If you own a swimming pool, it can mean long days of summer fun for your family and friends. If you are a business owner who as a pool on your premises, it can also be great for business, especially during the hot months of the year.
However, by having a pool on your property, you are also taking on a large responsibility, whether it is for your private enjoyment or whether it is a part of your business model. Not making your pool area a safe environment can not only mean that someone may be harmed on your watch, but also that you could face serious legal repercussions that could seriously injure both your finances and your reputation.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pool or pool area, it is vital to know your rights and to secure justice. Even if you aren’t sure whether or not you might need an attorney, talking to an experienced attorney can help you learn about your potential case as well as what you might deserve under Washington State premises liability law. You may be owed compensation for damages, which can include hospital bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Request a free, private consultation today by calling (253) 258-0806 or by filling out this short form.
The Ye Law Firm is pleased and honored to announce that Chong Ye has been named a Top 100 lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers. Only a small percentage of attorneys across Washington State are given this honor, or the opportunity to take advantage of the The National Trial Lawyers organizational programming.
“I am so honored to have been chosen for the elite group of my colleagues,” said Ye. “Not only am I proud of my firm’s accomplishment, but I hope that it will better enable me and my team to help accident victims and their families in Washington get the justice and compensation that they need and deserve.”
You can take a look at Chong Ye’s attorney profile on the National Trial Lawyers page here.
The National Trial Lawyers is an exclusive, member-driven organization comprised of the top civil litigation and criminal litigation attorneys in the country. The group not only strives to select the top-performing attorneys in each state, but also to offer further education and networking opportunities to these attorney to raise their practices even higher.
What is their Top 100 list? From their website:
“The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.”
“Each of our distinguished Top 100 members possesses the knowledge, skill, experience and success held by only the best and finest lawyers in America. By combining resources, power, and influence, The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is devoted to preserving and protecting justice for all.”
Each attorney selected to this elite list is chosen based on the following qualifications:
Determining these qualifications is based on a multi-phase process that blends a number of diverse criteria, including:
Membership is not automatically renewed–each attorney’s accomplishments are reviewed each year to determine their continued membership in the organization.
We are incredibly proud to be selected for this rare honor and hope that receiving this recognition will help us help more clients across coastal Washington. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, or if you have a question about a possible personal injury or premises liability case, we welcome you to call our team today to ask a question, talk to a lawyer, or request an appointment. Alternatively, you can contact us through our quick online form and we will connect with you as soon as possible.
It’s a huge misconception that pit bulls are aggressive, dangerous dogs–while many other breeds of dog are perfectly safe family pets. While pit bulls are among the most dangerous breeds when it comes to serious injuries and dog attack fatalities, it’s extremely important to understand that any breed of dog can inflict serious injury on a human (especially a child) regardless of their size, weight, or breed.
Although a few breeds of dog have bad reputations–sometimes due to their history or the appearance–you should know that all dogs can be dangerous and that even small dogs can land you or your child in the hospital.
According to statistics, every year in the United States, approximately 5 million people are bitten by dogs, and about one million of those need to seek professional medical attention. At the same time, around 10-20 people sustain fatal dog attack injuries, mostly small children and the elderly.
While some dog bites are minor and heal quickly, others can be painful and expensive, with long-term consequences. Dog bites to the hands and face can require reparative surgery, while any sort of deep dog bite requires a trip to the doctor, a careful cleaning, and possible infection.
If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog, speak to a Washington State dog bite attorney today.
You can probably guess most of the most dangerous dog breeds when it comes to serious injuries: pit bulls, German shepherds, rottweilers, wolf hybrids, dobermanns, and chow chows. But when it comes to aggression, there are some other surprising dogs on the list:
In fact, when it comes to bite frequency, these three types of dog are more aggressive than the bigger, more powerful dogs that are often associated with dog attacks.
Even though smaller dogs may not often be responsible for fatalities, these dogs can badly injure a human, especially if they bite the hands or face, and especially if they attack a child or baby. In addition, dog bites from smaller dogs can also lead to infection because a dog’s mouth (and paws) are teeming with bacteria.
In addition to small dogs, even dogs from “gentler” dog breeds can bite or attack, including dogs like Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers. While these dogs often make ideal family pets and have gentle dispositions, they can attack for any number of reasons, including:
It’s also imperative to remember: all dogs are animals, and animals have instincts. On top of that, a dog’s owner is responsible for that dog’s behavior if the dog wasn’t provoked.
Whether your dog bite was caused by a pit bull or a chihuahua, you could be facing scarring, emotional trauma, and a pile of medical bills. And either way, you deserve justice and compensation under Washington State dog bite law.
