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

7 Ways To Help Your Attorney Successfully Handle Your Case

Posted Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Chris Thayer

As you move forward with your personal injury case, it is important to realize that you will play the most important role. There are seven ways that you can strengthen your case. Your Seattle personal injury lawyer has explained these steps below so that your claim has the greatest chance of success.

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Your Seattle Injury Lawyer Will Get You Ready for Your Deposition

Posted Friday, February 14, 2014 by Chris Thayer

Before your personal injury claim can be settled, you’ll be required to give a deposition. An experienced Seattle injury lawyer won’t let their client testify unless they are fully prepared. To get you ready, your Seattle injury attorney could set up practice deposition sessions. This will allow you to get comfortable with the range of questions you’ll be asked and help you form your answers. alt text

Making a Good ImpressionThe goal of your deposition is to tell your side of the story and make a good impression. As your lawyer will advise, understanding the questions is vital to giving thorough answers. If a question comes up that you don’t understand, ask for it to be repeated. Your Seattle injury lawyer doesn’t want you giving an answer to any question that doesn’t make sense to you.

If there is a question that you feel isn’t relevant, let your Seattle injury lawyer raise the objection. A qualified Seattle injury attorney will always jump in with that objection. They will also instruct you not to answer the question until the objection is resolved. Your lawyer will want you to get into the habit of sticking to the direct answer to a direct question. You don’t have to elaborate with additional details.

Staying on Topic

Your lawyer will stress the importance of sticking to the truth of your claim. You shouldn’t exaggerate your level of pain because that can ultimately be used against you. Just as you wouldn’t want your Seattle injury lawyer interrupted, you shouldn’t interrupt the defense attorney when they are asking a question. Let them finish, take a moment, and then provide your answer.

Staying on topic also means that you shouldn’t let the defense attorney make assumptions about your incident. If they make a statement or frame a question as an assertion, your Seattle injury lawyer will want you to correct the defense with the truth.

Follow the Lead of Your Seattle Injury Lawyer

During your deposition, your Seattle injury lawyer will be right by your side. You are well within your rights to depend on them to help clarify questions and to make sure your answers are on point. Chris Thayer is a Seattle injury attorney with years of experience in personal injuries cases. Find out how he can help you file a claim by calling his offices today at (206) 340-2008.

4 Simple Rules and 12 Additional Suggestions for Giving Good Testimony

Posted Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Chris Thayer

In order for the jury to perceive you as credible witness, you must come across as reliable and honest while giving your testimony in court. When you review the following tips with a personal injury lawyer, there’s a greater chance that the jury will believe the truthfulness of your statements.

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Two Important Things to Do Before Meeting With Your Lawyer

Posted Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Chris Thayer

When going to meet with your Seattle personal injury law firm, you will be asked to bring several items and documents relating to your accident. This is so that the Seattle personal injury law firm can quickly review your case and figure out how best to prepare a strategy. Here some things you should be compiling before your meeting with your Seattle injury law firm:alt text

A List of Medical Trips

Keep a written list of every doctor, hospital, therapy session or any other medical facility or service you go to after your accident. Write down the date, location and purpose of each visit. For example: “Dr. Williams for routine checkup,” or “Pharmacy for prescription pain medication.” Your Seattle personal injury law firm will want to see this so they can get a picture of your treatment and how much it is costing you. Your Seattle personal injury law firm might also show the list to the insurance company during settlement negotiations to prove that you are as injured as you say. To keep it simple, just include the items listed above. Your Seattle personal injury law firm will tell you that extraneous information is not needed.

A List of Medical Expenses

Also keep a written list of the medical expenses you are incurring, both billable and out-of-pocket. For example, “Dr. Williams’ bill, pain killers, bandages, heating pads.” You want to include anything that is a result of your injuries so that your Seattle injury law firm knows to include it in the report to the insurance company. Keeping an itemized list of each expense as you pay for it is more compelling than a single lump sum you record at the end of every week. For this reason, be as specific as possible for your Seattle personal injury law firm.

Bringing these items to your meeting with your Seattle injury law firm will ensure that they are able to quickly get up to speed on your case and start preparing a strategy for your claim.

For more information, contact an experienced Seattle personal injury law firm. Call Chris Thayer at (206) 340-2008.

Your Injury Journal What It Is and Why It’s Important

Posted Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by Chris Thayer

When discussing your case, your Seattle accident law firm might ask you to begin keeping a journal of your pain and suffering as morbid as that sounds. This will be useful for proving how your injuries have impacted your life and how you are recovering, which are things your Seattle accident law firm will need to establish to the insurance company to have any hope of a settlement.alt text

Additionally, if your case goes to trial, the journal will be an effective too for helping you and your Seattle accident law firm remember what happened on any given day.

Record Your Emotions and Feelings

The pain you feel doesn’t just include physical pain from your injury. It also includes emotional and mental pain from having to endure it. Your Seattle accident lawyer will advise you to write openly and honestly about your condition, but try to avoid being overly pessimistic. Also, try to be literal and specific and not exaggerate. If you write “I can’t move my arm,” you might think it’s acceptable as a figure of speech, but your Seattle accident law firm will want to know if you could literally not move your arm at all and, if you could, that journal entry will be inaccurate. Your Seattle accident law firm might tell you that it could be used against you at cross-examination.

Instead, write down how you are limited. If you are having difficulty sleeping or moving specific joints, write that down. Try to be as specific as you can. Ask your Seattle accident lawyer for advice if you are having trouble figuring out what to write.

It is also important you to write down the positive side such as how you are coping with your injury. Give some examples of how you are trying to change your lifestyle to accommodate your restrictions or how you are dealing with the pain. Your Seattle accident law firm can give you some ideas.

Record Your Lost Income

You should also keep a written record of any lost wages, W-2s or payroll stubs related to your injury and inability to work. Your Seattle accident lawyer will need these to get the entire picture of how much you have suffered financially. Without them, you will need to sign authorization forms to allow him to obtain them on his own.

Get the experienced help you need from a Seattle accident law firm when preparing to file a personal injury claim. Call Chris Thayer at 206-340-2008.