Full-Service Personal Injury Law Firm for Washington Accident Victims
Van Law Firm is an award-winning personal injury law firm with offices in both Nevada and Washington state. We specialize in assisting our clients through all types of personal injury and mass tort cases. Our top-level attorneys have recovered tens of millions of dollars in compensation to date, and we have a certified 5-star rating across all review platforms such as Avvo, Google, Yelp, and more.
We have an extremely diverse range of practice areas and specialties. Our firm is currently accepting cases for all kinds of different claims, including but not limited to:
- Auto accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Freight and trucking accidents
- Defective products, drugs, and medical devices
- Workplace accidents and Workers’ Compensation claims
- Premises liability cases
- Uninsured and Underinsured motorist accidents
- Nursing home abuse cases
- Bad faith insurance claims
- Wrongful death claims
Our staff is extremely versatile and flexible from top to bottom, in order to meet the needs of every client. We can make all kinds of different arrangements, including providing Ubers/Lyfts to help bring clients to the office, setting up virtual meetings and consultations, or we can even come out to clients’ homes if they are local to one of our offices.
Personal Injury Law in Washington
All personal injury matters are consolidated into what is referred to as tort law. The goal of tort law as a whole is to compensate victims for the reckless or negligent behavior of another party, whether that be a single person, multiple people, a company or manufacturer, or an insurance company. Certain laws and regulations involving personal injury cases may vary depending on the state the case is filed in, but in Washington, one foundational policy is known as comparative fault.
Comparative fault, as the name suggests, means that fault is not always attributed solely to one person, but may be spread across multiple parties, in a comparative fashion. Fault is assessed on a percentage basis, which is a double-edged sword; on one hand, this can be a good thing because you can still receive compensation even if you are partly to blame. However, it also means that you might have to pay some money back even if you were the one more severely injured. Therefore, the most important thing to consider is that if you are deemed to be the main party at fault (over 50 percent) then you likely won’t receive compensation at all.
Possible Compensation in Personal Injury Cases
Due to the fact that personal injury suits are civil actions and not criminal, the end goal is always a compensatory settlement, not a criminal conviction. Assigning a dollar figure to the physical and emotional distress caused by an accident may seem like an impossible task, but attorneys across the country successfully recover settlements for their clients every day. The facts of each case are unique, and so the compensation must be as well. The amount of a potential settlement will vary depending on how severe the client’s injuries were, the level of recklessness or negligence on behalf of the defendant, and the type of accident that occured.
The most common forms of damages in Washington personal injury cases are as follows:
- Medical costs
- Property damage
- Lost wages, damage to future earnings
- Loss of enjoyment
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
In addition, courts may also award what are known as punitive damages. These are severe fines that are meant to set an example and punish a defendant for especially heinous behavior. To give a hypothetical example, a casino owner may be hit with punitive damages if his or her pool was left untreated for months and numerous guests became sick as a result.
As an experienced personal injury firm, we have both the resources and the expertise to tackle any case, no matter the size or complexity. We negotiate with insurance companies every day, and we specifically look for insurance defense experience when hiring new attorneys, so that they have a detailed knowledge of their tactics. We will do all we can to recover the most money possible, and if a settlement can’t be reached, we’re more than willing to argue your case in court.
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