Experienced Tacoma Personal Injury Attorneys Serving WA & Pierce County
Tacoma, Washington, in Pierce County, enjoys an enviable location on Puget Sound. Despite its high quality of life, however, Tacoma is not immune to the multitude of possible misfortunes that plague any city, including personal injury. In mitigation, Tacoma personal injury victims can count on the superb care provided by first-class local medical institutions such as the St. Joseph Medical Center, and the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Medical care is not enough, however.
For more than four decades, the aggressive Tacoma personal injury lawyers at Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner, have been fighting for the rights of injured people and grieving families throughout the state of Washington.
We’re proud to be a part Tacoma’s rich fabric of small businesses and outstanding community members. When life unleashes the unexpected, our team is here to help make things right again.
Car Crashes & Pedestrian Accidents Are Common in Tacoma
Though its population officially hovers around 200,000, the people of Tacoma know that the actual metro size is considerably larger than that.
That’s because Tacoma is the central economic hub for the entire South Sound region, which boasts a population of more than 1 million. Many of those people travel to or through Tacoma on a regular basis, and that means that “Grit City” sees more traffic than its Census data might suggest.
Accordingly, auto accidents are all too common. In particular, distracted driving and drunk driving have proven consistently problematic.
Likewise, despite Tacoma having landed on Prevention.com’s list of “The Most Walkable Cities in America,” bicycle and pedestrian accidents are a fact of life here, too.
As Tacoma personal injury attorneys, we routinely recover compensation on behalf of injured drivers, passengers, and pedestrians throughout Tacoma and Pierce County, Washington.
We know that the insurance companies frequently underestimate the actual cost of damages, and we’re here to demand that victims get every penny that they’re owed under the law.
Other Personal Injury Accidents in Tacoma, WA
With more than 40 years of experience, our Washington personal injury lawyers 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.
In addition to motor vehicle accidents and pedestrian injuries, Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner PLLC is prepared to assist with:
- Workplace injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Railroad accidents
- Slip and fall
- Dog attacks
- City transit accidents
- Airplane accidents
- Boating accidents
- Severe or catastrophic injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Dangerous or defective products
- Dangerous drugs (pharmaceutical liability)
- Wrongful death
- Much more
You vs. The Insurance Company
It’s important to understand the role that insurance companies play in most injury claims today. No matter who’s at-fault for your accident – a bad driver, a negligent employer, a careless doctor, an inattentive neighbor, etc. – your claim is likely to end up on an insurance company’s desk.
Unfortunately, despite their catchy commercials and slogans to the contrary, America’s insurance companies don’t represent your interests. They aren’t invested in protecting your rights, and you can’t count on them to give you a fair deal.
In fact, you should never agree to a settlement offer with an insurance company – and never sign any forms – without talking to experienced Tacoma personal injury lawyers first.
After all, if the insurance company thinks that it’s a good deal for them, it’s probably a bad deal for you.
You may be entitled to much more than you realize. Our Tacoma, WA personal injury lawyers will work hard to make a clear path toward optimal compensation for your claim.
Insurance companies are large and powerful, but they have to play by the rules. Having an experienced and aggressive legal team in your corner can make all of the difference. That’s what we’re here for.
At Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner, we’ve recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. We know how to challenge and defeat insurance companies. Let us fight them for you.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What types of damages are available?
You are entitled to compensation for both tangible and intangible losses, including:
- Past, present and future medical bills;
- Past, present and future lost earnings;
- Other expenses related to your injury such as babysitters and travel to and from doctor’s appointments; and
- Intangible harm such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
If you die from your injury, your family may be eligible for wrongful death damages, which are different from personal injury damages (but still substantial).
How are “pain and suffering” damages calculated?
Pain and suffering damages are a measure of the physical pain you endured. Although they do not compensate for emotional trauma, other types of damages are available for that purpose. Pain and suffering damages often amount to well over half of the total value of a damages award. You can prove pain and suffering damages through:
- Your own statements (if you are considered a credible witness);
- The statements of expert medical witnesses; and
- Physical evidence such as MRIs and X-rays.
Should I file a lawsuit or just settle out of court?
Most people end up settling out of court — but it is precisely your ability to file a personal injury lawsuit, and possibly win, that provides you with the negotiating leverage you will need at the bargaining table. Filing a lawsuit is a good way to pressure your opponent to settle before the trial date arrives.
How does the comparative negligence defense work?
If the accident was partly your fault and partly the defendant’s fault, damage liability will be apportioned between you in proportion to your relative degrees of fault, expressed as a percentage.
Comparative Fault: Suppose you are injured in a two-car collision. Your damages are $30,000 and the other driver’s damages are $5,000. The court rules that the accident was 10 percent your fault and 90 percent the other driver’s fault. Since 90 percent of your damages is ($30,000 x .90) = $27,000, the other driver will owe you $27,000. Since 10 percent of the other driver’s damages is ($5,000 x .10) = $500, you will owe the other driver $500. Setting these two amounts against each other yields a net result of $26,500 in your favor.
Pain and Suffering: You suffer a broken collarbone and a broken leg in a slip and fall accident. After negotiating with the insurance company, you reach a settlement stating that you will be paid three times the amount of your medical expenses in pain and suffering damages (which is not an uncommon multiplier). Since your medical expenses total $7,300, you receive $21,900 in pain and suffering damages, plus additional damages for medical expenses, lost earnings, etc.
Time Matters. Act Fast.
In litigation and insurance claims, timing is everything. The State of Washington applies strict time limits to most injury claims, so it’s in your best interest to take action as soon as possible.
It is always a good idea to see a doctor after a physical accident – even if you don’t think you’ve been injured. Many of our clients were surprised to learn that their accidents were more serious than met the eye.
Even among those who weren’t catastrophically injured, a documented visit to the doctor has sometimes helped to establish the seriousness of their claims.
Of course, in any medical emergency, your first course of action should be to dial 911.
The Sooner You Contact Our Tacoma Personal Injury Attorneys, The Better
Soon after seeking medical attention, give our Tacoma personal injury attorneys a call. We can connect you with the resources you need right away. We also offer free consultations in order to explain your rights and outline your best next steps.
Contact our proven and winning Tacoma personal injury lawyers, Paula, Matt, Dave, and Dean today. Remember: We don’t get paid unless you do! You have nothing to lose. Call us right away at 800-925-1875.