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The Oregonian reports that Christine Shertzer was awarded a $108K settlement for injuries she received when an Australian shepherd bit her at a party.

Shertzer, 43, claimed that the dog’s owners were negligent for allowing their dog to roam freely during the party.

Shertzer suffered serious dog bit injuries in the attack and had to have plastic surgery to repair facial injuries. According to her attorney, she has has permanent numbness of her lip, and eating and drinking is difficult and she can no longer kiss without experiencing pain.

There was conflicting testimony at the trial as to the aggressive nature and history of the dog. The homeowner claimed that Shertzer had handled the dog roughly. However, other witnesses testified that the dog was unpredictable and aggressive and a veterinarian testified that the dog had bit her.

Shertzer had filed a claim for $668,420 for medical bills, pain and suffering and for pain and suffering. However, the jury voted 12-0 finding Shertzer 48% at fault for petting a dog unknown to her.

The homeowner’s insurance policy will pay the settlement.

Dog Bite Liability

Dog bite injuries can often leave victims with disfigurement, scarring and permanent nerve damages. Nerve damage can cause constant pain. Dog bite victims often have to undergo multiple surgeries to correct damage.

Washington State Dog Bite Law

Washington state code 16.08.040 finds that owners of any dog that injures a person are liable for the damages that the bitter person suffers regardless of the former viciousness of the dog. If the dog owner knew their dog was prone to biting, then can be held liable for injuries and that liability is expanded.

Bellevue Dog Bite Attorney

Herbert Farber, a Bellevue personal injury attorney, represents dog bite victims and their families. Our law firm takes seriously the injuries suffered when a person has been attacked by a dog. We work hard to insure that the dog bite victim receives the compensation they deserve to cover medical costs, loss of wages, rehabilitation costs and for pain and suffering.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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seattle foodborne illness lawyerAll Blue Bell ice cream products have been recalled including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen products in 23 states after the company has not been able to pinpoint the cause of Listeria contamination in some of it’s products.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people should not eat any Blue Bell products. So far, there have been three reported in deaths and 10 illnesses linked to Blue Bell products.

The CDC is able to compare the DNA of the bacteria to link it to Blue Bell foods. Investigators believe the Listeria strain has been present at a Blue Bell factory for a number of years as there have been a pattern of illnesses dating back five years linked to Blue Bell products.

The CD provides the following Advice to Consumers, Institutions, and Retailers regarding the Listeria outbreak and subsequent recall.

Listeria is a bacteria that can be found in sprouts, deli meats, hotdogs, smoked seafood, soft cheeses and unpasteurized milk.

In the healthy, Listeria contamination can cause diarrhea and/or a fever. However, in the most severe cases, it can cause muscle aches, fever, stiff neck and convulsions. Pregnant women are at a risk of a miscarriage if they become infected. Children and people with compromised immune system may also contract severe illness.

Every year, it is estimated that 260 people die and 1600 illnesses occur due to the Listeria bacteria.

Steps to avoid Listeria infection

The following are some steps consumers can take to avoid becoming ill:

  • Rinse and clean fruit and produce
  • Keep uncooked meats away from other foods
  • Avoid consuming unpasteurized or raw milk products

Foodborne Illness Legal Advice

If you or a loved one has suffered serious illness or a loved one as died due to a foodborne illness, you might have questions regarding your legal recourse. The Farber Law Group is a personal injury law firm that has successfully recovered compensation for victims of foodborne illness that was caused by corporate negligence. Contact us if you have questions about your case.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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Vanessa and Josh Ellis, of Bonney Lake, and their 8-month old baby son were killed Monday night when a slab of concrete fell from a Highway 410 overpass and struck their motor vehicle crushing it.

Construction workers were working to install a sidewalk when the accident occurred.

The Ellis’ were traveling on Angeline Street under the 410 in their Toyota pickup truck.

This tragic accident stunned the neighbors and friends of the young couple who said that anyone of them could have been killed as this was a road that they all traveled.

An investigation into the accident is ongoing. One question that must be answered is why there were not flaggers or traffic diversion measures taken during the work on the overpass.

In all likelihood, there may be a case of negligence in the death of this young couple and their baby. The family of the deceased may be able to file a wrongful death claim on the couple’s behalf. The law requires that a contractor exercise what is known as “reasonable care” to foresee that people might be injured during the work. In addition, the entities that hired the contractor may also be held responsible for the negligence of the contractor.

Road construction contractors have a legal duty to safeguard the public and make driving safe while construction is ongoing. Failure to do so may be a breach of contract. In this case, it seems apparent that the contractors failed to warn motorists of hazards.

