Founding Attorney Matthew Philbrook attended Clark College, Washington State University, and Gonzaga University School of Law. He is a member of the Washington State and Oregon State Bar Associations and started Philbrook Law Office in 2005. He specializes in Personal Injury, DUI and Criminal Defense cases. Learn more about Mr. Philbrook.
Posts by Matthew Philbrook
How Do I Read the Report from My Vancouver, Washington Car Accident?
In the event of a car accident in Washington State, law enforcement will generate a Police Traffic Collision Report, also referred to as an accident report. This report will contain the pertinent information to the incident that may prove critical if you are filing a claim for damages. The accident report is filed by the…Read More
Hip Fractures Are Serious Injuries
The hip is an interesting and complex structure in our body; just see the reference photos later in this article to picture how magnificent your physical body is built. With such an intricate structure it makes the recovery process for hip injuries complicated, painful and dangerous. According to the Mayo Clinic, a hip fracture is…Read More
Will the Fourth Plain Boulevard Safety & Mobility Project Work?
If you are a Vancouver, WA driver, you know that Fourth Plain Boulevard has a reputation for car wrecks. Over 300 car crashes were reported between 2018 and 2020 on and around Fourth Plain Boulevard. Be Heard Vancouver cites that part of the problem is that this area features wide lanes and high traffic volumes,…Read More
Should I Accept a Structured Settlement for My Injury Award?
Structured settlements are often used in personal injury cases. They’re an alternative to a lump sum payment to ensure that the victim has funds for his/her medical care for as long as that care is needed – and for many other reasons. Generally, structured settlements are required for minors. For adults, they’re an option to…Read More
Software Creates Doubts About the Reliability of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs)
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) created Hours of Service (HOS) rules to help keep track of when truck drivers are driving their vehicles. The purpose of the rules is to help ensure that drivers don’t operate their trucks while they’re tired. Tired drivers cannot anticipate emergencies and respond to emergencies in the same…Read More
Marijuana May Do More Harm Than Good for People with PTSD
Many victims of accidents suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in addition to all their physical injuries. For some victims, their PTSD is in response to the trauma of coping with their injuries. For other victims, their PTSD is due to constant rethinking about how the accident occurred. According to the Mayo Clinic, the symptoms…Read More
Liability for Truck Overloading Accidents
Large trucks carry cargo. That’s their job: to carry as much cargo as possible to destinations throughout Washington and across the country. The more cargo that can be carried in one trip or in one truck, the more money everyone involved in the truck shipment makes. The primary incentives for trucking companies and truck drivers…Read More
Traumatic Brain Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
The brain is a delicate organ, and trauma to the head can easily lead to permanent brain damage. This is why we require cyclists and motorcycle riders to wear helmets. But you don’t need a helmet to drive or ride in a car, because people believe that the vehicle’s frame will protect them from harm.…Read More
Who Is Liable If I Get Hurt on or Near a Worksite?
While we know that many construction workers are hurt on the job, we typically do not think about the dangers that the public may experience when they have to go around construction worksites. Any type of construction site can be dangerous to the people who have to commute around it, especially by foot. Therefore, when…Read More
How Does Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Work in a Car Accident Claim?
If you are a driver in the state of Washington, you may have been asked about adding a specific coverage when purchasing your car insurance. This coverage is called Personal Injury Protection (PIP). Most people have heard about this, but there may be people who have it and do not even realize it. Many drivers…Read More