Negotiating Personal Injury Claims in Washington
Seattle Attorneys on Personal Injury Claims
Negotiating with insurance companies can be a difficult and daunting task, particularly if you are dealing with the aftermath of an injury-causing accident. That’s why the Seattle personal injury attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. will handle all the negotiations in your claim case. We will contact the responsible insurance company or companies and make sure all future communications come directly to us. We will also fight hard for a full and fair settlement. For more information, call us today at (888) 228-3860 for a no-cost consultation.
Before you even begin filing your claim, you should receive medical attention along with a record of your injuries and the doctor’s opinion. Taking this step will be essential down the line to determine the amount of damages you are entitled to. Once the nature, severity, and duration of your injuries have been established, then you and your attorney can initiate the settlement process.
Calculating Economic Losses
Any and all out-of-pocket losses resulting from a personal injury incident are referred to as economic losses, or special damages. They include:
- Medical costs
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage
As long as you have retained possession of detailed medical reports, receipts for treatment/medication, and pay stubs, it should be easy to calculate damages for past medical expenses and lost wages. However, future special damages are a more complex matter. Testimony from experts is often required to establish the amount of future coverage the claimant needs.
Calculating Non-Economic Losses
Non-economic losses, also called general damages, are more abstracted and less material in nature. They include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of reputation
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of companionship
- Emotional distress
General damages have the potential to be much more lucrative than special damages; however, they are much harder to prove. If a trial becomes necessary, testimony and legal arguments may help, but it is generally up to the discretion of the jury to determine the amount that is rewarded in non-economic damages.
Consider Certain Factors When Determining Value
When determining the value of your claim, you should factor in the distribution of liability between all involved parties; your health, occupation, likeability, and prior medical history; your court’s tendencies in personal injury lawsuits; and mitigating damages.
The Final Step - Hiring a Seattle Injury Lawyer at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S.
When you hire the legal team at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., you get the peace and assurance you need to focus on your recovery. We handle all aspects of the claims process for our clients, including communicating with the insurance companies, ensuring that all medical bills that can be paid are paid, writing demands, negotiating a settlement, and litigating the case if necessary. Additionally, we keep our clients informed every step of the way so they always know where they stand. To discuss your case and legal options with one of our attentive legal staff, contact our office today.