My Clients Are Not Statistics

Frequently, I’ll have a conversation with an adjuster that goes like this:

Adjuster: We’re offering to settle for medical expenses plus $1,000 in general damages.
Me: My client can’t accept $1,000 in general damages as full compensation. She is still in pain more than a year after the car collision. What are you basing your offer on?
Adjuster: The offer is based on verdicts and awards for people in Kennewick, Washington, with similar injuries, similar car accidents, and similar medical expenses.
Me: So, you are basing it on averages? My client is not the average client


Safe Clearwater FYI for Kennewick Drivers

As a personal injury attorney, I drive a little differently than the average person. Especially around town. I know the hot spots for car accidents because I have recurring clients at those locations. Well, I'm not the only one who has taken notice. The City of Kennewick has embarked on a multi-year project to improve safety along Clearwater, and since our office is along Clearwater, they send us frequent notices. Here's an update on the project:

Financial Advice for Personal Injury Settlements

Usually, as an attorney, I give my clients no advice whatsoever regarding their personal injury settlements except “Don’t spend it all in one place” and “Consult a financial adviser”. But, since this is a blog and I can say anything I want, except for political speech, I will spill my guts and tell you what I wish I could tell each of my clients when we settle a claim.

Hot Coffee Burns, Tapwater Doesn’t

I drink water. Whether I am running, eating out at a restaurant, or enjoying dinner at home, I drink water. Usually from the tap. It’s not that I don’t occasionally enjoy a smoothie, or a sports drink, or sometimes even a carbonated beverage, I just really like water. But I have some friends who do what they can to avoid drinking water. One drinks two liters of Coke a day. Another drinks eight glasses of milk. Yet another drinks four cups of coffee. Scalding, burning hot coffee.


Put Down Your Oatmeal and Drive

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was riding to school in the 1980’s with a man, who, for purposes of this post, I will call my dad. He was steering the car with his knee while shaving and eating oatmeal out of a mug. It was magical multitasking, before the word became part of our everyday vernacular. To this day I wonder how he was so talented. And why he has never been in an accident.

Fast forward to a future where road signs and public campaigns encourage us to avoid specific distractions like texting while driving...

Is Your Car Impossible to Steal?

It's a warm summer evening in mid-July. After an eventful Saturday, and with church meetings and grandchildren to attend to the following day, an elderly couple turn in early for the night. (I’ll call them Grandpa and Grandma.) Luckily, Grandpa and Grandma didn't have to worry about their car being stolen because it had a transponder key, unlike the key pictured below.



Musings of a Legal Intern

About 7 months ago, I was a semester away from graduation in a field of study that Forbes ranked as this year's ninth worst college major: history. Since then, I registered for and took the February LSAT, submitted applications and essays to several law schools, finished a rigorous final semester course load, graduated, accepted my admittance to the University of South Carolina School of Law, and began working as an intern at Anderson Law.

Perhaps I am a bit biased in my opinion....

March Madness and Funny Commercials

I was watching March Madness over the weekend and saw some great basketball and some hilarious commercials.

As usual, the beverage and insurance companies came up with some creative ways to combine their products with the basketball tournament. Several insurance companies showed how quickly they would pay benefits and make things right when some of their customers managed to get into a lot of trouble.

At first thought I thought about how clever and funny the commercials were.