KENT PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
People are injured in Kent every day. Whether in a car accident or pedestrian accident, slip and fall or case of product liability, injuries happen far too often in in the Seattle-Tacoma metroplex area. While some accidents are unstoppable and unforeseeable, others are the direct result of human error and negligence. When human error causes an injury, the at-fault person needs to be held liable – this is often times the only way that the victim can recover the financial compensation that they need to pay their medical bills and compensate for lost wages. At the Khan Injury Law, our Seattle personal injury attorneys will help you to understand the steps of a personal injury action, and will represent you throughout the entire process.
Types of Personal Injury Claims
Within the overarching realm of personal injury law, there are a number of more specific personal injury case types. At the Khan Injury Law, we represent victims in myriad case types, including:
If the death of a loved one would not have occurred but for the wrongful act of another, the surviving family members deserve compensation for the deceased person’s lost wages and income, lost benefits, funeral and burial expenses, medical expenses prior to death, and their own emotional losses and suffering.
Car, truck, bus, boat, and motorcycle accidents.
An accident involving a motor vehicle of any type is more than just a day ruiner; if the crash is severe, it can ruin someone’s life. If you have suffered property loss, injuries, and missed time from work due to an accident involving a car, boat, bus, truck, or motorcycle, we can help you get to the bottom of what happened, who is to blame, and against whom you should file a suit for damages.
Product liability cases.
Manufacturers of all products have a duty to ensure that their product is free from any known risks, and if there are risks, that these risks are disclosed to the consumer. However, every year there are stories of defective cars leading to accidents, dangerous rides leading to devastating injuries, and even baby furniture involved in devastating incidents.
Premises liability cases.
Premises liability law is the set of laws that govern the duties that property owners have to those who enter their premises. In brief, the law requires that a property owner maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition that is free from any known hazards, and to correct hazards within a timely manner if they are to appear. Unfortunately, property owners often neglect this duty. The result may be dog bites, slip and fall accidents, drowning incidents, amusement park ride accidents, and other terrible accident and injury types.
Pedestrian and bicycle accidents.
Pedestrians and bicyclists who are injured in a crash are not only often severely injured, but are also usually not to blame for their accident. Too often, drivers speed, fail to yield, forget to look, or even aggressively approach pedestrians and cyclists in Kent and surrounding areas, causing them devastating – and sometimes fatal – injuries.
INJURIES THAT RESULT WHEN AN ACCIDENT HAPPENS
The type and extent of injury that a person sustains following an accident will depend on the force involved (for example, the speed at which a vehicle was traveling, the weight of vehicles involved, etc.) and the type of accident. That being said, motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, and premises liability cases all have the potential to result in:
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Ranging in severity from mild to severe, a TBI can affect a person’s cognition, motor skills, and emotions, and may leave them permanently impaired;
Spinal Cord Injuries
One of the most traumatic injuries is damage to the spinal cord, which controls motor abilities and can leave a person paralyzed for life;
accidents can be traumatizing, and leave a person suffering with anxiety, depression, and PTSD – these conditions can prevent an individual from returning to the life that they had prior to the accident.
Broken bones usually heal completely, but can be painful and expensive to repair;
Scarring and Disfigurement
When a person is burned, cut, lacerated, bitten, or otherwise impacted, they may bear the scars of the trauma for life;
Some of the above injuries will heal with time and money to pay for medical treatment, therapy, and rehabilitation. Other injury types will never heal, even if the best medical care in the world is provided. A person who is injured in an accident may never be able to maintain the same level of intimacy with their spouse, pick up their children, return to work, or even enjoy a walk outdoors.
KENT PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER FAQS
If you’ve been injured, you may have a lot of questions about your rights and options. At the office of the Khan Injury Law PLLC, we are here to answer your questions and provide you with experienced legal representation and advice. Call us today to learn more about how we can help.
What Do I Have to Prove to Win a Personal Injury Claim?
To win a personal injury claim in Kent, you’ll need to establish four elements. These are 1) that the defendant owed you a duty of care, 2) that the defendant breached the duty of care owed to you, 3) that the defendant’s breach of the duty of care was the proximate cause of your harm and 4) that the accident led to damages. Our lawyers will work with you to prove each element and gather evidence.
What Types of Accidents Lead to Personal Injury Claims?
