Alarming statistics about sexual abuse


Sexual abuse is one of the most under-reported crimes in America.  Yet, the statistics behind sexual abuse are alarming.  Consider…

  • One out of every three girls is sexually abused by age 18.
  • In almost all cases, the offender is a male and the victim is likely to be a boy or a girl that the offender knows.
  • Child sexual abuse is reported about 80,000 times a year, but because it is difficult for children to come forward due to fear, many more cases go unreported.
  • Child pornography has increased by an average of 150% each year for the past 10 years. There is a clear link between possession of child pornography and sexual violation of children.
  • Researchers estimate that as many as 20 million Americans were parental incest victims as children.

Victims of rape, sexual exploitation, incest, pedophilia and other forms of sexual abuse will encounter a variety of short and long-term effects.  These can include ongoing guilt, shame or a shared blame that they were somehow at fault.  Victims will also struggle with self-esteem issues that can impact a person’s relationships, health or their career.  And it should come as no surprise that victims can find it next to impossible to have normal intimate relationships.

Sexual abuse lawyers are often retained after the fact to represent victims in civil and criminal cases.  If sexual abuse can be proven, victims will be compensated for their emotional distress, pain and suffering.  Prosecuting the offenders will also bring about a form of closure, allowing victims to move on to more productive lives in many instances.

Richard Sindell& Associates proudly serve Seattle and the surrounding communities of Tacoma, Kirkland and Bellevue.

What you’ll need to prove in a medical malpractice suit


The vast majority of treatments by doctors end with patients getting healthy and continuing on with their daily lives.  However, in a few cases, doctors do not rise to the expected standard and are medically negligent in treating a patient.  When this happens, the possibility of filing medical malpractice suit becomes a real possibility.

To prove medical malpractice, a lawyer must prove several things, all hinging on the fact that the doctor did not provide adequate care and it resulted in harm to the patient.

The first step in proving medical malpractice is showing that a doctor-patient relationship existed in which the doctor had a duty to provide competent care.  This is a relatively easy element to prove.  If the doctor agreed to treat the patient based on a diagnosis, or if care was actually provided whether or not an agreement was in place, a doctor-patient relationship existed.

At the core of a medical malpractice case is proving whether or not a doctor provided sub-standard care to the patient.  To prove this, it must be shown that the doctor did not act with the same level of care that a similarly trained doctor would have done.  This is known as the medical standard of care.  A medical negligence lawyer will demonstrate to the court what a doctor should have done by comparing their actions to those of a similarly skilled doctor in the same situation.  This is generally where both the patient and the defendant doctor will present medical expert witnesses.

After it is shown that the doctor was negligent through expert medical testimony, a lawyer must link the lack of care to the patient’s condition becoming worse, by causing additional injury or harm.

Additional proof must be provided, such as documenting the exact details of how much harm a patient suffered. With that properly documented, awarded damages might include the costs of additional medical treatment, a loss of income, and a settlement for pain and suffering.

Richard Sindell& Associates proudly serve Seattle and the surrounding communities of Tacoma, Kirkland and Bellevue.

An attorney will protect your rights after a car accident


Whether it’s a minor fender bender, or a major accident that totals your car, being in an accident can be traumatic and potentially life altering.  In some cases, liability will be obvious and a case can be easily settled.  However, in other instances, you will need to do whatever it takes to protect your personal and financial rights.  That’s when it makes sense to hire an attorney.

An attorney can help you in a variety of ways.

They can help you fully understand all the damages you are entitled to.

In addition to paying for your medical bills, a negligent party may also be responsible for lost wages in the event you cannot work, pain and suffering to compensate for your injuries, and emotional damages to compensate for mental duress.  If you are permanently injured, your family members may also be able to sue for a loss of companionship as well.  An attorney will be able to help you explore all options and compensation you are due.

Proving liability in a case can be challenging.

To prove liability means being able to prove the other driver was negligent, breaching a duty of care that was due to you.  This can be more complex than it sounds, with the need to offer many different types of proof to support your contention.  An attorney will also know what types of information are discoverable from the other side and if you will be limited in the types of evidence and witnesses that you want to present.  An attorney may need to undertake extensive research to convince a jury to side with you.

Following complex rules is critical.

Bringing suit against another party is not a simple matter.  There are deadlines and specific documents that must be filed in a timely manner, and only an attorney will be able to fully recognize and execute these actions on your behalf.

Richard Sindell& Associates proudly serve Seattle and the surrounding communities of Tacoma, Kirkland and Bellevue.

