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The case of Bowdler v. State Farm Mut. Auto Ins. Co. concluded with the jury awarding $3.02 million to David Bowdler who was serious injured in a motor vehicle accident at an intersection when the other driver ran a stop sign.

In this “bad faith” insurance case, Bowdler sued State Farm Insurance after they refused to pay him the full amount of his underinsured motorist coverage.
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An “underinsured/uninsured motorist clause” was a provision of Bowlder’s insurance policy and provides that a driver receive damages for injuries caused by an uninsured or underinsured motorist. In the event of an accident with serious injuries, the coverage is intended to bridge the gap between what the uninsured driver can pay and what the injured driver should receive had the other driver been adequately insured.

Bowlder suffered a neck fracture and wrist fracture and had to undergo multiple surgeries and months of physical therapy when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident with a motorist who only had $25,000 in coverage.

State Farm balked at covering Bowlder’s damages so Bowlder’s attorney filed an insurance bad faith lawsuit. “Bad faith” is describes a tort claim against an insurance company when the insurance company has not dealt fairly with the insured person.

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 motor vehicle accidents. We represent clients on a contingency basis which levels the playing field when taking on insurance companies.

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An Oregon State man, William Geary, 60, has filed a $4.5 million negligence lawsuit against Express Transport Corporation of Washington State and the driver of a semi-truck who responsible for the December 21, 2010 trucking accident that left him seriously injured.

Geary maintains in his lawsuit that both the trucking company and the semi-truck were negligent for the accident that left Geary with a broken neck, spinal cord injuries and fractures to his neck, wrist, fibula, tibia and left knee.

Geary filed his lawsuit after the trucking company’s insurance company was not responsive.
The semi-truck accident that left Geary so badly injured happened as Geary sat in his pickup a truck at a red light, waiting to make a left hand turn. As he sat there, a semi-truck pulling two trailers made a turn and one of the trailers tipped over, crushing Geary’s truck and pinning him inside for an hour and a half. The semi-truck driver was issued a citation for reckless driving after the accident.

After 15 days in the hospital, Geary is no longer able to work and he has nerve damage to his arm and permanent damage to his knee and wrist. He seeks $1.5 million for medical costs and lost wages and $3.5 million for pain and suffering and other lingering problems.

Large trucks on the highways account account for many accidents and deaths in our highways. 2009 data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that in Washington State alone there were 1,302 fatal and non-fatl accidents involving large trucks and buses. In 33 of those crashes, one or more persons were killed and 178 people were injured.
Most of the injuries and fatalities occur to the occupants of passenger vehicles rather than the occupants of the large truck because trucks often weigh 2030 times more than passenger vehicles and have a taller ground clearance.

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Rob Summers, 25, who suffered a spinal cord injury in a hit-and-run car accident in 2006 has stood and walked on his own on a treadmill with help after he received an electrical implant which stimulates the lower spinal cord. This procedure is known as functional electronic stimulation (FES). Summers was able to achieve “full weight-bearing standing with assistance only for balance for 4:25 minutes” reports The Lancet.

This is an exciting medical breakthrough and offers hope to some of the approximate 10,500 people who suffer a spinal cord injury every year. Spinal cord injuries can have devastating effects on those who have had a serious accident including a car accident, a fall, a gunshot or a sporting accident. The majority of those who suffer spinal cord injuries are young men between the ages of 16-40 .

For more information, see The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 20 May 2011, “Effect of epidural stimulation of the lumbosacral spinal cord on voluntary movement, standing, and assisted stepping after motor complete paraplegia: a case study

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have suffered serious spinal cord injuries from car accidents, construction accidents, falls and sporting accidents. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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The Arizona Court of Appeals upheld the $1.5 million damage award to a kindergarten teacher who sued BCI Coca-Cola for damages after a slip, trip and fall accident in a grocery store.

The unidentified teacher had a serious spinal cord injury as a result of a fall caused by water on the floor that had leaked from a BCI Coca-Cola refrigerator. The victim had to have surgery on a herniated disk and suffers from lingering and chronic pain.

The court found the BCI Coca-Cola Bottling liable for the accident because service records showed that the refrigerator had been leaking for two years before the accident.

