Proven Spokane Personal Injury Attorneys are Here to Help the Injured

Attorney taking down all necessary information from an injured client through a call.Spokane, Washington sits on a near-ideal location along the Spokane River, within easy reach of the Selkirk Mountains. Visitors come from all over the world to enjoy Riverfront Park, Manito Park, and the Davenport Hotel, among many other attractions. There’s more to Spokane, however than its admittedly spectacular tourist attractions.

Spokane is a growing metropolitan city with a fascinating history. Its transportation system is developing but still needs more work to be a practical solution for most commuters. The legal community in Spokane is focused on supporting the needs of businesses and citizens in this diverse city. The healthcare community offers residents a comprehensive support system encompassing all areas of medicine. The regional insurance industry provides Spokane’s residents with the insurance coverage they depend on in the event of an accident or injury.

The Spokane personal injury lawyers at Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner PLLC have vast experience handling personal injury and wrongful death cases that often begin on the busy roads and freeways of Spokane. We have found that the heavy traffic, a huge number of daily commuters, and seemingly constant road construction projects lead to a high number of vehicles on the roads, and a high incidence of accidents.

Our law firm offers legal help for people seriously injured in bicycle accidents, motorcycle crashes, pedestrian accidents, and others. We oversee all aspects of your case from start to finish and manage all communications with insurance companies, attorneys, collections agencies, and anyone else involved. You can concentrate on healing while we focus on securing your financial future.

Most Common Types of Personal Injury Cases

Most personal injury claims fall into one of the following categories:

Auto Vehicle Accidents: Every year in the United States, an astonishing 4.5 million people are injured in accidents involving cars, trucks, and motorcycles – more than the entire population of Los Angeles. Most of these accidents were someone’s fault, and many of them were not the fault of the person who was injured.

Medical Errors: According to none other than the American Medical Association, medical malpractice is now the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Medical malpractice cases can be scientifically complex, and the state of Washington requires the parties to attempt to mediate a dispute before taking it to court. Common medical malpractice claims include misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, surgical errors, medication errors, and birth injuries.

Wrongful Death: The victim of an injury caused by someone else’s misconduct can file a personal injury claim against the perpetrator. But what happens if the victim is killed in the accident (or dies afterward as a result of the accident)? At that point, the personal injury claim becomes a wrongful death claim, and it can be filed by certain close relatives of the victim and, in some cases, the personal representative of the victim’s probate estate.

A wheelchair of a patient who passed away from an accident.Workplace Accidents: Statistically, the workplace is one of the most dangerous places a person can be – depending on your occupation, perhaps more dangerous than the roads. The workers’ compensation system is designed to compensate for workplace injuries, and in some cases, it is possible to claim against a third party outside of the workers’ compensation system.

Premises Liability: The owners and operators of premises have a legal responsibility to ensure that those premises are reasonably safe for visitors. This is especially true when the visitors have been invited onto the property, such as customers at a shopping mall. Owners and operators have a responsibility to either repair or warn of dangers that are obvious or discoverable by a reasonable inspection of the property.

Products Liability: How many consumer products did you use last week? Odds are, you can’t even count them all. But shampoo, prescription medication, automobiles, hairdryers, etc., can all harm users if they are defective. Product liability law allows you to claim against not only manufacturers but also wholesalers and retailers – all without having to prove negligence on the part of the defendant.

Other Personal Injury Accidents in Spokane, WA

Our Spokane personal injury attorneys have seen it all. We’re ready to represent any personal injury claim, no matter how big, small, or unusual it might seem. Our team has a tremendous record of results, including victories in medically complicated cases. Whatever you’re going through, we’d like to help.

Other types of personal injury cases include exposure to toxic substances, nursing negligence, boating, and aviation accidents, and more. Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner PLLC is prepared to assist with:

We Have Helped Accident Victims For 40 Years

An attorney providing his client with all the information that she needs to fight her case.Our legal team has spent the past four decades working with injured victims to resolve their claims and help them move forward with their lives after an accident. We know the types of accidents that happen in the region, the trouble spots on Spokane’s freeways and roads, and we know the insurance companies and their defense attorneys who work to pay as little as possible towards claims. If you have been injured and need information about your rights and options, contact us today by calling us directly or by completing our contact form.

