A major focus of the practice at Robert M. Carter, Attorney at Law, is to obtain fair compensation for individuals in Northwest Washington State who have been injured due to the negligence or intentional misconduct of others, such as a personal injury in a motor vehicle crash or on unsafe premises, or harm from unlawful insurance practices.
Compensation for Economic Losses, Physical and Emotional Pain and Suffering
Washington state law allows a victim of a personal injury to recover compensation from the person responsible for causing the accident. Recoverable damages include property damage, current and future medical expenses, and present and future lost income, as well as compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and the loss of enjoyment of life. In the case of a wrongful death, compensation may be available to the surviving spouse, domestic partner or children, or to the parents or siblings. Such compensation includes medical, burial, and memorial expenses, as well as the pecuniary loss and loss of companionship that the death has inflicted on the family.
Experienced Legal Representation Required
Obtaining this compensation is not always an easy or straightforward matter. If a fair settlement with the insurance company cannot be reached, it may be necessary to file a civil lawsuit. In such a case, it will be your responsibility as the plaintiff to prove every element of the case, such as how the accident happened and whose fault it was, how the accident caused your injuries, and the relationship between your injuries and the amount of money you are seeking. All this must be proved while at the same time the other party is denying responsibility and attempting to shift the blame onto you. The defendant is often represented by his or her insurance company, which hires professional insurance defense law firms to vigorously deny and defend against your claims.
Dealing with the insurance company requires both negotiation and litigation skills, and a thorough knowledge of the type of accident involved. Individuals who are not represented by an experienced attorney are often taken advantage of in this process and tricked into settling for far less than the true value of their claim. This can be the case even if you are dealing with your own insurance company on an uninsured motorist claim. When the insurance company knows you are represented by an experienced attorney with a record of success at trial, it is much more likely to deal fairly with you from the start.
When an insurance company unreasonably denies claims or benefits, offers an unreasonably low settlement, or refuses to settle with a third party or defend against a lawsuit covered under the policy, we will hold the insurance company accountable for its unlawful practices through a bad faith insurance action.
Washington State Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Law Firm
Our office handles all types of accidents and injuries, including:
- Automobile Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Boating Accidents
- Defective Products
- Slip and Fall
- Dog Bites
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of another, contact an experienced lawyer who will help you seek the maximum amount of compensation available. In Seattle and Tacoma and neighboring areas, contact Robert M. Carter, Attorney at Law.