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Tag Archives: Automobile Collision

Learn to drive safely in the rain. . . Again!

Do you remember how to drive safely in the rain? Many drivers forget the basics that could help them avoid a collision and car accident.  Here are a couple tips to keep you and your family safe.

Plan Ahead
Planning is easier said than done. The best advice for driving in heavy rain and slick conditions is to simply avoid it, if possible. However, if travel is unavoidable, plan your trip to avoid the most hazardous and congested highways and roads. And, be sure to build in extra time.

Slow Down
Vision is poor, reactions times are slower, and slick roads means automobiles are harder to stop. To prevent collisions, try driving 10 miles an hour slower than usual. This will give you more time to brake and delivers more control over the vehicle.

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Todd Rayan: Local Lawyer Passionate About our Community

Injury attorney and Althauser Rayan Abbarno partner Todd Rayan is a Local Lawyer who is Passionate About our Community!

When you need an injury attorney, there is nothing better than one who not only knows the law, but knows the local area.  Knowing the law, local rules, community, as well as experts to call when needed for an injury case, are very important. Todd Rayan, partner at Althauser Rayan Abbarno, is Thurston County’s hometown lawyer. Rayan was born and raised in Rochester and has a passion for helping the people of Thurston County.

Todd Rayan works side by side with the attorneys at Althauser Rayan Abbarno to help clients navigate complex cases during challenging times. Photo courtesy: Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP.

“I have been a lifelong resident of Thurston County and I am looking forward to continuing to expand our service area to make it more convenient for our clients,” Rayan says.

Rayan didn’t go far when it came time to go to college, choosing Saint Martin’s University where he received degrees in History and Political Science, along with a teaching certificate. He did his student teaching in Rochester and was a teacher and coach at River Ridge High School.

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If you or someone you know was injured in an automobile collision or at work, contact the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno for a FREE injury consultation and evaluation in Centralia or Olympia by calling (360) 736-1301.

 

Seahawks Christmas Eve Injury Report

Your local Injury Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP are proud sponsors of the live Seattle Seahawks game broadcast on KELA / KMNT Radio 104.3 in Centralia – Chehalis this upcoming Christmas Eve/Saturday at 1:25pm and the weekly injury report.

With more than 70 years of combined injury experience, Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP offers free personal injury or workers compensation consultations in Centralia, call us at (360) 736-1301 or visit www.CentraliaLaw.com

Injury Report: Hawks v. The Pack

Injury Report: Seahawks v. Packers

Your local Injury Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP are proud sponsors of the live Seattle Seahawks game broadcast on KELA / KMNT Radio 104.3 in Centralia – Chehalis  and the weekly injury report.

With more than 70 years of combined injury experience, Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP offers free personal injury or workers compensation consultations in Centralia, call us at (360) 736-1301 or visit www.CentraliaLaw.com

Monday Night Football Injury Report: Seahawks v. Bills

Monday Night Football– Seahawks Injury Report!

The Injury Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno are proud sponsors of the live Seattle Seahawks game broadcast on KELA/KMNT 104.3 in Centralia – Chehalis and the weekly injury report.

For a free personal injury or workers compensation consultation in Olympia or Centralia, call us at (360) 736-1301 or visit www.CentraliaLaw.com

Automobile Collision? Let your car tell the story!

When it comes to proving your side of a case, you expect those representing you will use everything in their power to create a compelling story. The more quality evidence you collect, the better your case.  Today, technology has given us ways to know what happened in automobile collisions that people never thought before. The injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno explain how a “little black box” and some high-tech know-how can make your case.

Everyone knows airplanes have a black box that help answer questions following a plane crash. But what you may not know is that some more modern automobiles also have them. Called an Event Data Recorder (EDR), these boxes can make a huge difference in your case. That’s why Todd Rayan and Peter Abbarno, partners at Althauser Rayan Abbarno, have made it their business to know all they can about them.

“The black box is important because the facts are often disputed in automobile collisions, whether because of inattentiveness to details at the time of collision or injury prevents accurate recollection,” Peter Abbarno says. “The black box can determine a number of facts that eliminates human memory or perception errors.”