We Achieve Exceptional Results

  • Dean Brett uses his 40+ years of experience to handle all types of injury claims in Spokane and across the State.
  • Paula McCandlis uses her 20 years of legal expertise and vast courtroom experience to obtain top settlements and verdicts for her personal injury clients.
  • David Brown possesses focused experience in both plaintiff and defense law, enabling him to negotiate effectively with insurance adjusters and secure full claim values.
  • Matt Conner has devoted his entire career to helping his personal injury and wrongful death clients obtain the financial support they need to recover.

How We Have Helped Their Clients

Through the 40+ years, our Spokane personal injury lawyers have been practicing personal injury and wrongful death law, they have handled hundreds of claims for clients in Spokane and across the state, including:

  • $5.5 million for a seriously injured victim of a drunk driver;
  • $450,000 for a woman who suffered a broken leg in a fall at a race track;
  • Almost $450,000 for pedestrian’s multiple fractures;
  • $1 million for the wrongful death of a teenage pedestrian struck by a tow truck.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Is the Washington “family car” doctrine?

The family car doctrine allows an injured party to claim damages from one family member even though another family member was driving the car at the time of the accident. This rule applies if the non-driving family member bought or maintained the car (or another motor vehicle) on behalf of the driver who caused the accident. This might be useful if the driver was uninsured or underinsured.

How are future lost earnings calculated in the event of a long-term injury?

One of the most popular and objective means of proving physical impairment is the Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE), which is a medical test that measures the extent of the occupational disability that was caused by your injury. Both physical and mental capabilities may be tested.

What is the statute of limitations deadline in Washington state?

If you suffer a personal injury, you typically have up to three years from the date of your accident to either file a personal injury lawsuit or have a private settlement agreement signed by both you and the defendant. If you were to die from your injuries, however, your family and your estate executor would retain the ability to file a wrongful death lawsuit for three years after the date you died. Limited exceptions to these rules sometimes apply.

Can I sue the company that a driver works for if the accident happened while the defendant was on duty?

You can sue the driver’s employer if the driver was an employee of the company (not an independent contractor) and if he was acting within the scope of his duties at the time of the accident. Ultimately, it is the court, not the company, that determines whether the driver was an employee or an independent contractor.

Illustrative Examples

Your neighbor, a local surgeon, purchases a car for his teenage son. The son drives while intoxicated and collides with your car. Three people in your car are injured, including you, and total damages are $77,000. The defendant is only insured for $50,000 per accident (the minimum in Washington state), leaving you and your friends $27,000 short. You can sue the surgeon for the extra $27,000 under the family car doctrine.

Your spouse was injured by negligent medical care during surgery that took place on December 10, 2016. Initially, your spouse has until December 9, 2019, to either file a claim or finalize a private settlement. Unfortunately, your spouse dies from these injuries on March 14, 2017. Her personal injury claim is converted to a wrongful death claim in favor of her probate estate and her husband and children, and the deadline for filing a lawsuit is extended to March 13, 2020.

Speak With a Proven Spokane Personal Injury Attorney Today

A handshake between a lawyer and his client in Seattle.Spokane is a city with humble, small-town beginnings but has blossomed into the second-largest city in the State, the largest city between Seattle and Minneapolis, with strong manufacturing, high-tech, health sciences, and medical technology industries. This creates an interesting combination of affluence, growth – and traffic.

When an accident, injury, or wrongful death happens, it is important to work with an experienced Spokane personal injury lawyer that knows the regional insurance companies and how they handle claims, and most of all, that knows how to obtain a full settlement for its clients.

Reach out to Paula, Dave, Matt, and Dean if you are struggling with the aftermath of an accident and need some support and advice. They know what you are dealing with now, and they know what you will need to deal with in the future. You will know what to expect, you will know what your rights and options are, and you will not have to deal with insurance companies alone.

Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner PLLC is the law firm that will help you through this. Find out how we can help our Spokane personal injury attorneys can help you move forward with your life after an accident or injury. Talk to our legal team immediately by calling us directly, or complete our convenient contact form. We will get back to you immediately. If you are dealing with injuries after being in a car, truck, bike, motorcycle, or pedestrian accident, let them help you too.