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7/27/2011
Kasia Kim
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Northbound I-5 to Reduce Open Lanes This Week | Bellingham Accident Attorney

I-5 will be down to 1 lane between Burlington and Bellingham until Friday. Delays are expected to be an hour or more with midday travel being the worst

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6/20/2011
Andrew Kim
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10 Bicycle Safety Tips | Seattle Washington Bicycle Injury Attorney

With summer in full swing, more people are spending time on their bikes. Follow these tips and demontrate them to your loved ones to lessen the risk of injuries

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4/28/2011
Kasia Kim
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Have a skeleton in your closet? | Washington Personal Injury Lawyer

If you don't share this type of information with your lawyer, you could seriously impact your case. The insurance company will be doing some digging.

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6/10/2009
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6/10/2009
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A 9 year old boy from Finley, Washington was attacked by a dog while walking home from a friend's home.  A medium-sized border collie tore up his face which needed 20 stitches to close wounds.

Sgt. Ron Sabin of the Benton County Sheriff's Office told the Tri-City Herald, "It sounds like he's lucky to be alive. It was a serious dog bite."

The boy's mother, Shanda Reed, says the dog attacked her son, Triston Jett, before her son ran home on Friday evening.  He was then taken to Kennewick General Hospital, where he was treated for his wounds and later released.

The Andrew Kim Law Firm represents persons injured from dog attacks and bites resulting in serious permanent injuries and scarring.  Call us toll free at 1-800-636-3676 to discuss your possible dog bite case.



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5/15/2009
Kasia Kim
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Have you or someone you care about been injured in a motor vehicle accident?  You probably have concerns that need to be addressed right away.  How should I deal with my insurance company?  Should I seek medical treatment for my injuries right away?  Who will pay the medical costs for the treatment I already received?  What if I need a rental car?  Do I have to pay for it while my car is being repaired?  Should I call the police?  Do I have to take photos of the car and accident scene now or can I wait?  Should I hire a lawyer?  How do I get the best settlement for my claim?

This website can help.  It is designed to provide answers to all these questions and more.  Find answers to questions by going to our Frequently Asked Questions section or find more in depth information in our Library articles.

Also our Car Accident practice area is a good source of information.  Click on any of these links and find your way to valuable information on what to do if you are seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident or contact the Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC at 1-800-636-3676 or www.wainjurylaw.com.



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4/26/2009
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A unidentified woman was killed when she crashed her car into a power pole on Campbell Road southwest of Wapato, Washington and her car caught on fire badly burning the vehicle and the victim. 

Witnesses reported that the she was driving southbound on Campbell, south of Hoffer Road and traveling erratically since Interstate 82.  The driver lost control of her car which went sideways in the road and then struck the power pole on the driver’s side.

The Andrew Kim Law Firm represents persons seriously injured or killed from a car crash, truck accident, motorcycle crashes.  If you or someone you know has been injured and need to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney, call us toll free at 1-800-636-3676.



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4/26/2009
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As a follow up to my previous blog about this Wapato, Washington car crash, the woman who was killed when she crashed her car into power poles has been identified as 43 year old Angela M. Bueno. 

The crash knocked out two power poles supporting two large regulators that spilled 50 gallons of cooling oil containing PCBs.  Pacific Power cleaned up the mess and restored power that was out for about six hours to more than 600 customers.


The information was provided by the Andrew Kim Law Firm, helping injured clients put their lives back together.

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4/25/2009
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16 year old Joshua McGuire and his 14 year old brother Jordan McGuire were involved in a tragic one car crash on State Route 3, three miles from Allyn, Washington in Mason County.  Joshua was driving a 1987 BMW northbound when he lost control of the car and truck a utility pole. 

Jordan died at the scene from his injuries and Joshua was transported to Mason General Hospital with a serious head injury and a broken neck.  He was later airlifted to Harborview Medical Center where he remained in serious condition.  According to the Washington State Patrol, it did not appear that drugs or alcohol were factors in causing the car collision.  Both boys attended North Mason High School in Belfair, Washington.


There was no mention in the report if the speed of the car, weather and road conditions, or mechanical failure were factors in the car crash.  Investigation of these facts will determine whether the passenger and/or driver can make a claim for injuries against the insurance company.

The Washington personal injury attorney at the Andrew Kim Law Firm represents those injured in one car accidents, multiple vehicle collisions, and rollover crashes throughout the state of Washington including Mason County.  If you would like to discuss your potential claim, call us toll free at 1-800-636-3676.



