When A Personal Injury Lawyer is Needed

 Personal Injury,
1 Comment.    Aug 26, 2016 | 4:46 pm


If you have recently been seriously hurt or injured, you may be wondering if a personal injury lawyer Pasco WA could get you the help you need and prevent the same thing from happening to someone else in the future. A personal injury lawyer represents you and your case, taking on the task of representing you to explain how the negligence of another caused you to receive a serious injury. But how do you know if your case can benefit from a personal injury lawyer? Have you suffered a serious injury? If you, through an accident, suffered a severe injury, you may want to hire a personal injury lawyer. Not only can they help you receive compensation for your injuries, but they can also help enforce that steps be taken to prevent the injury from happening to the other person. Both are very important in making sure that similar incidents…

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What to Look for in a Personal Injury Lawyer

 Personal Injury,
no Comment.    Aug 26, 2016 | 4:41 pm


If you have been seriously injured in an accident and are looking for a personal injury lawyer Kennewick WA,  who you choose can make or break your case. It is vital to find a lawyer with experience in similar situations, hard work ethic, and ethics you can trust. Keep these hypothetical questions in mind when looking for a personal injury lawyer so that when the time comes, your case is well-represented. “How long have you been practicing?” Ask the personal injury lawyer how long they have been in practice. Try to discuss their methods as a lawyer and their experience working with similar case scenarios. In addition, it wouldn’t hurt to ask them if they usually represent defendants or plaintiffs. You will want a lawyer familiar and comfortable with working on your side. “Do you provide free initial consultations?” [caption id="attachment_542" align="alignright" width="300"] Personal Injury Lawyer Kennewick WA[/caption] Most lawyers…

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Know Your Rights if you Get Pulled Over for a DUI

 DUI,
no Comment.    Jul 21, 2016 | 9:43 pm


A DUI is a serious offense that can carry with it a laundry list of consequences, including jail time. Not only can driving drunk seriously impact your life, it can also harm or end the lives of other motorists. However, in the American court system, everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and you do have rights as a motorist facing a DUI conviction. Here is what you need to know about your rights if you are pulled over for a DUI. You do not have to admit to drinking- If you are pulled over on suspicion of DUI, the officer will likely ask you if you have been drinking. While you may feel it is in your best interest to admit to having had one beer or glass of wine with dinner, the officer may use that against you. Instead, a neutral response such as, “Why do you ask?” during…

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DUI Consequences in Washington State

 DUI,
no Comment.    Jul 11, 2016 | 9:42 pm


If you have recently been pulled over on suspicion of DUI in Washington, you may be wondering what lies ahead and what kinds of consequences come with being convicted of the offense. A DUI conviction in the state of Washington can carry some serious fines, penalties and even mandatory jail time, and the severity of the penalty largely depends on several factors, such as whether this is your first DUI offense. Here are the basics when it comes to Washington State DUI laws. Jail time is mandatory, even for a first offense- If you are convicted for a DUI in the state of Washington, be prepared to serve up to one year in jail, regardless of whether this is your first DUI offense. A first offense carries a mandatory minimum 24 hour jail sentence, and can go up from there depending on the circumstances of your arrest. If this is…

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Top 5 Causes of Wrongful Death

 Wrongful Death,
no Comment.    Jun 16, 2016 | 9:44 pm


Wrongful death occurs when a person’s or corporation’s actions or negligence result in the death of another person. In such a situation, the victim’s family has the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit claim against the person or entity that caused (is responsible for) it. Based on our experience, the top 5 causes of wrongful death are: Motor vehicle accident- When an occupant of a vehicle (the same vehicle or a different vehicle) dies as a result of a driver (of the same vehicle or a different vehicle) being intoxicated, inexperienced, tired, distracted or just generally negligent. In those situations, his or her death is considered wrongful death. Medical malpractice- Even the most experienced and trained health care professionals can make mistakes which sometimes result in a patient’s death. In some situations, the death can occur over time, such as death arising from failure to correctly diagnosis a medical…

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How to Tell if you Have an Insurance Bad Faith Case

