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What Can I Be Compensated for in a Car Accident Case?

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No one ever expects to get into a car accident. In addition to physical injuries, many victims suffer car damage and lost income. Suddenly, just paying your regular bills is a struggle, as is moving on from the accident.

At the Khan Injury Law, we work regularly with accident victims like you to get compensation for your accident. Below, we look at some of the damages you can request. Each car accident claim is a little different, so reach out to our car accident lawyer for individualized advice.

Medical Bills

Accident victims can receive compensation for all medical care to treat their injuries. Medical care includes:

  • Doctor visits
  • Specialist appointments
  • Ambulance transportation
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Surgery
  • Medication
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Occupational therapy
  • Mental health counseling

In short, any necessary treatments should be covered. However, if you used health insurance to pay for your care, then your insurer probably retains a right to payment from your settlement.

If you have long-lasting injuries, you can request compensation for future medical care. Someone with an amputated limb, for example, usually needs stump surgery in the future. Or someone with permanent spinal cord damage might need ongoing rehabilitation.

Property Damage

Your car was probably wrecked in the crash. You should receive compensation to cover repairs or, if the car is totaled, a replacement. Remember, you will only receive as much as the car is worth. If you drive a 2011 Corolla, you won’t be paid to buy a new one.

Lost Wages

Car accident injuries are painful. They are also very disruptive. A bad back injury, for example, could keep you in bed for months. A broken leg could prevent you from going to work if you stand around a lot for your job.

Fortunately, you should receive compensation for lost wages. Anyone who is self-employed can also receive compensation. You’ll need to establish how much you would have made if you weren’t injured.

If you are permanently injured, you might be unable to return to your old job. For example, a surgeon with permanent nerve damage in her hand can’t operate anymore, and a new job will pay less. You can receive compensation for loss of earning capacity.

Pain and Suffering

The losses above are financial in nature. You can prove in dollars and cents how much you lost. Pain and suffering are a little different. These losses are harder to quantify in monetary terms. Nevertheless, you deserve some money for enduring this accident.

Pain and suffering typically cover things like:

  • Physical pain
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Mental anguish
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Inconvenience
  • Immobility or paralysis

Khan Injury Law has negotiated multiple settlements, so we have a solid grasp of how much you can receive for pain and suffering. This is often hotly contested, and insurers try to limit the amount they pay out.

Let’s Get Started

The sooner you contact a lawyer, the better. Our car accident attorneys can help you document your injuries and start the claims process. Contact us today.

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After a Semi Truck Accident, Who Can You Sue for Compensation?

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Semi-truck accidents typically cause serious injuries. Our clients have sizeable medical bills and often can’t get back to work. At Khan Injury Law, we work overtime to get our clients compensation for their injuries.

Truck accidents are slightly different from regular car crashes. In a semi-truck accident, several individuals might be responsible for the crash. If they are, then the law says they are “liable” and they must pay you compensation.

Who Can You Sue After A Truck Accident?

Truck Driver

Truckers owe a duty of care to other people on the road. They can violate this duty of care whenever they drive negligently or recklessly. Some common examples of unreasonable driving include:

  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Fatigued driving
  • Driving while chemically impaired
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Tailgating
  • Texting and driving

Even if the trucker doesn’t want to admit liability for the crash, there are ways to check if they were careless. For example, we might get their cell phone records, which show whether they were on the phone at the moment of the crash. The semi-truck might also have electronic data which can show the speed and how long the truck was in motion.

Trucking Company

Trucking companies are often liable for accidents involving their trucks. There are different bases for suing them:

  • Vicarious liability. Employers are automatically liable when their employees injure people while working. You would sue both the trucker and his employer.
  • Poorly maintained fleet. The trucking company might put a dangerous truck in service without properly maintaining it.
  • Failure to screen drivers. Trucking companies must properly screen drivers before hiring them. Federal law requires physical exams and pre-employment drug tests. The trucking company should also pull a criminal history report and contact prior employers.
  • Failure to supervise. Trucking companies should remove dangerous drivers from the road. If they don’t, they can be liable when the trucker gets into another wreck.

