The Good and Bad of Mandatory Arbitration

If you have been injured in a car accident and the insurance company is not giving you a reasonable settlement offer, you may be able to make a claim in mandatory arbitration instead of in a jury trial. Arbitration is mandatory for monetary claims less than $50,000 in most of Washington State, including Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland (Benton and Franklin counties). Compared to trial by jury, arbitration has several benefits: the cost is lower (around $1,000 instead of $10,000 or more); the hearing is sooner (3-6 months instead of a year or more); and the hearing is shorter (several hours instead of several days).

Tips for Safe Driving

 Since we are enjoying warm weather and entering the most dangerous time of the year for driving (yes, summer, not winter), I thought I would share my own practical advice on safe driving. In other words, how to avoid crashing your car. Or better yet, how to prevent bad drivers Read more…

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 Read more…