Jeff Lucas, 56, of Duvall was killed on February 10th in a head-on collision near Monroe.

According to a report in the Everett Herald, Lucas was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 2 between Snohomish and Monroe when his Jaguar was struck head-on by a Hyundai that had crossed over the centerline.

The Hyundai was driven by a 72-year-old Lake Stevens woman. She was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett for treatment.

Lucas’ car rolled into the eastbound lanes after the impact and it was struck again by a eastbound pickup truck. No one in the pickup truck was injured seriously.

A fourth car was also involved in the accident.

The Washington State Patrol says that drugs or alcohol do not appear to be factors in the car accident. The section of road where the accident occurred is two lanes and is only separated by a rumble strip.

U.S. Highway 2

U.S. Highway 2 has seen its share of head-on collisions. The last fatal accident on that stretch of road occurred in September 2014 and it to was a cross-over collision.

Head-on Auto Accidents

Head-on auto collisions are some of the most deadliest accidents. While the exact cause of this collision are not known at this time, passing, alcohol or drugs, driver distraction, attempting to make a u-turn, driver confusion and speeding are some of the most common causes of head-on collisions.

In some cases, road design and environmental factors contribute to head-on collisions. Some environmental factors include deer running on to the road or ice on the roadway.

In the case of Highway 2, there have been 50 fatal accidents on the highway between Snohomish and Stevens pass in a 9 year period. Many of these have been crossover accidents and a citizens group has clamored to make the highway divided.

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

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Colorado and Washington states both legalized marijuana for recreational use a couple of years ago. In Washington, pot was legalized in November 2012.

The Colorado State Patrol has released their data for last year (2014) concerning marijuana and driving. According to their statistics, The Colorado Patrol found that 12 percent of DUI cases involved marijuana. In 6% of the 5,546 drivers cited for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, 6.4% were under the influence of marijuana only.

Both Washington and Colorado, and any states that is considering legalizing pot, are concerned about stoned driving. States are trying to answer the important question, “Will roads be less safe?” after marijuana legalization.

Colorado has been working hard to educate their drivers that driving high [on marijuana] will get them a DUI. 21% of marijuana users say they did not realize that they could get cited for DUI driving after using the drug.

Colorado Statistics are Lacking

The Colorado statistics still seem to be lacking in their answers to crucial questions. What was the rate of marijuana intoxication citations prior to legalizations? Was their an increase in car accidents in correlation with the legalization of marijuana?

Drug Recognition Expert

A blood test is used to tell if a driver is intoxicated on marijuana. Washington state law limits drivers to a five nanograms of THC per milliliter of whole blood. However, police officers must have a warrant to obtain a driver’s blood.

Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) are police officers who are trained to detect if motorists are under the influence of drugs other than alcohol. In Washington state, DREs often are called to testify in court. More than 200 police officers across Washington are trained to be DREs after they undergo a two-week training program.

DRE’s are called by arresting officers if a driver’s is suspected of being under the influence of drugs other than alcohol. Often this follows a breath alcohol test with inconsistent results. The DRE expert will take a suspect’s pulse, examine their eyes and gaze, perform a divided attention test, check for injection sites, take statements and exam for muscle tone.

Washington Vehicle Code

In Washington, a person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within this state while under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor or any drug; or while the person is under the combined influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor and any drug. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 46.61.502(1)(a)-(b)(West 2010).

High Profile Washington Car Accident Case Involving Marijuana

Just last year, a mother of two caused a major car accident in Snohomish County that injured nine people including two of her own child. The woman, admitted to smoking marijuana prior to the car accident but her blood test was not performed until three hours after the accident. At that time, her THC level was 3.8 nanograms, under the legal limit for intoxication. The WSP toxicologist said the level at the time of the accident was probably higher but was unable to determine what the woman’s THC level was at the time of the accident.

Washington Attorney Represents victims of Drugged and Drunk Driving

If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a car accident involving a drugged driver, we recommend that you obtain a personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney will work hard to make sure your rights are protected. At The Farber Law Group, we will fight for you to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Herbert Farber will work immediately to help preserve crucial evidence regarding your case.

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We have seen this story far too often. Teenagers attend a party, the driver consumes alcohol, the driver loses control of the car and young lives end tragically in a car accident.

According to KOMO News, this past weekend a 17-year-old teenage driver was charged with Vehicular Homicide after a single car accident in Seabeck that killed three passengers of a Toyota Corolla.

