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

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The Seattle Personal Injury Blog

Importance of Preserving Evidence in Trucking Accident Cases

Posted Friday, August 21, 2020 by Chris Thayer

Alternative TextIf you suffered injuries, damages, harm, or losses related to a trucking accident, you have the legal right to receive compensation from the negligent party. However, an investigation must first determine who the negligent party actually is for legal purposes. The truck driver, trucking company, cargo-loading company, or even manufacturer of trucking parts and components could remain liable for your injuries and losses. As a result, the most important foundation of your trucking accident case will rest on the evidence. Preserving evidence is critical in any accident case, but it is even more important in trucking accident cases.

*Types of Evidence to Preserve in a Trucking Accident Case* Victims of trucking accidents need to preserve both physical and electronic evidence related to their trucking case, as well as ensure that the evidence remains in its original state and condition. Some of the types of evidence needed in a trucking accident case may include the following:

  • The “black box” of the commercial truck. This electronic device contains specific data related to the truck’s speed, gear shifts, length of the time the truck was in operation, the GPS locations, communications between the trucking company and the truck, braking history, daily inspection reports and other reports filed by a truck driver
  • Contact information of all drivers and witnesses including insurance information
  • Daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly inspection records of the commercial truck including what parts were replaced or repaired
  • Daily logs of the truck driver, indicating whether or not the truck driver followed the Hours of Service Regulations required under the regulations of the Federal Motor - - Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)The work history, training, and experience of the truck driver
  • A listing of all complaints that exist against the truck driver, trucking company or cargo loading company
  • Listing of any possible recall notices for any manufactured parts or components of the commercial truck

*Preserving Evidence* The most important step any victim of a truck accident can take, aside from getting a medical evaluation, is issuing a spoliation letter to all possible liable parties associated with the accident. A spoliation letter is extremely important because it requires all parties to preserve all evidence that may possibly be related to the trucking accident, even if the party would have the legal right to destroy it otherwise. This spoliation letter is critical as it alerts all parties of an impending lawsuit and requires them to preserve evidence under the law. Failure to do so can result in harsh penalties issued by the court.

*Contact an Experienced Trucking Attorney* If you suffered any injuries or damages as a result of a trucking accident, immediate steps should be taken to preserve the evidence related to your accident. Contact the Pivotal Law Group at 206-340-2008 and learn how we can help you receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering related to your trucking accident. We proudly serve the Seattle, Bellevue, Kent, Renton, Burien, Mercer Island, and Issaquah areas.

School Bus Injuries

Posted Friday, August 14, 2020 by Chris Thayer

Alternative TextCOVID-19 has changed the way that many children will attend school this fall. Many students will learn virtually from home. In other cases, children are being homeschooled by parents who fear sending their children back to school. However, many schools are still operating normally and plan to have students back in normal classes this fall. As a result, school buses will begin to run again, and children will use them as a primary form of transportation to their schools this fall.

*Safety of School Buses*The published research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that school buses are actually the most regulated vehicles on the roadways in the United States, and for good reason. Literally millions of children ride school buses every day. The American School Bus Council indicates that prior to 2020, 25 million children rode on school buses every day during the school year. While this number may be smaller this fall, many children will still hop on these buses in order to get to and from their schools. Unfortunately, statistics also show that while these vehicles are typically safe, 17,000 children go to emergency rooms every year due to injuries suffered on a school bus.

*Safety at Bus Stops*One-fourth of all injuries suffered by children related to school buses actually occur when a child is either entering or exiting the bus, according to the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice. Make sure your child arrives early in order to avoid panic, keeps their distance from other children and the bus, faces the bus directly to avoid accidents, and never approaches a school bus until it has made a full and complete stop. Children should always remain in their seats on the bus facing forward, and only get up to leave the bus again when it comes to a full and complete stop.

*Safety for Motorists*Research from the National Safety Council indicates that accidents involving school buses typically do not affect the passengers of the buses but rather the occupants of other motor vehicles involved in the crash. In fact, 70% of all fatalities associated with school buses were motorists and passengers in other vehicles. As the school season begins again make sure to pay close attention as you back out of your driveway and always look for school buses near school zones. Follow the directions of any school buses that may include stop signs or flashing lights.

*Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today *If you were involved in an accident with a school bus, or if your child was injured as a rider on a school bus, you may have the legal right to pursue compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact a personal injury attorney today at Pivotal Law Group at 206-340-2008 and learn how we can help you receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, property damage and pain and suffering. We proudly serve the Seattle, Bellevue, Kent, Renton, Burien, Mercer Island, and Issaquah areas.

Types of Birth Injuries

Posted Friday, August 7, 2020 by Chris Thayer

Unfortunately, medical negligence either before, during, or immediately after the birthing process can cause serious injuries in the infant resulting in permanent damage. If you discovered that your baby was injured during birth, you may have the legal right to pursue a claim under the law.

**Common Types of Birth Injuries Resulting From Medical Malpractice


**Not every medical condition or diagnosis an infant receives is the result of medical malpractice. In some cases, children are born with medical conditions or illnesses that have no relationship to any type of action or inaction on the part of the medical attending staff. However, there are certain types of injuries that occur often due to the fact that a healthcare provider or medical practitioner made serious negligent errors in the birthing process resulting in a birth injury. Some of the types of common birth injuries resulting from medical malpractice include the following:

  • Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral palsy is a common birth defect leading to a child suffering permanent challenges with motor skills, walking, speaking, neurological issues and pain and suffering. This often occurs when a child remains in the birth canal too long or is deprived of oxygen for too long.
  • Brain Damage. If a baby does not receive enough oxygen at any time during the birthing process, it can lead not only to cerebral palsy, but to additional medical complications including seizures or remaining in a permanent vegetative state.
  • Spinal Damage. If extraction devices such as forceps or vacuum extractor tools are used inappropriately during the delivery process, it may cause spinal cord or nerve damage resulting in permanent neurological challenges for the child.
  • Infections. If the medical staff fails to detect, diagnose, and/or treat an infection in either the mother or child, it can result in serious or potentially fatal medical complications, including infant brain damage.
  • Cephalohematoma. This medical condition occurs when there is bleeding between the skull and the periosteum of the baby. The pooling of blood from blood vessels damages the inner skin layers and the infant’s skull causing serious medical issues.

There are many other medical complications, illnesses, and injuries that may occur as a direct result of the medical negligence of a nurse, surgeon, doctor, or another medical professional. If you or your baby suffered any injuries or losses as a result of medical negligence, you may have the legal right to file a claim to pursue justice on behalf of your newborn.

*Contact a Birth Injury Lawyer*First, please know that we understand that you may be overwhelmed by your current situation and the diagnosis of your infant. While no amount of compensation will bring back your baby’s health, you may be facing astronomical medical bills and a lifetime of medical treatments and health concerns. If your child suffered injuries you think may be related to a birth injury resulting from medical negligence, contact Pivotal Law Group at 206-340-2008 and visit with one of our experienced birth injury attorneys. We proudly serve the Seattle, Bellevue, Kent, Renton, Burien, Mercer Island, and Issaquah areas.

Symptoms of Aortic Dissection Following a Car Accident

Posted Friday, July 31, 2020 by Chris Thayer

Alternative TextMany victims are saved through the use of seat belts and airbags within their vehicles when they are involved in serious car accidents. Unfortunately, there are circumstances in which these life-saving devices actually can cause a severe injury to the victim. When a seat belt or airbag places a great deal of pressure on the victim’s chest, it may cause damage to the heart, resulting in aortic dissection. Learn more about this life-threatening medical condition and understand the signs in order to receive proper medical treatment.

*Aortic Dissection*The heart has a large artery that is called the aorta and rises from the lower left chamber of the heart. The top of this artery turns and bends and then moves downward. The area at the top that bends (called the isthmus) is much weaker than the rest of the aorta. When it suffers any kind of serious impact or extreme pressure, it can rupture or completely tear. If a tear occurs in the inner lawyer, the aorta will bleed into the middle layer, thus separating the layers. This is called an aortic dissection.

*Consequences of Aortic Dissection *An aortic dissection is a medical emergency that may ultimately be life-threatening. Aortic dissections may lead to organ failure, damage to the lining of the heart, stroke, or death. When damage occurs to the aorta, it can stop the blood flow to organs such as the kidneys, brain, legs or intestines and lead to a heart attack, brain damage, organ failure, bowel infarctions, kidney failure, liver failure, dead intestines, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, gangrene, or death.

*Symptoms of Aortic Dissection After a Car Accident *Many symptoms that a victim of an aortic dissection experience appear to be similar to those of a heart attack. Some victims feel an intense pressure in the chest area. This could be a strong pressure or a stabbing, sharp pain. In other cases, the pain is so severe that it feels like someone is actually ripping or tearing their chest. This pain may radiate to the back or the shoulder blade area. In some cases, the pain may be felt in the jaw area, abdomen, hips, shoulder, or neck.

*Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney Today *If you believe that you may be experiencing an aortic dissection following a car accident, or someone you love explains that they have symptoms described above, you should seek emergency medical treatment as quickly as possible. Never take for granted that you have additional time if you begin to feel these symptoms, or if someone you love describes these symptoms following a car accident. If you were in a car accident and suffered injuries or losses, including aortic dissection, due to someone else’s negligence, contact Pivotal Law Group at 206-340-2008 and consult with one of our experienced attorneys. We proudly serve the Seattle, Bellevue, Kent, Renton, Burien, Mercer Island, and Issaquah areas.

Types of Dangerous Car Accidents

Posted Friday, July 24, 2020 by Chris Thayer

Alternative TextCar accidents are always unsettling and oftentimes overwhelming for the victims involved. Even small fender-benders can leave challenging emotional and physical scars. However, there are certain types of car accidents that are much more dangerous statistically than others. While certain safety devices may help mitigate the severity of injuries suffered in a car accident, those victims who suffer injuries or losses as a result of a catastrophic accident may face astronomical medical bills, lost wages due to the inability to return to work, property damage, and pain and suffering. The following are some of the most dangerous types of car accidents, and how you may have the legal right to pursue compensation for your injuries and losses.

*Head-on Accident *One of the most serious and dangerous types of car accidents is the head-on collision. When two vehicles directly impact each other head-on while traveling in different directions, the result is oftentimes severe injuries and fatalities. Head-on collisions between vehicles account for 10% of all fatalities in car accidents in the United States every year.

*Rollover Accident*Many vehicles have a propensity to roll over, such as top-heavy SUVs and large trucks. When rollover accidents occur, the victims inside the vehicle often suffer serious injuries such as traumatic brain damage, internal injuries or bleeding, spinal cord injuries, broken or fractured bones, nerve damage, paralysis, or even death. Rollover accidents tend to result in serious injuries or fatalities for the victims involved.

*Side-Impact Accident*If one car runs perpendicularly into the side of another car, it is called a T-bone accident. In other cases, a side-impact accident occurs when one car sideswipes another vehicle moving in the same direction. Both of these types of side-impact accidents can cause serious harm to victims. Side-impact collisions account for over 20% of all car accident fatalities. These types of accidents often occur on highways, parking lots, or high-traffic roadways.

*Off-Road Crash*The most deadly type of car accident is the off-road crash, which accounts for over 30% of all traffic-related fatalities in the United States. When a vehicle veers off of the road and crashes into another car, telephone pole, concrete block in the center of the highway or other stationary item, serious injuries and harm typically result for all victims.

*Rear-end Accident*Many people consider rear-end accidents to be simple “fender-benders” without too many serious consequences. However, these types of accidents often cause serious neck and back injuries that can be permanent. Whiplash can be minor, but also can cause serious challenges for victims throughout their lives. If you are ever involved in a rear-end accident, make sure to treat it seriously and ensure you seek immediate medical evaluation and treatment.

*Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney *If you were in any type of a car accident and suffered injuries or losses, contact Pivotal Law Group at 206-340-2008 and visit with one of our experienced attorneys. We proudly serve the Seattle, Bellevue, Kent, Renton, Burien, Mercer Island, and Issaquah areas.