Our Services

  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Defense
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Traffic Violations

Personal Injury

At Ember Law, we take pride in guiding clients through the legal and healing process. Injuries are stressful, and managing your claim can be overwhelming. We handle the details and paperwork so you can focus on getting proper treatment. As a boutique law firm, our clients are more than just a file. Each is a unique individual with specific needs and goals. By maintaining consistent contact with clients and medical providers, we aim to get you fully healed while preventing insurance companies from throwing up road blocks that interrupt your care.

Remember, insurance companies are for-profit entities, and their profit margins go down when they pay claims. Talking to an attorney right away can help protect your rights, preserve evidence, and keep you on the road to recovery. You’ve paid good money for insurance, and a good attorney can make sure you get the full value out of your policy.

If you’re too injured to come to the office, we will come to you.

Car Wrecks

Car Wrecks are traumatic events. They cause physical, emotional, and economic damages. Costs compound when you have to take time off work to heal and lose income. Insurance companies know how difficult it is for injured people in these situations – and will do all they can to limit their liability and minimize the amount that they have to pay. Some have been known to try to settle a case the next day!

At Ember Law, we work on these cases every day. We know the tactics insurance companies use. We will enforce your rights and make sure the insurance companies fulfill their legal obligations to you. Our experience enables us to provide guidance to clients and work to protect their financial, emotional, and physical future while holding insurance companies and at-fault parties accountable.

Brain Injuries (TBI)

Brain injuries come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: a significant impact on the life the victim and their loved ones, friends, and coworkers.

Even “mild” Traumatic Brain Injuries (concussions) can cause a variety of symptoms, including vertigo, headaches, insomnia, light and noise sensitivity, memory loss, and speech impairment, amongst others. These symptoms can last a lifetime. “Moderate” or “Severe” Brain Injuries can cause lifelong problems, interfering with a victim’s ability to work, maintain relationships, perform ordinary activities and many times permanently changing their personality.

If you or someone you know has suffered a brain injury, it is important that you speak to a knowledgeable attorney. You can count on the attorneys at Ember Law to coordinate with your medical professionals, take the time to listen to you, and seek the compensation you rightly deserve.

Pedestrian Injuries

As our own Leah Snyder can attest, being hit by a motor vehicle can be an incredibly awful experience. Even when pedestrians do everything right (using a crosswalk, looking both ways), it is easy to be the victim of a driver who is distracted or simply doesn’t see you. Injuries are often severe, and medical bills can run into the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars very quickly.

Fortunately, automobile insurance can protect you if you’re injured as a pedestrian. Ember Law can help you ensure you get the full benefit of the policy you pay for. Your own insurance may be able to help cover you even if you were not driving. It may cover your medical bills and reimburse you for lost wages while you pursue a claim against the at-fault driver.

If you, a friend, or a loved one have been injured as a pedestrian, contact Ember Law for a free consultation. We will use our years of experience to fight for you.

Motorcycle Crashes & Collisions

The attorneys at Ember Law have represented victims of negligence for years. Motorcycles offer drivers and their passengers less protection than most other types of vehicle. Unfortunately, collisions are often caused by other, inattentive drivers. These crashes can result in serious and catastrophic injuries such as broken bones, “road rash”, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and death.

If you are a victim, it is important that you seek experienced legal representation. Ember Law can help you navigate medical debt, resolve liability arguments, and seek just compensation. Contact us today for your free consultation.

Dog Bite & Animal Attacks

Dog owners in Washington have a number of responsibilities. In addition to caring well for their pets, they also have a duty to make sure that their animals do not bite or attack people or other animals. Dog bites can lead to serious injuries, including puncture wounds, lacerations, broken bones, and facial injuries. Children are especially vulnerable.

There are 2 ways a dog bite victim can pursue compensation. Washington law states that the owner of a dog who bites someone “shall” be liable for the injuries that person suffers, regardless of the past viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge thereof. A dog owner can also be pursued if they knew or should have known of a dog’s past vicious behavior and did little to protect the public from that dog.

Animal bites can lead to infection, scarring, and long-lasting injuries. Including anxiety and fear. Frequently insurance may be available to cover dog bite incidents.

Call Ember Law today for a free consultation regarding your dog bite case. We will answer any questions you may have.

Truck & Bus Accidents

Truck and bus drivers provide a valuable service to our society – transporting people and goods at all hours of the day. However, when a driver or company doesn’t obey the rules of the road, the results can be devastating. The sheer force generated by a truck or bus is much larger than that generated by a car in similar circumstances.

At Ember Law, we understand the life-changing effects these types of injuries can have. We also know about the unique issues that make litigating truck and bus crashes more difficult and complex. If you or someone you know has been injured by a bus or truck driver, call Ember Law for a free consultation. We’ll deal with the insurance companies and medical providers so you can focus on getting better.

Wrongful Death

Nothing is more tragic than losing a loved one due to a preventable incident. Coping with the loss of a family member can be one of the most difficult times of your life. The experienced attorneys at Ember Law will provide you with compassion and will help you understand the options to seek justice against the person or entity who caused the tragedy.

In Washington, the laws regarding wrongful death are complex. It is essential that you have an attorney to help you navigate the complex wrongful death laws. If the negligence of another has caused the death of a family member, Ember Law can help you pursue claims against the at-fault party.

Criminal Defense

Facing criminal charges is scary and confusing. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side is essential to your well-being and your case. At Ember Law, we pride ourselves on aggressively advocating your case and ensuring that you are fully informed. Don’t allow yourself to be intimidated when faced with criminal charges. It is your right to question the authorities and force them to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. If you find yourself facing criminal charges, contact Ember Law today.

DUI / Physical Control

Everyone makes mistakes.  A DUI can have lasting, damaging effects on you and your family.  The consequences aren’t limited to jail time and fines.  Just getting a DUI charge can cause someone to lose their job or impact how they are able to provide for, and take care of, their family. A DUI is also permanent – it cannot be vacated from your record.

If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI or Physical Control, it is important that you speak to an attorney.  You have very little time before you begin to feel the expensive and life-disrupting consequences, often before the case is even filed in court.  For example, you now only have seven days to request a DOL Hearing to contest a pre-conviction hearing.

At Ember Law, we have been successfully defending those charged with driving under the influence and physical control for years.   We believe in being there for our clients and answering their questions without taking every penny you have. At Ember Law, we take the time to talk to you and provide personal representation so you can rest assured we are paying close attention to your case.

Reckless Driving

People who are charged with DUI will often plea to a reduced charge of reckless driving.  However, this charge is not confined to DUIs alone, and you should take the consequences seriously.

You can be charged with Reckless Driving if a prosecutor or officer believes that you have driven a vehicle “in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property”.  Common examples are a defendant trying out a new car (usually with a big engine) in a neighborhood, or a couple fighting while one of them drives, and a crash happens.

In addition to the fact that Reckless Driving is a criminal charge (and not an infraction) a conviction will cause your license to be suspended for 30 days and your insurance rates to skyrocket.  At Ember Law, we use our knowledge of the law and courtroom procedure, along with strong negotiating tactics, to effectively represent our clients charged with Reckless Driving.

Assault

Assaults can range in seriousness, from those that cause life-threatening injuries to those that don’t cause any physical damage at all.  The most common charge is Assault in the Fourth Degree (Assault 4).  These charges most commonly arise when the police are called to break up an argument or small fight.  Usually the belligerents just want the other person to be separated.  Unfortunately, the police are required to make an arrest when they determine there is a “primary aggressor.”  And guess what, they always find a primary aggressor.

No matter the kind of assault charge, a conviction for a violent crime can follow you for years, impacting everything from job opportunities to housing.  At Ember Law, our experienced attorneys can provide the aggressive and knowledgeable representation you need.

Domestic Violence

“Domestic Violence” has a very wide definition in Washington, not only covering current or former romantic partners, but also extended family and even roommates.  A crime with a “domestic violence tag” often carries additional penalties, not to mention the stigma one can face when a background check is run.

If you have been charged with a domestic violence related crime, it is extremely important that you talk to an attorney immediately.  These charges require tact, patience, and an attorney who has the skill to take them to trial if necessary. At Ember Law, we have a proven record of successfully defending clients who have been charged with domestic violence related crimes.  We give all of our clients the individual care they deserve and seek justice in every case.

Misdemeanors

Washington has two types of misdemeanors, simple misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors.  The primary difference is the maximum punishment that can be imposed. For simple misdemeanors like trespassing or disorderly conduct, the maximum is 90 days in jail and/or a $1000 fine.  For gross misdemeanors – DUI, Reckless Driving, Assault, etc. – the maximum is 364 days in jail and/or a $5000 fine.

These maximums are almost never imposed, and the sentence received will often take into account the seriousness of the offense and the defendant’s criminal history.  While often presented as minor crimes, it is important that you consult with an attorney if you have been charged with a misdemeanor. Depending on the case, there may be consequences that are not obvious, or a way of disposing of the charge that results in no conviction at all.

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor crime in Washington, call Ember Law today.

Felonies

Felonies are punished more seriously than misdemeanors (over a year). Class A felonies – the most serious – are punishable by prison sentences which can include life, as well as fines up to $50,000. Class B felonies carry a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and fines of up to $20,000. Class C felonies have a maximum 5 years in prison and/or $10,000 in fines.

Felonies are further classified by their seriousness according to Washington State’s Sentencing Guidelines.  When determining a sentence, judges will often consult a sentencing grid that provides a range of time based on the seriousness of the crime and the defendant’s “offender score”.  While determining an offender score is complicated, it can be simply described as being based on a defendant’s past criminal history.

At Ember Law, we are well aware of the serious consequences these charges carry, not only for defendants but for their families and loved ones as well.  If you want caring, compassionate, and tough representation, call Ember Law today.

Restraining Orders

In Washington, courts can issue different types of restraining orders, depending on the circumstances, to prevent contact.  These orders can be civil or criminal in nature, meaning that an individual asked the court for an order or a court orders one after a criminal charge has been filed.

Contact includes not only personal contact, but also phone calls & text messages, emails, social media, or through a third person.  A single, provable instance of contact committed while a valid order is in effect can lead to jail time, heavy fines, the loss of the right to possess a firearm, and the requirement to give a DNA sample.  It doesn’t matter whether or not the “protected party” wants you around or not.  If the order is valid, criminal charges could be filed.

If you have been charged with violating a restraining or no-contact order, take action right now and talk with our domestic violence attorney. Our goal is to provide you with solid, ethical, and effective advocacy while minimizing the harsh consequences of these convictions.

Insurance Disputes

Homeowners Insurance

If you have suffered a serious loss to your property, Ember Law may be able to assist you and obtain coverage under your homeowners’ insurance. Whether you suffered a fire, collapse, or other catastrophic event, we can help you navigate your insurance claim and work with you towards payment of your damages.

Damages to your home or personal property can easily cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. The situation seems to only get worse when your insurance company, to whom you’ve faithfully paid premiums, tells you they won’t cover your loss or will not pay enough to repair your home.

In Washington, insurers are held to high standard of conduct. Our knowledge of the law and attention to detail ensures that your property and repairs are properly valued. If the insurance company insists on denying coverage, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit and hold them accountable.

Insurance Coverage Denials

If you have a dispute with an insurance company regarding denial of coverage, refusal to pay benefits, or failure to defend, Ember Law is experienced in reviewing coverage decisions and advocating for coverage. Many insurers will try to blame you for a collision or event which was not your fault, or will provide excuses regarding why coverage is not provided. Having an attorney on your side can resolve coverage decisions in your favor.

Call Ember Law for a review of the coverage from someone who knows the law and can effectively advocate for your interests.

Renters Insurance Claims

Renters insurance can be a valuable tool when your belongings are damaged or destroyed, especially if the landlord’s insurance policy doesn’t cover the damages.  However, just like in the homeowners and automobile context, insurance companies will look for every opportunity to deny coverage or limit exposure.  They will try to hide behind dense policy contract language or pay you less than replacement value for your damaged items.  Applied to a variety of items that you use for daily living, this can cost you tens of thousands of dollars that the insurance company should have paid for.

If you have submitted a claim for damages under a Renter’s or Homeowner’s policy, and the insurance company is avoiding you, call Ember Law for assistance.

Insurance Bad Faith

When an insurance company unreasonably denies you coverage or refuses to pay your claims, you may be able to recover additional damages against the insurance company. In Washington, an insurance company is required to treat its insureds fairly.

That means your insurance company must act in good faith whenever it makes a decision. If your insurance company is not treating you fairly, delaying your claim, refusing to make payments, or denying coverage, call Ember Law to see if you can make a claim for Bad Faith.

Personal Injury Protection Insurance

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance is an extremely valuable part of your auto insurance coverage.  It covers you regardless of whether or not you’re at fault.  It often also provides some coverage for lost wages and “loss of services” for things you’re unable to do due to your injuries.  Unlike your health insurance, there’s no deductible or co-pay, and you will often get to choose your own medical providers.

Unfortunately, insurance companies will try to reduce payments to your providers by terminating PIP benefits early. They will often use doctors, chiropractors, and even massage therapists to do a cursory review of your claim, and then deny it.  This leaves many people suffering from their injuries while their insurance company tries to avoid their obligations.

This is why it’s important for you to speak to an attorney if you’ve been injured.  We know the tactics these companies use – we see them every day. We also know their legal obligations, and can use the legal system to make sure that you are treated fairly.

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) Insurance

Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist coverage is included in most automobile insurance policies in Washington, unless it has been specifically excluded by the policy holder. UM/UIM coverage applies when the person who causes the injuries has either no insurance or insufficient insurance to cover your damages. If the person who hit you doesn’t have enough insurance, you can then submit a claim to your own insurance company for the remaining amount of your damages if you have UM/UIM coverage.

Insurance companies like to pay as little as possible when a claim is submitted. The reasoning is simple – the more they pay you, the less profit they make. Fortunately, Washington is a great place to hold these insurance companies accountable. At Ember Law, we have extensive knowledge of the applicable statutes and case law that require insurance companies to treat their insureds (that’s you) fairly.  We are familiar with the tricks they will try to use to devalue your claim, and will fight to ensure that your insurance company pays you the money you deserve.

Traffic Violations

Whoops, you were caught going a little too fast down a city street, or perhaps you forgot you were driving too slow in the left lane. Perhaps the officer alleges they saw you using your cell phone while driving.  Whatever you do, don’t just pay that ticket off! Moving violations can cost you hundreds of dollars in fines and increased insurance premiums.  Depending on your record, a violation could even impact your ability to drive.  At Ember Law, we handle a variety of traffic offenses at a reasonable price.  We use our knowledge of the law to get dismissals or outcomes that have a less burdensome impact on our clients.