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Injuries can happen without warning, whether you are driving in or around Pacific, Washington or are shopping at a local retail establishment. Many personal injuries result from motor vehicle crashes, and they often happen because of another motorist’s negligence. Yet injuries can also occur when a property owner is negligent, or when you purchase a consumer product that contains dangerous defects. No matter how your injury arose, you should speak with a Pacific, Washington injury lawyer as soon as possible to learn more about your options for filing a personal injury claim. By working with an advocate at the Khan Law Firm, you may be able to receive financial compensation for your losses.
Personal injury lawsuits can arise out of numerous kinds of accidents. At the Khan Law Firm, we routinely assist clients with the following types of personal injury lawsuits:
Personal injury cases can vary widely. In some situations, we may be able to help you obtain compensation by starting with an auto insurance claim. However, if you are not offered a reasonable settlement after filing an insurance claim, we are prepared to take your case to court to help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve.
By filing a personal injury lawsuit, you can be eligible to receive financial compensation for many different types of losses, from hospital bills and lost wages to compensation for your pain and suffering.
While it may be difficult to even begin thinking about filing a lawsuit after you are dealing with the physical and psychological pain of your recent injuries, it is important to remember that Washington State law gives plaintiffs only a limited time to file a claim. If you fail to file a lawsuit within a particular period of time, known as the statute of limitations, your claim will become what is known as “time-barred.”
Most injury lawsuits in Pacific, Washington have a three-year statute of limitations (RCW 4.16.080). This means that you must file your lawsuit within three years from the date that you sustained your initial injuries. As we mentioned above, failure to do so will result in you having a time-barred claim, and you will not be able to seek compensation by filing a civil lawsuit.
It is important to know that the statute of limitations can vary in specific circumstances. For instance, if you are filing a claim against a government entity or employee—for example, if a government employee caused the car accident in which you were injured—the statute of limitations may be much shorter than three years. Accordingly, you should discuss your case with a Pacific injury lawyer as quickly as possible to ensure that you have enough time to file a lawsuit.
You should also know that the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim (RCW 4.20.010) is different than the statute of limitations for a general injury claim. While the “clock” on the personal injury statute of limitations begins “ticking” when the plaintiff suffers the injury, the “clock” on the wrongful death statute of limitations begins “ticking” on the date of the deceased’s death. Then, the close family members have three years from the date of death to file a claim.
If you’ve been injured, even if you’re initially unsure of whether or not you have a personal injury claim, there are certain steps that you should take to preserve your right to compensation. These steps include:
Call a lawyer. If you haven’t already done so, getting a lawyer to start working on your case as soon as possible can be very advantageous. Even if you’re unsure about working with a lawyer or whether or not you have a case, you should schedule a consultation. Consultations are offered free of charge and can provide you with the information you need to make a decision.
What kind of compensation can you expect to receive? Generally speaking, plaintiffs who file injury lawsuits in Pacific, Washington can be eligible to receive two different kinds of compensatory damages under Washington State law (RCW 4.56.250):
It is important to know that Washington State limits the amount of noneconomic damages for which a plaintiff can be eligible. The maximum amount “is determined by multiplying 0.43 by the average annual wage and by the life of the person incurring noneconomic damages.” The statute clarifies that the life expectancy number used cannot be less than 15 years.
Filing a personal injury lawsuit in Washington State can be extremely complicated, and it is important to be prepared with evidence to prove that the defendant is responsible for your losses. One of the dedicated Pacific personal injury attorneys at our firm can assess your case today and discuss options that may be available to you for seeking financial compensation.