Loading Company

Some truck accidents stem from unbalanced or heavy loads in the trailer. For example, a shifting load can lead to a rollover accident. The loading company might be responsible if they overloaded the truck or failed to properly secure cargo.

Truck Mechanic

Mechanics must perform their jobs carefully. A negligent mechanic might do shoddy work or fail to detect problems with a semi-truck. For example, a mechanic might fail to see if the brakes are worn and need to be replaced. If the truck crashes due to brake failure, then the mechanic could be liable.

Truck Manufacturer

Some trucks are dangerous as soon as they leave the assembly line. For example, defective materials or designs could make the truck unacceptably dangerous. Any component part on the truck could be defective as well.

When defects contribute to wrecks, you can typically sue the truck manufacturer and/or the manufacturer for the defective part.

Contact Us as Soon as Possible

Seattle truck accident lawyer Khalil Khan is eager to analyze your case to identify all possible defendants. Contact Khan Injury Law to get started.

Why is My Car Accident Settlement Taking So Long?

Why is My Car Accident Settlement Taking So Long?

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The negotiation process is different for each car accident. Some cases settle faster than others. There is no way of knowing ahead of time how long it will take to reach a settlement—or if reaching a settlement is even possible.

Nevertheless, at Khan Injury Law we see some common roadblocks which delay settlement. We fully understand why victims are frustrated at the delay when they badly need compensation. Below, our car accident lawyer takes a closer look at the most common issues which frustrate a swift resolution to your case.

There is a Dispute About Fault

A person isn’t legally required to pay compensation to accident victims unless they are at least partially responsible for an accident. This responsibility is called “fault.”

In many accidents, the fault is obvious. For example, a person might run a red light and T-bone you. Your dashcam shows what happened, as do nearby security cameras. In an accident like this, the driver’s insurance company should quickly admit fault.

But the fault isn’t clear in all accidents:

  • Rear-end collisions. The car behind could be at fault for following too closely or not paying attention. However, the lead car could also be at fault if the driver braked suddenly.
  • Sideswipes. Two cars might collide while driving side by side, such as when a car tries to merge on the freeway. Either driver could be at fault, depending on the circumstances.
  • Head-on collisions. There might be a dispute over which car drifted over the center line. If each side points the finger at the other, then negotiations can slow to a crawl.

In Washington, fault can also be shared. Even someone badly injured could be at fault for the crash, and they might receive less as a result. Until the parties reach an agreement on fault, they will never agree to the compensation. For this reason, your settlement could get delayed as they argue back and forth.

Each Side Disagrees on the Severity of Injuries

In addition to agreeing to the fault, each side in negotiations must agree to the value of a person’s injuries. Some people have pre-existing injuries from a prior accident or workplace incident. An insurer might claim this pre-existing injury is the real source of your pain, so they don’t need to compensate you.

There might also be a dispute about whether you received unnecessary care. Insurers might refuse to cover the cost of massage, acupuncture, or certain mental health counseling if they don’t think it was necessary.

Disputes Over Value of Pain and Suffering

You should also qualify for compensation for pain and suffering, as well as other losses like emotional distress. These are hard to put an accurate price tag on. You might think the chronic pain in your hip, depression, and lethargy are worth at least $50,000. The insurer might only offer $5,000.

Disputes over pain and suffering are hard to resolve, but not impossible. As seasoned lawyers, we understand how much a jury is likely to award, and we will negotiate from a position of strength.

Contact Khan Injury Law today. We are skilled negotiators who will strive to obtain fair compensation following your crash.

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What to Do if You Are in a Bus Accident in Seattle

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Whether you are visiting Seattle and injured in a bus accident or you live in the Seattle area and suffer a bus accident injury while commuting, it is important to know what to do in order to preserve your right to compensation. Bus accidents involving King County Metro Transit buses can be devastating, resulting in serious and deadly injuries to bus passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicle occupants in Seattle. What steps should you take if you are injured in a bus accident in Seattle? Consider the following recommendations from our Seattle bus accident lawyers.

1. Document the Scene of the Bus Accident

Do your best to document the scene where the bus accident occurred. If you are physically able to take photographs (depending on the severity of your injuries), you should document the wider scene of the crash as well as close-up images of property damages and physical harm. Be sure to obtain from the bus driver, his name, bus number, and incident number. Note the day and time of the accident as well.

2. Ask for Witness Contact Information

If anyone witnessed the bus accident, be sure to obtain witness contact information. Your bus accident attorney will likely want to speak with witnesses to the crash who may be able to support your case. When you fail to obtain witness contact information at the scene, it can be difficult to track down people who might have witnessed the crash at a later date.

3. See a Doctor ASAP to Have Your Bus Accident Injuries Assessed

You need to see a doctor as soon as possible for a medical assessment. Not only can some injuries take hours or days to produce obvious signs and symptoms, but waiting to get medical attention can allow those injuries to worsen. 

4. Determine Liability for the Bus Accident

Liability for Seattle bus accidents can be complicated since various parties may be at fault for the crash. Commonly responsible parties include but are not limited to:

  • King County Metro Transit;
  • Bus driver;
  • Mechanic who worked on the bus;
  • Driver of another motor vehicle; or
  • Designer or manufacturer of a defective bus part that caused the crash.

5. File Your Bus Accident Lawsuit Before the Statute of Limitations Runs Out

The statute of limitations in your case may depend upon whether you are filing a claim against King County Metro Transit or a private party, such as a negligent car or truck driver. Under the Washington State personal injury statute of limitations, most bus accident lawsuits will need to be filed within three years from the date of the collision. If you fail to file your lawsuit within that time window, you will have a time-barred claim and will be ineligible to receive damages in a civil lawsuit. 

When you are filing a public or government claim, Washington State law clarifies that, although the claims process is different from an ordinary civil lawsuit, the claim shall be presented to the government agent within the applicable period of limitations within which an action must be commenced.

Contact Our Seattle Bus Accident Attorney Today

Were you injured in a bus crash in the Seattle area? One of our experienced Seattle busing accident attorneys can evaluate your case for you today and discuss your options with you for seeking financial compensation. Contact Khan Injury Law PLLC to learn more about the personal injury services we provide to clients in Washington State.

Hit by a Car in Seattle

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Sometimes, car accidents involve pedestrians and bicyclists. In a collision and the moments afterward, it can feel like time is standing still – or it can feel like time is rushing past you faster than you can blink. In these moments, it can be difficult to know what to do. Although you can never plan to be hit by a car, you can prepare yourself for this scenario by learning what to do in the moments immediately following the impact.

A collision with a car can cause severe, often permanent, injuries. What you do in the moments, days, and weeks after you are hit by a car can determine how you recover from your injury and whether you can recover compensation for the expenses you face related to it through a personal injury claim. If you are hit by a car, take the following actions:

Do Not Leave the Scene

The only exception to this is if you suffer an injury that requires emergency medical attention. If this is the case, call 911 to have an ambulance sent to the scene. Your health and safety should always be your top priority.

If you are not in critical condition, remain at the scene of the collision and call local law enforcement to have an officer sent to the scene. If the driver who hit you does not stay at the scene, take a photograph of his or her vehicle or try to write down everything you noticed about the car, such as its license plate number, its color, and its make and model. If the collision occurred because the driver was somehow negligent, he or she is liable for your damages. For a driver, negligence can mean texting while driving, driving drunk, or disregarding the posted speed limit and other traffic rules.

