Cases That Made A Difference

The Washington State Association for Justice has great compassion for people who are harmed through the true negligence or misconduct of others.  It is vitally committed to helping these victims receive the justice they are due in America’s courtrooms.  We are mindful and forever thankful to the brave individuals and families who have taken on reckless corporations or irresponsible government.  It’s because of their sacrifices and steadfast efforts that we enjoy many of the protections that keep us safe today.  Here are some of their stories depicting their fight for justice in Washington State.


Zack Lystedt was just 13-years-old when he suffered a concussion toward the end of the first half on the football field at Tahoma Junior High School on October 12, 2006. He had no loss of consciousness from the tackle.  He was removed for a few plays and returned to the game in the third quarter. At the end of the game he collapsed in his father’s arms on the football field. He had a catastrophic brain injury. Following an airlift to Harborview Medical Center and lifesaving brain surgery, he spent a week on life support, in a coma for over one month, could not speak or move any limb or muscle for nine months, and required a feeding tube for 20 months. Nearly four years after the initial injury, Zack could finally move his right leg at will. Throughout Zack’s courageous recovery, his parents Victor and Mercedes Lystedt joined Zack in fighting to change youth athlete concussion laws to limit preventable brain injuries and to make sports safer for all. Zack continues to give 101 percent of his effort toward his recovery and he is still at it.

More Cases That Made A Difference

 Holding the Insurance Industry Accountable

 Protecting Whistleblowers & Their Jobs


 Finding Fairness in Workers’ Compensation


 Reminding Labor & Industries to Abide by the Law

 Building a Safer Workplace


 Holding Government Accountable


 Preventing Wrongful Death


 Receiving Justice for Medical Negligence


 Holding Corporations Responsible for Harm