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Government Liability

The idea of suing governmental entities intimidates most people. After all, since the days of our country's first lawmakers, government has been committed to providing structure for safe and fair communities. However, sometimes government agencies fall short of their commitments.

At Stritmatter Kessler Whelan, we represent seriously injured people who feel they have been wronged by the government. Through honest and aggressive legal strategies we try to bring change to our communities, ensuring that all citizens have safe environments where they can live, play, and work.

Estate of Charleena Lyles v. City of Seattle

NOTE: This case has not reached any result as it is still in the earliest stages. However, given the national and local interest in the case, we have provided the initial case profile below. Please check back frequently, as we will continue to provide updates by way of this webpage. News articles regarding the autopsy report… Read More

Moothart v. State of Washington

A Thurston County jury awarded a Vancouver man almost $3 million for multiple injuries caused by a pavement edge drop-off on a highway on-ramp. Todd Moothart, a 50-year-old software development engineer, was on a motorcycle ride with two friends on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in September 2013. Their plan was to head east on State… Read More

Ride the Ducks victim seeks justice

On September 24, 2015, a Ride the Duck modified amphibious military vehicle crossed the centerline of the SR 99 Aurora Bridge and into a tour bus. The passenger compartment of the bus was penetrated.  5 people in the bus died and approximately 64 people were injured. Phuong Dihn, an 18 year old international student from… Read More

Aurora Bridge victims vs State of WA & City of Seattle

Our firm represented Charles Moreno, Jr. and Judith Laubach who 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. In 2002, we deposed SDOT employees…. Read More

Gamper v. State of Washington

(December 2013) $1.1 million settlement.  Long, deep and wide rut in road on SR 12 caused Plaintiff’s motorcycle to crash resulting in multiple internal injuries and fractures.

Gendler v. State of Washington

(August 2010) $8,000,000 settlement for a defective bridge where a gap in the bridge deck was too wide, allowing a bicycle tire to wedge in the gap, throwing the rider to the ground and paralyzing him. You may have heard an interview on NPR, read a blog post, or read a story in The Seattle… Read More

McLaughlin v. City of Ocean Shores

(December 2008).  A $1,500,000 settlement for the family of an Ocean Shores Fire Department Captain who died as a result of injuries from drowning during a Surf Rescue Team training on personal watercraft (PWC).

Fogle v. Clark County

(March 2012) $2 million settlement with one defendant. Defective road design and signing. Traumatic brain injury to 19 year old girl. Case proceeds to trial against adverse driver and Clark County Public Utility.  Trial verdict of $4,352,350.

Burton v. King County Fire District #40

(October 2010) $700,000 settlement and additional benefits over $344,000 in Labor and Industries benefits for a firefighter injured when an unrestrained hose burst during a drill, striking Plaintiff in the legs.  Total recovery was $1,044,000.

Wade v. Pierce County

(December 2006) $1,250,000 settlement for death of a 12-year-old on a bicycle struck by a police vehicle.

Forestier v. City of Vancouver

(November 2006) $6,050,000 settlement for a French foreign exchange student who was a pedestrian hit by a vehicle while crossing Fort Vancouver Way on her way to school.  The City failed to provide proper lighting for the crossing.

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