Work Site Injury

Work Site Injury

Most workplace injuries are covered by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (workers’ compensation). However, additional compensation may be available under certain circumstances.

Many workplace injuries often involve some degree of third-party liability. We concentrate on investigating each case to determine if there is a claim beyond workers’ compensation. When there is a legitimate third-party claim, we pursue all avenues of recovery for such accidents. We enlist the services of skilled mechanical engineers and safety experts to help us prove our clients’ case. We are committed to helping our clients get the compensation they deserve and move forward with their lives.

Were you injured, or was a loved one paralyzed or killed, because of one of these construction accidents?

  • Accidents due to superintendent or general contractor negligence
  • Accident due to another contractor’s negligence
  • Scaffolding fall
  • Electrical injury
  • Truck collision
  • Defective or malfunctioning equipment or machinery
  • Slip-and-fall
  • Crane accident
  • Forklift accident
  • Collapsed ceiling or trench
  • Iron work or welding accident

We can arrange an evening or weekend appointment with you at your home or hospital room, if your work injury prevents you from traveling.

Automobile, Truck, Motorcycle, Bicycle or Pedestrian Accidents

Automobile, Truck, Motorcycle, Bicycle or Pedestrian Accidents

Vehicle accidents are the leading cause of injury in the United States for people ages 1-34. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, someone in the United States is involved in a car accident every 10 seconds.

When they occur, auto accidents can cause severe and permanent injuries. Such injuries often result in devastating financial losses to the individuals involved and their families. Fortunately, the law provides an injured person with the right to recover money damages from the responsible party and their insurance company. Such damages include medical expenses, lost wages, funeral expenses and other economic losses. Individuals are also entitled to recover for the pain and suffering caused by their injuries and treatment. Although a monetary recovery can never repair the damage done to the individual, it can ease the financial burdens created by the car accident.

Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other healthcare provider does not follow standard or accepted medical procedures, and their patient is harmed as a result. While a simple mistake is not automatically malpractice, an injury or death caused by the negligence of a hospital, nursing home, physician, or other medical professional may be covered by medical malpractice insurance.

We understand how difficult it is for you if you have had a poor result from negligent medical treatment. We will determine whether you have a medical malpractice claim, and give you an honest evaluation of the probable outcome.

Legal Malpractice

Legal Malpractice

Legal malpractice can be defined as negligence, breach of contract, or breach of fiduciary duty by an attorney. If you or a family member are concerned that a legal matter has been mishandled please contact our offices for a free consultation.

When attorneys act in error, such as missing a deadline for filing a paper with the court, or act in their own interest instead of their client’s, your case is jeopardized. Careless mistakes can happen, but professional misconduct and attorney negligence can arise within any type of legal work. We are dedicated to helping people who have suffered significant financial losses as a result of attorney malpractice.

Legal Malpractice claims include:

  • Ethics violations
  • Conflict of interest
  • Failure to obtain a client’s consent
  • Failure to follow a client’s instructions
  • Inadequate investigations
  • Failure to know the law
  • Statue of limitations lapse

We believe in giving each client the personal attention, dedication, and professional representation that you deserve. Please contact us to discuss your case.

Slip / Trip and Fall

Slip / Trip and Fall

Slip / trip and fall accidents are among the leading causes of injury in the United States. Over a million people each year will be injured in a fall accident.

Dangers such as torn carpeting, changes in flooring, poor lighting, narrow stairs, or a wet floor can all cause someone to slip and hurt themselves.

There are two main types of falls:

  • Same-level falls are usually caused by a slippery surface, poor lighting or walking in the path of a whole or other hazardous condition.
  • Elevated-level falls are less common but can lead to the most severe injuries. A common example would be falling down a flight of stairs.

Proving a slip and fall case is often difficult. This is why individuals who are injured in a slip and fall accident should consult an experienced slip and fall attorney. At the Carness Law Firm, we have successfully represented many people injured in slip and falls. If you have suffered an injury as the result of a dangerous premises in Washington, contact us today to see if you have a case.

