This page offers some answers to frequently asked questions. If you have more questions or would like to speak to a knowledgable staff member, please call us today at 253-472-6000.
What should I do if I have been injured?
If you or a loved one has been injured, you should seek the advice of personal injury attorneys as soon as possible to find out if you have a claim on your hands.
Why is it important to seek advice promptly?
It’s important to seek advice promptly to ensure all relevant evidence is preserved and not accidentally destroyed or lost. There is also a time limit on filing cases, called the “statute of limitations,” which varies by case type.
How do you determine if I have a valid claim?
1. You have to have an injury
2. The party to be sued was negligent
3. The injury was caused by that negligence
We’ll evaluate medical records to determine the severity of your injury. We’ll also assess police reports and talk to witnesses to get a comprehensive account of the injury/accident. We may hire experts for their opinion on liability. Once we evaluate the information, we’ll be able to determine whether or not you have a valid personal injury claim on your hands.
Can I get compensation in a personal injury claim?
Depending on the type and extent of your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. Damages may include, but aren’t limited to: medical bills, lost wages, mental and physical pain and suffering, physical disability, mental disability, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment, loss of love and affection or property damage.
What if I’m offered a settlement by the insurance company?
Talk to an attorney before settling with an insurance company. The adjuster works for them, not you, and their job is to settle the case for the lowest amount possible.
How much do you cost?
You can come in for a consultation free of charge. We are paid on a contingency basis, which means you pay our fees only if there is a recovery in your favor.
Who will work on my case?
Your team will consist of an attorney, legal assistant and paralegal. If your attorney isn’t available, the legal assistant or paralegal should be able to answer your questions. If you need to speak to your attorney, you may leave a message and he will get back to you as soon as possible.
What is the value of my claim?
The case needs to be fully investigated before we are able to estimate its value. It may even fluctuate during the course of the litigation depending on the developments. Factors considered in determining value include, severity and permanence of the injury, medical expenses, and percentage of liability. Whether your case is tried or settled may also have an impact on its value.
Can you settle my case without my permission?
No, we will never settle a case without your knowledge or approval.
How long will it take to settle my case?
The time periods of settlements vary depending on the circumstances. Keep in mind, not all cases settle. If the parties cannot come to an agreement, your case could go to trial.