Tort Law

tort law Washington“Tort law” in business means the legal liability to others because of a business’s or its employees’ negligence or intentional acts. Someone is injured, property is damaged, or income is lost as a result. “Negligence” and “intentional” have special meaning in the law. Negligence (carelessness) can result from simple inattention or indifference, and an intentional act does not actually require intent to harm. For almost all types of tort claims, Washington law does not allow the jury to award damages just to punish the business. On the other hand, there are very few rules limiting how much money someone can win in a tort lawsuit.

Cornerpoint helps prevent and reduce your company’s exposure to tort claims and lawsuits. Torts are based on principles of predictability, so risks that result in torts are almost always identifiable. We look at business operations and any current risk control techniques to find potential areas of injury to others — not only customers and associates, but also the public. We also examine any past claims and lawsuits against the business, as they can help us identify risks. A review of existing policies, procedures, and systems; surveys, checklists, and questionnaires; feedback from employees;1 and a visit to your premises can all lead to the discovery of risks that result in tort liability.

Once we know the risks to your business, then we can prevent and reduce the risk of injury to others and their property while encouraging safety and responsibility. Cornerpoint may recommend improvements to processes and systems, help educate employees, draft contracts limiting tort liability and modifying default legal responsibilities, and advise as to insurance coverage. We work with clients in niche business ventures with unique legal needs, as well as those in larger industries seeking our popular services.

Finally, because of attorney Stacia Hofmann‘s extensive experience as a litigator representing businesses, we know the values, costs, and challenges of different types of tort claims. We know how juries, judges, and arbitrators apply the law to determine and analyze a business’s responsibilities. We have particular insight into the type of risks that are the most likely to lead to a lawsuit, and the best defenses to have at the ready if a claim is made.


Call 206-693-2718 or email us for a free 15 minute consultation.
For an example of tort law, check out one of the blogposts below!

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All small business owners, even those without employees, should understand Washington's workers' compensation reimbursement rights.
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When a third party intentionally interferes with someone else's business relationship, the law may provide a remedy. But the damaged
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Legal Resources for Washington Small Business Owners During the COVID-19 Pandemic By Stacia Hofmann, Small Business Attorney & Certified Risk Manager
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An Update on Employer Liability for Dog Bites By Stacia Hofmann Cornerpoint Case Pops are dedicated to summarizing relevant, new cases
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In Porter v. Kirkendoll, the Washington Supreme Court classified timber trespass as a strict liability tort and held that the
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2019 Statutory Beneficiary Changes Remove Contingencies for Parents and Siblings By Stacia Hofmann Death. Even though it may be an
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Steer Your Sled By Stacia Hofmann In this blogpost, I cover the concept of risk mapping - a way of
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Employee-Caused Car Accidents and What They Mean for Employers By Stacia Hofmann Cornerpoint Case Pops are dedicated to summarizing relevant, new
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What Washington Businesses Need to Know About Legal Liability for Injuries in Sports and Recreational Activities By Stacia Hofmann Cornerpoint
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Only Magicians Should Deceive: The Washington Consumer Protection Act By Stacia Hofmann Cornerpoint Case Pops are dedicated to summarizing relevant, new
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No Parental Fault for Negligent Supervision of a Child  - Smelser v. Paul By Stacia Hofmann Cornerpoint Case Pops are dedicated
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Let It Snow: Premises Liability for Snow and Ice Accumulation By Stacia Hofmann When the weather outside is frightful, Washington
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Boundary Tree Timber Trespass - Herring v. Pelayo By Stacia Hofmann The Washington State Court of Appeals and Washington Supreme Court
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Navigating the Washington Product Liability Act Part Four: Conclusion by Stacia Hofmann In this concluding post in the blog series
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Navigating the Washington Product Liability Act Part Three: Rapids in the Product Pipeline by Stacia Hofmann As discussed in last month's
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Navigating the Washington Product Liability Act Part Two: The Buck Stops with the Manufacturer by Stacia Hofmann In this second installment
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Navigating the Washington Product Liability Act Part One: Overview by Stacia Hofmann The law loves to categorize the parties to
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When Customers Access Goods on Their Own, the Risk of Liability Increases by Stacia Hofmann A recent Eastern Washington case
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Employer Liability for Post-Party Alcohol-Related Auto Accidents by Stacia Hofmann So you've decided to throw a company-sponsored holiday party. After all,
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Why Washington Businesses Should Manage the Risk of Premises Liability Claims by Stacia Hofmann Unless you have the grace and
What Businesses Need to Know About Timber Trespass by Stacia Hofmann When must a Washington judge triple the amount of a jury verdict

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  1. Cornerpoint’s communications with employees may not be protected by the attorney-client privilege.