The teacher’s attorneys showed the jury a surveillance tape of the accident and were able to share with the jury how debilitating the injuries are.

This may seem like a huge award to some. However, it is not out-of-line due to the severity of a spinal column injury.

A slip, trip or fall accident falls under the category of “premise liability.” Premise liability finds that a property owner or person who operates a business is responsible for injuries by a person on their premises if they failed to maintain their property in a safe condition. This can include wet and slippery floors, inadequate lighting, cracked sidewalks, etc.

For more information see, “Washington injury attorney explains “slip, trip and fall

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We have more than 30 years experience representing people with serious personal injuries due to slip, trip and fall accidents.

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Mickey Gendler, who was paralyzed in a Seattle bicycle accident on the Montlake Bridge, has settled his negligence lawsuit with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The state has agreed to pay Gendler $8 million for the injuries he received in the 2007 bicycle accident.

Gendler was bike riding with his friend when his tire got stuck in a gap in the bridge deck, causing him to go over the handlebars. He suffered a severe spinal cord injury and was paralyzed from the neck down.

Gendler’s lawsuit claimed that the WSDOT’s build of the bridge was faulty because it had a seam in the bridge check which was 1/2 inch greater than design, wide enough to cause Gendler’s bicycle tire to get stuck.

It was discovered that prior to Gendler’s accident, another cyclist had a similar accident though not with such a severe outcome.

If a governmental entity fails to maintain a road in a safe condition or if a roadway was constructed with a defective design, a person who is injured in an accident caused by the defective roadway may be able to recover compensation for damages received in the accident.

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 motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed.


WSDOT to pay $8 million over Montlake Bridge bike accident Posted: October 25, 2010
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A negligence lawsuit brought by Patricia Miller, of Ferndale, Washington, against the Mt. Baker Ski Area has gone to jury.

Miller suffered a spinal injury which left her a paraplegic in 2008 at White Salmon Lodge when accumulated snow and ice slid off the roof on top of her while she sat reading a book outside the lodge.

Miller’s negligence lawsuit claims that the resort was aware of the snow and ice accumulation on the roof but failed to remove it causing a hazard.

Summertime is here and preteens and teens are busy riding bicycles, skating and running around the neighborhoods and playgrounds. However, this is a time when young teens can be injured as a result of falls, cycling accidents or while playing sports.

Summer Safety Tips for Young Teens


  • Insure your child wears a helmet whenever they ride and that it fits properly.

An elderly woman who was driving her small sedan the wrong way in the southbound lanes of State Route 3, north of Gorst, was killed this morning around 9:30am reports the Port Orchard Independent.

According to the report, the woman collided head-on with a Dodge pickup truck. There was also one other vehicle involved in the motor vehicle accident.

Two people suffered minor injures in the accident.

Every year, more than one million Americans are seen by doctors and at emergency rooms after suffering a head injury. Of those people, 50,000 to 100,000 will have suffered a brain injury which will linger and will affect their every day lives including work and school. The majority of traumatic brain injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents. Even if an accident victim does not hit their head on a the windshield, steering wheel or another fixed object, a brain injury can occur.

Sometimes diagnosing a brain injury is more difficult than one might think. Common tests used to examine the brain include CT scans (which use X-rays) and MRIs (which use magnetic fields). While both of these tools are fantastic in seeing blood and tumors in the brain, they are not good at seeing tears in the brain which can be microscopic. Studies show that in 85% to 90% of patients with brain injuries, there is no evidence of the injury on a CT scan or MRI.

Some predictors of a brain injury after a trauma can include the following:

A lawsuit has been filed against Sky High Sports, a Bellevue company that offers trampoline recreation, alleging that the company is grossly negligent after patrons suffered serious injury.

According to a consumer investigation by KIRO 7 TV, trampoline jumpers have been taken to Overlake Medical Center from Sky High Sports more than a dozen times since Sky High opened last September for injuries including multiple incidences of broken tibia, fibula, ankle, and foot. The report also said there was an incidence of a neck injury, a back injury and a knee injury.

One physician at Overlake Medical Center says that in general, injuries could be reduced if only one person was allowed to jump at a time and if there is netting or protection over springs and grounds.