Spokane Personal Injury Attorneys
Personal Injury Claims in Spokane County
Were you injured in an accident? Do you believe someone else was to blame? You could have grounds for a personal injury case, and Cook Law Office, PLLC can help.
Since 2012, our firm has been dedicated to being a voice for the voiceless. We represent individuals who have suffered serious injuries and losses due to the careless, reckless, and negligent conduct of others. Our attorneys have extensive experience going up against major insurance companies and have successfully recovered countless favorable settlements and verdicts for our clients.
From our office in Spokane, we proudly serve clients throughout Spokane County and all of Washington State. We handle a range of complex cases, including those involving serious car crashes, motorcycle collisions, commercial truck wrecks, and rideshare vehicle accidents. We understand the law, and we know how to stand up for you and your rights.
Get in touch with us today to book your appointment; call (602) 560-4756 or contact us online.
How to File a Personal Injury Claim in Washington State
There are several steps involved in filing a personal injury claim in Washington. First, however, it is strongly recommended that you hire a lawyer who can help you navigate this process and ensure that you do not miss any critical steps or make any errors that could jeopardize your recovery. Your attorney can also work with the insurance company on your behalf, handling all necessary paperwork, submitting evidence, and negotiating a fair settlement.
Below, we have provided a brief overview of the preliminary steps involved in filing a personal injury claim in Washington State:
- Determine If You Have a Case: First, you will need to determine whether you have a case. This involves evaluating what happened and whether someone else breached their duty of care to you, resulting in your injury.
- Identify the Liable Party: Next, you must determine who is liable, or legally responsible, for your injuries and/or damages. Typically, this is the person or party that caused your injuries through negligent or wrongful conduct.
- Preserve Evidence: Immediately after an accident, as well as in the days and weeks following, it is critical that you preserve as much evidence as possible. This includes medical records, intake forms, damaged property, witness statements, photographs, and more.
- Report the Accident/Injury to the Appropriate Parties: Depending on the type of accident or injury you have suffered, you may need to report the incident to the police, your employer, your insurance company, and other applicable parties.
- File Your Complaint: Once your claim has been adequately prepared, the next step is filing an official complaint in the appropriate court. In Washington, this must be done within three years of the date of the injury or the date on which the injury was discovered/discoverable.
- Serve the Defendant: An individual must be assigned to serve the defendant with a notice and copy of the official complaint. This provides the defendant with an opportunity to file an answer in court, including a counterclaim.
- Resolve Pretrial Issues: At this point, either party may request preliminary orders to attempt to resolve various issues before going to trial. It may even be possible to recover a settlement at this point and avoid trial altogether.
- Discovery: The discovery process allows both sides to request evidence, answers, and information from the opposing party. During discovery, witnesses may also provide sworn testimonies, which will go on the official court record.
- Settlement Negotiations: Once discovery ends, and both sides have a full understanding of the case, the two opposing sides can work to negotiate a settlement. If a settlement cannot be reached, it may be possible to resolve the case through mediation or arbitration.
- Trial: If settlement negotiations stall, and mediation and/or arbitration is not successful, the case will typically proceed to trial. At this point, both parties can present their side of the case to the judge and/or jury, which will return a verdict.
When you work with Cook Law Office, PLLC, a Spokane personal injury attorney from our firm will handle every detail of the legal process, from the initial consultation until the moment your case is resolved. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for our clients and are committed to maximizing your recovery. We do not settle cases for less than we believe they are worth.
Call for a Free Initial Consultation
The personal injury process can be daunting without the right legal team by your side. But when you trust your case to Cook Law Office, PLLC, you have a team that will fight for you every step of the way.
We offer free initial consultations and contingency fees, meaning you do not owe us anything unless/until we recover compensation for you. We can even assist you in locating the best available medical care so that you can focus on healing and moving forward. As your legal team, we are here to serve as your guide, providing the personalized legal strategies your case needs and the compassionate, attentive service you deserve.
Personal Injury FAQ
What is the time limit for filing a personal injury claim in Washington State?
The time limit for filing a personal injury claim in Washington State is three years. The clock begins ticking on the date of the injury, or the date on which the injury was discovered or reasonably could have been discovered. The same three-year statute of limitations applies to wrongful death cases. If you fail to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit within three years, you will almost certainly have your case dismissed and will be unable to seek compensation for your damages.
How much is my personal injury case worth?
It is impossible to determine exactly how much your case might be worth without going over the various unique factors involved. The value of a personal injury claim depends on the severity of the injuries, the extent of the damages, how pain and suffering are calculated, and more. As such, the value of a claim can range from several thousand dollars to tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. In some cases, a claim may even be worth millions. We encourage you to reach out to our Spokane personal injury attorneys at Cook Law Office, PLLC to learn more during a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
What damages can I recover in my personal injury case?
Depending on the specifics of your case, you may be able to recover the following damages: medical bills, future medical expenses, mileage to and from medical appointments, medication and medical equipment costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, lost earning ability, disfigurement, inconvenience, lost enjoyment of life, and more.
Why should I choose Cook Law Office, PLLC?
Our firm has an extensive track record of success in complex personal injury litigation. Simply put, our Spokane attorneys know how to fight for our clients—and they know how to win. We have gone up against some of the nation’s biggest insurance providers and their defense teams, and we have successfully helped countless victims of negligence recover fair settlements and jury verdicts. Most importantly, we always work to maximize our clients’ claims; our attorneys do not accept lowball settlements and are willing to take cases to trial if necessary. Throughout the process, we provide compassionate, personalized, and accessible service to our clients, remaining available 24/7 and providing direct, one-on-one attorney contact. We know the challenges you have been through, and we are here to help.
To set up a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers in Spokane, please call (602) 560-4756 or contact us online using oursimple contact form.
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