Troup, Christnacht, Ladenburg, McKasy & Durkin, Inc., P.S.
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Happy Client Satisfied with John Durkin On Friday, October 30, the firm was pleasantly surprised to receive this beautiful gift basket and card from a happy client. The client had just concluded her case with John Durkin. John, congratulations on a job well done!Continue Reading »
Tips for Driving Safely in the Rain They say April showers bring May flowers, but in the Pacific Northwest it sometimes feels like the showers never stop. So how do we drive safely when there are wet conditions on the road? SmartMotorist.com recommends the following: Slow down. It takes longer to stop in wet weather Stay toward the middle lanes. Water tends to pool to the outside lanes. Increase your following distance. You should be using the “3 second rule” in good weather, so that should be even higher in wet weather. Drive in the tracks of a car ahead of you. Don’t follow large trucks or buses to closely. The spray created by their tires reduces your vision. Take care when passing other vehicles—be more alert and watch for brake lights ahead of you. Avoid using your brakes to slow down, if possible. Take your foot off the...Continue Reading »
$1.58M Verdict in Thurston County In May 2014, Frank Ladenburg tried a personal injury case in Thurston County on behalf of a 46-year-old clerical worker. As a result of a car wreck, the worker suffered a permanent chronic strain/sprain injury to her mid- and low back, and aggravation of pre-existing arthritis in her right thumb. The force of the impact jammed her right hand into the steering wheel, causing a previous hand surgery to the hand to fail and leading to a second hand surgery, which also did not turn out well. The worker continued to work with pain, using mainly her left hand, even learning to write left-handed. She was eventually terminated from her job because of her inability to perform her clerical job as she did before the accident. Prior to trial, the woman collected policy limits of $50,000 from the responsible party’s insurance company, in addition to PIP (“Personal Injury Protection”) benefits of $25,000...Continue Reading »
Mike McKasy Given Service Award by Tacoma-Pierce County Bar On October 31, 2014, the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association selected Mike McKasy to receive its 2014 Service to the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association award. The award recognizes local attorneys whose efforts make the community a better place through “pro bono” work, innovative ideas that help others, work that improves others’ lives, or outstanding service to the bar association. For the last four years, Mike has been volunteering as Chair of the Continuing Legal Education committee of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, working to provide high-quality, low-cost seminars to association members. Mike will be featured in the January/February issue of the Pierce County Lawyer magazine, and will be recognized at the Lincoln Day Banquet on February 6, 2015.Continue Reading »
Disabled Veteran Receives Settlement for Injuries Caused by Four Wrecks In June, Shelly Speir obtained a $101,000 settlement for a disabled veteran who suffered neck and back injuries in a series of four car wrecks. Our client had a complex medical history. He had been involved in four accidents before the car wrecks, including two falls from ladders. One of the falls had caused fractures in his spine. He had also had surgery to correct bulging disks in his lower back before the wrecks. He had complained of chronic neck and back pain before the wrecks. Yet in spite of his pre-collision injuries, he was still able to work as a locksmith. An attempt was made to negotiate a settlement before filing a lawsuit, but the insurance companies for each of the drivers disagreed about which of the four wrecks caused the most damage. The case was also complex because of the parties’ insurance coverage. ...Continue Reading »
TCLMD Congratulates its 2014 Super Lawyers Every year, Washington lawyers are invited to nominate the top attorneys who they have observed in action. The research staff at Thomson Reuters, a national publisher, also searches for lawyers who have attained certain honors or results. The candidates are then evaluated based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Candidates are then grouped according to their primary practice areas, then by categories based on firm size. The attorneys with the highest totals from each category are selected. In the end, only the top 5% of attorneys nominated are named “Super Lawyers.” Tacoma Personal Injury Lawyers Named “Super Lawyers” This year, TCLMDS is proud to announce that three of its attorneys made it on the list: Mike McKasy, John Durkin, and Shelly Speir. Congratulations, Super Lawyers!Continue Reading »
TCLMDS Congratulates its 2014 Super Lawyers Every year, no more than five percent of Washington attorneys receive a special honor for demonstrating excellence in the practice of law and distinguishing themselves in their legal practice. They are called Super Lawyers, and TCLMDS is proud to announce that three of its attorneys have made the cut. Mike McKasy, John Durkin, and Shelly Speir are the firm’s 2014 Super Lawyers. Congratulations! Tacoma Personal Injury Attorney “Super Lawyers”Continue Reading »
Jury Verdict Stands in Gorman v. Pierce County On January 9, 2014, the Washington Supreme Court rejected Pierce County’s request for review of Gorman v. Pierce County. Our client, Sue Gorman, filed suit after she suffered permanent injuries in a life-threatening attack by two pit bulls. Sue was asleep in her bed when the pit bulls entered her bedroom and began biting her arms, hands, face, and chest. A Jack Russell terrier that was on Sue’s bed was killed in the attack, which lasted 30 minutes. Sue claimed that Pierce County was negligent for not enforcing its animal control laws. There had been 14 complaints to Pierce County about the owners of one of the pit bulls because the owner did not keep dogs confined to her property. Her pit bull had threatened others, including children, who were using the public street or who were on their own property. ...Continue Reading »
Mike McKasy Receives Distinguished Alumni Award We are pleased to announce that Michael J. McKasy has received a College of Education and Human Development Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Minnesota. Personal Injury Attorney in Tacoma Mike was nominated for the award in recognition of his “commitment to justice as a top U.S. trial attorney and dedication to community service in the field of education.” The award was created to honor alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers and communities. Award recipients are alumni from diverse academic disciplines, but who have made a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, families, schools, institutions, and organizations. The award will be presented in Minneapolis in November. Congratulations, Mike! UM Distinguished Alumni Award 8.13.13Continue Reading »
Client Attorney Reviews On Line TCLMDS cares about and appreciates its clients. If you have been our client, we would like to hear what you thought of your experience with our firm—the staff, service, and results. We now have a quick and easy way for you to submit a review. On our website, go to the home page and look at the bottom of the menu on the left-hand side. Click in the box that says, “Post Reviews.” From there you will see a series of boxes where you can input your information, including your review. Please let us know what you thought, and the more specific the information you share the better! If you have not been our client, but are thinking about hiring an attorney, you are welcome to browse the reviews that others have written. We hope that you will consider TCLMDS as your legal services...Continue Reading »