Vancouver Personal Injury Lawyer
Accidents and injuries happen every day. The fact that they are common doesn’t make them any less painful. If you’ve been hurt or injured as a result of another party’s negligence, you need the help of a personal injury lawyer.
The experienced personal injury lawyers at Northwest Legal Advocates will work to protect your interests after an injury.
What Is a Personal Injury Legal Case?
An injury case begins when a person or party’s actions or carelessness hurt someone. The damage may happen during a traffic accident or assault. It could occur when someone trips and falls or is injured by a company’s product. Many types of injuries may be the basis of a complaint.
These types of cases are resolved in civil court when someone brings a lawsuit against an individual or entity. Some cases have both a criminal and civil component. The state is responsible for bringing criminal charges.
A personal injury case may be heard in court or by a settlement between the parties:
Court cases: A lawsuit starts when an injured person alleges in a legal complaint that another individual, business or government agency is liable for an accident or injury suffered by the first person. The plaintiff, the injured person who is suing, most often seeks monetary damages. If the two opposing parties can’t come to an agreement through negotiation, the case may go to court.
Settlement: Many plaintiffs and defendants settle personal injury cases out of court. Most often, the involved parties come to an agreement. Lawyers for both sides usually handle the negotiations. Insurance agents may also be involved. If the parties reach a settlement, it is common for all to agree in writing not to pursue further lawsuits. Plaintiffs often ask the defendant for enough money to cover medical expenses and wages from lost time at work.
What Is the Personal Injury Statute of Limitations in Washington?
It is important for you to contact a personal injury lawyer in Vancouver, WA as soon as possible after an accident or injury. In Washington, as in other states, there is a time limit to file a lawsuit in civil court. In Washington, the statute of limitations for personal injury suits is three years from the date of the incident.
Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?
The attorneys of Northwest Legal Advocates will advise whether your case is likely to succeed. Not every injury or accident warrants a lawsuit. When we work with you, we’ll represent your interests and help you attain a resolution. That may mean agreeing to a settlement, going to court or something else.
Are you looking for an experienced lawyer to evaluate your Vancouver personal injury case? Contact us for a free consultation.