Toxic Mold Lawyers King County

Karen Bamberger is a shareholder with close to thirty years of litigation experience. She is chair of BPM’s defense litigation practice group. Her practice is primarily in the areas of product liability and complex litigation. Her litigation experience spans the breadth of defending medical drug and device manufacturers in class actions and in multidistrict litigation, as well as defending manufacturers and sellers of consumer products, to defending motor vehicle drivers in the context of both passenger and commercial vehicle accidents, resulting in the full range of personal injury, including catastrophic injury, brain injury and wrongful death cases, to defending landowners in a wide variety of premises liability cases, running the gamut from simple slip and falls to over service of alcohol to timber trespass to serious construction site injury cases. Her experience also includes a wide variety of defense of other types of claims, including food contamination cases, pesticide application cases and defamation and civil rights cases.

Ms. Bamberger has defended manufacturers of a wide spectrum of commercial products as well as those intended for consumer use, including glass panels, heating pads, manway doors to wine tanks, exercise equipment, conveyor machinery, powered industrial trucks (e.g., forklifts, tugs), industrial baby slings, scaffolding, ladders, wooden bleachers, bicycle component parts and paper winding machinery.

Ms. Bamberger’s product liability litigation experience also includes the defense of manufacturers of pedicle screws, inflatable penile prostheses, latex gloves, and prescription weight-loss supplements and other prescription medications. She has litigated “anxiety” cases in which plaintiffs claimed they were concerned about the possible future failure of an implanted heart valve. She has also been involved in the so-called “toxic mold” litigation, where occupants of a manufactured home claimed the presence of stachybotrus mold. Her defense experience extends to cases alleging chemical sensitization to formaldehyde by manufactured home occupants, as well as to cases involving claims of exposure to sulfur dioxide and to fumes from copier machines and incorrect application of pesticides leading to crop failures.

Ms. Bamberger recently obtained a defense verdict in a King County Superior Court case alleging that her client, a funeral home, had failed to properly embalm a body. The body was exhumed approximately seventeen months after the initial burial for a second autopsy performed by the well-known forensic pathologist, Werner Spitz, M.D., who has been involved in a variety of high profile cases, including, most recently, JonBenet Ramsey. The defense rebutted Dr. Sptiz’s testimony with an expert from the University of Tennessee’s Anthropological Research Facility (colloquially known as “The Body Farm”). The jury deliberated for less than an hour. The last demand prior to trial was $2, 000, 000.

Adding to her resume of somewhat unusual fact patterns, Ms. Bamberger also recently prevailed in the Washington Court of Appeals where she defended a tattoo artist who allegedly caused a client to contract an infection by using contaminated ink. In this case of first impression, Ms. Bamberger was successful in convincing the Court of Appeals that based on a review and interpretation of the regulations pertaining to body artists, as well as the Washington statute pertaining to negligence per se, RCW 5.40.050, that her client complied with all state regulations and that the tattoo artist could not be held liable as a matter of law.

She also tried a class action suit to verdict in Pierce County, defending a water system supplier against claims that water supplied to a residential development was contaminated by copper piping.

In the context of personal injury cases, Ms. Bamberger has tried wrongful death cases, as well as serious physical injury claims on behalf of defendants, through trial. She is adept at resolving cases in all phases, whether that is pre-suit, through mediation or through trial, both bench and jury.

In the course of her practice, she has litigated cases in almost half of the counties in Washington State: Asotin, Benton, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, San Juan, Snohomish, Skagit, Spokane, Thurston, Whatcom, and Yakima Counties, as well as the U.S. District Courts of Alaska and the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Bamberger also has argued cases before the Washington Court of Appeals, Divisions I and II.

She serves as an arbitrator in mandatory arbitration cases and has been appointed to serve as an arbitrator on three-member arbitration panels.

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