According to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, the teenagers had attended a party in Seabeck prior to the car accident. The Toyota they were traveling in was found in a ditch on its roof around 3:16am by a passerby.

Killed in the car accident were James Wiggins-Soudermire, 18, Kassidy Miranda Clark, 16 and Jenna M. Farley, 14.

The 17-year-old driver suffered minor injuries and was treated at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton. The driver was later booked on suspicion of Vehicular Homicide at Kitsap County Youth Services Center.

Police are still putting together the facts from this auto accident but they believe alcohol and speed were factors.

Teenagers and Alcohol: A Serious Problem

In this car accident, the teenage driver was not legally allowed to consume alcohol but drunk driving statistics reveal this is far too common of a problem:

  • Approximately 30% of all drunk driving deaths occur to young people between the ages of 16-20.
  • Approximately 10.8 million Americans under the age of 21 consume alcohol.
  • Almost 20% of teenagers engage in binge drinking.
  • Most parents are unaware that their teens are binge drinking.

Teenage Drinking and Social Host Laws

Adults who furnish alcohol to teenagers are considered “social hosts” under Washington’s Social Host Laws and they can be held liable if they provided alcohol to a minor and the minor was injured or killed, or injures or kills another in a motor vehicle accident. Even if no one is injured in a car accident, an adult that furnishes minors alcohol can be found guilty of a misdemeanor and face fines and sometimes even jail time.

How a Washington Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

Representing the victims and families of victims of drunk driving accidents is important to The Farber Law Group. Drunk driving accidents are far too common and are often devastating to not only the victims but to their families. The compassionate attorneys at The Farber Law Group work hard to seek justice against those whose negligence played a factor in a drunk driving car accident.

While the above accident is still being investigated, the family of the victims deserve to have their questions answered. In Washington, the family of an accident victim can file a wrongful death lawsuit against whomever they believe to be at fault. 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 Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has fined Pacific Topsoils, a landscaping and supply company based in Everett, Washington $199,000 for safety violations relating to the death of Bradley Hogue, 19.

Hogue was killed on his second day of work when he fell into a machine used in distributing “beauty” bark onto a property.

L&I cited Pacific Topsoils for “two willful and 14 serious violations” related to Hogue’s death. L&I Assistant Director Anne Soiza said:

 “The loss of this young man’s life is a tragedy that could have been prevented if the employer had followed basic safety and health rules that protect workers from moving machinery. We hope this citation and the penalties serve as a deterrent so that nothing like this ever happens again.”

In citing Pacific Topsoils, L&I found that the company had workers clear jams in the bark-blower truck hoppers when the hoppers were operating. This exposed workers to very hazardous conditions, all which were potentially life threatening.

L&I cited Pacific Topsoils for two willful violations:

  1. Not ensuring lockout/tagout procedures were regularly used.
  2. Not properly training employees in use of these procedures.

A willful violation is one in which an employer knowingly disregarded or was indifferent to employee safety.

seattle construction accident attorneyIn addition to the fines to Pacific Topsoils, L&I issued a bark and mulch-blower hazard alert to other companies about the dangers of working inside a hopper while it is under operation. L&I informed operators that two workers have been killed and another seriously injured in separate accidents

It is incumbent on employers to follow manufacturer’s safety instructions and to develop safety rules, procedures and training when operating dangerous equipment.

Work Related Accidents and Wrongful Death

The Farber Law Group is a Washington law firm dedicated to providing legal services for people who have suffered serious personal injuies related to work-related and construction accidents. We have worked with families with their wrongful death claims related to on-the-job accidents.

It is a tragedy when a worker is seriously injured in a job-related accident or a family member killed. In Washington state, when a construction worker is hurt on the job, worker’s compensation pays the cost of the injury if the employer is injured.

When a loved one is killed in a construction or in an on-the-job accident a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed claim against the employer claiming negligence by the spouse or children of the deceased. A wrongful death lawsuit is often the best way for a family to pursue financial compensation for the loss of their loved one. Damages can include earnings the deceased person would have provided, funeral expenses, lost benefits including insurance, loss of consortium and punitive damages designed to punish. Damages can be especially helpful to families in which there are minor children to raise.

If you have questions about a personal injury or wrongful death claim, please contact The Farber Law Group today. 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 Seattle Post-Intelligencer just posted a story about a stand-up comic who was assaulted while on stage. The comedian, Dylan Avila, suffered a skull fracture when Jamal Harrington, another comic, jumped on the stage and struck him with a baseball bat.

