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Most people don’t spend much time thinking about the risk of being involved in a car accident, slipping and falling, being assaulted, or suffering a serious injury in another manner. Unfortunately, though, there are thousands of people who are seriously injured in these accident types–and others–each year in the United States. At the office of the Khan Law Firm, our Black Diamond, WA injury lawyers know how upsetting a serious injury can be, and we know that when you’ve been injured, you need an advocate on your side who’s invested in you.
If you have been injured in Black Diamond, our lawyers can provide you with a free consultation where we will review your case, outline your options and your rights, and help you to decide what comes next. If you decide to file a personal injury claim, we will represent you throughout the process and aggressively advocate for your right to your full damages amount.
Types of Personal Injury Accidents and Injuries
There are numerous types of personal injury accidents and injuries that may warrant a legal claim for damages. Our lawyers have experience in the following practice areas, and are more than willing to sit down with you to discuss the details of your case, regardless of how your injury happened.
If you have been involved in an accident or suffered an injury that you believe was caused by the negligence of another party, you may have a claim. Let our lawyers help you understand your rights.
What Types of Damages Can I Recover in a Personal Injury Claim?
If you can prove that your injuries would not have occurred but for the failure of another party to exercise the degree of care owed to you, you can file a personal injury claim with the intent of recovering compensation for the full value of the damages you’ve suffered. This means that you can seek compensation for the value of your medical expenses, property damage costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering related to the accident.
Comparative Negligence in Washington
As stated above, the crux of a personal injury claim involves proving that another party breached the duty of care owed to you (committed an act of negligence) and that your injuries were the direct result of this breach of duty of care. If the party was 100 percent to blame for your harm, they can be held liable for 100 percent of your damages.
However, the state of Washington also recognizes the rule of contributory negligence. This means that the recovery amount of a plaintiff can be reduced in proportion to the plaintiff’s degree of fault. So, if the other party was 70 percent to blame for your harm (and you were 30 percent to blame), you can still file a claim for damages against the party but you will only be able to recover 70 percent of the total value of damages you have suffered.
Whether or not your injury claim will go to court depends on a number of factors. In most cases, however, personal injury claims settle without going to court. A claim may turn into a personal injury lawsuit and go to trial if a settlement cannot be reached. Settling a case may prove impossible if there are disagreements about the degree of each party’s fault or the degree of damages suffered by the plaintiff/the value of the plaintiff’s claim.
Most minor injury claims don’t demand the counsel of a lawyer. For example, if you are in a rear-end collision that results in no injuries and only property damage expenses, you will likely be able to settle your claim with the insurance company fairly without legal representation. However, cases that are more complicated do benefit from the help of a lawyer. Top reasons why you may need a Black Diamond, Washington injury lawyer include:
Being involved in an accident can be scary and leave you with numerous questions about what happens next. As you heal from your injuries and try to make sense of what’s happened and what your future will look like, we hope that you will consider calling our Black Diamond injury attorney. Our Washington injury lawyers care about helping you recover the settlement you deserve and can start working on your case today. To schedule your free consultation and learn more about our process, please contact us online or by phone at your convenience.