Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawyers for Lake Stevens, Washington, and All of Snohomish County
Most of the 30,000 or so people who live in Lake Stevens, Washington, known locally as “One Community Around the Lake” have been annexed into the so-called Urban Growth Area from previously autonomous neighborhoods such as North Lake, Frontier Village, Soper Hill, and Southwest so rapidly that the town’s formal population nearly quadrupled during the first decade of the 21st century.
This rapid growth rate has been a statistical fluke, however, and the town’s pastoral charms still survive. The sparkling clean waters of Lake Stevens is popular for fishing, boating and swimming. The Pilchuck River, as well as numerous parks and hiking trails (including Centennial Trail), also serve as attractions for lovers of the outdoors.
When Disaster Strikes
Disaster can strike suddenly, and its effects can be all the more devastating for having interrupted the tranquility of a seemingly idyllic small-town environment. For most people who suffer serious accidents, the catastrophe is multi-dimensional – physical pain and disability, the abrupt interruption of daily routines, and sudden financial difficulties can combine to form a “perfect storm” of misfortune that overwhelms the entire family. If death results, the grief of a sudden loss can turn a difficult experience into something nearly unbearable. The injustice of such a scenario can be compounded when the accident turns out to have been the result of someone else’s misconduct.
At Brett McCandlis Brown, we can’t undo the accident. We can, however, help you obtain fair compensation for all of your losses, including intangible losses such as the mental anguish that every victim of a catastrophic accident undergoes. Washington personal injury and wrongful death law is designed to provide victims and survivors with a legal weapon to force the culpable party (or insurance company) to pay full compensation. We know the law, and it is our full-time job to see to it that our clients obtain every penny that they deserve.
We can help you navigate the insurance claims process, arrange for an income stream while you are incapacitated, negotiate with the insurance company, and file a civil lawsuit. If you or your loved one has suffered a serious or fatal accident that you believe may have been someone else’s fault, call us today at 1-800-925-1875 or complete our online contact form. We work on a contingency fee basis – we will completely waive our legal fees unless we bring you home a verdict or settlement. Our initial consultation is free of charge regardless of whether or not you decide to retain us.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What kind of damages am I entitled to demand?
The type of damages available in Washington state are – compensatory damages. Compensatory damages include both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include losses that are easy to count in terms of dollars and cents – medical bills and lost earnings, for example.
Non-economic damages compensate you for psychological losses such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and even loss of consortium (loss of the ability to have sexual relations with your spouse can be classified as a loss of consortium).
What happens if the accident is caused by more than one person?
Washington’s “pure comparative fault” law allows a court to apportion damages among more than one party if the evidence justifies it. The attribution of fault is made on a percentage basis, and the total must be exactly 100 percent even if it includes parties who are not involved in the lawsuit. If a court decides that you were partly at fault, the court will deduct a percentage from your damages that exactly equals the percentage of fault the court assigned to you (35 percent, for example).
If I am injured in a truck accident, can I sue the trucking company?
It depends. If a trucking accident is found to be the fault of the truck driver, any decent personal injury lawyer will consider suing the trucking company because its “deep pockets” would likely allow it to pay a large judgment against it. Whether or not the trucking company can be held liable, however, depends largely on whether the court classifies the driver as an “employee” or as an “independent contractor.”
If the driver is found to be an employee of the trucking company, the trucking company can usually be held liable for the wrongful acts of its employee. If the driver is found to be an independent contractor, however, the trucking company may be relieved of liability.