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Injury Attorneys: Low-Impact Crashes Cause Injuries

One of the most common arguments made by insurance companies is that “your low impact car accident did not cause your injuries.” At Althauser Rayan Abbarno, our injury attorneys won’t let the insurance companies discount your injuries and bully you to settle for less than you deserve.

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We have all heard or seen the stories where a car was totaled in a collision but the driver walked away unharmed. We also have seen the story where a relatively minor car accident resulted in major injuries that caused a lifetime of problems for the driver or passenger. At Althauser Rayan Abbarno, we have seen just about everything.

In most car accidents, regardless of the severity of the impact, the driver’s and passengers’ bodies are jolted and jostled in various directions. They may be sitting straight, reaching for the radio at a red light, or turning their head to speak to another occupant of the car. Speed, direction, and body positioning are all factors that determine the severity of an injury.

Too often, insurance companies equate minor vehicle damage with a minor physical injury. It is also true that the driver and/or passengers may also believe they are not hurt from a low-impact collision because they do not experience immediate symptoms. It is not uncommon, for victims of an automobile collision to wake the next day stiff and in pain.

Victims of car accidents should not be punished for the negligence of other drivers. Insurance companies often fail to realize that it is costly and time consuming to obtain reasonable medical care, coordinate the repair of a vehicle, or lose precious time with family and friends because of pain, discomfort, and physical limitations. Our legal system can’t take pain away or rewind time. All it can do is compensate the victims financially. Don’t give up your legal rights.

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Proving to insurance companies that your injuries are worth compensating financially is what Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorneys do daily. If you are a victim of a car accident, don’t delay, call (360) 736-1301 for a FREE Injury consultation and evaluation in Olympia or Centralia.

For more than 70 years, the Injury Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno have been representing injury victims in the South Sound, Southwest Washington, and throughout the State of Washington.

4th of July Fireworks: Avoid Injuries and Follow the Law?

The Attorneys and Staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno urge you to use fireworks legally, responsibly, and safely. Unfortunately, most people are already hearing the “boom” and it may be in violation of the local laws.  According to the 2017 State Fire Marshal’s Report, there were more than 345 fireworks-related incidents in 2017, including 83 fires and 262 injuries. This represents an 11 percent increase over the 10-year average. Needless to say, fireworks can cause serious physical harm.

In addition, fireworks accounted for 83 fires resulting in more than $59,000 worth of property damage; and that was only what was reported. Fireworks-related injuries are most common on July 4 and New Year’s Eve. Fireworks can cause death and injury, including burns, contusions, lacerations, and foreign objects in the eye.

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First Responders, Police, Firefighters Eligible for PTSD Benefits.

A study of First Responders published in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services found that 3,447 (86%) of the 4,022 respondents experienced critical stress and 1,383 (37%) of the respondents had contemplated suicide. Sadly, the study found 225 (6.6%) had actually tried to take their own life.

This year, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 6214, which makes Firefighters, Paramedics, and Law Enforcement eligible for workers’ compensation benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) caused by repeat exposure to trauma and stress. The Attorneys and Staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP are happy to see bipartisan steps are being taken to protect those who protect us!

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Summer Road Trip? Drive Safely and Buckle-Up!

If you are planning a summer road trip, the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno remind you to buckle-up and drive safely. One of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2016, seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,668 lives. Many Americans understand the lifesaving value of the seat belt – the national use rate is at 90.1 percent – but nearly 27.5 million people still don’t buckle up.

auto-accidentThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called motor vehicle safety one of the top 10 U.S. public health achievements of the 20th century. Despite this, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among those aged 1-54 in the U.S.  For adults and older children (who are big enough for seat belts to fit properly), seat belt use is one of the most effective ways to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. Yet millions do not buckle up on every trip.

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Peter Abbarno meets with Centralia SkillsUSA State Champions!

Althauser Rayan Abbarno partner Peter Abbarno recently met with Centralia High School Students who won the State SkillsUSA Championship to discuss workforce development. The students have qualified for the SkillsUSA National Competition in Louisville, KY in July.

