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Personal Injury

In Washington State, there is a statute of limitations governing the time period in which you can file a personal injury claim. From the date you were injured the clock starts running, and after 3 years has passed, you’re no longer able to make a claim for damages due to your injury. Depending on the severity of the accident and the injuries you sustained, the medical costs could be substantial. For this reason, it’s extremely important to retain an attorney who can help you receive the repayment you deserve.

Northwest Law Group’s Bellevue personal injury attorneys will help you through this difficult situation and ensure the entity that caused you harm repays you. Sometimes, injury cases can completely change the trajectory of your life. If you were hospitalized for a long period of time, the medical bills alone can follow you forever. So, it’s extremely important to contact a knowledgeable attorney who can successfully represent you.

Washington personal injury law has a unique approach to understanding comparative fault and the affect this consideration has on how much money you recover. The philosophy governing these types of cases is called the “pure comparative negligence” approach.

Pure Comparative Negligence

Every state has their own specific comparative fault rules, and Washington is no different. The guiding ideology in Washington is called the pure comparative negligence approach. Under this conception of determining relative fault, the court will alter the amount of the award you receive based on your proportion of responsibility for the accident happening in the first place.

For example, if you get in a car accident and are deemed to be 40% at fault, and the award at trial is for $20,000, you would receive $12,000 of the total award. This is extremely important to understand, because even if it seems you are the one mostly at fault for the accident you still have a chance at recovering some of the award. In essence, recovery of this type means a reduction in the amount of money you must pay the other driver.

Types of Damages

In Washington both economic and non-economic factors can be considered damages in the eyes of the law. To determine the amount of economic damages, the court takes into account all objectively verifiable monetary loss. This can include medical expenses, loss of wages due to inability to work, loss of property, cost of replacing that property, and the loss of employment or employment opportunities. There are standards for verification as well, so speaking with our Bellevue personal injury attorneys can be crucial in ensuring your case is handled correctly. Our attorneys bring both experience and compassion to these situations, with an emphasis on aggressively fighting for the rights of our clients.

Noneconomic damages on the other hand are all losses that do not involve money. These can include pain, suffering, mental anguish, disability or disfigurement, emotional distress, and many others. In Washington, the amount of noneconomic damages requested is limited to the average annual wage multiplied by the life expectancy of the injured party. For this reason, making a strong argument for why you deserve those damages and in that amount. Our Bellevue personal injury attorneys are experienced in creating strategic plans that help secure the needs and goals of our injured clients.

Forms of Compensation 

In most personal injury cases that are handled in Washington State and in our offices specifically in King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County and Clark County, the injured party, may recover economic and noneconomic compensatory damages, which may include but are not limited to past and future medical expenses, lost wages, vocational rehabilitation, household help, out-of-pocket costs, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering. 

Economic Damages are those that are tied to tangible losses, often shown by submitting documentation. Northwest Law Group’s Bellevue Car Accident Attorneys will be able to help you with that.

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