Personal Injury & Accident

It only takes one brief moment of not paying attention to destroy families, cut careers short and tragically end lives. At Layman Law Firm, our experienced Injury Lawyers represent people injured seriously by others, because of their actions or inactions.

If you were injured in the Spokane area, please feel free to contact our Spokane area office, or submit a Free Case Evaluation to start the process of discussing your situation with our experienced legal staff. We are completely dedicated to client needs and the pursuit of full and fair compensation.

Experienced Representation

Our lawyers each have decades of experience under their belts in the injury and accident side of law. From brain injury cases to wrongful death – our lawyers have handled and successfully represented the entire spectrum.

If you are looking for the highest rated and most experienced law firm in Spokane to handle your case, then look no further. Give us a call or submit a free case evaluation today to see how we can help you.

What is Personal Injury?

Personal Injury is a broad term that encompasses all areas of law that deal with a bodily injury, where someone else was at fault. Whether this be in a car, or on someone’s property, or anything else – if you are hurt at no fault of your own, personal injury covers this gamut.

To find the best injury lawyer, you should really look to ones that have specialized in this area of law, with years of experience to back it up. Generally, there are many lower level attorneys out there that are just out to make a quick buck off a settlement they push through too quickly.

These firms will promise ‘no fees until we settle your case’, and ‘no money down’, but will usually only get you about 20% of what the case is actually worth. This is generally out of pure laziness and greed for a quick windfall.

If you want to get the best results from your situation, you need to work with the best. Leave the cable television to those who think they need to advertise on there. With decades of experience right here in Spokane and Seattle, our firm is the best qualified to represent your case.

Experienced Traumatic Brain Injury Representation

Experienced Traumatic Brain Injury Representation

The first and foremost area of practice that we have here at Layman Law Firm are very focused on is Traumatic Brain Injury.

Multiple lawyers in our firm have been greatly involved in the brain injury community for years, and have developed great relationships with the leaders of some of the organizations.

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

Brain Injuries in general are a fast-growing segment of medicine, that we are just now starting to understand. With the focus on sports concussions getting the most attention from media, people are starting to realize that this area of life is more important than we ever thought before.

People are realizing that these types of injuries are much more serious than we thought before, and without proper treatment, can lead to a lifetime of pain, suffering and a significantly reduced quality of life.

Our lawyers have decades of experience specifically with brain injuries, and have become known in the medical community, as well as the greater state of Washington as some of the leading experts in the field in terms of representation.

A severe head injury can result from many types of trauma and without an obvious blow to the head. Victims can suffer a variety of symptoms from memory loss and epilepsy to a coma. Our lawyers have the background and network of resources needed to effectively handle brain injury cases.

We will carefully document the cognitive, emotional and functional impact of the injury on our clients’ lives. By consulting with medical experts, life care planners and other specialists, we can help ensure that our clients receive essential follow-up care such as physical and speech therapy.

If you have had a serious brain injury in the past, you owe it to yourself and your family to get the help you truly deserve. Don’t put this type of case to chance with an inexperienced, or ‘budget’ lawyer. Work with the best, and you will get the best results.

We take great care and pride in the way that we handle brain injury cases, and can provide the experienced counsel necessary to make sure justice gets served.

Auto Car Crash / Motorcycle Accident

Auto Car Crash / Motorcycle Accident

Another area of injury law that we practice here is general car and motorcycle accidents. An accident can happen in the blink of an eye, and can dramatically change your life forever.

One moment you are just driving down the road, running normal errands, and the next you are dazed, confused, hurt and starting to panic. This exact situation can happen to anyone faster than they want to realize, and change lives forever.

This is especially true with motorcycle accidents, as bikes do not have nearly the same amount of protection as normal cars do.

But like most accidents, there are many reasons for these types of crashes, including:

  • Distracted Driving
  • Driving Drunk
  • Driving while Exhausted
  • Speeding Drivers
  • Reckless Drivers
  • Road Rage
  • Lack of Vehicle Maintenance

For Your Accident, Rely on our Attorneys’ Experience

If you or someone you love has been affected by a devastating car accident, and got hurt as a result, then you need to work with an experienced attorney that you can trust to get results.