 Insurance, Insurance Bad Faith,
no Comment.    May 24, 2016 | 3:09 pm


If you have filed an insurance claim and the insurer is refusing to pay it, fails to properly investigate your claim in a timely manner, or is not attempting to fairly settle your claim, you may be dealing with a bad faith insurer. Some signs of bad faith insurance claim practices include, but are not limited to: Delaying, denying or discounting- If an insurer attempts to delay the claim settlement process, denies the claim, or tries to settle for a lesser amount without a reasonable basis, this is a red flag of bad faith insurance. Failure to communicate- An insurer who fails to affirm or deny coverage of claims within a reasonable period of time after receiving the claim and/or proof of loss, or who fails to acknowledge the claim and reply promptly, is not acting in good faith. Shortchanging the insured- A major red flag of a bad faith insurance claim practice is an insurer who…

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What is Insurance Bad Faith?

 Attorney, Insurance Bad Faith, Personal Injury,
no Comment.    May 06, 2016 | 4:06 pm


The State of Washington requires insurance companies to act in good faith. To act in good faith, an insurance company must: Timely respond to any claim filed by an insured or against an insured’s policy, Cover those claims that fall within the policy, Fairly value the cost to cover a claim, and Defend an insured against a claim by another party. If your insurance company deviated from that standard, you could have an Insurance Bad Faith case. At Rodriguez Interiano Hanson & Rodgers PLLC, we have worked with many clients who have been treated unfairly by their insurance companies. Washington recognizes that when an insurance company acts in bad faith, it adds more hardship on top of that hardship you already suffered from your loss. Thus, if you are a victim of Insurance Bad Faith, you might be entitled to a monetary award that substantially exceeds the amount the insurance…

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The Most Common Causes of Trucking Accidents

 Attorney, Car Accident, Personal Injury, Trucking Accident,
1 Comment.    Feb 20, 2016 | 7:25 pm


Clients come to us with trucking accident claims all the time. Driving down I-82, I-182, 240, or 395 around Kennewick, WA, you’ll find dozens of trucks on the road. The causes of accidents involving a truck can be put into two general classes:  Those caused by the trucks, and those caused by passenger vehicles. Truck Driver Fault Truckers can be at fault for accidents, and they are not immune to driver error. Being distracted, falling asleep at the wheel or substance abuse can cause a trucker to lose control of their rig and cause an accident. But, there are also other common causes for trucking accidents: Equipment failure is common. Defective tires, mechanical issues, brake failure or other equipment can cause a trucker to lose control of their vehicle. There could be multiple parties at fault.   It is important to find out: Which company did the maintenance? Were they at…

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What to Do If You Have Been Involved in a Car Accident

 Attorney, Car Accident, Insurance, Personal Injury,
no Comment.    Feb 11, 2016 | 7:18 pm


You’re driving down US 395 in Kennewick, WA, and suddenly, you feel an impact. The vehicle behind you has now rear-ended you, and you have safely pulled over to the side of the road. What you do next is very important, and has to be done with the utmost attention to ensure that you are fully covered by the law. Always Take These Steps Following a Car Accident Safely pull over to the side of the road if possible. Shut off your vehicle if it's still operational, and try to write down the opposing driver’s license plate number. If you have flares, place them around the accident scene to protect the scene. If you do not have flares, put on your flashers or leave your headlights on if possible. Try to determine if there are any witnesses that can corroborate the events.  Ask them to wait until the police arrive.…

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Car Insurance Basics: Types of Insurance and Their Coverage

 Attorney, Car Accident, Insurance, Personal Injury,
no Comment.    Feb 10, 2016 | 8:53 pm


Drivers are required to have “Basic” liability car insurance in the state of Washington.  Cost conscious customers typically get the cheapest available insurance to comply with the regulations. However, we recommend that drivers take advantage of all the different types of insurance available in order to be protected in case of an accident.  Whether you cause an accident or are hit by someone else, basic liability insurance will not provide adequate protection of your assets nor will it allow you to recover sufficient funds to cover medical treatment or other expenses. Our focus is on protecting you and your passengers in case of an accident.  We strongly recommend having two types of insurance and the largest coverage possible for both:  Liability and Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist. There are several different types of insurance products available, and not all of them are required or necessary in Kennewick, WA. Listed below are the most…

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