In bringing a wrongful death claim, there is a statute of limitation in Washington and an attorney should be consulted so that a right to claim is protected.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We have more than 40 years experience representing families with their wrongful death claims. Call today for a free and confidential consultation.

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Orion Fenstra, a 2-year-old-boy, was killed on Monday morning around 10am when he fell into an uncovered septic well when his family was visiting another family in the 20000 block of Sanchez lane in Burlington in Skagit County reports Fox News.

According to a report on Fox News, little Orion wandered off as the two families were visiting. Officers from the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call shortly after Orion was reported missing.

Sheriff deputies found Orion in the septic well. It was covered at the time they made their search but they learned that it had been uncovered earlier.

Efforts to resuscitate Orion were not successful.

Just last month, a five year old boy, Noah Thomas, was found in a septic tank in Dublin, Virginia. His death is being treated as suspicious. Read more on ABC news here.

Accidental Falls into Septic Wells

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Orion Fenstra tonight as they grieve the loss of their young son. While investigators will sort out what exactly happened, it appears that Orion’s death was not intentional but may have been caused by negligence on the part of the property owner or the company that may have been working on the septic tank prior to the accident.

While doing some research, The Farber Law Group found that accidents involving fatalities to children when they fall into septic tanks or wells occur far too frequently. It is estimated that there are approximately 50 deaths and many more injuries due to fall into wells and septic tanks every year.

Some times people are injured when septic tank covers are too light and can be moved by children and sometimes the covers are damaged or fragile so that a person who steps on them can fall through.

Septic tanks should never be left open or unattended at any time for any reason because a person or small child could fall in and drown. Septic tanks no longer in use should be decommissioned and filled in.

Septic tanks are a type of sewage facility and approximately 25% of the properties in the U.S. relies on septic tanks for their sewage, mostly in small towns and rural areas.

Because of the high risk of injury or death, the Washington Administrative Code provides for certain design and construction requirements for on-site sewage system tanks to prevent fall accidents as well as problems with methane gas. Unfortunately, safety precautions are not always followed by installers or manufacturers or the septic tanks and their covers are not properly maintained or secured.

Property owners as well as installers and maintenance personnel must maintain septic tank safety. Because septic tanks are a well-known hazard, homeowners or renters must check to make sure that a septic tank does not pose a hazard to anyone who inadvertently steps on a septic tank cover and that no tank is uncovered so that a person can fall into it.

Just last year, we read this article about a 4-year-old child who inadvertently stepped on a septic tank lid, popping the lid up and she fell in. The lid then popped back into place. Fortunately, her family was nearby and was able to rescue her. Read more here.

Unfortunately, these preventable tragedies do occur because of many older tanks are not maintained or decommissioned.

Washington Premise Liability Attorney

If your loved one or child has been injured or killed after a similar tragedy you are advised to contact Herbert Farber, an experienced premise liability lawyer at 1-800-244-9087. Mr. Farber has more than 40 years experience representing families with their wrongful death cases. Call today for a free and confidential consultation.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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A 45-year-old woman, Michele Jozefiak, was killed on Thursday as she was crossing a downtown Seattle street.

According to a police report, Jozefiak was crossing Seneca Street and 5th Avenue assisted by a walker when she was struck by a truck driver.

Jozefiak was taken to Harborview Medical Center where she died of head injuries and injuries to her lower extremities.

Police are investigating the accident and interviewed the truck driver. Early police reports indicate that the motorist did not appear to be intoxicated at the time of the accident.

Pedestrian Accidents

Approximately every year, nearly 5,000 pedestrians are killed and another 76,000 are injured in pedestrian accident. The average age of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents is 46 years of age. In nearly 50% of all traffic accidents involving a pedestrian fatality, alcohol is a factor.

There are many other factors that can contribute to a pedestrian accident. Driver negligence including the following can also contribute to pedestrian fatalities:

  • Driver inattention or distraction
  • Failing to observe speed limits
  • Failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks, either marked or unmarked
  • Driver disregard of traffic signals.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group
. We represent people who have been seriously injured in crosswalk and pedestrian accidents and the family of those who have been killed.

Washington Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has just released a report that should be no surprise to parents of teenagers. The study found that 60% of all car accidents that teenagers drivers are involved in, distraction — either inside or outside of the vehicle — was a factor.

According to the study, the number one distraction occurs in the vehicle itself. The teenage driver can be distracted while interacting with passengers in the car, looking at their cell phone, talking to friends, eating, singing, reaching for something and grooming.

Teenagers don’t seem to understand that when they take their eyes off the road for as little as four seconds to check out a text message, if they were traveling at 60mph, they have traveled the distance of a football field.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety used dashboard cameras and recorded teens crashing because they were not paying attention to the road. The car accident videos are really chilling when you look at them.

