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Meridian and Boise Idaho Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers
Serving all of Idaho - Call now and speak directly with me
All types of Idaho personal injury cases, including:
· Car accidents
· Trucking accidents / Tractor Trailer
· Motorcycle accidents / ATV / UTV accidents
· Victims of drunk drivers
· Accidental shootings
· Pedestrian / Bicycle accidents
· Dog bites / Dog attack / Dog mauling / Animal attacks
· Sexual exploitation by medical doctor
· Boating accidents
· Slip and fall (must have really compelling facts)
· School bus accidents
· Tort claims against governmental entities
· General negligence claims
· Uninsured motorist claims
· Underinsured motorist claims
Common personal injuries associated with these claims are:
· Wrongful death
· Brain injuries (MTBI)
· Broken bones / Fractures
· Paralysis / Paraplegia / Quadriplegia
· Scarring / Burns
· Spinal cord injury - bruising, pinching, bulging disc
· Neck and back injuries
· Rotator cuff / Shoulder
· ACL / MCL tears / Knee
· Cervical / Thoracic / Lumbar sprains & strains
· Pain and suffering
Other types of loss associated with personal injury claims are:
· Loss of job / income
· Loss of earning capacity
· Loss of consortium
· Property damage
· Property loss
· Diminution in value
Home Appointments are available in the following locations:
· Boise, Idaho
· Meridian, Idaho
· Kuna, Idaho
· Nampa, Idaho
· Caldwell, Idaho
· Middleton, Idaho
· Eagle, Idaho
· Payette, Idaho · Weiser, Idaho · Mountain Home, Idaho · Twin Falls, Idaho · Emmett, Idaho · Bruneau, Idaho · Star, Idaho · Greenleaf, Idaho · Wilder, Idaho · Melba, Idaho · McCall, Idaho · Cascade, Idaho · Idaho City, Idaho
Meridian Idaho Personal Injury and Accident Attorneys
At Blackburn Law, PC, attorney Stephen Blackburn takes great care to give personal and individual attention to each and every case. When you hire Mr. Blackburn, you are getting much more than someone who will take on your case for a contingency fee - you will get a lawyer who cares about you and will strive to understand how your personal injuries have affected you, your family and your quality of life. Many of our clients become great friends with whom we enjoy association long after the case is completed.
Mr. Blackburn vigorously pursues civil claims against drunk drivers. People who operate motor vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol are a menace to society, and cause collisions that seriously injure people every day. Attorney Blackburn believes drunk drivers and their insurers should be made to pay for the damages they cause as a result of their outrageous and reckless conduct.
Give Mr. Blackburn a call today. He'll take the time to analyze the facts of your case and get things moving forward so you can focus on the important aspects of rehabilitation.
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Bicycle vs. car accidents are on the rise in Idaho
- Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:46:29 GMT - Email The Author
From the Idaho Statesman:
"Another hit-and-run crash in Boise has hospitalized a bicyclist.
Thursday's incident took place a little after 7 a.m. at 8th and Myrtle streets in Downtown Boise.
Witnesses told police the female bicyclist was riding north on 8th Street and crossing the Myrtle intersection when a car going east on Myrtle struck the bike. Police said the bicyclist was taken to a local hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.
According to witnesses, the driver of the car did not stop after the crash. However, police say they are speaking with a man they think may be the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash.
By 8 a.m., the only evidence of the crash was a bicycle with a flashing headlight and a slightly damaged back end propped up against a nearby building, and a small amount of blood on the sidewalk. A police officer removed the bike before reopening the far right lane of Myrtle Street.
Two recent hit-and-run crashes in Boise resulted in the deaths of a pedestrian and a cyclist, and a third crash killed another cyclist.
Wiley A. Padden, 28, was struck by a pickup truck as he walked across State Street east of Collister at about 1:15 a.m. Oct. 4. The driver of the pickup, Adam Drew Weinert, 24, fled the scene before eventually turning himself in. He has been charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury or death.
Victor Haskell, 53, was killed Sept. 26 while riding his bike along State Street. He was found hours after the incident and later died at the hospital. Police released a description of the vehicle suspected of being involved in the crash. Gavin Bradford Haley, 31, turned himself in the following evening.
