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FEDERAL WAY PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER

Many people do not consider the full extent of the damages caused by an automobile accident until it happens to them. Pre-car accident, an individual may assume that the only costs associated with an auto accident are those to repair the actual vehicle, but in reality, vehicle repair costs tend to be the lowest and of least concern. When an individual is involved in a car accident, and if they sustain injuries as a result, they then have to worry about medical bills, out-of-pocket costs for things like medications, crutches, and transportation, and continuing therapy bills. Furthermore, they must worry about missed wages, and how they are going to compensate for that lost income until they are well enough to work again.

An accident can take a serious toll on one’s physical, mental, and financial health. Fortunately, that is what insurance is for. Unfortunately, insurance companies make it extremely difficult for claimants to recuperate enough compensation to cover the cost of all damages sustained during an accident. That is what the Federal Way, WA personal injury lawyers are for.

At Khan Law Firm, PLLC, our personal injury attorneys advocate on behalf of victims of accidents so that they may receive the compensation they need after a serious accident has rendered them injured and unable to work. If you have been involved in an accident in which you sustained serious injuries, contact our Federal Way personal injury attorneys at 206.455.6220 to learn more about the legal actions you can take to recover compensation for your losses.

Helping You Recover Compensation for Your Losses in Federal Way, WA

Because insurance companies lose money every time a claimant is successful, they require individuals to jump through hoops and fill out stacks of paperwork in order to even file a personal injury claim. Once a claim is filed, the insurance company hands down the paperwork to an insurance adjuster, whose sole job it is to look for holes in the claimant’s story and to downplay his or her injuries. The insurance adjuster will open an investigation, in which everything from the claimant’s personal medical records to eyewitness statements will be scrutinized and torn apart for inconsistencies. If they find any, they will reduce the final amount of the settlement, or deny their claim entirely.

At the Khan Law Firm, PLLC, our Federal Way personal injury attorneys have successfully fought and negotiated with insurance companies on behalf of our clients for years. With extensive knowledge of Washington personal injury law and several years of experience under our belts, we can ensure that your claim is not dismissed, and that you walk away with a fair and sizeable settlement.

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STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM IN WASHINGTON

The cause of the car accident may have some impact on the type of car accident that occurs, as well as the severity of the car accident. Not only can car accidents involve different types of vehicles and victims – i.e. motorcycle accidents, bicycle accident, pedestrian accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, etc. – but they can also happen in a variety of different manners. Some of the most common types of car accidents include:

In Washington, as in all other 50 states, there is a statute of limitations on when you can file a personal injury claim. According to Washington state law, the statute of limitations on personal injury claims is as follows:

  •  3 years for personal injury (Wash. Rev. Code § 4.16.080(2) (2016));
  • 3 years for product liability (Wash. Rev. Code § 4.16.080(2) (2016); Wash. Rev. Code § 7.72.060(3) (2016));
  • 3 years for property damage (Wash. Rev. Code § 4.16.080(2) (2016)); and
  • 3 years for wrongful death (Wash. Rev. Code § 4.16.080(2) (2016)).

However, because personal injuries may not show symptoms until later in the future. the limitations period does not start until the date that the plaintiff knew or should have reasonably known of an injury. For some injuries, this can be up to years after the accident.

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Theories of Liability in Personal Injury Cases, Federal Way, WA

Though our Federal Way personal injury lawyers generally deal with automobile and pedestrian accidents, Washington state law covers several theories of liability for personal injury cases, and so do we. If you sustained a personal injury as the result of someone else’s negligence outside of an auto accident, our personal injury lawyers are here to help. The types of cases covered under personal injury law include:

  • Wrongful Death: A wrongful death occurs when the liable party is responsible for the victim’s death. In a wrongful death claim, only dependent adults and minor children may recover damages;
  • Slip and Fall Cases: Slip-and-fall cases arise when an individual slips on another individual’s premises;
  • Auto Accidents: An individual may file a personal injury claim after an auto accident in which the at-fault driver was negligent in his or her driving. However, because Washington is a fault state, the settlement will be reduced by the percentage of the victim’s fault in the accident;
  • Medical Malpractice: Medical malpractice suits arise when a medical professional is negligent in his or her care of the patient. Sometimes, medical malpractice winds up in a wrongful death;
  • Products Liability: Washington has a separate act to cover products liability, known as the Washington Products Liability Act (WPLA), which provides a two-step approach to products liability: 1) It asks whether or not the product meets the ordinary expectations of the consumer, and 2) it walks through the risk/utility test determining the likelihood of injury and the existence of warnings; and
  • Workers’ Compensation: An individual may file a workers’ compensation claim if he or she is injured on the job while performing a job-related function. If the claimant is successful, the employer will be responsible for compensating the individual for his or her damages.

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At Khan Law Firm, PLLC, our Federal Way personal injury attorneys are committed to helping victims of car accidents and other personal injury accidents move forward and on with their lives. However, we understand that this is difficult to do without being able to financially recover from an accident. Our personal injury attorneys invest their time and resources into helping individuals like you, who were injured as a result of someone else’s negligent behavior, file a personal injury claim so that they may recuperate the damages they need and deserve. If you have been seriously injured as a result of another person’s negligent behavior, contact our Federal Way personal injury attorneys at 206.455.6220 to schedule your free consultation today.