Police shootings and wrongful death claims

Tamir Rice, Ezell Ford, Akai Gurley, John Crawford, Michael Brown — the media made sure we knew these names last year as victims of excessive and deadly force by police officers. Tamir Rice was the 12 year old who was shot within seconds of police arriving at the park at which he was playing with a pellet gun. His family has filed a wrongful death civil suit against the Cleveland Police Department and the officers involved … Continue reading

Attorneys fees vs. costs

When you hire a personal injury attorney, realize that their fees aren’t the only thing coming out of your settlement check. When you sign your fee agreement, make sure you know what exactly you are paying to avoid disagreements and frustration. Most personal injury attorneys do not work for hourly fees. They work on a contingency basis. This means that they only get paid if they win your case. That however, is only in regard … Continue reading

More on car insurance

A couple weeks ago, we covered Underinsured Motorist (UIM) and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance. Today we’re going to go a little more in depth with your car insurance coverage. According to insurance.com, many people can’t identify the type of coverage needed for different kinds of damage. For instance, which type of coverage covers you if someone hits you? What if you’re the one doing the hitting?  What if a giant rock slides into the … Continue reading

What to do if you’re in a car accident

Being involved in a car accident can leave you shaken and confused. However, there are things you must accomplish to protect yourself legally. It’s important to do them immediately so that evidence stays intact and details of the accident are fresh in your mind. Here is a list of tasks that should be carried out in case of an accident. Stop. Do not leave the scene of an accident. Leaving the scene of an accident … Continue reading

Do you know what your car insurance policy says?

Following up on our bad faith insurance blog, we pose the question: Do you know what is in your car insurance policy? Do you know exactly how you’re covered in case you get into a car accident? If not, and many people don’t, a copy should be requested and read. Why is this important? Many people don’t understand insurance coverage. Reading an insurance policy and understanding it could help avoid difficulties and disputes that could … Continue reading

Beware icy roads this winter

Icy roads caused a number of accidents nationwide over the weekend. Just outside Philadelphia, the weather conditions triggered a crash involving up to 50 vehicles, killing at least one person. On Staten Island, a 15 car accident was the result of ice on the roadway. The New Jersey turnpike also saw a multi-car pileup due to ice. That’s just a handful of car accidents that took place on Sunday. There are numerous reasons these accidents … Continue reading

When insurance companies act in “Bad Faith”

What is “bad faith?” Webster’s Dictionary defines “bad faith” as lack of honesty in dealing with other people. Insurance companies act in bad faith when they handle claims with a dishonest or improper approach. It could be a wrongful denial of a claim or extreme delay in processing payment of benefits, and it happens all too frequently. Washington protects insurance policyholders under the Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA) and the Consumer Protection Act. Why would … Continue reading

MBC attorney running for term as TPCBA Trustee

The Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association (TPCBA) election is coming up and MBC attorney James McCormick is in the running for a two year term as a Trustee. James has served the bar for many years in different capacities. His term as the chair of the Volunteer Legal Services Committee is coming to a close, and he’s looking to continue his service to help improve the TPCBA and to assist other members with their professional goals. … Continue reading

Car accident series volume 2: Underinsured motorist coverage (UIM)

by Stephen L. Bulzomi Every car insurance company in Washington must offer buyers Underinsured Motorist Insurance (UIM). UIM coverage provides protection from other drivers who have insufficient insurance to cover the damages and losses resulting from a car wreck or those who have no insurance at all. This coverage applies to injury and property damage claims. Drivers are not required to buy UIM coverage. However, the law requires any rejection of UIM coverage to be … Continue reading

Car accident series volume 1: PIP insurance

by Stephen L. Bulzomi Washington law requires drivers to carry car insurance. Some of us may buy a policy without realizing what we’ve purchased. A car insurance policy is essentially of bundle of smaller policies insuring us against different risks. This post will focus upon one of those coverages: Personal Injury Protection Coverage (PIP). Under Washington law, your car insurance company must offer you PIP coverage when it sells you a policy. The coverage will … Continue reading