Experienced, Full-Service Personal Injury Law Firm in Everett, WA
Everett, Washington is home to good and hard-working people. We know, because we’ve been representing their legal interests for more than 40 years.
Unfortunately, accidents are a part of life, and they happen every day in Everett. This doesn’t mean that you have to simply sit down and take it, though.
After all, most accidents involve some sort of hardship for their victims, and those hardships have real costs – medical bills, lost income, changes in lifestyle, pain, emotional distress, and more.
Someone has to pay for those costs. Shouldn’t it be the party responsible for causing the accident? Washington state law says yes, and so do we.
The problem, though, is that in most personal injury lawsuits, the at-fault party has an insurance policy. Insurance is a good thing, but too often, the insurance company will refuse to pay you a fair amount for your damages – even if the law requires them to.
That’s how insurance companies make their money. They charge high policy premiums, and then attempt to avoid paying out on those policies when someone gets hurt.
We don’t stand for that at Brett McCandlis Brown. Our Everett personal injury attorneys have a long, strong track record of holding negligent defendants and their insurance companies accountable to the law.
We are here to fight for your rights, maximize your compensation, and create a clear path toward financial recovery.
While no one can ever guarantee a specific outcome, we want you to know that we’ve recovered millions of dollars for injured people in Everett.
If you’ve been unfairly injured – or if someone you love has been killed as a result of someone else’s negligence – we believe that we can make a big difference in your case, too.
After an Accident, Insurance Claims Are Inevitable
No one wants to deal with an insurance company. It’s the second biggest complaint in any accident (after the pain itself). Insurers are notorious for making life difficult, and victims are sometimes tempted to sign a quick settlement just to skip the headache.
Keep this in mind, though: If insurance companies are making you an offer, it probably isn’t fair. They exclusively represent their own best interests – never yours.
Don’t let the insurance company claim your money or your peace of mind. Hire an experienced and aggressive Washington personal injury firm to represent you, instead.
Resources for Everett, Washington Accident Victims
If you’re in grief or pain after an unexpected accident, you aren’t alone. Snohomish County and The City of Everett make a number of resources available to victims, beginning at the very moment of injury. We’d like to highlight a few of those resources for you here.
It is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention after any accident, whether it’s a car crash, workplace injury, or any other mishap. Even if you don’t think that you’re injured, it’s a good idea to see a doctor as soon as possible. Some injuries aren’t apparent right away.
When in doubt, seek emergency medical treatment at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett or the nearest Emergency Room. Also, schedule follow-up care with your primary health provider.
Safety Information for Washington Bicyclists
Bicycle and pedestrian injuries are a big problem in Washington. As Everett personal injury attorneys, we are constantly advocating for improved pedestrian safety in our communities. We hope to see real improvements made in our roadways, sidewalks, and safety laws. In the meantime, there are steps that you can take to protect yourself. Visit Washington Bikes for helpful guidelines.
Consider the Washington Motorcycle Safety Program
Motorcycle accidents are a common problem, too. Believe it or not, motorists – not bikers – cause most of them. Still, it behooves drivers and bikers alike to brush up on their safety. Washington offers a Motorcycle Safety Program with a lot of great information. Visit their website to learn more.
Traffic and Weather Updates
Adverse traffic and weather conditions are major contributors to everyday auto accidents in Everett. Know what the roads look like before you leave home. We recommend the following resources:
- Washington State Department of Transportation’s traffic website
- Washington State Department of Transportation’s official highway weather updates
- The Washington 511 phone system
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I sue the city or state government for malfunctioning traffic lights or defective guardrails?
You probably can. The state of Washington bars certain kinds of personal injury claims but allows most of them. You will have to file a claim with the state government using an online tort claim form and wait 60 days before filing a lawsuit. Claims against local governments follow similar procedures.
Can I sue the traffic light manufacturer if a traffic light malfunction caused the accident?
Yes, you can file a lawsuit under the Washington product liability act. If you can prove that the product itself was defective and unreasonably dangerous, you don’t even have to prove fault on the part of the manufacturer to win. You can sue a distributor of the traffic light, as well, although additional limitations apply.
Will I win a car accident case automatically if the other driver was breaking the law at the time of the accident?
Not necessarily. The other driver’s violation of the law must have actually caused the accident. Proving that the driver was driving without brake lights, for example, might not help you if he or she rear-ended you in a two-car collision.
What is a “no contact” motorcycle accident?
A “no contact” motorcycle accident doesn’t involve any contact between the motorcycle and the defendant’s vehicle – perhaps the driver cut in front of you, for example, causing you to swerve into a tree. You can still win such a case, as long as the other driver caused your injuries.
My hospital is asking me to sign a document that would guarantee it payment of my medical bills out of any settlement I receive. Should I sign it?
Not without consulting your lawyer first. That doesn’t mean you absolutely shouldn’t sign it – in many cases, such an arrangement can greatly ease financial pressure on you. You just need your lawyer to look at the wording to check for unforeseen consequences.
Talk to Our Everett, WA Personal Injury Lawyers
Struggling in the aftermath of an accident? Have bills to pay? Reach out to Paula, Dave, Matt, and Dean. We’re here for you, and we know how to maximize the value of a victim’s claim.
Contact our office by calling 800-925-1875 for a free consultation to learn more about your rights, your options, and how to handle insurance companies in our state.