In late April, a crane collapsed in Seattle. Occupational Health and Safety authorities in Washington say the company that provided qualified crane operators were found not to have played a role in the tragedy that might still lead to personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits. Four other companies are still under investigation.
Defective household products threaten the safety of consumers nationwide, including in Washington state. An example is Pam cooking spray cans that have exploded and caused personal injury to victims in several states. At least six lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of the product.
The birth of a baby is usually one of the highlights in the lives of parents in Washington. However, pregnant mothers put their lives and the lives of their unborn children in the hands of doctors and other health care workers. Sadly, despite the unwavering trust most people give their doctors, medical negligence could cause personal injury or even death.
In Spokane and elsewhere, it's important for consumers to read and follow the operating instructions of manufacturers regarding new appliances. They will also naturally expect manufacturers to design safe products and test appliances thoroughly before offering them for sale. However, this is often not the case -- as proved by the number of personal injury lawsuits that are processed by the Washington civil justice system each year.
Drowsy driving is a significant problem. Washington State Patrol expressed concern over potential crashes and personal injury when more motorists take to the highways and rural roads as the weather improves. A WSP trooper warned that drowsy and fatigued drivers are just as dangerous as drivers who are under the influence of alcohol.
Workers in all industries in Washington state are entitled to safe work environments. Employers must ensure that all known safety hazards are addressed, and they have to protect the health and safety of employees. However, a malfunctioning or defective tool or piece of equipment can cause an unanticipated incident that might result in personal injury.
Outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy skiing a Washington state are likely aware of the inherent risks of their chosen sport. These include changing weather conditions, snow immersions, avalanches, ice, slush and unexpected changes that cause hazardous packs of snow. Skiers who know about potential risks can be cautious and avoid accidents, but what are their legal rights if personal injury is suffered as the result of a ski resort's negligence?
Washington residents are said to be experiencing the snowiest winter since the 1940s. With many drivers being more used to rain than snow and ice on the roads, extra caution is necessary by those who have to drive in such hazardous conditions. Failure to take due care might be regarded as negligence in the event of an accident that leads to personal injury claims.
Whenever a hit-and-run driver strikes anyone in Washington state, the chances of recovering damages depend on the ability of law enforcement to locate the driver. This came to play in a recent case in which a hit-and-run driver gave himself up to law enforcement. It might make it easier for the pedestrian who was struck to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
With the many reports about plastic surgery that went wrong, people in Spokane and other cities in Washington state might think twice before undergoing cosmetic surgery. Even procedures that are typically safe could lead to patients suffering personal injury. Any negligence by the medical staff or the plastic surgeon could have devastating consequences.