Under the personal injury laws of Washington, you may collect compensation from any person who was legally negligent. You will have to prove that you received an injury due to the careless behavior of another person, and that the person had the obligation to act with normal care. You must also prove that you received damages through the other person's negligence.
If you were also careless and contributed to your own injury, you may still be compensated according to the amount of blame that you bear for the injury.
If two or more people caused the injury, they must both pay for their own share of the damages incurred. This means they will each be responsible for an appropriate percentage of the total damages.
|Washington Personal Injury Laws|
Statute of Limitations
|Damages Recoverable||Lost wages, future earning ability, medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, cost of household help|
|Products Liability||Product manufacturer may be liable for injuries caused by a consumer product|
|Joint Liability||Defendants are proportionately liable for damages|
|Contributory Negligence||If plaintiff is found to have contributed to the injury, recoverable damages will be reduced according to proportion of fault.
You may also be legally entitled to receive compensation if you were injured by a consumer product. You will be required to prove that the item was either defective or had no warning, and that the defect or lack of warning made the item hazardous. You must prove that your injury was caused by either the defect or the lack of a warning, and that you sustained damages.
You may be compensated for time missed at work, the cost of hiring household help to take care of chores you could not do, and a decreased ability to earn a living. The claim also covers medical expenses, whether they are in the past, present, or likely to occur in the future. If you were unable to work, you can receive money to cover this cost. Mental health problems and emotional problems, like depression, can be compensation, as can problems between family members that arose because of the injury. All other expenses that the injury caused you to incur are covered by Washington state personal injury law.
You may file a personal injury claim at any time during the three year statute of limitations. After this, you will no longer be able to file a claim or be compensated.
Do not speak with an insurance adjuster without consulting a Washington personal injury lawyer first. You need to tell the responsible party that you are filing this type of claim against them.
To help you prove your case, you should preserve any evidence of the injury, including the clothes you were wearing at the time of the injury, photographic evidence, and damaged property.