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Washington Personal Injury Overview

You've been hurt in a car accident because of someone else's negligence. You're in a good deal of pain and you want nothing more than to recover and rest. Then the bills start accumulating and that week off of work has now turned into a full month. And the person who caused the wreck has walked away without a scratch.

So, you may be asking yourself - "What can I do?"

You can file a claim with the insurance company to try and settle the matter, or you can file a lawsuit. Odds are, if you're asking yourself that question, you are well within your rights to pursue legal action. But you'll need help. Help from someone who can answer that question, honestly and completely. Help from a personal injury firm that specializes in car accident law and has a history of success throughout the greater Seattle metro. A Washington personal injury law firm like Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S.

For over 40 years, our firm has been providing effective and aggressive representation for victims of vehicle accidents. We have built our reputation one case at a time, helping clients climb out from under the wreck that has permanently altered their lives. And we can do the same for you.

Just call (888) 228-3860 to schedule a FREE and confidential appointment. Don't let the guilty party walk away without a fight. With our counsel and tireless dedication, you'll be able to secure the future you want, and deserve, today.

Suffereing a serious injury can change your life! Contact a Seattle personal injury lawyer at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. immediately for help.

Common Injuries After a Serious Accident:

While the exact nature of injuries after an accident tends to vary quite a bit, certain injuries are more common than others. Some of these are fairly minor, while others are serious and can impact your health and well-being for years afterward.

  • Brain and Head Injuries: Brain damage of any kind can have serious consequences, including lifelong changes in behavior, loss of senses, and death. Even minor injuries to the face can cause scarring or disfiguration, which can have long-term physical and emotional repercussions.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Injuries to the spinal cord can also be very serious. Minor injuries can result in pain, which can last for years and require additional treatment and medication. More severe injuries to the spine often result in partial or full paralysis. This paralysis may be temporary and helped through physical therapy and treatment, but permanent paralysis above or below the waist is also possible.
  • Broken Bones: Broken bones are painful and can involve additional expenses. Most broken bones can be repaired and reset, which allows them to heal with minor issues. They are still serious injuries; however, which require professional medical treatment.
  • Internal Organ Damage: Not all major injuries are immediately obvious, and damage to internal organs can have painful consequences. Surgery and other medical treatment may be necessary, and some organ damage can result in death or the need for ongoing care. This is why immediate medical treatment should be sought after any accident to ensure you have not suffered injuries you may be unaware of.
  • Sensory Damage: Injuries to the eyes or ears can cause the loss of vision or hearing. Such sensory loss can be partial or full and either temporary or permanent. Head injuries can also result in sensory loss if certain areas of the brain are damaged.
  • Amputation: In some cases, injuries are so severe that a limb is lost either in the accident or afterward due to surgical amputation. The loss of an arm or leg, or any part of one, can have numerous long-term consequences. While medical advancements are better today than ever before, any kind of amputation is a serious injury.
  • Lacerations and Bruising: Sometimes, minor cuts and bruises might be all that occurs in an accident. Such injuries usually require little care and may not need professional medical treatment. It is important to keep cuts clean to avoid infections. After any accident, it is best to still see a doctor for a checkup to be sure you have not suffered any injuries you might not have realized.

What Are the Repercussions After an Accident?

After any accident, you are likely to experience quite a bit of stress and worry, which is entirely normal. Having an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer at your side, though, can help you with your concerns. He or she can explain what has happened to you and discuss your options moving forward.

Common repercussions from injuries after an accident include:

  • Hospitalization: Depending on the injuries you suffered, you might need to spend some time in a hospital. Most hospitals try to keep patients for as short a term as possible, but even a brief stay can be very expensive.
  • Physical Therapy: After initial treatment for injuries, physical therapy may be needed. This may include help with muscle injuries, treatment for ongoing pain, or relearning to use a limb or sense after an accident.
  • Time Off from Work: Losing time at work means losing out on money. When this is compounded with medical expenses, the costs of an accident can be overwhelming.
  • Loss of Future Wages: You should also keep in mind that injuries may have long-term consequences that impact your future earning possibilities. Lost wages from missed time at work are pretty easy to calculate, but a serious injury might mean you cannot attain a higher position at work or continue a career in music or athletics.
  • Changes in Lifestyle: Some repercussions do not have a simple price tag you can assign to them. Long-term physical changes due to injuries can be difficult, and often come with emotional and psychological distress that requires help to overcome.

What Kind of Compensation Can I Expect?

Car accidents rarely let the victims off easy. You could be hurt in any number of ways, from catastrophic injuries to minor cuts and bruises. In all instances however, there is pain and suffering involved - physically, emotionally and mentally. Therefore, financial awards can range from the thousands to the hundreds of millions, depending on the kind of injuries you suffered. Damages will generally fall into two distinct categories: economic and non-economic. Or more specifically:

Economic Damages

  • Property damage (car, mobile home, tractor trailer, etc)
  • Medical bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-economic Damages

  • Pain and Suffering
  • Counseling
  • Loss of loved one, love of life or caretaker

What Should I Do Now?

As said earlier, if you have considered filing a lawsuit and are unsure of what case you may have, call Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., for more information. The call and the consultation are both free. Our knowledgeable attorneys will help you determine exactly what kind of options you have available and the kind of compensation you can look forward to.

However, you do not want to delay. The state of Washington holds a statute of limitations in place for all lawsuits. After a certain period of time, you will be unable to collect on any damages that you or your family may have suffered in an accident. So, it is in your best interest to call at your earliest convenience.

Call (888) 228-3860 or use our online contact form for prompt service.

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