To learn more about your possible dog bite personal injury case, or simply to get your questions answered by a dog bite attorney, call the Ye Law Firm today. We offer free, private consultations to injury victims and their families. Fill out our online form or call (253) 946-0577 today.
In January, Federal Way police and emergency responders rushed to Pacific Highway South near Dash Point Way, to the scene of a fatal Washington car accident between a truck and car. This tragic crash absolutely could have been prevented: it was allegedly caused by street racing.
Sadly, the history of street racing is as old as automobiles themselves–it has also been illegal for a very long time. Still, street racing is a far too common occurrence today, despite both its dangers and its serious consequences.
Why is street racing such an issue? Many believe that it is because it is often celebrated in pop culture and film, from action movies to comic books. It’s also alluring for teenage boys and young men, whose developing brains don’t yet understand it’s deadly risk.
Street racing occurs in several different ways. In some cases, street racing takes place when a group of people arrange a time and place for a race or series of races–most commonly on rural stretches of local highway and at night. In other cases, street racing might start at a stop light, when two drivers spontaneously agree to race when the signal turns green. Still other cases take place as a result of road rage, a fight, or a domestic dispute.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 153 people were killed in 122 street racing crashes while racing between the years of 2001 and 2010. Of course, that number is likely higher, as street racing culture often keeps the origin of the accident from officials.
A more frightening statistic is that the victims of fatal street racing crashes are often not the driver. One study found that while 47 percent of street racing victims were driving a speeding car, the majority of victims were:
If you were injured in a street racing accident and you weren’t breaking the law at the time, you could hold the driver of the racing car, or other involved parties, responsible for damages, including:
A Federal Way accident attorney can help you piece together what happened on the road and who is responsible by collecting evidence, building your case, and reconstructing the accident–getting you the financial compensation and justice that you deserve under the letter of the law.
At The Ye Law Firm, our legal team and Federal Way car accident attorney are ready to help you. To ask a question about your case, learn more about your legal services, or schedule a free, private meeting, please contact us today by filling our our short online form or calling us at (253) 946-0577.
In Torrance, California, last month, a Federal Way man was charged with DUI after driving the wrong way down a city street and then striking two vehicles, a fire hydrant, and a light pole before slamming into a restaurant. Luckily, no one besides the driver suffered injuries, and he was arrested after being treated at the hospital.
But although the man was charged with a DUI, he was not drinking alcohol at the time of the crash–he was allegedly using PCP, a drug that can cause hallucinations and violent behavior.
While alcohol is the most commonly abused drug when it comes to driving under the influence, it’s important to understand that many different drugs, both legal and illegal, can cause traffic accidents. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 11.8 million Americans drove under the influence of drugs in the last year. In addition, of drivers involved in deadly traffic accidents who were tested for drugs, about 47 percent had prescription medication in their systems, 37 percent had marijuana in their systems, and 10 percent had cocaine in their system.
A huge number of drugs can affect your ability to safely drive–including illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter drugs. Here are just a few:
It’s important to note that many of the above drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, are more dangerous when mixed with alcohol.
If you were involved in a Federal Way car accident that you believe was caused in part by someone else driving under the influence of drugs, it’s vital that you speak to a Washington State personal injury attorney about your case. At The Ye Law Firm, we can help you analyze the evidence in your case and pursue justice and compensation. To request a free, no-obligation consultation about your possible case, call Chong Ye and his legal team today: (253) 946-0577.
Since smartphones became commonplace, distracted driving has become an enormous problem on our country’s streets and highways–with more than 3,000 deaths related to inattentive drivers taking place each year across the nation.
But although most drivers are now familiar with the dangers of taking their eyes off the road and their hands off the wheel, fewer people are aware that it is also dangerous to lose focus while on sidewalks and shoulders, walking as their means of transportation. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, 11,000 people are injured due to texting and walking each year in the United States–and texting while walking can cause people to lose track of their surroundings and veer off course. In fact, one study found that 60 percent of people who were walking while distracted veered off their course.
Federal Way and the greater Seattle area are great places to get from here to there on foot–but distracted walking can make this economic and healthy form of transportation dangerous, especially in congested urban areas.
Although distracted walking has been in the news recently because of an uptick in smartphone use, distracted walking can take many forms. Really, any activity that takes your eyes, ears, or mind off of your primary task is a danger. This could include:
It might sound silly, but when you are walking, it’s important to focus on the task at hand, especially if you are walking in areas with high traffic or without sidewalks. Here are just a few things you can do to increase your awareness while walking:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrian deaths were steadily dropping until 2009 – about the same time that smartphones began to gain popularity. It’s no coincidence that numbers have started to rise again since both pedestrians and those behind the wheel have started to look at their phones while getting from here to there.
