We know that police officers are supposed to “protect and serve” their communities and most of the time they do a really good job. Unfortunately, there are thousands of situations where a police officer’s actions lead to the death of another person. In some cases, the officer is charged with homicide and in others their actions are deemed reasonable based on the circumstances. The family of the deceased person may be able to file a wrongful death action if a wrongful death attorney can show that the officer’s negligence or willful disregard for the law led to the death of their loved one. Unlike a criminal charge, the purpose of a civil lawsuit is to fight for a financial settlement for pain and suffering, medical and funeral expenses, lost companionship, parental care and other damages.Read More
If you have lost a loved one because of the negligence of another, you’re likely feeling heartbroken and overwhelmed. You may also be wondering how you are going to support your family financially in light of the loss. A wrongful death claim may be a valid option to help your family recover damages such as funeral and medical expenses, lost income and more.
When it comes to all types of personal injury claims – including wrongful death – every state has many laws in place. These laws include a statute of limitations and the “Discovery Rule.”Read More
It’s a nightmare scenario: you’ve just received a call that you partner or child has been killed in a car accident. According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, more than 37,000 people die in car accidents in the United States every year. You will understandably be feeling overwhelmed with grief and shock after receiving this call so it’s important to know what to do before it happens.
What to do if your loved one is killed in a car accident
After receiving the news here is what you should do:
- Get down to the scene of the accident.
- Call the police if they aren’t already there or on their way.
- Take pictures of the scene including skid marks, property damage and both vehicles from multiple angles.
- Speak to any witnesses and take notes. Preferably, allow the police to speak to the at-fault driver.
- Contact a personal injury lawyer.
- Consider filing a wrongful death claim against the person responsible for the accident with the help of a wrongful death attorney. The wrongful death attorney will be well informed about wrongful death claims in your state. Read our post about who can file a wrongful death claim in Washington State: https://www.tariolaw.com/who-can-file-a-wrongful-death-lawsuit-in-washington-state/
Many freshman college students are excited to join a fraternity or sorority as they start their college experience. It’s a way to create a sense of belonging when away from home for the first time. Most people love their experiences but sometimes things can go very wrong when hazing is taken way too far. Hazing is humiliating and sometimes dangerous initiation rituals, often imposed on students seeking membership into a fraternity or sorority. In recent years, there have been some tragic deaths associated with college hazing that have made the national news. Some of these deaths have resulted in wrongful death lawsuits brought by the family of the deceased. When the actions of a fraternity lead to the death of a person, it may be appropriate to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the university and/or fraternity to recover damages. Here is one example: on February 3, 2020, the mother of the Rutgers student who was killed by a train after becoming intoxicated at a frat party sued the school and fraternity for wrongful death.Read More
While the snow and ice has cleared from the snowstorm in mid-January, the Pacific Northwest isn’t out of the woods yet. Slip and fall accidents increase during winter months because of icy walkways. Snow, sleet and freezing rain can all turn into hazardous traveling conditions. Pedestrians should take reasonable precautions to protect themselves from a fall by slowing down in icy conditions but property owners can reduce the chances of a slip and fall injury on their property by salting or sanding walkways.
Injuries from slip and fall accidents vary in severity from a bruised tailbone to broken bones and yes, even death. Senior adults over the age of 65 are particularly susceptible to slip and fall accidents leading to serious injuries; falls are the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among the older population. Each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures with more than 95 percent of hip fractures caused by falling. According to the National Council on Aging, one in four Americans over the age of 65 has a slip and fall accident every year. Every 11 seconds, a senior adult seeks emergency room treatment for a fall and every 19 minutes, a senior person dies from a fall. In fact, falls are the number one cause of fatal injury among seniors.
Is it possible to file a wrongful death claim for a slip and fall accident?
According to National Safety Council, in 2014, falls were the third leading cause of unintentional deaths in the United States. In 2014 alone, more than 31,000 people died in a fall. If a slip and fall leads to the death of a loved one then it’s possible that a wrongful death claim would be appropriate. Seek the guidance of a wrongful death attorney in your area.
