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

Pros and Cons of Arbitration

Posted Thursday, May 8, 2014 by Chris Thayer

Although it sounds like a quick fix, arbitration is not for everyone. There are many reasons why your Seattle accident attorney would recommend moving forward with a trial to settle your claim. On the other hand, with a less complicated claim you might find that arbitration could be a huge benefit. Discuss with your lawyer all the pros and cons before making a final decision.

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5 Essential Items To Keep In Your File

Posted Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Chris Thayer

When you keep detailed records about your personal injury case, it is easier to recall certain facts. The records can also provide your Personal Injury Attorney in Seattle with important information that will help to substantiate your claim. This is a list of the crucial items that you should document while your case is pending.

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Three Tips for Keeping Track of Your Medical Records

Posted Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by Chris Thayer

The strength of your personal injury claim rests almost entirely on one set of documents: the documentation of your medical expenses. Without all of the relevant medical expense alt textdocumentation, you and your Seattle personal injury attorney will have a monumentally more difficult time convincing the insurance company of your claim. If you do not have the documentation, the value of your case will be compromised, and your final settlement might not include payment for a substantial medical bill that you were counting on being paid.

When you are compiling your medical expense documentation, this checklist for you and your Seattle personal injury attorney might help you maximize the potential damages you can claim.

Obtain Copies of Your BillsThe process may be easier if you try to get copies yourself of your medical bills to pass on to your Seattle personal injury lawyer. This may require you to go to their offices in person to request copies. Your lawyer will want you to crosscheck all the bills you have with your own expense statements so that you can make sure everything was included.

Keep Your Own Expense RecordsYour Seattle personal injury attorney might give you an expense sheet to help you keep track of all your medical expenses, doctor’s visits and prescriptions filled. Be sure to fill out this sheet thoroughly and accurately with any expense you incur. Anything that you have to pay for related to your injury should be recorded in your records and included in your settlement request so that you can receive proper compensation for it. This record of your medical expenses will have a direct impact on the size of your final settlement.

Have Your Attorney Request Copies of Your BillsYour attorney might also take the step of writing to your medical providers and asking for copies of your medical records as well as your bills. Rather than write directly to your doctors, your attorney might instead write to the account manager or records department of the hospital or physical therapy department. Working with the medical records section will often be easier than going through your doctor.

For more information on what you should be doing to strengthen your personal injury case, get help from a Seattle personal injury lawyer. Call Chris Thayer at (206) 340-2008.

Case Weaknesses: Property Damage, Soft Tissue

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by Chris Thayer

If your claim involves minor property damage or your injuries are low impact or soft tissue, it is getting considerably harder to win your claim in court.alt text

A Seattle personal injury law firm is keenly aware that insurance carriers are raising their main defense of low impact soft tissue damage in thousands of cases across the country. The American people have been influenced in recent years by the insurance industry and the millions of dollars they have spent advertising that people with pre-existing conditions and alleged injuries from low-impact collisions are trying to scam insurers out of billions of dollars with excessive and phony claims. Their approach has been backed up by stories produced on popular news TV programs such as “Dateline,” “20/20” and “60 Minutes” as well as articles in Time and USA Today regarding the “lawsuit crisis in America.”

Because of this influence, many verdicts in these low-impact, low property damage collisions result in only a low portion of medical bills or just the medical bills. Potential jurors are angry with TV advertising by lawyers as they believe the lawyers are creating the lawsuit. Often, after a verdict, jurors tell lawyers that their decision is meant as a warning to television advertisers.

There are other factors that a Seattle personal injury lawyer thinks you should know when it comes to assessing these cases. For example, when people drive past a serious automobile accident with significant damage, they believe there may have been serious injury. Conversely, when the there is no visible damage they believe there isn’t serious injury. Because of modern car technology, property damage is lowered even if the impact is great.

Insurance companies teach their representatives how to assert the defense of low-impact or low-visibility damages, and judges now believe that these cases are a strain on the system. Therefore, the judges are recommending a lower value in settlement conferences.

The challenge for a Seattle personal injury law firm is to convince the judge and jury that the injuries are serious, even if the property damage is light. It is their job to convince medical providers, insurance carriers and a mediator if the case goes to mediation. The defense has the advantage because they don’t have to do anything when the damage is not as apparent.

For more information on how a lawyer can assist you in a case with low property damage and soft tissue injury, contact attorney Chris Thayer at (206) 340-2008.

A Few FAQs About Settlement

Posted Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Chris Thayer

Reaching a settlement in your case can be a drawn out process (taking as long as several years) that will be affected by numerous underlying factors. Your Seattle personal injury law firm will explain the basics of settlements and provide instructions on how to prepare for them.

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