CASCADE INJURY LAW, PLLC, BELLEVUE PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY PROVIDING BOLD REPRESENTATION FOR CLIENTS INJURED DUE TO NEGLIGENT ACTS OF OTHERS
Being hurt in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence is a traumatic and very upsetting situation. All of a sudden, it may feel like your entire world has been turned upside down, and now you are left dealing with the financial and emotional consequences of an injury that was not your fault.
Fortunately, you have rights as a personal injury victim, and a seasoned personal injury law firm such as Cascade Injury Law, PLLC, can help you fight back. No matter how straightforward or complex your case may be, there is no reason to be stuck paying bills and struggling to cope with damages resulting from someone else’s negligence.
What Kind of Cases Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Handle?
Personal injury is an area of civil tort law. A wide variety of cases can be classified as personal injury – from slip-and-fall accidents to dog bites, car accidents, truck and motorcycle accidents, and even wrongful death. Generally, personal injury cases are based on negligence; that is, someone else’s breach of their duty of care unintentionally created an unsafe situation that resulted in another individual getting injured and sustaining significant damages.
Personal injury lawyers can help injured victims navigate the claims process while protecting their rights and helping them hold the at-fault party responsible for their losses. In addition, a personal injury law firm, such as Cascade Injury Law, PLLC, can apply its knowledge of civil tort laws to help its clients build a strong case with the proper evidence needed to seek and obtain maximum compensation.
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What Should I Do if My Personal Injury Claim Was Denied?
When you’ve been injured by another person, such as a negligent driver, the process of filing an insurance claim to receive compensation should be rather simple. Unfortunately, insurance companies are for-profit entities that often prefer to protect their profits instead of paying out large sums to claimants. This means many legitimate personal injury claims are undervalued or unfairly denied.
If the insurance company has denied your claim or made a low offer, you need an experienced attorney to deal with the adjuster. Effective personal injury attorneys can often get the insurance company to make a reasonable offer. This can happen either by tough negotiation or by filing a personal injury lawsuit and fighting your case in court. Even if you don’t want to take your case all the way to trial, tough legal representation can often lead to a reasonable settlement offer.
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WHAT ARE SOME MISTAKES TO AVOID WHILE MY PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS ARE PENDING?
Another way insurance companies try to protect their bottom line is by finding reasons to allege that you were partially at fault for your accident, as this can dramatically reduce the amount of money you may be eligible to receive. Because of that, it is important to pay attention in order to avoid common mistakes that could affect your final settlement amount.
First, beware of insurance adjusters calling you and requesting a recorded statement. Even if the person on the line with you sounds sympathetic and caring, in reality, they are probably trying to get you to say something that could be used as an admission of fault. Instead, refer all calls to your attorney. Second, be careful about what you post on social media. Images of you doing physical activity can be taken out of context and unfairly used against you. Third, be sure to follow through with the medical treatment you need.
Why Choose Us
- Clients come first. Being hurt in an accident you did not cause is traumatic and overwhelming, but you can count on our firm for proactive, knowledgeable legal services focusing on what is best for you.
- We handle all aspects of your case. We will take care of insurance communications and paperwork, gathering evidence and explaining your options in a straightforward manner so that you can focus on healing.
- Every case is unique. When it comes to personal injury cases, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. We will develop a customized strategy to help you win your case and get the justice you deserve.
- You deserve fair compensation. Most clients are not equipped to fight big insurance companies alone. We will level the playing field and employ what we learned in previous cases to help you secure maximum compensation.
- Transparency is key. We work hard to explain all your options, set realistic expectations, and break down complex legal concepts using simple language so you can fully understand all aspects affecting your case.
- Not another case number. When you choose Cascade Injury Law, PLLC for your case, you can expect to receive professional, compassionate services and be treated as a priority rather than feeling like just another case number.
WHY DO I NEED TO HIRE A BELLEVUE PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER FOR MY CASE?
It is natural for an injured person to be overwhelmed with the financial losses generated by their accident, making it tempting to skip the step of hiring an attorney and simply representing oneself. However, choosing to forgo hiring an attorney can actually cause delays in your case and cost you more in the long run.
At Cascade Injury Law, PLLC, every personal injury client can count on our firm to handle all aspects of their case, so they can focus on healing and turning the page on this difficult chapter in their lives. Our legal team focuses on protecting the rights of every client, providing strong representation, and helping them navigate their case with ease. We know what it takes to hold negligent parties responsible and secure maximum compensation for our clients. If you have been hurt by someone else’s negligence, reach out to our firm.
Cascade Injury Law, PLLC is conveniently located in Bellevue, WA, with easy access from I-405. The office is only 3 minutes from the Bellevue Library, 6 minutes from the Bellevue Art Museum, and only 27 minutes from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Contact us at 425-654-8121 to see how we can help you.
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HOW MUCH IS MY BELLEVUE PERSONAL INJURY CASE WORTH?
If you are injured and unable to earn your regular wages, you may be concerned about how much money your case may be worth. While there are many online tools that promise to function as a ‘personal injury calculator’ and provide you with a dollar amount for your case, those tools are often incorrect and may yield a case value that is too high or, sometimes, too low.
Your final settlement amount is likely a combination of economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are medical bills, lost wages, damaged property, and other financial losses resulting from the accident. Non-economic damages are the more subjective effects of the accident and injury, such as pain, suffering, and emotional distress. Generally, the more severe your injuries and the more significant your losses are, the higher your case value may be. The best way to get a more accurate estimate is to have a experienced personal injury attorney (such as Cascade Injury Law, PLLC) analyze your case.
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What happens if I am partially at fault for my accident?
What is pain and suffering in a personal injury claim?