Defective Products

Defective Products

Each year in the United States thousands of innocent consumers die and millions are injured due to defective and dangerous products. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that there are between 200-300 product recalls made each year. Some of these dangerous and deadly products may include:

  • Automotive parts
  • Children’s toys and clothing
  • Food and drinks
  • Household appliances
  • Motor vehicles
  • Outdoor products
  • Prescription drugs
  • Sporting goods

Products which have design defects, manufacturing defects, or do not have adequate warning labels may cause the victims to suffer from a wide range of serious long or short term injuries and disabilities, some of which may include:

  • Back and neck injuries
  • Blindness
  • Brain injury
  • Head trauma
  • Paralysis
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Spinal cord injury

The Washington State Products Liability Act was created to ensure that product manufacturers are responsible for harm caused by defective or unreasonably dangerous products. Legal action brought on by the victim of a product liability accident is a way in which consumers can hold negligent companies responsible for the serious physical injuries and deaths that their faulty products cause.

Dog Bite

Dog Bite

Common sense tells most dog owners to prevent their pets from hurting other people. But not all take the needed precautions to protect innocent bystanders. When dogs attack, whether through aggression or protective instincts, innocent people can be injured or killed.

Dog attacks can result in serious injuries, including:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Infections
  • Scars and disfigurement
  • Nerve damage

Washington State imposes strict liability on dog owners for damages suffered by any person attacked by their pet. This means that unless the dog was provoked, the owner, or the owner’s homeowner’s insurance, is responsible for the resulting injuries. Pet owners, especially those who own dangerous dog breeds, have an obligation to leash, fence and otherwise keep their dogs from harming other people. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a dog bite attack, we are here to help.

Elevator/Escalator Injuries

Elevator/Escalator Injuries

At the Carness Law Firm, we provide aggressive legal representation to anyone who has suffered a personal injury in an elevator or escalator accident. The owner and manufacturer of the elevator can be found liable if a defect is discovered in the manufacturing or construction of the elevator/escalator or its components. The following conditions would hold the manufacturers of the elevator liable during a personal injury lawsuit:

  • A flaw in the product was created
  • Failing to test or inspect the elevator before going on the market
  • Failing to realize that an elevator could be dangerous
  • Failing to adequately warn of the risks associated with an elevator

The elevator service and maintenance companies may also be found liable for a faulty elevator if proper maintenance was not performed to the elevator on a routine schedule. At the Carness Law Firm, we work with the nation’s leading experts in elevator safety and technology to achieve outstanding results for our clients.

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury

Perhaps the most vulnerable area of the body besides the brain is the spinal cord. The spinal cord controls our movements, our reactions, what we feel and countless other functions that are vital to sustaining life. If your spinal cord is injured permanently, you unfortunately face a lifetime of struggle.

Although no definitive study has been done in relation to these injuries, several sources when compiled show that anywhere between 250,000 and 300,000 people in the United States live with permanent spinal cord damage. Even more disturbing is that most spinal cord injuries are suffered by those between the ages of 16 and 30, creating a long-term lifestyle change.

However, despite all the negative aspects of this situation, there could be a positive development put in motion if you contact the Carness Law Firm. We will be able to help you determine if your injury was the fault of another party, and if you have a legal remedy available to help you.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury

The human body is comprised of millions of moving parts, all of which need to be in working order to provide a person with a healthy life. The “control center” for all of these components is the brain, which oversees the entire process of living, thinking and experiencing. However, in terms of medical science, no part of the body remains a greater mystery than the brain.

The effects of traumatic brain injury are profound and varied.  They include:

  • Loss of Memory
  • Loss of Senses
  • Change in Personality
  • Loss of Spatial Reasoning
  • Loss of Balance
  • Loss of the Ability to Speak
  • Loss of Movement in Limbs

Brain injuries are serious matters, and matters this serious require professional help of all types. Many brain injuries are permanent in nature, and too much damage to the brain can lead to either a persistent vegetative state or death. If you or someone you love has suffered this type of injury, you need to contact the Carness Law Firm for an immediate and free initial consultation.

Government Liability

Government Liability

When someone is harmed by a government employee or agency, there are special legal requirements, mandated by State and Federal law, that must be followed in order to bring a claim. Such cases include:

Automobile collisions cause by a police officer or other government employee;

Excessive force by law enforcement;

Negligence of the Department of Social and Health Services, Department of Corrections, or Child Protective Services;

School District Liability.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a government employee or agency, contact the Carness Law Firm for a free consultation.

Insurance

Insurance

At the Carness Law Firm, we handle a variety of insurance disputes, ranging from coverage denial to unreasonable settlement practices.  Under the Washington State Insurance Fair Conduct Act, an insurance company who treates their customer unfairly can be held accountable for up to three-times the amount of the damage, plus the customer’s attorney fees.

If you have a dispute with your insurance company, please contact the Carness Law Firm for a free consultation.