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Sports-related eye injuries

September is sports eye safety month. Every parent wants to keep their young children safe in whatever activities they do. Since children do not necessarily understand the risks and consequences associated with certain actions, it is up to adults to protect kids through common sense safety instructions and care. Sports coaches have an amplified responsibility […]

fall storms

With fall fast approaching it is time to start thinking about keeping your family and home safe when the inevitable Pacific Northwest fall storms hit. Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is doing their part by trimming back trees near power lines and installing electric cable specifically designed to withstand branches, thereby reducing power outages.

medical malpractice

Medical malpractice is when a medical care provider – including a doctor, dentist, nurse, laboratory technician or a hospital/medical facility – fails to meet the “standard of care” that would have been met by other healthcare providers in similar circumstances. The failure to meet the “standard of care” must directly harm the patient in order […]

Medication errors

Most patients trust that when they are given a prescription for pharmaceutical drugs that the medication will be safe to use and create the desired effect. Unfortunately, in some situations prescription drugs end up harming instead of helping the patient. When a person is harmed by the prescription, administration or dispensation of a prescription drug […]

Labor Day weekend car accident statistics

According to The National Safety Council (NSC), over each Labor Day weekend 400 Americans on average are involved in fatal car accidents. An additional approximately 49,000 people will experience non-fatal medically consulted injuries (injuries serious enough to seek medical care). Between 2008 and 2013, the NSC identified an 8.9 percent increase in fatal car accidents […]

Drug overdoses

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50. Public health experts estimate that 2016 drug overdose deaths exceeded 59,000; the largest year over year increase ever recorded in the United States, according to data compiled by The New York Times. The increase represents an estimated 19 percent […]

IFCA Washington State

The Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA), which was a voter approved initiative, took effect on Dec. 6, 2007. The law made it illegal for insurance companies to “unreasonably deny an insurance claim or violate laws that govern unfair claims-settlement practices.” Practically, this means that insurance companies must acknowledge policyholders’ letters and phone calls about their […]

bad faith

An insurance policy is a promise by an insurer to provide insurance protection to its policy holders. In addition to the duty to provide protection, the insurer must also negotiate and settle claims in “good faith.” When an insurance company denies a policy holder’s claim in “bad faith” it means that they have denied a […]

Underinsured motorist

When a car crash occurs and the at-fault driver has no car insurance or not enough liability coverage to pay for the bodily injuries and/or property damage caused by the accident, the victim of the car accident may be left to file a claim under their own car insurance policy. These types of claims are […]