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Dog Bite Complications

dog bite complicationsDogs are “man’s best friend,” but those dogs aren’t always friendly to strangers.  85-90% of reported animal bites in the United States are from dogs.  According to CDC (Center for Disease Control) data, dog bite complications are the leading causes of nonfatal emergency department visits for the 5-9-year-old age group, in the United States in 2018, is unintentional dog bites. Dog bites rank at #9 with 31,552 cases for 2018 in this young population. This number only covers this specific age group, and there are countless more cases where an injury originated from a canine attack. Most often, these incidents affect innocent children, as they have little fear and hesitation. Potential obvious injuries include lacerations, avulsions, and bleeding stemming from the initial injury. Unfortunately, there may be complications that arise later that cause further trauma to the body.

Infection and dog bite complications can affect the skin, muscles, and bones. If an infection is extensive, it can reach the bloodstream and cause a condition called sepsis. If the infection is not detected in time and treated quickly, the victim may end up in the ICU as bacteria spreads throughout the body.

Signs of infection of a wound include:

  • Pain and tenderness at site: Any initial break in the skin will hurt, but further pain that increases 24 hours after injury may indicate infection.
  • Increased redness and warmth around site: It is important to notice the initial swelling and redness around a dog bite. If the redness and swelling begins to grow further away from the wound, a re-evaluation of the injury may be needed. The redness, from the infection, may grow in an even circle around the bite wound, or it may appear as red streaks away from the injury.
  • Drainage with a white, or puss-like, appearance is a noticeable sign that the wound is not healing properly. Infected wounds tend to have increased drainage and sometimes a foul odor.
  • As an infection worsens, the pain tends to increase. When the infection starts to affect the body as a system, an injured person may experience fever. The body may respond with a fast heart beat and low blood pressure (presenting in lightheadedness or fainting). Consult a doctor if these signs get worse. Intravenous fluids and antibiotics may be necessary for healing.

Expected Care

When presenting a dog bite complication to an emergency room or urgent care, any open wound, from a dog bite, should be swabbed and sent for a culture, to determine if a specific bacteria is involved that may cause an infection.  The wound should be thoroughly cleaned and covered, in an appropriate dressing, and kept clean and dry. The healthcare provider may order a tetanus shot and a broad-spectrum antibiotic, to cover many common bacteria that can easily be killed by a common antibiotic. The culture will result after a few days, and the provider can determine if the injured person needs a more a specific antibiotic that matches the drug that will kill the alleged bacteria. If the wound requires stitches, the injured person should be evaluated by the medical provider quickly, as the best practice for closing the wound is less than 24hours for a laceration to the face, and less than 12 hours for other areas of the body. Other areas of the body may be opted out for closure, to decrease the risk for infection and promote healing from the bottom of the wound toward the surface.

Dog Bite Complications:

  • Pasteurella infection: This infection can come from a dog bite or lick. This family of bacteria can be found in the oral cavity and respiratory tract of dogs (and other animals). This infection can present in any of the following ways:

inflammation of the skin; arthritis; sepsis (blood infection); infection in the bone; meningitis; respiratory infection; abdominal infection; endocarditis; eye infection; necrotizing fasciitis; fetal death in pregnant infected woman; inflammation of the thyroid; urinary tract infection; and infection of surgical grafts.

  • Capnocytophaga: This infection is rare but severe when spread to humans. The majority of those who contract this infection have experienced a dog bite, but a few may contract it from a scratch from, or exposure to, a dog (or cat). This infection is from a group of different bacteria that live in the oral cavity of the mouth of a human, dog, or cat. This infection can present in any of the following ways:

skin infection; fever; pneumonia; endocarditis; arthritis; gall bladder inflammation; severe sepsis (fever; disseminated purpuric lesions, as pictured below; low blood pressure; kidney insufficiency or failure; change in mental status; blood clotting abnormalities; ); and meningitis (with potential hearing loss).