Last week, 56-year-old resident James Kelly died after he was hit by an SUV while riding his bike at Federal Way and the Broadway Avenue offramp."
Folks, we need to be careful out there! Drive defensively and be alert to what you are doing while driving. Let's make Idaho the safest place it can be for cyclists and drivers alike.
Texting and driving in Idaho causes car accidents
- Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:34:05 GMT - Email The Author
Texting and driving is a real problem for teenagers and adults alike. Please remember, texting and driving is a violation of Idaho law. Car accidents can and do happen very quickly. Being distracted, even for a second, can be enough to not see the pedestrian in the crosswalk, or the off-balance child on a bicycle, or the car turning left just ahead of you.
As a personal injury lawyer in Meridian, Idaho, I commonly see accidents, and the aftermath, where people who are texting on a cell phone are the cause of the crash. Most of the time, the injuries sustained are relatively minor and with proper medical treatment the injured person can and does make a full recovery. Sometimes, however, distracted or inattentive driving causes fatalities, paralysis, burns and other horrific scars. These injuries last long time, sometimes affected many more lives that just the person injured.
In addition, if you are found guilty of causing a crash while texting, your insurance rates will likely skyrocket, making it very expensive for you to get to work or school or whatever your destination.
Chances are, you or someone you know has been affected by a distracted driver. Ask around, the link may be closer than you think.
Please drive carefully and attentively. Arrive alive!
Meridian Idaho Car Accident Attorney
- Sat, 15 Jun 2013 12:34:16 GMT - Email The Author
With summer here and our activities lined up, it is important to remember a few basic driving tips to make sure our travels are safe.
First, buckle up, it only takes a couple seconds and can save your life if you are in an accident.
Second, if using a GPS, put the route in before you leave. This way, you won't be distracted, even for a second, while driving to your destination.
Third, assign a passenger to change the radio station. While this may seem silly to some, distracted driving kills or maims people every day in Idaho.
Fourth, if you must talk on the cell phone while you are driving, please use a headset with a Bluetooth connection. The preference, of course, is to focus on driving and not on talking, so even better would simply be to put the cell phone on vibrate and return calls once you reach your destination.
As a personal injury lawyer, I see how distracted driving affects families. Almost daily I receive phone calls from individuals or families who have been in car crashes and the majority of those end up being insurance claims that costs thousands and thousands of dollars for medical treatment, property damage and lost wages.
Avoid being a statistic - focus on driving and get to your destination safely. Aren't you worth it?
I you do happen to suffer the unfortunate reality of a car crash, feel free to call me and talk to me personally about your case. 208-898-9442 or visit my website for more information. www.blackburnlawpc.com
Fatal Motorcycle vs. Truck Collision in Boise, Idaho
- Fri, 11 Jan 2013 11:25:37 GMT - Email The Author
From the Idaho Statesman 8/27/2012:
"The westbound lanes of State Street just past the Eagle Road
intersection are closed to traffic while emergency crews investigate a
fatal car vs. motorcycle crash in the area.
The crash was reported
at 7:23 a.m. Monday in front of the Shady Acres gas station in the 4100
block of West State Street, which is just west of Eagle Road, according
to Ada County dispatch reports.
Witnesses told Ada County
Sheriff’s deputies that an adult male driver of a Ford pickup truck
going eastbound on State Street turned left to go to the parking lot of
the station and collided with an adult male motorcyclist, who was going
westbound on State Street.
The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash Ada County Sheriff's officials say.
traffic at State Street is still moving but westbound traffic was still
being diverted north at Park Lane as of 9:30 a.m.
Sheriff’s deputies say the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet. The driver of the truck was not injured.
No arrests or citations had been issued in connection with the crash as of 9:30 a.m."
Our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. Accidents like this should never happen, yet they do. While I make no assumptions as to the facts of this particular case, all too often, I find that people are driving more distracted than ever. Whether it be a cell phone, texting, and iPod or other forms of distraction, more and more drivers are paying less attention to the roadway and their surroundings. In today's hustle and bustle society, we must be more vigilant than ever!
Attorney Stephen Blackburn helps families who are suffering through serious injury or death. While true there is nothing that can restore a limb, or bring a loved one back, we cannot and must not let insurance companies dictate the "value" of your body or life. 208-898-9442.
