This was a confidential settlement involving an industrial accident in Snohomish County. Our client suffered pelvic injuries as well as foot and ankle fractures which required surgeries and a lengthy hospital stay. 

Zac's mother contacted Bellingham personal injury attorney Bill Coats to seek a second opinion after her initial lawyer advised that a wrongful death claim was not worth pursuing. Since her son Zac had died in a jet-ski accident when he and his friend collided, the other lawyer concluded that the claim had no value.

Bellingham lawyer Bill Coats’ client Beth was only 13 years old when she was a guest at a holiday party hosted by the owners of a gravel pit near Ferndale. During the party, the teenage son of the hosts recklessly fired off a bottle rocket which struck Beth in the right eye. Beth consequently was blinded in that eye.

Liam, a three-year-old toddler, was seriously injured at a friend’s home when he drank lye that had been left out from a soap making party that day. Bellingham Personal Injury Attorney Bill Coats recovered $1,300,00 for Liam and obtained court approval for the settlement, since Liam was a minor. The basis of the claim was negligence in leaving the lye out where a toddler could grab it. Bill determined that there was a $300,000 homeowners’ policy as well as a $1,000,000 umbrella policy that would cover this liability claim.

No parent ever wants their children to experience suffering that brings lifelong consequences, but for one Bellingham family, that is exactly what happened. 

Bellingham attorney Bill Coats’ handling of a case with multiple defendants shows how a careful bike accident attorney can use the principle of “divide and conquer” to obtain over a million dollar settlement for his client.

Jenna was in Bellingham on a visit from British Columba, Canada.  Her friend was driving on I-5 and lost control.  She overcorrected, crossed the median, and hit a car going the opposite direction.  Jenna was critically injured and transported by helicopter to the hospital, where she underwent extensive medical treatment.

Steven is in the front seat of his teenage friend’s VW Jetta as it drives down a two-lane Whatcom County road, north of Bellingham.  It’s a foggy evening and up ahead a raspberry picker is traveling very slowly in the same direction, partially on the road and partially on the shoulder.  The Jetta driver doesn’t see the farm vehicle in time and crashes into it.  The collision tears the roof off of the Jetta and ejects Steven from the car.

Michelle was in two car accidents, exactly 13 months apart, making her case a bit more complicated than normal.

One lovely summer day, a driver was not paying attention to the road as she barrelled down State Route 2 near Monroe, Washington. The car in front of her slowed to stop, but the driver didn't see it until the last minute. To try to avoid a rear-end crash, she swerved her SUV into the lane of oncoming traffic. Angella, a mother of four, was driving her children and a young family friend to swim lessons. The distracted driver still struck the rear of the car in front of her, and then smashed head-on into Angella's minivan.

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