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How Can a Truck Accident Lawyer Help?

If you are injured as a result of a truck accident it is a traumatic and often devastating experience. Collisions with trucks sometimes result in serious and severe injuries combined with catastrophic damage. Truck accident cases entail complex legal issues and possible liability of several parties; this can be difficult to navigate successfully without an attorney.

A truck accident lawyer who focuses on these types of accidents is equipped with the necessary experience and knowledge to fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Your Peace of Mind

In the moments after a truck accident, your immediate attention is on the recovery of your injuries and how to minimize the impacts to your everyday life. Keeping up with the necessary communications, documentation, interviews, and statements required to reach a desirable settlement for your injuries and expenses can be difficult to juggle while in physical rehabilitation. A truck accident lawyer can take this burden off of you and help you maintain your focus on getting better while they guide your case against those responsible for your injuries.

Discover All Potential Liability

The first step to the discovery of potentially liable parties is to determine the type of truck accident that has occurred. The classification of the accident is a good indicator of the potential issues that may have contributed to the incident and your injuries.

Some of the most common types of truck accidents include:

You may think the only party responsible for your injuries is the individual that was driving the truck at the time of the accident. While the driver can be the direct cause of your injuries, many other parties could have played a part in the accident and contributed to your injuries.

An experienced truck accident attorney can research all components of the accident as well as the parties that should be investigated further for potential liability. This will broaden the ability for you to seek the maximum potential compensation for damages in your case.

Parties that could be liable for the injuries sustained in a truck accident include:

  • The truck driverDistracted driving, reckless maneuvers, driving under the influence, drowsiness, and speeding are all examples of instances where a truck driver’s specific actions cause the accident that has occurred.
  • The trucking company – Truck driver employers are notorious for overworking their employees and sometimes failing to comply with the hours of service rules established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Carriers are also expected to be responsible and thorough in their hiring practices and ensure all drivers are properly licensed at all times and have an acceptable driving record.
  • Manufacturer of the truck and those of its parts – While truck drivers and their carriers are expected to routinely maintain, inspect, and repair the rigs there are sometimes instances where a faulty part or equipment creates a dangerous condition leading to an accident or contributes to more severe injuries or damage when an accident occurs.
  • The company responsible for loading the shipment – Improperly loading a shipment of cargo or overloading a truck can cause instability and create a higher risk of accidents.
  • Owner of the goods or cargo in the truckHazardous cargo or materials within the shipping compartment of a truck can ultimately lead to more severe injuries to the parties involved.
  • Insurance carriers – With so many potential parties involved in a truck accident there are in turn several competing insurance carriers. Each insurance carrier will attempt to deflect blame and responsibility onto one another to reduce their liability and coverage.

Acquire Necessary Evidence

The reality is that the opposing parties to a truck accident will not willingly provide an injured party with the evidence needed for their settlement with insurance or case. A lawyer knows the ins and outs of how to demand the information and evidence required by law to build your case.

In addition to the ability to gather evidence such as records with the truck company, a truck accident attorney can determine the need for specialized experts that can contribute their knowledge to build a stronger case on your behalf.

Determination of Damages

The injured party may not fully understand the scope of the damages they could recover. A truck accident lawyer has the experience to research the various damages available to you and maximize your potential compensation.

A truck accident is much more likely to result in serious and severe injuries than a car accident due to the size, weight, and speed that usually occur in these collisions. The severity of the injuries involved sometimes leads to a long and difficult recovery time for the injured parties. This can result in exorbitant medical expenses for treatment and rehabilitation as well as the loss of income and earning potential for individuals such as you.

An attorney can help ensure you will get the compensation you deserve for not only the current impacts on your life but also the future losses you may incur due to the injuries and level of damage to your body as a result of the truck accident.

Truck Accidents: A Rising Concern With Lifelong Impacts

The FMCSA recently reported that almost 8 percent of all car crashes involved a large truck or bus and over 117,000 of those truck and bus crashes resulted in an injury. As a party injured in a truck accident, the implications can be life-altering depending on the severity of your injuries. A truck accident lawyer can help build your case to fight for the compensation you need and deserve to get your life back in order and looking towards your recovery and future.

If you or a loved one are injured in a truck accident contact a truck accident attorney for a free consultation on your case.

