Ladenburg McKasy Durkin, Inc. P.S.
6602 19th Street West, Tacoma, WA 98466
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Congratulations to our 2013 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!Continue Reading »
Tenant Receives a Brain Injury on Unsafe Stairs in Rental Unit On October 31, 2009, our client, Connie Moreno, was walking down a set of stairs in the rental unit where she lived. The stairs were very steep, and the treads were so narrow Connie’s feet did not fit on them. When she reached the bottom stair, she lost her footing and fell backwards, hitting the back of her head and neck on a metal railing. Connie did not have any cuts on the outside of her skin, so she thought she would be okay. She got up and continued with her day. Connie did not know that the fall had caused tears in her vertebral arteries and that the blood supply to her brain was partially blocked. Over the next six weeks, Connie began having severe headaches, and she became sensitive to light and sound. She started having...Continue Reading »
Troup, Christnacht, Ladenburg, McKasy, Durkin & Speir Included in Civil Jury Instruction Handbook TCLMDS has been included in the 2012-2013 Civil Jury Instruction Handbook, a legal publication distibuted to attorneys and law libraries state-wide. On pages 905-923, our Gorman v. Pierce County case is described and the entire set of jury instructions is provided. Mike McKasy and Shelly Speir tried Gorman in July 2011, and a jury awarded our client, Sue Gorman, $2.2 million dollars in damages. TCLMDS is proud to be included in the Handbook. Our goal is to provide our clients with the best legal representation possible, and we are honored that our work is now being used as an example for others.Continue Reading »
Hockey Hall of Famer Mike McKasy is pictured here with BOBBY HULL, a Hall of Fame professional hockey player, known as “The Golden Jet.” Bobby starred for the Chicago Blackhawks and later the Winnipeg Jets. Mike, a native of Minnesota, met Bobby at a recent wedding and shared hockey stories.Continue Reading »
DISABLED WOMAN INJURED IN HIGHWAY COLLISION 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...Continue Reading »
CARPENTER INJURED BY ICE AND SNOW AT TARGET 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...Continue Reading »
PEDESTRIAN V. GROCERY STORE 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...Continue Reading »
COUNTY SETTLES SHERIFF-MOPED FATALITY The estate of a Fircrest man who was killed when a Pierce County Deputy Sheriff hit his moped has settled its claim with Pierce County for $1,650,000. Dale Neel was 61 years old and driving home from work on his moped when Deputy Jason Smith approached in the opposite direction travelling over 55 mph to a traffic stop already covered by another deputy and a Tacoma city policeman. Smith had his lights and siren on, so Neel moved from his position in the center turn lane to the curb. Smith inexplicably crossed the center lane and entered the opposing lane, striking Neel at the curb. Neel died an hour later in the hospital. Smith was working under contract at the time for the City of University Place. He had a history of 5 prior accidents, 3 of which had been determined to be “preventable” by...Continue Reading »
TCLMDS Supports 2012 Mary Bridge Festival of Trees Since 2006, the personal injury firm has supported the Mary Bridge Festival of Trees, a charitable event that raises money for the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. This year, TCLMDS sponsored a tree entitled “Christmas in Deer Valley.” The tree featured a custom designed, laser-cut snowflake topper by California artist Kathryn Hedges, snowflake ornaments handmade from repurposed clock hands, and steampunk “snowbird” ornaments created by Hawaiian artist FristonHo’okano. The gifts under the tree included two 4-day Ski Salt Lake Super Passes for four world-class ski resorts in Deer Valley, Utah, and two gift certificates from Delta Air. Over 12,000 people saw the tree when it went on display at the Tacoma Convention Center on December 1 and 2. The tree was auctioned off at the Gala, where it was sold for over market value. The buyers were Diane...Continue Reading »
DUI PATROLS ONGOING FOR NEXT SIX WEEKS Pierce County has begun a DUI Emphasis Program beginning November 14, 2012 and running through the next six weeks. The police departments who will be participating include: Sumner, Bonney Lake, Puyallup, Tacoma, University Place, Lakewood, Gig Harbor, Steilacoom, Fircrest, Fife, and Dupont as well as the Washington State Patrol and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. DUI Personal Injury Attorney Tacoma, WA In the event that you are one of the unlucky ones who is arrested during this enforcement program, please call Jim Christnacht at (253) 564-2111 to discuss your rights. Being arrested for DUI has many consequences. Those include license suspension by the Department of Licensing as well as possible jail time for convictions of the DUI in the criminal courts system. It is very important that you contact a lawyer familiar with the DUI laws and implications as soon as possible....Continue Reading »