Seattle Personal Injury Lawyer
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.
Categorizing Your Accident
The type of accident you were in is going to determine the type of claim you have and, by extension, who you should hold financially accountable for your injuries and other damages.
An experienced personal injury lawyer in Seattle will examine the details of your accident to determine which category your accident falls under. The following are some common types of accidents that injure people in Seattle:
- Auto accidents
- Physical harm on other people’s property
- Product malfunctions
- Medical malpractice
No matter which type of accident applies to you, you can rest easier knowing that while you recuperate, your attorney will be working behind the scenes to gather evidence that will help support your case. Such evidence might include medical documentation, video footage, safety inspection reports, witness statements, and expert testimony, to name a few.
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
My loved one died in an accident that someone else caused. Can I sue?
In most cases, yes. The state of Washington allows certain family members of those who are killed because of the negligent actions of another party to pursue compensation through wrongful death claims. Seeking wrongful death compensation in Seattle comes with some tricky legal rules and requirements, so it’s important to work with a qualified lawyer during this difficult time.
What’s the deadline for filing a claim?
In general, the deadline for filing personal injury claims in Washington is three years from the date of the accident or from the date you are diagnosed with a condition that was directly caused by the accident you were involved in. This deadline is called the statute of limitations.
What does it cost to hire legal help?
Our firm works based on a contingency fee. This will typically be a percentage of your winnings. The great thing about an attorney contingency fee is that if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay us anything. When we win, our fee can be deducted from your winnings so you don’t have to worry about paying us back later.
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.