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Personal Injury/Wrongful Death/Class Action Lawyers for Seattle, the Greater Puget Sound and Beyond

For good reason, Stritmatter Kessler Whelan Koehler Moore Kahler (Stritmatter Kessler) has earned more awards than any other personal injury law firm in the state. Our attorneys fight for the rights of clients throughout Washington and beyond.

Along with the entire legal industry, other Seattle based injury/wrongful death law firms recognize our leadership. For Stritmatter Kessler’s successes include numerous landmark cases that have shaped the law on behalf of those seriously injured. We demand accountability from insurance companies, the government, the nation’s biggest corporations and multinational businesses. See our list of over 150 cases with results of $1,000,000 or more.

Ours is the law firm that other lawyers turn for help on large and complex cases. We have the resources necessary to engage in hard fought legal battles. We have the reputation needed to obtain the best possible settlement offers. Ultimately, we have the skill required to take cases to trial. For these reasons, the vast majority of law firms that you may come across along your search often ask to team up with our firm.

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Featured Cases

Ride the Ducks Cases
The firm of Stritmatter Kessler represents the largest number of victims from the September 2015 Ride the Ducks crash on Aurora Bridge in Seattle. At last count*, our attorneys represent 20 Ride the Ducks victims. The cases involve claims of driver negligence, corporate negligence, product liability, vehicle crashworthiness, negligent highway design, and insurance coverage. It is complicated and will take years to litigate. The defendants include Ride the Ducks (RTD) Seattle, Ride the Ducks International, and T.H.E., their insurance company. The City of Seattle and the State of Washington are also defendants. These entities were legally responsible to maintain the Aurora Bridge in a reasonably safe condition. But they failed to adopt their own safety recommendations. *Last updated June 15, 2016.
Baker v. U.S. Legal
Attorneys at our firm have filed a class action complaint against US Legal for unfair and deceptive practices that puts plaintiffs at a financial disadvantage--specifically, charging plaintiffs at a higher rate than insurance companies for court reporting services. If you/your attorney recently received an invoice from US Legal for court reporting services, please contact Travis Jameson at our office via Travis@Stritmatter.com.
Ride the Ducks victim seeks justice
Aurora Bridge victims vs State of WA & City of Seattle
SKW clients sustained serious injuries as the result of a Metro bus crashing into oncoming traffic on the Aurora Bridge. A Metro bus driver was shot, and the bus traveled across the Aurora Bridge and through the railing -- plunging to the ground. We deposed SDOT employees. From those depositions, we learned that the State and City has talked about installing a barrier for many years. At that time, we reviewed plans for adding a pedestrian walkway at a level just below the bridge, enabling the City to remove the sidewalk, and move the lanes over to accommodate the median barrier.
Cooper v. Ralph’s Concrete Pumping & Miles Sand & Gravel
Wrongful death of 30 year old worker, where compressed air hose tore loose and whipped Allan Cooper in the head. Tragedy left widow Teresa Cooper traumatized and in a deep depression.
Lee v. Willis Enterprises
A $3,876.139 verdict for an electronics technician injured when defendant’s employee stuck a screwdriver into a variable frequency drive causing an electrical explosion. Lee suffered permanent damage to his hearing system including severe tinnitus.
Benton v. Kaiser Permanente
A $4 million settlement of a class action for the reckless violation of patient rights in testing for HIV without patient knowledge or consent. Between April 11, 2013 and May 6, 2013, Kaiser Permanent illegally tested thousands without their knowledge and consent.
Lan Remme v. City of Seattle and State of Washington
Fit cyclists, Lan Remme, hit a dangerous section on the Montlake Bridge. ($4,000,000) WSDOT Bridge Inspectors photo-documented and reported a 2-inch vertical change between concrete sidewalk panels, calling it a Priority One “tripping hazard”. After assigning it a repair number, WSDOT did nothing else. One year later, on April 2, 2011, Lan Remme rode his bicycle onto this Montlake Bridge sidewalk, traveling at 5 mph. According to an eyewitness, at the very point of the 2-inch “tripping hazard”, his front wheel abruptly stopped, pitching him over the handlebars. His helmeted head struck the sidewalk, and he was left motionless. Lan is now an incomplete quadriplegia and suffered serious injuries including right sinus and orbital facial fractures.
Owen v. State of Washington
State settles with Owen family for Hwy 2 tree fall for $10 million.
Magana v. Hyundai Motor America
After years of fighting with Hyundai and appearing before the state Supreme Court, Jesse Magana received a large settlement from Hyundai.
Munich v. Skagit Emergency Communications Center, et al.
After Bill Munich called 911 twice, a successful entrepreneur, was gunned down by his drunken neighbor. The 911 dispatch operator had miscategorized Bill's call as Priority 2, so that the responding officer did not turn his sirens on or speed to Bill's rescue. His family received a $2.3 million settlement.
Hesse, et al. v. Sprint PCS
(2014) SKW obtained a $20 million settlement in a class action lawsuit against Sprint PCS.
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