(Disseminated Purpuric Lesions)

  • MRSA: Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria that is found on the skin and in the nose of humans. When this bacteria is introduced into the skin, or the blood stream, it may be very difficult to treat as it has built a resistance to antibiotics. When a person is bitten by a dog, the puncture can introduce the bacteria under the skin and produce problems such as cellulitis (infection and inflammation in a certain area of the skin) or develop into sepsis if spread to the bloodstream (which may affect multiple organs).
  • Rabies: Rabies is caused by a virus, as opposed to the previously noted bacterial infections. Rabies is transmitted through the saliva in an animal bite (in this case dog bite). Rabies in humans is not common in the United States, but these infections happen occasionally. It is important to be treated early with the vaccination if potentially exposed. The period between exposure and symptoms can be days to years if untreated. Once symptoms appear, they are quite vague and can include fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, decreased appetite, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, headache, and light sensitivity. After a few days or a week of these symptoms, the complications become much more dramatic including abnormal sensations (tingling, numbness, itching, and burning), encephalopathy, paralysis (unable to move or breathe), abnormal movements, seizures, throat spasms, sweating, drooling, increased or decreased body temperature, agitation, and hallucinations.
  • Bone fracture:Larger dogs, such as Pitbull terriers, German shepherds, and Rottweilers can cause fractures in bones. If a dog is strong or the child small, the strength of the dog can pull the person to the point of straining a joint, or the dog’s jaw may crush a bone.  The mechanism of how the attack happens is crucial in evaluating injuries. If the person is pulled to the ground, any part of the body could be injured depending on how the person fell and what area of the body was hit or bitten.

**The bacterial infections discussed are treated with antibiotics and symptomatic treatment of symptoms. The probability of recovery depends on the body’s response to antibiotics, and how quickly the assessment and interventions were started.

 

What Can I do If I Am Injured?

In some instances, the healing or repair process may be extensive from dog bite injuries. From multiple surgeries, to changing antibiotics, to physical therapy, the list of treatments can grow and become quite overwhelming. Multiple follow up visits with plastic surgery may be required, especially for children who are still growing, to ensure proper repair for long term appearance.  Any psychiatric trauma from the attack, should be addressed by a qualified professional, as many suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Every year inpatient medical costs incurred are about $53.9 million from approximately 4.5 million dog bite injuries.  If you, or a loved one, have been injured from a dog attack and have dog bite complications, you may qualify for assistance. The attorneys and Premier Law Group are available to help obtaining financial assistance for such a traumatic time.

Written by: Courtney Tolin, RN, BSN, CEN

 

Dog Bite Prevention

List of tips to prevent Dog Bites

Sometimes, man’s best friend will bite. Approximately, 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States, and almost 1 in 5 victims require medical attention from their injuries. About 16 people die from a dog attack each year.

Although dogs can be faithful companions, these are sobering statistics. It is important to know the risks and take precautions to prevent being the victim of a dog bite. Here are some tips:

  • Ask permission from the owner first, before petting an unfamiliar dog.
  • Stay away from a barking or growling dog.
  • Don’t touch a dog who is sleeping, eating, or chewing a toy.
  • Don’t scare a dog when greeting it; use your normal voice rather than yelling.
  • Avoid eye contact and don’t offer your hand to be sniffed. Instead, stand calmly in front of the dog and let it come to you.
  • Observe and understand the dog’s body language. Is the dog calm and peaceful, playful, nervous and anxious, or aggressive? If the dog presents tense with teeth showing, it is best to stay away.

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Dog Bite Lawyers

Washington Dog Bite Lawyers

Washington dog bite lawyers can helpThere’s a reason why dogs are known as man’s best friend. When owners properly train and care for them, dogs are wonderful companions and a loving addition to any family. However, not all owners properly train and care for their dogs. Sometimes, they’re neglectful or careless, causing their dogs to become aggressive and attack people. According to the law, it’s the owner’s responsibility to deal with the consequences of these situations. Washington’s dog bite statute enables dog attack victims to get full and fair compensation for unfortunate health, financial, and other outcomes. This page gives you information about what to do after a dog attack.

Injuries Resulting From Dog Attacks

Victims of dog attacks suffer from physical injuries like deep cuts, muscle and tendon damage, broken bones, and blood loss. They may suffer from mental, psychological, and emotional damage as well. Often, children are the victims of dog bites with injuries and trauma lasting a lifetime. All of these unfortunate outcomes have financial and other consequences on victims and their families.

What To Do After A Dog Attack

After a dog attack, there are a few things you should do to help preserve the value of your claim. If possible, document the names and phone numbers of anyone involved, including the dog owner and any witnesses. Take photos of the scene and your injuries, and call the authorities if appropriate (police or 911 for emergency medical assistance). If there’s surveillance footage from the area or a 911 tape, request these pieces of evidence as soon as possible. You’ll also want to get pictures of your injuries as they are healing.

