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Recent Injury Law Blog Posts

Class actions empower consumers

Posted on 20 July 2014

A widespread fallacy is that class action lawsuits only help to line lawyers’  pockets.  This is what corporations wa... Read more


Healthy Aging After a Catastrophic Accident

Posted on 12 July 2014

My parents are in their early 70′s. They hike up mountains, golf daily, walk for hours, garden, and travel constantly. ... Read more


SKW Karen Koehler Listed as a 2014 Washington Top 10 Super Lawyer

Posted on 25 June 2014

  I wasn’t surprised when I learned that our very own Karen Koehler was listed as one of the Top 10 Super Lawyers ... Read more


Featured Cases

Heather Spriggs

Heather Spriggs lost her legs when Grays Harbor Community Hospital & some of its doctors/staff failed to exercise due care. She obtained a confidential settlement.

SKW has worked on behalf of those suffering from wrongful death and catastrophic injuries for over 30 years. These cases are just a few that provide a glimpse at how we at Stritmatter Kessler have brought justice to those fighting corporations, the government, insurance companies, and negligent employers.

Heather Spriggs v. Grays Harbor Community Hospital et. al. (confidential settlement)

Twenty-seven year old Heather Spriggs had a complete body when she arrived at Grays Harbor Community Hospital on October 27, 2011. A day and one-half later, she was flown out almost dead. Surgeons at the UW Hospital had to cut off her cadaverous legs to save her life.

Munich v. Skagit County and Skagit County 911

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 was received a $2.3 million settlement.

Lacey Hicks v State of WA, City of Aberdeen

Due to lack of maintenance of the light poles on the Chehalis River Bridge, one of them smashed through Lacey's car. Lacey sustained serious injuries, including a spinal cord injury. In Spring 2012, the State finally indicated readiness to fund a project for a proper lighting system

Marissa Schneider

Marissa Schneider before the crash.

Candelario Perez v. confidential construction company

Learn more about how SKW fought for Mr. Perez, against a construction company for allowing workers to work under treacherous conditions.

Magana v. Hyundai Motor Corp.

After years of fighting with Hyundai and appearing before the state Supreme Court, Jesse Magana received a large settlement from Hyundai. Learn more.

John LaMacchia v. Confidential

John LaMacchia, MD/PhD student at UW Medical School, was a responsible bicyclist when he was struck by a distracted driver. He was paid a significant insurance settlement.

Sanderson v. Evergreen Rehabilitation

SKW nursing home abuse attorneys fought on behalf of a young man who suffered repeated neglect and abuse over the course of one-year at a skilled nursing facility.

Jesse Magana

SKW auto products liability client, Jesse Magana went all the way to the WA State Supreme Court to secure justice.

Schneider v. Major Car Manufacturer

SKW Seattle auto injury and auto products liability attorneys who suffered catastrophic injuries from a car crash.

Petersen v. Finazzo

Mr. Petersen, an active young man was seriously hurt on the job but found justice through SKW attorneys. A jury rendered a verdict of $1,033,000 at his trial.

Glanz v. City of Lynnwood

Ms. Glanz was seriously injured when attempting to cross a pedestrian walkway. With the help of SKW governmental liability attorneys, she sued the City of Lynnwood for neglecting to correct a defective warning lights that it had knowledge about, and settled for $2.25 million.

Pattison v. City of Chelan

SKW sought justice for MR Pattison, who sustained serious diving injuries and is now a tetraplegic (formerly "quadriplegic") Pattison has founded a nonprofit for spinal cord injury rehab.

Ken Petersen

Ken Petersen was a victim of a construction accident & jury awarded $1.03 million verdict to Ken.

Kime v. City of Seattle

The Kime case is well known by Seattle residents who were around in the early 2000's. Young Kris Kime was trying to help an innocent victim, who was being attacked during the Mardi Gras riots of 2001, when he himself was then beaten to death. Despite Kris' friends pleas to the police, who stood nearby the beating, the officers complied with the Mayor's orders to do nothing. Suing the City was a way to hold it accountable for decisions that led to avoidable death and injuries.

Gendler v. State of Washington

Mickey Gendler was rendered a quadriplegic after his bike tire was caught in a seam on the Montlake Bridge. Gendler's bike injury attorneys learned that the State had known about the serious dangers that the bridge posed to bicyclists for years, yet it had opted to do nothing until this significant case was decided against the State in 2010. Gendler is now an outspoken advocate for others with spinal cord injuries.

MR Pattison

MR Pattison, a diving injury client, is now leading the charge to help others with spinal cord injuries.

Gendler v. Batiste, WSP

When Mr. Gendler learned that WSP had accident reports pointing to the bridge's history of problems for cyclists, he sought those files. But WSP refused to turn them over, unless Gendler agreed not to sue WSP based on the information from those files. Gendler refused to that agreement and sued the WSP and its head (Batiste) to obtain the documents that he had a right to access. The WA Supreme Court decided in April 2012 that Batiste/WSP was wrong to withhold those documents, saying that such agencies had a statutory duty to disclose information sought under the Public Records Act.

Holden v. Farmers Insurance Co.

Stritmatter Kessler is proud to obtain another victory on behalf of Washington State consumers . Final approval of our successful mediation of Holden now means justice for all class members who submit a valid claim to Farmers (100% compensation + interest). Please see the following documents, if you want to file a claim.

Bryan v. [Confidential] Hotel

Zula Bryan and her husband were staying at an established hotel in Kent, Washington. In December 2010, the only way into their hotel room was via an outside stairway. Although the hotel had received several complaints about falls on its icy walkways due to the snow and freezing temperatures, it failed to do anything in time. Zula's fall down the stairs resulted in major injuries, including loss of sight in one of her eyes.