Serious injuries from slip and fall accidents
There is a jump from the minor injuries that we commonly associate with a slip and fall accident such as bruising to serious injuries that can lead to death. Some examples of serious injuries from slip and fall accidents include: spinal cord injury, internal bleeding, infection that leads to organ failure and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Who is liable for slip and fall accidents on icy walkways?
While humans don’t control weather conditions, property owners are expected to make their property reasonably safe for visitors or customers to navigate. That means clearing up unreasonably dangerous hazards such as ice in parking lots or walkways. If a customer entering a store or the mail man walking to a house to deliver mail slips and falls on the property because the property owner failed to take reasonable care to clear dangerous hazards or to at least place hazard warning signs then there may be grounds for a premises liability case.
Determining fault in a premises liability case
In Washington, fault can be shared in a personal injury case. In a premises liability personal injury case the injured person is expected to have taken reasonable precautions when obvious hazards were present at the time of injury. Damages are awarded based on contributory fault law which says that the injured party may only be awarded damages proportionate to the percentage of fault contributed by the defendant and nothing for the amount of fault that the victim contributed.
Seek the help of a slip and fall accident attorney
If you or a loved one is dealing with an accident or injury through no fault of your own, you have enough on your plate. Let an experienced accident attorney fight for the full compensation that you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance company that is five to ten times larger with the help of a lawyer. Call the caring wrongful death attorneys at Tario & Associates, P.S. in Bellingham, WA today for a FREE consultation! We have been representing residents of Whatcom County, Skagit County, Island County and Snohomish County since 1979. You will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we recover damages for you!Read More
The holiday season is a joyful but stressful time and it brings some particular injury risks. Some of the factors that lead to increased risk of wrongful death during the holidays are longer hours of darkness, people not handling stress in appropriate ways, and the new products that come in the form of gifts.
If you lost a loved one during the holiday season and you believe that it was caused by the negligence or willful act of another, contact a local wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. The wrongful death lawyer can discuss your legal rights and may be able to help you recover damages so you aren’t left with a financial disaster on top of the pain of losing your loved one.Read More
Physician-patient privilege is a legal concept that protects a patient’s right to privacy of their medical records. This means that without a patient’s consent, a physician is not usually permitted to share their patient’s private or protected health information with anyone. There are some exceptions to physician-patient privilege, including a court order for medical records.
The protection of patient records becomes difficult after someone is deceased, with some believing that a patient’s privacy should continue after their death while others believe that privacy should end after death.Read More
Wrongful death lawsuits are brought against a defendant accused of legal fault for the death of a loved one. The defendant may be a negligent driver, doctor, employer, caregiver or manufacturer or any other person or entity whose negligence caused the death of your loved one. A representative of the estate brings the claim on behalf of immediate family members or other parties depending on the laws of the state. The purpose of a wrongful death claim is to recover damages through a wrongful death settlement.Read More
As cities like Bellingham, WA have become more bike friendly the number of bikes sharing the road with cars has grown. With more bikes on the road, the risk for bike versus car accidents increases. According to federal data shared on Streets Blog USA, cyclist fatalities rose 10 percent while traffic fatalities overall fell one percent in 2018. This was the second year in a row to see an increase in cyclist fatalities. When a bicycle versus car accident happens because of the reckless or negligent behavior of a driver, it is often the unprotected cyclist who pays the price.Read More
A wrongful death claim is brought when there is evidence that a person died because of the legal fault of another individual or entity. Negligence or an intentional act are the two most common ways to attribute legal fault in a wrongful death case. A wrongful death claim seeks justice for the loss of a loved one through financial compensation, whereas a criminal case seeks jail time for the defendant. Many wrongful death claims arise from car accidents, medical malpractice, physical assault, nursing home abuse, and workplace hazards.Read More