Above, we reviewed many of the types of accidents that lead to personal injury claims and the practice areas that our injury lawyers focus on, such as motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, truck accidents, dog bites, slip and falls, etc. But it’s also important to understand the different theories of liability that can be employed in a personal injury claim. These include:
Negligence is the failure to exercise the required degree of care for a given situation. For example, when a driver texts while operating a motor vehicle, they are operating their vehicle negligently. If negligence leads to an accident, the driver can be held liable for resulting harm.
Another theory of liability is strict liability, which does not require a plaintiff to prove the negligence of the defendant. In tort law, strict liability is most often applied to dog bites claims and product liability claims.
The third theory of liability is liability for an intentional tort. Rather than being caused by negligence or carelessness, a person has an intentional tort case when they can prove that a defendant intended to cause them harm.
What Happens if My Loved One Was Killed in an Accident? Do I Have Any Rights?
Some accidents don’t just result in injuries; they result in fatal injuries. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident, you can bring forth a wrongful death suit for damages. A wrongful death action operates similarly to a personal injury claim, but for the fact that the accident results in death.
How Much Time Do I Have to Bring Forth a Personal Injury Claim?
Under the Revised Code of Washington Section 4.16.080, a party who is injured by the actions of another has three years from the date of the cause of action (date of the accident) to bring forth a personal injury claim for damages.
Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
Many people are hesitant about filing a personal injury claim because they worry that filing a claim means having to file a lawsuit. While some personal injury claims do end in litigation, the goal is usually to resolve the dispute out of court, first. Most claims are settled through negotiations. It is only if a settlement cannot be reached that litigation will become an option.
What Happens If I Was Partially to Blame for My Injuries?
When another party causes your injuries, you can hold that party liable for damages. But if you contribute to your injuries through fault of your own, you can only hold the other party responsible for damages in proportion to their degree of fault. For example, if you are involved in an accident that resulted in $10,000 damages and you are found to be responsible for 25 percent of its cause, then the defendant can only be held liable for 75 percent of your damages, or $7,500.
How Can an Attorney Help Me?
If you’ve been injured and are thinking about filing a personal injury claim, you should absolutely think seriously about hiring a personal injury attorney in Kent. An attorney can provide numerous services, including investigating your accident, gathering evidence to support your case, finding witnesses, recruiting experts, building your claim, issuing a demand letter, and negotiating your settlement.
What If I Can’t Afford an Attorney?
Some people never reach out to an attorney out of anxiety about how much an attorney costs and fear that they won’t be able to afford an attorney’s services. However, most good Kent personal injury lawyers, including the attorneys at the Khan Injury Law PLLC, work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will reach an agreement with your attorney about what percentage of your settlement your attorney will be entitled to if your case is successful. If your case is not successful, you won’t owe your attorney anything. With the contingency fee system, there are no out-of-pocket or hourly fees.
How Do I Know If I Have a Personal Injury Case?
If you’re unsure of whether or not you have a personal injury case, the best thing to do is to reach out to an attorney who offers a free Kent personal injury case consultation. By scheduling a free case consultation, you can get a better understanding of whether or not you have a strong case and how much you may be able to recover.
What Do I Need to Bring to the First Meeting with My Attorney?
You should come prepared to your free case consultation – the more information that you can provide your attorney with, the better and more precise answers they will be able to give you about the viability of your case. Bring all documents related to your claim, notices from any insurance parties involved, photos of your accident and injuries, and any other evidence you have.
Call the Khan Injury Law PLLC Today
To schedule your free case consultation with the Kent personal injury attorneys at the Khan Injury Law PLLC, please call our law office directly or send us a message telling us more about your case online. We will maintain your confidentiality, and create a case strategy that’s customized to you.
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Take Action After Sustaining a Personal Injury
After being injured, you probably feel helpless. You should know that you have the power to take action after sustaining a personal injury. Time is running out – in Washington State, you have three years’ time from the date of your injury to file a claim for damages. If you do not act within this time frame, you will lose you right to recover compensation.
The sooner that you take action by calling an experienced Kent personal injury lawyer, the sooner that your lawyer can get to work on building your case and gathering the evidence necessary.
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We Will Work On Your Behalf
Many people think that they can deal with insurance companies and the legal system on their own. Unfortunately, not only is the legal system complex, but insurance adjusters and attorneys for the defense are very skilled in denying claims and getting what they want. When you work with an attorney, you are working with someone who knows how to fight back and advocate for your rights.
At the Khan Injury Law, we want you to know that we will not give up on you. The process begins when you pick up the phone and schedule a free case consultation with our experienced Kent personal injury lawyer.
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