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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.

Division III: Ordinary Negligence Not Grounds for Denial of Unemployment Benefits

Michaelson v. Employment Security Department

Michaelson was a driver for FSA. Like most driving companies, they had a policy that three chargeable (fault of the driver) accidents were a basis for discharge. Michaelson had three such incidents and was let go. The three incidents occurred over the course of a one year period. However, nothing stood out about the accidents that made the negligence particularly egregious, and they most certainly did not appear to be intentional.

The employer had challenged the payment of unemployment, which does not have to be paid if the driver engaged in "[c]arelessness or negligence of such degree or recurrence to show an intentional or substantial disregard of the employer's interest." Here, there was only ordinary negligence, and the employer must pay unemployment. 

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