TACOMA PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
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Since 1991, the Law Offices of Harold D. Carr, P.S. has been the choice for aggressive representation against insurance carriers in the Puget Sound region. Our understanding of personal injury law helps us to give our clients a clear picture of the challenges they face and what they can do to overcome them. We understand how difficult it is to recover from a serious injury, so our Tacoma personal injury lawyers are here to help you get everything you need to feel better while we hold the insurance company or other negligent party accountable for what they owe.
When to File a Lawsuit
In the best-case scenario, an insurance company is informed about an accident, then contacts the injured victim to assess the damage and issue a fair settlement that will help them cover the costs of everything they lost due to the accident. Unfortunately, far too many people have dealt with unfair insurance companies that only seek to minimize their liability and pay as little as possible to the victim. Our firm handles these kinds of cases on a regular basis, and we are here to help you through these kinds of proceedings.
The Law Offices of Harold D. Carr, P.S. handles all personal injury matters, including:
- Auto accidents
- Catastrophic injuries
- Insurance bad faith
- Motorcycle accidents
- Premises liability
- Nursing home abuse
- Truck accidents
- Wrongful death
During your free case review, we will take you through your available legal options to help you make a wise decision about how to proceed with your case. You may have already heard from an insurance company that you don’t have a right to seek further compensation, but that is likely not true. With our Tacoma personal injury lawyers on your side, you can feel confident about your case.
Personal Injury Claim Damages
The goal of filing a personal injury lawsuit is to recover compensation for the damages caused by your injury. “Damages” includes financial expenses as well as the non-economic effects that have resulted from being hurt. Personal injury settlements and awards should account for the full scope of an accident’s damages. To arrive at a suitable figure, the total costs that have resulted from the injury and projected costs are added. To account for non-economic damages, the total financial damages are often added to or multiplied.
The damages resulting from an injury may include:
- Medical bills — The cost of medical care often makes up the majority of expenses that an injury victim is responsible for. A settlement or award may include coverage for immediate treatment and the projected cost of future therapy, rehabilitation, surgery, and other treatment options.
- Lost wages and related costs — If an injury victim is unable to work, a personal injury settlement or award can cover lost wages and any expenses the victim could not pay for due to their inability to work.
- Peripheral expenses — Personal injury settlements and awards can include coverage for additional costs, such as transportation to and from medical appointments or travel to specialty providers.
- Non-economic damages — Personal injury claims may attempt to quantify non-economic damages into a monetary amount. Non-economic damages may include pain and suffering, stress, or loss of enjoyment of life.
How Much is Your Personal Injury Case Worth?
With more information about personal injury damages, you will probably next wonder what your personal injury case is worth. Unfortunately, there is no definite way to predict this amount, especially if you are still suffering from your injuries and more medical care is needed in the future. The best piece of quick advice we can give is that your non-economic damages will usually be at least twice the amount of your total economic damages. If you can calculate your economic damages with confidently, then you could guess your claim’s full potential value by adding in the non-economic damages on top of it. Although, it is worth reiterating that there is no law firm or lawyer in the world who could promise you a certain worth to your personal injury case, no matter how experienced they might be.
Washington Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims
When you need to file a personal injury claim, you need to pay attention to Washington’s three-year statute of limitations. If that statute of limitations expires, then you claim will essentially be defeated before it can start, no matter how convincing your evidence and argument. You will technically still have the chance to file a claim when the three-year statute of limitations ends, but the defendant can ask the court to dismiss it without any further review, and the court will likely do just that.
The statute of limitations usually begins on the day of your accident. However, it is possible that the statute of limitations can start on a later date if your injuries or illness were not immediately recognizable. For example, if taking a defective drug for years causes you to develop cancer, then the statute of limitations could begin when you are diagnosed with cancer or when the link between the drug and your cancer was established, not when you first started taking the prescription.
It is also possible that the statute of limitations can be paused if the defendant leaves Washington and tries to stop you from serving them notice of the pending lawsuit. As long as they cannot be found due to their intentional absence, a court can order the statute of limitations be paused. When they are found, the clock begins again.
Get Started Today
The state of Washington has a statute of limitations on all personal injury cases, so it is crucial that you prepare your case as soon as possible in order to submit it while you still can. The sooner you call the Law Offices of Harold D. Carr, P.S., the more time we will have to gather everything we need to help you build a strong, effective case strategy.