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4/25/2009
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Two Sunnyside, Washington residents were injured in a one car rollover accident in Yakima, Washington.  The Washington State Patrol has stated that alcohol or drugs may have contributed to the car crash.  20 year old Ricardo Chavez Jr. was driving westbound on Factory Road at around 10:30 p.m. when his car left the road, rolled and hit a power pole near Ray Road.
 

Neither Chavez nor his 15 year old passenger, Janet S. Castillo, were wearing a seat belt and were injured.  They were taken to Sunnyside Community Hospital where Castillo was treated and released but Chavez was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with more serious injuries and was admitted into the intensive care unit.  Chavez was likely be investigated for DUI with a blood draw at the hospital.


The Andrew Kim Law Firm aggressively pursues injury claims against drivers who have been drinking and driving whether charged with DUI or not.  If you've been injured by a drunk driver, please call us for a free consultation at 1-800-636-3676.



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4/11/2009
Andrew Kim
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Accident Response Fees?

A woman in Winter Haven, Florida was involved in a car accident in February.  Almost immediately after the crash, local police officers and firefighters showed up at the scene.  The quick response wasn't the surprise to the driver Shirly Kimel.  Instead it was a $315 bill she received from the city for the cost of the police and fire department responding.

Kimel stated “I always thought this sort of thing was covered by my taxes.”  It used to be.  But last July, Winter Haven became one of a few dozen cities in the country to start charging “accident response fees.” The idea is to shift the expense of tending to and cleaning up crashes directly to at-fault drivers.  Either they, or their insurers, are expected to pay.

The problem is that car insurance is not likely to cover this expense which leaves the driver stuck with the bill.  With the downturn in the economy and local governments trying to make up for lost revenues, creative measures such as this accident response fee and other types of fees are popping up around the country.

Let's hope that the State of Washington doesn't get wind of this and start charging us for the privilege of having the police and fire department respond to a car accident.

The Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC represents persons injured in a car accident, and other motor vehicle crashes.  If you have questions about your case and want to speak with a Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Washington personal injury attorney, call us toll free at 1-800-636-3676.





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1/3/2009
Andrew Kim
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The Long Island Newsday reported an injury car accident caused by a floor mat which got caught below the brake and above the gas pedal.  As the driver attempted to brake his BMW X3, the mat was inadvertently pushed down on the gas pedal which caused him to accelerate and crash into a storefront Hanukkah party in Woodmere, Long Island, New York.  The car crash injured eight children and six adults at the party.

Mat problems have been blamed for crashes across North America whether poorly designed, improperly used or both have triggered recalls for at least a million vehicles over the past 25 years.  Floor mats from a variety of makers have led to driving problems. In some cases, pedals have stuck to the mats.  In others, the mats interfered with one or more pedals.  Whatever the obstructions, misplaced mats can imperil driving.

In 2006, a Kennewick, Washington man suffered head and arm injuries when his car crashed into a ditch after the floor mat got wedged on the gas pedal.  Also in 2006, a Montreal boy was hospitalized and his sister died after their mother lost control of the car most likely from the floor mat according to the investigating police officer.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration organized a 2007 recall of all-weather floor mats used in 2007 and 2008 Lexus ES 350 models and Toyota Camrys of the same years, according to the safety agency.

Whether a car accident was caused by driver negligence, or defective design of a floor mat, the Seattle, Bellevue car crash injury lawyer at Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC can assist you with a possible claim against the negligent party.  Call us in Seattle or Bellevue at (425) 289-1990 or in Tacoma at (253) 682-2000, or anywhere in Washington state at
1-800-636-3676 for a free consultation.



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1/3/2009
Andrew Kim
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A big rig or semi-truck lost its brakes while driving a downhill stretch of I-5 in the mountains about 70 miles northwest of Los Angeles near Lebec, California .  The runaway truck crashed into 11 other vehicles injuring 11 people according to California Highway Patrol.  All eleven people were hospitalized including four who suffered major injuries.

Personal injury claims against commercial vehicles such as semi-truck, tractor trailers, "big rigs", or trucks can be complicated and involve federal regulations and statutes.  The Seattle, Washington truck accident attorney at Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC can guide you through the process of filing a claim and recovering compensation for your serious injuries.  You can call us at 1-800-636-3676 for a free initial consultation.



