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Issaquah Law Group - Personal 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.

Court of Appeals: Div I – Must Show Intentional AND Unreasonable Trespass to Get Treble Damages

Clipse v. Michels Pipeline Construction, Inc.

King County hired Michels Pipeline Construction (who hired Pipe Experts, LLC) to go onto residents’ private property, dig down to the sewer line, fix sewer pipes and replace the excavation.

The Clipses lived in the area where the work was to be performed.  Excavation of their property was planned, though there was some question as to whether they were informed that someone was going to come onto their property and dig it up.  They claimed that excavation began on their property before they had given permission.  Their sewage line backed up and spewed waste water into their home.  They sued Michels Pipeline and Pipe Experts under the wrongful trespass statute (which can entitle a plaintiff to treble damages).  The trial court granted summary judgment to the Clipses, concluding that the Clipses needed only show that the contractors lacked authorization to come onto their property.  The defendants appealed.

The Court of Appeals interpreted the trespass statute to require that the plaintiffs show BOTH that an alleged trespasser (1) intentionally and (2) unreasonably trespassed.  The case was remanded for trial.

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