Car Accident and Personal Injury cases are complex. Victims want medical treatment to reach a full recovery and fair and just compensation. Financial Recovery includes several factors including the amount an insurance company compensates you and the amount you have to pay for your treatment.
The purpose of most personal injury lawsuits is to recoup the financial losses incurred for medical treatment and the loss of property due to an injury that another party is responsible for. A medical lien grants medical care providers the right to compensation should the injured victim be awarded damages or agree to an out-of-court settlement.
The Medical Lien is a very important part of any personal injury case.
The Seattle to Portland (STP) bike ride is celebrating its 40th anniversary with up to 10,000 riders bicycling from Seattle to Portland. Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorneys remind drivers and bicyclists to use cause and prevent injuries.
STP is a 200 mile ride from July 13-14 that begins in Seattle. The midway point is Saturday in Centralia, with the race finishing in Portland on Sunday.
STP is considered one of the top 1o biggest recreational bicycle rides in the country. It is organized by Cascade Bicycle Club.
“Our injury attorneys see bicycle and pedestrian collisions all the time,” said Peter Abbarno, partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno. “We are only 7 months into 2019 and there have been 400 reported Bike Accident. Bicycle and pedestrian collisions are on the rise. With 10,000 more STP riders on the road, vehicles and bike riders need to be even more aware of their surroundings and follow the rules of the road.” Althauser Rayan Abbarno is a law firm with offices in Olympia and Centralia.
Not all collisions can be avoided; however, sharing the road, having patience, wearing a helmet, and following the traffic laws can greatly reduce injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured, call the Bike Accident Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Centralia and Olympia at (360) 736-1301. Althauser Rayan Abbarno represents injury victims throughout the State of Washington.
The Washington State Department of Transportation asks motorists to observe the rules of the road for safe driving around people on bikes and to prepare for travel delays during the popular recreational ride. As state driving laws periodically change, drivers may want to review the state driver guide and the driving among bicyclists section.
Contact Althauser Rayan Abbarno
If you or someone you know was injured in a vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian collision, contact the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno for a free consultation in Olympia or Centralia. Call (360) 736-1301.
For more than 70 years, Althauser Rayan Abbarno has represented individuals and businesses in our community. Contact our attorneys near you in Centralia and Olympia by calling (360) 736-1301.
If you are unlucky enough to have been injured in a car, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian collision, the injury is just the beginning. The stress of lost wages, family strain, insurance company calls, and paperwork is just beginning. Choosing the right personal injury attorney can help your recovery.
Whether a minor injury, catastrophic injury, or death, the stress placed on victims and the pressure to settle early builds. How should you choose your personal injury attorney?
Find a Local Attorney You Can Trust, Personally
Finding an injury attorney is about building trust and a personal relationship. You want your attorney vested in your case and your family. You need a trustworthy and accountable attorney who will fight for you.
Advertisements with promises from out of town attorneys is tempting, but should not be the sole basis for your decision. Some injury attorneys will send assistants to sign you up or require you drive to their office out of town. Althauser Rayan Abbarno has offices in Centralia and Olympia and regularly travel to meet their clients.
In addition to calling (360) 736-1301, Althauser Rayan Abbarno has a hotline for clients and potential clients to call 24/7 at (360) 880-2399. Clients will get an Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorney, not an operator! Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury consultations are FREE.
There is no replacement for a face-to-face meeting with your potential attorney. Injuries are painful, stressful, and the process is confusing. Your attorney should be accessible to you and willing to meet to answer any questions you have before and after you hire them. That is why Althauser Rayan Abbarno has been nominated “Best Customer Service” in Lewis County for four (4) years in a row.
The official beginning of Summer is June 21st! Summer brings beautiful weather, trips to the beach, and vacations. While summer is usually a time for relaxation and fun, it also kicks off the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers!
The 100 deadliest days is a period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when the number of crash fatalities involving teen drivers historically rise. According to We Save Lives, an average of 260 teens are killed in car crashes each month during summer. That is a 26% increase compared to other months of the year.
