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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Litigation, Insurance Bad Faith and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Does res judicata and/or collateral estoppel apply to a small claims judgment?

If a plaintiff succeeds in small claims court and receives a judgment, can the loser (defendant) later file a lawsuit in King County Superior Court over the same matter? This involves an auto accident in which each party blames the other. The matter was heard in King County District (Small... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 28, 2020

This is something a Washington attorney should advise on, as it involves state court practices. But your question remains open for three weeks. As a GENERAL matter, it's unlikely that a suit would be filed against you if the matter stems from the same claim/controversy and involves the same... Read more »

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Q: My repair shop told me the law prevents them from accepting cash for my deductible payment. Is this true?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 23, 2020

Check with the insurance commissioner. If the wreck wasn't your fault, the other person should be paying.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for Washington on
Q: Broke ankle exiting truck, off work 12+ weeks. Filed claim for lost wages. Insurance denied citing a case and stating:

"Washington State law states that once your vehicle is parked it is no longer considered to be an automobile". Next step to contest???

Kevin R. Richardson
Kevin R. Richardson answered on Jan 8, 2020

You likely have a Labor and Industry claim, but you need to provide much more information. The best response is to call an attorney and set up an appointment to speak about the specific facts of your claim. Most law firms, including our own, provided no-fee consultations. Feel free to reach out... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Car Accidents, Civil Litigation and Insurance Bad Faith for Washington on
Q: Please read below

The petitioner was a secondary insured for Respondent. Petitioner totaled his car and submitted a claim to Safeco, he died 10 days later of a heart attack, not related to the accident. Safeco wrote the insurance check out to Respondent and Petitioner. I asked the insurance to write the check in my... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 22, 2019

Looks like you have to open an estate. If the decedent died because of his injuries there is a claim and you would want to speak with a member of the State of Washington Assn for Justice in the county where it happened--they give free consults.

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,... 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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith and Public Benefits for Washington on
Q: My husband is disabled, receives Medicare with prescriptions cov. with Cigna. Five reimbursement checks bounced. Help.

Cigna did not coordinate their benefits with Nathan's primary insurance coverage through Regence. Cigna did not cover any copays for 3 years. We didn't quite understand the magnitude until speaking to our pharmacy and doing some investigating. We spent hours and hours collecting print... Read more »

Vincent J. Bernabei
Vincent J. Bernabei answered on May 9, 2019

If you have received bad checks, you can recover from the company issuing the checks the costs of collecting the amount of the check, including attorney's fees, interest on the amount of the check which accrues at the rate of twelve percent per annum from the date of dishonor; and three... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Health Care Law and Insurance Bad Faith for Washington on
Q: If a Washington State (exempt) agency committed fraud can they be sued?

If a Washington State (exempt) agency knowingly false reported, selectively deleted protected permanent records, committed fraud and theft $588,000 and intentionally neglected claimant to cause death can they be sued under tort law?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 23, 2018

You would need to discuss this with a Washington attorney at the soonest. I do not practice in Washington but your question was not picked up for four weeks. If you are contemplating legal action, you should consult with an attorney without delay because there could be notice of claim filing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Litigation, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for Washington on
Q: How does an insurance company settle claims when their insured are both parties of an MVA? How do they "sue" themselves?

My friend was involved in a three car collision recently. She was rear-ended by a vehicle which slammed her car into the car ahead of hers. The same insurance company that insures my friend is the same insurance carrier for the individual's vehicle that slammed into her from behind. The... Read more »

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Jul 26, 2018

It's handled by different divisions within the company normally. Happens all the time, but I understand what you are saying; it looks like a clear conflict.

Then of course if her carrier pays some of her medical bills, it can require compensation from the other driver's insurer;...
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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for Washington on
Q: Is it legal for an employer to only give 24 hour health insurance paperwork turnaround time? We had no time to look

We had no time to look into our other options. At 24/hr, the premium is $900/month for a family, and it would only cover 50% and the deductible was insanely high. My husband filled it all out because he didn't want us to be without coverage. We searched around and found options for my daughter... Read more »

Christian K. Lassen
Christian K. Lassen answered on Apr 2, 2018

You can complain to the HR Department

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for Washington on
Q: What is my option in my home damage?

Dear Expert,

My house was hit by a truck due to driver's medical condition.

However, both my home owner’s insurance, and driver's insurance all denied their coverage. My home insurance agent excuse is because I was not living there when the accident happened. (I rented... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 10, 2017

Get the policies. Get the police report. State Farm's claim is based on a "sudden emergency. " That's only good if they can show he didn't have that condition before. Even with a heart attack,the person knows it's coming, can go to the side of the road to have it.... Read more »

Q: Is there any experienced LTD attorneys in Spokane, wa?

I had worked for about 10 years in a large manufacturing firm before my medical condition forced me unable to continue. I had an active LTD paying benifits for about a year before they decided to discontinue. I disputed their unjust decision as many times as they allowed for appeals with no win... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 14, 2017

Look for an attorney who handles ERISA claims--strt with the State of Washington Assn for Justice--they give free consults. However, 15 years is in most cases way too late for a case like yours.

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