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

Why Insurance Companies Are More Willing to Go to Trial

Posted Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by Chris Thayer

An attorney from the Seattle personal injury law firm will explain why insurance companies are becoming increasingly more difficult in dealing with cases.alt text

Your Seattle Personal Injury Lawyer Will Explain Why Insurance Companies Are Choosing Litigation Over SettlementsInsurers are choosing to go to court rather than settle for many reasons including:1. There is a negative perception of attorneys. Lawyers are perceived poorly by the public with the media leading the charge against them; and2. Personal injury lawyers are viewed in a particularly negative light. Because personal injury lawyers are often the butt of jokes, they are looked upon badly by the public.

Claims Are Often Negatively PortrayedOne specific instance that has been constantly referenced is the decision against fast food chain McDonald’s because a woman spilled coffee on herself and sued because it was too hot. The facts in the case were not fully provided by the media. The truth regarding the case was far more complex.

The company chose not to settle when the woman and her attorney requested a small fraction of what the final verdict was. McDonald’s had been the subject of hundreds of other claims due to their coffee being too hot. The woman was not simultaneously opening the coffee cup while driving as had been implied. She suffered severe burns. The company had been warned previously that the coffee was too hot, therefore the woman received punitive damages.

In a recent federal case that had shown liability and damages, the plaintiff lost. Upon speaking to a member of the jury, it was found that the juror believed that something needed to be done about the insurance “crisis” in the United States. Regardless of the statement, the case cannot be appealed.

Contact an Experienced Seattle Personal Injury LawyerIf you have questions about how the public perception of personal injury cases can affect a case, an attorney from the Seattle personal injury law firm can help. Call Chris Thayer at (206) 340-2008 today.

Factors Affecting Settlement Value

Posted Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Chris Thayer

The importance of obtaining representation from a Seattle personal injury attorney immediately following injury cannot be overstated. Insurance companies are eager to take advantage of unrepresented claimants by offering settlements that are much less than what their claims are actually worth.

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How the Settlement Value of a Case Is Evaluated

Posted Friday, February 28, 2014 by Chris Thayer

Clients of a Seattle personal injury attorney often ask how the settlement value of a case is determined.

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When deciding on a fair settlement amount, your attorney will examine the following:

  1. Was the client placed under evaluation and analysis regarding pain and suffering?
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  3. Can the plaintiff’s pain and suffering be corroborated by witnesses?
  4. Do the medical records and testimony from doctors provide documentation as to the plaintiff’s pain and suffering?
  5. Can the pain and suffering be demonstrated by photos, video or film?
  6. What can be done to lessen the pain and suffering?
  7. Have there been changes to the lifestyle of the client to alleviate the pain and suffering?
  8. Did the client need to take a different job or duties at work?
  9. Was it necessary to buy medical devices to help reduce or treat the pain?
  10. Have there been any therapeutic procedures done on the client?
  11. Is the pain from the physical problems as well as the psychological effects?
  12. Can the psychological issues be documented by the medical records?
  13. Do the medical reports and testimony from the doctors and psychiatrists match up with the issues the client is suffering from, and are they related to the incident that caused the injury?
  14. Is the client taking any medication?
  15. Are medical experts available to testify?
  16. Is the client able to engage in normal socializing and outside activities?
  17. Has the client’s view of life been altered?
  18. Is the client’s personality different from what it was before?
  19. Can witnesses provide testimony as to the personality changes?

Contact an Experienced Seattle Personal Injury Attorney

If you have questions about how the settlement value of your case will be determined, a Seattle personal injury lawyer can help. Call Chris Thayer at (206) 340-2008 today.

The Insurer’s Philosophy: How to Deal with a Large Insurance Carrier

Posted Monday, February 24, 2014 by Chris Thayer

Any Seattle personal injury lawyer can tell you that the way your case will progress depends on the type of insurance company you are dealing with. Some companies, such as large, conservative national carriers, are no stranger to litigation and taking cases to lawsuit, while other mid-sized carriers are easier to work with and more likely to settle. alt text

If you and your Seattle personal injury attorney are dealing with a particularly conservative insurance carrier, you should try to understand how they operate and think.

Pay Attention to DetailsEvery claim that the insurance company receives will be closely scrutinized with a host of details such as causation and medical bills.• Liability: Can our client’s liability be questioned?• Coverage: Are there any facts that would lead to a coverage defense such as failing to pay a premium or to cooperate?• Does the claimant have any contributory negligence?• Does the claimant have any pre-existing or prior injuries?• Does the claimant have a history of making prior injury claims, including workers’ compensation, auto accidents or other claims involving a Seattle personal injury lawyer that would appear in the insurance claim index?• What is the reputation and credibility of the claimant’s Seattle personal injury attorney?

The insurance company will ask all of these questions in your case to try to determine if it is worth paying out.

It Pays to Be CynicalYou should understand that most large carriers believe it is not unfair to settle cases for cheap amounts because they consider that their duty to the policyholder or potential defendant. They also believe that many claims they see are exaggerated and phony claims looking for a quick payout. They see many claimants who claim the resurgence of pre-existing injuries that have been worsened or aggravated by the recent incident. Additionally, they do not trust personal injury attorneys, as they have seen many such attorneys exaggerate small-to-medium claims well beyond what they are actually worth. As such, they do not immediately trust information given to them by injury attorneys.

If you have more questions about how to deal with the insurance company, contact an experienced Seattle personal injury lawyer. Call Chris Thayer at (206) 340-2008.

Your Rights & Responsibilities During A Medical Exam

Posted Monday, February 24, 2014 by Chris Thayer

If you are requested by the opposing party to take a defense medical examination, you must learn about your rights and obligations that apply when you are being examined by the independent doctor. Your personal injury attorney will help you review everything you need to know about the exam, including the following information listed below.

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