How much does an Everett personal injury cost?

We understand that victims of personal injuries in Everett are often placed into precarious financial situations. Affording a lawyer may seem impossible, but that is not the case. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our Everett personal injury attorneys take these cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not pay any legal fees until we secure the compensation you need through a successful settlement or verdict. It also means we are incentivized to get you the best settlement possible, because the higher settlement award we can get for you, the higher attorney fee for us.

What is the statute of limitations for an Everett personal injury case?

Every State sets a time limit for how long victims of personal injuries have to file civil lawsuits against alleged negligent parties. For personal assault cases, like intentional torts, the statute of limitations is two years from the assault. The personal injury statute of limitations for auto collision in Everett, Washington, is three years from the date an injury occurs. Failure to file a lawsuit within these statute of limitation periods will result in a victim being unable to recover any compensation for their losses.

What is comparative negligence in Washington?

If you are partially at fault for an incident that causes your injuries, you may still be able to recover compensation for your losses. Washington operates under a pure comparative fault system. This means that a person can recover compensation for an incident even if they are more than 50% responsible. However, the total amount of compensation a victim will be awarded will be lowered based on their percentage of fault. For example, if a jury awards $100,000 to a car accident victim but determines that they were 20% at fault for the incident, the award would be reduced to $80,000.

What are the main types of personal injury cases Russell & Hill, PLLC handle?

Russell & Hill, PLLC handles a wide variety of personal injury cases for clients in and around Everett. Some of the most common cases that we handle include the following:

Traffic accidents

There are a variety of traffic collisions that can affect citizens in Everett. According to the Washington Department of Transportation, there were more than 111,000 total traffic collisions reported across the state of Washington during the latest year available data (2019). Out of these incidents, there were more than 30,000 injuries and 500 of these incidents were fatal crashes. Car accidents can lead to severe injuries and accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists are often catastrophic.

Dog bite injuries

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one out of every five people bitten by a dog requires medical care at a hospital. This equates to around 800,000 to 900,000 people each year. Injuries from dog bites can be severe and cause significant scarring or disfigurement. Some of the most common dog bite injuries include severe soft tissue damage, lacerations and puncture wounds, severed veins and arteries, amputations of the fingers, and more.

Slip and fall accidents

Slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of premises liability cases in Everett, WA. These incidents occur in a variety of ways and usually due to the actions of a property owner for their employees. This can include failing to clean up leaks or spills, not putting up a “wet floor” sign after mopping, loose flooring material such as carpets or floorboards, and more. Slip and fall injuries can lead to serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, broken and dislocated bones, severe strains and sprains, and more.

Commercial truck accidents

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), large commercial trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds and reach 75 feet in length. When truck owners or operators are negligent, these large trucks can lead to severe injuries when they impact traditional passenger vehicles. Unfortunately, there are times when truck drivers operate while distracted, fatigued, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Truck owners or operators may fail to properly inspect and maintain their vehicles. Commercial truck accidents often lead to catastrophic injuries for those inside traditional vehicles on the roadway.

Maritime injuries

Regardless of whether or not you are a recreational boat enthusiast or make a living working on the water, serious injuries can occur in a boating accident. All boat owners or operators should ensure that the vessels are safe for those on board. This includes regular inspections and maintenance on the boat as well as ensuring that everybody onboard has proper safety equipment. Unfortunately, many boat accidents occur when operators are impaired by alcohol or drugs, operate too fast for conditions, or operate in bad weather conditions.

Construction injuries

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the construction industry accounted for approximately 20% of all fatal workplace incidents throughout the US during the latest reporting year of data. Construction workers operate in hazardous conditions and with dangerous equipment on a daily basis. Some of the most common injuries that construction workers incur include broken and dislocated bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, lacerations and amputations, and more. Construction workers are also prone to sustaining injuries that take longer to develop, including repetitive motion injuries, occupational respiratory illnesses or cancers, as well as hearing and vision loss.

Nursing home abuse and neglect

According to the National Council on Aging, approximately one out of every ten people over the age of 60 people experience some form of elder abuse every year. Unfortunately, much of this abuse occurs inside of nursing homes. Nursing home abuse can happen in a variety of ways, including physical and sexual abuse, emotional and psychological abuse, financial abuse, and neglect. Friends and family members who have loved ones residing in nursing homes need to remain vigilant and be on a lookout for signs and symptoms of abuse.

Defective products

Thousands of products are recalled each year because they have some kind of defect that can be harmful to consumers. Some of the most commonly recalled products include household appliances, foods and beverages, children’s toys, kitchen appliances, power tools, automotive parts, prescription medications, medical devices, and more. In general, these products become defective due to flawed designs, errors during the manufacturing process, or labels that are incorrect or misleading to consumers.

Mass Torts

A mass tort is a type of civil action involving numerous plaintiffs with similar claims for damages against one or a few defendants. Mass torts are often filed by victims who have suffered a physical or financial injury because of the negligence or misconduct of a corporation. Mass torts are when a company causes damage or injuries to numerous people through an identical act of harm. For example, a company might produce a prescription drug, like Zantac or its generic term, Ranitidine, for acid reflux even when that pharmaceutical company knows there are known carcinogens in their product. In the case of Zantac, it has been known to cause cancer to thousands of individuals all over the United States.

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Date published: 2018-07-10
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