What to look for when hiring a personal injury attorney


No matter how it happened, when you are injured, your body and your emotional well-being will be affected, you may even be traumatized.  You will be dealing with medical bills and possibly legal issues as well.  As a result, you might be tempted to rush into a relationship with the first personal injury attorney you come across.  But if you don’t choose well, that can only compound an already stressful situation.

One of the smartest things you can do is to be purposeful, do your homework, ask questions and then decide which personal injury attorney is the right choice for your situation.

Here are some things for you to consider before you make that decision.

Fee structure.

Most all personal injury attorneys take cases for a contingency fee, meaning that if you do not get paid, they do not get paid.  However, if you do not win your case or there is no settlement, you could still be on the hook for expenses associated with your case.  Before entering into an agreement, make sure you completelyunderstand the financial relationship between you and the attorney.


As it is with most legal proceedings, personal injury cases can generate a tremendous amount of documentation related to briefings, motions, depositions and more.  You will want an attorney who is organized, responsive and thorough in handling your affairs so that you can focus on resuming a normal life.

Experience with lawyers and courts.

An attorney who has experience willbe more efficient and effective when working with opposing counsel and with judges.  Be sure to find out the amount of experience an attorney has in the jurisdiction where your case may be tried.  Pre-existing familiarity with the court system can give you a distinct advantage.

Alternative resolutions.

Some cases are best served by going to trial, but a well rounded attorney will know when it is in your best interests to seek resolution through mediation, saving you emotional energy, time and money.

Richard Sindell& Associates proudly serve Seattle and the surrounding communities of Tacoma, Kirkland and Bellevue.

4 tips to help you choose the right personal injury attorney


If you’ve been injured through an intentional act or someone else’s negligence, you will need to retain a personal injury attorney.  Here are 4 tips to help you make this all-important decision.

  1. Experience

    The attorney you choose should have thoroughknowledge of personal injury law and extensive experience when it comes to negotiating and settling cases, as well as several instances of going before a jury to try a personal injury case. The attorney should also have relevant knowledge in laws that are specific to the state you are in, as well as an understanding of the statutes of limitations.  Make sure your focus is on theexperience of an attorney as part of your vetting process before retaining one.

  1. Reputation

    Closely aligned to experience is the reputation an attorney has built through years of practicing personal injury law. If they are known for being tough litigators, this can have an effect on negotiations from the outset, earning you a maximum amount in a shorter amount of time.

  1. Objectivity

    In most personal injury situations, a victim or their family members will be highly emotional. One of the best things that an injury attorney can bring to a case is objectivity, keeping the facts of the case straight and giving advice based on those facts.  In the end, that will translate to the best possible settlement given the conditions of a particular case.

  1. Personality

    You will be spending lots of time with the attorney you choose, so it makes all the sense in the world to pick someone who you can develop a good rapport with, someone who can be sympathetic to your pain and suffering, but someone who can also do the necessary work on your behalf to protect your rights and financial well being.

Richard Sindell& Associates proudly serve Seattle and the surrounding communities of Tacoma, Kirkland and Bellevue.

Finding the right lawyer after you’ve been in an accident


If you’ve been involved in an accident that has resulted in damages to your vehicle, personal property or injuries to you or your passengers, one of the first things you should consider doing is retaining an attorney who specializes in accidents.  But just like the accident itself, finding the right attorney can be a daunting task.  To assist you in making the right choice, here are several questions you should consider.

When should I start looking for a lawyer?

Ideally, your search for a lawyer should start within two weeks of your accident.  The more time that passes, the harder that it will be to collect all of the necessary information to give you the best possible case if you decide to sue for damages.

What kind of lawyer do I need?

You will need a personal injury lawyer, and if yours was a car accident, you could even find an attorney who specializes in that particular type of case.

What types of things should I look for in a lawyer?

You will want to retain a lawyer who has experience in personal injury law, property damage and determining liability.  If your case was an auto accident, you would also want an attorney who has an understanding of state and national safety transportation laws.  The attorney should also have experience working with insurance companies and healthcare providers, both of whom will play an important role in any settlement you receive.

What is the lawyer’s fee structure?

Many lawyers will take solid accident cases on a contingency basis.  In other words, they will get paid a percentage of the amount of money you ultimately receive.  Be prepared to also have to pay for certain expenses related to your case, above and beyond the settlement amount your lawyer takes.  It’s best to have a clear understanding of who gets what at the outset.

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