Gather All the Evidence you Can

Take out your phone and snap as many pictures of the scene as you can. Get a photo of your injury as well as any images that accurately show how the collision occurred. Document the location of the accident and whether the driver also hit another victim, another vehicle, or a stationary object.

Take down the driver’s name and insurance information. If you do not feel comfortable doing this, wait until the police officer arrives and have him or her facilitate the exchange. You need to have the driver’s insurance information because this is the company with which you will file your personal injury claim. If any witnesses saw the collision occur, take down their contact information as well.

Do not leave the scene without the following:

  • A copy of the official accident report;
  • The driver’s insurance information;
  • Sufficient photographs to show what happened; and
  • Contact information for any witnesses who watched the collision happen.

Receive Medical Attention for your Injury

Even if you do not feel like you are injured, go to the doctor to have yourself examined within a few days of the accident. You could possibly have suffered an “invisible injury” like a traumatic brain injury. These injuries often have no physical symptoms and can go unnoticed when the victim does not receive appropriate medical care. It is also possible for an injury that seems minor initially to become much more severe if it is left untreated.

There is another important reason why you should seek medical attention as soon as you can: the strength of your personal injury claim. If you choose to file a personal injury claim, you will need to support it with sufficient evidence that shows how your injury occurred and the losses you experienced because of the injury. Documentation that shows you received medical attention shortly after the accident, testimony from your doctor regarding your injury and treatment, and copies of your medical bills are all important pieces of evidence to include with your personal injury claim.

Determine your Personal Injury Claim Plan

After you have received a diagnosis and appropriate treatment for your injury, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your grounds for filing a personal injury claim. You can recover compensation even if you were partially at fault for your accident, so do not shy away from contacting a lawyer to discuss your rights even if you were negligent in some way. Your lawyer will review all the evidence you have and determine if you have grounds for a personal injury claim. If so, he or she can work with you to gather and use additional evidence to support your claim, such as documentation of your lost wages and evidence to show the value of your pain and suffering damages.

Working with a lawyer will make the personal injury claim process easier for you. Your lawyer can ensure that your claim does not violate state laws or violate deadlines like the three-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims.

Your lawyer can also negotiate with the driver’s insurance provider on your behalf. In Washington, negligent drivers are liable for all the damages related to the injuries they inflict. After you file a personal injury claim with the driver’s insurance provider, an insurance company representative will make a settlement offer. Your lawyer can determine whether this offer is sufficient to cover your expenses and if it is not, negotiate with the company to reach a more appropriate settlement amount. Your lawyer can also determine whether filing a personal injury lawsuit would be a productive course of action for your case.

Work with an Experienced Seattle Pedestrian Injury Attorney

Being hit by a car can drastically change your life. Among all the changes that come with your injury, a crippling financial burden should not be one. Contact our team of experienced car accident attorney in Seattle at Khan Injury Law PLLC today to set up your free case review in our office. During your case review, we can determine whether you have grounds for a personal injury claim and if so, start working with you to develop yours.

Seattle Rollover Car Accidents Attorney

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Car crashes are one of the most common causes of injury in the United States, and are an occurrence with which most people can relate. However, while parking lot collisions, minor fender benders, and even larger–but not severe–accidents may all be familiar to the majority of drivers, rollover accidents are not. Indeed, rollover collisions are rare, and when they do occur, the damages have the potential to be very severe.

At the offices of the Khan Injury Law PLLC, our experienced Seattle rollover car accident attorneys know how devastating being in a rollover collision can be, and the extent of losses you have incurred. When you hire our law firm, we will open a thorough investigation into your case to determine precisely why your accident happened, the extent of damages you have suffered, and your best options for recovering your maximum settlement amount.

The Deadly Nature of Rollover Car Accidents

According to, a website that is powered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rollover car accidents are both rare and deadly. To be sure, these dangerous incidents have a much higher fatality rate than do other collision types – out of a total 9.1 million vehicle crashes that occurred over the course of a single year, only 2.1 percent involved a rollover.

