A personal injury can derail your life and send it into a tailspin all at the same time. In the bat of an eye, you can find yourself dealing with a life-threatening injury that threatens to alter everything about your life, leaving you in pain and unable to work. From car accidents to slip and fall injuries to dog bite attacks and medical malpractice, there are so many ways that you can become injured and find yourself with a slew of questions about what to do next. Our personal injury team at Russell and Hill have helped thousands of personal injury claimants recoup their losses when they are injured due to the negligence of someone else. Give us a call immediately following your accident so that we can begin to devise the best strategy for collecting damages on your behalf.
Negligence is the number one cause of personal injury lawsuits. Negligence can be the cause of a number of accidents, from motor vehicle accidents to product liability. If you are suing on the basis of negligence, you will have to prove:
For instance, a business owner who is aware of a spill on his floor and fails to mop it up or warn patrons who enter his shop, and a customer slips and falls in the puddle and is injured as a result, the business owner may be held liable. Or, if a property owner is aware of a broken step and refuses to fix it, and a tenant falls and breaks a bone or incurs some other type of injury, the property owner may be held liable for failing to provide a safe living environment to the renter and be required to cover the cost of the tenant’s medical bills and/or loss of wages while they recover.
There are different types of compensation you might receive in a personal injury case. These include:
In Washington State, the statute of limitations is clear; you have three years following your injury to file a personal injury claim. The exception to this is in the case of medical malpractice, when you have three years following the discovery of your injury to bring your claim to civil court. If you attempt to collect damages on a personal injury claim after three years have passed, your claim may be forever barred. Preserve your right to collect the damages due to you. Speak with our Kirkland personal injury attorney now to discuss your case. Schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation today.