Personal Injury & Accident

Unfortunately, lives can be dramatically altered or cut short in the blink of an eye. It only takes one moment of negligence or not paying attention to accidentally ruin someone’s life, the lives of their family, and more. If you have been affected by a situation like this, and your life has taken a dramatically different turn – we can help.

Our team of expert lawyers here at the Layman Law Firm office in Seattle, WA are here to help you get back on your feet, and get the justice that you deserve.

We are proud to offer a Free Case Valuation Calculator, which can give you a rough estimate of how much your case is worth, and how likely you would be to win it. If you would like one of our expert attorneys to take a look at your case, we also offer a Free Case Evaluation, which can verify your wonderings about if you should take your situation to litigation or not. Both of these come with absolutely no obligation to work with us in the future.

After evaluating your case, and deciding if your case deserves to be pursued, our team will work tirelessly to get you the results that you deserve.

Put Our Experience To Use For You

With hundreds of years combined experience of our lawyers, we know the world of injury and accident law like no one else in town. We have represented cases ranging from traumatic brain injuries, to auto accidents, to toxic product liability. We hold ourselves at an extremely high standard, and have the track record to prove it.

What does Personal Injury even mean?

Personal Injury is a very broad legal terms that involves all accidents, situations and cases that deal with a physical injury to you or someone else. This injury can be the result of a car accident, someone’s negligence, or any other situation or event that results in personal bodily harm.

While many lawyers claim to be experts in personal injury, the reality is that most of them out there are just looking for a quick settlement so they can get paid. They may go around yelling “No Settlement, No Fee”, which at first sounds nice. But in reality, they usually just want to take whatever settlement offer the insurance company will insult you with, just to make sure they get paid.

Often times, this ‘settlement’ is only about 20% of what the case is actually worth, leaving you the client with significantly less than you deserve to get your life put back together.

Don’t leave your future and your recovery up to the whims of the insurance company, or the greed of less experienced law firms.

We don’t just take any case that is thrown at us off the street. Through a very selective process, we only take the cases that truly deserve litigation and pursuit, so each of our clients gets personal treatment, and their case will actually get tried at its fullest extent.

Working Extensively in Traumatic Brain Injury Law

Working Extensively in Traumatic Brain Injury Law

One specific area of law that we have become very known for all over the Seattle area, as well as nationwide is handling Traumatic Brain Injuries. Not only have successfully handled dozens of cases in this area, but many of the lawyers here at our firm have been and are deeply involved in various brain injury associations that work to help victims of these injuries get back on their feet.

For example, here are a few of the places that our lawyers actively are giving back to the brain injury community:

John R. LaymanPast President of Brain Injury Association of Eastern Washington,
Past President and on the Advisory Board of St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Hospital
JJ ThompsonPast President, Vice President and Board Member of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington (Formerly Brain Injury Association of Washington)
Nikalous ArmitageMember of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington

With an increased attention from contact sports organizations such as the NFL and NHL, brain injuries are a fast growing segment of medicine and are gaining great awareness in our culture.

In the past, you were just told to ‘shake it off’ and get back in the game. What we have started to realize after seeing the horrific after effects of this type of behavior is that the brain isn’t getting a chance to fully recover and heal, leaving it more susceptible to further injury, which could potentially be fatal.

In the cases we handle, these brain injuries are more often caused from vehicle and auto accidents, that often include other bodily injuries that will heal over time. Sadly, the injuries to the brain are ones that are much harder to see and diagnose, so often get overlooked, or treated a just a normal injury that will heal shortly.

If you don’t have the proper medical care, and representation against the insurance companies, then chances are you won’t get the care you need to properly recover, which can lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering.

You can rely on our experience and involvement with the brain injury community to know your case is being handled correctly.

Why would you put your future to chance with a cheap TV lawyer?

You owe it to yourself and your family to find the best brain injury representation you can, to get the most out of your case and the justice you deserve.

Auto / Car Accident or Motorcycle Crash

Auto / Car Accident or Motorcycle Crash

Everyday on the roads across the country, car accidents happen. Whether it is someone not seeing another car when turning out into the street, or being distracted or intoxicated while driving, accidents happen and people get hurt.

Auto accidents and injuries is another area of law that we have become well known for throughout the Seattle area, as well as the greater state of Washington. With dozens of successfully handled cases under our belts, this is another area of law that we thrive in.

Car crashes can happen in the blink of an eye. One minute you are just driving down the road like normal, and the next, you are dazed, confused and upside down on the side of the road. you didn’t do anything to deserve being hit by a drunk driver, but unfortunately, you were, and not your life will never be the same because of it.

So whether you or someone you love was in a car or motorcycle, and sustained an injury – we can help. Our firm covers a wide range of car accidents, including:

  • Drunk Driving
  • Driving While Distracted (Texting, phone call, etc.)
  • Reckless, Belligerent or ‘Road Rage’ Driving
  • Lack of Awareness
  • Excessive Speeding

If you have been injured in an auto accident, rely on our lawyer’s experience

No matter what type of car crash you have been in, you deserve to have your case handled by competent and experienced counsel.

