Puyallup, WA, Personal Injury Lawyer
Suffering a personal injury due to another person’s carelessness or negligence is a traumatic experience. A serious personal injury can cost you time, money, and pain and suffering as you try to recover from your injuries. You may have lost your ability to work and have lasting physical and emotional scars after your accident.
Financial compensation will not make up for the ordeal you are going through, but it will ease the strain of paying for medical bills and household expenses. The Puyallup personal injury lawyers at Strong Law can help you win a settlement that will get you the compensation you need and the justice you deserve for your injuries. We will fight for you to get the settlement you need so you can concentrate on getting well and rebuilding your life and future.GET HELP TODAY
Our Personal Injury Law Firm in Puyallup Provides Caring Representation for Injured Individuals
After an accident, the last thing you want to do is deal with a lawsuit. You have enough to worry about with hospitals and doctors. With the attorneys at Strong Law working for you, you can focus on getting better. We handle the challenging work of investigating your accident, dealing with insurance companies, and filing the paperwork for your insurance claim. You won’t have to take endless phone calls from insurance agents demanding you accept their lowball settlements. We will do that for you.
Strong Law offers a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss the facts of your case and determine the best way to proceed so you will get the compensation you deserve. There are no fees to you until we win a settlement, so call Strong Law at 206-741-1053 to get started.
How Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Puyallup Work for You
Personal injury law in Washington State is complicated. Making mistakes can be costly or cause your claim to be denied, so you should have an experienced personal injury attorney at your side. The legal professionals of Strong Law Firm, know the law, courts, and requirements in Puyallup, and we are familiar with how insurance companies operate. We will get to work immediately while the evidence is fresh, and witnesses can be located.
Our attorneys will help your case by:
- Listening to your version of what happened to determine how the accident occurred and who was responsible
- Making sure you get the right medical care, and your injuries are documented
- Investigating the accident scene and gathering evidence, such as surveillance videos and police and medical reports
- Interviewing eyewitnesses and first responders
- Filing all paperwork in accordance with Washington deadlines and court requirements
- Hiring experts to reconstruct the crash scene and to provide testimony
- Determining what your case may be worth
- Negotiating with insurance companies and their attorneys for a fair settlement
- Taking your case to trial and advocating for you in front of a jury if necessary.
At Strong Law, you can count on our Puyallup legal team to be there for you, answering your questions and keeping you informed throughout the entire process.
Damages Our Personal Injury Attorney Can Win for You
One of the first questions our attorneys are asked is “How much is my claim worth?” Although there’s no way of guaranteeing how much you can expect, Washington law lets you sue for specific monetary damages.
Economic damages – are for your expenses that have an actual dollar value, such as:
- Medical and rehabilitative bills
- Lost wages and earnings from being unable to work and lost business opportunities
- Property damage
- Burial costs
- Costs of substitute domestic services.
Non-economic damages – are for damages that don’t have a specific monetary value, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship or consortium
- Disability or disfigurement
- Mental or emotional distress
- Injury to reputation and humiliation
- Destruction of the parent-child relationship.
Amounts of Damage Awards in a Personal Injury Case
The courts will take several factors into account when deciding how much you could be awarded. Each case is different, but these factors can include:
- The circumstances of the accident and degree of fault of the negligent parties
- The amount of property damage and the costs you incur
- The severity and permanence of your injuries
- Whether you will need continuing care
- Whether you can return to work in the future
- The availability of insurance and assets of the defendants
- The individual judge and jury involved
- How well your attorney can negotiate a settlement or litigate your case.
For instance, if your injury is permanent and will require additional surgeries, you may be entitled to an award that will pay for those future surgeries. If you will need medical devices or home remodeling, you may be granted an award that will cover those costs.
Caps on Damages
According to Washington statute RCW 4.56.260, there are limits to non-economic damages awards. “Limits are set by multiplying 0.43 by the average annual wage and by the life expectancy of the person incurring noneconomic damages. However, this figure for life expectancy shall not be less than fifteen years, and juries are not to be informed of the limitation.”
This cap prevents juries from granting plaintiffs awards in the billions or trillions of dollars while at the same time ensuring that you receive reasonable compensation for your injuries.
When you contact Strong Law, our attorneys can provide an estimate of what your case should be worth. No matter what the situation, we know how to build cases that take into account all of your expenses and damages, such as lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and future costs.
Our Personal Injury Lawyers Must Prove Negligence
In a civil case, the plaintiff (you) has the burden of proving your case to the jury. To win, our personal injury lawyers must prove that the defendant was negligent or at fault for causing the injuries you received.
Proving negligence legally means showing the following elements:
- Duty: The defendant owed you a duty of care not to cause harm.
- Breach: The defendant breached this duty by actions or failure to act.
- Cause: The defendant’s breach caused your injuries.
- Damage: You suffered damages as a result.
For instance, all drivers have a duty to obey traffic laws. Speeding or running red lights is a breach of this duty. If someone runs a red light and hits you, they have breached their duty and caused your injuries. You must have suffered actual damages as a result. You cannot sue someone because they might have hit you when they ran a red light.
Common Questions Clients Ask Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Puyallup
Suffering from a severe personal injury can leave you with many questions. Here are answers to some frequent questions we have heard at Strong Law:
What does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer in Puyallup?
Our Puyallup personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, so we typically charge no fees until you are awarded damages, and then the fees will come from your damage award. You have enough to worry about financially in the aftermath of your accident, so attorney fees, a percentage of the settlement, will not be added to that list.
What if I am partially to blame for the accident?
Washington courts follow a pure comparative negligence rule, meaning that even if you are partially to blame for the accident, you can still recover an award. Your award would be based on your percentage of fault.
Is there a time limit for filing a case?
Washington’s statute of limitations is three years from the date of the accident or injury. This means you have three years after the accident to file a lawsuit, or you risk losing your right to recover compensation. There are some exceptions, and your attorney can advise you if you believe you have a case.
Who can be held liable in a personal injury claim?
Anyone who is at fault or negligent for causing your injury can be held liable. In some cases, there may be multiple parties who can be named as defendants in a personal injury claim. For example, in a trucking accident, the commercial truck driver who caused an accident and the trucking company they work for might be to blame, or a manufacturer if the truck or its parts were defective and caused the crash. We want to find all responsible parties, as they all may have insurance and assets.
What if a death occurs from the injury?
If the injury results in death, we can file a suit for wrongful death. Wrongful death cases can be thought of as personal injury cases where family members or the personal representative of the deceased bring a claim for their loved one who can no longer bring it themselves.
Do not delay. It is important to call us as soon as possible so we have time to research and develop your case. If you were injured because of another person’s carelessness or negligence, you deserve fair compensation for your injuries. The personal injury law firm of Strong Law in Puyallup is here to protect those rights and fight for the justice you deserve.
Contact or call Strong Law today at 206-741-1053 for your free and confidential consultation.
“Excellent attorneys and staff!! My attorney, Peter, and his paralegal, Katrina, went ABOVE & BEYOND to get me a settlement that was even higher than my own personal bottom line. I highly recommend Strong Law for all your personal injury claims. I would not have been able to navigate this 3-year long journey without them! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!”