Tacoma Personal Injury Lawyer

Did you find this page because you’re looking for a Tacoma personal injury lawyer? If so, we’re glad you’re here. No one expects to need the services of a personal injury lawyer – and we understand that you may have never worked with one before.

You might be wondering:

  • Do I have a valid case? Is this something a lawyer can even help me with?
  • How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?
  • How much money can I get in a settlement?
  • And lots more.

What you should know right away: it’s always free to schedule a meeting with one of our attorneys. In fact, you only pay us if we’re able to win your case. You risk nothing to seek our advice and learn your legal options.

What Does Personal Injury Law Include? 

Personal injury law covers any situation where someone acts negligently and another person is injured as a result. There are lots of types of situations where this can happen. To give you an idea, here are some of the more common scenarios we help clients with:

Any time you’ve been hurt and you believe someone else is to blame, call us. In the state of Washington, personal injury victims can pursue compensation for their medical bills, pain, and suffering (RCW 4.56.250).

What Could a Personal Injury Lawyer Do for Me? 

A Tacoma personal injury lawyer can offer guidance and representation when you’ve been harmed by someone else. Relying on a lawyer’s expertise is a good idea especially if you are dealing with very severe injuries. You want to make sure that your rights are protected and that you’re sure your medical costs will be covered.

Initially, the lawyer will work to gather as much information as possible about your case. For instance, this could include doctor’s reports, bills, witness accounts, video footage, and police reports. After that, the lawyer will identify the at-fault party and pursue compensation on your behalf. There is usually a negotiation process that follows. The lawyer will make sure to consult with you anytime there’s an offer on the table and tell you honestly if they feel the offer is fair.

Sometimes, negotiations stall. In this event, we can file a lawsuit and argue your case before a jury or judge.

It’s not uncommon for personal injury cases to get complicated. For instance, there may be more than one at-fault party. Or, the other party claims the accident was your fault. When you work with a personal injury lawyer, you can entrust these complexities in their hands. And then you’re free to focus on your recovery.

What Kind of Settlement Could I Get? 

There is no quick or easy way to determine the potential settlement amount of your case. Sometimes, you might find claims to the contrary or even spy flashy calculators on other lawyer’s websites. But nothing can replace the personalized legal advice you can get from meeting with an experienced attorney.

Many factors influence the value of your case, such as:

  • The severity and permanence of your injuries
  • The at-fault party
  • Strength of evidence, such as witness and expert testimony
  • Any insurance policy limits
  • Impacts to your income
  • If you are partly to blame
  • Settlements awarded in cases similar to yours

As the facts about your case become known, our lawyers will have a better idea of what a fair settlement value is.

Steps You Can Take to Help Your Injury Case 

After an accident, there are steps you can take to help increase the value of your case. Conversely, you can hurt your case if you are not careful.

Here are the things we recommend our clients do:

  • Seek medical care. Your medical bills and records are one of the strongest pieces of evidence we’ll use when negotiating your settlement. If you delay seeking care, it sends the message that you’re not as hurt as you claim. Furthermore, you could hamper your recovery. The most important thing you can do following an accident is to get medical help right away.
  • Call an attorney soon. The sooner you can involve an attorney in your case, the better set up you’ll be. They can handle more of the process and guide you during the critical early stages of your claim.
  • Use caution when dealing with the insurance company. While you may need to file a claim with an insurance company (such as in a motor vehicle crash), use caution in your dealings with them. If asked, do not provide a recorded statement. Also, do not agree to any terms or sign anything until discussing your case with an attorney.
  • Watch social media postings. Your instinct may be to post about your accident on Facebook – after all, it was a big life event, and you want your friends and family to know what happened. However, anything you post could be discovered, even if your account is set to private. Even posts that seem harmless could harm your case. If the insurance company sees you’ve been hanging out with friends or even smiling in a photo, they could argue you’re not really hurt. (For more, see our blog post about social media and personal injury lawsuits.)

If you need targeted legal advice, call our lawyers for help.

Serving Clients in Tacoma and Surrounding Areas 

Reach out to a Tacoma personal injury lawyer today from the Ladenburg Law team. We always offer free case reviews and only charge a fee if we’re able to win you a settlement. Not able to come to the office? That’s not a problem. When you call, let us know and we’ll arrange to have a lawyer meet you at your home, hospital, or virutally.

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