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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.

Gray v. City of Shelton

(1998) $2,500,000 settlement for failure to properly design crosswalk at school crossing.  Resulted in traumatic brain injury.

Jackson v. WSU

(1997) $2,525,000 settlement for loss of arm and temporary paralysis of legs in an auto rollover.

Greene v. Pierce County

(1994) $5,466,878.23 verdict for highway design case for failure to have a stop sign at a railroad crossing.  Plaintiff suffered a traumatic brain injury and was blinded in the crash. Second largest personal injury jury verdict in the history of the County at the time.

Lan Remme v. City of Seattle and State of Washington

After years of work and dedication, SKW’s team of bicycle accident attorneys secured a significant settlement for Lan Remme. Lan brought suit against the City of Seattle and the State of Washington for their failure to maintain the Montlake Bridge sidewalk in a reasonably safe condition. One sidewalk panel had been allowed to sink two… Read More

Owen v. State of Washington

Seattle, Wash – The family members who survived the December 21, 2012 tree fall incident on U.S. 2 have settled their claims against the State of Washington for $10 million. NOTE: The following is the Owen family press release (September 5, 2014, 11 AM): In the days leading up to the tragedy, a combination of… Read More

Kime v. City of Seattle

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That’s the essence of inhumanity. ~ George Bernard Shaw. One of the worst decisions the City of Seattle ever made was to allow Pioneer Square to erupt into riots during Mardi Gras 2001. Kristopher Kime was bending… Read More

Pattison v. City of Chelan

If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain. ~ Emily Dickinson Michael-Ryan (“MR”) Pattison entered his freshman year at WSU focused on making the most out of college in every way – he joined a fraternity, he… Read More

Glantz v. City of Lynnwood

“You may trod me in the dirt. But still, like dust, I’ll rise.” ~ Maya Angelou. Sharla Glantz was a senior citizen, living in senior housing in Lynwood Washington. When the housing facility was built, a lighted crosswalk warning system was required to be installed by the City.  The crosswalk system warned motorist that the… Read More

Munich v. Skagit Emergency Communications Center, et al.

“Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt” ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld Bill Munich was on his property when neighbor Marvin Ballsmider started firing gunshots at him. Bill called 911 and listened to the dispatcher, who had told him that help was on its way. Unbeknownst to Bill, the call was not coded as… Read More

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