Seattle’s population of over 700,000 people makes the city Washington state’s largest city, and that trend is not slowing down anytime soon. In fact, 2017 data released by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that Seattle is the fastest-growing large city in America.
Seattle’s large population that is growing by the year sees a significant amount of Washington’s traffic accidents as a result. Its most recent year of traffic accident data from 2015 shows that Washington state had 551 lives lost to car accidents and 49,505 total injuries. Over 2,000 of those injuries were deemed serious, meaning injuries that typically require long-term treatment and extensive recovery costs.
Seattle alone had 14,508 total collisions, demonstrating how much this large city contributes to the state’s accident injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Seattle accident, take care of yourself first and foremost.
Seemingly minor injuries can eventually lead to fatal clots and traumatic injuries that take days to worsen. Seeking the immediate attention of a medical professional is in the best interests of your health and legal case.
By fully documenting your medical symptoms and treatment, you will provide your lawyer with valuable evidence to build a strong case that will help you receive deserved compensation for your injuries.
Seattle victims have many options to choose, however, when it comes to the right personal injury lawyer for your accident claim. At The Ledger Law Firm, we have a proven and nationwide track record for recovering millions in damages for the clients who depend on us.
Here are a few insights into Washington state law that we can use to build a strong case that entitles you to receive the maximum compensation you deserve.
Fault Can Be Shared in Washington Accidents
Washington law ensures that damages are awarded to victims based on a contributory fault model, meaning damages are awarded proportionate to the amount of fault contributed by a legally responsible party. In other words, suppose you are 20% responsible and another party is 80% responsible for the accident.
In Washington state, this means you can be awarded damages proportionate to the 80% of responsible party’s liability. As such, never assume you have no right to compensation without talking to our team at The Ledger Law Firm first.
Even if you are partially responsible, this does not prevent you from receiving compensation.
Washington Has No Cap on Personal Injury Damages
The Supreme Court of Washington has held that placing a cap on non-economic damages in personal injury cases would infringe on your constitutional right to a trial by jury.
There are some exceptions to this rule, but generally speaking, the lack of a damage cap means your lawyer can fight for your right to receive the compensation you truly deserve. This law informs the counsel we provide on whether you should accept a fair settlement offer or proceed to a jury trial.
At every stage, we will keep your desires in mind while advising you in a way that pursues your right to receive maximum compensation under Washington state law.
Contact us online today to discuss the facts of your Seattle accident and legal claim with one of our dedicated lawyers at The Ledger Law Firm.