The EDR system can give lawyers like Todd Rayan and Peter Abbarno critical information, including GPS location, acceleration and braking, degree the steering wheel turned, and timing on all of these things. In some vehicles, sensors give it the ability to tell what positions the people in the car were in. For example, was the driver leaning out of their seat to reach for something on the floor? All of this, can make or break a case.

But knowing about the technology isn’t enough. Your law firm needs to act quickly to retrieve the EDR data, especially in cases where the car has been labeled “totaled” by the insurance company. Once the car is compacted, the EDR is destroyed forever. In addition, there are standards to follow, including Civil Discovery Rules, to preserve the evidence from a collision scene.

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Seahawks Week 7 Injury Report: SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

The Injury Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno are proud sponsors of the live radio broadcast of the Seattle Seahawks on KMNT 104.3 FM in Centralia – Chehalis and the weekly Seahawks injury report.

For a Free injury consultation in Olympia or Centralia, call the injury attorneys at (360) 736-1301!

Most people have heard of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).  Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel. Symptoms of a compressed nerve include numbness, paresthesia, and pain in the radial palm and palmar aspect of the thumb, index, middle and sometimes ring finger. In other words, numbness, tingling and loss of strength.

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CTS is commonly thought of as a condition or occupational disease caused by repetitive  hand and wrist movements. In our workers compensation practice, we often see CTS in office workers who consistently use keyboards. We also see CTS in trade workers like carpenters, pipe fitters, and loggers, who climb, grasp tools, and use vibratory machinery and equipment. But, what about traumatic CTS?

According to Dr. Elliot L. Ames, carpal tunnel syndrome can also result from acute injury, like an automobile collision.  As indicated in a retrospective study, symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome developed in 96 patients within 2 months after an automobile collision. Forty-four (44) of these ninety-six (96) patients underwent carpal tunnel release with successful resolution of the symptoms. It is postulated that the mechanism of injury is blunt trauma from the steering wheel or dashboard. (see Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Motor Vehicle Accidents, Journal of American Osteopathic Association, Dr. Elliot L. Ames, 1996).

Dr. Ames is a clinical assistant professor of surgery, division of orthopedic surgery, School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, NJ. The carpal tunnel joint on the wrist are in close proximity as the hand grasps the steering wheel, and as a result, are vulnerable during impact. The injury can occur when the hand is braced on the steering wheel at the time of a front or rear-end collision. Because the base of the thumb can be injured by the steering wheel and the carpal tunnel is in close proximity, it is reasonable to calculate the carpal tunnel takes blunt trauma during impact.

How is it diagnosed?

CTS can be diagnosed by your doctor by reviewing your medical history, work history, and activities during your leisure time to determine if your lifestyle may have led to the symptoms. Your doctor will likely also conduct a physical exam to compare strength and range of motion, as well as nerve conduction studies. Other tests such as x-rays and MRIs may be conducted to rule out other conditions.

What are the treatments?

The severity of your CTS must be determined by your doctor and your doctor will prescribe a treatment plan. Conservative treatments include home exercises and wrist splints. CTS sufferers may also be prescribed corticosteroids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Unfortunately, some CTS sufferers require surgery to release the nerve, and other may already have nerve damage.

If you or someone you know developed carpal tunnel syndrome at work or due to an automobile collision, contact the injury attorneys at Althauser Rayan Abbarno for a free injury consultation in Olympia or Centralia by calling (360) 736-1301 or visiting www.CentraliaLaw.com

The this article should not be used to diagnose or develop a medical treatment plan for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. If you believe you have CTS, contact your treatment provider.

 

Seahawks Week 3 Injury Report

Your personal injury and workers compensation attorneys at Althauser Rayan Abbarno are proud sponsors of the live Seattle Seahawks broadcast on KELA-KMNT 104.3 in Centralia-Chehalis and also provide a Seahawks injury report each week. Althauser Rayan Abbarno has been providing quality legal services for more than 70 years and has office in Centralia and Olympia. For a free injury consultation, call (360) 736-1301.