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 find ourselves wanting 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 personal injury attorneys at Boohoff Law today to learn more.
Attorney Tatiana Boohoff and her talented team of colleagues at Boohoff Law have advocated for the rights of injured clients for more than a decade. She and the rest of the firm bring with them 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.
Personal injuries happen all the time and in every imaginable way. At Boohoff Law, how your injury happened doesn’t matter to us nearly as much as how we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for it. Still, there are some scenarios in and around the Seattle area that lead to injury far more often than others. Here are some of the categories of cases we routinely handle:
Motor vehicle accidents. Accidents involving cars, trucks, and motorcycles, injure millions of Americans annually, including right here in the Seattle area. 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.
Bicycle and pedestrian accidents. Cyclists and pedestrians face serious injuries (or worse) in crashes involving motorists. 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 rights 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.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI happens when the brain sustains damage from a sudden impact or shaking, from a penetrating injury, or from oxygen deprivation. TBIs can leave their victims living with severe cognitive deficits, physical impairments, and in the worst cases, in permanent states of unconsciousness or semi-consciousness. Motor vehicle accidents and falls often cause TBIs.
Spinal cord injury. A blow or penetrating injury to the spinal column can result in damage to the passageways and structures through which the brain communicates with the body. The most common disability associated with a spinal cord injury is paralysis, either partial or total, including paraplegia and tetraplegia. Common causes of spinal cord injury include motor vehicle accidents, workplace and construction accidents, and falls.
Burns. Accidental exposure to flames, chemicals, and electricity can cause burning of human tissue, sometimes severe and life-threatening. Burns are extremely painful and notoriously difficult for doctors to treat. Recovery takes months or more, and often involves a series of excruciating surgeries. Even after full recovery, burn victims may have to live with disfiguring scars and painful disabilities.
Crushed or amputated limbs. In violent car accidents and accidents involving heavy objects or machinery, people’s limbs can get trapped, crushed, or severed. These are horrific accidents that permanently alter the victims’ lives, forcing them to re-learn basic tasks and to live with often debilitating pain.
Organ failure/health complications. Some injuries result from people taking the wrong medications or receiving improper medical care. As often as not, medical mistreatment can cause life-threatening health complications, such as the failure of internal organs or systems, or the progression of a disease that should have been diagnosed. Victims of nursing home abuse often suffer from these sorts of injuries.
Broken bones and orthopedic injuries. Any sort of violent impact can break bones and twist limbs. While these injuries tend to heal, they can leave victims with permanent disabilities.
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 rights to compensation. Consulting with an experienced Seattle personal injury attorney is the best way to learn about your rights.
As in most other states, in Washington when someone’s negligence or intentional misconduct causes harm to another person, that person has rights to seek compensatory damages from the wrongdoer. Generally speaking, lawyers classify these damages into two categories: economic (or special) damages, and non-economic (or general) damages.
Economic damages reimburse victims of personal injury for their out-of-pocket costs stemming from the injury. Economic damages typically include:
Under Washington law, the party with legal liability for economic damages may have the right to pay them to the person harmed in periodic installments, instead of in a lump-sum.
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. Under Washington law, non-economic damages are subject to a cap. The plaintiff is entitled to 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.
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 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.
For Tatiana Boohoff and the talented team of legal professionals at Boohoff Law, representing Seattle residents who have suffered personal injuries through no fault of their own is a mission with a purpose. We believe no one should have to confront a personal injury without legal support that gives them the best possible hope of obtaining an appropriate financial recovery.
Please do not wait to connect with one of our knowledgeable, diligent personal injury lawyers. If a preventable tragedy in the Seattle area left you with a serious personal injury, or mourning the loss of a loved one, then now is the time to obtain legal counsel. You may have the right to substantial compensation, but the clock is running and there is no time to lose. Contact or call Tatiana Boohoff and her team at Boohoff Law today at (877) 999-9999 to schedule a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation.