Personal Injury Lawyers

Welcome to Baumgartner, Nelson & Wagner, PLLC

We are personal injury lawyers located in Vancouver, Washington. Our practice is focused on representing individuals who have claims for injuries arising out of the negligence of another person, company or government agency.

We help individuals who have been injured in accidents recover financial compensation for those injuries. This includes payment of medical expenses, reimbursement of lost wages, and payment for the pain, suffering and disability resulting from their injuries.

Types of Cases We Handle

Car, Motorcycle and Pedestrian Accidents 

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, there have been about 100,000 crashes a year, each year, for the past 10 years on the roads of Washington. Thousands of crashes result in injuries each year. At Baumgartner, Nelson & Wagner, PLLC, our personal injury lawyers and staff help our clients with all aspects of their personal injury claims arising out of car, motorcycle and pedestrian accidents, including investigating the circumstances of the accident, dealing with insurance companies, and working with medical providers and employers.

Medical and Dental Malpractice

Medical malpractice is the failure of a health care provider to follow the accepted standard of care that causes injury to the patient. RCW 7.70.040. Medical malpractice claims can arise out of a failure to diagnose, a misdiagnosis, improper treatment, failure to warn of known risks, and surgical errors. Medical malpractice can lead to serious injury, mental anguish, long term disability, and even death. At Baumgartner, Nelson & Wagner, PLLC, we have the resources and expertise to help our clients successfully prosecute their personal injury claims arising out of medical and dental malpractice.

Other Personal Injury Claims

We are also experienced in handling many other types of personal injury claims, including claims arising out of premises accidents, dog bites, unsafe products, and nursing home abuse and neglect.

Slip and Trip and Falls. Businesses generally must provide a safe environment for their customers. They can be held liable for injuries to their invitees caused by unsafe conditions on the premises, if they had actual notice of the hazard, or constructive notice of it as a result of the length of time it existed. In some cases notice need not be shown, when an injury is caused by a hazard inherent in the operation of self-service areas of certain businesses, such as grocery stores. A landlord may also be held responsible for injuries to its tenants caused by an unsafe condition in a common area of the premises used by all of the tenants, if the landlord has notice of the hazard that causes the injury.

Dog Bites. Although dogs are often considered our best friends, they are still animals and sometimes will bite without provocation. Dog bites can be minor and cause no lasting harm, but others can be terrifying and leave lasting physical and emotional scars. In Washington, dog owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by unprovoked dog attacks of individuals lawfully on the premises.

Products Liability. A product may be defective in design, if the foreseeable risk of harm from the product could have been reduced or avoided by a reasonable alternative design. A product manufacturer may also be held liable as a result of the design of a product, if as designed the product is unsafe to an extent that is beyond what would be contemplated by an ordinary consumer. Another basis of product liability is if a product is unsafe because inadequate warnings or instructions are given concerning its use. A product may also be defective if it is unreasonably unsafe because it deviated in some material way from design specifications for it, or from otherwise identical units in the same product line. Product manufacturers are also liable for harm caused by a product that is not reasonably safe because it did not conform to warranties made or implied about the product.

Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect. Unfortunately, many nursing home and assisted living facility residents suffer physical, mental and emotional abuse and neglect from the facility’s staff. Suspected abuse, neglect and financial exploitation may be reported to the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. They explain the process on this page of their website. Washington statutes also provide for claims for damages caused by abandonment, abuse, financial exploitation, or neglect of vulnerable elderly adults, either while they are residing at a facility, or as a result of care from a home care agency while residing at home. RCW 74.34.200.

Wrongful Death 

A wrongful death claim arises in Washington when the death of a person is caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another. RCW 4.20.010. A wrongful death claim is a personal injury claim brought by the personal representative of the victim’s estate on behalf of certain statutory beneficiaries. The primary beneficiaries of a wrongful death claim in Washington are the spouse and children of the deceased person. If there are no primary beneficiaries, a wrongful death action may be brought for the benefit of the parents or siblings of the deceased person. RCW 4.20.020. Our experienced personal injury lawyers at Baumgartner, Nelson & Wagner, PLLC, will help you seek compensation for the wrongful death of your loved one.

Personal Injury Claims in Vancouver, SW Washington and Portland

We represent individuals with personal injury claims arising out of accidents in Vancouver, southwest Washington and the Portland metropolitan area.

Free Consultation

We are available for a free consultation to discuss your personal injury claim.

No Fee Until Recovery

We handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. So you don’t pay us a fee unless we make a recovery for you.

Our Mission

At Baumgartner, Nelson & Wagner, PLLC, we are dedicated to providing our clients compassionate, professional and ethical representation. Our attorneys have extensive experience in and out of court, with a combined total of over 100 years in practice. Our staff has a combined total of over 100 years in the legal profession.

Martindale-Hubbell recognizes our firm as an AV rated firm, the highest rating available. Ratings are a result of a well-established peer review system spanning over a century, and attest to lawyers’ professional legal ability and ethics, and reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary.