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

Discovery

Posted Thursday, May 28, 2015 by Chris Thayer

A Seattle bicycle accident lawyer may explain the discovery process to you. This information exchange may result in the following:

Requests for Disclosure

These written requests ask for basic information about the lawsuit. Interrogatories These questions ask for more in-depth information about the lawsuit. They also ask about information that can help the lawyer handling the case anticipate the evidence that will be presented if the case goes to trial.

Depositions

Some witnesses or the parties to the case may be deposed to get an idea about the testimony they would provide in court.

Legal Assistance

If you would like more information on the discovery process, contact Seattle bicycle accident lawyer Chris Thayer by calling (866) 884-2417.

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The First Eight Weeks of Your Personal Injury Case

Posted Sunday, May 24, 2015 by Chris Thayer

The first two months is a key time for your personal injury case. This is the period during which you will first meet and establish a working relationship with your Seattle personal injury attorney, and much of the research will take place. The following timeline provides a rough outline of what to expect during this time.

Week One

During the first week of your case you will meet your Seattle injury lawyer for the first time and discuss the case. The Contingent Fee Agreement will be discussed with you, and you will be asked to sign authorization forms so that your attorney can obtain such documents as your medical and employment records. You will be given an instruction booklet, and the attorney’s secretary will prepare your file.

Week Two through Four

Your attorney will then begin the initial investigation of your case. This will include the following:

  • Visit the scene where the accident took place and take photographs.
  • In some cases hire an investigator.
  • Obtain the police report.
  • Interview witnesses. This may be done in person or by phone.
  • Check whether you have medical or health insurance that can help with medical costs. Make written contact with the defendant’s insurance company.
  • Send a Notice of Claim by certified or registered mail.
  • Ask you to provide any medical bills you have so far.
  • Obtain the emergency report from the hospital, if applicable.

Weeks Four through Eight

During the next four weeks your attorney will continue to investigate your case. Among other things, he will:

  • Obtain any additional medical bills and reports.
  • If a report from the Secretary of State or other entity exists, obtain these.
  • Finish contacting all potential witnesses in your case.
  • Forward medical reports and bills, police reports, and other documents to the defendant’s insurance adjuster.
  • Discuss the disposition of your case with the adjuster.
  • Determine whether any expert witnesses will be needed and, if so, retain them.
  • Meet with you to discuss your case.

Working with an Attorney

If you have been injured in an accident caused by another, it may be in your best interests to work with a Seattle personal injury attorney. Call Chris Thayer to arrange an initial consultation today at (866) 884-2417.

Case Factors Personal Injury Lawyer Consider

Posted Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by Chris Thayer

When talking to a personal injury attorney Seattle residents may ask about the strength of their case. Some factors that personal injury lawyers consider when evaluating a case include the following:

Insurance Company

Personal injury lawyers may have previous experience with the insurance company and can anticipate their settlement style. Negligence If liability is clear-cut, a case is much stronger.

Level of Damages

A victim may be able to recover for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Credibility of Witnesses

How believable witnesses are can significantly impact the potential ability for you to win your case. For a personal injury attorney Seattle residents count on, call Chris Thayer at (866) 884-2417.

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Mental Injury Cases

Posted Thursday, May 14, 2015 by Chris Thayer

When you decide to consult an injury lawyer Seattle for your mental injury case, be aware that the lawyer might advise you that your case is not a viable one. There are certain difficulties regarding mental injury cases you should understand.

Psychological injury cases are risky for both the plaintiff and for the plaintiff’s lawyer. They take a large emotional toll on the plaintiff, are expensive, and may still result in a loss or a minimal settlement. There is no guarantee of victory. The primary question that any lawyer you consult will ask is, are you likely to be in a better or worse position at the end of this case than at the beginning.

If the attorney turns down your case, it is because he or she thinks that the stress of litigation is likely to result in severe emotional stress for you, or that the case is likely to leave you in a precarious financial position. This might make you feel dejected and hopeless, but keep in mind that it not your attorney’s job, nor is it the purpose of the case, to get you treatment for your mental injury. That is the job of qualified medical professionals. Instead, your attorney must make the decision as to whether pursuing litigation is likely to result in a good outcome.

How is litigation stressful?

If your case goes to litigation, the defense attorney will be able to order invasive discovery and demand you answer intrusive questions for the case. You will have to make time for a deposition. If you are still suffering from a mental injury, this might be an added stressor on your emotions.

Contact Injury Lawyers Seattle

For more information on how to pursue a mental injury case and what you can expect, contact an injury lawyer Seattle. Call Chris Thayer at (866) 884-2417.

Important Tips for Your Deposition

Posted Sunday, May 3, 2015 by Chris Thayer

While a deposition is made outside of court, it has the importance of in-court testimony. As such, it is important to be careful of what you say and do while being deposed. Your Seattle accident attorneys may help you prepare, but the following provides an overview of what you need to remember during this key time.

What You Should Do during the Deposition

Your deposition can have a major impact on your case. For this reason, you need to take care to act appropriately. Your accident attorneys Seattle will be present during the deposition, and a court reporter will take down the proceedings. The following are things you should do:

  • Dress in appropriate attire. This is especially important if the deposition is videotaped.
  • Be thoughtful in your answers. Give yourself time to think before answering.
  • Answer all questions fully but simply. Don’t include elements of the answer you aren’t asked. Answer simply with “yes,” “no,” and “I don’t know” when appropriate.
  • Make sure to tell the truth. Do not lie, for this can damage your case later if your lie is discovered, which almost surely it will.
  • Ask for a break when you need it. The deposition may take several hours, and you have a right to take a break if you need to do so.

What You Should Not Do during the Deposition

There are certain things you need to make sure to avoid doing as well. Among these are:

  • Do not volunteer any information. Limit your answers to what is asked and no more.
  • Don’t argue with the attorney. The defendant’s attorney may ask questions to try to get under your skin. Don’t argue with him if he does this.
  • Do not discuss your case with others during a break. If you take a break it is very important that you avoid discussing facts pertinent to the case with family members and loved ones.
  • Don’t answer questions if you don’t know the answer. Instead, simply state that you don’t know or don’t remember.

Obtain an Attorney to Represent You

Personal injury cases can be very complicated, and you should strongly consider hiring Seattle accident attorneys who have the experience and knowledge to provide you with effective representation. Call Chris Thayer today at (866) 884-2417.