Olympia, the capital of Washington state, sits at the southern end of Puget Sound in Thurston County. As a major population center, Olympia sees its share of car accidents. And health care providers, such as the St. Joseph Medical Center, are kept busy daily treating victims. Their job is to heal. Our job, assuming that the injuries being treated were caused by the misconduct of another, is to make sure that those who have retained us as their legal counsel receive just compensation.
Only Results Matter — All the Rest Is Just Conversation
Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner has been showered with honors from both clients and peers almost since its inception. Rather than list accolades, however, we prefer to go strictly by the numbers:
- We won $5.5 million for our client over a non-fatal DUI accident – the largest jury verdict in the history of Skagit County jurisprudence.
- We won $3.5 million for a pedestrian hit by a train.
- We won $2.5 million for the probate estate of a teenage boy who was killed in a jet-ski accident.
- We won $1 million for a wrongful death claim arising from an accident in which a truck hit a pedestrian.
- We won $800,000 in the largest wrongful death jury verdict in the history of Kittitas County jurisprudence.
Our clients’ verdicts and settlements tally up to over $100 million. And that is what matters to us – not awards.
You Probably Won’t Have to Go to Court
The idea of being cross-examined by an opposing lawyer whose sole purpose is to destroy your credibility is about as appealing to most people as stepping into the ring with a prize fighter whose sole purpose is to knock you unconscious. Fortunately, very few of our clients even need to walk into court, much less testify. The reason for this is that upwards of 90 percent of our clients settle their claim out of court.
It’s ironic in a way. It is precisely because of our successful courtroom trial record that so many of our opponents shy away from facing us in court. And we don’t blame them. Even if it becomes necessary to file a lawsuit (and it often is), the other side usually settles before the scheduled trial date.
What Our Clients Say
“Best attorneys around. Extremely personable and knowledgeable, especially in complicated cases! They work hard for you and keep you informed on what’s happening! I would refer people here in a heartbeat!” — Tara Pavone
Some of Our Practice Areas
Our firm handles the following types of cases, among others:
- Bicycle Accidents
- Defective Drugs
- DUI Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Sexual Abuse
- Products Liability
- Medical Malpractice
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Wrongful Death
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the personal injury statute of limitations deadline in the state of Washington?
You have three years from the date of an accident to either file a personal injury lawsuit or finalize a private settlement. If the victim dies from his injuries, the deadline is extended until three years after the date of death. Unless one of a few narrow exceptions applies, missing the deadline means your claim will be dismissed.
How does comparative fault work?
Comparative fault applies if the accident was partially your fault. Washington adheres to a “pure comparative fault” rule, which means that your damages will be reduced by your own percentage of fault – 25 percent, for example. You will also have to pay an equivalent percentage of the other party’s damages. Comparative fault can also be used as a bargaining chip in settlement negotiations.
Can I file a claim against the state or local government?
Yes, you can – subject to certain restrictions. You must file a formal notice of claim with the government agency you plan to sue. You then have to wait 60 more days to file a lawsuit, which gives the government more time to prepare a defense.
Can’t I Just Settle My Claim on My Own?
You will make the insurance company very happy if you do that, especially if you have a large claim. Insurance adjusters are professional negotiators, and they are full of tricks. That’s OK, because we know all of their tricks and we won’t fall for a single one of them.
Contact Us Today
Contact Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner today or fill out our online contact form for a free, confidential case consultation. We serve Washington personal injury clients in Indian Creek, Holiday Hills, Springwood, and elsewhere in Olympia and throughout the state of Washington.