There’s A Deadline For Every Dog Bite Case

If you want to preserve your right to dog attack compensation, you should know there is a deadline associated with your case. This deadline is called a statute of limitations. There are various factors which impact the statute of limitations for any given situation, which is why we recommend contacting a Washington dog bite lawyer as soon as reasonably possible. An attorney with expertise in this area will ensure that you do not miss the opportunity to pursue your case should you decide to do so.

Dog Bite Lawyers At Premier Law Group

Premier Law Group is Washington’s premier personal injury law firm. We are best described as a down-to-earth team, dedicated to exceptional client service, specializing in personal injury law, and committed to our communities – guaranteed. Our Washington dog bite lawyers can make sure you have all necessary pieces of evidence and walk you through your legal options. Call 206.285.1743 to schedule a free case review today. If you decide to hire us, there is no legal fee until you settle or win your case.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dog Bites

What’s The Best Way To Treat A Dog Bite?

In the absence of instructions from your health care provider, treat your dog bite wound by doing the following:

  1. Wash the wound with mild soap, and run warm water over it for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Slow the bleeding with a clean cloth.
  3. Apply an antibiotic cream.
  4. Wrap the wound in a clean bandage.
  5. Keep the wound bandaged and go see a doctor.
  6. Change the bandage several times a day and follow any doctor recommendations.
  7. Watch for signs of complications including infection, swelling, more pain than usual, fever, and redness.

What’s The Typical Statute Of Limitations On Dog Bites In Washington State?

Remember that a statute of limitations is a deadline by which you must settle a case or file a lawsuit. You lose your right to compensation if you don’t do either of these things before the deadline. In general, the statute of limitations for dog bites is 3 years from the date of the injury. There are certain conditions that may extend or shorten the statute of limitations, which is why it’s important to speak to a Washington dog bite lawyer well before the three-year mark. We recommend reviewing your case and options with an experienced attorney right after the attack. Call Premier Law Group at 206.285.1743 to schedule a complimentary case review.

If I Hire A Washington Dog Bite Lawyer, How Long Will It Take To Settle My Claim?

It’s difficult to answer this question because every case is different. One thing that’s for certain is you should be done treating or have a permanent prognosis before your Washington dog bite lawyer tries to settle your case. Otherwise, you may end up with a settlement that fails to cover your expenses and fairly compensate you for the situation. Call Premier Law Group at 206.285.1743 today to schedule a free case review. Once we understand the context of your situation, we can provide more information.

What To Expect When You Contact And Work With Premier Law Group

  1. We’re accessible. When you contact us about your personal injury matter, you’ll speak directly with an attorney – not just a receptionist or intake specialist.
  2. We’re straightforward. No game-playing here – we want to help you towards your goals. For example, we’ll be upfront about whether you even need an attorney to settle your claim.
  3. We care. We’re real people who help real people with real problems. You’ve been wronged and you deserve an experience and outcome that makes things as right as possible.

Our mission is to ensure that everyone who contacts us becomes more informed about their legal options – whether we represent them or not. Call 206.285.1743 today to schedule a free dog bite case review.

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Dog Attacks on the Rise for Washington Postal Workers

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Over 4.5 Million Dog Bites Occur in the U.S. Each Year

It is not surprising that dogs are known as “man’s best friend” in the United States; they decrease stress, increase exercise levels, and serve as playmates for children. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), approximately 38% of households nationwide own one or more dogs, the highest amount since the organization began measuring in 1982. Unfortunately, along with our love of canine companionship comes a negative side— dog bites send nearly 368,000 victims to hospital emergency rooms each year or about 1,008 per day!

Dog Attacks on the Rise for Washington Postal Workers

To help raise awareness, the U.S. Postal Service established its annual National Dog Bite Prevention Week every April. This year, USPS announced a significant decline in dog attacks on postal workers: 5,714 in 2018 nationwide, a decrease of over 500 since 2017 and over 1,000 since 2016.

Sadly, statistics for Washington State last year were not as promising. Dog attacks on postal workers increased from 122 to 127. To help combat these attacks, USPS is equipping carriers with mobile deliver scanners which have a feature that allows customers to indicate if there’s a dog at delivery locations. The Postal Service also encourages people in the community to help keep postal workers safe with the following tips:

  • Place your dog in a separate room behind a closed door before opening the front door for a letter carrier.
  • Remind children and other family members to avoid taking mail directly from a postal worker in the presence of the family dog. The dog may view it as a threatening gesture.
  • Be aware that the Postal Service may ask you to pick up mail at the nearest post office if your carrier feels threatened by your dog.