Avila was performing at a Renton bar when he was struck twice in the head. He was lucky not to suffer brain damage but will spend a few days in the hospital.

The suspect is being held in jail with no bail.

While we can’t speak to the specifics of this case from a newspaper report, you might be wondering, “Can a person sue someone who assaults them?”

“Assault is a crime but can also be the grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit.”

Filing an Assault Lawsuit
Victims of assault can file a personal injury lawsuit on the person who attacked them if the following elements are present:

  • The person intentionally attacked you and meant to cause you harm.
  • You were injured or feared injury from the defendant.

In Avila’s case, he might be able to file a civil suit since it appears the assailant intentionally harmed him and Avila was clearly injured. A lawsuit in civil court may be filed regardless of the criminal charges that the perpetrator might face.

Damages in an Assault Personal Injury Case

In cases where an assault resulted in physical injuries, psychological damages or both, a person may be entitled to recover economic, non-economic damages and maybe even punitive damages.

Economic damages include expenses and costs that a person incurred as a result of the assault including medical costs and loss of wages. If the assault left the victim disabled, the loss of future wages, rehabilitation costs and costs of care may also be included.

Non-economic damages include compensation for pain and suffering.

Punitive damages for assault can be provided if the defendant maliciously and intentionally meant to cause harm. Punitive damages are both meant to punish and to set a public example.

Is my Lawsuit Viable?

Every case is unique. Even with witnesses to an assault and serious injuries, if the perpetrator has no significant assets, there may be no money to get from the perpetrator. In some cases, a victim may be able to file suit against a property owner if they are liable for negligence. For example, if a bar over served a patron who was obviously intoxicated and belligerent, there may be a valid a claim against the property owner.

To discuss the particular details of your case, you are advised to speak to a personal injury attorney. The Farber Law Group has more than 30 years experience representing persons with serious personal injuries. Contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation.

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A Marysville couple was killed and a Lake Stevens couple was seriously injured, one critically, when their two vehicles collided head-on on state Route 9 at 84th street near Marysville around noon on Friday.

Killed in the accident was Adam D. Huzar, 42, and Agnieszka Huzar, 38. Inured in the accident was Calvin Marlor, 62, and his wife, Billie, who was listed in critical condition at Providence Hospital.

According to the accident report, Calvin Marlor driving a Ford Explorer northbound, crossed the centerline and struck a Saturn SL2 driven by Adam Huzar head-on.

Preliminary information finds that there was no signs of impairment in Marlor and an investigation is underway to determine why he apparently swerved into oncoming traffic.

Head-On Auto Accidents are Often Devastating
Head-On collisions often have devastating results. The force of two vehicles traveling in opposite directions striking each other often results in catastrophic injuries or death to the car occupants.

Head-On Collisions Often Caused by Driver Negligence

There can be many reasons for head-on collisions. Sometimes, these types of accidents are caused when a driver falls asleep, is distracted or over-reacts when their vehicle drifts out of lane. Other times, highway conditions including snow or ice can contribute to a head-on collision.

Head-on Collisions Account for 10% of Car Accident Fatalities

Head-on collisions account for only about 2% of all car accident but account for about 10% of all car accident fatalities. Often times survivors suffer serious injuries including fractures, lacerations, and traumatic brain injury which can result in hospitalization in a trauma unit and lengthy rehabilitation.

Washington Personal Injury Attorney Represents Car Accident Victims

Washington car accident law begins with the idea that all drivers must drive with due care and do what they can to avoid an accident. It is every driver’s responsibility to not drive if they are too tired and every driver is required to drive with diligence and drive at safe speeds for road conditions.

The Farber Law Group, personal injury law firm, has represented victims of head-on collisions throughout Washington. If you or someone you know would like our assistance, please contact us online. Or call us toll free at 1-800-244-9087.
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Three members of the same Seattle family were taken to University of Washington Hospital after they experienced symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning at their Seattle home. Seattle firefighters said that all three were in stable condition and that the source of the CO was a faulty furnace in the basement.

carbon monoxide poisoning lawyer washingtonCO poisoning can be deadly. Symptoms can include headache, dizziness, nausea, weakness, shortness of breath, confusion, loss of consciousness, and blurred vision. If a person is sleeping or intoxicated, they can succumb to the deadly fumes without realizing they are in danger. CO poisoning can result in non-reversible brain damage, heart damage and death.