Deadly Car Accident on Hwy 16 Idaho
- Thu, 20 Dec 2012 17:18:23 GMT - Email The Author
Another car accident claimed the life of a young Eagle, Idaho girl. Our sincere condolences to the families of everyone involved.
From The Idaho Statesman:
"A 16-year-old Eagle girl died Tuesday from injuries suffered in a two-car crash on Highway 16 last week.
girl had been unconscious since Dec. 10 when the 2008 Honda Accord she
was driving west on Floating Feather was struck by a 2010 Jeep Grand
Cherokee headed north on the highway about 6:45 a.m., according to the
Ada County Sheriff's Office.
A 16-year-old boy in the Accord was
seriously injured but is recovering. The Jeep's driver, a 50-year-old
Emmett woman, also was injured and is receiving ongoing medical care.
say the girl stopped at a stop sign on Floating Feather Road at the
highway. She waited a few seconds before proceeding but when she did was
immediately broadsided by the Jeep.
All three were wearing seat belts and both vehicle had working airbags.
The investigation is ongoing and will be forwarded to the Ada County Prosecutor's Office for review.
girl was pronounced dead Tuesday evening at Saint Alphonsus Regional
Medical Center. Her name has not yet been released."
*** We remind everyone this Christmas and New Years season to be cautious while driving. Our bodies are much more fragile than the vehicles we drive. Take some extra time. Look and look again. Remember your defensive driving skills. Arrive alive! ***
Boise Idaho Car Accident Attorneys
- Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:29:46 GMT - Email The Author
If you or a family member has been injured as a result of a car, trucking or motorcycle accident, call attorney Stephen Blackburn
for a free consultation to discuss your case.
Mr. Blackburn has been representing injury clients since 2003, and has devoted his practice to helping people overcome not only the physical and emotional impacts of injuries, but also the economic impact of injuries.
In our current era of "tort reform" we sometimes hear of juries awarding millions of dollars to people who were wrongly convicted, wrongly imprisoned, or wrongly injured in some way. These cases are few and far between, and rarely do we hear all of the facts surrounding the evidence - but only hear of the result. Unfortunately, in cases such as the McDonald's spilled coffee case, most people are unaware of the facts of that case, let alone what happened with the verdict (which was substantially reduced).
Why does this happen? Quite simply, it is deliberate planning and strategy by the insurance industry and lawmakers who are in the insurance companies' pockets. Together, they make a formidable team who tell you and me that a jury has no right to determine how much an injured person may require to pay their medical bills, recover lost wages, or suffer through the activities of daily living due to serious injury. I find it incredibly ironic that we trust a jury to convict a criminal and give the death penalty, but some don't trust a jury to tell us what a paralyzed motorcyclist hit by a drunk driver should recover for a lifetime of pain and suffering! Instead, the insurance companies and lawmakers have enacted limitations on general damages (pain and suffering), which in reality only adds insult to injury in those cases where there is significant pain and suffering.
With this background, imagine trying to fight against the insurance industry with your injury claim?
The attorneys at Blackburn Law, PC are here to help. Feel free to give me a call at any time to evaluate the facts of your case. I'll visit with you personally and give you candid feedback about the facts of your case, and then you'll have the information you need to make an informed decision.
Serving all of southern Idaho, including Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, Payette, Weiser, Mountain Home, and the surrounding areas. 208-898-9442.
Excessive Speed Car Crash in Boise Idaho
- Sun, 04 Mar 2012 01:32:58 GMT - Email The Author
Excessive speed can cause serious injury and death. Our legislature enacts speed limits for a reason. When we disregard these limits, bad things happen. Our condolences to the families of all involved in the tragedy that occurred in Boise early Saturday.
From The Idaho Statesman:
"BOISE, Idaho — Boise police
and the Ada County Coroner said that Scott R. Hyde, 18, of Meridian,
died in a crash on the Curtis off ramp from the I-184 connector at 1:20
a.m. Saturday morning.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but police say excessive speed was a factor.
crash involved a single car, a 2002 silver Lexus four-door. Five
people, Hyde, along with two boys and two girls, ages 17 to 19, were
inside. Hyde died instantly at the scene, said police. Three others,
including the driver, remain hospitalized with life-threatening
A fourth passenger, a girl riding in the front seat,
suffered non-life threatening injuries. She is a juvenile, so police are
not releasing details about her condition. Investigators say she was
the only person in the car wearing a seat belt.
