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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Annual Seminar for Healthcare Providers

Categories: Events

By PI-Advisor. Posted on .

The 2011 Whiplash, Spinal Trauma and the Personal Injury Case Seminar was held at the Bellevue Club Hotel on March 26. This seminar marks the 21st year and continues to transform and keep up with the time.  In addition, the attorneys at Adler Giersch PS presented a pre-seminar workshop, Effectively Managing Your Personal Injury Cases, on March 24. Over 130 healthcare providers attended from around Washington and a few travelers from Montana, Oregon, and Nevada. A wide range of providers attended including chiropractors, massage therapists, medical doctors, and staff members.

The seminar and workshop provided cutting edge information and materials to assist healthcare providers effectively and efficiently manage the medical/legal/insurance issues of personal injury cases. Many of the attendees gave rave reviews: “These are the best education hours in auto traumatology available anywhere.”

One aspects of the Adler Giersch ps mission is to provide the highest quality legal representation to victims of traumatic injuries.  As a result, we are committed to providing education to healthcare providers to assist them in treating of their injured patients.

Teen Driver Rules in Washington

Categories: Practical Tips You Can Use

By Richard H. Adler. Posted on .

CDC statistics show some scary facts about teenage drivers. Teen drivers are four times likelier to crash than older drivers.

Crash risk goes up when teens drive with other teens in the car. Nearly two out of three teen crash deaths that involve 16-year-old drivers happen when a new driver has one or more teen passengers.  Washington has responded by putting some special rules in effect for drivers under 18:


  • For the first 6 months, you cannot drive with passengers under the age of 20 unless they are members of your immediate family (such as a spouse, child, stepchild, or siblings, both by birth and marriage).
  • For the next 6 months, you cannot carry more than 3 passengers who are under 20 years old who are not members of your immediate family.

Nighttime driving:

  • For the first 12 months, you cannot drive between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. unless you are with a licensed driver age 25 or older. The only exception to this rule is if you drive for agricultural purposes, meaning you transport farm products or supplies under the direction of a farmer (See RCW 46.20.070).

Cell phones:

  • You aren’t permitted to use wireless devices while driving, even with a hands-free device. This includes talking on cell phones and sending or receiving text messages. You may only use a wireless device to report an emergency.

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Safety means more than a good bicycle helmet

Categories: Bicycle Injury

By PI-Advisor. Posted on .

So you have your bicycle helmet, a good bike and you are good to go, right? Well, not quite.  Just like with your car, there are often over looked critical components for your safety; making sure your bike is in good working order is one.  When was the last time you took your bike to a good mechanic?  Are you properly trained to do routine maintenance on your bicycle?  One important task for good maintenance is checking your tire pressure often.  Bicycle tires lose a little air every day.  Keep a tire gauge near your bicycle at all times and check pressure before riding.    Underinflated tires are unsafe as they can wobble or even come off the rim when taking a tight corner. Before riding, take a few moments to turn each wheel and look for bulges, debris, bubbles, and spots they inner casing may show through.  Bicycle tires are more prone to certain types of flats, and make your bike less efficient.  An overinflated tire is going to give you a harder road feel, can cause a loss of traction in the corners and is more likely to be damaged by road hazards.