Some Facts You Should Know About Personal Injury Settlement In Seattle

Some Facts You Should Know About Personal Injury Settlement In Seattle

Have you been injured due to another person’s negligence? If so, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim.

The number of claims increases every year. Injured individuals are claiming hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you received an injury and would like to see whether or not you are eligible for a claim, contact our Seattle personal injury attorneys today and schedule your free initial consultation.

Here are some facts that you should know about personal injury settlement in Seattle.

Negotiations Are Exhausting

Once you file a claim, you will enter a negotiation stage with the at-fault party’s insurance company. When that happens, you will need someone to represent you and your best interests. That is where our attorneys come into play; with their skills and resources, you will have much higher chances of obtaining compensation for your injuries.

Remember that representing yourself is a bad idea. You need an experienced legal representative, otherwise, you may end up accepting an offer that is nearly as good as what you should actually receive. 

Note: The insurance company will offer you a deal. The initial deal is usually not the very best one and is much lower than what you should receive. 

It Takes A While To Settle

After filing a claim, you need to wait a certain amount of time before your case settles. In Seattle, the average amount of time it takes for a case to settle is between 12 and 16 months, depending on the circumstances surrounding the case. 

There are a lot of factors that can influence the time period it takes for the case to settle; each additional negotiation with the insurance company will prolong the case for at least 30-60 days. Also, if the case goes to trial (if you and the at-fault party are unable to settle), the case will last even longer. On top of that, even if your case settles in your favour, it will be a while before you get compensated for your injuries.

Keep these things in mind and spend your money accordingly. Remember that if you do not have a source of income and if you are unable to return to work as a result of the injury, you will experience a difficult financial period until you receive the funds from the compensation.

All Medical Bills Are Included

The compensation that you will receive includes:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Medical bills

However, it does not only include your current medical bills, but also your future medical bills for the injuries or conditions developed as a result of the injury. So do not worry about having to spend a small fortune on your recovery, as everything will be either paid in full or compensated to you once your claim is successful.

Do not risk losing everything! Contact personal injury attorneys in Seattle today and seek their help and guidance, and let them handle the negotiations on your behalf. 

Be Prepared To Deal With The Insurance Company

Believe it or not, but insurance companies will never be your friends. Even though it may seem like they want to help you and compensate you for your damages, in reality, all they want to do is protect their best interests and if possible, compensate you as little as possible. For that reason, you will always be approached by insurance adjusters who will try everything to get you to settle for a lesser deal. They are trained individuals who know exactly how to offer you a deal that you cannot refuse. 

At the same time, insurance adjusters will try and get you to sign a recorded statement or any document that will benefit the insurance company. They are very persistent and will be all over you. Your only protection is a skilled Seattle personal injury attorney who can help protect you from them. If you want to increase your odds of obtaining the highest compensation possible, you should consider giving our attorneys a call. They will take over the negotiations and help keep you away from the insurance adjusters. Our attorneys will also provide you with ideas on things that you can do, which will further support your case.

Remember that it is their goal to use the legal system against you and in the process, lower your compensation while protecting their own best interests.

Calculating Your Non/Economic Losses

One of the most complicated things with every personal injury case is calculating your damages. More specifically, your economic and non-economic losses. Economic losses are easy to calculate, and they are:

  • Your medical bills (current and the future ones)
  • Your lost wages (if your spouse has to quit the job to look after you, they will also receive compensation for their lost wages)
  • Loss of career
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Cost of learning a new career (retraining)
  • Other recovery costs (hiring home care, special equipment, walking aid, wheelchair ramps)

On the other hand, non-economic costs are difficult to calculate and are always a problem. One cannot put a price on someone’s “pain and suffering”. However, there is a certain formula that can be applied to calculate your non-economic damages. If you want to have the highest possible outcome, speak with personal injury lawyers in Seattle today and seek their legal help and representation.

Non-economic damages can include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental trauma and anguish
  • Loss of a limb
  • Scarring
  • Disfigurement
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Loss of reputation
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of companionship

In the majority of cases, non-economic damages are usually more lucrative than economic damages; however, they are harder to prove and calculate. Do not be surprised if your case goes to trial simply because the insurance company refuses to settle for the amount that you proposed. 

Note: Do not hesitate to go to trial if your attorney says so. Sure, the expenses may be a bit greater, but you will win a higher compensation if your case is successful.

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