How will I recover compensation for a personal injury claim?
What should I do if I don’t think I can afford to hire an attorney?
there is a lot at stake. An attorney can help you fight for the compensation you deserve and maximize your chances of success. In most instances, you only pay attorney fees if you win your case. When you choose Cascade Injury Law, PLLC, for your case, you will always be informed upfront of our fees and will not have any surprises.
How do I know if I have a case?
I have been injured in a collision that was not my fault. Who pays for my medical bills?
Ultimately, the at-fault party is responsible for the payment of your medical bills.
If the at-fault party was adequately insured, the party’s insurance company is responsible. Unfortunately, the other party’s insurance company will not pay any money toward your medical bills until a final settlement or verdict is reached on the entirety of your injury claim. In the meantime, you must look elsewhere for coverage.
There may be more than one source of insurance benefits available to cover medical expenses, including Personal Injury Protection available under your own auto insurance policy as well as your health insurance. Each case is different.
Our firm will assist you in maximizing all available insurance benefits so that you can seek the treatment you need without worrying about medical bills stacking up.
I have been injured in a collision that was not my fault and cannot work. Who pays for my income or wage loss?
Ultimately, the at-fault party is responsible for payment of your income loss. Unfortunately, the at-fault party’s insurance company will not pay any money toward your income loss until a final settlement or verdict is reached on the entirety of your injury claim. In the meantime, you must look elsewhere for coverage.
There may be more than one source of insurance benefits available to cover at least a portion of your income loss, including Personal Injury Protection (PIP) under your own auto insurance policy, as well as disability insurance you may carry.
Our firm will assist you in identifying available disability coverage to maximize income replacement when you recover from your injuries.
I have been injured in a collision that was not my fault. What happens if the other party was uninsured or did not have enough insurance?
We will investigate the availability of insurance by identifying all responsible parties and the extent of their insurance coverage. Additionally, in cases where all responsible parties do not have sufficient combined coverage, we will pursue your own underinsured motorist coverage to maximize your financial recovery.
What happens if my PIP coverage is exhausted and I still need treatment?
Once all PIP coverage is exhausted, your medical providers should submit collision-related bills to your health insurance plan. Most health insurance carriers will delay paying collision-related bills until you can show that all available PIP benefits are exhausted or are no longer available. We assist our clients with all paperwork necessary to transition medical claims to the health insurance plan.
What if my PIP carrier wants me to undergo an “insurance” medical examination (IME)?
Your auto insurance policies likely allow the insurance company to request that you attend medical examinations by a doctor or doctors chosen by the insurance company. If your carrier asks you to attend a medical exam and you don’t comply, you will have difficulty receiving continued benefits.
When our clients are faced with a request for an insurance medical exam, we ensure that the requested examination complies with the law and insurance policy before agreeing to the examination.
What compensation am I entitled to if I have been hurt in an accident that was another person’s fault?
The value of each claim is unique. Ultimately your claim value is based on what a jury would award if the case went to trial. The following are examples of damages you can claim:
- Medical expenses, past and future
- Income loss, past and future
- Diminished ability to earn money
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Depression and anxiety
- Emotional distress
- Activity limitation
- Household help
- Cost of Job Accommodations
- Medical equipment
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Property Damage such as the cost to repair your vehicle or payment for total loss
You have the burden of proving each element of the damages. Often this requires input from a variety of witnesses unique to each claim. Witnesses may include family, friends, and others who know how the injuries have affected you. Expert witnesses such as doctors, therapists, vocational rehabilitation specialists, economists, life care planners, and other specialists may also be helpful depending on the magnitude of your injury(ies).
What is subrogation?
Where there is a negligence action, your own insurance companies will almost always claim reimbursement for benefits they paid out because of an injury. This concept is commonly referred to as subrogation. The subrogation claim is generally resolved at the time you resolve your claim against the responsible parties.
At Cascade Injury Law, we aggressively negotiate with companies seeking reimbursement from you to maximize your net proceeds.
How long does it take to resolve a personal injury claim?
Each case is different. It is best to evaluate a case when you have recovered from your injuries or at least reached a point of recovery when your doctors are able to give an opinion about the future effects of the injuries, including ongoing medical expenses and disability. At that point, it is possible to do a reasonable evaluation and then make a settlement demand to insurance companies for the responsible parties. The case is then resolved by negotiated settlement, arbitration, or trial.
What happens if I don’t know the identity of the responsible party?
This can be a serious problem. However, a good attorney can often investigate effectively to find the information needed to identify responsible parties and pursue the claim.
Cascade Injury Law offers free consultations to discuss whether your claim can be pursued.
What should I do if I have been in a collision?
If you have been in a collision, do the following at the scene:
- Call 9-1-1 and request that the police come
- If you are injured, ask for medical attention
- If you are able, take photos of the scene of the crash
- If you are able, take photos of the damage to the vehicles involved
- Get the names and contact information of all witnesses
- Take photos of the scene of the collision
- Take photos of the vehicles involved
- Take photos of objects such as jersey barrier and trees which may have been struck by the vehicles involved
- Gather names, addresses, and phone numbers of others involved in the crash
- Take photos of driver’s licenses and insurance cards of other drivers involved in the collision
- Take photos of license plate numbers of other vehicles involved in the collision
Sometimes the police don’t come to the scene of a collision or fail to do a full investigation. If this happens to you, it is vitally important that you or someone on your behalf gather all the above information.
After you leave the scene, do the following:
- If you suspect you are injured, seek medical attention immediately
- Advise your insurance company of the incident
- Advise the other party’s insurance company of the incident
- Seek the advice of an attorney before giving a recorded statement to insurance companies