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ISSAQUAH LAW GROUP   PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION LAWYERS

Issaquah Law Group - Injury Litigation Attorneys

TRUST: Personal injuries are personal. Which is why the attorneys at ILG treat every client and every case differently. Because they are different, and extremely personal. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built on trust. Trust that you will be heard. Trust that you will be protected. Trust that every effort will be made to see justice done in your case. The singular goal of every ILG attorney is to earn and preserve that trust.

EXPERIENCE: ILG attorneys have a broad base of litigation experience to draw on in all Federal and State courts from on-the-ground investigations to Supreme Court appeals and we bring this experience to bear on behalf of our clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims arising out of motor vehicle accidents, bus versus pedestrian accidents, defective and dangerous products, medical malpractice, slip/trip and fall accidents, and catastrophic losses due to fire.

LOCATION: We are located on the Eastside in Issaquah, convenient to Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Renton, Sammamish and North Bend. However, we provide legal services in King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County and throughout the entire state of Washington.

In addition, through The Amateur Law Professor Blog and LinkedIn postings, we share pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Supreme Court, as well as the pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Courts of Appeal so that our clients can be as update to date on cutting legal issues as we are.

WA Legal Roundup - Washington State Supreme Court

Ambach v. French

Ambach went in for surgery, got a staph infection post surgery and had to have a fusion as a result. Ambach brought suit for medical negligence and for a CPA claim, the basis of which was the increased cost for surgery. In holding that the CPA claim did not fly, the court discussed the implications if CPA claims were allowed to ride on top of a standard personal injury claim with nothing more:

Ambach attempts to describe her qualifying injury as "specific and limited" to a traditional CPA claim of "the cost of a product . . . acquired due to fraud or deception." However, at hearing on the motion for summary judgment, Ambach agreed that her CPA injury was "part and parcel of a personal injury claim" but argued that the "damages" she suffered could be seen as distinct from malpractice damages if a jury decided there was a "consumer protection violation." Ambach's focus on her loss of money as a qualifying CPA injury ignores the larger reality of her claimed injury: "medical expenses, wage loss, loss of earning capacity, and out-of-pocket expenses" are, as Ambach has admitted, personal injury damages.

The court then looked at other elements of a CPA claim and found that those were lacking as well:

Ambach's failure to state a cognizable CPA claim is not just that she attempts to disguise her personal injuries as sounding in business or property, but also that she fails to allege the truly public nature of Dr. French's actions. In Michael v. Mosquera-Lacy, 165 Wn.2d 595, 200 P.3d 695 (2009), we held no CPA claim could be had where the claim relates to the doctor's "judgment and treatment of a patient," and the claimant fails to submit evidence that the injurious procedure was "advertised or marketed." Because Michael could not show that the dentist's office "advertised to the public in general" or actively solicited the claimant's business, we held she "failed to show her lawsuit would serve the public interest."

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