We have been taking and successfully trying car and motorcycle crash cases for decades, and know what it takes to get results. We will fight for you in court, to make sure that you are properly represented in your time of greatest need.

Semi Truck / Commercial Vehicle Accident

Semi Truck / Commercial Vehicle Accident

One of the more terrifying sides of this area of law involves semi truck or commercial vehicle accidents.

Just because of the monstrous size and weight of these vehicles, crashes generally don’t end in as safe of results as other car accidents. These types of crashes account for the highest percentage of fatalities on American highways.

Often times the semi driver, the company employing them, or the company providing the equipment has been negligent in one area or another in their practice:

  • Lack of Equipment Maintenance
  • Equipment Malfunction
  • Tired or Unsafe Driving
  • Drunk or Drug-Influenced Driving

We have handled many cases just like the ones above, and know how much a single moment of negligence in the position of the truck driver can cost someone else. We try to take into account all lost wages, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, and property damage, to try and get in an accurate idea of the kind of compensation you need to receive.

It’s usually not your fault that a semi truck or other commercial vehicle just made a bad mistake and slammed into you, but you shouldn’t be stuck hurt, broke and footing the bill for their mistake.

Give us a call today, and we’d be happy to discuss your crash in greater detail, and give you a more clear idea of what can be done about it.

Premises Liability / Dog Bite / Slip and Fall

Premises Liability / Dog Bite / Slip and Fall

Another very common area of law that we see is the entire realm of premises liability. This includes but isn’t limited to:

  • Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
  • Ice Slip and Fall Cases
  • Parking Lot Attack
  • Swimming Pool Accidents
  • Fall at work
  • Inadequate Security
  • Failure to properly maintain premises
  • Unsecured construction sites

If you personally or someone you know have been affected by any of these as a result of someone else’s negligence, you need to take action now.

If you just ignore it, and leave it out there untreated, someone else could also find themselves in harm’s way as a result of that dangerous dog that keeps getting out, or those icy stairs that the company neglects to take care of in the winter. Their results may be even worse than yours too.

These types of accidents can happen in a split second, and you suddenly find yourself disoriented, in pain, and not quite sure what happened.

It’s time to get the compensation that you deserve for these types of individual and company failures.

Our lawyers have over 100 years of combined experience dealing with exactly these types of cases, so please give us a call today if you would like to know what options that you have.

Our Free Case Evaluation is also a great way to find out in a low-commitment, no-pressure situation how much you case could potentially be worth, and if it’s worth pursuing after in court.

Construction Accidents / Work Related Injuries

Construction Accidents / Work Related Injuries

Another very common area of injury within the work side of things is any sort of construction, work site or work related injuries. With the large number of construction sites, and dangerous activities going on every day, these types of injuries are much more common than most people realize.

A few of the areas of injury here include:

Scaffolding accidents
Including falling from scaffolding, ladder accidents, and improper restraints or railing
Collapse of ditches
Including a ditch or trench collapse due to not following trenching guidelines or providing adequate safety measures
Toxic Torts
Including toxic exposure to paints, toxic exposure to asbestos, toxic exposure to mold or fungus (aspergillus), or toxic exposure to other dangerous chemicals
Electrocution
Including electrocution from power lines or underground cables, as well as defective machinery
Explosions
Including explosion injuries caused by drilling, chemical, or blasting accidents
Industrial machinery
Including accidents from heavy industrial equipment, dump trunks, cranes, bulldozers, and other excavation equipment
Power tool accidents
Including accidents caused by defective power tools or the misuse of a power tool by another
Falling debris
Including falling tools, materials, and other debris that causes injury by striking a pedestrian or worker

If you have been affected by any of these types of construction injuries, or any others out there, you need to get help soon.

If you don’t deal with the issue now, someone else may more seriously hurt or killed by an unsafe situation. There is a reason why the court systems regularly rule against negligent construction companies – as many people are continuing to get hurt as a result of their negligence to make work areas reasonably safe for everyone involved and around.

