Personal Injury Law

Tom Hause represented Insurance companies for 15 years.  Now he is on your side.

When someone is injured because someone else made an avoidable error or acted in a manner that could be considered negligent, they may need to consider hiring a Snohomish injury law attorney for help. At Gourley Law Group, Tom Hause focuses on serious personal injury claims, including those involving:

  • Asbestos Related Injuries
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Auto Products Liability
  • Airplane Crash / Cruise Injuries
  • Bike Accidents / Bicycle Injuries
  • Brain Injury
  • Dangerous Products
  • Diving Accidents / Aquatic Injuries
  • Dog Bites
  • Government Liability
  • Hazardous Condition of Property
  • Highway Safety
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes
  • Maritime Injuries
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Product Tampering
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Toxic Exposure
  • Trucking Injury
  • Slip and Fall
  • Wrongful Death

Serious personal injuries can cause a lifetime of pain, debilitation or death. Catastrophic personal injuries often result in large medical bills for past and future medical care and lost income. An injury can often be one of the most difficult times in a person’s life. If you have sustained a serious injury in an accident, or if a loved one suffered a wrongful death due to someone else’s negligence, you have the legal right to recover financial compensation as well as damages for pain and suffering. We are here to see that you are fairly compensated.   From the moment you contact us, we will do everything we can to bring you peace of mind and recovery for your injuries.  Your primary concern should be your recovery without the worry of dealing with the insurance companies, adjusters, and opposing attorneys.

In a personal injury suit, your verdict or settlement is typically paid by the negligent party’s insurance company. But that the only sure way to make an insurance company pay a fair settlement is to prepare to win your case at trial. We begin this process from the first day we accept you as a client and are committed to working hard to get you the compensation you deserve.

If you have sustained a serious injury in an accident, or if a loved one suffered a wrongful death due to someone else’s negligence, contact us today.

Premises Liability

Premises liability refers to the liability of the owner or occupiers of land for injuries that occur on their property.  Examples include someone falling off a deck due to a rotten hand rail, someone slipping on spilled soda in a grocery store, a child injured by falling into an unprotected pool or hot tub and the like.  A property owner can also be liable for inadequate security or lighting, such as an assault occurring in a parking lot that did not have adequate lighting at night.

The legal rules that apply in premises liability cases can vary depending on the injured person’s status on the property.  For example, the duty owed by a business to its customers differs from the duty a property owner owes to trespassers.

The owner of the premises is liable for injuries caused when they knew of an unsafe condition, or failed to exercise ordinary care to discover the unsafe condition, and that they should have realized that this unsafe condition involves an unreasonable risk of harm to others.

The duty of care may include removing the hazardous condition, safeguarding the hazardous condition, or at least warning of the hazardous condition.  A grocery store, hardware store or other business establishment has a duty to keep its premises reasonably free of physically dangerous conditions, like produce on the floor, falling merchandise, tripping conditions, etc.

Products Liability

We have experience representing clients in each of the several types of product liability cases. For example, a manufacturer has a duty to design products that are reasonably safe. A product will be considered defectively designed if it is unreasonably dangerous and every product designed by the manufacturer contains the same defect.  A manufacturer may be subject to liability if the product was not reasonably safe as designed at the time it left the manufacturer’s control and this was a proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injury.

A product is not reasonably safe as designed, if: (1) at the time of manufacture, the likelihood that the product would cause injury or damage similar to that claimed by the claimant, and the seriousness of such injury or damage, outweighed the burden on the manufacturer to design a product that would have prevented the injury or damage and outweighed the adverse effect that an alternative design that was practical and feasible would have on the usefulness of the product (Risk-Utility Test); or (2) the product is unsafe to an extent beyond that which would be contemplated by an ordinary user (Consumer Expectations Test).

Another type of product liability is a duty to warn. Manufacturers have a duty to warn against potential harms resulting from the use or foreseeable misuse of their products. An example would include failing to warn of a drowning risk posed by a swimming pool cover. This was a case handled by one of our attorneys a few years ago.

Finally there are manufacturing defect claims. Manufacturing defects occur when a product deviates in a material way from the design specifications and other identical units. These products are mistakes and find their way into the stream of commerce containing a defect that deviates from the design specifications intended by the manufacturer.

Insurance Bad Faith

If your insurance company unreasonably denies, delays or underpays your claim, we can help you. We have experience representing policyholders who have been mistreated and abused by their insurance companies. If you are struggling with your insurance company over unpaid insurance claims, or if your insurer unreasonably denied payment or delayed payment, please contact us for a free consultation.

Automobile Accidents

Auto accidents can be devastating and injuries could range from fairly minor to fatal. After an auto accident if you are uncertain as to whether you have a personal injury claim, you can contact Gourley Law Group for a consultation.

Dog Bite Injuries

Under Washington state laws, dogs are not allowed a “free bite” as in some other states. Owners are responsible for an injury or bite caused by a dog when a person is injured on public property or if they are on the owner’s property legally. The law allows for victims (or their parents in the case of a child) to sue the property owner for the injuries for up to three years after the incident.

Medical Malpractice

The one field that is often misunderstood is medical malpractice law and as Snohomish injury law attorneys we understand the area is confusing. Medical malpractice covers birth injury caused by neglect, nursing home abuse and injury as well as medical device issues. Medical malpractice laws allow victims to seek compensation from physicians, midwives and dentists as well as other medical professionals. If you are uncertain if an injury, illness or any form of neglect in a nursing home is considered medical malpractice you are encouraged to contact Gourley Law Group.

Additional Information About Personal Injury

When you reach out to our Snohomish injury law attorneys they will advise you of the limitations on what types of personal injury suits may be filed under Washington law. In addition, they will talk to you about the required proof needed to prove negligence or deliberate acts that resulted in the victim’s injury, illness or accident. Under Washington laws, all claims for personal injury must be filed within three years of the date of the incident that caused an injury. In some cases, this may be extended. One example of this could be when a medical procedure caused an illness that did not manifest symptoms for a long period of time.

In any case where you believe you have a personal injury suit, it is important to contact an attorney right away. At Gourley Law Group, we have a full working knowledge of the Washington laws governing personal injury and we will be more than happy to evaluate your case and advise you of the best way to proceed.