How important is it to use an attorney with experience on catastrophic injury cases?

There’s no time that it’s more important to talk to an attorney with experience than if you’ve been involved in a catastrophic injury cases. The reality is, in such cases, your life and the life of your loved ones is going to be changed forever, and only an attorney that’s been used to handling those kinds of claims can give you the counsel that you need and deserve.


How quickly should I contact an attorney in a catastrophic injury case?

If you’ve been badly injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, it’s absolutely critical that you speak to an attorney at your first possible opportunity. Of course you have to deal with the police or other investigating authorities. You have to get the medical care that you need, but as soon as that’s nailed down, you need to talk to an attorney because you’re going to be pursued by an insurance company that has no interest in anything other than closing your case out.


What can I do if my family member died as a result of a catastrophic injury?

If a family member has been killed as a result of the negligence or wrongful conduct of another person, you need to speak to an attorney immediately about preserving your rights and the rights of their estate. Washington has very good wrongful death law that will protect the family members in the event that a loved one has been killed. You need to speak to an attorney to understand your rights.


What if I do not have medical insurance and am concerned about my medical expenses?

While fortunately there are many different ways to get your medical expenses paid. Sometimes we go through your insurance company, your own auto insurance company, and they will pay some of your bills. Other times, the driver who had the other car that injured you may have insurance that might cover you depending on the circumstances of the case. Sometimes doctors will agree to wait to get paid until the very end, especially if you hire a lawyer. Sometimes the state of Washington will actually step in, and can make some of the bill payments for you too. There are lots of different ways that we can be able to get you the medical treatment you need and deserve, and you shouldn’t have to worry about the money upfront. If you contact us, that’s one of the many things that we can help you navigate.


What kinds of damages are available in a catastrophic injury case?

As in all cases, Washington law provides you a broad range of damages for people who’ve been injured. You’re entitled to compensation for things like lost wages, or medical bills, but more importantly, you’re entitled to damages for what happened to you, for your pain and suffering, for your loss of enjoyment of life, for your disability or disfigurement. Each of these is an important part of what an attorney will analyze for you when you speak to experienced counsel.