated. Is there anything I can do?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 10, 2019

Although the question is concise, the answer might not be simple. It could involve issues such as the damages at hand, the values of similar cases, the respective liabilities of the other parties, your liability (if applicable), the cost of expert testimony/report preparation if the matter goes to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Legal Malpractice and Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: How do I track down the attorney that settled my suit out of court?

I'm trying to apply for SSDI and the judge needs some proof of the dental malpractice to prove mercury and other toxic compounds that seeped into my system causing neurological issues today. The case information dissapeared when bank foreclosed on my home instead of the home next door in 2011... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 22, 2019

As a starting point, one option could be to contact Washington Courts (https://www.courts.wa.gov/) and ask them about any case information they might maintain. There are a number of legal tools for searching state and federal databases (some of these charge fees for their use); these might be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Native American Law for Washington on
Q: Are GOV vehicles registered to a tribe required to have insurance if driven off the reservation?

23 year old tribal member involved in accident off the reservation. No insurance, but is a GOV truck registered to the tribe. Who is held liable, non-insured driver or the tribe that's the registered owner?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 23, 2019

Generally both. Tribal law governs on tribal land. Take the vehicle outside the rez or national boundary, then the state law applies. However tribe should have some type of umbrella policy.

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Q: I was offered a job that I can no longer take because I was injured too severely in a recent car accident. Can this be

part of my claim?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 9, 2019

Yes. But if it's that severe you should have a lawyer. Contact a member of the State of Washington Trial Lawyers Assn for the county where it happened. They give free consults. If you have wage loss protection that may cover some of this.

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Q: I had a workplace injury which I am not sure if I can sue after. But I am looking for help, with this.

I was working in McDonalds. For about 4 months starting in July, ending in October. It was my first job, as a 15 year old. I wasn't supposed to be at the fryer, but one of my co-workers asked me to get fries for an order. I followed the instructions and carefuly packed the fried into a bag. But... Read more »

Michael Bersani
Michael Bersani answered on Dec 27, 2018

Sounds like all you have is a workers comp claim. Can’t sue your employer or coworker because barred by workers comp law.

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Q: I have had several run-ins with a neighbor's german shepherd. He's been off-leash and aggressive. I've thus far been

lucky to get to my car or my apartment without being bitten but I don't feel safe in my neighborhood and my neighbor gets aggressive when I tell him he needs to have his dog on a leash. Is there any way I can compel him to keep better watch over his pet?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Dec 26, 2018

You can report the matter to the police if he's off-leash on public property, or to the property manager if it's a multi-tenant private property. If the dog threatens you by actually growling and accosting you, you may be able to report this as criminal assault to the police. More details are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury and Sexual Harassment for Washington on
Q: Could a business be sued for reckless endangerment or negligence for not banning a known sexual predator who reoffends?

The businesses are a social dancing venues, and the person in question has been accused of sexually assaulting at least four people, and has a history of consent violations and inappropriate behavior going back many years. The businesses continue to hire this person, knowing his history, and he... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Dec 26, 2018

That business might be sued for negligence by victims of the employee. If the employee has committed any crimes, such as assault, the victim can call the police to report this. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: I was assaulted by another customer in a restaurant and the customer was on drugs...do I have a case against them?

I did not know the customer he was just seated behind me and did that. I'm injured pretty bad in the face and the employees there were very rude to me after the incident for bleeding all over they're carpet. I feel this is wrong do I have a case here...and if I do...where do I start?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Dec 26, 2018

You may have a case for intentional tort against your attacker and a case for negligence against the restaurant, and you can report the crime to the police as well. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an... Read more »

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Q: My husband was injured on the premises of a vacation rental which we believe was improperly maintained. The property

owners live in a different state. Do we sue the owners or the property management company?

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black answered on Nov 28, 2018

What state did the accident happen in?

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Products Liability for Washington on
Q: What kind of lawyer would I need for 3rd party liability? Diagnoses: Leukemia after working with Benzene for 21 years.

Workers comp approved my claim, said I may have a third party lawsuit as it was proven there is a Benzene/Acute Leukemia connection and Benzene contributed on a more probable than not basis.

Due to my treatment I also suffered severe internal intestinal bleeding which lead to a perforated... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 27, 2018

A consultation with an injury lawyer who has experience with toxic tort cases could be a good place to start. These are cases involving exposure to hazardous substances.

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Products Liability for Washington on
Q: My partner was diagnosed with leukemia after working with Benzene for 21 years. Why can't we find a lawyer?

Workers comp was approved, UW Center for Excellence Occupational Medicine determined Benzene contributed. Why is it so hard to find representation? A guy spills McDonalds coffee on his lap and it's a slam dunk, but LEUKEMIA??? No.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 18, 2018

Good for you for looking.

Short answer: extremely expensive to prove in court, and the Supreme Court made it very difficult especially if the problem (leukemia) is something that can be caused by just .....being.

Second problem is the statute of limitations issue in your state....
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Q: I got injured as a result of walking down a store's old cement steps (the concrete crumbled under my feet). The store

owner says it was open and obvious so they're not liable. Is this true?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 23, 2018

I don’t practice in Washington, D.C., but no one picked up your question for two weeks. It could be worth your time to consult with an attorney in your jurisdiction who handles slip and fall cases. In the very least, you could ask about deadlines and statutes of limitations you must act before to... Read more »

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Q: Can I win a personal injury case against my cities public transit co. I'm wheelchair bound and was thrown from my chair.

The bus driver slammed the brakes so hard it through myself & my (PCA) personal care assistant to the floor of the bus. We both had obvious visible injuries and some damage to my new wheelchair. We were in a lot of pain right after the accident and experiencing more pain than expected after 48... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 9, 2018

I do not practice in Washington. However, I noticed that your accident involved a public transit company. You should consult with a Washington attorney immediately because your claim could possibly involve short notice of claim requirements, which arise in lawsuits against transit authorities,... Read more »

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Q: i was thrown out of my wheelchair on a city bus that had to brake so hard because a car cut him off, do i have a case.

he slammed the brakes so hard I was completely thrown out of my wheelchair and landed on the floor up by the bus driver, my PCA (personal care assist) was also thrown from her seat she was not in a wheelchair. We both have visual injuries and are going to hospital in a few hours to get looked at.... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 4, 2018

Possibly though these cases can be difficult. Contact the State of Washington Assn for Justice for the county where it happened--they give free consults. They can tell you which insurance will pay which bills.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: So 2 years ago I joined a wreck that had already happened

2 years ago I joint a wreck that had already happened the lady admited that and she had also told officers and my father and I that she had fallen the day before now 2 years later she is sueing me on fails clames because the pllice didnt do there job and the written reports are all missing and no... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 4, 2018

I suggest you let the insurance you had or on the car you were in handle this. If you believe the wreck wasn't your fault and you were hurt if it's not yet three years you may have a claim for your injuries. Forget the stuff with the cops--that's a dead end and a waste of time and energy. There... Read more »

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Q: I had a fall in Billings, Montana. But I live in Spokane, WA area. Do I need to search for a Lawyer in Billings?

It was a damaged sidewalk that I tripped and fell. I did submit a claim with City of Billings. The state of Montana and Billings have denied the claim. I have a letter, tell me that I was at the area the day before that I knew about the damaged and they have no negligence. But they now know of... Read more »

Robert C. Hahn III
Robert C. Hahn III answered on Aug 20, 2018

Yes, you would be best contacted a lawyer in Billings Montana, unless you can find a lawyer in Spokane that is an injury lawyer and is also licensed to practice in Montana.

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