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A blog about Legal News, Laws, and Cases related to personal injury. By Brian Anderson, Kennewick lawyer.

 

Bicyclists are people, too

A few weeks ago, I was riding my bicycle behind a cautious driver who was hoping no one was going to crash into her as she passed through a Kennewick roundabout (we’ve all been there, right?). After we came out of the roundabout, she shouts back at me, “Thanks a lot, jerk!” What had I done? Was I following too close? Was I not being safe? I didn’t think so at the time, but either way, she clearly wasn’t happy that I was on the road.

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I Want My Day in Court – Part 2

When you do finally get your day in court, a year or more after your lawsuit begins, you will face a panel of jurors from the community. Franklin County jurors are mostly from Pasco. Benton County jurors are mostly from Kennewick or Richland. And almost all of them have witnessed a car accident like this one on the Blue Bridge.

 

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I Want My Day in Court – Part 1

People frequently come to Anderson Law because they have been injured by someone else. Usually, that someone else was negligent, careless, and sometimes even reckless. Often, the injury was caused by a car crash while crossing the Blue Bridge from Kennewick to Pasco, or vice versa. Other times, it’s on Court Street in Pasco (below). Even worse, someone was careless at a nursing home or in a hospital. Damages range from sprains and strains to broken bones and even death of a loved one. Lost wages, lost time with grandchildren, lost enjoyment of life, and the list goes on and on.

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Habitat for Humanity

 Last Saturday, with a fresh morning breeze and sunshine, numerous volunteers showed up to participate in building a group of Habitat for Humanity houses in an east Pasco community. Each house was in a different phase of development – from foundation to finishing. On this particular Saturday, members of Anderson Law took a break from attorney work and car accidents and enjoyed performing different tasks - some painted and some worked with the installation of sheetrock.

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With great power comes great responsibility

 “With great power comes great responsibility”— I know, I know, that’s a quote most popularly attributed to a Spiderman comic book, but it’s true. When one has it in their power to be able to help others, one should not take this responsibility lightly. That’s why I have committed myself to being of service to my community. 

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Road Trip to California

The last time you went on a road trip to another state you probably had a lot of things going through your mind. Did you pack everything? Where are you going to stop for gas? How long can I take fast food? I hope the kids sleep. And on and on. But you probably aren't thinking about the difference in laws. It may surprise you, but not all states protect motorists as well as Washington does. Edwardo Morfin, an attorney at Anderson Law in Kennewick, recently had the opportunity to sit down with a California attorney to discuss some of those differences. Here is what he found out.

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Do you like motorcycles?

 Do you like motorcycles? If so, you should also like insurance. And get lots of it.

 

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Mock Trial, anyone?

We just concluded a mock trial for one of our clients. Yes, that’s the same “mock” meaning “to make fun of”, but we weren’t making fun of trial. We were preparing for trial.

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Washington's Insurance Fair Conduct Act (2007)

So far this year, Anderson Law has represented nine clients who have filed complaints under Washington's Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA) for automobile or personal injury claims. Five of them have been against State Farm Insurance, two against USAA, and one each against Travelers and First National insurance companies. Because of the legal remedies allowed under the IFCA, including treble damages and attorneys' fees, these types of claims are often resolved within months of filing suit.

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Who is your favorite Tri-Cities charity?

I know, this post doesn’t have much to do with car accidents, personal injury, or insurance claims, but Anderson Law recently polled Facebook users to find out who their favorite local Tri-Cities charity or non-profit organization is.

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