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On February 17, 2009, our client was the back seat passenger of a Pierce Transit shuttle that was headed westbound on Highway 512.

The shuttle came to a stop for traffic ahead.  A semi-truck owned by Di Pietro Trucking did not stop and hit the shuttle.

The force of the impact caused our client’s head to whiplash and hit the back window, breaking out the glass.

Before to the collision, our client suffered developmental delays, but had never suffered from epilepsy.  Within 48 hours after the collision, she began having seizure activity ranging from short periods of staring to grand mal seizures.  The seizures were physically painful, but were also emotionally troubling to our client, who had the mental capacity of a five- to seven-year-old.  Our client’s doctors opined that she would need to take medication for the rest of her life to keep the seizures under control.

Shelly Speir settled the case for $591,095.  Because our client was on public assistance, Shelly helped to establish a special needs trust so her benefits would continue after she received her settlement. Also, her parents had not been appointed as her guardians, so Shelly helped them find a guardianship attorney and get officially appointed in court.

Our Tacoma Personal Injury Law Firm specializes in all sorts of highway collision claims.  If you have been injured in a collision in Tacoma or anywhere in the Puget Sound region please call our firm at 253.777.1900.  We are hear to help protect your rights and fight aggressively for a positive financial outcome for your injuries.


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In December 2012, Shelly Speir settled a case for a 58-year-old journeyman carpenter from Groton, Connecticut who had fallen on ice and snow in a Marysville Target.

Although Target had an Illinois property management company that had hired a local construction company to plow snow and deice Target’s parking lot, that work had not been done for several days during an extended snowstorm.

Our client slipped and fell in an accumulation of ice and snow, causing a full-thickness rotator cuff tear in his left shoulder.

The injury required immediate surgery. After completing his medical treatment, our client was still given a 13% permanent disability rating and could no longer work full time as a carpenter.

Shelly mediated the case against Target and the property management company and obtained a $68,000 settlement.

Because the construction company never responded to the lawsuit, Shelly took a default judgment against the company for another $82,000, bringing the total case value to $150,000.

Contact our Tacoma Law Firm TCLMDS 253.777.1900 if you have had a construction accident while being injured at work.  We represent clients throughout the entire Puget Sound region and will fight for your rights and deserved compensation.

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Mike McKasy just settled a case for a client against Winco Foods, a warehouse grocery store operation in Renton, Washington. The store serves over 6,000 customers per day and is open 24 hours a day.

The main exit walkway had a small area that was ripped up for repair and the partially completed project was left without any warnings or protective barriers for exiting customers.

Our client was exiting the store at 10:30 p.m. and fell in the hole in the walkway, severely injuring her knee. Our client was a 6th grade school teacher, and after having surgery on the knee, was left with residual problems in the joint. Winco and the paving company responsible for the job, Emerald Paving, agreed to settle the claim for $90,000.

Our Tacoma Law Firm specializes with clients that have received an accident or injury on a  pedestrian walk-way or on dangerous and defective property in all of Tacoma and the Puget Sound region.


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