Although some vehicle collisions are accidents, most are preventable and a result of driver negligence. The Injury Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno urge parents to prioritize safety for teen drivers and themselves. Review the driving safety tips below to help keep our roads safe for all drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, no matter what season.
Put the Distractions Away
Approximately 60% of teen crashes today are caused by distracted driving. During summer months, distracted driving contributes to 9% of fatal teen car crashes. We already know from the WSDOT that there have been 4 distracted teen collisions resulting in fatalities.
To help limit the temptation to engage in distracting behaviors, drivers should have their directions set up, desired music playing, climate controls set, and cell phone put away prior to putting the car in drive.
All drivers, including teens, should also refrain from eating or drinking, applying makeup, and talking on the phone while driving.
Drive on the Defense
Defensive driving is known to saves lives and prevents the likelihood of a crash. Even if you are not a teen and driving appropriately, all drivers should be aware of their surrounding.
Never assume other drivers are sober, alert, and obey the rules of the road. Expecting other drivers to make mistakes will enhance your ability to proactively prevent an accident.
Obey Speed Limits
Speeding is another leading cause of fatal car crashes for teens. On a national scale, speeding killed 9,717 people in 2017, accounting for more than a quarter of traffic fatalities that year. When a driver chooses to speed, they are at risk for greater potential for loss of vehicle control, reduced effectiveness of protection features, and increased fuel cost.
Never Drink and Drive
If you or your teen have been drinking, never get behind the wheel of a car. Encourage your teens to contact you if they are in a potentially dangerous driving situation. Also encourage teens to say no to a ride with a driver who has been consuming alcohol or drugs.
If you are planning to attend a function that will be serving alcohol and you will be drinking, make other accommodations for travel. Uber, Lyft, taxis, shuttles, and limos are all options to help prevent impaired drivers on the road. Plus, they can be fun!
Make Summer Safer
Car accidents are rarely accidents. With an increased awareness on the road, you and your teen can prevent crashes before they happen. Make this summer as safe as possible by applying these four driving safety tips today!
Getting Legal Help!
If you or someone you know was injured in a vehicle collision, contact Althauser Rayan Abbarno for a free injury consultation in Centralia or Olympia at (360) 736-1301 or visit centralialaw.com.
For more than 70 years, Althauser Rayan Abbarno has been representing individuals and businesses in our community. Nominated best customer services in Lewis County, Althauser Rayan Abbarno delivers results for its clients and builds relationships.
Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP has handled many head injury cases. In addition to advocating for our injury clients, our injury attorneys learned about the impact head injuries have on the victim and their family.
Our injury attorneys want to educate our community and share information about how head injuries occur, what symptoms the injured person and their family should look for, and what treatments are available for people that have a head injury.
Causes of Head Injuries:
Head injuries are often the result of a blow to the head. Some of the most common head injuries are associated with motor vehicle collisions, falls, physical assaults, and sports-related accidents. However, health professional indicate that it is not necessary to strike your head to suffer from a head injury in a traumatic event.
Individuals often suffer head injuries in automobile collisions even though they did not strike their head against any object. Your brain can be injured by jolting or jerking movements which cause the brain to impact the inside of the skull; many have diagnosed this condition as whiplash. However it can be much more serious.
It is important to note that someone can suffer a head injury, yet diagnostic studies like MRI and CT scans may not find any anomalies. Medical science recognizes that not all head injuries show up on these studies. It is important to understand this because our injury attorneys have successfully represented clients with significant head injuries that had unremarkable diagnostic studies.
Symptoms of Head Injuries:
Our injury attorneys take all injuries very seriously; especially head injuries. That is a reason why Althauser Rayan Abbarno offers free injury consultations in Olympia and Centralia. We want there to be no barrier to you getting the help and guidance you need. Call (360) 736-1301.
There are several important questions our attorneys ask: Are you having headaches? Are your eyes light sensitive? Are there memory problems? Do you see a significant change in personality? Are they easily frustrated or angered? Do they have trouble selecting what words they want to use? Do they repeat themselves or ask the same questions?