The mission of SkillsUSA  is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. SkillsUSA serves more than 335,000 students and instructors annually. This includes 19,500 instructors who join as professional members. Including alumni, SkillsUSA membership totals over 395,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 12.5 million annual members cumulatively since 1965.

“As a member of the Lewis County Economic Development Board and as President of the Centralia College Foundation, I am very proud of their collaboration with the school districts, local employers, and Centralia College,” said Abbarno. “Workforce development, along with vocational and technical opportunities for our students is a priority; and we are doing something about it.”

The EDC plans to expand their work with schools to promote career and technical education and Centralia College anticipates expanding and creating programs based on EDC Workforce Development research. The College and Foundation are even discussing building a 12,000 square foot industrial training building!

The team will be working to raise funds to support the trip. Persons or businesses interested in helping to send the team to Louisville can contact Centralia High School at 360-330-7605.

If you would like to hear the interview with Peter Abbarno and the Centralia HS students on KELA AM1470, visit the Centralia School District and scroll to the bottom of their article.

 

Althauser Rayan Abbarno sponsors St. Patrick’s Day 5k Community Dash

The Attorneys and Staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno proudly sponsored the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day 5k Community Dash hosted by the Run Amok Irish Running Club based in Centralia. Althauser Rayan Abbarno is a law firm with offices in Centralia and Olympia.

“This is the third year in a row that we sponsored this great community event,” said Peter Abbarno, Partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno. “More than 250 runners and walkers participated this year!”

Althauser Rayan Abbarno raffled off an LED TV and Echo Dot to registered participants of the 5k dash! Free water bottles were also available to registered participants.

“Long ago, our law firm made a conscious effort to be more active in fun, healthy, and family events,” said Todd Rayan, Partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno. “The law firm has been in this community for more than 70 years and we see real value in community involvement.”

The Run Amok Irish Running Club meets every Thursday between St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween at 5:30pm at O’Blarney’s Irish Pub next to the law office of Althauser Rayan Abbarno. The group has a 3 mile run/walk each week with walkers starting at 5:45pm and runners starting at 6:00pm.

“We encourage you to visit the Run Amok Club on Thursdays and be part of something really special,” said Abbarno.

Protecting Your Family in Case of a Workplace Injury

A workplace injury can be devasting to families. A work injury can lead to financial ruin, strained relationships and even homelessness.

If you’ve suffered a work injury, and you don’t know what to do, you have four choices: do nothing; depend on the advice of your employer; struggle on your own; or seek the advice of a law firm that will fight for the rights and benefits of you and your family.

The choice is obvious, isn’t it? Your decision, says Peter Abbarno, partner at Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP in Centralia, can affect not just an immediate claim, but future benefits for the injured worker and their families. Abbarno recognizes the financial strain an injury can cause on a family so he offers free consultations for every injured worker.

A recent article in the Chronicle highlighted the services of Althauser Rayan Abbarno.

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The attorneys and staff of Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP are once again supporting the Miss Lewis County Scholarship program!  Miss Lewis County 2017 Kennedy Woods and the 2018 Contestants for the Miss Lewis County Scholarship Program are hard at work preparing for the pageant on Saturday, March 10th. The Miss Lewis County Scholarship Program was not only supported by the law firm of Althauser Rayan Abbarno, but by Peter Abbarno who served as a mock judge for the contestants for the month prior to the competition.

“I was honored to be a mock judge for the contestants and help them prepare for the pageant,” said Peter Abbarno, Partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno.  “I am very proud of all of them! They are all very deserving.”

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McGhie: What Rights Are You Waiving by Joining CCAT?

What Rights are you waiving by joining CCAT? That should be your first question before sighing up with the Centralia Police Department’s new initiative to combat car thefts, the Centralia Combating Auto Theft (“CCAT”) program.

Participants can register their vehicle’s information with the department, and by doing so, authorizes a stop of that vehicle anytime between 1:00 am and 5:00 am. Officers who see vehicles out at this hour with a reflective Tiger CCAT window sticker provided to participants have the car owner’s consent to stop that car for any reason, or no reason at all, to ensure that the car is either driven by the owner, or another person that has the owner’s permission.