Police say the
Lexus hit a cement wall at a high rate of speed. The impact scattered
debris from the crash over a large area. The cement wall was also
damaged. Boise firefighters had to extricate both front seat occupants.
are asking anyone who may have seen the Lexus before the crash to
contact them at 570-6290. Officers believe the car traveled up Front
Street to I-184 possibly via Broadway or Boise Ave."
Car Accidents Leave Scars That Don't Heal
- Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:49:39 GMT - Email The Author
Sometimes car accidents result in minimal or no injuries. If you're unlucky enough to be in an accident, but lucky enough to not be injured - then count yourself lucky!
Too often, children and adults alike who are involved in some type of car, trucking or motorcycle accident are sitting next to a window or the frame of a vehicle and when a collision occurs, flying glass and bent, sharp metal can cause terrible injuries to the eyes, face, arms, head and legs.
The injuries themselves will heal with proper medical treatment and time, yet sometimes the unsightly scars remain. When this happens, you need to make sure you carefully document the scar aging. The best way to do this is with a digital camera, taking a variety of pictures with and without the flash. Depending on your complexion, the flash can either wash out the scar and make it seem barely noticeable, or it can create a contrast that makes it stick out like a sore thumb.
There are also scar revision techniques available from plastic surgeons to lessen the visibility of some types of scars. While these techniques generally do not make the scar disappear, it does help minimize the obviousness.
If you have a scar or scars resulting from personal injuries you suffered in a car accident in the Boise or Meridian, Idaho areas, contact attorney Stephen Blackburn
208-898-9442 for a free consultation.
Idaho Car Accident Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney
- Sat, 21 Jan 2012 14:45:30 GMT - Email The Author
Anyone with life experience knows that bad things sometimes happen to good people. Unfortunately, these bad things may come in the form of injuries suffered in a car, trucking or motorcycle collision.
When you are hurt, the last thing you want to think about, but often the first thing you do think about, is who will be paying the medical bills? Other questions may come up, such as how long will it take me to get better? What type of treatment should I receive? What if my injuries are permanent?
These are all valid and very real questions. And you need answers.
Attorney Stephen Blackburn
has served his entire legal career helping people who have been injured in accidents through no fault of their own. I am amazed as I receive daily phone calls from people just like you who are frustrated that the insurance company is treating them poorly, or not talking to them at all, or telling them they shouldn't have been hurt at all, and other similar conversations. It is important to understand that insurance adjusters go through specific training to deal with you - in a way that will save their company money. If they can get you to settle quickly, it saves them thousands of dollars. But what about you?
What happens if you settle quickly, usually for the $500-$1000 they dangle in front of you? Well, you will sign a release, and once that happens, you may prejudice any right of future medical care as a result of the collision.
Don't let the insurance company dictate your medical care! Call me today for a free consultation. Being hurt as a result of someone else's negligence is not what you had planned. I'll help you get justice.
While not every case requires an attorney, I will evaluate your information and let you know whether an attorney will be beneficial for your case. At the end of the day it's your decision. No pressure, just solid legal advice.
I look forward to talking with you to learn more about your case. 208-898-9442.
Beware of Collection Agency Tactics
- Mon, 19 Dec 2011 22:57:55 GMT - Email The Author
This time of year, collection agencies are notorious for using questionable, even illegal tactics to try and pry money from you. Granted, they have a right to collect money you legally owe; however, they are limited in their collection tactics. To name but a few of the illegal tactics they use: They will often harass you at work, harass your employer causing strained employer/employee relationships, and may even get you fired.
Additionally, if you have a professional blog or comment sections on a website, they will post flagrantly false comments to try and dissuade people from doing business with you.
If you have been a victim of such tactics, you may have a claim against the collections company for tortious interference with the employment and/or business contract. You should talk to an attorney regarding your possible claims. Your attorney will have the necessary tools to trace the IP addresses of the comments to the offending party which will assist in proving your case.