Accident Law

Overview of Personal Injury and Accident Cases

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people in the United States are injured in accidents caused by someone else’s negligence, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This includes individuals in all walks of life from Seattle, Bellevue, and all of Snohomish, King, Pierce, and Skagit counties.

A person injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another party must understand his or her basic rights and interests. This includes appreciating the importance of taking a proactive stance when it comes to retaining a skilled, experienced personal injury attorney, like the Jones Law Firm.

Automobile Accidents

Next to slip and fall cases, car collisions are the most common causes of accidental injury in the United States, and in Washington state. Millions of car accidents occur on U.S. roadways every year.

Typically, the first step a person must take following an automobile accident is filing and pursuing an insurance claim. Many people operate under the misconception that they can handle an insurance claim on their own. The reality is that forgoing legal representation when pursuing an insurance claim is not always the best course of action.

An injured person needs to bear in mind that an insurance company is in business for one primary reason. An insurance company operates to make money for its shareholders. The reality is that an insurance company betters its bottom line when it denies or restricts the amount of money paid our in claims.

Compensation in an Accident

The amount of financial compensation awarded in a personal injury case depends on the specific facts and circumstances at hand, coupled with in nature and extent of injuries sustained by an accident victim.

With that in mind, examples of injuries, damages, and losses compensated in a personal injury case include:

  • pain and suffering
  • medical bills and expenses
  • mental anguish and emotional distress
  • property damage and loss
  • physical disability
  • lost income

A skilled personal injury attorney fights to ensure that an injured person receives full, fair compensation. In addition to compensation for existing losses, a tenacious lawyer strives to ensure that an injured person obtains appropriate financial recovery for losses associated with an accident reasonably expected to be incurred into the future. For example, an injured person is likely to experience pain for an indefinite period of time. Such an individual may need ongoing medical care and treatment. An injured person may not be able to work any time soon. These represent examples of ongoing or future losses for which compensation may be possible in a personal injury case.

Retain an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

The first step in retaining a personal injury lawyer is scheduling an initial consultation with the legal team at the Jones Law Firm, which can be found online at http://www.bellevuetrialattorney.com/services. During an initial consultation, a lawyer from the Jones Law Firm provides a comprehensive case evaluation. In addition, a prospective client is able to get answers to questions. The Jones Law Firm charges no fee for an initial consultation with a prospective client.

The Jones Law Firm utilizes what is known as a contingency fee agreement. With this type of attorney fee arrangement, an injured person pays nothing in the way of attorney fees unless the legal team at the Jones Law Firm obtains a favorable settlement or judgment for a client. The fee is an agreed percentage of a settlement or judgment in a personal injury case.