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The civil justice system stands for the principle that no one should have to bear the burdens of a serious injury caused by the negligent actions of others. We are all accountable for our actions. Injury laws seek to both compensate the injured and deter others from dangerous conduct. You have the right to hold wrongdoers accountable. You are entitled to full compensation for the injuries you sustained through no fault of your own.

There are key injury laws every person in Washington should know. When you have been seriously injured there are early steps to preserve critical evidence and protect your rights. Injury law is governed by a large body of federal and state statutes, administrative regulations, and judicial decisions. This website is often visited by injury victims that want to understand more about the laws that apply to their case. The information is derived from real court decisions and statutes, and is intended to help the non-lawyer understand the complex world of injury law.

If you would like to learn more about our firm and how we can help, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. The personal injury lawyers at Sweetser Law Office are available to help everyday folks sort through it all.

  • 23-Apr-2018

    Frequently Asked Questions About Brain Injuries

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were about 2.8 million traumatic brain injury-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths that occurred in the United States in 2013. While brain injuries ...
  • 26-Feb-2018

    Errol Conrad Thornton Foundation

    Sweetser Law represents parents after the wrongful death of a child. Parents are not meant to bury their own children, and when a child’s death was preventable it is our duty to demand justice and reform. Beyond the courtroom, parents often ...
  • 9-Feb-2018

    Sweetser Law Founds 1st Annual Closing Argument Competition at Gonzaga Law School

    Sweetser Law Office is excited to announce the founding of the Sweetser Law Closing Argument Competition, in coordination with Gonzaga Law School. Sweetser Law's endowed gift will establish an annual skills-based oral advocacy competition for ...
  • 9-Jun-2017

    The End of Electronic Ambulance Chasing

    For Immediate Release: WASHINGTON STATE – In a federal class-action lawsuit filed by attorneys James R. Sweetser and Thomas Jarrard, of Spokane Washington, the motion for a preliminary injunction was granted by United States District Judge ...
  • 19-Apr-2017

    On Permanent Pain

    Pain, especially pain that doesn't quit, changes a person. And rarely for the better. The consequences of persistent pain extend well beyond the agonizing sensations of pain itself. Unremitting pain robs a person of the ability to enjoy life, ...
  • 23-Mar-2017

    On Mental Anguish

    In legal terms, “emotional distress” or “mental anguish” has four identifiable aspects for a jury to consider: grief and sorrow worry, anxiety, and fear loss of enjoyment of life loss of self-identify or an inability to obtain ...
  • 24-Jan-2017

    Cold Weather Should Change the Way You Drive

    The week before last, Spokane had some unusually cold temperatures—with highs hovering between 10 and 28. Combined with wet weather, the below-freezing conditions led to icy roads, which are a hazard for both pedestrians and commuters. Sadly ...
  • 1-May-2015

    Live On Livi

    Live On Livi A Weekend of Tribute Held in Honor of Former Client Olivia Chaffin Spokane – Olivia Chaffin was a 9-year-old soccer fanatic. Four years ago, a tragic car accident took her life. As Olivia was riding to her school play with her ...
  • 1-May-2015

    Sweetser Law Office Extends Appreciation to Client Mariah Alexander

    Former North Central basketball star concludes battle against multinational vehicle manufacturer Spokane – Former prosecuting attorney James R. Sweetser would like to extend appreciation to client Mariah Alexander from the Sweetser Law Office. ...
  • 24-Apr-2015

    Jim Sweetser's Comments on Otto Zehm Case Published in the Spokesman Review

    On Tuesday, June 12th, Jim Sweetser's letter to the editor was published in the Spokesman review. Here is the link to the full article: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/jun/12/learn-lessons-of-zehm/ - feel free to leave a comment and join ...
  • 15-Apr-2015

    Sweester Law Office Golf Course Injury Case Discussed in The Inlander

    The City of Spokane recently lost critical evidence in a pending lawsuit, then tried to issue a gag order to stop the case from being discussed in the media. "A case with missing evidence is rare. A gag order is even rarer. This case has both. ...
  • 8-Apr-2015

    Righting Wrongs, Rebuilding Lives

    For the last 27 years, I have been a trial attorney fighting for the rights of ordinary people. I believe whether you are victim of crime or a victim of negligence, you deserve to have an experienced trial attorney by your side. A little history of ...
  • 11-Mar-2015

    Do Not Allow Facebook Posts To Jeopardize Your Case

    How many of you know that whatever you have written or your friends have posted on facebook or myspace can be discovered by your opponent in a lawsuit? Would you be embarrassed if some of your posts were viewed by a Judge or Jury? What explanations ...
  • 3-Mar-2015

    A Message For Current And Aspiring Washington State Lawyers

    The right to a jury trial, access to the courts, and funding of the judiciary is a nation's promise to its citizens. It is fundamental that even the least of us, the mentally ill, the carpenter, the criminal, the businessman, the consumer, the ...
  • 16-Feb-2015

    Why I Love Being a Lawyer (Seriously)

    We've all seen the downbeat headlines—surveys show as many as half of all lawyers wouldn't enter the profession if they had it to do over, wouldn't recommend their children become lawyers, would rather be digging ditches or breaking ...

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