Brett Murphy PLLC

10740 Meridian Ave. N. Suite 209
Seattle, WA 98133-9010, United States

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Should you represent yourself? Avoiding risks and loopholes in personal injury claims

I recently read an article by Steven Gursten regarding the potential risks that people may expose themselves to when they choose to represent themselves, rather than hire an experienced personal injury attorney. …more
| Personal Injury

Approaching “The Ask” - How to help your client understand claim value

I just returned from the annual WSAJ convention in Skamania, Washington. Amongst a vast number of interesting talks, the issue of “making the ask” for money from a jury came up several times. In a discussion with a colleague…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

Calling BS on scam that piles on huge fees for client medical records

One of my great frustrations in representing injured people is the cost of medical records, a cost which is ultimately passed on to the client.[1] In a recent blog post by attorney Max Kennerly of the Beasley Firm in…more
| Personal Injury

As the Oso landslide finger-pointing begins, Dean Brett recalls earlier cases where slides were caused by unsafe logging and government negligence

As the devastation of the Oso landslide becomes more apparent with each passing day and the disaster appears to clearly involve dangerous logging practices, attorney Dean Brett recalls similar landslides in the past where he…more
| Personal Injury

How to effectively demonstrate during cross examination that the defense expert is a prostitute

In 2011, I changed my practice dramatically. I became a partner in a personal injury law firm. My prior legal experience consisted primarily of family law cases with some criminal law cases sprinkled in here and there. I knew…more
| Civil Procedure, Personal Injury

Pre-litigation loans can be disastrous for your personal injury client!

I have been practicing law and handling personal injury claims in Seattle for 26 years. Recently, I have seen a huge upswing in advertising by predatory pre-litigation loan companies offering high-interest rate loans to injured…more
| Personal Injury

Another One Bites the Dust – U.S. Supreme Court Rules that ERISA Plans May Chase Funds Outside the Control of a Beneficiary

On November 12, the United States State Supreme Court denied cert in ACS Recovery Services, Inc., v. Griffin 723 F.3d 518 (5th Cir. 2013), preserving a 5th Circuit Court ruling which closed the door on another means of avoiding…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Personal Injury

Should personal injury law firms function like Walmart on Thanksgiving Day?

It used to be that Black Friday was the height of American consumerism - rabid shoppers rising at the break of day to engage in bargain hunting on a grand and aggressive scale, bent on scoring huge savings on Christmas gifts,…more
| Personal Injury

Hailey French’s Story – When millions barely cover the bills. [Video]

Every time we help a client recover a multi-million dollar verdict, we hear some people say, “How can you justify millions of dollars for one person’s injury?” We used to say that if you really wanted to understand, you needed…more
| Criminal Law, Elections & Politics, Personal Injury, Transportation

How do you avoid entrusting your personal injury claim to a “settlement mill”?

I recently read plaintiff personal injury lawyer Stephan Futeral’s review of Stanford Law School Professor Nora Freeman Engstrom’s recent study of what she calls “settlement mills.” This much-needed analysis of the…more
| Personal Injury

Kevin Trudeau off to jail (hopefully) – when law is the only remedy for fraud

Recently, Slate.com posted an article on Kevin Trudeau’s most recent $37 million fine, and likely imprisonment for contempt of court when this notorious snake oil salesman doesn’t pay up. This article, titled “Kevin Trudeau:…more
| Criminal Law

Too stoned to drive? Washington’s new marijuana laws and the risk of a DUI charge

We recently wrote about Washington State’s new marijuana regulations, adopted by the Liquor Control Board, and we received a huge response from folks regarding the issue of marijuana intoxication. Here are some of the comments…more
| Criminal Law, Personal Injury

Hailey French’s Story – When millions barely cover the bills

When our client Hailey French was awarded a $5.5 million verdict in her personal injury case against a drunk driver and two government agencies that were also negligent, we heard some backlash from folks who couldn’t understand…more
| Personal Injury

Making it Legal - Washington State’s New Pot Laws Finally Finalized

Finally, after almost one year of planning, debate, and hearings, Washington State adopted new regulations related to the growth, sales, and regulation of marijuana. Residents of Washington at last have the information they need…more
| Conflict of Laws, Criminal Law, Health

Washington Supreme Court undercuts “Public Duty Doctrine” ... Again

In Washburn v City of Federal Way No. 87906-1 (not yet reported), an October 17, 2013, unanimous decision, the Washington Supreme Court again struck a blow against the now teetering public duty doctrine. This brief note will…more
| Personal Injury
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