Personal injuries occur when you suffer physical, financial, and emotional damages as a result of another person or entity’s negligence. Under Washington law, you can collect compensation for a personal injury through a lawsuit or insurance claim — but proving the other person’s negligence can be complicated.
In these situations, choose Jordan, Herington & Rowley to represent your Seattle personal injury claim. Our attorneys have decades of experience and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients, proving we can advocate aggressively on your behalf.
Why Choose Us?
- Our firm limits your out of pocket costs by operating on a contingency fee basis. You do not have to pay legal fees unless we secure a settlement in your claim.
- Our attorneys have extensive experience in multiple areas of personal injury law, including car accidents, slip and falls, truck accidents, and more. We have the experience and strategies necessary to build a strong case in your favor.
- While many personal injury cases settle outside of the courtroom, our attorneys always prepare for trial. We will not hesitate to move your case to the courtroom if necessary.
How to Prove a Washington Personal Injury Claim
Personal injury cases rely on the theory of negligence, which states that the person or entity you are holding responsible in your case breached a certain duty of care.
To successfully collect a settlement at the conclusion of your lawsuit, you and your attorney will need to work together to prove the following four elements:
- The at-fault party owed you a duty of care at the time of the accident.
- The at-fault party breached his or her duty of care to you in some way.
- The breach of care directly caused your injuries.
- You suffered damages as a result of your injuries you can collect in your personal injury claim.
The strategies and evidence you will use to establish these elements will vary, depending on the nature of your accident.
For example, say you suffer injuries in a car accident with a driver who was speeding in a school zone. The duty of care in this case would be the duty of all drivers to follow traffic laws, and you can point to the speeding as an example of the breach. Traffic footage, medical records, and witness testimony will help establish causation, and your attorney will work with you to identify the damages you qualify for.
What Damages Can You Collect in a Seattle Personal Injury Claim?
Under Washington law, you are eligible to collect two types of damages in a personal injury claim: economic and non-economic. Economic damages involve your financial burden as a result of the accident, while non-economic damages compensate you for the emotional, intangible losses you suffer.
Common economic damages include past and future medical expenses, surgeries, physical therapy, disability accommodations, and other necessary treatment costs. You may also claim these damages for property damage, lost wages during your recovery period, and a loss of future earnings as a result of the injury.
For non-economic damages, you can collect compensation for the development of mental health conditions, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. These damages may also include loss of quality of life, mental anguish, disfigurement, and other forms of pain and suffering.
Are You the Victim of a Seattle Personal Injury?
If you have suffered a personal injury in Seattle, do not wait to take action. Jordan, Herington & Rowley is here to help you navigate the aftermath of your accident, understand your best legal options, and begin taking your first steps to compensation.
Contact Jordan, Herington & Rowley today to schedule your free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers.