Holt Woods Scisciani LLP Blog

On November 21, 2019, the Washington State Supreme Court issued its decision in Vargas v. Inland Washington et al., which arguably expanded a general contractor’s liability for personal injuries occurring on the jobsite. By way of summary, Plaintiff Gildardo Crisostomo Vargas was working on a construction project when a concrete-carrying hose whipped around, hit him in the head, and caused a severe traumatic brain injury.

In a 5-4 Decision, Washington Supreme Court Holds that RCW 48.01.030 Does Not Provide A Basis for an Insured’s Bad Faith and Consumer Protection Act Claims Against Claims Adjusters. Issue: Does RCW 48.01.030 provide a basis for an insured’s bad faith and Consumer Protection Act (CPA) claims against claims adjusters? NO

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