Your Attorney in Accident and Injury Cases
John A. Sterbick has years of experience across a wide range of accident and injury cases
John Sterbick has represented many people in the State of Washington as their attorney in accident and injury cases over his decades of legal practice. Below, you'll read more about some of the areas where John Sterbick can apply his expertise to help you protect your rights and to get you the compensation that you deserve. Contact the law office of John Sterbick to arrange a free, no obligation consultation to learn more today.
Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney in Tacoma and Washington State
Car accidents are the most common form of motor vehicle accidents. Every 10 seconds, someone in the United States is involved in a car accident. Under the law, if someone driving a vehicle does not use reasonable care, they are considered negligent.
If you have suffered an injury because of someone else’s negligence, you need to be sure that all your rights are protected, including the right to sue for damages. A skilled, experienced personal injury attorney can help you do that. If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, call John Sterbick, an expert personal injury attorney, for a free consultation at (253) 383-0140 today to find out how to get compensated for the damages you have suffered. There is no upfront charge and we won’t take any fees until your case is settled.
Brain and Spinal Injury Attorney in Tacoma and Washington State
A brain or spinal injury can change the life of both the injured person and their family in an instant. Depending on the type of injury, effects can range from mildly inconveniencing to devastatingly life–threatening and everything in between. There may be clear and obvious signs of injury such as loss of speech or paralysis, or the injured person may show more subtle symptoms, such as slight personality changes.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain or spinal injury, call John Sterbick for a free consultation at (253) 383-0140. He’ll protect your rights and help you understand all your options so you can make the best decision.
Medical Malpractice Attorney in Tacoma and Washington State
An injury at the hands of a medical provider can have a life–changing impact. Errors may be made during surgery, at the time of anesthesia, during a birth, in–patient monitoring or at one of many other points of medical care. Many times, when an injury or death occurs, you may have a feeling that a mistake was made but have no hard information to back it up. Medical personnel are trained to not offer any information if they are at fault and in most cases, the only way to find out if someone made an error is to contact a qualified attorney.
The law requires hospitals, doctors and other medical providers to practice at a certain level of care. If they do not follow proper medical procedures, they can be held responsible for committing medical malpractice. Each situation is different and it takes a skilled attorney to sort through medical records and find those which show medical errors. To learn about your rights and find out if you should pursue damages, call John Sterbick for a free consultation at (253) 383-0140 for a no charge, no obligation appointment. All cases are handled on a contingency basis, so you pay nothing unless he wins the case.
Slip and Fall Accident Attorney in Tacoma and Washington State
Though a slip and fall may seem minor, often the injuries sustained are more severe than those suffered in a motor vehicle accident. A fall can cause bone fractures, breaks, and torn ligaments. For an elderly person, a fractured hip can have devastating consequences. Slips and falls can occur in and around a home or on the premises of a business.
In the state of Washington, property owners are required to keep their premises reasonably safe so that visitors do not sustain an injury. If you have been injured in a slip or fall on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for the full costs of your medical care, as well as past and future lost wages. In some cases, your spouse will also be able to recover the loss of your services.
If you have been injured in a fall, it is very important to see an attorney right away. Sometimes the property owner will move quickly to repair the poor conditions or take other corrective action that destroys the evidence. To show negligence, your attorney needs to show proof of the condition that caused the injury. If it was, for instance, a liquid spill on a grocery store floor and it gets mopped up right away, your testimony will be used to describe the conditions that caused your injury.
You should also save all the evidence you can from the fall, including footwear or clothing that might have some substance or material that caused the fall left on it. It’s a good idea to take photos of the injury and any changes, such as swelling or bruising too.
If you have suffered an injury due to a slip or fall, call John Sterbick for a free consultation at (253) 383-0140 for a complimentary no obligation appointment to discuss your injury and to help you learn about your rights. All cases are handled on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing up front.
Nursing Home Injury Attorney in Tacoma and Washington State
It can be a heart–wrenching decision to place a parent or other loved one in a nursing home. You probably made the decision because you thought that they would be well–cared for and protected from injuries. But sometimes, they are harmed physically or emotionally by the intentional acts of a facility’s caregivers – the very people you trusted with their care and safety.
Senior citizens have a right to live out their lives free from the pain, suffering and emotional distress that is caused by negligent caregivers – no matter what their age. A good attorney will look for evidence of pain, suffering and emotional distress upon which to build a case. If your loved one was harmed while in the care of a nursing home, call John Sterbick for a free consultation at (253) 383-0140 to get expert advice on how to protect your legal rights and find out if compensation for negligent care is possible. There is no charge for your no obligation appointment. Should you retain representation, your case will be handled on a contingency, so you pay nothing up-front.
Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Tacoma and Washington State
There are lots of reasons why you should contact an attorney if you have been injured at work. State workers’ compensations claims are complex. Without the proper advice, you may be unaware of what you are entitled to. You should know that the state of Washington is not necessarily looking out for your best interests. They want to settle your case quickly for as little money as possible.
Workers’ compensation applies to all kinds of injuries sustained on the job. While neck and back injuries are most common, a wide range of occupational illnesses and injuries are covered. You can claim medical benefits, lost earnings, the cost of re–employment services, and permanent disability benefits, but you cannot claim non–economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
However, you may be able to file a separate personal injury lawsuit for pain and suffering if a third party contributes in some way to your injury. For example, maybe when you were on the job site, you were injured by a service vehicle, a contractor from another business, or a machine or product that was created and manufactured by another company.
If you have been injured on the job, you need a skilled and experienced attorney to represent your interests. To learn about your rights as someone injured on the job, including the right to fair compensation, call John Sterbick for a free consultation at (253) 383-0140 for your free, no obligation consultation. He’ll help you sort through your options so you get the best possible compensation for your injuries.
Bicycle Accident Attorney in Tacoma and Washington State
Most bicycle injuries happen when the cyclist collides with a motor vehicle. While bicyclists must follow the same rules as drivers of motor vehicles, drivers are required to exercise caution when bicyclists are present. For instance, the driver should honk his or her horn to let the bicyclist know that a car is close by. Some bicyclists are hit because the driver came too close while passing them. The law requires the driver of the motor vehicle to exercise such caution because when the two collide, it is the bicyclist who is going to be injured, not the driver of the vehicle.
If a driver operates a motor vehicle in a careless manner, they are responsible by law for any injuries suffered by the bicyclist -physically, emotionally, and economically. Even when wearing a helmet, without the protection and safety features of a motor vehicle, bicyclists are much more vulnerable to severe injuries - fractures, broken bones, and even permanent scars resulting from skidding on asphalt pavement.
If you have been injured in a bike accident and you think it was someone else's fault, you need an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the insurance issues, stand up for your rights and recover medical and economic damages for you. call John Sterbick for a free consultation at (253) 383-0140 for your free, no obligation appointment. He'll work to get you the compensation you deserve.
Dog Bite Attorney in Tacoma and Washington State
Each year, dog bites are responsible for serious physical and emotional injuries to their victims. If you live in Washington and a dog attacks you – and you did not provoke it – the owner is liable for your injuries. Usually, homeowner’s insurance will cover medical expenses, lost wages, and pain & suffering. If the owner of the dog lives in a rented house or apartment, the owner of the property may be sued. But in both cases, the amount can vary widely depending on how skillfully you negotiate the settlement.
A skilled lawyer will carefully assess your case to find out what insurance money you are entitled to for medical bills and other expenses. If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog, it is important that you both contact an attorney and document the incident by filing a police report. Many times, the offending dog has been allowed to run loose and it may be difficult to find and identify its owner. If you’ve been injured, call John Sterbick at (253) 383-0140 for a free, no obligation appointment. He’ll help you learn about your rights, including the right to fair compensation.
Legal Malpractice Attorney in Tacoma and Washington State
After an accident, in a divorce case or in a business matter, you may have hired an attorney to help you. Most do a fine job of protecting their clients’ rights and working on behalf of their interests. But sometimes, an attorney makes mistake that result in you losing the case or not getting what you deserve. It could be as simple as failing to file documents on time or representing two opposing parties concurrently. When this happens, you may have a case for legal malpractice.
Lawyers can be held liable in many different situations. If your attorney acted – or failed to act – in a way that jeopardized your case and you lost money as a result, you may be entitled to file a malpractice claim. If you think you have a reason to file a claim for malpractice, call John Sterbick for a free consultation at (253) 383-0140 to get professional advice and to evaluate your options.