Experienced Mt. Vernon Personal Injury Attorneys Fighting for the People
Not to be confused with the famous Mount Vernon estate in our nation’s capital, Mount Vernon is a thriving town all its own in Washington State.
Home to more than 30,000 people, Mount Vernon is a community defined by hard work, distinguished history, and friendly citizens. There’s no wonder that it frequently ranks among the best small cities in America.
We’re inclined to agree with that reputation, and our Mt. Vernon personal injury lawyers are proud to serve the area.
For more than 40 years, our accident and injury attorneys have taken a stand for injured people and their rights to compensation. We recognize that the system doesn’t always treat accident victims fairly. But with a powerful legal team on your side, you can hold defendants accountable for their legal obligations.
Our team has recovered millions of dollars for accident victims in Mt Vernon. Let us help you, too.
The vast majority of the personal injuries in our state are caused by negligence on the part of an individual, a government, or a company. In other words, the at-fault party caused the injury by behaving irresponsibly, failing to act carefully, or otherwise violating the law.
In those cases, the state requires the defendants to adequately compensate the victims for their losses, which might include:
- Hospital bills,
- Additional medical costs,
- Lost income while out of work,
- Physical pain and suffering,
- Emotional distress,
- Property damage,
- Loss of love and support (in the case of wrongful death),and
Unfortunately, insurance companies act in their own self-interest first.This means that victims rarely get the money they deserve, unless they hire a law firm to represent them.
Taking legal action can seem like an overwhelming course of action, though. We understand. That’s why we have designed our firm to make things as easy on you as possible.
When you hire the Mount Vernon personal injury attorneys at Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner, you can focus on your own life while we deal with the daily stress of litigation. We’ll keep you in the loop and in command, but you aren’t going to have to fight this battle by yourself.
We’re here to pave a clear path toward compensation, always with the goal of maximizing the value of your claim. Ultimately, your case is about so much more than a dollar amount – it’s about justice. Our job is to make sure that your recovery is a true reflection of the justice you’re owed.
Most Common Types of Personal Injury Claims in Mt. Vernon
Our Mt. Vernon personal injury attorneys can represent you for numerous types of accidents. Some of the most common types of claims we handle include the following.
Car accidents happen every day all around the country. When someone runs a red light, is speeding, is driving under the influence, etc., and hits your vehicle, you could have a claim for damages.
The size and weight of large trucks can have catastrophic results in the event of an injury. In many cases, multiple vehicles are also involved, leading to more casualties.
Slip and Falls
No one assumes when they leave their house they might slip and fall. However, falls are very common. Falls can result in severe to catastrophic injuries. In some situations, a property owner or business owner could be liable for your damages if a hazardous condition caused your fall.
When you purchase a product, you expect it to work as designed. Unfortunately, some products have a defect that results in harm. This defect often occurs during the design or manufacturing phase. Defective products are wide-ranging—everything from children’s toys and home appliances to automobiles and medical devices.
Dog Bites and Attacks
Dogs may be man’s best friend, but sometimes that friendship can turn deadly. Attacks by a dangerous dog can be extremely damaging and sometimes fatal. It is the responsibility of pet owners to ensure that their animal does not cause harm to others.
The One-Bite Rule
States such as Texas have a “one-bite rule.” Under this rule, a person is typically not liable unless they knew or should have known that the dog was vicious. States with such rules typically require the liable party to be a “harborer” or “keeper” of the animal. A harborer is usually the person who is responsible for housing a dog, and the keeper is responsible for taking care of it. In addition to being responsible for the dog, you often need to be aware of the dog’s vicious nature. Knowledge of this propensity is called “scienter.” It’s said that the first bite is free in a “one-bite” state. This is because, before the first attack, the harborer or keeper may not have been aware of the dangerous nature of the animal.
Fortunately, Washington law takes dog bites more seriously. Owners may be strictly liable when their dog bites another person, regardless of whether the dog has been considered “vicious” in the past. This means that the one-bite rule typically does not apply, and you may be able to file suit against the owner, even if the dog has never bitten anyone else.
Dog bite laws can be confusing, but we can help. Our Mt. Vernon personal injury lawyers understand Washington dog bite laws. If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog, our Mt. Vernon personal injury attorneys can help guide you through the process of pursuing your claim.
Post-Accident Resources for Mount Vernon, WA
Accidents can turn your whole world upside down. Whether you’re in pain, in grief, or simply staring at a pile of bills and wondering how you’ll pay them, please know that you are not alone.
People find themselves in these situations every day. Negligence is all too common, and injuries are a fact of life.
Fortunately, in addition to our services – which are available without any upfront costs (we only get paid if you do) – Skagit County and The City of Mount Vernon offer many resources for accident victims.
