Karen J. Scudder
Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Kent, WA
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009, 2012 - 2017
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Attorney Karen J. Scudder is a partner with Greaney Scudder Law Firm in Kent, Washington. A highly rated trial attorney with more than 15 years of legal experience, Ms. Scudder provides invaluable representation and support to plaintiff clients throughout the greater Seattle metro area and all across western Washington state who have suffered injury or loss as a result of someone else's negligence.
Over the course of her practice, Ms. Scudder has successfully handled a wide range of serious personal injury and wrongful death claims for her clients, securing numerous substantial settlements and awards to help them cover their medical expenses, lost wages and other associated damages. Whether fighting for her clients in court or obtaining favorable settlements at the negotiation table, she maintains an unwavering focus on protecting her clients' rights and entitlements, and helping them obtain the justice they deserve.
Honored for her outstanding professionalism and service, Ms. Scudder has earned many accolades and endorsements from her peers, including designation as a Top Lawyer from Seattle Met magazine. She has also received "Superb" client ratings on Avvo, as well as numerous testimonials and referrals from those she has served.
A 2000 honors graduate of the University of Washington, Ms. Scudder attended Seattle University School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor cum laude in 2004. During her time in law school, she completed an internship with a prominent personal injury law firm in the area, as well as an externship under Judge James Cayce at the Regional Justice Center. She also has extensive experience handling matters in federal court and Superior Court across her region.
Active in her legal community, Ms. Scudder is a member of the King County Bar Association, the Washington Women Lawyers and the Washington State Association for Justice, among her other professional affiliations. She also supports her local community through her involvement with various civic and charitable organizations.
- 100%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff
- Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
- Rising Stars: 2009, 2012 - 2017
About Karen J. Scudder
First Admitted: 2004, Washington
Professional Webpage: https://www.greaneylaw.com/About-Our-Firm/Karen-J-Scudder.sh...
- Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2004 - Present
- Washington Women Lawyers, Member, 2004 - Present
- King County Bar Association, Member, 2004 - Present
- Washington, 2004
- Washington State Bar Association, 2004
- AVVO.com Rating of 9.7
- Washington Rising Stars, 2009
- Seattle Met Top Lawyer
- Washington Rising Stars, 2012 – 2017
- Washington State Super Lawyers, Only the top five percent of each state’s attorneys are selected to be on this list, 2018
- Confidential dental malpractice settlement for $675,000.00
- Under the FTCA, medical negligence claims against the VA Puget Sound included the following: Failure to inventory and take possession of patient’s leather belt during the initial patient assessment and then failing to take the belt away when it was discovered that he was not only psychotic, but suicidal; Failure to minimize the danger in the patient’s room and placing him in a room with grab bars that were not suicide resistant; Failure to plan, detail, or follow-up on suicidal ideations noted in chart notes; and Failure to supervise and observe the patient by leaving him alone in his room for hours with his belt and sturdy non-suicide-resistant shower grab bars. The patient hanged himself. The Plaintiff, in this case, was the surviving spouse and personal representative of the Estate. Special damages claimed were for the decedent’s household services as a husband, as well as funeral expenses. No economic wage loss was claimed due to life consumption factors. Settlement/Mediation: $700,000 for wrongful death and survival claims, including general damages awarded principally to the surviving spouse. Plaintiff’s experts: Mathew F. Carol, M.D., Forensic Psychiatrist, San Diego, CA; Robert Moss, Economist, Seattle, WA. Special comments: On May 18, 2007, the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (“Joint Commission”), a group that studies, examines, and certifies the accreditation status of numerous hospitals throughout the United States, inspected the VA Puget Sound and subsequently issued a preliminary denial of accreditation because inspectors discovered an immediate threat to life, including psychiatric-ward conditions posing a serious threat to patient health or safety. The Joint Commission found that the VA Puget Sound Health Care System’s suicide assessments of mental health patients were inadequate. The Joint Commission found problems specific to the mental health units at the Seattle VA hospital, including risks in the patient room environment, such as showerheads, grab bars and other environmental hazards that suicidal people could hang themselves with. The Joint Commission specifically cited problems in the “acute psychiatric” ward on floor 7E, where decedent hung himself.
- University of Washington, B.A., Drama, Honors: With Honors, 2000
Last Updated: 5/15/2022