When someone is hurt or killed in an accident in Washington as the result of someone else's negligence, Metier Law Firm is there to make sure the victims get justice. We have a dedicated team of personal injury lawyers with the experience and tenacity to take on insurance companies and their legal armies. We have secured fair compensation for people injured in accidents across the state, and if you need us, we will be there to fight for you, too. Call our Bellevue office to receive a consultation regarding your accident at no charge.
Washington practices what is known in the legal world as “pure comparative fault” when dealing with personal injuries. It is a system in which a victim is allowed to file a claim for part of their damages even if they were 99% responsible for causing the accident. In such a situation, that individual could only recoup 1% of their total damages, and they would still have to prove the liability of the other individual involved.
Duty of Care
The victim had a reasonable expectation that the other party would protect them from harm. One usually expects a grocery store floor to be dry, or have warning signs up if it is not.
The liable party violated the duty of care, and was therefore negligent. A grocery store that leaves its floor wet and doesn’t put up signs is negligent.
The liable party’s negligence was the cause of the victim's injuries. Someone slipping on a wet floor and falling on their arm, resulting in a broken bone, would be such an injury.
The injury that was caused by the negligence ended up costing the victim. The doctor’s bill for healing a broken arm from a slip and fall is considered a loss, and can be included in a personal injury claim.
An accident can turn your whole world upside down, from a possible stay in a hospital to weeks, months, or even years of recovery. Afterward, the last thing you want to do is deal with insurance companies or the convoluted legal system. You should be allowed to focus on healing.
That is why you should contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Metier Law Firm. We know Washington law in and out, with over 35 years of helping people who have been injured by the reckless behavior of others.
The dedicated attorneys in our Bellevue office are ready to fight for you if you or a loved one have been the victim of any of these types of accidents or injuries:
Oilfield & Industrial Accidents
Construction Zone Accidents
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Spinal Cord Injuries
Insurance Bad Faith
If you have been injured in an accident in Washington, you should prioritize your well-being first, meaning assess yourself for injury or damages. The moments directly following an accident where you are injured can be very scary, if you have been hurt in an accident, the best things you can do after are to:
After an accident, it's imperative you distance yourself from the scene in order to prevent further harm to yourself or others. Call for help if you need it.
It is a good idea to get a medical evaluation after an accident, not only to diagnose and treat your injuries but to have a documented medical report to use later when building your case.
Before there is time for the scene to be disturbed or your injuries to heal, take photos or videos of the scene and any physical trauma you suffered. These can be very important pieces of evidence to a good personal injury lawyer.
Depending on the location and particular circumstances of your accident, there may be different ways to officially document an incident. If the police were called, like in the event of a bicycle accident or a motorcycle crash, they will make and file a police report that you will have access to. If your injury occurred at work, there will likely be a proper channel in place to properly report any accidents. Make sure you get a copy as soon as you can and give it to your personal injury attorney.
From the police report to your medical bills to the shoes you were wearing that day, save every document and potential item of evidence that is in any way relevant to your accident. When you and your lawyer go to negotiate a settlement or argue in court, having the receipts, physical evidence, and expert evaluations on-hand to back it up is absolutely key.
It is good to do your research to find an accident lawyer that has worked in your area and is known by the courts and people there. Metier Law Firm has helped many victims of personal injury across the state of Washington, and they know the insurance companies, the laws, and the legal community very well. When you call the Bellvue office, our knowledgeable team will give you a free evaluation about how best to proceed with your case.
You have 3 years from the date of your accident to file a claim on it in the state of Washington. This is referred to as the statute of limitations, and it varies by state and depending on the civil or criminal offense in question. There are some occasional exceptions to this time limit, but for the most part, it is in your best interests to contact a personal injury lawyer and get the process started sooner rather than later.
Getting injured in an accident is already often painful, frightening, and can take a long time to recover from. It is wrong to expect someone in such a situation to also pay, sometimes quite a bit, just to have the time and resources to get back on their feet. This is where an understanding personal injury lawyer can help, by filing a claim to get compensation for those expenses from the liable party.
Pain and Suffering
Reduced Quality of Life
Loss of Consortium with a Spouse
An injury-causing accident, no matter how minor the injury, can be a traumatizing experience. In the aftermath, a victim often has to deal with both physical and emotional pain, and in many cases, financial stress as well. An experienced personal injury lawyer like those at Metier Law Firm may not be able to heal you any faster, but they can help you get the compensation you need to focus on your road to recovery. We are proud to be here for the people of Washington when they need us most, so call our office in Bellevue to talk to one of our injury attorneys about your accident.
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Yes, as soon as possible. Insurance companies will often use any delay in seeking medical attention as an excuse to discredit a personal injury claim. Furthermore, some life-threatening injuries like hairline fractures can go undetected by a victim, so it's a good idea to see your doctor just to be safe.
Not before talking to a personal injury lawyer. Often, the first settlement offer is well under what the insurer is really willing to pay in the end. Your attorney will know what a fair number is, and how to negotiate for it.
Maybe. Most claims, especially those for minor damages, end up being settled out of court, but if the injuries are severe and the medical bills are high, an insurer may want to take its chances at trial.
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