Seattle Personal Injury Lawyer
Personal Injury Lawsuit in King County
If you or someone you love was injured due to the careless, reckless, or wrongful conduct of another, you could have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. You should not have to suffer the physical, emotional, and financial consequences of someone else’s negligence, and Cook Law Office, PLLC can help you seek fair financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, disability, and pain and suffering.
Since 2012, our firm has been fighting tirelessly for the rights of injured victims, as well as the loved ones of those wrongfully killed. From our office in Seattle, we represent clients in and around King County, providing compassionate, client-focused service and personalized legal support. We are there for our clients every step of the way, working to maximize their recoveries so that they can heal and move forward with their lives.
How to Tell If You Have a Personal Injury Case
While some accidents are truly blameless, most result from the negligent or wrongful conduct of others. These accidents are preventable, and those who cause them can and should be held accountable.
You may have grounds for a personal injury case if you can prove the following elements:
- Another person or party (the “defendant”) owed you a duty of care
- The defendant breached the duty of care
- You were injured
- You suffered measurable damages
- The defendant’s conduct was the cause of your injuries
In other words, if the other person or party had a responsibility to act reasonably to prevent you from being harmed, but they failed to uphold this responsibility, whether by acting negligently or unlawfully, and you were injured as a result, you likely have a case.
Our Seattle personal injury attorneys can meet with you to discuss the specifics of your situation and determine if you have grounds for a personal injury claim or lawsuit. We conduct exhaustive investigations to determine how the accident or injury occurred and, most importantly, who is liable for your resulting economic and non-economic damages.
Damages in Personal Injury Cases
When a person is involved in an accident or is otherwise injured due to the negligence of another person or party, they are likely to suffer certain losses. These losses might be economic in nature, meaning they have a set dollar value, or they might be non-economic, meaning they are more intangible and more difficult to quantify. In filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit against a negligent party, you can seek monetary compensation for both economic and non-economic damages.
Examples of common damages that can be recovered in personal injury claims include:
- Medical Expenses: This includes all past, current, and future medical costs associated with treating the injury, such as ambulance and emergency room fees, hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation, medications, medical equipment, mileage to and from medical appointments, copays, and ongoing/future care.
- Lost Wages: This includes wages and other income lost due to time taken off work related to the injury, such as missed work during hospitalization, medical appointments, and recovery. It also includes past, current, and future lost income related to a disability stemming from the injury, as well as reduced earning capacity.
- Pain and Suffering: This includes both physical pain and emotional/mental suffering related to the injury and/or the accident. The value of pain and suffering is typically calculated based on various applicable factors, such as the severity of the injury, the extent of the damages, the cost of medical bills, the value of lost wages, and more.
- Miscellaneous Expenses: Other miscellaneous expenses that may be recovered in a personal injury claim or lawsuit include out-of-pocket expenses related to the injury, such as home modifications to accommodate a disability, in-home medical care, assisted living, childcare expenses, counseling/therapy, inconvenience, and more.
Our Seattle personal injury attorneys at Cook Law Office, PLLC can meet with you to go over the specifics of your case and determine which damages you may be entitled to receive, as well as the potential overall value of your claim.
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Whether you were injured in a serious car accident, motorcycle wreck, commercial truck collision, or even an accident involving an Uber, Lyft, or similar rideshare vehicle, our team is here to help. Our attorneys understand the law and are prepared to use all available resources to build a powerful claim on your behalf. We are happy to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have throughout the process, ensuring you feel confident in our services and the direction of your case.
Get started with a free initial consultation and case evaluation today; call (602) 560-4756 or submit an online contact form here on our website.
Personal Injury FAQ
Who is liable for my injuries?
The person or party liable for your injuries and damages is typically the one who caused the accident or event that led to your injuries. For example, in a car accident, the person who is responsible for the crash is the one who is liable for the other person’s medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. If multiple parties share some of the blame, both can file personal injury claims and recover compensation for their damages regardless of their degree of fault, but each party will have their total recovery reduced by their degree of fault. So, if you are found 25% at fault for an accident, you can only recover up to 75% of the total amount of your damages.
Is Washington a no-fault car accident state?
No, Washington is not a no-fault state for car accident claims. Instead, Washington follows a fault-based (or “tort”) system. Under this system, you must prove that another person or party was at least partially at fault for the accident. You then bring a claim against the at-fault party’s insurance company, or you can file a lawsuit directly against the at-fault driver.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Washington?
In Washington State, you have typically have just three years to file a personal injury lawsuit. Most often, the clock starts on the date of injury, but the deadline may be deferred if the injury was not discovered right away. In such cases, you have three years from the date the injury was discovered or reasonably could have/should have been discovered to bring your claim.
How is pain and suffering calculated?
The value of one’s pain and suffering in a personal injury case is calculated in one of several ways. The multiplier method is the most common. It involves multiplying the plaintiff’s medical bills and other economic damages by a number, typically between one and seven, depending on the severity of the injury, the extent of the damages, and more. Pain and suffering damages are highly subjective, and a jury might weigh numerous factors when determining how much a victim is entitled to receive for his or her physical and emotional pain and suffering. It is extremely important that you work with a skilled attorney, like those at Cook Law Office, PLLC, who can help prove your pain and suffering to the jury.
To learn more, contact us online or call (602) 560-4756 to set up a free, no-obligation consultation. There are no fees unless we win your case.
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