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Washington Personal Injury Lawyer

Washington Personal Injury Lawyer

Dedicated Washington Personal Injury Lawyer Advocates for the Rights of Accident Victims in King County, Lewis County, Pierce County, Thurston County, and Throughout WA

When you have been injured on the job, you may know that you have the right to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. But when someone other than your employer or a co-worker is responsible for causing your workplace injury or occupational disease, you may also have the option of pursuing additional compensation through a personal injury claim. A Washington personal injury lawyer from Smith Duran Law can go over your options for pursuing a personal injury claim and can assist you in recovering full compensation for your injury or disease.

At Smith Duran Law, we understand the obstacles that our clients can face on the journey toward recovery. We know that you may be having trouble getting insurance companies to fully compensate you for your losses, or obtaining the specialized medical care that you need for your injuries or illness. Our personal and professional experiences motivate us to advocate for the rights and interests of our clients after they have been harmed due to the carelessness or fault of others. 

Don’t wait to get started pursuing a personal injury claim when your workplace injuries were caused by a third party’s careless or reckless actions. Reach out to Smith Duran Law today for a free initial case review to learn how a Washington personal injury lawyer from our firm can fight for full financial recovery for you after a work accident. 

Types of Personal Injury Claims We Handle

At Smith Duran Law, a Washington personal injury lawyer can help you recover compensation after you have been injured on the job due to the fault of a third party because of things like:

  • Motor vehicle accidents, including car accidents or truck accidents
  • Defective tools, equipment, or machinery
  • Dangerous or hazardous materials or substances used at work
  • Crane accidents
  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Dangerous conditions of a client’s or customer’s property, including slipping/tripping hazards, trench or underground collapses, fall hazards, or negligent/inadequate security

What Can You Recover in a Personal Injury Claim

If you can pursue a personal injury claim after suffering a work injury or occupational disease, you can recover greater compensation than what may be available to you through workers’ compensation. Personal injury compensation can cover things like:

  • Medical and rehabilitation expenses
  • Expenses incurred for long-term care of permanent disabilities, including costs of home renovations to install accommodations for disabilities
  • Repair or replacement of property damaged in the accident
  • Full reimbursement of lost income or wages during the time missed from work during recovery
  • Loss of future earning capacity if permanent disabilities prevent you from returning to gainful employment
  • Physical pain and emotional suffering
  • Compensation for disfigurement or disability that adversely affects your quality of life

By pursuing a personal injury claim, you may be able to obtain full financial recovery for all the losses that you suffer due to an injury or illness. 

How a Washington Personal Injury Lawyer from Smith Duran Law Can Help You Obtain Compensation and Justice after an Accident

When you have been injured due to the negligence or legal fault of a third party not involved or affiliated with your employer, you deserve to seek full compensation through a personal injury claim. Let a Washington personal injury lawyer from Smith Duran Law go to work on your behalf to demand the financial recovery and accountability you deserve for your work injury or occupational disease by:

  • Investigating the circumstances that led to your work injury or occupational disease to secure evidence of a third party’s legal fault for the harm you have suffered
  • Documenting your injuries and losses to determine the amount of compensation you deserve
  • Filing claims on your behalf against the at-fault parties and insurance companies to aggressively pursue fair financial recovery for you in a settlement, if possible
  • Pursuing your claims in court or at trial if needed to recover the best possible result in your case
  • Ensuring that you receive the maximum compensation possible under the law if you have also received workers’ compensation benefits for your work injury or occupational disease

Don’t leave financial compensation on the table. Reach out to our firm to better understand your rights to obtain a recovery for the harm and loss that you have suffered. 

Contact Us for a Free Case Evaluation to Learn More about Your Rights after an Accident from a Washington Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured on the job due to the negligence of someone outside of your employer or by dangerous equipment, machinery, or materials, you may have the right to pursue full compensation for your losses in a personal injury claim. Contact Smith Duran Law today for a free, no-obligation consultation to speak with a Washington personal injury lawyer about your legal options. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Personal Injury in Washington State

How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Washington State? 

Under the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington State, you typically have three years from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit against the party or parties at fault for causing your injuries. If you fail to file suit before the limitations period expires on your claim for compensation, you can end up losing the opportunity to obtain a financial recovery in a personal injury claim.

Can I still recover compensation if I was partially at fault for my injuries?

Yes. In personal injury claims, Washington State follows a “pure” comparative negligence rule. This means that you can file a personal injury claim against any party who bears some share of fault for your injuries, no matter what share of fault you may also have. However, any share of responsibility you bear for your injuries can reduce the compensation you ultimately recover. For example, if you are entitled to $100,000 in compensation for losses from injuries sustained in an accident that you were 50 percent at fault for, your compensation award may be reduced by $50,000 to reflect your share of fault.

A general contractor’s negligence led to my work injury while I was working for one of their subcontractors. Can I still collect compensation?

Yes, you can still pursue compensation as an injured worker hired by a subcontractor through a third-party claim. Third-party claims —a type of personal injury lawsuit— are especially common in construction accidents because there are often multiple people involved on a construction site including general contractors, subcontractors, property managers, etc. – plus equipment manufacturers, property owners, and other potentially negligent third parties. Each of these scenarios could represent a case for a third-party claim.

  • Workers’ Compensation

    The Department of Labor and Industries manages claims for injuries at work. You are entitled to money for lost wages, medical treatment, vocational retraining, loss of body function, and in some cases a pension

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  • Personal Injury

    If your injury was caused by someone other than a co‑worker, an auto accident, or defective equipment, you may be entitled to additional compensation. Our attorney will evaluate your case.

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