We often see CO poisoning in the winter, especially when there is a power outage and people are attempting to stay warm by bringing an unapproved device like a barbecue or unvented space heater inside. In 2012, two Kent families — in two separate incidences — were sickened when they used charcoal barbecues in their homes for heat.

Any appliance which is fueled by either gas or wood can produce CO poisoning if they are not properly vented, maintained correctly and vented properly. These include charcoal grills, cooking stoves, water heaters, fireplaces, portable generators, furnaces and car or truck engines.

Children, elderly adults and unborn babies are more readily sickened or killed by CO poisoning.

How to Protect Your Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Winter is now here and we usually have power outages at some point in the greater Seattle area. It’s important that you protect your family from becoming ill or having a tragedy of death. Here’s some tips to protect your family:

  • Purchase and install a Carbon Monoxide Detector.
  • Use gas appliances for their intended purposes. For example, never use an oven to heat a kitchen.
  • Never bring a charcoal-burning grill or fireplace indoors.
  • Have your furnace inspected by the gas company or a certified technician. Perform maintenance on your furnace including changing the filters at the prescribed intervals.
  • Clean your chimneys and flues annually and only burn firewood and never pressboard.
  • Open your chimney damper when using your fireplace.
  • Make sure any space heaters are UL approved.
  • Kerosene heaters should have proper ventilation and you should always refuel when they are cool and outdoors.
  • Never leave a car running in a garage.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Serious Injuries and Wrongful Death Attorney

The Farber Law Group represents client who have become seriously ill or had a family member die due to carbon monoxide poisoning including the following:

  • Improperly installed or defective furnace
  • Defective gas appliances
  • Defective propane heaters
  • Gas leaks caused by construction
  • Landlords failing to maintain heaters.

Contact Washington Carbon Monoxide Attorneys

If a family member has serious illness including heart damage, brain damage or an extensive hospital stay or if a family member has died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of neglience of another, The Farber Law Group is here to provide you a case evaluation. Protect your rights and don’t ignore the negligence of a building owner, plumber or manufacture.

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Timothy W. Wagner, 53, and Marla J. Krueger, 65, both of Orondo were taken to Cascade Medical center after a rear-end car accident on Highway 2, 16 miles west of Leavenworth on Friday afternoon around 2pm.

According to a report in The Wenatchee World, Wagner had stopped his Honda Accord to make a left hand turn when he was rear-ended by a west-bound Subaru driven by Robert Krueger, 664, of East Wenatchee. Robert Krueger was not injured in the car accident.

Rear-End Car Accidents

Rear-end collisions are a very common type auto accidents in which the injured seek legal assistance. Often the following driver is assumed to be at fault though sometimes the vehicle in front can be at fault in cases where the vehicle came to a sudden, unexpected stop.

Rear-end car collisions can be caused by some of the following:

  • Following too closely
  • Driver inattentiveness
  • Distractions including eating, using a cell phone or playing with the radio
  • Poor visibility due to heavy rain or snow
  • Pushing a yellow light when the car in front stops
  • Accelerating from a stop more quickly than the car in front
  • The driver accidentally releasing the brake pedal

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Rear-End Car Accident Injuries

Rear-end car accidents often result in serious injuries including whiplash, an injury in which there is a hyperflexion/hyperextension of the cervical spine. In rear-end car accidents, as the vehicle is pushed forward, the head can snap backwards ripping, tearing and stretching muscles in the neck. Because whiplash is a “soft tissue” injury, it is sometimes a challenge to obtain damages even though the injury can be quite painful.

Other types of rear-end injuries may include lacerations, bruises and closed head injuries. Closed head injuries can be the most serious of injuries and can result in temporary or permanent disability.

Washington Car Accident Attorney Can Help You

If you were injured in a rear-end car accident, you may be seeking the assistance of a personal injury attorney. If you have a whiplash or soft tissue injury, you may need to fight insurance adjusters so that you can obtain a fair settlement. The attorneys at The Farber Law Group can make sure your rights are protected.

Washington Rear End Collision Lawyers

The Farber Law Group has been representing car accident victims for more than 30 years. Our rear-end collision attorneys work hard so victims can obtain compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We may be able to assist you too.

Call us toll free at 1-800-244-9087 or use our contact form.

