Quick action is key after dog bite attack

Dog bite injuries can be both frightening and painful, often resulting in severe injuries including scarring, disfigurement, and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 4.7 million dog bites every year with 800,000 people requiring medical attention. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports the average cost… Read more »

Ready to Road Trip?

May is the time of year we say goodbye to the school year routine and make plans for summer fun. For most Americans, that means time on the road to get to favorite vacation spots. Before you eagerly jump in your car, however, Abeyta Nelson offers these 6 tips for a safe and accident-free road… Read more »

Is Your Insurance Company Treating You Fairly?

In November 2007, Washington voters approved the Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA). IFCA establishes rules requiring your insurance company to treat you fairly. It applies to nearly every type of insurance you purchase, with the notable exception of health insurance. The guts of this law allow you, an insured, to sue your insurance company anytime… Read more »

It’s April, and Wildfire Season Begins in Central Washington

This week’s high-70’s temperatures and less than normal snowpack conditions in the mountains signals another potentially threatening wildfire season in Central Washington. According to climatecentral.org, “there are more large fires burning now [in the West] than at any time in the past 40 years, and the total area burned each year has also increased. Although… Read more »

Settling a Personal Injury Case

When bringing a lawsuit, there are two ways that it can be resolved: in court or out of court. Resolving a lawsuit out of court is called settling because the parties involved decide to independently solve (or “settle”) the conflict between them, rather than having a court impose an outcome. When deciding whether or not… Read more »

What to Do if You Were Uninsured at the Time of a Car Accident

If you were not insured at the time of a car accident, your legal rights will unfortunately be limited. You will have fewer options to recover for damages suffered and less protection from claims filed against you. These consequences will be more or less severe depending on your situation. There are four main scenarios for… Read more »

Types of Damages that Can Be Recovered in a Personal Injury Suit

When recovering from a personal injury suit, it can be challenging to understand how and why a particular amount of money is awarded. The money that is awarded is known as “damages.” There are several different types of damages that a plaintiff (the party bringing the suit) can be awarded. Medical damages can be awarded… Read more »

What to Expect for Your First Meeting with a Personal Injury Attorney

Having an initial consultative meeting with a personal injury attorney can make some people feel nervous. Many people don’t know what to expect, and are unsure of how (or if) to prepare for the meeting. However, there is nothing to be afraid of at an initial consultative meeting. At Abeyta Nelson, for example, the initial… Read more »

Terry Abeyta Elected as Officer to Catholic Charities Board

Attorney Terry Abeyta has been elected secretary of the Board of Trustees for Catholic Charities of Yakima. Catholic Charities oversees operation of and directs policy for Catholic Family and Child Services, a nonprofit agency serving children, families and seniors; Catholic Charities Housing Agency, providing affordable farmworker and workforce housing services; and St. Vincent Centers, which… Read more »

Injured Law Enforcement Officers Turn to Abeyta Nelson

Abeyta Nelson represents all kinds of people, from farm laborers to doctors and lawyers. We also are the firm that our local law enforcement officers turn to when they’re injured in an automobile crash. Terry Abeyta recently successfully completed two personal injury cases for a Washington State Patrol trooper and also a Yakima County Sheriff’s… Read more »

Kapuza and Lighty Included in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100

John S. Kapuza and Gregory S. Lighty have been invited to join The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100. Membership in The National Trial Lawyers is by invitation only and the organization is composed of America’s top trial lawyers. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who… Read more »

The Stress of “Who’s to Blame” Following an Injury

If you’ve been seriously injured, you might wonder if your injury warrants the help of a personal injury attorney. What makes enlisting the help of a personal injury attorney so important? Sometimes, when one has been wronged, they might find it difficult or stressful to assign “blame.” Whose fault is it that you were injured?… Read more »

Winter? Inevitable. Slip and Fall Accidents? Preventable.

Those frigid temperatures outside mean that winter has officially arrived to Central Washington. And with winter weather, snow and ice, comes greater responsibility for businesses and greater risk for pedestrians. For Businesses: Slip and fall injuries are one of the most common types of personal injury claim. When a customer falls on someone else’s property,… Read more »

Local Marathoner Runs for a Cause and Shares Message of Running Safety

  At the time of this posting, local Yakima runner Joy Alegria is approaching the 24th mile of the New York City Marathon (www.tcsnycmarathon.org), running to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes.  Like the other 50,000 runners in this elite national competition, Alegria has trained for months, pounding the Yakima pavement for hours in order to prepare… Read more »