Medical Malpractice / Doctors Negligence

Medical Malpractice / Doctors Negligence

Another area that we see very often is the entire world of medical malpractice and doctor negligence.

Unfortunately with our health system, doctors are often overburdened with patients and work loads that they sometimes are unable to give patients proper care and attention that they need to survive and heal.

Sometimes this turns out just fine, and the patient’s life isn’t threatened at all, but sometimes, this type of neglect results in serious lifetime injuries, or even death, all because a doctor, nurse, anesthetist or other medical professional didn’t do their job correctly.
Some of these areas of neglect include:

  • Failure to Diagnose Cancer
  • Failure to Diagnose Heart Attacks
  • Birth or Birthing Injury
  • Medication or Charting errors
  • Surgical Error
  • Emergency Room Error
  • Surgical Site Infections
  • Hospital Acquired or Nosocomial Infections

While these professionals do save lives on a daily basis, they also can make mistakes that result in other people getting seriously hurt.

If you or someone you love is hurt or dead because of medical malpractice, or doctor / nurse negligence, then you need to contact us today to make the situation right again.

Product Liability

Unfortunately with today’s fast-paced, consumer-driven culture that we live in, companies are very quick to try and push a product to market, even before it’s really ready to be used by people. They are at best defective, but sometimes can be downright dangerous for people to use.

These companies need to learn that lives and safety should come before profits, and that they dangerous products that they are trying to sell to people aren’t welcome.

Some of these dangerous and defective products include:

Automotive products
Including automobiles, tires, brakes, seatbelts, airbags, and child restraints
Industrial products
Including airplanes, trains, trucks, firearms, machinery, equipment, machine tools, and any device or product used at a workplace
Household products and appliances
Including detergents, stoves, dryers, power tools, mowers, grills, and cribs
Recreational products
Including bicycles, motorcycles, chemistry sets, power boats, trampolines, and treadmills
Toxic products
Including asbestos, pesticides, chemicals, and cyanide.

If you have been hurt as the result of a dangerous product, and think that this product needs to be taken off the market before other people also get seriously hurt because of it, please give us a call today.

We will evaluate your case and see what sort of compensation that you are entitled to because of your pain and suffering.

Toxic Torts / Chemical Exposure / Mold / Asbestos

Toxic Torts / Chemical Exposure / Mold / Asbestos

In today’s highly industrial world, we are constantly around and exposed to more and more dangerous chemicals. These chemicals may not have a noticeable effect at first, but over time, will result in devastating medical consequences.

Many times, these chemical exposures are on a job or work site where an employer has not taken the proper precautions to ensure that their workers have proper safety equipment that the will need to work.

But many other times, these exposures happen to normal people in everyday life. Some of these types of exposures include:

  • Household contaminants – including asbestos, mold and more
  • Toxic radiation during medical treatments
  • Gas, oil and coal emissions
  • Industrial chemicals or solvents
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning

If you have been exposed to these chemicals, and are starting to see and feel the symptoms of these, it’s time to get help and take care of the situation. The longer you wait, the more medical bills will be on your back, and the more other people get exposed to the same dangerous chemicals.

Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death

The death of someone as the result of another person’s mistakes is devastating for everyone involved, but mostly for the family of the departed. No one’s life should be cut short because of someone else’s negligence.

In the case of wrongful death, pain and suffering is great, and the compensation for that person’s death can help cover medical expenses, lost wages, damages, and pain and suffering for that person.

While nothing can replace that person, this compensation can help the situation.

If you are a family member of someone who has been wrongfully killed, you need to take action today. The longer you wait, the greater chance that someone else will come in and also get seriously injured or killed as a result of this danger.

Aquatic / Maritime / Swimming Pool Injury

Aquatic / Maritime / Swimming Pool Injury

The last area of personal injury that we cover is aquatic and maritime injury.

Whether these injuries are as close as a local swimming pool, or on an ocean fishing boat – we cover them.

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

Places on or around water can be especially dangerous for all involved, so great care should be taken for safety. But unfortunately even great care can sometimes be not enough to prevent an injury from happening.

If you, your family member, or someone you know has been seriously hurt around water, you need to get help quickly.