Proven legal strategies for Personal Injury Claims

A serious injury can have lifelong physical, emotional, and financial consequences. If you have been the victim of a life-altering injury that was not your fault, you may be able to pursue compensation for your losses. Unfortunately, insurance companies are often motivated by their own bottom line rather than your financial needs and wellbeing, leading to unfair settlements and denied claims. 

Having spent a decade representing personal injury victims, we have seen firsthand the pain that a careless person or company can inflict. At Countryman Injury Law, we employ proven legal strategies to protect our clients’ interests and secure the greatest amount of compensation possible for their injuries. To learn more about how we can help, consider connecting with our team at (425) 492-4445 today. 

Our Comprehensive Services

Our legal practice was established to protect the rights of individuals who were injured due to the negligence or carelessness of others. Injured victims face an uphill battle in our legal system, and securing compensation can be exceedingly difficult. Recognizing this, our team provides high-quality legal advocacy to ensure that they receive the settlement they deserve. Our personal injury services are at the forefront of our practice, and we have successfully guided clients through the following matters: 

  • Motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents
  • Wrongful death
  • Construction accidents
  • Slip & fall/premises liability
  • Pedestrian and bicycle accidents

When you hire us as your legal representation, you can expect respect, transparency, and integrity at every step of the process. After you have been injured in an accident, the stakes are high. Without the necessary compensation, the financial and emotional costs of your injury can quickly become overwhelming. At Countryman Injury Law, we help our clients secure fair compensation to help offset these costs. 

What Type of Compensation Is Available in a Personal Injury Case?

Under Section 4.56.250 of the Revised Code of Washington, there are two different types of compensation that may be available in your personal injury case. The type of compensation that you can claim in a personal injury lawsuit, also known as damages, depends largely on the unique circumstances of your case and the nature of the accident. Broadly, the three types of damages that are available in a personal injury lawsuit include:

  • Economic damages. This type of compensation is designed to cover the direct expenses associated with your injury. Hospital bills, diagnostic tests, and medications are all examples of verifiable monetary losses covered by economic damages. Economic damages are also designed to address lost earning capacity and income related to your accident.
  • Non-economic damages. Non-economic damages are less tangible, compensating you for the pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of consortium, and reduced quality of life, for instance. Generally, the more severe the injury, the greater the non-economic damages in a case.  

Washington is one of the few states that do not allow personal injury victims to recover punitive damages, which are designed to punish the at-fault for particularly egregious, intentional, or outrageous actions. Generally, punitive damages in personal injury cases are considered “against public policy,” and are only allowed if expressly authorized by a statute. Your personal injury lawyer can provide further insight into the types of damages that may be available in your case and how to effectively maximize your settlement. 

How Is Fault Determined in Personal Injury Lawsuits?

Fault is a critically important factor in personal injury lawsuits. Every state uses a different system to determine fault, and Washington is considered a comparative fault state. This means that fault can be shared in a personal injury case. Based on this comparative fault system, all parties involved in the case are awarded damages proportional to their degree of fault (Section 4.22.070 of the Revised Code of Washington). 

Let us consider an example of comparative fault. Perhaps you were involved in a car accident where the other driver was speeding, but your vehicle was missing a headlight. In this case, while the other driver is mostly at fault for the accident, you may be considered partly at fault for the accident. If the total damages awarded in the case total $50,000, but you were determined to be 10% at fault for the accident, you would receive 10% less of the damages. This would leave you with $45,000 in total damages, account for your percentage of fault. 

Proving Fault in a Personal Injury Case

To successfully prove fault in a personal injury lawsuit and secure compensatory damages, your attorney will prove that the at fault party had a legal obligation to avoid causing harm to others and that they failed to fulfill this obligation, therefore causing you harm. This is the foundation of all personal injury cases. Your attorney will compile all relevant evidence to prove these elements of fault in your case. Some examples of relevant evidence include witness testimonies, medical records, traffic camera footage, among other sources. Once fault has been established, the liable party can be held responsible, and compensation will be awarded to the injured person. 

What Is the Time Limit for Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

The statute of limitations for personal injury cases is set forth in Section 4.6.080 of the Revised Code of Washington. This law states that personal injury victims have three years from the date of the injury to file a claim and recover damages. Waiting too long to file a claim can impact your ability to secure compensation. 

Speak With an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney at Countryman Injury Law Today

If you sustained an injury due to the negligence or carelessness of another person, you may be able to seek compensation for your damages. Personal injury cases are incredibly complex, however, leading many people to seek assistance from our knowledgeable team to ensure that their lawsuit is handled professionally. 

At Countryman Injury Law, our compassionate team believes that every personal injury victim deserves access to high-quality legal representation and advocacy. For this reason, we treat our clients with the utmost respect, working tirelessly to secure the compensation they need to recover from their injuries. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney, consider contacting our Bothell office at (425) 492-4445 today.