Beaverton, OR, Car Accident Lawyers
When someone hits you with their vehicle, you may suffer injuries like minor cuts and scrapes, catastrophic injuries, or even death. The at-fault driver, or their insurance company, should pay for your medical expenses and other damages. Our Beaverton, OR, car accident attorneys can help you protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve.
After an accident, the at-fault driver's insurance company is usually responsible for paying damages. However, insurance companies will certainly try to avoid paying a claim; and they're notorious for offering minimal amounts to settle if they cannot outright deny a claim.
If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a car accident, contact one of our Beaverton, OR, car accident lawyers at Strong Law at (206) 741-1051 for a free case evaluation and assistance in dealing with insurers.
Protect Your Rights with the Help of Our Beaverton, OR, Car Accident Lawyers
When someone’s negligence injures you or takes the life of a loved one, you have the right to recover monetary damages, typically paid by the at-fault driver’s insurer. The insurance company has limits on what it will pay based on how much insurance the driver purchased on the policy. In some cases, your damages could exceed that amount. When you need that additional compensation for your injuries and losses, you can sue the at-fault driver or the insurance company to pay more.
In some cases, more than one person could share in the responsibility for your injuries. For example, perhaps you were in an accident with a truck. If the driver of a commercial vehicle hits you, the driver and his or her employer could share in the responsibility. In car accidents involving multiple vehicles, more than one driver could share in the responsibility for the accident. Our car accident lawyers in Beaverton, OR, will investigate your case to determine who shares in the fault. Then, our team will strategize how best to get you the compensation you deserve, whether via settlement negotiations with an insurance company or taking your case to court.
Our Team Gets Results for Our Clients
Find Out Why So Many Clients Trust Strong Law
Our car accident attorneys in Beaverton, OR, work hard to get results for our clients. We take the time necessary to investigate your car accident case to the fullest extent. We leave no stone unturned so that we can represent your interests to the best of our ability.
The legal system is complex, and if your car accident case has more than one person at fault, it becomes even more complicated. Count on our experience, strategic and negotiating skills, and knowledge of the law. We make sure insurance companies and other defendants do not violate your rights. We will make sure that you get all the compensation you deserve.
Learn about how we’ve helped other clients. Some of our results include:
- A client was rear-ended while sitting at a stoplight. His neck surgery forced him to stay in a rehabilitation center for two months. We recovered $1.1 million for him.
- A drunk driver crossed the center line, causing a head-on collision with our clients. We recovered $1 million for them.
- A vehicle hit our client as the client was crossing the street. His injuries required surgery on his knee and shoulder and caused him to be out of work for over a year. We recovered $900,000 for him.
- Our client was a passenger in a vehicle driven by an acquaintance. Unbeknownst to our client, the acquaintance was drunk. The driver crashed into a tree, causing our client to suffer neck injuries that required surgery. We recovered $875,000 for our client.
- Three young children were riding in a car that was T-boned while the driver was making a left turn into a parking lot. The three children suffered injuries in the wreck. We recovered $680,000 for the children.
Instead of going back and forth with the insurance company yourself, and risking a fair and reasonable settlement, allow Strong Law Accident & Injury Attorneys to fight for your righits and the compensation you deserve.
Proving Liability in a Beaverton, OR, Car Accident
Our Experienced Attorneys Know How to Show Who Was At Fault
In some cases, it is obvious who was at fault in a car accident. In other cases, your attorney might have to retain private investigators to determine who was at fault in the car accident. While the police report can point to liability, it is not the only tool a car accident lawyer in Beaverton will use.
To recover damages in a car accident, you must be able to show that the other driver met the four elements to prove liability. Those elements are:
- The driver – also known as the defendant – had a duty of care not to harm you.
- The driver violated that duty.
- The driver’s actions caused your injuries.
- You suffered damages as a result of those actions.
More than one person could meet these elements – and if they do, they are also responsible for your injuries and other damages.
To help prove who shares in the liability for the damages you can collect, our Beaverton, OR, car accident lawyers will investigate the accident scene and use expert witnesses to recreate the accident when necessary. Our attorneys will also interview first responders, police officers and other witnesses who were at the scene of the accident.
Injuries You Could Suffer in a Beaverton, WA, Car Accident
Some of the injuries suffered in a car accident heal quickly, while others could forever change your life. Injuries you might suffer include:
- Cuts, scratches, scrapes, bumps and bruises
- Strains and sprains
- Soft tissue injuries, including torn muscles and pulled muscles
- Simple fractures, compound fractures, and crushed bones
- Face and eye injuries
- Head, neck and shoulder injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries
- Amputation during the accident or after the accident if the doctors cannot save a digit or limb
- Road rash
- Thermal and/or chemical burns
- Psychological issues, especially when an accident is traumatic
- Wrongful death.
In addition to injuries you might suffer in a car accident, you could develop secondary injuries, such as infections of open wounds. The defendant is responsible for these injuries as well. Additionally, if car accident injuries exacerbated existing conditions and injuries, the defendant is also liable for the extra expenses and pain and suffering you might incur. In both cases, you would not have suffered from secondary injuries or exacerbated existing injuries and conditions if not for the defendant’s negligence.
Recoverable Damages After a Car Accident in Beaverton
In Washington, you can recover economic damages and non-economic damages. You cannot recover punitive or exemplary damages for a car accident in Washington State, even if the at-fault driver’s actions or inactions were grossly negligent.
Economic damages and non-economic damages are compensatory damages. The court orders these types of damages in an attempt to make you whole again. While the money does not bring back a loved one, it does reduce financial stress for family members and for the accident victim, who might not be able to work again.
Special damages, usually referred to as economic damages, have a monetary value. They include:
- Past and future medical expenses. Past medical expenses are those you incurred because of the accident and prior to a trial award or a settlement. Future medical expenses are those you expect to incur after you settle or win a trial award. Medical expenses also include any therapy you might need, such as cognitive and other psychological therapies, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Medical expenses also include hand controls for vehicles and updates to your home, including but not limited to handrails, grab bars, wheelchair ramps, and widened doorways.
- Past and future lost wages. Past lost wages are those you lost from the time of the accident through the time you settle your case or win a trial award. Future lost wages are those you expect to continue losing after a settlement or a trial award. If you are able to work, but your disabilities prevent you from making the same hourly rate or salary as prior to the accident, you could recover partial future lost wages.
- Repair or replacement of damaged or destroyed personal property, such as your vehicle and anything in it, such as a laptop or clothing.
- Death-related expenses, including funeral and burial expenses, cremation expenses, certain probate court fees, and probate attorneys’ fees and costs.
General damages, usually referred to as non-economic damages, are more difficult to compute in monetary terms. They include:
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress, for those who suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a car wreck.
- Loss of quality of life. Some accident injuries cause disabilities that might require medication or the use of ambulatory aids for the rest of your life. You could recover compensation for loss of quality of life if the accident injuries caused such life-changing changes.
- Loss of companionship. If your car accident injuries caused long-term or permanent disabilities that preclude you from enjoying family events and activities, you could recover extra compensation.
- Loss of consortium. If the car accident injuries caused a long-term or permanent disability that precludes you from having a physical relationship with your spouse, whether those injuries are physical or emotional, you could recover extra compensation.
- Loss of use of a body part, such as a hand or a foot.
- Loss of use of a bodily function, such as bladder control or your eyesight.
- Amputation. Whether the amputation happened in the accident or after the accident because a doctor could not save a limb or digit, you could recover extra compensation.
- Excessive scarring or disfigurement, such as that from burns or a spinal cord injury that does not allow you to straighten up.
- Inconvenience if you have to hire someone to take care of the chores you usually do, such as lawn maintenance, home repair and maintenance, grocery shopping and house cleaning.
Receiving a Settlement Check
A question we often hear is, “If I win, how long does it take to get paid?” It depends on several factors, including the amount of the settlement. The steps after you win are as follows:
- One of the attorneys drafts a settlement agreement. It is usually the defendant’s attorney. Once they forward it to our office, we review the agreement to ensure that it reflects the oral settlement. It could go back and forth between attorneys one or more times if either attorney requests changes. This process could take up to a couple of weeks.
- You review and sign the final draft. We forward it to the defendant’s attorney, who then processes it and cuts a check.
- Once we receive the check, we deposit it into an escrow account. We cannot move forward until the check clears the bank. This could take up to 14 days, depending on the amount.
- Once the check clears the bank, we pay any outstanding medical expenses you might have that are related to the accident. We also reimburse your insurance company.
- We deduct our fees and costs as agreed to in the contingency agreement you signed.
Once everything has been paid, we cut you a check for the balance. You can deposit the check and use it as you wish.
Why You Should Hire Our Car Accident Lawyers in Beaverton, WA
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Some people might wonder if it’s a good idea to settle the claim themselves without hiring a lawyer. However, our team at Strong Law Firm knows that those who settle a car accident claim on their own usually leave money on the table. Insurance companies are in business to make money. That means that every time they pay out a claim, it decreases the insurance company’s bottom line.
As a result, insurance companies will look for any reason to deny a claim. In fact, when you contact an insurance company to notify them that you were in a car accident in the Beaverton, WA, area, you should not say much at all. Give them only your name, the insured’s information, the date and location of the wreck, and your attorney’s contact information. Don’t say anything more. You can direct them to your Beaverton car accident lawyer if they start asking questions.
The insurance company representative may try to get you to make a statement. They may be pushy. Keep referring them to your attorney for any statements. The insurance company might twist what you say in an attempt to put the blame for the accident on you so that they can deny your claim or offer you a low amount that might not even cover your medical expenses or other damages you might be entitled to.
Since our Beaverton car accident lawyers are familiar with the tactics used by insurance companies, when you hire our team to represent you, we will plan for their actions. There is another advantage to working with us, too. The insurance company knows that those who hire car accident lawyers are better able to litigate their cases. When car accident claims end up in court, the cost to an insurer is usually higher.
Working with our team of experienced car accident lawyers in Beaverton, OR, you have skilled negotiators by your side who will fight for the settlement you deserve. When a settlement offer is not appropriate, our team will take your case to court. Your chance of getting the compensation you deserve is much higher when you hire the Strong Law Firm team than if you try to handle your claim on your own.
Call us today at (206) 741-1051 to discuss your case so we can get started on our work. Let us handle the fight for compensation so you can focus on healing.
There Is No Fee Unless Our Beaverton, OR, Car Accident Lawyers Win
You might be thinking that it is all well and good that we can obtain these types of results for our clients, but you worry about fees to retain us. This is one concern you don’t need to have.
Your initial case evaluation is free and without obligation, and you don’t pay our attorney’s fees unless we win your case for you. If we win, we take our attorney’s fees from your settlement or trial award. We understand that you are going to have a hard enough time paying bills while you are out of work due to accident injuries. We have the resources to investigate your case and negotiate for a settlement to cover your injuries and costs or to take your case to court.
To win the compensation you deserve, contact our Beaverton, OR, car accident attorneys at (206) 741-1051 for a free case evaluation as soon as possible.
Beaverton, OR, Car Accident FAQs
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