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Dog Owner's Legal Defenses

In Washington State, when a dog bites any person while such person is in a public place or lawfully in or on private property of the dog's owner, the dog's owner shall be held liable for any ...
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How To Make A Successful Car Accident Claim

If you have been involved in a car accident, the first thing you should do is call the police. Having the police record all the information and fill out an accident report is the surest way of ...
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How Much Is My Personal Injury Claim Worth?

Obviously, one of the most common concerns when a person is injured and has consulted an attorney is the ultimate monetary worth of their case. There are several factors which go into making a ...
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What Is a Premise Liability Claim?

Under the laws surrounding premise liability, it holds property owners responsible for any and all accidents that may occur on their premises. This could involve injuries that occur on residential ...
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How Can You Determine Liability in a Slip and Fall Case?

Accidents happen every day, everywhere and in a myriad of ways. It is impossible to see them coming, but sometimes if another person had been proactive and responsible they may have been avoided. One ...
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Ways to Stay Safe with Fireworks this Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is only one week away, and more and more individuals are purchasing fireworks to use with their families to celebrate this holiday. Fireworks can be great fun, but they can also be ...
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Steps to Take After an Auto Accident

After being in a collision of any kind, you may experience varying levels of injury or damage to your property. At Ward Smith, PLLC, we realize that understanding what you should do following an auto ...
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Washington DOT Opens Temporary Bridge on I-5

While questions are still being asked as to why the Skagit Bridge on interstate 5 was allowed to reach such a dire state, Washington Department of Transportation has begun full-fledge efforts to ...
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Does Rain Increase the Chance of a Car Accident?

Washington is a rainy state, and there is often drizzle or rain falling from the sky. As a result, the possibility of an accident skyrockets. This is because when it is raining, there is diminished ...
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"Distracted Walking" is a Danger in Big Cities

Seattle is a bustling city, and like most metropolitan areas a lot of people like to walk to work or take strolls on their lunch break. This, combined with the amount of tourists in the area, makes ...
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Can a bicyclist be at fault for my accident?

The state of Washington expects bicyclists to follow the same laws as motor vehicles and therefore treats them the same way in the event of an accident. Under RCW 46.61.755, a bicyclist has the same ...
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Monster Energy® Faces Lawsuit over Teenager's Death

Last year, the family of a fourteen year-old girl filed a lawsuit against Monster Energy® beverages because she went into cardiac arrest after drinking two 24 ounce Monster drinks within a day. ...
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Debunking Washington's Dog Bite Law

From state to state, the laws that govern animal behavior vary, and in Washington, the ins and outs of the state's regulations can be confusing for residents who are not familiar with them. ...
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The Seattle Personal Injury Attorneys for You

If you have been injured recently and are looking for a lawyer who can take up your case, then you need a Seattle personal injury attorney from Ward Smith PLLC Attorneys at Law. The lawyers at this ...
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NHTSA Releases Early Reports of Car Accident Fatalities for 2012

Every year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers its latest statistical report on the vehicle collisions that ended fatally for victims in the U.S. Only two days into 2013, the ...
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Seattle Train Tracks is the Site of Unidentified Body

Wednesday morning, November 2, 2011 a body was found on the train tracks of Commodore Way around 11 in the morning. Police are still investigating the incident and the body, which has not been ...
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Defective Products in Seattle's Ports

Exploding shipping containers have popped up – literally – in western Washington's ports. This issue is said to be the result of contaminated refrigerators that are commonly referred ...
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Filing a Personal Injury Claim in Seattle

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, it is strongly advised that you contact a Seattle personal injury lawyer immediately. You only have a limited amount of time to file your ...
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Insurance Adjusters and Personal Injury Claims in Seattle

If you have suffered injuries due to another's negligent act, it is absolutely imperative to contact a seasoned Seattle personal injury attorney at once. Your ability to secure legal representation ...
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9-Car Accident on I-405

A massive chain-reaction accident caused the 405 to slow to only one functioning lane on Sunday, May 9. According to the Seattle Times, the accident occurred in the afternoon in the right lanes. A few ...
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In need of a Seattle accident lawyer?

When you or someone you love has suffered a serious or life-threatening injury, the last thing you want to deal with is insurance claims, legal claims and medical bills. It is your personal injury ...
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Supreme Court declares Certificate of Merit Unconstitutional

Today in Putman v. Wenatchee Valley Med. Ctr, the Washington Supreme Ct declares Certificate of Merit statutory requirement unconstitutional. This is a huge ruling for victims of medical malpractice. ...
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Tacoma Wages Higher than U.S. Average

Business Examiner reports Tacoma Wages Higher than U.S. Average. Although this is good news, I am not convinced wages are high enough in general. Yes I know the economy is bad and many folks are happy ...
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New Rules for Total loss of vehicles

New Rules for handling total loss of vehicles went into effect August 21, 2009. There are three notable changes: First, Amended definition of "Comparable motor vehicle" in WAC 284-30-320(3). Second, ...
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Hospital Owns Up to Errors

Hospitals Own Up to Errors In this case, 18-month-old Kaelyn Sosa suffered a bump on the head in a fall at home. Her mother took her to the emergency room to make sure it wasn't serious. While Kaelyn ...
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