How Do I File a Personal Injury Claim in Seattle?

Living with a serious personal injury that occurred due to another person’s negligence can be a frustrating and overwhelming experience. This is especially true if you cannot work and don’t know how you’re going to pay your medical expenses, much less your other bills.

Craig Swapp & Associates works with people who have had their lives turned upside down by a serious injury. We will put our expertise in Washington State personal injury law to work for you.

The Timeframe for Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit

The Washington statute of limitations on personal injury is exactly three years from the date of your accident. Initiating your claim against the responsible party sooner rather than later is ideal since the details of the accident are still fresh in your mind. Keep in mind that a judge will dismiss your petition for a personal injury lawsuit if it is even one day past the three-year statute of limitations.

What Are My Options After Suffering a Personal Injury?

Typical examples of personal injury include:

  • Assault, with criminal charges occurring separately from a personal injury lawsuit.
  • Car accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Medical malpractice
  • Negligent actions by home and business owners, such as failing to install a guard railing next to steps or putting up a sign warning people of a wet floor.

You have a few options to attempt to recover financial compensation in Washington State after the actions of another party have caused you significant injury. 

The first is to file a claim against the responsible party’s insurance company. 

You can also file a claim with your own insurance company if you don’t know who injured you or the person doesn’t have insurance. Keep in mind that insurance companies are for-profit businesses that are often more interested in protecting their bottom line than doing what is right for the injured person. You should also know that Washington is a comparative negligence state, which means a judge could assign you a percentage of the blame for causing your own injuries. If you win a $100,000 lawsuit and receive a blame percentage of 25 percent, your payout would be $75,000.

The last option is to hire an accident lawyer in Seattle to initiate and file a personal injury lawsuit, which we outline below. You can feel confident that Craig Swapp and his associates always have your best interests at heart.

How Can I File a Claim, and What is the Benefit of Working with an Attorney?

The first thing you want to do is contact our legal firm to request a consultation. We will walk you through all the steps, including the documents you will need to produce for the discovery period. On average, people who work with an attorney receive a settlement that is more than three times higher than people who choose to represent themselves. We use our years of experience and aggressive negotiating skills to get you the highest possible settlement.

You Need an Experienced Accident Lawyer in Seattle

We know this is a stressful time in your life, and our attorneys are here to help. Please request a free consultation with our experts in Washington State personal injury law at our Seattle location today.

Written By: Ryan Swapp     Legal Review By: Craig Swapp