What to Do After a Car Accident

The steps that you should take following a car accident depend on the severity of your injuries. If you are severely injured, you should not move, even if you think you can, as you could cause more injuries or exacerbate your current injuries.

However, if you feel comfortable moving, you should first check on others involved in the accident and call first responders if necessary, even if you believe the accident was the other driver’s fault. Just ask how the other individuals are doing; do not say anything that may lead others to believe you are admitting fault for the accident, even if you really think that you caused it. Let your attorney handle the issue of fault, which requires an analysis of the totality of the circumstances.

Photographs

Many states require individuals who have been involved in a car accident to move their vehicles to the side of the road if possible (assuming no one has any serious injuries). Before anyone moves anything, however, be sure to get photos of the accident from all angles. If there are skid marks on the road, be sure to take several pictures of the skid marks. Only after you take photos should you move your vehicle. As always, if it is too dangerous to take photos, and you can move your vehicle, then move the vehicle first. The last thing you need is to suffer more injuries while trying to photograph the accident scene.

Contact Information

You should get a name and phone number from anyone you think might be a witness to the accident.

You should get the following from all other involved drivers:

  • Full name
  • Insurance information
  • Registration information
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Driver’s license number

You should also any passengers that were riding in vehicles involved in the accident for their contact information.

Speaking to the Police

When the police ask you what happened, tell them exactly what you saw and remember. However, even if you believe the accident is your fault, never admit fault. If the police ask about fault, let them know that your attorney will determine that. Be sure to ask how and where you can get a copy of the police report.

Get Medical Attention

Even if you think you are not injured, always seek medical attention. Some injuries may not manifest until hours or even days later. It is a good idea to let emergency medical technicians check you at the scene of the accident, then head to your doctor or the emergency room. When you go to the doctor or emergency room, tell the nurses or doctors that you were in a car accident, and you need to be checked out thoroughly, especially if you hit your head.

Find out how to get copies of your medical records. Some hospitals have an online portal where you can access most of your records. You can start with that. If the facility does not post enough of your medical records via the portal, we’ll let you know what you need to get so that you can put in a request for medical records pertaining to the accident.

Working With Your Insurance Company

Call your insurance company to let it know that you were in an accident. However, you should only give them your name, policy number, and phone number, as well as the date, time, and location of the accident, and your attorney’s contact information. Do not answer any questions about the accident. Instead, tell the representative that your attorney will contact the insurance company shortly.

If the other driver’s insurance company contacts you, refer the insurance company to your attorney. Keep in mind that insurance companies are in business to make money. Even your own insurance company will twist your words in an attempt to deny your claim or to pay out an amount that might not cover all of your medical expenses.

Preparing for a Consultation

While you do not need to bring anything with you to a consultation, you will get more out of it if you come prepared. Write out a list of questions that you would like to ask the attorney. This way, you won’t forget to ask a pertinent question.

If possible, you should also bring copies—not originals—of the following documents, if you have them:

  • Your driver license
  • Your vehicle insurance card
  • Your vehicle registration
  • Any relevant medical records that you already have
  • The police report
  • Any photos that you have of the accident scene

Providing your attorney with this information will allow him or her to get started on your case right away if you decide to retain the firm.

Choosing Settlement or Litigation

Settling a claim is the easiest way to recover compensation if the insurance company will offer a reasonable amount. However, in some cases, you might have to litigate. If the insurance company refuses to pay a reasonable amount based on your past and future medical bills and lost wages, along with non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering and emotional distress for injuries that caused long-term disabilities, you might choose to litigate your case to maximize your ultimate compensation.

Additionally, if the defendant’s actions or inactions were grossly negligent or intentional, the court might award punitive damages. However, as the accuser, you must prove that the defendant’s actions or inactions were intentional or grossly negligent before the court will agree to issue a punitive damages award.

Recovering Non-Economic Damages

In most cases, you can only recover non-economic damages if you suffer injuries that cause long-term disabilities. While your insurance company might have its own definition of long-term, the Social Security Administration defines a long-term disability as one that doctors expect to last longer than 12 months or a disability that will result in your death. You might also recover some non-economic damages if you lost a loved one in a car accident. In this case, non-economic damages may include pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of use of a body part or function, loss of consortium and/or companionship, and inconvenience.

If you sustained injuries or lost a loved one in a car accident, contact an experienced car accident attorney for a free consultation.

