We all know it’s impossible to go through life without getting injured from time to time.
Bumps, bruises, burns, and even the occasional broken bone, constitute inevitable and essential parts of being human.
We accept fault for our carelessness, deal with the pain, visit the doctor if we need to, and move on. If we’re lucky, that is.
Sometimes, injuries are so severe that we can’t just move on without significant disruption to our lives. And, sometimes, we can’t accept fault for an injury because we know we’re not to blame for it, but rather someone else is.
When those two circumstances collide, we often want justice and accountability.
We need a personal injury lawyer. If a personal injury has turned your life upside down or left you mourning a loved one, Washington law may give you the right to take legal action against those who harmed you.
Contact the determined, skilled Seattle personal injury attorneys at Boohoff Law, P.A. today to learn more.
Tatiana Boohoff is an experienced personal injury attorney. She and her talented team of colleagues at Boohoff Law have advocated for the rights of injured clients for over a decade.
She and the rest of the firm bring a clear and focused mission of helping innocent victims of other people’s careless and reckless actions.
Under Tatiana’s leadership, the firm takes special pride in its commitment to 24/7 client service.
We know how difficult it is to contend with an unexpected injury, and we want to help.
Our attorneys have earned consistent recognition from prominent legal organizations for our remarkable professionalism, including top lawyer designations from the National Trial Lawyers and Best of the Bar designations. We have also earned memberships in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for having secured many settlements and verdicts in excess of a million dollars for our clients.
Contact Boohoff Law today at (877) 999-9999 to schedule a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation with our Seattle personal injury lawyer.
According to Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) data, there were 111 fatalities and 580 serious injuries on King County roads in 2018. Motorists, businesses, and government entities may face liability in these cases.
In 2018, the WTSC data show that 32 pedestrians and 5 bicyclists died in vehicle-related accidents on King County roads, while 137 pedestrians and 38 cyclists sustained serious injuries. Distracted drivers increasingly face liability for these types of accidents.
Premises liability incidents (a.k.a. slip and fall). Slipping and falling is just one of the many ways a person can get injured on someone else’s property.
Property owners who fail to meet their duty of care often have liability to visitors who sustain an injury on their properties.
Workplace and construction accidents. Similar to premises liability, employers and others in a workplace or others on a job site have a duty to keep workers safe. Catastrophic injuries can happen when they fail to fulfill that duty, leading to liability.
Defective products. According to the National Safety Council, consumer products injured approximately 10.5 million people in 2017.
Under Washington law, when a product has a defect in its design, construction, or lack of warnings to users, the manufacturer and others involved in producing and distributing it may have liability to anyone the product injures.
Medical malpractice. Seattle residents have every right to expect their medical service providers—doctors, nurses, therapists, etc.—will deliver the appropriate standard of care for their needs.
Sometimes, however, those same providers fall short. When they do, injured patients have the right to seek compensation through the legal process.
Nursing home abuse. Elderly people who live in Seattle-area nursing homes have an absolute right, guaranteed by state law, to live in dignity and free from abuse.
The law also gives those residents and their representatives the right to seek compensation from anyone who enables or fails to prevent nursing home abuse.
Dangerous drugs. Prescription drugs have lifesaving qualities, but they can also cause severe harm. Injured consumers can seek to hold drug makers and prescribers accountable when drugs lack adequate warnings or harmful contaminants.
Dog bites. Dog owners in Seattle can be held strictly liable for any injury their dog causes when it bites someone. If the dog was deemed dangerous at the time of the attack, those same owners could face civil and criminal penalties, too.
Every personal injury case is unique in its facts and circumstances. Some people walk away from multi-car accidents with barely a scratch. Others suffer severe health complications from seemingly mundane falls.
Here are some of the most common injuries that bring clients to Boohoff Law seeking our help to obtain compensation for their personal injury claim:
Of course, this is nothing close to a complete list. Personal injuries are as diverse as the circumstances that cause them.
Regardless of what kind of injury you have, if you sustained it because of someone else’s wrongful conduct, then you may have the right to compensation.
Generally speaking, lawyers classify these damages into two categories: economic (or special) damages, and non-economic (or general) damages.
If someone else caused your injuries, they should be responsible for covering all of your medical expenses, so you should never hesitate to seek treatment to ensure the best possible prognosis. You can include all types of medical bills in your claim, including:
Non-economic damages provide a remedy for more intangible harms that are more difficult to calculate. These may include:
Non-economic damages have a reputation in popular culture as being very large. That is not necessarily the case in Washington, however. Washington law subjects non-economic damages to a cap.
The plaintiff may recover a maximum of 43 percent of the average annual wage in Washington (an amount set by law) multiplied by his or her life expectancy at the time of the personal injury (but no less than 15 years). Washington law also does not generally allow for punitive (or exemplary) damages.
If you’ve been injured as a result of somebody else’s negligence, you may have a personal injury case.
There’s no way to determine your case’s validity unless you meet with a seasoned personal injury attorney. Many victims find themselves surprised when they learn that their experience does, in fact, qualify them to receive damages.
Empathetic personal injury lawyers work hard to help as many victims as possible seek the compensation that they deserve.
According to Washington state law, personal injury victims must file a lawsuit within a certain time frame following their injury.
This law, known as the statute of limitations, states that victims have three years from the date of their accident or injury before they may be permanently barred from recovering compensation.
Making decisions based on this time limit is crucial—if you decide that you deserve compensation for your experience too late, you could be left without the ability to recover damages at all.
Some personal injury victims carry some of the fault for their accident. If you are one of these victims, this does not mean that you’re wholly responsible for your injuries and suffering; sharing responsibility for the circumstances that led to the event is common.
This does not disqualify you from seeking the compensation you deserve.
The answer to this question is highly dependent on the circumstances surrounding your injury.
The extent of your injuries, the time it took to file your claim, and the information you were able to provide your attorney all have an impact on the length of time it may take to resolve your case.
Personal injury claims and lawsuits may be resolved in two different ways. In some cases, victims and the other involved parties settle during the negotiation stage of the case.
This can result in a relatively quick legal experience. Other cases proceed to trial, where the final decision is left up to a jury or a judge. These cases last longer than those that end in settlements.
There is no way to predict the exact length of time that will pass before your claim is resolved.
If you experienced especially grievous or long-lasting injuries, your claim will likely take longer than it would if you had only sustained minor injuries.
You may be able to get a sense of how long your claim will be active based on your medical wellbeing. The longer it takes you to reach maximum medical recovery, the longer your case is likely to be open.
Most personal injury law firms partner with clients on a contingency fee basis. That means that victims never need to worry about paying for our services unless the attorney wins or settles their cases.
You want an attorney whose commitment to helping personal injury victims seek the compensation they deserve comes before any concern over funds or finances. This is one excellent example of how helpful partnering with a personal injury attorney can be.
Cornell Law School defines personal injuries as those occurring to the “body, mind, or emotions.” It is an entirely separate concept from injury to property.
Oftentimes, personal injuries occur as a direct result of someone else’s negligence or harmful actions. Many individuals believe that personal injury law only covers injuries incurred through a physical altercation or some other kind of human contact. This is not true.
Victims of personal injury may experience mental or bodily harm as the result of many circumstances, including:
Yes. You should always seek medical care as soon as possible after sustaining an injury.
Most importantly, victims are as comfortable and healthy as possible during the legal process. Do not sacrifice your well-being for the sake of speeding up your case or out of fear that you could be making a mistake.
If you have been injured, you should visit a doctor as soon as the opportunity arises. Follow their instructions, copy down any pertinent information relating to the appointment (which doctor saw you, what they said), and make sure to get copies of any documents that you might need for medical evidence later.
Not only does this benefit your health, but it also helps document your situation more clearly and may result in an easier claims process.
Many accidents and circumstances cause injuries that are not immediately identifiable. Oftentimes, a medical professional can pick up on such injuries and help inform victims about how to stay safe and healthy during the time that follows their injury.
Still, in some cases, an injury or condition may slip through the cracks. Personal injury victims need to know the potential pitfalls that can lurk in the shadows after an accident.
If you or a loved one have suffered a personal injury, watch for the following symptoms and seek medical care immediately should they present themselves:
Personal injury victims often contend with heightened emotions and a sense of anxiety around their injuries. They may worry about the validity of their case or what the experience of pursuing compensation for their injuries will look like.
The days, weeks, and months that follow an injury can be a confusing and stressful time for victims. This is why it’s best to seek the advice of a trustworthy personal injury attorney.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of personal injury, legal assistance could be essential to helping you return to everyday life. A personal injury lawyer can help you seek the benefits and compensation that you deserve after enduring a painful event.
Remember: your best interests and your insurance company’s best interests do not often align.
Your insurance agent’s goal is to benefit the company that employs them; if it seems like you may be able to receive better benefits with the help of a lawyer, it’s not difficult to believe that an insurance agent could try to deter you from that path. Many insurance agents and adjusters also offer unsolicited, uninformed, and illegal advice regarding the legal factors pertinent to your claim.
The law dictates that non-attorneys are not permitted to offer such advice. If you end up relying on an insurance agent to help you make legal decisions, you’ll be looking to an illegitimate source for some of the most important advice you’ll ever receive.
An experienced and professional personal injury attorney can offer you an unbiased legal opinion of the circumstances around your injury and your pursuit of compensation.
Even if your insurance company insists that you don’t need an attorney, it’s well worth it to seek trustworthy advice.
At Boohoff Law, we appreciate how difficult it can feel to confront life after an unexpected personal injury. Suddenly, you face a long road to getting your health and mobility back. You have trouble with basic life tasks.
Your expenses have skyrocketed while your income has fallen. This is a stressful, painful time. You may not have given much thought to hiring a Seattle personal injury attorney yet, but you should.
The longer you wait to hire an experienced Seattle personal injury lawyer, the more difficult it may become to obtain the compensation you deserve under Washington law.
That’s because the general statute of limitations on personal injury claims in Washington is three years, which isn’t as long of a time period as you’d think when it comes to investigating and filing a claim for damages.
But, even more importantly, as time passes it becomes harder and harder to build a successful personal injury case.
Evidence relating to your accident or illness goes missing, witnesses start to forget critical facts, and insurance companies place less priority on resolving your claim.
Even though the statute of limitations is three years, the strength of your case could begin to decline in a matter of weeks and months.
Seeking help from a lawyer is your best chance of stopping that decline. Moving quickly in seeking legal advice after a personal injury is also important because of the role insurance plays in personal injury claims.
In many, if not most, personal injury matters, someone’s insurance policy covers at least some portion of the legal liability.
Insurance companies want to try to keep the amount of that liability as small as possible. The moment insurers learn you’ve been injured and that their policyholder may face liability, they will begin building a case for why they should pay you the minimum.
They may try to contact you directly, hoping you will say something that undermines your claim. Or, they may offer you a token settlement, hoping you will need the money so badly that you’re willing to give up much more valuable legal rights in return. Hiring an attorney can help protect you from these insurance tactics.
You deserve to have someone on your side fighting for your right to receive every dollar available from insurance and other parties. Contact or call Tatiana Boohoff and her team at Boohoff Law today at (877) 999-9999 to schedule a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation.