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WASHINGTON PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER

Serious accidents can have long-lasting ramifications for the victims and their families. Many individuals end up with enormous medical bills, substantial lost time on the job, and, in some cases, even permanent disabilities. Under Washington law, injured victims have legal right to recover compensation for the full extent of their damages from the at-fault party. Unfortunately though, for far too many victims, actually obtaining this compensation can be difficult. This is where our experienced Washington personal injury lawyers can help.

We are a Full-Service Personal Injury Law Firm

At Khan Law Firm, PLLC, our team is dedicated to protecting the legal rights and financial interests of injured victims. If you were hurt because of another party’s negligence, you are entitled to full and fair compensation for your losses. Our aggressive Seattle personal injury attorneys will help you get that compensation. We handle a wide variety of accident claims, including, but not limited to:

Our firm also has considerable experience handling cases involving very serious injuries, catastrophic injuries and fatalities. These types of claims come with unique challenges, and our personal injury lawyers know how to take them on. In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one sustained a catastrophic injury, please reach out to us today.

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CAR ACCIDENTS

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BRAIN INJURIES

BUS ACCIDENTS

TRUCK ACCIDENTS

DRUNK DRIVING INJURIES

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

DOG BITES

WRONGFUL DEATH

What Compensation is Available for Injured Victims?

Under state law, accident victims have a legal right to be ‘made whole’. In other words, victims are able to receive the amount of compensation that is necessary to put them back into the position that they would have been in had the accident never taken place. Of course, with cases involving serious injuries, this cannot be achieved in a literal manner.

Indeed, you cannot reverse the incredible physical and psychological pain that victims go through after breaking their leg in a highway accident. Instead, victims are able to seek financial relief that is equivalent in value to the value of those damages, both economic and noneconomic. More specifically, our experienced Washington personal injury lawyers can help you seek compensation for any of the following types of losses:

  • Emergency room fees;
  • All other medical bills;
  • Costs associated with physical or psychological therapy;
  • Lost income, including diminished earning capacity;
  • Long-term disability;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Mental anguish;
  • Emotional distress;
  • Loss of lifestyle enjoyment; and
  • Wrongful death.


Proving Liability in a Washington Personal Injury Case

In order to recover compensation for your injuries, you will need to prove that another party was legally liable for your accident. In general, personal injury claims are governed by state law. In the state of Washington, you will need to prove liability under the comparative fault standard. There are two critically important things that all injured victims need to know about this statue:

  • Fault is Based on Negligence First, to establish liability, you will need to prove that the defendant’s negligence, in some manner, contributed to your injuries. Negligence is defined as the failure to take due care within the context of a particular situation. What actions (or inactions) actually constitute negligence will always vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case at hand. Though, negligence has four basic legal elements:
    Duty of care
    Breach of duty
    Causation
    Damages
    Each personal injury claim starts with as assessment of what duties the defendant owed to the victim. The defendant’s legal duties can vary dramatically depending on the underlying facts of the case. For example, Washington business owners have a duty to provide their customers with reasonably safe conditions on their premises; however, these business owners owe no such duty to trespassers. When the duty that was owed is successfully established, your attorney will then be able to assess whether or not the defendant lived up to that duty, and if their failure to do so contributed to your accident. If their breach of duty did cause your accident, even partially, then that defendant can be held legally liable for your injuries.
  • Liability is Distributed Proportionally As Washington is a comparative fault jurisdiction, legal liability will always be divided proportionally to each party’s level of fault. In some cases, the division of liability is a straightforward process. For instance, if another driver was clearly at fault for 100 percent of your auto accident, then they would also be liable for 100 percent of the accident damages. However, in many other cases, the apportioning of liability is far more complex. This is particularly true in disputed cases and shared fault cases. Victims must be prepared for the fact that opposing insurance companies might even try to blame them for part of all of their own accident. If insurers are successful in blaming the victim, then the victim’s financial recovery would be reduced accordingly.For example, assume that you sustained $30,000 in damages in a Seattle car accident. If you are found to be at fault for zero percent of the crash, then you would be entitled to recover a corresponding $30,000 in compensation. However, if the insurance company is able to blame you for 30 percent of your own accident, then your compensation would be reduced accordingly, by a corresponding 30 percent, or $9,000. Thus, you would only be able to recover $21,000 for your damages. The bottom line: do not let yourself get stuck with an unfair share of the blame. Always work with an attorney who can help you fight back against the big insurance companies.

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At Khan Law Firm, PLLC, our Washington personal injury lawyers have helped many victims recover the full and fair accident compensation that they rightfully deserve. If you were hurt in Washington, our team is standing by, ready to assist you. Not only do we offer free legal consultations, but we will take on your claim on a contingency fee basis, meaning there will not be any out-of-pocket costs for you. For immediate legal assistance, please call us today at (206) 460-1725 or contact us directly through our website.