Injuries might not be obvious right away. It is always a good idea to see a doctor after any kind of accident. A medical professional can identify latent health-related issues, and a documented doctor’s visit is often helpful if litigation becomes necessary down the road.
If your injuries do not seem urgent, it may be okay to visit your primary care provider in the near future. Otherwise, seek emergency medical attention from Skagit Valley Hospital or a nearby Emergency Department.
For many clients, one of the biggest challenges is simply grappling with the sense of loss that accompanies serious injuries or a death in the family. We’ve dealt with truly heartbreaking cases here. That’s why we emphasize compassion, sensitivity, and respect in all of our client interactions.
You might also consider professional counseling services. This link will help you access psychological or psychiatric care in the Mount Vernon area.
Know Before You Go: Traffic & Weather
Busy traffic or inclement weather can significantly increase the risk of collision on Washington roadways. We urge drivers and pedestrians to evaluate current and projected conditions before hitting the road. Fortunately, the State of Washington offers several invaluable resources:
- Washington State Department of Transportation’s official highway weather updates;
- Washington State Department of Transportation’s traffic website; and The Washington 511 phone system.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are my options if my injury was work-related?
Work-related injuries are generally regulated under the Washington state workers’ compensation system. A workers’ compensation claim carries both advantages and disadvantages compared to ordinary personal injury claims. In some cases, however, you can escape workers’ compensation restrictions and file an ordinary personal injury lawsuit against your employer or a third party.
Can I file a claim for an injury I suffered as a customer at a business?
It is likely that you can, if you were injured by a dangerous condition on the property – you fell down a flight of stairs when a handrail collapsed, for example. Business owners are responsible for keeping their premises safe for the public.
What’s the difference between a personal injury claim and a wrongful death claim?
A personal injury claim is what you file if you survive the accident. A wrongful death claim is filed under the Washington wrongful death act by eligible parties (primarily the spouse, children, and personal representative) if the victim dies. Compensation for a wrongful death claim can be quite substantial.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
Unfortunately, this question cannot be answered without examining the details of your case. Some claims are resolved within a few weeks, while others take years to resolve. Settlements generally take less time to reach than courtroom verdicts, which is one of the reasons why we prefer them.
What is medical malpractice?
A healthcare provider, such as a doctor, commits medical malpractice by failing to meet a professional standard of care and harming a patient. Although not every medical error amounts to malpractice, doctors are required to meet very high standards of care.
What should I do following an injury?
The steps you take after an accident or injury can impact your future personal injury claim. You should always report the incident and seek timely medical assistance. If it’s a car accident, you should contact the police at the accident scene. If it’s a slip and fall, you should report it to the store manager or person in charge of the premises where you fell. Reporting will depend on individual circumstances. Be sure to get contact information for any witnesses and take scene photos if possible.
Calling our Mt. Vernon personal injury lawyers early on is also important. The sooner you call our office, the sooner we can start protecting your rights.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Mt. Vernon?
Every type of personal injury claim is subject to various legal deadlines, including the statute of limitations. If you have not reached a settlement before a particular time frame, the law requires you to file a lawsuit before you can continue pursuing compensation. In many cases, the deadline is three years after the accident. However, this is not absolute. Some factors might extend the filing time, while others could decrease it. Don’t jeopardize your potential compensation; speak with one of our experienced attorneys.
How much is the average personal injury compensation in cases like mine?
Potential compensation in a claim will depend on a variety of factors, including your injuries, liability, damages, and available insurance coverage. There’s no average compensation amount that we can share. Rather than focus on average settlements, find out what your case is worth. Your attorney can walk you through what types of compensation you’re eligible for and what your case value is.
How can a Mt. Vernon personal injury attorney help my case?
There are numerous reasons to consider hiring a lawyer to represent you in a personal injury claim. You need a legal advocate on your side who can look out for your interests. Your attorney will gather evidence and documentation, speak with witnesses, and conduct an independent investigation. When you have legal representation, you don’t need to worry about speaking with the defendant’s insurance company or attorneys. There’s no worry about missing the statute of limitations either. Your attorney will make sure a lawsuit is filed timely.
Free Consultation with Mt. Vernon Personal Injury Attorneys
Have you been injured, and now you have bills to pay? Are you grappling with the loss of someone whom you loved dearly? Did someone else’s negligence play a role? Don’t let insurance companies decide how much your claim is worth. You have rights, and you get a say.
Our highly-skilled legal team in the Mt. Vernon area also handles other legal services for people seriously injured in a variety of ways, including:
Reach out to Paula, Dave, Matt, and Dean. We’re here for you, and we want to fight for you. Call our injury lawyers at 800-925-1875 and ask for a free consultation today.
Our office in Mount Vernon, WA
- Address: 720 S Main St #213, Mt Vernon, WA 98273
- Open hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm
- Phone number: 360-395-2135
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