Dedicated Auburn Personal Injury Attorneys Serving WA
Have you been injured in an accident in Washington? In an instant, your life can be turned upside down. Dealing with the pain, the medical appointments, and bills, loss of income and a thousand other issues, can be overwhelmingly stressful. We get it! Our proven and winning Auburn personal injury lawyers are understanding to you and your situation but are also tough and tenacious when dealing with insurance companies.
Accidents that can trigger legal liability include, among others:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Defective drug injuries
- Dog attacks
A serious accident is a shocking and traumatic event, especially when someone is killed. The sad reality is that in addition to dealing with physical trauma and emotional distress, you will also have financial matters to deal with. At Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner PLLC, we make it our business to help you through this difficult time by taking these matters into our hands and making sure that you receive all of the compensation that Washington law entitles you to. Once you retain us, our Auburn personal injury attorneys will take care of your financial problems while you concentrate on recovering physically and emotionally.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of questions might I be asked during a deposition?
A deposition is a Q&A session in which the opposing lawyer questions you under oath. The questions might range from the seemingly trivial to the critically important. Examples include:
- What is your work history?
- How has your injury affected your daily life?
- Exactly what time of day did the accident occur?
- Have you ever been a party to a lawsuit before?
- Did you file an insurance claim?
Some of these questions will be trick questions designed to elicit answers that the attorney intends to use against you in court. Don’t worry, our highly experienced Auburn personal injury lawyers will be by your side the entire time, and we will make sure that you don’t fall for any tricks.
About Auburn, Washington
Located about 30 miles south of Seattle and just north of the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation, the 80,000 residents of Auburn, Washington live in parts of both King County and Pierce County. With the White River/Green River confluence nearby and the Cascade Mountains in the distance, the Auburn area offers plenty of attractions for the outdoor enthusiast, including 28 parks and 23 miles of hiking trails. Although the downtown area is known for its small-town charm, even while there tourists and locals can enjoy the 120-acre Auburn Environmental Park.
Auburn is well-served with modern transportation systems including the Auburn Municipal Airport, the Valley Freeway, Washington State Route 18, King County Metro buses, and the Auburn Station Transit Center (a commuter rail service that separates Auburn from Seattle and Tacoma by only a few minutes). Unfortunately, this kind of convenience carries with it the risk of accidents.
What happens if I miss the statute of limitations deadline?
The statute of limitations deadline is a deadline for filing a lawsuit over a claim. Once you file the lawsuit (you turn in the required paperwork along with the filing fee, and the court accepts your filing after finding that your papers are in order), you have beaten the statute of limitations, no matter how long it takes to ultimately resolve your claim.
In Washington, the statute of limitations is three years after the claim arises. In a personal injury lawsuit, a claim generally arises on the date of your injury, while in a wrongful death lawsuit, the claim arises on the date when the victim dies. One important exception applies – the three-year period for a personal injury claim begins running on the date when your injury was discovered (or should have been discovered) if your injury was of the sort that would not be easy to discover immediately – a defective drug damaged your liver without your immediate knowledge, for example.
If you miss the statute of limitations deadline, your claim will be dead – you cannot even settle it out of court. Let a winning Auburn personal injury lawyer handle your case.
Who can I sue?
In a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, it is possible to sue more than one defendant under certain circumstances. It won’t do you much good to sue an indigent defendant with no insurance because even if you win, the defendant will not be able to pay a judgment. Fortunately, under certain circumstances, an alternative defendant is likely to possess the financial means to pay a judgment.
If, for example, the defendant was an on-duty employee at the time of the accident – a UPS driver or, perhaps, a commercial trucker – you can sue the employer for the full amount of your damages. If your damages were caused by a defective product, under certain circumstances you can sue anyone in the chain of distribution of the product all the way from the manufacturer to the retailer. Other “deep pockets” defendants might be appropriate targets for a lawsuit, depending on the facts of your case. To get more answers to your questions involving your claim please contact a skilled Auburn personal injury attorney.
What do I do when I’m attacked by a dog?
Even though dogs are usually great pets to have, sometimes they can bite or even attack you for no apparent reason. Every year in and around Auburn, there are many dog attacks on both adults and children. Dog bites can be very serious and can cause significant permanent scarring. However, Washington State’s dog law is very clear: Dog owners are responsible for injuries caused by their dogs, even if they didn’t have a propensity to bite. A dog owner is responsible for a bite even if it was the first time their dog ever bit someone. The only defenses a dog owner can use is their dog was provoked or the attack occurred when the victim was trespassing on private property.
If you or a loved one has been viciously attacked by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, unpaid medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The best way to make sure you’re fully and fairly compensated is to contact the Auburn dog bite lawyers. Over the decades, we have seen many types of dog attack injuries. The most common injuries are:
- Tooth punctures,
- Unsightly and permanent scarring
- Broken bones in the hands and arms,
- Slashes and gashes in the skin and muscle,
- Shoulder injuries like rotator cuff tears from falling and attempting to brace, and
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) from falling after being jumped on by a dog
You have only a short period of time to file a claim against the dog owner for your injuries, so don’t hesitate to contact your Auburn dog bite attorneys immediately. There is a three-year statute of limitations to seek compensation for dog attack injuries. We are here to help and fight for your rights.
Call A Highly Experienced Auburn Personal Injury Lawyer Today!
At Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner PLLC, every Auburn personal injury attorney is willing to work with you on a “no win, no pay” basis – we don’t get paid until you do. Call us today at 1-800-925-1875 or complete our online contact form to schedule your free initial consultation, so that we can discuss your case and advise you of your options.