Cases We Handle

Whether you were hurt in a car accident, injured during a medical procedure or fired from your job, our legal staff at The Law Office of Mark W. Watson, P.S. in Tacoma, WA can help.

Personal Injury

Typically, personal injury claims are the result of another person’s negligence. Personal injury claims often are the result of:

  • Auto Accidents
  • Defective Products

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and Fall Accidents

A slip and fall injury can occur on any indoor or outdoor, public or private property.

Injuries can be the result of hazardous situations, including:

  • Inclement weather conditions, such as ice, snow or rain
  • Slippery tile, uneven floors, rippled carpets and walkway obstructions
  • Uneven sidewalks, potholes, poorly lit or unmarked pathways or stairs

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists

An uninsured motorist claim is against the part of your insurance that compensates you for any injuries that are caused from an accident with an uninsured motorist or a hit-and-run driver. Collision insurance coverage is what compensates vehicle damage.

Underinsured motorist coverage is different. Underinsured motorist coverage applies when the person who caused your accident has insurance but the limits are not high enough to fully compensate you for your injuries.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a negligent act of omission by a doctor or other medical professional causes harm or an injury to a patient.

Negligence may include errors in:

  • Diagnosis
  • Illness Management

  • Treatment
  • Consent
Medical malpractice is a broad category, encompassing any injury that is a result of a doctor, nurse, psychologist or other medical professional failing to perform his or her duties according to acceptable medical practices or standards of care.

Medical malpractice claims can be filed against hospitals, clinics, or any person or entity in which there is a medical provider-patient relationship. These cases are often complex and expensive to win. If you believe you have a medical malpractice claim, it is important you seek legal advice immediately.

Wrongful Termination

Wrongful termination encompasses many areas, including breach of an employment contract or failing to provide protection under the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989.

Types of Cases:

  • At-Will Employees: Most workers are at-will employees, which means they do not have a formal employment contract with their employers. However, even at-will employees have certain rights against a wrongful termination and cannot be fired for reasons that violate public policy or discrimination laws, among other laws.

  • Whistleblower Act: Laws prohibit employers from retaliating (such as firing or demoting) against employees who whistle blow, or speak out openly to authorities about illegal actions by employers or in the workplace. Examples of illegal actions include wasting funds, treating clients or patients illegally, etc.

  • Constructive Wrongful Termination: Constructive wrongful termination is when an employee is essentially forced to quit. Laws state that if conditions and/or treatment of employees are such that a reasonable person could not continue working in that environment, the employee may quit and seek damages for their lost wages. 

Employees are required to first use every avenue to resolve workplace issues prior to quitting. Any employee who fails to try to resolve their issues may lose their chances to collect compensation.

Other types of wrongful termination include:

  • Discrimination or termination due to race, age, sex, ethnicity, religion, pregnancy, sexual orientation or disability
  • Retaliation following the filing of a sexual harassment or discrimination complaint
  • Retaliation following complaints about unlawful workplace practices
  • Sexual harassment
  • Termination during maternity or medical leave

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed toward an employee or co-worker:

  • Submission of this conduct is made explicitly or implicitly in way that would impact a term or condition of a person’s employment 
  • The purpose or effect of this conduct after conduct may unreasonably interfere with a person’s work performance, creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment

If you have experienced any of these situations and you believe you need an attorney, contact us today!