“Sometimes, it’s difficult for us to imagine that our loveable dog may hurt someone,” explains dog bite legal expert and attorney, Jason Epstein, “but unfortunately, I see too many cases when a dog unexpectedly attacks and causes serious injuries.” According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), over half of dog bite injuries occur at home and by dogs who are familiar to us. Children, ages 5 to 9 years old, have the highest rate of injuries from dog attacks. Take time to learn safety strategies by visiting Premier Law Group’s tips for dog bite prevention.

Expensive Treatment Costs

Many people don’t realize that dog bites can lead to serious health concerns. The CDC reports that nearly 1 in 5 dog bite victims require medical attention for severe injury, infection, pain, and/or nerve damage. Treatment can be expensive with the average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay being $18,200! In 2015, more than 28,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery after being bitten by dogs.

It isn’t surprising that dog bites and other dog-related injuries accounted for more than one third of all homeowners’ liability claims paid out in 2018, costing $675 million according to the Insurance Information Institute and State Farm. In Washington State, the number of dog bite claims continues to rise. According to the Northwest Insurance Council, there were 337 claims with a total value of $13.7 million in 2017.

Dog Bite Victims’ Legal Rights in Washington State

When a dog attack is the result of the carelessness or negligence of the owner, Washington State law holds the dog owner responsible for any severe injuries inflicted on the victim “regardless of former viciousness or owners’ knowledge of such viciousness.” (RCW 16.08.040) “There can be consequences from a dog bite that last a lifetime,” adds attorney Epstein, “including medical bills, loss of wages, and ongoing trauma.”

Jason Epstein and Premier Law Group specialize in helping dog bite victims in the Seattle-Bellevue area receive just compensation for their injuries, but there are time limitations. If you, your child, or other loved one have been bitten due to a dog owner’s negligence, call us at 206-880-7236 for a free case evaluation. For more information about PLG’s expertise representing dog bite victims, visit our Dog Bites page.

Washington State Mulls Prohibiting Banning of Specific Dog Breeds

bigstock-Crossbreed--months-old-sitt-41972335It’s easy to see a pit bull and immediately feel uncomfortable or scared. Their wide jaws and often muscular bodies seen through their short-haired coats can trigger a sense of danger.

Their loving licks and wagging tail can also trigger the opposite feeling.

In American society there are taboos placed on pit bulls and other “fighting dogs” like Rottweilers. Twelve cities in Washington have banned pit pulls, 2 cities ban other dog breeds as well, and 13 cities have classified pit bulls and other breeds as “dangerous” or “potentially dangerous,” according to www.dogsbite.org.

A bill being discussed in the Washington State Legislature, House Bill 2117, seeks to prohibit naming specific breeds of dogs as dangerous or potentially dangerous, or banning any specific breed of dog.

If passed, the bill would declare that “a dog’s breed is not inherently indicative of whether or not the dog is dangerous and that the criteria for determining whether or not a dog is dangerous or potentially dangerous should be focused on the dog’s behavior.”

State law currently prohibits prosecutors from using a dog’s breed to show “that the owner of the dog either knew or should have known that the dog was potentially dangerous.” However, many local city laws have classified certain breeds as such, contradicting the current language of the law. House Bill 2117 would emphasize that breed discrimination is not a valid legal course and cannot be enforced.

Pit bulls’ bad reputation has mainly come from their popularity in dog-fighting matches. Owners of fighting dogs favor the dogs and train them to be vicious fighters. People also train them as guard dogs to fend off unwanted visitors. Other breeds can and are trained in the same fashion, resulting in an equally dangerous dog.

In reality, research has found that pit bulls have a relatively mild temperament compared to other popular dog breeds. More American Pit Bull Terriers passed their temperament test than Golden Retrievers, Collies, and Beagles, according to the American Temperament Test Society, Inc., an organization that does temperament evaluations for different dog breeds.

Though many dog attacks, and even deaths, are attributed to pit bulls and other fighting breeds, it is not generally accepted that breed-specific legislation (such as banning or labeling breeds dangerous) does anything to ease this danger. The Humane Society of the United States and the American Veterinary Medical Association, among others groups, have concluded that breed-specific legislation is ineffective and unnecessary.

All dogs are capable of hurting and killing humans. A 6-week-old baby was killed in Southern California by the family’s Pomeranian in 2000, according to the Los Angeles Times. Pomeranians range between 3-7 pounds and are considered companion dogs.

Safe, social dogs develop with responsible owners, not with breed-specific legislation.

Do you have questions about preventing your family members from dog bites? Call Premier Law Group at 206-285-1743, or visit our Contact page to send an email to our knowledgable staff.

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A lawyer, also known as an attorney, is someone who practices law. In Washington, lawyers have to be licensed by the state to practice law, and that requires extensive schooling and testing—or a certain level of experience and licensure in another state.

Lawyers have thorough training and knowledge regarding the law.  It is their business to know your rights in your legal case.  Many attorneys will specialize in specific areas of the law because it would be impossible to know every aspect of every category of the law.

Attorneys who work in personal injury matters, such as car accidents, slip and fall cases, and dog bite claims, practice in the category of “torts.” Many lawyers will also further specialize their practice by only starting or by only defending lawsuits.

 

Why should I have a lawyer for my personal injury case?

Technically, you do not need an attorney to start a lawsuit.  That being said, it is a smart move to have one, because attorneys bring a lot of value to your claim.  Lawyers who practice in personal injury cases see cases like yours every day.  They can put that knowledge and experience to work for you by:

  • Evaluating your situation to determine what the value of your claim may be compared to similar cases in your area and how likely you are to win your case at trial
  • Negotiating with an insurance company, employer, or anyone else who may be involved in your case
  • Investigating the accident
  • Gathering and analyzing medical records on your behalf
  • Knowing what they will need to be able to prove to win your case
  • Presenting your case to a judge, jury, or insurance adjuster in the best way possible

Unfortunately, many people hesitate to get a lawyer, which stems from the misconception that they are expensive. Premier Law Group uses a contingency fee agreement, which means that if we don’t recover anything for you, then you don’t have to pay us anything.  You get a lot of value with no payment up front.  Also, research shows that you are significantly more likely to win your case and/or get an increased settlement amount if you have an experienced attorney on your side.

 

Why does it matter what kind of lawyer I get?

No one lawyer knows everything.  Many attorneys specialize in just a few areas of the law so they can understand that particular area very well.  That is why you don’t want the same attorney who made your will to help you with your personal injury case.  They likely do not have the experience, knowledge, and skill you need to present a compelling argument after an auto accident.  That doesn’t make that person a bad lawyer! It only highlights the difference between a general practitioner and a specialist. Just as you wouldn’t use your family doctor to perform a spinal surgery, similarly you will get better results in hiring an attorney that specializes only in personal injury law.

Meeting with us is the best way to determine if you have a legal claim and decide if you want to work with our team to start your lawsuit.  We would love to talk to you about your options.  Fill out the form to your right or call us at 206-285-1743 to speak with one of our attorneys for FREE.

Personal Injury

Personal injury is any damage or loss that affects a person’s body. This also includes mental damages even though they may not have a physical side effect in some cases. Personal injury is a broad category of legal claims that affect the body. Most of these types of claims are also known as “torts.”

What Are the Types of Personal Injury Claims?

Any kind of incident that affects someone’s body could be considered a personal injury claim. The most common types include:

Car accident cases are by far the most common personal injury case in Washington and throughout the United States. Personal injury cases allow an auto accident victim to make the injured party whole again by allowing them to recover money from the person/company responsible. These damages often include things like lost wages, medical expenses, and even pain and suffering that you experienced because of the accident.

How Do I Prove a Personal Injury Case?

Most personal injury cases require that you show that the other party involved was negligent. This would require showing:

  • The other person owed you a duty of care (i.e. to watch where they were driving)
  • They violated that duty (i.e. they followed you too closely and rear-ended your car)
  • The violation caused you harm (i.e. the crash caused your injuries)
  • You suffered damages because of their actions (i.e. you missed time from work and had to pay medical bills)

You must prove these things regardless of what type of personal injury case you are claiming. Certain circumstances however, such as medical malpractice or dog bite cases, have very specific additional requirements as well. These factors may be easier (or in some instances, more difficult) to prove in some types of personal injury cases compared to others.