Medical Errors and Medical Malpractice Litigation and Settlements

The National Institute of Health defines a medical error as a “preventable adverse effect of medical care, whether or not it is evident or harmful to the patient.” On average, medical errors account for up to 440,000 deaths every year. When you suffer from medical errors, or you lose a loved one because of a medical error, you have the right to sue for medical malpractice.

Despite their education and skill, doctors are still human, and they make mistakes. You can also sue for medical malpractice if a doctor or medical facility deliberately performs a procedure, including surgery, that you do not need. Both situations lead to additional pain and suffering on behalf of the patient.

Failure to Diagnose

If a doctor fails to provide you with a proper diagnosis, makes an incorrect diagnosis, or makes a delayed diagnosis, including failing to order the correct tests or tests at all, it could hurt you. At the very least, it could cause you additional pain and suffering, and at the worst, it could cause your death. Failure to diagnose is just one of the many medical errors that could lead to additional pain and suffering.

Wrong Site Surgery or Amputation

Before doctors started marking surgery sites, they would sometimes amputate the wrong limb or do surgery at the wrong site. In the case of surgery, the doctor may have misread the chart or mixed charts up. Even with protocols in place, accidents can still happen if the x-ray tech mislabels films or other pre-surgery errors occur. Before surgery, your doctor should discuss the surgery site with you or a loved one, especially for amputation. If you have no idea what the doctor is talking about or if the doctor is talking about the amputation of the wrong limb, you need to speak up, as the doctor might be relying on incorrect records.

Leaving Sponges and Other Medical Equipment in a Surgery Site

An Annals of Surgery study found that doctors left sponges and tools in 12.5 percent of surgeries. When a surgeon leaves a sponge or a tool inside your body, it will try to attack the foreign matter to “kill” it. This causes high fevers and other problems. In most cases, the doctors must operate a second time to correct the mistake. Depending on your condition before and after the first surgery, this could cause additional pain and suffering or even death.

While doctors and nurses have to perform an instrument and sponge count, they don’t always do it the same way, and in many cases, it may be performed differently even during the same surgery, which causes mistakes. Doctors should have a specific way to count sponges and instruments before closing the surgery site.

Fatal Allergies

Many people are surprised that fatal allergic reactions would ever occur in a hospital. After all, medical facilities ask patients if they have allergies when they first arrive. Unfortunately, fatalities still occur when a doctor or nurse gives a patient a medication listed on the allergy list on the patient’s chart.

In some cases, a patient may receive an allergen that wasn’t listed on his or her chart. If the patient does not know about the allergy, he or she cannot tell anyone. In these cases, the only way doctors and nurses find out is when the patient suffers an allergic reaction to the medication. To ensure safety, medical staff should monitor patients when giving a new medication via an IV and remain prepared to counteract the effects when a patient first shows signs of distress.

Lifting Accidents

Lifting accidents are common in hospitals and nursing homes. These accidents not only injure patients but hospital staff as well. Hospitals and nursing homes should provide training for their staff on proper lifting, and should provide equipment, such as stand-assist lifts, full-body slings, friction-reducing devices, and lateral transfer devices, to help lift and/or move patients that are too heavy for nurses. Even someone who is not overweight may be too heavy or awkward for a nurse who has a small frame, especially if the patient is much taller than the nurse.

Recoverable Damages

The type and amount of damages that a medical malpractice plaintiff may receive depend on the extent of the injuries and whether the doctor was negligent—that is, he or she made a mistake—or was grossly negligent. Gross negligence includes several factors, including, but not limited to, performing an unnecessary surgery or procedure.

Successful plaintiffs may recover:

  • Economic damages include those that have a direct cost, such as past and future medical expenses related to the error, past and future lost wages, ambulatory or other medical equipment, and funeral, burial, and/or cremation expenses.
  • Non-economic damages are those that you cannot put a price on and might include pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of consortium, loss of companionship, inconvenience, amputation, paralysis, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of a bodily function, and/or loss of use of a body part. Courts order economic damages and non-economic damages in an attempt to make victims whole again. While the money does not erase their injuries or pain and suffering, nor does it bring back a loved one, it does go a long way in ensuring that victims are less financially stressed.
  • Punitive damages are allowed but limited in Washington. State law doesn’t explicitly provide for punitive damages, though there are some exceptions. However, Washington updated its jury instructions regarding punitive damages, stating that while the statutes do not provide for punitive damages, the court can award punitive damages as a way to punish a defendant’s grossly negligent or intentional behavior.

If you suffered injuries or the loss of a loved one because of a medical error, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney today for a free consultation. Your attorney will listen to the details of your situation and help determine your eligibility to file a claim.

How Much Does a Lawyer Cost?

At some point in life, you might need to retain an attorney to represent your interests and to make sure that no one violates your rights. Choosing the right lawyer is sometimes a stressful process, especially if someone you trust can’t refer you to a good lawyer. The important aspect of finding the correct lawyer for many individuals is figuring out how much retaining a lawyer will cost, though that should not be the deciding factor.

Choose the Right Lawyer for Your Type of Claim

You wouldn’t want to hire a criminal attorney for a family law or personal injury case. When you are researching lawyers, make sure you choose one with plenty of experience in the area you need. In some cases, you should choose a board-certified attorney, though board-certified attorneys may charge more.

For example, if you have a complicated family law case because one or both spouses own businesses, or you have several rental properties, you might consider going with a board-certified family law attorney, or at least an attorney with both family and business law experience.

Fee Schedules for Attorneys

Hourly and Retainer

In most cases, attorneys charge by the hour. You pay an up-front retainer, and if you deplete your retainer, your attorney might require you to pay another retainer, or continue to charge hourly without the additional retainer. Your attorney will deduct the hours that he or she works on your case from your retainer amount.

The type of case you have will determine the amount of your initial retainer. For example, a family law attorney might ask for a retainer of $2,500 for a typical family law case. However, for a more complicated case, retainers may amount to $5,000 or higher. To calculate your retainer amount, your attorney will review your case and estimate the number of hours that he or she will have to put into your case based on prior experience.

Flat Rate

Some attorneys, such as traffic and criminal law attorneys, charge a flat rate. For example, if you have a DUI and need to get your license back, the attorney might charge a $2,000 flat rate. The retainer contract will spell out what that rate includes in terms of legal services. If the attorney has to do anything extra, he or she may add those charges to your account.

For example, a $2,000 flat-rate fee for a DUI might include up to two letters, representation at the arraignment and one or two additional hearings, settlement negotiations with the prosecutor, and request and review of evidence from the prosecutor and the arresting agency. The attorney may charge his hourly rate for anything else that might unexpectedly come up, such as an appeal.

Contingency

Some attorneys—mostly personal injury lawyers—take cases on a contingency basis. These attorneys keep track of the hours that they work on a case and any costs associated with that case. However, you do not pay upfront for the consultation or the attorney’s representation. In fact, many attorneys do not require clients to pay upfront even for costs, such as postage, copies, depositions, court reporters, mediation or arbitration, the costs of obtaining medical records, expert witnesses, and more.

Instead, the attorney will bill costs and his or her time against your settlement or jury trial award. For example, if you win $2,000,000 and have $100,000 in costs, the attorney will subtract his percentage, defined in your retainer contract, plus the costs of $100,000 from the amount you settle for or the amount the court orders the defendant to pay you.

The attorney will instruct the defendant to write a check out to the attorney’s IOLTA account, which is an account used to hold clients’ money. The attorney subtracts what you owe, then cuts you a check for the balance. An attorney that works on contingency usually does not charge you if you lose your case.

Attorneys represent clients on a contingency basis for personal injury cases, because the clients’ injuries might not allow them to work or otherwise earn income. Injured victims have enough stress trying to meet all of their financial requirements, such as paying bills and putting food on the table for their families. Without the added stress of paying for legal representation, injured individuals can concentrate on recovering.

Who Pays My Medical Bills?

You will still have to pay your medical bills. However, most doctors and medical facilities will postpone collection if they know you are suing or attempting to settle a personal injury case. Most doctors and facilities will continue to bill you, but they will not report you to the agencies, as the healthcare professionals understand that they will get paid once their settlement or trial award comes through. If a doctor asks for documentation of your case, ask your attorney to write a letter that you can provide to your doctors.

Do I Have to Retain an Attorney?

While you do not have to retain an attorney for some basic legal issues, you should always retain an attorney for personal injury issues, as these cases can become complicated, especially if they involve multiple at-fault parties. In most car accident cases, injured individuals not only have to deal with the defendant’s attorney, but also with the defendant’s insurance company’s attorney. If your case involves several defendants, then you may have to deal with double the number of attorneys.

For example, depending on the specific circumstances, your case may involve the following attorneys:

  • Your insurance company’s attorney
  • The driver’s attorney
  • The driver’s insurance company’s attorney
  • The driver’s employer’s attorney
  • The driver’s employer’s insurance company’s attorney
  • Attorneys for the maintenance company if a maintenance issue caused the accident
  • Attorneys for the dispatcher and the dispatcher’s insurance company if the dispatch center is partially or wholly at fault for the accident
  • Attorneys for another involved entity and its insurance company’s attorneys

Because of the complexity of what you may otherwise view as a simple personal injury case, it is too easy to jeopardize your case because you made an administrative mistake, such as missing a deadline or neglecting to send pleadings to all attorneys. If you were in an accident, contact an experienced attorney to schedule a free consultation.

Misdiagnosis

misdiagnosisWhen diagnosing patients, medical professionals use a variety of tools. Depending on the type and location of the injury, diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays, MRIs, and CTs scans, may be necessary. Physicians will report the patient’s account of symptoms: what they experience, when they appeared, whether they’ve increased (or changed) in type and severity. In forming their diagnosis, physicians may examine a patient’s past medical records or consult with colleagues or specialists.

But what if, despite years of training, the patient isn’t diagnosed properly? Misdiagnosis can cause patients further injury and harm, worsen their symptoms, produce new symptoms, and in severe cases, even lead to death.

A cough misdiagnosed as a symptom of the common flu, when it is in fact a symptom of COVID-19, may ultimately lead to a patient requiring a ventilator. A patient may receive a clean bill of health after an annual mammogram, only to find that indications of cancer were missed. Unfortunately, at the patient’s next mammogram, they may discover that the cancer was present, and growing, for over a year.

Misdiagnosis is a category of medical malpractice. Unfortunately, in most U.S. states, misdiagnoses constitute the most common basis for medical malpractice lawsuits.

Incidents of medical malpractice are frightening. Patients have a reasonable expectation of trusting medical professionals’ judgment when they seek an examination. Because we trust medical professional’s opinions, patients may reasonably believe worsening symptoms are caused by the condition itself. Patients may not be quick to question whether their physician properly diagnosed their condition.

Misdiagnosis, like all medical malpractice, violates a patient’s reasonable expectation that they can trust their physician’s opinion. Unfortunately, misdiagnoses can instill fear and panic in patients, and negatively affect their health and wellbeing.

What should you do if you suspect misdiagnosis?

Patients who suspect misdiagnosis should seek a second opinion from another doctor as soon as possible. You don’t need to vocalize your suspicions, but can simply describe your symptoms to a second physician. Obviously, the highest priority is to receive the proper treatment to alleviate or cure the ailment. Seeking a second professional opinion may provide a more accurate diagnosis, and as a result, more appropriate treatment.

But how do patients suspect misdiagnosis? After all, they aren’t medical experts, so how would they know?

The best evidence of a misdiagnosis is your own body. If the recommended treatment plan is not working or the symptoms are worsening, individuals may suspect their diagnosis is incorrect. Perhaps your doctor prescribed medication, but even after completing the prescription, your symptoms have not gotten better. Perhaps your doctor advised surgery or another treatment, but your symptoms remain the same after completing treatment.

If you seek a second opinion and the diagnosis is different, and the recommended treatment works this time, you may have suffered misdiagnosis.

Sometimes, the actions and responses of other healthcare professionals may indicate they are uneasy or suspect something is wrong. If your physician seems uncertain, it’s always a good idea to seek a second opinion.

Sometimes, you may discover or suspect that you were misdiagnosed at a later point in time. For example, a doctor may discover a cancerous lump after you were told a mammogram showed no signs of abnormality.

Always take note of feelings of suspicion and the reasons you were led to feel that way. If you suspect misdiagnosis, it’s prudent to consult an experienced medical malpractice attorney.

How does misdiagnosis happen?

The overwhelming majority of people who enter the medical field want to treat their patients well, with correct and safe diagnoses. Misdiagnosis is seldom intentional.

Healthcare professionals are human. Misdiagnosis can result from mistakes, such as observing symptoms and making incorrect conclusions about the underlying condition. It can result from choosing the wrong interventions to treat a condition. A physician may misdiagnose because they failed to create a thorough medical history for a patient or didn’t feel that further diagnostic testing was necessary.