“It is very important that a citizen understand the rights he or she is waiving before agreeing to the CCAT,” said Jakob McGhie, Attorney with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP. “Reasonable suspicion to make a stop is a very important aspect of our legal process.” Continue reading McGhie: What Rights Are You Waiving by Joining CCAT?

Centralia Law Firm Building Relationships For Over 70 Years!

Look no further than the law firm of Althauser Rayan Abbarno when you think about local businesses with deep community roots and a history of involvement and public service. Since 1946, Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP has served our community and provided exceptional legal services.

Based in the heart of downtown Centralia, Althauser Rayan Abbarno is a full service law firm that seeks long-term relationships with its clients. While partners Todd Rayan and Peter Abbarno focus their practices on personal injury, wrongful death and workers compensation, their team of six attorneys and nine staff help the community in many areas of law, such as estate planning and probate, family law, criminal defense, real estate and property law, and corporate and business formation.

Here are four ways that Althauser Rayan Abbarno builds relationships that help their clients:

1. Commitment to Excellence

“Althauser Rayan Abbarno is proud to have a history of attorneys that were not only great lawyers, but cared about our community,” says Todd Rayan, partner since 2006. “Two recent partners, Ralph Olson and Chuck Althauser, were a credit to the legal profession and our community through their involvement with groups like Rotary, Centralia Dollars for Scholars, and the Providence Centralia Community Foundation.” Recent Althauser Rayan Abbarno partners have also donned the black robe with James Lawler serving as a Superior Court Judge and Wade Samuelson serving as a District Court Judge.

2. Dedication to Centralia
A partner in the firm since 2010, Peter Abbarno is dedicated to the people of Lewis County and was elected to the Centralia City Council in 2015. “I love coming to work every day knowing that I am giving my clients a voice in the judicial system and equal access to justice,” says Peter Abbarno, partner since 2013. “I feel that same commitment to my community as I do my clients. As a Centralia City council member, I focus each day on moving the ball forward and creating a better community and better life for my children, my neighbors, and the region as a whole.”

Abbarno is also vice-chairman of the Centralia College Foundation, a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Chehalis, and hosts the weekday morning talk show “Let’s Talk About It” on KELA.

3. Deep Community Roots
Todd was born, raised, and educated in the area and has been building relationships in Centralia-Chehalis since he joined Althauser Rayan Abbarno in 2004. “We’ve got to give something back because we’re able to,” he says. “It’s not an obligation, it’s an honor.”
The firm’s deep community roots and experience in personal injury cases regularly aid clients. In personal injury cases involving vehicle collisions, Rayan often uses local and regional Forensic Mechanical Engineers to gather information and data from a vehicle and/or scene and then recreate it to try and find out what happened. “Not every attorney has these relationships or personal injury experience to successful represent injured clients,” says Rayan. “We have the personal injury experience and the relationships with the right experts.”

4. Culture of Public Service
A credit to their efforts, Althauser Rayan Abbarno was nominated the Best Place To Work in Lewis County award, Peter Abbarno was nominated the Best Elected Official in Lewis County award and Associate Jake McGhie was nominated the Best Young Professional in Lewis County award for the last two years.

“Althauser Rayan Abbarno believes in taking care of its staff, clients and community,” says Abbarno. That means encouraging staff to contribute their time to public service.”
Attorney Jake McGhie serves as president of the Lewis County Bar Association, Attorney Emily Laz is president of the Lewis County Bar’s Legal Aid, and Attorney Allyson Felt is a board member for Lewis County Seniors as well as the Historic Fox Theatre Restoration non-profit as is Todd Rayan. The firm also organizes a back-to-school supply drive each year for the Centralia School District, and does so much more.

For more information about Althauser Rayan Abbarno’s legal services, their attorneys, or their service in the community, visit them on Facebook, online at CentraliaLaw.com or call their Centralia or Olympia offices at (360)736-1301. To read more, visit Chronline.com