Washington Personal Injury Resources

Washington was named after the first President of the United States, George Washington, and is the only state named after a president. It is located in the Pacific Norwest, bordering Canada from the North, Oregon to the South, and Idaho to the West. Its nickname is “The Evergreen State” because it has many pine trees and is a leading lumber producer. Collisions involving personal injury are investigated by the Washington Department of Transportation; if law enforcement does not report a collision, motorists must do so.
Washington had an estimated population of 6,724,540 in the year 2012, which makes it the 13th most populous in the United States. The state had a total of 247,572 civil incoming cases, which is 3,671 cases per 100,000 of the total population. Of the total civil cases, 9,575 are tort cases, tried in the Superior Court. One such case was of medical malpractice where there is a $35 million judgment against dentist Henri Duyzend. He performed over 2,000 root canals on 500 patients within the span of 5 years before he retired in 2007. After the patients sued him, it was found that he was negligent, committed fraud, and failed to obtain informed consent from his patients. Many patients complained of failed root canals, crowns, pain and infections.
In Washington, economic and non-economic damages are limited. If the plaintiff is found to be at fault, joint liability is revoked. The only exceptions would be cases involving hazardous wastes or substances, tortuous interference with business relationships, and the manufacture or marketing of commodity products in generic form. Like the rest of the country, in Washington, a signification portion of civil cases in the state courts are personal injury cases. These claims all involve some kind of injury to a person or to property due to the actions of another entity. Many lawsuits fall under this category, including medical malpractice, construction accidents, defective products, and traffic accidents.

Washington State Resources
State of Washington: http://www.access.wa.gov/
Official Portal of Washington: http://www.access.wa.gov/
Washington Legislature Online: http://www.leg.wa.gov/pages/home.aspx
Washington Government Information Sites w/ Links: http://www.access.wa.gov
Washington Secretary of State: http://www.sos.wa.gov/
King County Official Website: http://www.kingcounty.gov/

Washington Court Resources
Washington Courts Online: http://www.courts.wa.gov/
Links for Washington Courts: http://www.courts.wa.gov/
Washington Office of Court Administration: http://www.courts.wa.gov/appellate_trial_courts/aocwho/
Supreme Court of Washington: http://www.courts.state.va.us/COURTS/SCV/HOME.HTML
United States Court Locator: http://www.uscourts.gov/court_locator.aspx

Washington Legal Associates
State Bar of Washington: http://www.courts.wa.gov/appellate_trial_courts/supremecourt/
American Bar Association: http://www.abanet.org/home.cfm
King County Bar Association: http://www.kcba.org/
Center for Justice and Democracy: http://centerjd.org
American Association for Justice: https://www.justice.org

Other Washington Legal Resources
Personal Injury in Washington: http://research.lawyers.com/Washington/Personal-Injury-in-the-State-of-Washington.html
Washington Legal Resources: http://www.washingtonlawhelp.org/
Washington Constitution: http://www.leg.wa.gov/LAWSANDAGENCYRULES/Pages/constitution.aspx
Washington Legislature and Statutes Online: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/
Washington Rules of Evidence: http://www.courts.wa.gov/court_rules/?fa=court_rules.list&group=ga&set=ER
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: http://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/frcp/
Washington Public Records finder: http://dw.courts.wa.gov/
Daily Legal News: http://www.law.com/newswire/
Martindale-Hubbell National Attorney Locator: http://www.martindale.com