Accident & Injury, Car Accident, Personal Injury, Health Care, Motor Vehicle
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Attorney Profile 2017-07-05T19:47:22+00:00

CLT & Associates is a personal injury law firm in Kirkland, WA, dedicated to serving clients in Tacoma, Seattle and surrounding areas.

Our clients can expect the services of a skilled, responsive legal team committed to fighting for the best possible results. The range of claims we handle includes:

  • Car Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Construction Accidents
  • Premises Liability  
  • Product Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Wrongful Death

Attorney Christopher L. Thompson founded CLT & Associates with the goal of delivering meaningful results to those who have been injured or lost a loved one due to the careless, reckless and negligent actions of another.

We Fight for You

Client satisfaction is our top priority. We pride ourselves on prompt responses to client phone calls and emails – which are returned by the injury attorney representing you, rather than a paralegal.

Our goal is to ensure all potential defendants are identified, and every legal avenue is fully explored. In many cases, we’re dealing with more than one tortfeasor (wrongdoer). Sometimes, injuries are the result of complex circumstances where more than one individual is to blame.

Compensation may come directly from the at-fault party/ parties, but it is often derived from insurers. We will meticulously investigate the details of every claim, and we won’t shy away from taking them to court if necessary.

Compensation in a Tacoma Personal Injury Lawsuit

We recognize a serious injury can be devastating, life-altering and potentially life-ending. Family members, particularly dependents, are hit especially hard. In addition to the emotional upheaval, the financial burden can be crushing.

You can trust our Tacoma injury law firm will give our all to ensure the best possible results. We recognize that while life may never be the same, you deserve a financially secure future. Our commitment to clients involves fighting for full recovery of damages, including:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Future medical care/ treatment
  • Loss of benefits/ earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional/ mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium

Our work begins with a careful review of the facts, followed by a thorough comparative analysis of relevant statutes and case law.

We identify all possible defendants and ensure claims are timely and properly filed. Some claims may not require litigation, as we may be successful in negotiations with insurers. In other situations, it may be necessary to file an injury lawsuit and pursue the case in a court of law. Medical malpractice cases require mandatory mediation prior to litigation.

At CLT & Associates, we care about our clients. We offer experience, dedication and persistence. No one wants to be in the position to need an injury lawyer in Tacoma. But when you do, it’s our honor and privilege to provide you with top quality legal representation.

Contact Tacoma personal injury law firm CLT & Associates at (425) 553-8708 or by sending us an email.

Serving Tacoma, Seattle, Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Puyallup and Gig Harbor.

No one intends to be in a car accident or to slip-and-fall at the grocery store or be the patient whose doctor makes a grave mistake.

Your very first step, in any of these scenarios, is to promptly seek medical attention. This is true even if you don’t think it’s all that serious. Latent injuries or illnesses could have serious consequences if not promptly identified and treated.

Your very next step should be to seek advice from a Tacoma personal injury lawyer.

Effective legal representation often starts with early involvement, allowing us to ensure crucial evidence is preserved, important questions are asked and necessary information is collected.

Common Personal Injury Claims

Many types of accidents can result in serious injuries or even death. These range from auto accidents to dog bites to medical malpractice. Having an injury attorney who knows the law and how best to approach these cases will maximize your chances of recovering damages.

Crash-related injuries are a top source of many personal injury and wrongful death claims. However, even these cases aren’t always as simple as they might seem at first blush. For instance, if your collision involved a tractor-trailer, the claim is automatically going to be more complex. There are likely to be more defendants. Plus, the operation of big rigs falls under the purview of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which necessitates review of federal regulations. Finally, truck accidents also tend to be very serious, meaning the stakes are much higher, and defendants invest more in fighting back.

Other common injury cases are bicycle accidents. Here in Tacoma and Seattle, we have seen a dramatic spike in the popularity of bicycling for work commute, recreation and sport. In turn, we have seen more bicycle accidents resulting in injury. Similarly, as more people are recognizing the benefits of walking, Washington pedestrian accidents are a serious problem. The good news is more communities are prioritizing “Complete Streets” approaches to protect vulnerable road users with better infrastructure and improved safety laws. Still, these incidents are far from elimination.

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission reports driver behavior is responsible for most motor vehicle crashes. In fact, 72 percent of all fatal car accidents in Washington State can be attributed to driver impairment, speed and/or run-off-the-road collisions.

Another common type of personal injury claim arises when property owners (particularly businesses and landlords) fail to ensure their sites are safe for invitees, or that those welcomed are made aware of non-obvious dangers. Potential premises liability claims may include slip-and-fall, negligent security, dog bites or some defective condition that posed a danger to those who entered.

In these cases, we must show the tortfeasor (wrongdoer) was negligent. That means showing:

  • Defendant owed a duty of care to you;
  • That duty of care was breached;
  • This breach of duty proximately (directly) caused your injuries.

Finally, medical malpractice is another common source of litigation. These cases are inherently complex, adhering to a different standard of proof than general negligence lawsuits and requiring expert witness testimony to prevail. In these cases, per RCW 7.70.150 , we must show the health care professional in question violated the accepted standard of care. These matters must be thoroughly researched before claims are filed, and there must be a timely submission of a certificate of merit by a qualified expert witness. Tacoma medical malpractice claims may include:

  • Missed diagnosis;
  • Negligence affecting pregnancy and child birth/ Birth injuries;
  • Errors in prescribing or administering medication;
  • Surgical errors.

If you have encountered any of these scenarios and need help recovering compensation, Tacoma injury attorney Christopher L. Thompson is available to answer your questions, help you explore your legal options and formulate a successful legal strategy.

Contact Tacoma personal injury law firm CLT & Associates at (425) 553-8708 or by sending us an email.

Serving Tacoma, Seattle, Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Puyallup and Gig Harbor

Who We Are

Christopher L Thompson

Kirkland Washington Personal Injury Lawyer

Tacoma Injury Attorney Christopher L. Thompson is proud to serve injury claimants in the state of Washington. Upon graduating from Belmont University College of Law, Mr. Thompson worked as a litigation lawyer for a mid-sized firm in the South, representing some of the largest financial institutions and insurers.  This experience gave him a unique insight into how these firms operate – and what it takes to win your case against them. He also worked for one of the most-respected personal injury laws firms on the west coast. Mr. Thompson founded CLT & Associates personal injury law firm serving Tacoma and Seattle with the goal of helping the injured navigate the complex and often stressful landscape of the Washington state civil justice system. You can bet that auto insurers, trucking companies, big businesses and doctors will have high-powered lawyers working for them. CLT & Associates aims to even the playing field.

“Chris exceeded my expectations. He personally answered all my calls, unheard of when dealing with lawyers in the past. He is a Lawyer so would recommend to anyone. I Started out with a Dui that was a sure thing for the prosecution, but Chris did his thing and I received a reckless driving and 100 fine.Chris was even willing to work out a payment plan..Hands down a comforting person to have on your side when dealing with the extreme stress that comes with a Dui arrest.I will be retaining Chris,Just in case I ever need a Lawyer in the future.”

Patrick