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12/25/2008
Andrew Kim
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On December 14, 2008, a 1997 Chrysler driven by an 18-year-old Tacoma man swerved off southbound Interstate 5 near Seattle onto the shoulder where it crashed into the back of a Washington State Patrol car that stopped to assist another vehicle on the shoulder.  The crash pushed the WSP patrol car forward into the car that had slid into the guardrail, a 1987 BMW.

The driver and passenger of the Chrysler, and the WSP trooper were all injured and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.  The driver of the Chrysler was charged with vehicular assault since the car accident involved serious injuries and driving under the influence (DUI).  Other factors included speeding and light snow on the highway.

The Seattle car accident attorney at the Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC handles car crashes against drunk drivers and aggressively pursues insurance claims against the responsible driver and bar, tavern, or other drinking establishment that may have over-served the intoxicated driver (dram shop claim).  We also represent passengers of the at fault driver.  Give us a call at (425) 289-1990 to talk about your options and legal rights.



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12/20/2008
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12/20/2008
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The 93 foot cod fishing vessel Katmai owned by Katmai Fisheries, Inc. sank in October, killing seven of 11 crew members.  The bodies recovered included Joshua Leonguerrero of Spanaway, Washington, Cedric Smith and Glenn Harper, both of Portland, Oregon, Jake Gilman of Camas, Washington in Clark County, and Fuli Lemusu of Salem, Oregon.  Two others Carlos Zabala of Helena, Montana, and Robert Davis of Deming, Washington in Whatcom County remain lost at sea.

The four survivors are skipper Henry Blake of Worcester, Massachusetts, Guy Schroder and Harold Appling, both of Anchorage, Alaska and Adam Foster of Shoreline, Washington.

The Katmai sank as the skipper tried to push through a dangerous island passage in a huge storm that had prompted other boats to seek safety on the lee side of islands.  Former crewman, Isaac Vigil, said that a weak area of the fishing boat was improperly repaired by trying to weld aluminum to steel, and that a crack below that patch leaked water into the fish factory.  Investigators also are trying to find out why one of the vessel's life rafts might not have inflated however, a carbon-dioxide cartridge was missing that is vital to inflation.

Survivors and the families of those who died have filed claims under maritime law, but it is unclear whether $5 million in insurance money will be made available to help settle the claims due to some coverage issues.   The insurance companies may deny coverage if they can find evidence of false or inaccurate representations made by Katmai Fisheries Inc. about the vessel and whether all operating restrictions were followed.  Some settlements have been reached with the owners of Katmai from private funds.

The Seattle, Washington boat accident and wrongful death attorney at Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC represents those seriously injured or killed at sea as a result of the negligence of the boat owners.  For a free initial consultation, please call us at 1-800-636-3676.


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12/6/2008
Andrew Kim
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Olympia, Washington

It's been one year since the hotly-debated Referendum 67 became law.
Washington's Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA) created a process for consumers who feel their insurance companies have not promptly and fairly settled a valid claim. It requires insurance companies to deal in good faith when settling claims, or risk having to pay a policyholder triple damages if the company ends up losing the case in court.


What is the Insurance Fair Conduct Act?
The Insurance Fair Conduct Act provides remedies to policyholders whose claims are unreasonably denied by their insurance companies or whose insurance companies violate particular regulations governing claims settlement practices.  It took effect December 6, 2007.

What is covered by this law?
The law covers policyholders whose insurance company unreasonably denied their claim. It also covers a policyholder whose insurance company violated certain laws governing claims settlement practices.

  • For example: Insurance companies must acknowledge their policyholders’ letters and phone calls about their claims, must promptly investigate claims, and must promptly and fairly settle valid claims.

The law applies only to claims made by insured people to their own insurance companies. It does not apply to claims made by one person to someone else’s insurance company.

  • For example: If a person has been in a car accident, this law applies to a claim made by an insured under his own policy to his own insurance company. It does not apply to someone making a claim against another person’s insurance company.

 

Does the law cover all insurance companies?
No. It doesn't apply to claims under health insurance policies. It applies to claims under other kinds of policies, including policies that include medical costs as part of that coverage.

  • For example: It applies to claims under car and homeowner’s policies, even though reimbursement for health care services may be covered by those policies.

The Patient’s Bill of Rights provides consumer protection for policyholders of health insurance coverage.


What does this law require of the policyholder?

If an insured person wants to sue his or her insurance company for violating one of these laws, the policyholder must mail written notice of the potential lawsuit to the insurance company and to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner at least 20 days before the lawsuit is filed.


What will the Office of the Insurance Commissioner do with the notice?

When the agency receives each notice, we will stamp it with the date it was received, and file it in a designated location. Then, if there is a question about whether the insured person filed the notice in accordance with the law, the custodian of the notices will be able to certify whether, and when, it was received.

For more information

RCW 48.30.010 - Unfair practices in general - Remedies and penalties

RCW 48.30.015 - Unreasonable denial of a claim for coverage or payment of benefits.



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12/5/2008
Andrew Kim
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Spokane, Washington is in the news again when a man driving away from a Spokane bar hit at least seven cars within 13 minutes, including an off-duty detective, before he was arrested for DUI.

A witness at a bar in the Browne's Addition neighborhood of Spokane called in the drunk driver to the police.  This incident happened at about 3:30 pm on a Saturday afternoon.  Just goes to show that you can be a victim of drunk drivers even in the middle of the day so just be aware and always practice defensive driving.

The Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC represents victims who have been injured in a car crash or truck accident, against drunk drivers and the bars, restaurants, or night clubs that may have over-served an intoxicated person who then gets in a vehicle and causes a car accident.

Call us at 1-800-636-3676 for a free consultation.

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12/5/2008
Andrew Kim
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POULSBO, Washington

A 14-year-old girl was seriously injured and airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after she was struck by a pickup truck while riding her bicycle on November 10, 2008.  She was riding along Clear Creek Road just outside of Poulsbo, Washington when she apparently made a sudden turn across the street to head onto Lakeness Road.

The driver of a Dodge Ram truck was unable to swerve in time and struck the girl with his right front fender according to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Department.  Unfortunately the girl was not wearing a safety helmet which could have reduced the severity of her injuries.


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12/5/2008
Andrew Kim
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MOUNT VERNON, Washington

The Washington State Patrol reported that a motorcyclist from Mount Vernon was killed when his motorcycle crossed the centerline and struck an SUV on State Route 9 in Skagit County.



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11/27/2008
Andrew Kim
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A Washington boat accident attorney at the Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC can provide helpful information to people injured from a boat crash or who have a wrongful death claim from a boat accident. 

The case of an Olympia man who pleaded guilty to three counts of homicide by watercraft in a boating accident on the Nisqually River last June is an example of the type of boating accident case we handle.

Please see here for more.

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11/17/2008
Andrew Kim
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Washington State - Nighttime Seat Belt enforcement project

It is well known fact that wearing a seat belt can saves lives if you are involved in an auto accident. The difference of wearing a seat belt is between having no injuries or very minor injuries such as neck and back strains/sprains, to suffering serious, permanent, or life changing injuries and in the worst case scenario, death. I insist that all passengers in the vehicle that I am driving put on their seat belts before a drive and we all should practice this.

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11/17/2008
Andrew Kim
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Have you been involved in a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident in Washington through no fault of your own and think that the other driver's insurance company was going to take care of everything for you?  For example, the other vehicle is coming towards you from the opposite direction and all of a sudden it crosses the center line straight towards you.  Your first reaction, after saying some choice words to yourself, is to attempt to swerve out of the way, but there isn't enought time and you crash head-on with the at fault driver.

Your car is totaled and you have neck and back injuries.  You say "no worries" the other driver has insurance but then you get a letter from his insurance company denying the claim because their insured had a sudden and unexpected illness, usually in the form of a heart attack which caused this car accident in Washington, and there is no liability.

What?!  No way, you say!  Believe it or not, there is such a defense to liability (sudden illness defense) in the State of Washington in case of a car crash but they have to show that the sudden illness was unexpected or unforeseeable.  This is where an experienced Bellevue, Seattle, or Tacoma personal injury attorney can help you build a case against the other driver for your car accident or motorcycle accident.  Any prior medical history which was known to the driver that should have prevented him from driving in the first place can be used against him.  For example, if medication was supposed to be taken on a regular basis and the driver didn't do so, that can be an argument to attach liability.

The Seattle Times recently reported a "Fatal heart attack suspected in wreck" in Shoreline, Washington on October 17, 2008 when a 45 year old man suffered a heart attack while driving on I-5 near NE 205th Street in Shorleline lost control of his vehicle and ran into a pole, according to KING-TV, which then fell onto other vehicles causing damage and injuries.

We have successfully represented victims of automobile accidents just like in these situations and have helped them recover settlements for the injuries and damages sustained from the other driver's insurance company even after they initially denied the claim.  You can call us for a free consultation at Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC (425) 289-1990 to see if you have a claim.


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