Like we talked about above, if you put your case to chance with some ‘discount’ or ‘cheap’ law firm that is only concerned about getting paid, then don’t expect to get great results. You may save a buck in hiring them, but will lose out on potentially thousands more in the future because of their incompetence or inexperience.

Here at Layman Law Firm, we have many years of experience handling car accident cases, and will make sure that your case is handled with the utmost of care and professionalism. If you are unsure about how much your case is worth, give our Case Valuation Calculator a try to see.

Commercial Vehicle /Semi Truck Accident

Commercial Vehicle /Semi Truck Accident

If you have ever been involved or witnessed an accident involving a semi truck or commercial vehicle, then you are fully aware of how scary and dangerous these types of events are. With such large vehicles, the potential for horrific injuries are much higher than normal traffic events, and account for the highest fatality rates on highways.

With truckers having to log more-and-more miles on long hauls, with no time to spend considering the maintenance and upkeep of their vehicles, mechanical failure and negligence from exhaustion are more-and-more common on American roadways.

Some potential areas that happen with these types of incidents are:

  • Equipment Malfunction from Lack of Maintenance / Upkeep
  • Driving While Exhausted / Tired
  • Driving Under the Influence of Drugs / Alcohol
  • Lack of awareness / unsafe driving methods

If you have been involved in, or someone you love was in an accident with a semi truck or commercial vehicle in or around Seattle, then you need to give us a call today to handle the situation.

Our team of lawyers have decades of experience dealing with shipping and freight companies, and keeping them accountable for the safety of their drivers, and ultimately the general public.

Even if you aren’t dramatically injured, someone else might be in the future as a result of the same problem. You owe it to yourself and generations to come to see that these companies are forced to operate safely, because of the great potential they have for causing injuries.

Give us a call today or try out our Case Calculator to see if your case is worth pursuing.

Construction Accident or Work Related Injuries

Construction Accident or Work Related Injuries

Unfortunately, the construction industry and profession is one of the more dangerous ones, just because of the kinds of working environments that go on every single day. This results in a higher than normal rate of incidents and injuries.

If you have been in a construction-related accident as a worker, or just as a pedestrian, then compensation may be in order. Generally, these accidents are just that – a temporary moment of negligence or lack of paying attention. But often these incidents cause significant and permanent injuries, resulting in a dramatically different life and quality of living.

A few of these types of events include:


Toxic Torts
This mostly entails chemical spills or exposure to hazardous chemicals in the work place. Paints, toxic fumes, and other nasty chemicals are usually the ones to blame for this.
Trench / Ditch Collapsing
If proper safety and construction guidelines aren’t followed on ditches or trenches, these could cause significant incidents as well.
Scaffolding / ladders and falls
Another common construction accident situation usually involves the unsafe use of ladders, scaffolding or restraints without proper railing.
Underground cables, exposed wiring, or unsafe electrical practices pose potential harm to anyone coming in contact with them.
Anything from drilling, excavation, chemicals or anything else that could potentially explode
Industrial machinery
Heavy machinery, trucks, excavators, and more can be the cause of significant harm to anyone around
Power tools
Defective or mis-used power tools or construction equipment is the cause for many events
Falling debris
In construction projects with significant heights involved, there are many times accidents with falling tools, debris or material that often cause harm.


As with many other areas of accident, these construction type incidents often are the cause of significant injuries and life changes. If you or someone you know has been affected by this, you owe it to yourself and your family to get proper counsel and help. Chances are the companies involved will continue doing what they have been doing for years, and more people could end up hurt or even dead.

We want to make sure construction and industry growth still boom in this country, but its done in a safe and responsible method.

Medical Malpractice / Nurse or Doctor Negligence

Medical Malpractice / Nurse or Doctor Negligence

In the greater Seattle area, there are many fantastic hospitals, surgeons and doctors that take care of all our medical issues. But like any industry, there are the good ones, and bad ones. While most doctors and medical professionals have patient safety at the top of their priorities, others are only concerned about making money, and will cut corners in the name of profits or watching their own backs.

This unsafe practice unfortunately puts the lives of their patients at harm before their own, and their patients are forced to live the rest of their lives with the consequences of the doctor’s negligence.

Some of the potential areas of Medical Malpractice that we cover are:

  • Failure to Diagnose Medical Conditions (Cancer, Heart Attacks, Strokes, etc.)
  • Injuries from giving birth
  • Infections or Disease from the Hospital or Surgery Center
  • Medical Errors in Charting, Diagnosis or Patient Handling
  • Negligence on the Doctor or Nurse’s part

While most doctors and medical professionals are great at taking care of their patients in a safe manner, some will ruin it for everyone else, and need to be held accountable for their actions. So if you have been affected by medical malpractice or negligence, proper and swift action needs to be taken to ensure that no one else gets hurt or killed as a result of bad practice.

