Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Burien, Washington
Burien, Washington, situated in King County on the Puget Sound waterfront amid breathtaking mountain views, must be doing something right. Its population has been growing explosively since its incorporation in 1993, adding 50 percent to its original total during its first 17 years of existence. In 2015, following further growth due to the development of Olde Burien, the Burien Town Square, and the annexation of part of North Highline, Burien’s population surged past the 50,000 mark.
Burien’s future looks bright, as well – the Puget Sound Regional Council recently named it one of its 25 Regional Growth Centers due to its high potential for long-term growth. Rapid growth, however, seems to have only added a dash of cosmopolitan flavor to Burien’s relaxed small-town atmosphere – indeed, the town is becoming particularly well-known to visitors from Seattle for its multi-ethnic cuisine.
With Seattle and Tacoma both within a half-hour’s drive, anything cosmopolitan that Burien might lack is never more than a short drive away. Meanwhile, Burien’s ethnically diverse population hasn’t forgotten to safeguard the town’s natural beauty. The Seahurst Shoreline Restoration Project is only one of many local environmental protection initiatives currently underway.
Expecting the Unexpected
Rapid growth brings problems as well as opportunities. A rise in traffic accidents has accompanied Burien’s increase in population, for example, while other types of dangers – such as defective drugs – can also result in catastrophic injury or death. In many cases, unfortunately, the person who causes an accident is not the person who suffers the consequences of it. When this happens, it is time to resort to the legal system to seek full compensation. This is not easy to do, however, without the assistance of a skilled personal injury or wrongful death lawyer.
At Brett McCandlis Brown, PLLC, securing full compensation for our clients is what we do every day. Few law firms in the state of Washington have helped as many clients, settled as many claims or fought it out in court as many times as Brett McCandlis Brown has. Contact us today at 1-800-925-1875 or fill out our online contact form so that we can schedule you a free consultation and begin building your case.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What’s the difference between a personal injury claim and a wrongful death claim?
In both cases, the claim is triggered by a personal injury – a fatal injury in a wrongful death claim, and a non-fatal injury in a personal injury claim. Since a deceased victim cannot file a personal injury claim, Washington allows the personal representative of the victim’s probate estate and the victim’s spouse and children to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Damages for wrongful death are calculated differently than damages in personal injury cases, because they include damages to close family members, such as loss of care and companionship. Some damages go to the deceased victim’s estate (medical bills, for example), while other damages go to close relatives.
Is it possible for me to receive punitive damages?
It depends on the facts of your case. Washington does allow punitive damages as long as:
- The plaintiff was awarded ordinary compensatory damages;
- The defendant’s conduct sprang from an evil motive or intent, or a callous disregard of the rights of others; and
- The amount of the punitive damages awarded are reasonably related to the actual damages suffered by the plaintiff.
No court is obligated to award punitive damages – it is discretionary. An example of a case in which punitive damages might be awarded would be a drunken driving auto accident that caused serious injury or death.
Can I be compensated for emotional damages?
Yes, in most cases of serious injury, you can be. In fact, in many cases the amount of non-economic damages (i.e., emotional damages) exceeds the total of all economic damages combined. Several different types of non-economic damages are possible, depending on the circumstances. These types of non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering,
- Mental anguish,
- Other types of non-economic damages.
The amount you receive in non-economic damages is highly fact-dependent. An injury that involves debilitating physical pain, for example, will likely trigger a higher award for pain and suffering than an injury that is just as debilitating but not as painful. Likewise, an award for disability derived from an accident that put the plaintiff in a wheelchair is likely to be much higher if the plaintiff was an athlete before the accident than if the plaintiff had lived a sedentary lifestyle prior to the accident.
Contact Us Today – Burien Personal Injury Attorneys on Your Side
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.