The foundation recommends that states look at their distracted driving laws, prohibit cell phone use by teens while driving and restrict the number of passengers for teen drivers. In Washington state, the state provides for a restricted driver’s license which follows the AAA Foundation’s guidelines.

Washington state has worked hard to combat distracted driving and passed legislation that directly bans handheld devices.

Car Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers

Despite Washington state’s laws, distracted drivers get into single car accidents, accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists or multi-vehicle accidents involving track and motorcycles. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a distracted driver, you may be able to receive compensation for the medical costs and other damages you suffered as the result of an accident caused by a distracted driver.

Washington State Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You

To obtain the most favorable resolution of your car accident case, you should consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident if your believe your injuries were the fault of a negligent or distracted driver. It is important to establish a working relationship with your attorney so that evidence is preserved and the necessary legal procedures are taken.

The Farber Law Group, a personal injury law firm in Bellevue, Washington, is here to help you. Contact Herbert Farber today to discuss your case. We handle car accident insurance claims and lawsuits in the greater Seattle area throughout Washington state.
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teen%20texting%20and%20driving.jpgIt is estimated that 1.6 million car accidents occur every year due to distracted driving. Now car companies and technology companies are designing new technologies which have the potential to save thousands of lives by preventing distracted driving car accidents.

With an estimated nine deaths a day due to distracted driving and 500,000 people injured every year, technology must keep up with the increasing lure of texting and driving.

Cellcontrol™ — Cellcontrol™ is a technology in which a small standalone “control” box is installed in a vehicle. The device syncs with phones in the car via a app and it allows one to set customized limits on what is permitted on a cell phone while driving. Limits can be customized, for example, a passenger can be allowed to text while a driver cannot.

Life360 is a popular ap which allows families and friends to stay connected. Ford has partnered with the company to provide an in-the-dash solution which notifies people who are texting a driver that the driver cannot answer the text until the car has stopped.

Seeing Machines is a technology which monitors a driver’s eye movements and warns the driver if they are fatigued or distracted by tracking their eye movements.We will see “seeingmachines” installed in commercial carriers first but this is technology that will come to the personal automobile in the near future.

New technologies can certainly curb or stop distracted and save lives.

Driving a motor vehicle in Washington is a privilege and it is the responsibility of every driver to pay attention and stay focused at the task of driving.

Washington state has laws which prohibit drivers from using a cell phone while driving and the state passed a cell phone ban in 2007. The Senate is now seeking to expand the texting-while-driving ban to include all cellphone use while driving except for some hands-free functions.

How can attorney help if I’ve been injured by a distracted driver?

Drivers who are involved in a cra accident due to being distracted may face criminal penalties. In addition, accident victims may be entitled to obtain compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Loss of wages
  • Physical therapy
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability

Each case is unique and circumstances of the accident and a person’s losses determine the amount of compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide you the answers to your questions.

Washington Distracted Driving Accident Attorney

The Farber Law Group has been presenting people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents for more than 40 years. We handle all accident and injury cases on a contingent fee basis. This means that you do not pay any up front legal costs unless we win your case for you.

Call us today for a free and confidential case evaluation at 1-800-244-9087.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.

For more information see: What if my accident was caused by someone using a cell phone?
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ice-cream.jpgThree patients have died and two others were sickened in a Wichita, Kansas hospital, after all were apparently infected with the listeria monocytogenes bacteria linked to Blue Bell ice cream served to them when they were in the hospital.

For of five of the ill patients had underlying health issues and were patients in the the Via Christi St. Francis hospital in Wichita, Kansas when they were served single serving ice cream, “Scoops.”

Tests on patients and the ice cream showed that both had the same listeria contaminant. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) investigated the outbreak and can determine the DNA fingerprint of listeria bacteria.

Blue Bell ice cream is a 108 year old company and this is their first recall. It appears that Chocolate Chip Country Cookies, Great Divide Bars, Sour Pop Green Apple Bars, Cotton Candy Bars, Scoops, Vanilla Stick Slices, Almond Bars and No Sugar Added Moo Bars manufactured in the Brenham, Texas plant were contaminated.

All contaminated products have been removed from store shelves but consumers are recommended to remove any Blue Bell ice cream from their freezers with the product SKU’s listed here.

About Listeria

Listeria is a pathogen that can be found in the soil, raw milk, meat, poultry, vegetation, anand animals. The bacteria can be spread when people consume uncooked foods, fail to wash their hands or when there is a break-down in manufacturing safety.

Symptoms of listeria includes flu-like symptoms and women who are pregnant, those with compromised immune systems, and the elderly are most susceptible to serious illness after infection.

