Personal Injury

“Personal injury” refers to an area of law that seeks to protect those harmed by the negligence of another person or entity. Negligence, in turn, is defined as the failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person, under the same circumstances, would have exercised. Negligence occurs when one person’s conduct imposes an unreasonable risk upon another, which results in personal injury or wrongful death to another person.

Every person has a legal duty to conduct himself according to a certain standard, so as to avoid unreasonable risk to others. If someone fails to conform with that duty and causes injury or death to another person, he may be liable for the damages caused.

Why do you need an attorney?

For personal injury claims, you should consult a lawyer who specializes in injury cases. Insurance companies are very aggressive in defending against personal injury cases in order to avoid payment of claims and to save money. From evaluating your claim to negotiating with the insurance company to advocating your case before a jury – you need an experienced advocate. The attorneys and paralegals at Luce Lineberry & Kenney PS will help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

What to do when you have an accident

When you’ve been injured by someone else’s carelessness, it’s important to take some initial steps to make sure your injury claim can be settled fairly and as quickly as possible. Write down everything you can remember about how the injury occurred, including the names, addresses and phone numbers of potential witnesses. Talk to an attorney before making any statements, written or verbal, to insurance company adjusters or representatives. Protect any evidence you may need to prove your injury, such as photographs of an accident or injury scene, clothing you wore, damage to personal belongings, etc.


The amount of compensation is mainly determined by the severity of your injuries. The severity is measured in part by the amount of your medical bills, the type of injuries you sustained and the length of time it takes for you to recover. As the amount of your potential compensation increases, the range for settlement negotiations also increases.

We will fight for your right to just compensation and negotiate for the highest possible settlement.

Choose experience and compassion

When you choose Luce Lineberry & Kenney PS, you put your trust in one of Pierce County’s oldest law firms with a superb staff of experienced and caring lawyers and paralegals. We know what it takes to fight for your right to compensation. Armed with evidence, we aggressively negotiate on your behalf. And if negotiations fail to reach the results you deserve, our skilled legal team is prepared to fight vigorously at trial to protect your rights to compensation.

Types of injuries

Injuries can happen in a number of ways and the staff of Luce Lineberry & Kenney PS can help you. The most common injuries we handle are caused by:

  • Car Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Slip and Falls
  • Dog Bites
  • Product Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Wrongful Death

Don’t trust your future to just anyone

If you have questions about your right to legal compensation after a life-changing personal injury or a family member’s untimely death, ask for guidance from personal injury attorneys with a track record of success – Luce Lineberry & Kenney PS.


When disputes arise between two or more parties, legal actions are often the result.  Whether you initiate a claim or need to defend yourself, it is critical to have legal representation that looks out for your rights and works hard to obtain the best results for you as the client.

The Litigation Group of Luce Lineberry & Kenney, P.S. offers experienced litigators who obtain real, measurable results for our clients when other methods – and, in some cases, other firms – have not produced an acceptable outcome.  We accommodate both those clients with claims against other parties, and those clients seeking a seasoned advocate to formulate a strong, successful defense.

Luce Lineberry & Kenney, P.S. litigators have tried cases in State and federal courts throughout the country.  Our attorneys know how to manage a case to win it – and how to do so in a manner that is consistent with our client’s business goals.

Our litigators understand, however, that a trial is not always in the best interest of the client.  Recognizing the increasing pressure clients face to resolve cases without the risk and expense of a trial, we also have a long track record of securing the dismissal or settlement of litigation matters in the early stages of litigation, without unnecessary expense of time and resources.

Types of Litigation cases handled by the Litigation Group of Luce Lineberry & Kenney PS:

  • Appellate
  • Arbitration
  • Business Litigation
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Government Liability
  • Medical Negligence
  • Wrongful Death

Highlights of our Litigation practice

Appellate | Overview

The attorneys of Luce Lineberry & Kenney P.S. have represented clients in both State and federal appellate courts in Washington.  Although we handle appellate matters, our work often begins before the appeal phase.  We regularly consult with clients to help shape trial strategies and preserve important issues for appeal.  Our clients benefit from working with trial lawyers who understand the appellate process.

Arbitration | Overview

Arbitration has become a frequently preferred alternative method for resolving many types of commercial disputes.  As a result, many commercial contracts include a clause requiring arbitration as the exclusive method for resolving disputes.  While no single method of dispute resolution is right for every type of problem, Luce Lineberry & Kenney P.S. litigators have extensive experience representing clients in arbitrations.  Many of our litigators have served as arbitrators appointed by organizations that sponsor alternative dispute resolution.

Business Litigation | Overview

The Luce Lineberry & Kenney P.S. Litigation Group regularly litigates matters that span the spectrum of complex commercial litigation.  We handle all types of contractual disputes, ranging from failed partnerships or business deals to commercial property disputes.  We also have significant experience litigating disputes arising from shareholder, partnership or LLC agreements where control of the business entity is at issue.  We have litigated contract disputes in federal and State courts and in a wide variety of arbitration forums.

Our group regularly prosecutes and defends business torts involving interference with contract, fraud, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, and related claims.  While the majority of business disputes are resolved via motion or settlement before trial, our breadth of trial experience ensures that client matters that do settle are resolved on the most advantageous terms possible.  The attorneys in our Litigation Group share a common goal to vigorously represent and enforce the rights of our clients in their contracts and business dealings, and to do so as efficiently as possible.

Civil Rights | Overview

Luce Lineberry & Kenney, P.S. litigators are prepared to defend our clients’ civil rights and demand basic standards for those protected rights of individuals.  Our litigators have experience in the areas of discrimination, defamation and harassment, including sexual harassment, racial discrimination or ethnic stereotyping.  Our litigators have handled complex, high profile cases against school districts, government entities, hospitals and employers.  Our goal is the protection of those rights belonging to our clients and we meet our clients’ objectives in a discrete and professional manner, without involvement of media or press.

Employment Litigation | Overview

Luce Lineberry & Kenney, P.S. litigators regularly appear in State and federal courts representing clients who have been marginalized or ill-treated by employers or co-workers.  Our Litigation Group handles claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, wage-hour violations and other employment-related claims.  Our Litigation Group is positioned to handle a broad range of matters, offering our clients regular and substantial trial experience.  We work with clients to resolve disputes in a manner that is in line with their professional interests – whether it is through an alternative dispute resolution or through trial.  In addition, our motions practice is often successful in reaching a quick settlement on behalf of our clients.

General Civil Litigation | Overview

Luce Lineberry & Kenney, P.S. litigators devote their practice to taking cases to trial, offering a strategy of success from the first day of consultation.  Each case is thoroughly prepared through the use of innovative trial strategies and application of successful litigation techniques.  Through our highly successful litigation experience, our litigators are comfortable in the courtroom and offer a level of skill that puts clients at ease.

Government Liability | Overview

Luce Lineberry & Kenney, P.S. litigators assist clients when State, county and local governmental organizations fail to deliver the services to our citizens in a proper manner and in accordance with applicable standards of care and service.  Our Litigation Group is prepared to hold governmental organizations and individual governmental employees accountable for failures to meet those standards of care.  Our litigators strive to achieve measurable compensation for our clients and to ensure that other citizens do not suffer the same injuries in the future.

Medical Negligence | Overview

Luce Lineberry & Kenney, P.S. litigators are seasoned at handling claims against medical professionals, where clients have been injured due to negligence.  The consequences of medical negligence are often devastating, resulting in permanent physical and mental damages, or wrongful death.  Our litigators are skilled at navigating through the strict requirements of these claims, while also respecting the sensitive nature of these cases.  The litigators at Luce Lineberry & Kenney, P.S. have experience dealing with all forms of complicated medical negligence cases, helping you through the process and providing critical support.

Wrongful Death | Overview

Luce Lineberry & Kenney, P.S. litigators understand that the untimely death of a loved one can destroy a family, with the resulting emotional trauma and demands flowing from the loss.  Our litigators are experienced in dealing with wrongful death lawsuits, offering strong and sincere support with targeted and aggressive litigation skills to achieve compensation and justice.  Wrongful death occurs when a death has been caused by the negligent actions of another.  Wrongful death claims arise under a variety of circumstances.  Our Litigation Group is prepared to provide comprehensive support and direction during a difficult time.

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