A serious personal injury can literally scar you for life. Permanent disability, long-term chronic pain and disfigurement cause physical suffering, not to mention emotional and psychological trauma. In some cases, a loved one has experienced death as a result of their personal injury. It is important to find an experienced personal injury attorney that will pursue full compensation for every aspect of your loss and dedicate themselves to your case from start to finish.
At Wheeler, Montgomery & Boyd, PLLC, we put a special emphasis on our personal injury cases. Our goal is to let you focus on getting back to your life while we handle all the paperwork and negotiations that will result in the best possible outcome.
Call us today at 360-690-0064 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We are an experienced legal team that handles personal injury cases, including:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Dog Bites / Attacks
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Slip and Fall
- Wrongful Death
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
- Bad Faith Insurance Claims
- Dental Malpractice
- Spinal Cord Injuries
Washington Statute of Limitations on Injury Lawsuits
If you live in Washington state and are pursuing an injury claim, there is a time limit within which you must file your lawsuit in the state’s civil court system. The law is called a statute of limitations. If you do not bring your claim within the time limit, you may be permanently excluded from recovering any compensation for your injuries. The state of Washington allows you 3 years from the date of your accident or injury. If you file your lawsuit past this window, your case will be dismissed.
Washington’s Comparative Fault Rules
In some cases, an injured person may be partially at fault for causing his/her own injuries. If this is the case, sharing some percentage of fault does not entirely dismiss your claim. Washington state uses what is known as a "pure comparative negligence" approach, which means that whatever amount you recover will be reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to you.
Washington’s Strict Liability for Dog Bite / Attack Cases
In many other states, dog owners are protected from injury liability the first time their dog injures someone if they had no reason to believe the dog was dangerous. It is called the "one bite rule." Washington state makes the owner "strictly liable", meaning that regardless of the animal’s past behavior, the dog owner is responsible for a personal injury caused by his/her dog. It is called the "dog bite statute."
Expert Personal Injury Representation
Every personal injury client needs an experienced personal injury attorney that is compassionate and treats them with utmost respect and courtesy even if they have suffered from a minor injury. In some cases where fault is apparent and injuries are relatively minor, we will negotiate directly with insurance companies to achieve a swift monetary resolution for our injured client. In other cases, a wide variety of parties may be involved from police to insurance companies and the paperwork alone is a massive burden that can drag on for years. Our attorneys streamline the process and handle everything so our clients don’t have to add any additional suffering to their personal injury.
The attorneys at Wheeler, Montgomery & Boyd, PLLC pride themselves on assisting with every aspect of their client’s injury case from beginning to end. Our attorneys don’t get paid until our client does and there are no up-front fees or additional costs. Call us today 360-690-0064 to schedule an appointment or go online and fill out our no-obligation contact form.