The Luvera Law Firm partners, Ralph Brindley and Robert Gellatly received an award of $15.2 million dollars against the University of Washington from a King County Judge who heard the three week case

MacKenzie received a heart transplant shortly after she was born. He care was transferred to Children’s Hospital where her primary care physician was from the University of Washington Medical Center. She progressed well and was closely monitored by her Pediatric Cardiologist. Shortly after her 4th Birthday she developed a head cold and had a runny nose. Her mother called the University of Washington doctors to find out what medication could be administered in light of her history as a heart transplant patient. Her call was answered by a doctor in training. The Resident Physician, in turn, talked to the Primary care Cardiac Pediatrician. The Attending doctor gave the Resident a list of appropriate medications and went on to say “tell her do not give Afrin”. (Afrin is a well-known decongestion medication that can affect the heart). The Resident in training misunderstood and told the mother to “give afrin”. The mother bought and administered the Afrin. Within 10 minutes MacKenzie suffered a cardiac arrest.

MacKenzie suffered severe brain damage as a result and will require full time care for the remainder of her life. She is unable to speak or walk. The award will allow the family to obtain the full medical support MacKenzie will need for the remainder of her life.

This story was covered on the front page of The Seattle Times

$20.5 Million Partial Settlement In Contaminated Medical Product Case

The Luvera Law Firm, led by attorney Joel Cunningham, has partially settled a product liability case for $20.5 million in its effort to bring justice to a family devasted by a tainted medical product.

Shortly after his birth, Myles was infected by contaminated alcohol wipes manufactured by Triad Group, Inc. out of Wisconsin, and distributed by others.  The infection stemmed from a rare but virulent bacterium deadly to neonates which caused Myles to suffer profound brain damage.  Myles, now 5 years old, suffers from severe developmental disabilities and will need round-the-clock care for the rest of his life.  He is fed through a feeding tube, is unable to speak, and is only now taking his first steps with the help of a walker.

The distributors have paid $20.5 million to settle the claims against them.  Triad’s operations were shut down by the FDA.  Just one month prior to the scheduled trial date, Triad declared bankruptcy in an effort to avoid accountability for its actions.

We intend to continue to pursue Triad even in bankruptcy.  Our goal is to make Triad accept responsibility for its actions and to remind other manufacturers that patient safety is more important than maximizing profits.

UPS crash exposes dangers of efficiency obsession

By KIRO 7 Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne

A near fatal United Parcel Service accident in Federal Way has raised new questions about the safety of some of those iconic brown trucks that line neighborhood streets nationwide.

UPS is converting its truck fleet to operate without traditional keys.

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Bad Faith Trims Insurers Money Trees by David Beninger



Three members of the Luvera Law firm named Best Lawyer of the year for 2012

Three members of the Luvera Law firm have been honored by being named Best Lawyer of the year for 2012 in their area of law practice. Paul Luvera, Ralph Brindley and Joel Cunningham were selected by Best Lawyers for this award. Paul Luvera received Seattle Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiff’s Lawyer of the Year for 2012. Joel Cunningham & Ralph Brindley were selected as Seattle Best Lawyers 2012 Seattle Medical Malpractice Law Plaintiff’s Lawyer of the the Year. Best Lawyers has been published for twenty five years and the current edition of Best Lawyers in America is based upon 3.9 million detailed evaluations confidentially made by lawyers about other lawyers. The lawyers selected have received particularly high ratings in surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity. We are proud of the fact that three members of this firm have been selected by their fellow lawyers and given this award.

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News networks interview attorney David Beninger on PSE gas leaks in North Seattle

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Contaminated Hospital Supplies Infect Premature Baby

Triad Group, Inc., a Wisconsin manufacturer of hospital supplies, was recently shut down by the FDA for selling products contaminated with potentially deadly bacteria, b. cereus, a cousin to anthrax. Our Firm has been informed by Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, Washington that one of our clients, a premature infant, contracted a severe brain infection as a result of contaminated alcohol wipes manufactured by Triad. We have brought a lawsuit against Triad and others on behalf of the infant and his family. This tragedy has now been reported in national and international news.

More and more health care providers are discovering that when one of their patients is injured, the cause is a defective device or supplies. We have investigated and successfully pursued a number of these cases over the years.

Ralph Brindley named the Best Lawyers’ 2011 Seattle Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year.

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Ralph J. Brindley as the “Seattle Best Lawyers Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year” for 2011.

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the“Lawyer of the Year.”

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 17th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2011) is based on more than 3.1 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in our surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.


Luvera Law Firm Partners selected as top 100 Super Lawyers

Paul Luvera, Joel Cunningham and Ralph Brindley were selected for inclusion in the list of the top one hundred lawyers in the State of Washington. Paul Luvera was the number one point getter among all one hundred lawyers in the selection process and Joel Cunningham was selected for inclusion in the top ten list. Washington Law & Politics – Super Lawyer conducts the survey among Washington lawyers.

Super Lawyers are selected using a rigorous selection process involving fellow lawyers. Each candidate is evaluated on twelve indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. All three members of the Luvera firm were selected for their skill in plaintiff personal injury work.


Paul Luvera Honored for Selection in the Hall of Fame

Paul Luvera has been selected by the American Trial Lawyers Association for membership in the 2010 Hall of Fame,  He was one of only five other lawyers throughout the United States who was selected for the honor. Five hundred people were in attendance for the induction ceremony held in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is the only lawyer ever selected from the State of Washington. He joins such other lawyers as Gerry Spence, Melvin Belli and Johnnie Cochran. The honor is given to extraordinary trial lawyers who have exceeded the expectations of the public and their peers by clearly establishing themselves, through their practice, as true champtions and crusaders for American justice.

Paul Luvera named “Seattle’s Best Personal Injury Litigator” by Best Lawyers in America

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Ralph J. Brindley as the “Seattle Best Lawyers Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year” for 2011.

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 17th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2011) is based on more than 3.1 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

Ralph Brindley selected as American Board of Trial Advocates President

Ralph Brindley was recently honored as Plaintiff’s Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association (WDTL) at its annual awards meeting.  The defense bar recognizes one outstanding plaintiff’s attorney in the state every year, who exemplifies excellence in the profession and consistently serves as a strong advocate and worthy opponent. Ralph was presented with the award before a crowd of judges and attorneys, after an introduction lauding his 35 years of professionalism and accomplishments. We are proud of our partner Ralph and congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.

Washington Law and Politics names three Luvera Law Firm partners as among best in state

Washington Law & Politics has named three of the firm members to their list of the top 100 lawyers in the state of Washington. Ralph Brindley, Joel Cunningham and Paul Luvera were selected. Two firm members, Paul Luvera and Joel Cunningham were listed in the top ten lawyers in the entire state. Luvera has been listed as one of the top 100 lawyers in the state every year since the magazine began surveying lawyers about their choice for the list. More than 18,000 lawyers are surveyed to nominate the top 100 lawyers in the state.

Lita Barnett Luvera receives Distinguished Alumni Award from Gonzaga University

On Thursday, October 16, 2008 Gonzaga University presented its 2008 Gonzaga University Distinguished Alumni Awards to partner Lita Barnett Luvera. A graduate of Gonzaga Law School in 1977, Lita was raised at the entrance to Mt Rainier National Park where her parents owned and operated The Gateway Inn, a family run resort. In addition to her law work as a partner in the law firm, Lita has been involved in supporting The Forgotten Children’s Fund, Special Olympics, Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Bailey-Boushay House and the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center. She has volunteered for the Center for Women and Democracy at the University of Washington.


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Luvera Law Firm is a nationally recognized firm with high standards of ethical conduct in the pursuit of justice. Our experienced attorneys and staff diligently represent our clients’ interests in obtaining exceptional verdicts and settlements in injury and damage cases.

Our work in seeking the truth and accountability for our clients creates positive change in corporate and governmental behavior, which benefits not only our clients but makes our world safer for everyone.


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