Misdiagnosis can stem from misreading patients’ charts, incorrectly reading diagnostic tests—and even from mix-ups of charts and test results. In some cases, one patient’s results may be switched with another making proper diagnosis nearly impossible. Misdiagnosis can result from a physician failing to seriously consider a patient’s account of their symptoms. Doctors may be tired, overworked, or experiencing symptoms of an unknown illness themselves.

However it happens, misdiagnosis is a physician’s failure to treat their patients with the appropriate standard of care. Washington state defines the standard of care as:

“[T]hat degree of care, skill, and learning expected of a reasonably prudent health care provider at that time in the profession or class to which he or she belongs, in the state of Washington, acting in the same or similar circumstances.”

What types of medical professionals misdiagnose?

Several types of medical professionals can misdiagnose. Physicians bear primary responsibility for diagnosis in all healthcare systems, clinics, and hospitals. Other healthcare professionals, such as nurses, pharmacists, and aides, typically follow the physician’s diagnosis and recommended treatment plan.

However, other healthcare professionals can also bear responsibility for a misdiagnosis. Laboratory technicians, for example, can misread or miscommunicate laboratory results. Radiologists can misread X-rays and other diagnostic tests. Pharmacists can misread or dispense incorrect prescriptions. Nurses and aides can misread instructions and describe conditions incorrectly.

Finally, hospitals and healthcare systems may bear responsibility if charts and records that contributed to a misdiagnosis were mixed up, misfiled, rendered unreadable, or incorrectly communicated.

How can a medical malpractice lawyer help me if I’m misdiagnosed?

If you suffered from a misdiagnosis, your health and general well-being may have suffered. Retaining a lawyer may benefit you in several ways.

Seeking compensation. Misdiagnosed patients who suffered harm may be entitled to seek compensation for the resulting damages by filing a medical malpractice claim. Injured victims may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical bills – Medical expenses including emergency treatment, surgery, hospitalization, doctor’s appointments, urgent care, prescription medication, rehabilitative therapy, diagnostic tests, assistive devices, and more.
  • Wages lost from work – If the condition causes the patient to miss time from work, they can recover lost wages.
  • Lifetime wages – If the misdiagnosis renders the patient unable to return to work at all, they may be entitled to lifetime wages.
  • Pain and suffering – Injured victims may be compensated for the physical, emotional, and mental pain they have endured.

Gather evidence. The outcome of any lawsuit or legal claim depends on the evidence presented by the parties. Lawyers work with investigators and skilled personnel with experience in gathering evidence in cases of medical malpractice and misdiagnosis.

Tatiana Boohoff Lawyer
Seattle Personal Injury Attorney, Tatiana Boohoff

Offer expertise in the steps required of malpractice cases. Medical malpractice suits can be extremely complicated. Washington, like many states, has laws intended to shield physicians from false accusations and to keep malpractice damages minimal.

Malpractice lawsuits require more steps and certifications than other types of personal injury suit, including:

  • A Certificate of Merit – Signed by a qualified expert. A certificate must accompany any claim arguing that the standard of care was violated, effectively, acting as a representation that the patient did not receive adequate care.
  • Mandatory mediation – Both parties must complete mediation, which is a process of non-binding alternative dispute resolution.
  • A Certification of Reasonable Inquiry by the attorney – The attorney must state that they conducted a reasonable inquiry into the case before filing a lawsuit.

An experienced medical malpractice lawyer knows these steps and can fulfill them to the patient’s advantage.

For more information, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney today.


Boohoff Law
2200 6th Avenue, Suite 768
Seattle, WA 98121
(877) 999-9999

How Much Does It Cost to Talk to a Lawyer?

How Much Does It Cost to Talk to a LawyerWhen individuals or their loved ones suffer an injury at the hands of another, not only are they burdened by physical pain, but also their financial and emotional circumstances. Depending on the type of accident and the severity of the injuries suffered, victims may require years of recovery or even a lifetime of rehabilitation.

Knowing that another’s action caused pain and suffering—that was most likely preventable—can create a sense of anger among victims that may hinder their recovery. Working with a skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer can help alleviate a victim’s stress and anger, so they can focus on getting back on their feet. Personal injury attorneys regularly fight for the rights of injured victims to seek the compensation they are entitled to. By allowing an attorney to take on the legal complexities of a personal injury claim, victims can breathe easy as they recover.