However, while rollover collisions only characterized 2.1 percent of vehicle crashes, they accounted for 35 percent of all deaths from passenger vehicle collisions.

Why Rollover Accidents Are So Dangerous

It is easy to understand why rollover crashes might be so disastrous: a vehicle flipping over, potentially more than once, is bound to be catastrophic. While there are a variety of factors that lead to injuries for vehicle occupants during a rollover collisions–including things like broken glass, objects entering the window/windshield and penetrating or hitting occupants, traumatic brain injuries from the rolling/shaking, and crush injuries–the real risk to occupants is the risk of being thrown from the vehicle. In fact, 69 percent of the rollover crash victims that were killed (per the data cited above) were not wearing their seatbelts at the time of collision. Even if occupants are not ejected from the vehicle, the risk of injury within the vehicle increases dramatically when a seatbelt is not used.

Causes of Rollover Accidents

Contrary to popular belief, vehicle type is not the greatest predictor of whether or not a driver will be involved in a rollover crash. In fact, all vehicles can be involved in rollover collisions, and while vehicle type does play a role in the risk of a rollover, the things that have the most effect on rollover risk are driver behaviors and environmental factors. A list compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation suggests that the following factors contribute to the risk of rollovers:

  • Vehicle type. Taller vehicles, such as SUVs or large vans, are more at risk of being involved in a rollover collision due to their higher centers of gravity.
  • Location. Rollover accidents are more likely to occur in rural areas, most likely because rural roads are less likely to have barriers and be undivided.
  • Speed. The faster that a vehicle is traveling, the more likely it is to be involved in a rollover crash. In fact, the majority of fatal rollover crashes are speed-related. Speeding significantly impairs a motorist’s ability to maintain control over a vehicle.
  • Alcohol use. The use of alcohol increases the risk of all types of accidents, and rollover collisions are no exception. About 50 percent of all rollover collisions involve an alcohol-impaired driver.

In addition to the above, it is worth noting that the majority of rollover crashes occur when a driver is performing a routine driving maneuver, and that the vast majority of rollover crashes are single-vehicle collisions, which means that they occur independently of another vehicle.

In some cases, rollover collisions can be caused by the negligent actions of another driver. For example, a driver illegally changing lanes could result in another driving swerving suddenly to avoid a collision, thereby leading to a rollover crash. A rollover crash may also be contributed to by things such as a lack of proper signage warning of a sharp turn and advising drivers to slow speeds, or a lack of guardrails. Dangerous road conditions, such as debris on the road, may also increase the risk of a rollover.

Recovering Compensation for Damages Incurred in Your Rollover Crash

If you have been involved in a rollover collision, the chances that you have incurred damages are great, and property damage may be the least of it. Indeed, when injuries in a rollover accident are not fatal, they are often serious, and you may be coping with external or/and internal injuries, including bone fractures, a traumatic brain injury, soft tissue injuries, back and neck injuries, or even something as serious as an amputation or spinal cord injury. These injuries may be preventing you from doing the things you enjoy most in life, from working, or from even leading a normal and independent life where you don’t have to rely on assistance and care from others. You may also be facing lost wages, high medical expenses, and other economic losses.

If you have been involved in a rollover crash in Seattle, determining fault for the incident is key to recovering compensation. In Washington, all at-fault parties come into play when determining the cause of an accident and liability for the crash. At the Khan Injury Law PLLC, we will look into all potentially liable parties, ranging from a government agency tasked with road maintenance to another negligent driver to the manufacturer of a vehicle defect and more. We determine the precise cause of your accident in order to effectively recover the settlement you deserve.

Call Our Car Rollover Accident Attorneys in Seattle Today

If you are involved in a rollover collision and are worried about your future and what happens next, contact our talented Seattle rollover car accident attorneys today for a free consultation about your options, and how our legal team can help. We have experience recovering large settlements on the behalf of our clients.