Can I Still Have a Personal Injury Case Even If I Wasn’t Hurt Very Badly?

Yes. While most claims involve some type of physical injury, you may still have a claim even without an injury. Consider, for example, a car accident case where someone T-bones you. The accident was at a slow speed, and you’ve suffered only minimal physical injuries. You may decide to only make a claim for the property damage that was done to your car, instead of also including a claim for your injuries. While a car accident is a common type of personal injury claim, you can choose to only bring the property damage portion of that claim as part of a lawsuit.

While you’re certainly allowed to divide up your claims after a situation like a car crash, it may also be a good idea to include some type of demand for your physical damages, even if it’s slight. It’s much easier to assert all of your losses at one time than to try to bring a case later.

Regardless of what type of personal injury claim you may have, Premier Law Group can help. Our team can help you determine whether you have a legal claim and what you should do next. Fill out the form to your right or call us at 206-285-1743 to get your FREE consultation today.

Claims

Claims are legal rights you assert against another person or party. A claim can be made for money, property, or for a certain type of action (like the return of personal property, etc.). Most claims are for money to compensate for financial losses that someone has incurred after an accident or similar incident.

The term “claim” is also used for other actions other than lawsuits, such as workers’ compensation and getting Social Security benefits. Any legal right to money, property, or benefits can be considered a claim. In a legal setting, there are a few ways claims are used.

Types of Legal Claims

There are several types of claims in the legal context. A claim typically will fall into one of two categories: equitable claims or legal claims.

Legal Claims

A legal claim happens when someone else causes damage to you or your property and you would like them to reimburse or repay you for those losses. In order to prove your claim, you must meet certain qualifications and your damages must have a direct correlation to the accident.

If you were injured in an auto accident for example, you wouldn’t have had to pay medical bills or go through surgery if the accident hadn’t happened. That is why the goal of this type of claim is to make you whole again. In this case, the person who caused the damage should have to reimburse you for those costs. Most personal injury cases are based on legal claims, including:

Equitable Claims

An equitable claim asks for a different type of damage than a legal claim. These damages may include money, but usually are based on an underlying notion of fairness. This may ask for items that are not monetary in nature, like the performance of an action that was previously agreed upon or an injunction (which prevents some action from occurring). Specific performance may require someone else to do something, such as complete a contract, while an injunction stops someone from taking a specific kind of action. These remedies sometimes help avoid or limit damages that may happen in the future.

Insurance Claims

Technically, legal claims and insurance claims operate separately from each other. Asserting a claim with an insurance company uses a process that doesn’t depend on legal requirements. Each insurance company has its own reporting requirements that must be followed so you don’t accidentally waive your ability to make a claim against your own insurance company.

If a claim is not honored or it is rejected or ignored, the next step may be a lawsuit.

Regardless of the type of claim you have, Premier Law Group can help walk you through your unique situation. Our attorneys have decades of experience helping people just like you work through any type of claim. Let us start by giving you a FREE consultation to discuss your case. Call us at 206-285-1743, or fill out the form and get your free consultation today. 

The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys Selects Jason Epstein as “Top 10” Attorney in Washington

Premier Law Group is excited to announce that the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA) selected our attorney, Jason Epstein, as one of the “Top 10” personal Injury attorneys in Washington state for 2020. According to the organization, less than 1% of lawyers “are good enough to make our list have demonstrated an extraordinary amount of knowledge, skill, experience, expertise and success in their practice of Personal Injury.”

 

To be chosen is an honor, because NAOPIA uses a multi-step, independent selection process to ensure that the finalists have exceptional qualities that distinguish them from their competitors. After an initial screening, the committee chooses one of 50 attorneys to advance to the final selection stage. At that time, their Board of Governors officially selects the Top 10 for each state. After calculating this year’s results, the Board chose Jason Epstein to represent Washington.

 

Jason has been dedicated to representing injured people since his first law firm position in 1999 and has been a partner at Premier Law Group since 2007. He specializes in helping victims of automobile accidents, dog bites, falls, and other injuries. In addition to practicing law, Jason is the founder of Teens Against Distracted Driving, a non-profit that raises awareness of the dangers of texting while driving.

 

Premier Law Group congratulates Jason for receiving national recognition for his hard work, legal expertise, and passion for helping clients. He truly reflects our firm’s commitment to providing Seattle, Bellevue, and surrounding communities with exceptional, compassionate representation.

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