Innocent people are harmed every day in accidents caused by others’ carelessness. When this happens to you, don’t hesitate to call an Issaquah personal injury lawyer for help. There’s no fee or obligation when you speak with a skilled attorney from our team. No matter what, you can walk away with valuable legal information about your situation.
We understand that you are likely finding this page after an accident. Even so, scan this short list of steps we recommend you take. Perhaps it’s not too late to make sure you’ve got your bases covered.
As soon as possible following an accident, we suggest that you:
Finally, can we encourage you to involve a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible in the process? This increases your chances of receiving the best possible settlement.
Our first job is to identify the at-fault party (or parties) responsible for your injury. Typically, a claim is filed against the at-fault party’s insurance company. In many cases, we can work to negotiate a fair claim on our clients’ behalf with the insurance adjustors. However, there are instances when the offer is just too low. When this happens, we’ll tell you if we feel it’s in your best interest to file a lawsuit. This gives us the opportunity to argue your case before a jury or judge.
A settlement can help victims in two primary ways:
We’d be happy to talk to you more about the settlement process and the potential value of your claim.
Not every situation is clear-cut. We recognize there may be times you were partially responsible for your injuries. For instance, suppose you were speeding when you were struck by a driver running a red light. Clearly, the other driver caused the accident. However, your speeding may have contributed to the severity of your injuries. What now?
Washington State is a comparative fault state (RCW 4.22.005). This allows victims to recover a partial settlement. Here’s what will happen: you will be assigned an at-fault percentage. That percentage will then be deducted from your settlement award. Suppose your speeding contributed 20% to your injuries. Your settlement award would then be reduced by 20%.
An experienced attorney can help in these situations by negotiating your at-fault percentage as well as your overall settlement award. If your injuries are severe or you’ve incurred steep medical bills, it may well be worth the time and effort to pursue a personal injury claim.
The first step is an easy one. Call an Issaquah personal injury lawyer from our team and ask for a free case review. After hearing what happened, we’ll be able to provide you with targeted legal advice. Rest assured, we only charge a fee if we win your case, so there is no upfront cost to worry about.
We look forward to answering all of your questions. Call us today!