If you or someone you love has been injured on a bicycle, you've got a lot to deal with, starting with physically recovering. But there's much more to a bike crash than just getting the medical treatment you need to get better, like:
- sorting out what insurance should pay the medical bills;
- making sure the insurer that is supposed to pay actually pays bills in a timely way;
- preventing or responding to improper insurance company communications with medical providers;
- helping resolve property damage claims including loss of use;
- explaining available insurance coverage to medical providers reluctant to provide necessary care;
- helping correct the "insult to injury" of improper traffic tickets from police officers confused by the rules of the road for bicycles;
- resolving liability disputes through negotiation and alternative dispute resolution with or without filing a lawsuit;
- evaluating the reasonable value of a bike crash claim;
- negotiating to obtain the maximum settlement value;
- resolving unpaid medical bills and insurance company subrogation and lien claims;
- preventing or resolving bills that have gone into to collections;
- proving liability and damages if litigation is required; and
- appellate advocacy if a judgment is appealed.
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Washington Bike Law's lawyers provide experienced trial court and appellate-level legal advocacy. Washington Bike Law's attorneys have the courtroom credibility to resolve most cases without filing a lawsuit. If litigation is required, Washington Bike Law has the financial resources to keep fighting until justice is achieved.
In law school, Washington Bike Law's founding attorney Bob Anderton planned to do pure public interest law work. But in 1992 Bob had the opportunity to work with acclaimed trial lawyer Tom Chambers and began representing catastrophically injured people and their families. Tom Chambers served as the President of the Washington State Bar Association and, in 2000, became a Washington State Supreme Court Justice until he retired in 2012.
After learning the best practices in the profession, Bob Anderton started Anderton Law Office. The phrase "bike law" did not exist then, but Bob had always been a bicyclist and found that he really enjoyed representing bike people.
Without ad campaigns or even a business plan, bicyclists gradually became the majority of Bob's clients. Bob advocates for individual clients and provides pro bono advocacy for bicycling and safer streets.
Attorney Jessica Cutler brings to Washington Bike Law the perspective of a professional bike racer who has also worked as a bike messenger. She offers the motivation and stamina of an athlete and applies it to the law.
Attorney Rob Levin brings more than a quarter century of litigation experience to Washington Bike Law. Rob spent many years representing insurance companies and defendants in civil litigation and this experience can help Washington Bike Law's individual clients. Rob is a bike commuter and recreational rider.
"Bob is all about cyclist' rights and cyclists' empowerment," [community activist, cycling organizer and G&O Family Cyclery co-owner Davey] Oil says, and that has gone a long way towards cementing Anderton's place as Seattle's premier bike lawyer.”
Washington Bike Law provides free consultations and realistic feedback regarding whether it makes sense to hire a lawyer in your particular situation. Over the years, they've helped hundreds of people who didn't require formal legal representation.
The attorneys at Washington Bike Law have also seen many bicyclists who didn't think they needed a lawyer whose situations kept getting worse and worse without representation. They helped them, but could have provided more help had they been retained earlier.
Getting a free consultation early on is an easy way to protect yourself.
While Washington Bike Law's lawyers often provide injured bicyclists with free legal advice, other times they take cases through trial or on to the appellate level. While some cases go on for years, most cases are resolved before trial.
Washington Bike Law's experience and track record can help bicyclists resolve their cases fairly and with a minimum of hassle. The bike attorneys at Washington Bike Law understand what it is like to be a bicyclist on Seattle streets and have ridden on roads across Washington State. They've been injured themselves and they know how to help when you've been injured on your bike.
Some personal injury lawyers only take cases involving catastrophic injuries. Washington Bike Law focuses on bike law, regardless of the value of a claim. Washington Bike Law will represent an injured bicyclist whenever its lawyers believe that legal representation is in that person's best interest.
Bob Anderton represented multiple bicyclists injured on a dangerous diagonal railroad crossing under the Ballard Bridge in Seattle (Burke-Gilman's Missing Link) beginning in 2001 and tried to resolve the issues without a lawsuit. (Ballard News-Tribune)
The City refused to resolve the claims out of court and in 2004 Anderton Law Office obtained the first verdict against the City of Seattle for its negligence there (King Case No. 03-2-27338-4SEA).
Several clients offered to settle their injury claims for no money or attorney's fees if the City of Seattle agreed to inventory and replace these grates (Seattle PI).
The City refused and fought the claims instead. The City argued that bicycling is merely recreational and that it had no duty to replace the grates or even to know where they were. It lost those arguments in court.
Years later, as Bob Anderton suggested, the City began inventorying and replacing the grates (Seattle PI).
For five years Washington Bike Law investigated, attempted negotiations, and then litigated claims against the City of Seattle on behalf of some of the many bicyclists who have been injured on the South Lake Union Streetcar tracks. (Seattle PI News Coverage)
In response, when the City expanded the streetcar system, rather than creating another area the city's own employees termed "fatally flawed for bicyclists," it chose to improve conditions for bicycling, including a physically-separated bikeway, bike lanes, and "bike friendly" drainage grates. (City of Seattle) Unfortunately, while improved, the streetcar tracks continue to create a hazard for bicycles. (KOMO News coverage)
Washington Bike Law's commitment to these types of cases does more than compensate individual injured bicyclists; it helps make our roadways safer for everyone.
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