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

I Was Injured Tripping on a Sidewalk (Can I Sue?)

Posted Thursday, October 16, 2014 by Chris Thayer

Do you want to file a lawsuit after falling on a public sidewalk? Consult an attorney regarding the details of the incident to find out if you are eligible to file a lawsuit against the city municipality.

Tips for Answering Difficult Deposition or Cross-Examination Questions

Posted Thursday, October 9, 2014 by Chris Thayer

When you attend your deposition or you appear at trial, you may be asked many difficult or confusing questions by the other side’s attorney. Before your appearance, review these 13 tips that can help you navigate your way through difficult questions posed to you in court. Then, discuss any concerns you have with your personal injury lawyer.

10 tips for answering difficult deposition or cross examination questions from James Publishing

Preparing to Present Your Personal Injury Claim

Posted Thursday, September 25, 2014 by Chris Thayer

alt textYou want to make your first meeting with your Seattle personal injury attorney as productive as possible. Following is a list of items that your attorney will ask you to bring with you so that you may be as prepared as possible for your consultation.

Medical

The first subject your Seattle personal injury attorney will discuss is your medical history. Bring a list of doctors you have seen, names and addresses of facilities where you were treated and any records and reports you have in your possession that you feel may be relevant to your case. Your Seattle personal injury attorney most likely will ask for permission to contact the health care providers to obtain copies of your records.

Insurance

Bring information about your medical insurance coverage. In addition, if your claim involves an automobile accident, provide information about your automobile coverage. If your claim involves an event that happened on your property, bring information about your homeowner’s insurance. If someone else was involved such as another driver, bring any information you have about their insurance.

If you have not reported the event to your insurance company, be prepared to explain the delay. Virtually all insurance policies require you to report potential claims promptly.

Provide your Seattle personal injury attorney with the names and contact information for insurance adjusters who have contacted you. Include copies of correspondence, e-mails and notes you have taken.

Physical Items

If your accident involves an automobile or dangerous conditions on property, your Seattle personal injury attorney will ask you to take pictures showing the damage to the automobile or the nature of the dangerous conditions. If a small item, such as a power tool was involved, your Seattle personal injury attorney will ask you to try to secure the item before it can be repaired or modified.

Other Attorneys

Your Seattle personal injury attorney also will want to know if you have spoken to other attorneys about your case.

Seattle personal injury lawyer Chris Thayer can help pursue your personal injury claim in the best manner possible. Contact him at 206-340-2008 to arrange for a case evaluation.

Appropriate Behavior During Testimony

Posted Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Chris Thayer

alt textIn this article, a Seattle personal injury attorney addresses the issue of how to respond to two-part or misleading questions.

Don’t Be Afraid to Request Clarification

If the meaning of a question is unclear to you, request that a more comprehensive explanation be given so that you understand fully what is being asked of you.

When Two Questions Seem Like One

Before you can attempt to answer a question that asks for more than one answer, you must separate them out. For example, suppose an attorney asks you if it was not until your first visit to the physician your attorney recommended that you became aware of the numbness in your left leg. This question is asking two different things. The first asks for a confirmation that your lawyer recommended a physician to you. The second concerns your symptoms. To answer the question clearly, you must address each part individually.

Beware of Questions Designed to Trap You

The old “are you still abusing your spouse?” is a prime example. If you answer “yes,” you’ve admitted to spousal abuse and are indicating that it’s still going on. If you answer “no,” then you’ve admitted to the abuse in the past. Either way, you’re trapped. Your Seattle personal injury attorney can and very likely will raise an objection to this kind of trickery, but you may be commanded by the judge to respond anyway. The correct answer, of course, is that you’ve never abused your spouse in any way.

Misquotes

Counsel for the opposition could, during summarization of your testimony, twist your words in such a way as to change or cast doubt on the meaning of what you said. Pay close attention so that if you have been misquoted or your words slanted such that your original meaning is obscured, you will recognize it. Weigh carefully what you are hearing and inform your Seattle personal injury lawyer if you feel that you have not been quoted accurately.

Take Immediate Steps

For information, assistance or representation in your personal injury case, contact your Seattle personal injury attorney today. Call Chris Thayer at (206) 340-2008 now.

Advice on the Video Deposition

Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Chris Thayer

alt textIt is very possible that your deposition may be taken via video conferencing. Your personal injury lawyer in Woodinville can provide you with valuable suggestions if this is the case.

Don’t Look Down

You must maintain direct eye contact with the camera, so keep your eyes focused on the lens in front of you as if you were speaking to a person sitting across from you. Your audience sees what the camera sees. Since the camera is focused on your face and not on the table at which you are seated, it cannot pick up the documents to which you are referring as you speak. All your audience sees is that you are looking down instead of at them. From their perspective you are avoiding eye contact with them. At best, their attention begins to wander. At worst, they begin to question whether you are ashamed or untruthful and they begin to doubt your testimony.

Listen to the Lawyer

In the same vein, keep your eyes focused on the lawyer currently questioning you whether it is your personal injury attorney in Woodinville or the counsel for the opposition. Bring all your awareness to what he or she is saying. If you attempt to read while the lawyer is asking you a question you could mistake the meaning. Distraction can only do you harm, so do not allow the paperwork in front of you to divert you from what is being said to you. Consult your documentation between questions if you feel the need but never when you are speaking or are being spoken to.

Talking to the Jury

Just as you would pay strict attention to your personal injury attorney in Woodinville, give equal attention to the jurors. Listen closely to whoever is questioning you, then direct your answer to the camera. Remember, you are not looking at a machine. You are looking into the eyes of your jury. These people deserve your attention and will notice any apparent lack of eye contact.

Call for Representation

Your personal injury lawyer in Woodinville has the experience and professionalism you need to develop and present your case. Call Chris Thayer at (206) 340-2008 today.