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A personal injury sustained from an accident can have negative consequences on an individual’s life, and even impact their life on a long-term basis. Many individuals suffer lost wages and decreased earning capacity as the result of a serious accident and subsequent injuries, while others must deal with the loss of a loved one entirely. Unfortunately, accidents oftentimes occur as the result of another individual’s own negligent behavior.
At the Khan Law Firm, PLLC, we believe that the victim of an accident or the victim’s family members should not have to suffer just because one individual or entity chose to act in a negligent manner. Our Bellevue personal injury attorneys advocate for the rights of accident victims, and strive to help them receive the compensation they deserve to cover the cost of medical expenses, lost wages, emotional trauma, and any other damages accrued as a result of a personal injury.
With years of experience and knowledge under their belts, our legal professionals are adept at handling a range of complex personal injury cases, and can successfully lead you to the outcome you desire.
Many individuals assume that only victims of major car accidents, truck accidents, boating accidents, or even aviation accidents may file a lawsuit. Furthermore, they assume that only major companies or public entities get sued. However, a personal injury lawsuit may be brought against any one individual or entity, for a variety of injuries, and for a number of different types of accidents.
Our Bellevue attorneys are equipped to handle a range of complex personal injury cases. With the right evidence, we can prove negligence and determine liability so that you may receive the damages that you deserve for your injuries, no matter what they may be.
Our Bellevue personal injury attorneys routinely strive to recover compensation for the following damages:
At the Khan Law Firm, PLLC, we deal with the following types of personal injury cases:
When an individual gets injured in an accident in the State of Washington, the burden of proof lies upon them. What this means is that it is up to the victim to prove the required elements of the claim being alleged. So for instance, if an individual were to get hit by a vehicle while riding their bike in the bike lane, it is up to the biker to prove that the vehicle neglected the rules of the road, veered into the bike lane, and struck the biker. However, in a personal injury lawsuit, the victim does not have to prove that the defendant was wrong beyond a reasonable doubt; instead, he or she must simply prove beyond a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant did what the plaintiff asserted. “Beyond a preponderance of the evidence” simply means that the defendant more likely than not did what the victim alleged.
In order for a plaintiff to prove that the defendant more likely than not committed a negligent act that lead to the plaintiff’s injuries and subsequent damages, the plaintiff must be able to prove four essential elements. They are:
In the case of the biker and the vehicle that hit him or her, it is clear that the driver owed the biker a duty of care, as staying out of the bike lane is a simple rule of the road. For that same reason, it would be simple to prove a breach of duty, and that the breach led to harm.
Some evidence that may also help you prove liability includes:
In some instances, the victim may be held partially responsible for his or her own injuries. If the judge determines that you share part of the blame for the accident, you may be subject to Washington’s “pure comparative negligence approach.” What this means is that instead of receiving the full amount of money for which you filed, you will receive a percentage of it. The percent you receive will be the same as the percentage of fault allocated to the defendant.
So, for instance, if you aim to recover $10,000, but the judge determines that you are 20 percent at fault, you will only receive $8,000.
The defense will almost always try to raise the issue of shared fault, and though our Bellevue personal injury attorneys will do their best to win the full amount for you, we do like to warn our clients of the possibility that they may not receive the full amount of damages that they desire.
If you or a loved one is the victim of an accident, and if you have suffered a personal injury as a result of that accident, contact an experienced Bellevue personal injury attorney right away. At the Khan Law Firm, PLLC, we handle a number of complex personal injury cases, and use our knowledge of personal injury law to help clients win the compensation they need and deserve.
You should not have to suffer just because one individual or entity chose to act in a negligent fashion. To consult with a Bellevue personal injury attorney, contact Khan Law Firm, PLLC at 206.455.6220, or fill out our online form to schedule your free consultation today.