Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Handling Personal Injury Claims in the Seattle Area and Throughout Washington Since 1995

My name is Chris Thayer and I am a personal injury attorney practicing in downtown Seattle. I handle personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death claims throughout the greater Seattle area, including Issaquah, Mercer Island and Kirkland.

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The Seattle Personal Injury Blog

Mediation

Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by Chris Thayer

Seattle personal injury lawyers can explain the process of mediation and its benefits.

Process

Each party meets with the mediator in a general session to discuss the general information about the case. Then, the mediator meets with each side to determine what each side wants. If a resolution is reached, the parties come back together and agree to the result.

Benefits

Mediation helps create a communication bridge between the parties. Additionally, it helps the parties to view their position from a more objective perspective.

Legal Assistance

If you would like to know if mediation could assist your case, contact Seattle personal injury lawyers by calling (866) 884-2417.

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The Importance of Physical Evidence

Posted Monday, June 15, 2015 by Chris Thayer

In this article, an experienced Seattle slip and fall attorney explains the importance of collecting and protecting any evidence of your slip and fall accident.

Keeping The Evidence

Unless every effort is made to protect the evidence of your accident, it may be difficult to prove later on that it ever took place. It will be up to you and your attorney to acquire and safeguard anything that can be collected as physical evidence of your accident, so that when your case goes to trial, that evidence can be produced in court. Otherwise, you have nothing to substantiate your charges, and your case can be seriously jeopardized if not lost completely.

Your Shoes

Under no circumstances should you throw away the shoes you wore when you fell. In fact, they should be put in a safe place and not worn again, because their condition can have a bearing on your case. If you have thrown them away, it will be up to your attorney to find and obtain a similar pair and this can be difficult. It will also not carry the same weight that the actual pair of shoes you had on would carry. The property owner, manager or administrator is obligated to see that the flooring is safe and stable, and that it does not present a danger to people wearing shoes made from the materials most frequently used in the manufacturing process.

If it can be shown that the floor presented some kind of risk, this can demonstrate a clear failure of duty on the part of the property owner. However, it may be necessary to show that your shoes were not of a sort that would normally slide on a properly maintained, ordinary floor. In such a case, your own shoes must be examined in order to show that it was the floor, not the shoe, that was the problem.

Rugs Or Mats On The Floor

If you tripped on a mat or rug, it is important that the defendant not be allowed to get rid of it. Since these are often changed out when they get damaged or soiled and they take up valuable space in a storage room, businesses often simply throw them away. You and your attorney must be able to retrieve the mat for examination and testing, or the information it contains can be irretrievably lost.

Food Items

Produce dropped on the floor of a grocery store can often present a slipping hazard. You don’t need, however, to keep the spinach leaf that caused your fall. If you can snap a picture using your phone, that will serve the purpose. Any spinach leave will do for demonstration during the trial.

Your Slip And Fall Attorney Can Help

If you are trying to file a slip and fall lawsuit, you will need experienced counsel. Contact Chris Thayer, your Seattle slip and fall attorney, today.

Estimating Compensation

Posted Tuesday, June 9, 2015 by Chris Thayer

When first meeting with accident attorneys Seattle residents often ask how much their claim is worth. There are several factors to consider.

Medical Costs

Be sure that you document all medical expenses that you have incurred to date. Also, consider the future cost of medical expenses that you anticipate.

Lost Income

Estimate how much wages you have lost due to the accident.

Pain and Suffering

The amount that you have had to endure is also compensable.

Legal Assistance

If you would like accident attorneys Seattle to assist you with evaluating the value of your claim, contact Chris Thayer at (866) 884-2417.

Tips to Help Trial Testimony

Posted Thursday, June 4, 2015 by Chris Thayer

An injury lawyer Seattle can explain that the trial represents what is likely your only chance to convey to the jury your side of the story. With this realization comes a certain degree of pressure. By taking proactive steps, you can help yourself remember the important things that you need to convey during your deposition. Additionally, you can take certain steps to help you make the best impression at trial.

Review Your Previous Answers

Review answers that you have previously given in the case, including answers to deposition questions and interrogatories.

Review Your Medical History

Likewise, review your medical history so that you can anticipate questions that the defense attorney may ask you on the subject. Review which medical providers you have seen and which facilities you have visited.

Tell the Truth

Do not exaggerate your injuries or the circumstances involved in the accident. Seattle injury lawyers can explain that exaggerations or lies will almost always come back to haunt you and damage your case.

Be Polite

Talk respectfully to each individual that you encounter. Be polite to the judge’s staff. Do not attempt to be sarcastic or funny. Address opposing counsel as “sir” or “ma’am” occasionally.

Do Not Discuss Insurance

There are special rules of evidence that discuss information that can be stated at court. These rules include information about insurance. Talking about insurance without your lawyer’s advice can potentially lead to a mistrial.

Dress Appropriately

Avoid wearing flashy clothing, a lot of jewelry or a lot of makeup. Cover any tattoos and remove any piercings. Think about what you would wear to a church function and mimic this style for what you wear to court.

Legal Assistance

If you would like more information on how to make the best impression during your trial, contact Seattle injury lawyers like Chris Thayer at (866) 884-2417.

Defense Medical Examinations

Posted Monday, June 1, 2015 by Chris Thayer

A personal injury lawyer Seattle WA may warn you that you may have to undergo a medical examination to be performed by a doctor hired by the defendant. You may receive some of the following advice on this process:

Answer Questions Honestly

While it is important that you understand that the doctor examining you is ultimately working for the defendant, it is important that you answer all questions honestly. If the information is on a form, be sure that you provide accurate information on your medical history. Do not attempt to fake symptoms.

Ask for Clarification

Your personal injury lawyer Seattle WA may advise you to ask for clarification if you are confronted with a confusing question. If you do not understand the question being asked of you, say so. Do not answer questions hastily.

Do Not Volunteer Information

Although you must be honest, do not provide more information than is necessary to achieve this goal. Any information can be used against you in your case.

Be Prepared

The doctor may ask you about other hospitalizations or prior conditions. If these conditions are not related to your current injury, say so.

Say What You Can or Can’t Do

Pain is one of the most complex issues in litigation because it is subjective and hard to accurately describe. It may be easier for you to discuss the activities that you can and can’t do as a result of the accident. In this context, you can also discuss the location of the pain and its frequency. Let the doctor know about activities that you can no longer enjoy due to the pain. Provide enough details that show your true feelings.

Legal Assistance

If you would like more information about defense medical examinations, contact injury lawyer Seattle Chris Thayer by calling (866) 884-2417.