At The Ye Law Firm, we are committed to helping injury victims get the legal help they need. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a pedestrian accident in the Seattle, Bellevue, or Federal Way areas, a Federal Way personal injury lawyer can help you get the compensation and justice that you are seeking. To learn more, or to request a free, no-obligation meeting, please call us today at 253-946-0577 or fill out our quick contact form.
It’s pretty common knowledge that you need to report car accidents to your car insurance company in the wake of a crash. But are there any exceptions to the rule, and if so, how do you know if you should give them a call or not? This week, we’re outlining exactly when you need to pick up the phone and report your collision and when you can skip the whole thing (though remember: the best way to know is to dig out your insurance policy and read the fine print.
Reporting is a hassle, and you shouldn’t do it if you don’t have to, especially if it might mean seeing your rates go up because your driving record is tarnished. You might not have to give your insurance agent a call if all of the following are true:
Be aware: many car insurance policies contain a clause that states that you must report any vehicle accident that may result in a claim. Always read your insurance policy closely both when you purchase the policy and when you are involved in an accident.
As a general guideline, any significant traffic accident that results in damage or injury should be reported to your car insurance company in an express manner. Specifically, always report your car accident when:
Remember: you cannot file a claim and get compensation for damages if your accident or injuries are not reported. Also remember that it is vital that you report only the facts of the accident and nothing more, so that fault can be determined fairly. If you are unsure about how to report your accident, don’t hesitate to speak with an attorney about the process.
The wake of a car accident and car accident injuries can be stressful, overwhelming, traumatic, and confusing. The Ye Law Firm is here to help you get through the entire claims process quickly and efficiently, while securing you the compensation that you deserve under the law. To learn more about your case, ask a Washington car accident attorney a question, or schedule an free, private appointment, please call (253) 258-0813 or fill out our short online contact form.
Did you know that each year, an estimated 4.5 million Americans sustain a dog bite? While many of those injuries do not require significant medical attention or result in significant damages, thousands leave their victims with lost wages, piles of medical bills, scarring, disabilities, and emotional trauma. In cases where the dog’s owner, or the owner of the property you were on, was negligent, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
How can a dog seriously injure you? In this week’s post, we will take a look at the most common types of dog attack injuries and complications in Washington State.
We believe that it’s also important to mention some of the lesser-known injuries that dog attacks can cause. For example, serious dog attacks on children or the elderly can cause broken bones, amputations, or even death. Other dog bites may rarely result in rabies, a bloodborne disease that is extremely dangerous and even fatal to humans.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious dog bite, you may be owed compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, or other losses–including what you’ve spent on reconstructive surgery or psychological therapy. Learn more about your case by speaking with an experienced, compassionate Seattle dog bite attorney about your case. Chong Ye offers free, private meetings about dog bite cases. To learn more, or to schedule, please call us today at (253) 258-0813 or fill out our short online contact form.
The Seattle Times recently reported about a multiple-bike motorcycle accident that involved four riders and two serious injuries. The Washington State motorcycle accident occurred during a group ride when one of the bikers lost control, causing multiple collisions.
While group motorcycle rides can be an extremely rewarding and fun way to see the country, spend time with friends and on your bike, they can also be dangerous if they are not handled correctly. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at group motorcycle safety tips so that your next ride in Washington State is as safe and fun as possible.
Even when you follow all of the safety rules, motorcycle accidents can still happen, whether its a collision with another bike, or whether a different type of vehicle is involved. If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s vital to understand how the accident was caused and whether you may deserve compensation. The Ye Law Firm offers free, confidential case reviews to the victims of motorcycle accidents in and around Seattle. To learn more, or to schedule your appointment, call (253) 946-0577 or fill out our short online contact form.
In SeaTac last week, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a driver on Des Moines Memorial Drive. New station KIRO 7 reported that the 44-year-old man who was killed was putting gas into his car when a passing driver slammed into him, leaving him with fatal injuries. The driver fled the scene of the accident, but his damaged truck was located a short time later by police.
These nighttime pedestrian accidents are all too common in Washington State and the Seattle area. While some can’t be prevented, there are some steps that you can take to lower your chances of being struck by a vehicle at night while you are on foot. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the best pedestrian safety tips for traveling at night.
Even when you take all possible precautions, accidents still happen–and in many cases, it is due to the neglect of the driver who hit you. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Washington pedestrian accident, an attorney can help answer your legal questions, build your case, and get you the compensation you deserve. At The Ye Law Firm, we have helped hundreds of injury victims get justice. To schedule a free, private consultation with Chong Ye, call our office today at (253) 946-0577 or fill out our short online contact form.