Have you suffered an injury at the hands of another? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Whether you have experienced scrapes, bruises, broken bones, or even a traumatic brain injury, you should know your rights. Let us help answer your questions:
- What is a personal injury claim?
- Against whom do I file a claim?
- What should I do if I have suffered a personal injury?
- Why hire Joshua D. Anderson?
Personal Injury – Types
A personal injury claim can be filed when a person’s unreasonable or negligent action results in another’s injury. This field of law, also called tort law, can be broken up into specific areas, including but not limited to:
- Auto accidents
- Bicycle Injury
- Boat accident
- Brain injury
- Motorcycle accident
- Product Liability
- Slip and fall accident
- Truck accident
- Wrongful death
Filing a Claim vs. Insurance
Some people are reluctant to pursue a valid claim because they do not want to “sue someone.” At Anderson Law, PLLC, we will attempt to negotiate with the at fault person’s insurance company in an aim to reach a fair resolution of an injured client’s claim. Most personal injury claims are resolved without filing a lawsuit. However, if a claimant and an insurance company reach an impasse, a client and attorney should discuss the potential risks and benefits of filing a lawsuit. If the client chooses to proceed with filing a lawsuit, the at-fault party will likely need to be named in the lawsuit, but if the person was insured, the insurance company likely will take on that person’s defense. Similarly, if the at fault party was insured for the loss, the applicable insurance company likely would be responsible for payment of the settlement or verdict.
People routinely purchase insurance to mitigate the risks faced in everyday life. In fact, automobile insurance is mandatory in the State of Washington. See RCW 46.30.
It is true that human beings make mistakes … Still, our laws were designed to protect victims’ rights and provide due compensation for suffering caused by another’s negligence.
Claims vs. Individuals
What if the offending individual does not have insurance? It’s true that human beings make mistakes. It is rare to find a driver of a vehicle who intends to rear-end another vehicle or a product manufacturer who means to produce a defective product.
Still, our laws were designed to protect victims’ rights and provide due compensation for suffering caused by another’s negligence. It is just not fair to hold an injured party responsible for their injuries if they are caused by another’s mistake. And according to the law, if a person’s negligence results in another’s injury, the negligent party (the tortfeasor) is liable.
If you or a family member has been hurt in an accident, you should speak with a personal injury attorney. An attorney can help you discover if you have a valid claim, explain your rights, and guide you through the process of filing a personal injury claim.
At Anderson Law, PLLC, we offer a free consultation and are happy to answer your questions. We invite you to contact our office at (253) 862-1811 for more information.