Victims certainly will have concerns about the process and the best next steps. When they work with the right personal injury lawyer, they can receive answers to all of their questions, and formulate a plan for moving forward with their personal injury claim. And the best part, injured victims can initially consult with an attorney for free.

How You Get Paid

In representing injured victims, our team works tirelessly to help them maximize their recovery to ensure they obtain the compensation they are entitled to. Naturally, some people have reservations about bringing a personal injury claim against another person. However, in most cases, the claim is filed against the other party’s insurance provider. In the U.S. The most common personal injury claims are car accident injury claims. However, over 70 million people in the U.S. suffer injuries requiring a hospital visit every year.

Hospital visits and the medical services provided can have significant costs. Medical expenses are the number one cause of bankruptcies in the United States. Working with a trusted personal injury attorney can help victims to ease the stress associated with the costs of their recovery.

An attorney may fight for compensation on their client’s behalf for the following damages:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning potential
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of life enjoyment
  • Present and future medical bills
  • Rehabilitation costs

Most victims do not realize just how much their medical care and treatment will cost. Even seemingly minor injuries can result in over $20,000 of medical expenses. The extensive costs are alarming, but injured victims who hope to fully recover deserve the best medical care they can receive. While obtaining adequate medical care may have extensive costs, victims should not have to pay for medical expenses related to injuries caused by another.

Of course, seeking compensation from an at-fault party’s insurance company will not make victims’ injuries and pain magically disappear. However, obtaining compensation can give victims the best chances of making a complete recovery and getting their lives back on track.

Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer can help injured victims ensure their rights are protected and that the compensation they receive is fair and adequate.

How We Get Paid

As personal injury attorneys, we have a vested interest in the success of their client’s claims. We will fight hard to protect our client’s rights and maximize their compensation. We understand the impacts that unexpected injuries can have on victims and their families.

As a result, we aim to help our clients get back to normal as soon as possible. When we negotiate a settlement or win a verdict at trial, we do so with our client’s best interests at heart. We typically operate on a contingency fee basis. Under a contingency fee agreement, our fees, as well as court costs, can be paid from the settlement funds or award received at trial. Our clients are not responsible for the upfront costs of pursuing their claim, until the claim is resolved.

While it’s true that most personal injury cases settle out of court, victims can still benefit from having a lawyer by their side to negotiate and communicate with insurance companies on their behalf. We try to avoid proceeding to trial because it takes extra time and resources. However, if an insurance company refuses to settle for a fair and reasonable amount, we will be willing and prepared to proceed to trial to ensure our clients receive the compensation they are entitled to.

Our team will only collect fees associated with pursuing a claim when the claim is resolved, whether a settlement or an award after trial. Whether we settle your case or we win a verdict at trial, only then do we get paid. While we have every intention of successfully resolving your personal injury claim, if we do not win, you will only be charged court fees and costs. Injured victims can’t afford to not speak with a lawyer about their personal injury case.

Time Is of the Essence

After suffering an injury, victims only have limited time to bring a personal injury claim against the negligent party. The timeline for filing a personal injury claim is governed by each state’s statute of limitations. For example, Washington’s statute of limitations requires a claim to be filed within three years of the date of the injury, whereas, Florida’s statute of limitations provides four years.

No matter what type of accident caused your injuries, you deserve a skilled legal team at your side working hard to protect your rights and maximize your recovery. Having an attorney’s skill and experience on your side offers the best chances of recovering the compensation you need to get better.

Speak With a Lawyer Today

Tatiana Boohoff Lawyer
Seattle Personal Injury Attorney, Tatiana Boohoff

Whether you experienced a car accident, workplace accident, incident of medical malpractice, or any other accident causing you injury, you deserve to seek compensation for the damages you have incurred as a result. Someone else’s negligence may forever alter an injured victim’s life. Medical expenses often cause victims and their families unnecessary financial hardship. Do not let the losses caused by another person or company burden your family.

You have nothing to lose by picking up the phone and speaking with a lawyer today. Most firms offer a free consultation and case evaluation.

If you or a loved one has suffered any injury at the hands of another, you deserve skilled legal representation at your side. Don’t hesitate to contact a personal injury lawyer today.


Boohoff Law
2200 6th Avenue, Suite 768
Seattle, WA 98121
(877) 999-9999