When you have been injured at the result of someone else's negligence it is common to have questions. Below are common questions that we often answer for people.
Q: How long do I have until I have to settle? A: Washington State law says that you have 3 years from the date of the injury to settle your claim or file a lawsuit.
Q: How do I know what my case is worth? A: The monetary compensation you may obtain for your injuries depends upon many factors, including the following items:
The type of injuries you suffered
The permanency of your injury
Any pre-existing injuries
Your present and future medical bills
The pain and suffering caused by your injury
Your loss of income due to the injury
Your ability to proceed with your life as you did prior to the injury
Q: Should I settle my case with the insurance adjuster? A: Often the nature and extent of your injuries are not clear until some time after the accident. An adjuster will try to encourage you to quickly settle based on a formula. Do not be misled. Do not settle your case with an insurance adjuster until you have sought the advice of counsel.
Q: Should I try to obtain a partial settlement from the insurance company for my injury? A: No. An insurance company will only settle if they can dispose of your entire claim.
Q: How long will it take my claim to settle? A: The time it takes to settle your claim depends on various factors such as the length of your treatment, surgical recommendations, liability concerns, and the insurance policies involved.
Q: What should I do to preserve my rights? A: You can greatly assist in your own recovery if you document everything about the injury. For instance, write down everything you remember and keep names, addresses, and phone numbers of all those involved who may have observed the accident. Also, any photographic evidence you can obtain can also be very helpful. Q: How do I know if I have a claim? A: The best way to know if you have a claim against someone for your injuries is to contact a personal injury attorney.
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