Give our Seattle office a call today to discuss your medical treatment, and to find out if your case should be taken to court or not.

Dog Bites, Slip-and-Fall Incidents and Other Premises Liability

Dog Bites, Slip-and-Fall Incidents and Other Premises Liability

Everyone is responsible for the safety and upkeep of their home and property. If they neglect this, people can get seriously hurt. That is why we are active in the premises liability side of personal injury. Some of these incidents include:

  • Animal Attacks (Dog / Pitbull Bites)
  • Failure to Upkeep and Maintain Property
  • Improper dealing with Ice and Slippery Surfaces
  • Inadequate Security and Parking Lot Attacks
  • Unmarked / Unsecured Construction Sites
  • Swimming Pool or Diving Board Accidents

Our lawyers can tell you right away if you have potential for a premises liability case. If you think you can take something like this to court, but aren’t sure if you will win or not, or how much it could potentially be worth, please check out our Case Valuation calculator. This will give you an initial idea if you can win your case, and bring the property owner to justice.

These kinds of cases are rarely your fault, and when not dealt with, can result in the injuries and potential death of other people who come in contact with the property as well. You owe it to yourself and others to make sure the case comes to light, and no one else gets hurt because of it.

Asbestos Exposure / Toxic Chemicals / Torts

Asbestos Exposure / Toxic Chemicals / Torts

The highly industrialized world of today has done amazing things in terms of industry, innovation and growth, but on occasion, this is unfortunately at the cost of health and safety. People and workers are constantly being exposed to more dangerous chemicals, pathogens and agents than ever before, and it’s having detrimental effects on our health.

Usually this happens to workers on a job site, but can happen to anyone. Construction sites and building demolitions often send particles through the air, and a continued exposure to these can cause serious issues. If you work in the construction industry, you need to make sure that your employer has all of the proper safety procedures and equipment in place to keep everyone safe.

Asbestos Exposure

One of the main areas of exposure that we deal with as a law firm is with asbestos, and all of the medical conditions that go along with it, such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, nonmalignant lung and pleural disorders.

If you or someone you love has had prolonged exposure to asbestos in building or construction material, then you need to give us a call to find out what your options are.

Other Toxic Chemical Exposures

There are many other different types of chemical exposures that can be devastating to you or your family’s health, including but not limited to:

  • Household contaminants – mold, fungus, toxic chemicals
  • Gas, Oil or Radon Exposure
  • Toxic radiation during medical treatments
  • Industrial chemicals or solvents

Again, if you or someone you love has been exposed to any of these, you need to know what your options are.

Product Liability

Product Liability

In today’s consumer-based society, we have companies all across the world racing to create various products that fulfill the demands of our economy’s buying appetites. While most of these companies follow proper safety precautions and regulations to make sure everyone stays safe, some choose to cut corners in the name of corporate profits, and are actively manufacturing products that are defective and outright dangerous for people.

Everyday people are usually the ones that suffer from the byproduct of corporate greed, so if you have had any sort of injury or incident from any of these products, as well as many others, please get in contact with us soon about we can proceed.


Car / Auto Products
Including cars, seatbelts, airbags, children’s seats, safety devices and more
Heavy Industrial
Heavy machinery, semi trucks, airplanes, trains, equipment, machine tools, and any workplace tools
Household / Appliances
Appliances, washers, dishwashers, lawn mowers, grills, detergents, cleaning agents, heating, furnaces, air conditioners, etc.
Bicycles, motorcycles, swimming pools, ATVs, playgrounds, etc


We will help you determine if your case is worth pursuing, and if you should start the litigation process. If you would like an immediate estimate, feel free to use our Case Valuation Calculator, or try out a Free Case Evaluation to have an expert take a look at your case.

If you don’t speak up and stop these companies from producing dangerous products, then chances are someone else will get hurt or even killed as a result.

Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death

Lives can be dramatically altered in a split second, but for some, that split second is their last. When a life is cut short based out of negligence, accident, or someone else’s fault, then justice needs to be served to them.

Unfortunately mistakes cannot be undone by anything, and people can’t be brought back to this earth, but our judicial system can deal proper punishments and justice to the victims and victim’s families.

If someone you know and love has been wrongfully killed by the fault of another person, you owe it to the surviving family and that person’s legacy to seek proper legal representation that can handle this situation the right way.

Swimming Pool or Aquatic Injury

Swimming Pool or Aquatic Injury

The final area of personal injury that we cover is anything involving aquatic or maritime injuries that are sustained either on boats, pools, etc.. Some of these include:

  • Diving, Snorkeling or Scuba Diving injury
  • Boating accidents
  • Swimming pool / diving boards – slip-and-fall, drowning, etc.

As fun and playful as they are, areas around water are often the most dangerous because of the water, and this can result in serious injury for anyone around. Sadly, it is often children that suffer from this, but it can happen to anyone.

If you or someone you know has been hurt in or around water, please give our law firm a call to see how we can help you today.