Other problems could show up, such as ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, such as fear of driving or being a passenger in a vehicle.
Our injury attorneys help gather information from you so you can make educated decisions about your case and your medical care.
Treatments for Head Injuries:
Our attorneys strongly recommend that clients with head injuries or suspected head injuries seek treatment with a neurologist and a neuropsychologist to determine the extent of injury and how it will affect the injured person. Using testing and interviews they can evaluate whether someone suffered from a head injury and the severity. In some cases, medication is prescribed to help relieve the pain and discomfort. Others are prescribed treatment. In many cases, time is the best cure.
If you require treatment, a neuropsychologist will often recommend that you see a chiropractor, massage therapist, physical therapist, or occupational therapist to help sort out the problems you are having and come up with solutions.
Furthermore, if you suffer from tinnitus you may be referred to an audiologist to get a diagnosis and assist you with therapies. Vision problems may result in a referral for vision therapy or other optometry specialists. Our attorneys help clients find recommended treatment providers.
Getting Help for Head Injuries:
Unfortunately, not all head injuries resolve. Some require prolonged treatment. If you or someone you know has suffered a head injury in an accident or collision, it is important to contact experienced injury attorneys to protect your rights and benefits, and guide you through the process.
Althauser Rayan Abbarno offers free injury consultations in Olympia and Centralia by calling (360) 736-1301 or visiting CentraliaLaw.com.
Generally, employees injured at work may not sue their employer or other employees outside of the Workers’ Compensation system. However, the right of an injured worker or their beneficiary to seek damages against a responsible third party is an exception to the general rule.
Hiring a personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm like Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Olympia and Centralia may help the injured worker navigate both systems better, receive the necessary medical treatment, and recover more for the injuries.
If an employee is injured in the course of work, by a third party, the employee should file a Workers’ Compensation claim, as well as a personal injury claim against the third party. This will helpthe injured worker receive the maximum amount of benefits and recover the maximum amount of compensation.
A third party is a person, not employed by the same employer, who injures or causes the death of the employee while the employee is working. Some common examples include:
Motorcycle liability insurance is not required in the State of Washington; however, Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorneys recommend coverage for yourself and others. That is why Althauser Rayan Abbarno offers FREE Injury Consultations in Olympia and Centralia to victims of motorcycle collisions.
This year, the Washington State Department of Transportation reported 162 crashes involving motorcycles with 11 resulting in fatalities. In Lewis County, there have been 3 motorcycle fatalities and (3) motorcycle fatalities in Thurston County in the first four (4) months this year.
The injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno remind all drivers and riders to stay alert and sober. Crashes can be accidents, but choosing to be financially responsible is not.
Although it is not mandatory, motorcycle riders should consider doing of to the following:
Maintain a Liability Bond of $60,000 or more with a state-approved surety bond company.
Motorcyclist can be protected by the State insurance minimums of
$25,000 for bodily injury/death of one person per accident;
$50,000 for bodily injury of two people per accident;
$10,000 for injury or property or person per accident
The injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno represent individuals injured in automobile, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian collisions. To meet with our experienced attorneys in Olympia or Centralia, call (360) 736-1301 or visit CentraliaLaw.com
Choosing a lawyer for your personal injury, automobile collision, wrongful death, or workers’ Compensation case is a decision that is similar to picking a partner for marriage. It may be a long relationship and it is always one that requires the two parties, the attorney, and the client, to trust each other. If one party does not trust or believe in the other, justice and full compensation cannot be obtained. That is why the law office of Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP offers free injury consultations in Olympia and Centralia by calling (360) 736-1301.
Althauser Rayan Abbarno encourages face-to-face interactions with those seeking legal representation and the actual attorney who would be trusted with that case.; especially if you are injured because there is so much at stake. Some out-of-town and out-of-state, lawyers think they can value your case, assess your family’s needs, and truly advocate for you from a computer screen or over the phone.
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.
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.
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.