Approximately 2,500 people are sickened every year in the U.S. and, of those, 200 become seriously ill and die.

Treatment of listeria include antibiotics.

One of the worst listeriosis outbreaks in the United States occurred in 2011 when cantaloupes shipped by Jensen Farms in Colorado killed 33 people and caused at least one miscarriage. In that case, 123 people were sickened.

Contact The Farber Law Group Listeria Lawyers

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have become sickened by foodborne illness and the family of those who have died.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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If your child has been injured by a dog, you might be facing medical bills plus the aftermath of the attack including scarring, disfigurement and psychological trauma. Often, the dog that bit your child might be owned by a neighbor, a friend or a family member. In fact, approximately, 75% of all dog attacks occur within the family.

You might be wondering how to file a dog bite claim and still maintain relationships that might be important to you.

The Farber Law Group is personal injury law firm with experience in representing dog bite victims and we assure you, that you can file a claim and still preserve relationships. An experienced attorney can be a “cool head” and help with relationships during a process of filing a claim. Often, settling a claim with an insurance company can be amicable with the injured person receiving the compensation they deserve for their immediate medical expenses, loss of wages and for psychological services.

Reasons to Hire A Dog Bite Attorney

Most dog bite victims never get compensated even though home insurance coverage covers dog bites. A lawyer can help you file a claim and get it paid.

Insurance adjusters often will low ball a claim if the child’s parents do not have an attorney. While a personal injury attorney will work on a contingency fee basis (you don’t pay attorney fees unless a settlement is recovered), the attorney can often obtain a far greater compensation from the insurance company resulting in the child receiving more money for their medical and psychological care as well as pain and suffering.

One benefit to hiring a dog bite attorney is that it can reduce a lot of stress between the family members, friends or neighbors. The parent can always refer any questions or concerns to their attorney. The attorney can reassure any parties that the goal is not to bankrupt anyone or embarrass them but to claim on insurance so that the child’s medical needs are taken care of.

Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bites are one of the top five reasons a child seeks treatment in a hospital emergency room. Dog bite injuries can cause serious injuries requiring stitches and even plastic surgery. In some cases, victims suffer permanent nerve damage which can leave them in pain or disfigured. A severe dog mauling can often require between two and five separate surgeries.

Dog Bites and Washington Law

The reviewed code of Washington, 16.08.040, says that dog owners are liable for dog bites. If a dog has a history of attacking people, the amount of liability against the dog owners is expanded.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious dog bite injury, you should contact a personal injury attorney who has experience representing dog bite victims and their families. At The Farber Law Group, a Washington personal injury law firm, has more than 40 years experience representing dog bite victims.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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There are probably not many times in your life when you need to hire an attorney. But sometimes, usually in a time of personal crises due to an accident or an injury, you may find yourself in the need of legal representation. Hiring an experienced attorney can help you obtain the compensation that you deserve and help you with the morass of paperwork that is often required after a car accident.

When should I hire an attorney?

You generally only need to hire an attorney after a car accident if you have had serious injuries requiring medical care. Many minor accidents involving only vehicle damage can be handled through direct contact with your insurance company. However, you should contact an experienced car accident attorney when you have had significant losses because of a car accident including medical costs, lost wages, car repairs and other costs.

How to choose a car accident attorney?

When searching for a car accident attorney, you should look for a “personal injury attorney” as opposed to one who has another specialty such as family, elder or bankruptcy law.

Most car accident attorneys will accept your case on a contingency fee basis. That means, the attorney will take your case if he or she feels like it has merit and they do not ask you for any upfront fees. You pay nothing unless they win your case for you.

You should choose a an attorney with experience and a proven track record of success. Several lawyer rating services can help you. Martindale Hubbell has a peer rating service and AVVO has a rating system based on a myriad of factors including education, peer endorsement and years of practice.

What to ask a prospective attorney?

Most people use the internet to help them in their search for an attorney. Know that most attorneys will provide a no-fee, no-obligation initial consultation. When you go for your first visit, you may wish to bring documents that you might have that pertain to your case and insurance. These may include:

  • Insurance policy
  • Contact information for the other person involved in the accident
  • Medical records
  • Citations or tickets related to the car accident
  • Photographs of the accident scene or the damage
  • Statements or witness contact information

What are attorney fees?

Read more about the contingent fee basis and how attorney fees are calculated.

The Farber Law Group representing car accident victims for 40 years

If you are interested in learning more about the car accident claim process, contact The Farber Law Group. Herbert Farber personally represents every case himself. He has a track record of success in obtaining just compensation for motor vehicle accident victims and their families.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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