The Invisible Killer: wrongful death from carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide is the “Invisible Killer”: a colorless, odorless and poisonous gas. Every year, hundreds of people across the U.S. die because of accidental, non-fire related carbon monoxide poisoning associated with consumer products like furnaces and generators. Wrongful death carbon monoxide tragedy in Washington Kelli was just 22 years old. She had recently been [...]

The loss of my good friend Paul Whelan

In 1990, when I began practicing law at Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, in Seattle, I was assigned an office next to partner Paul Whelan. Paul had been with the firm for many years and had a reputation as a skilled and successful trial attorney. He handled medical malpractice claims, battled asbestos companies and major corporations in [...]

2018-04-18T00:06:19+00:00Editorial|0 Comments

Why we “Walk for Water” in Seattle

Did you think about water this morning? You drank a glass of water, and used a clean, safe toilet. You washed your hands. You made coffee, and started the dishwasher. You worked out, and tossed your gym clothes in the washing machine. You had a hot shower. It's easy to forget that nearly a billion humans don't have [...]

2022-01-21T08:41:24+00:00Editorial|0 Comments

Being thankful for the invisible forces of safety

This morning, you got behind the wheel of your car. You checked traffic, and revised your route. You dropped the kids off at school, and navigated your way to work. This afternoon, you'll do the same thing in reverse. The things that didn't happen ... You didn't trip and fall on a broken sidewalk. Your [...]

2021-05-25T17:18:16+00:00Editorial, Safety|1 Comment

Keeping them safe: a note on teen drivers

As I watch my teenage son and his friends learn the skills of safe driving and the rules of the road, I embrace their growth into adulthood, but, I also experience fears and concerns for their safety. The number of teenagers involved in deadly car crashes in the United States is rising for the first [...]

2021-05-25T17:18:48+00:00Editorial|0 Comments

How to conduct a good investigation: A Plaintiff’s Lawyer Checklist

As a plaintiff’s lawyer, I am often retained to help injured people and their families long after the harm has occurred. Most people—rightfully—focus on medical care, recovery and grieving. On the defendant’s side, insurance companies know about a serious crash or injury incident almost immediately. They have investigators, experts and lawyers on retainer. Their team [...]

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