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seattle food poisoning lawyerThe Seattle Times reports that 28 people have become ill due to an outbreak of listeria food poisoning including a teenage boy from Thurston County. In all, it appears that five people have died and 28 people have become ill and the culprit appears to be caramel apples.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 26 people have been hospitalized in ten states including Washington state.

The CDC recommends that consumers not consume any prepackaged caramel apples including plain caramel apples including those that have nuts, sprinkles, chocolate or other toppings until a definitive source of the listeria contamination has been identified.

The CDC reports that apples that are not pre-packaged without caramel coating have not caused any illness.

The CDC provides the following advice:

  • Do not eat pre-packaged caramel apples.
  • If you have purchased any caramel apples, dispose of them by sealing them in a plastic garbage bag.
  • Uncoated apples are fine.
  • You can make your own caramel apples at home.
  • If you become ill after eating a prepackaged caramel apple, contact your doctor.

Listeria Foodborne Bacteria

Listeria is a bacteria which can cause a rare bacterial disease in humans, listeriosis. Listeriosis is a serious infection and, in the worse cases, can cause sepsis an meningitis. Listeriosis in pregnant women, newborns and people with compromised immune systems such as the elderly, are especially susceptible to the serious form of the disease.

Listeriosis can be prevented by keeping foods properly refrigerated and by properly sanitizing food contact surfaces.

Symptoms of listeria include fever, muscle pain, diarrhea and gastroenteritis.

In the worst cases of the disease, patients require hospitalization and high-doses of antimicrobials and antibiotics. Pregnant women should be promptly treated to avoid infecting the unborn baby.

One of the worst listeriosis outbreaks in the United States occurred in 2011 when cantaloupes shipped by Jense 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

If you or a family member has become seriously ill with a Listeria infection after consuming caramel apples and you would like to file a legal claim for your damages which would include medical costs, loss of wages and other compensation, you can contact The Farber Law Group for a free case evaluation. The Farber Law Group has successfully recovered represented other victims of foodborne illness and their families.

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The Washington State Department of Health has suspended the license of Laszlo Molnar, an Auburn nursing assistant, pending charges of sexual misconduct.

According to the WADOH news release, Molnar was allegedly caught on video camera sexually assaulting a vulnerable resident in the adult family home that Molnar works.

The family of the victim had installed a “nanny cam” in the victim’s room and that was how they were able to discover the abuse. The victim Is unable to talk or walk.

Molnar admitted to police that he sexually assaulted the woman on 10 separate occasions.

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Nanny Cam

Nanny cams are hidden video cameras that people install to monitor the activities of nannies and home care givers. Camera can be hooked up to broadband or a DV recording device or memory card so that the film can be viewed live or at a later time. Cameras can be hidden in household objects like clock radios, clocks, a plant or even an AC adapter.

When a family can not be with their loved one 24 hours of the day and they suspect abuse or mistreatment of their loved ones, they have turned to nanny cams to understand the care that is provided their loved one. In some cases, they have caught caregivers stealing jewelry, money or other goods but in instances like this, they can reveal abuse.

In one case, the family of a patient with dementia installed a camera after their mother told them that she was being physically assaulted. When they discussed the report with the care home, the facility attributed the reports to the dementia. The family secretly installed a camera in a clock after they found their loved one bruised and it captured a 22-year-old employee of the care home striking their loved one in the head and face.

Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is intentional actions including abuse or neglect that causes harm or puts a vulnerable person at risk for harm. It is unknown how many people are victimized by elder abuse but it is believed that female patients are abused more than males. Authorities believe that elder abuse is vastly under reported.

Many of those that abuse the elderly are family members including spouses, partners, and adult children. Family members with drug or alcohol dependency, emotional illness or

Elder Abuse in Nursing Home and Long Term Care Facilities

Elder abuse can and does occur in institutional settings. In some cases, there is not proper oversight of staff, the staff is stretched to thin or proper background checks were not performed on employees. Negligent hiring, understaffing, and inadequate training are all grounds for a nursing home abuse claim.

Bellevue Elder Abuse and Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer

The Farber Law Group has more than three decades of handling elder abuse lawsuits and helping nursing home residents and their families with their claims. While each nursing home abuse claim varies, we have recovered significant awards in some nursing home abuse cases for our clients.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to nursing home abuse or a neglect, contact us for a free and confidential case evaluation. We will work hard to provide you with the help you need.

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