Seattle Personal Injury Claims
Serious accidents and injuries can happen in a matter of seconds. The time after a serious accident can be filled with pain, both physical and emotional, as well as significant financial losses.
If you have been seriously injured through the fault of another person or a business or corporation, you should call Seattle personal injury attorney Matt Menzer; he has the experience, knowledge and skills to help you obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries.
We Handle All Types of Accidents and Injuries
Our attorneys at Menzer Law Firm are prepared to handle serious injury claims arising from all types of circumstances, including:
- Car Accidents
- Bicycle & Pedestrian Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Spinal & Brain Injuries
- Sports Injuries
We are here to help with the most serious of injuries. We have many years of experience handling cases involving traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, disfiguring injuries, and much more.
When an Accident Leads to a Personal Injury Claim
Not all accidents lead to valid personal injury claims for compensation. Sometimes, an accident is no one’s fault. However, you may have a claim for compensation if you have been injured because of another person or business’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct.
Negligence arises when someone fails to uphold their duty of care. An individual should act as an ordinary, reasonable person would under the same or similar circumstances. When an individual fails to act reasonably, and this negligence causes an accident in which you get seriously hurt, then you should talk with an experienced lawyer about your legal rights and options.
Recklessness, also known as gross negligence, is more serious misconduct. When an individual behaves recklessly, they intentionally disregard the risk they create to other people’s safety. If you believe your injuries are the result of someone else’s recklessness, call us right away for a free case evaluation.
You may have been hurt because another individual acted intentionally or maliciously. For example, you may have been the victim of an assault. If you were the victim of intentional, harmful behavior, contact Menzer Law Firm to discuss whether you may have a good claim for compensation.
Personal Injury Damages
When you are injured as the result of another person’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct, then you can pursue compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial injuries. The legal term for compensation awarded for these injuries is “damages.”
Depending on the type, extent, and permanency of your injuries, you may be able to pursue compensatory damages for your:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Past and Future Pain and suffering
- Past and Future emotional distress and mental anguish
- Reduced earning potential
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of consortium (includes the loss of a marital relationship)
- Property damage
Talk With us About the Value of Your Claim
It is important to discuss your injuries and damages with a lawyer. You will benefit from an experienced personal injury attorney identifying and calculating your full and fair compensation.
At Menzer Law Firm, we work closely with you and your medical providers to identify all of your physical and economic damages, including medical bills. We also hire any necessary expert witnesses to calculate the cost of future medical care or your reduced earning potential because of a disabling injury.
Often times, a significant portion of any personal injury settlement or court award is for mental, emotional and physical pain and suffering. These are referred to as your “general damages” and can be difficult at times to establish. We will work with you, your medical providers, and your family and friends to gather evidence and maximize the value of your claim for pain and suffering damages. Evidence of pain and suffering may include your medical records, photos of your injuries, videos of your capabilities or limitations, diary entries, and the personal testimony of your friends and family.
How We Will Help You Obtain Compensation
There are typically two avenues to obtain compensation for your injuries . Most personal injury claims are resolved through the settlement of an insurance claim. For example, if you were injured in a serious car crash, we will file a claim on your behalf against the at-fault driver’s insurance policy.
We will handle the insurance claim process for you. We communicate with the insurer, including providing the necessary proof of the policyholder’s fault and your injuries. We will prepare a comprehensive written demand package, and then we will review any settlement offers with you. In our experience settlements of such insurance claims usually take place after several rounds of negotiations. Extensive negotiations are usually required because most often your claim is worth more than the initial offer and the insurance company needs to understand that you will not accept less than your claim is worth.
Insurance companies and their lawyers try to pay out as little as possible on each claim. That is their job. It is our job to protect you and fight for your right to full and fair compensation for your injuries.
The other main option for obtaining compensation is through a personal injury lawsuit. When settlement negotiations break down because the insurance company is not willing to pay a full and fair amount for your damages, then the only option is to take your case to court by filing a lawsuit against the party that caused your accident and injuries.
A personal injury lawsuit typically takes 12 months or more to resolve. Some of these litigated cases resolve sooner in a settlement. There are several parts to any lawsuit with the last part being a trial where we will present your case to a jury. The jurors will decide if the other party is liable for the accident and your injuries, then it will also decide how much compensation you should receive. If both sides waive a jury trial, then a judge will listen and decide your case.
Do You Have Questions?
If you were seriously injured in an accident, you probably have questions about what you should do. Please do not hesitate to call Menzer Law Firm at (206) 903-1818 or reach out online. We offer free case reviews where you can obtain accurate legal information and advice regarding your rights and legal options.