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Author Archives: Jay Butchko

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Breaking Down a Negligent Security Claim in Washington

By Emerald Law Group |

Negligent security is more than a lack of security. Instead, negligent security is basically a lack of care. This legal concept is based on the story of the Good Samaritan. According to this story, which for better or worse is ingrained in Western law, the Good Samaritan went out of his way to help… Read More »

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Building a Bicycle Accident Claim

By Emerald Law Group |

As outlined below, evidence is the most important part of a bicycle accident claim. A victim/plaintiff must prove negligence, or a lack of care, by a preponderance of the evidence (“more likely than not”). Although this burden of proof is very low, there’s usually a relationship between the amount of evidence a victim/plaintiff presents… Read More »

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The Two Major Components of a Nursing Home Abuse Claim

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Nursing home abuse, such as assault or false imprisonment (e.g. blocking a doorway) is an intentional tort in Washington. The conduct, not the result, is intentional. Stressed nursing home workers usually don’t intend to hurt residents when they push, shove, or otherwise assault them. Usually, these workers just want the resident to sit down… Read More »

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What To Do When the At-Fault Driver Has No Insurance

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Although Washington has one of the nation’s most stringent mandatory auto insurance laws, the Evergreen State has one of the highest percentages of uninsured motorists in the country. Frequently, people who think they have nothing to lose, like uninsured drivers, take reckless chances. So, the possibility of an uninsured motorist accident is high. But… Read More »

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What to Expect in a Washington Dog Bite Claim

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The average dog bite settlement has increased significantly since 2020. During coronavirus lockdowns, many people adopted “pandemic puppies” who were isolated from everyone else. These puppies are now full-grown dogs who aren’t used to people and may react violently when they feel threatened. Most dog bite claims eventually settle, but “eventually” could be a… Read More »

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A Closer Look at Daycare Injuries

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The death of a child is always tragic. An injury-related death, which accounts for about 20 percent of the total, is even more tragic. Caregivers can protect children from injury-related deaths at home. But they cannot protect them when they’re at daycare or otherwise away from home. In these situations, they rely entirely upon… Read More »

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Electronic Evidence in Car Crash Claims

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Tech-savvy King County jurors respond very well to electronic evidence. Moreover, most King County courtrooms have large HDTV screens, and jurors expect to see something on these screens. Furthermore, such evidence is often more legally reliable than eyewitness or other kinds of evidence. Therefore, electronic evidence could be the key to meeting the burden… Read More »

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The Five Kinds of Driving Impairment

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One or more of the five kinds of impairment listed below causes most of the car crashes in Washington. For many years, nearly everyone used the much more comfortable word  “accidents” to describe these incidents. But people accidentally leave the lights on. They don’t accidentally drive while fatigued and cause wrecks. So, increasingly, “car… Read More »

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What Causes Bicycle Accidents in Seattle?

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Driver error, mostly the two kinds of driver error discussed below, causes over 98 percent of the bicycle wrecks in King County. These collisions often cause catastrophic injuries, such as head injuries. Helmets only prevent a handful of these injuries. When riders fall off their bikes and hit the ground, their brains violently slam… Read More »

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Five Kinds of Nursing Home Neglect

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Severe understaffing, a problem that affects over 90 percent of the long-term care facilities in King County, is usually the root cause of nursing home abuse. Overworked nursing home employees often act inappropriately towards each other and towards residents. Additionally, in understaffed environments, nursing home owners often hire under-qualified professionals or expect one person… Read More »

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