Personal Injury

The challenges you face after an injury are enough to make you want to give up the fight for the compensation you need. Don’t give up. Instead, team up with a Seattle injury lawyer.

When accidents happen, injuries often follow. And what comes after injuries is often even more difficult than dealing with the initial pain the injuries caused. That’s because regaining your financial footing after you’re suddenly unable to earn a living and stuck with expensive medical bills is challenging, to say the least. But there is a way to ease the financial pressure you’re feeling.

In the state of Washington, victims who were injured in accidents that were someone else’s fault can file a personal injury claim in order to pursue the compensation they need to return to the life they knew before they were hurt.

However, even if you leave out the difficulty of completing all the legal paperwork, seeking compensation is going to be tough. For help with every aspect of your claim for compensation, turn to a Seattle personal injury attorney at Craig Swapp & Associates.

How WA Negligence Laws May Impact Your Case

More often than you might think, injury victims have contributed to the cause of the accident they were involved in, even if it was in a minor way.

Even though you may be partially liable for your injuries, you can still recover compensation for your losses from the other culpable party, but your award will be reduced by the percentage of liability you carry. This is known as modified comparative negligence.

Let’s look at an example. Say you are awarded a sum of $100,000, but you are found to be 25 percent at fault for the cause of the accident. Your award will be reduced by 25 percent and your case will be resolved at $75,000.

It’s important to remember, however, that WA follows modified comparative negligence, meaning that once you hit the 50 percent liability threshold, you’ll no longer be eligible to pursue a personal injury claim against the other involved person or persons. In fact, if you are more than 50 percent at fault, you should probably prepare for the possibility of having a civil lawsuit brought against you for the damages you caused.  

Calculating Your Compensation

For instance, how much do you expect to pay for physical rehabilitation in the next decade? What about after that? How much do you deserve for the permanent scars your injuries have left on your body?

These are all questions an experienced injury attorney in Seattle can help you answer. Your lawyer will examine both your economic and non-economic damages when quantifying your losses. Your economic losses refer to the impact your injuries will have on you financially, whereas your non-economic losses focus on the psychological and lifestyle impacts.

Your lawyer may advise you to seek compensation for the following damages, depending on the unique circumstances of your case:

  • Medical costs
  • Damage to your personal property
  • Lost wages during your recovery time
  • Future income you won’t be able to earn because of your injuries
  • Emotional trauma
  • The loss of household services
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering
  • The loss of enjoyment of life

Contact a Seattle Personal Injury Attorney

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed—maybe even a little hopeless—after you have been seriously injured through no fault of your own. We understand that physical pain and financial pressure come together to create a seemingly insurmountable obstacle.

But rest assured that hope is not lost—particularly if you work with a dedicated and passionate lawyer. At Craig Swapp & Associates, we’re passionate about seeking justice for victims of negligence.

Our firm is proud to offer our prospective clients a free case review prior to choosing us to represent your case. When you’re ready to arrange your complimentary consultation with a Seattle injury lawyer, give us a call at 1-800-404-9000 or head to the bottom of the page to fill out our online contact form.