Personal Injury FAQs

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Most people who have been involved in an accident or injured due to someone else’s negligence have never had to navigate the personal injury process before. As such, they often have a number of questions about filing a claim, compensation, and what to expect from the process. In order to address these frequently asked questions about personal injury claims, we’ve compiled a list of personal injury FAQs. Read on to find answers to your questions or get in touch with our Kent personal injury lawyer to learn more about how we can help you with your specific situation.

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  • Q:Do I have a claim?

    A:In most personal injury claims, the primary factor is negligence. In other words, did another person, company, manufacturer, government entity, or another party fail to uphold a duty of care that they owed to you? If yes, you likely have grounds for a personal injury claim. However, you must also show that this failure to uphold the duty of care led to your damages.

  • Q:How much is my claim worth?

    A:Many clients understandably want to know how much their claim is worth. Unfortunately, there is no set answer. Every case is different and the compensation you may be entitled to receive will depend on the unique factors involved in your case. Once you've discussed your case with an attorney at our firm, we will be better equipped to provide you with an idea of how much you may be able to recover.

  • Q:Will I have to go to court?

    A:Not necessarily; many personal injury claims are settled outside of court. If, however, the liable party/parties are unwilling to settle your claim for a fair amount, our team is prepared to represent you in trial, in which case, your presence in the courtroom may be required. In every instance, we keep our clients’ wishes and best interests in mind. While we advise our clients to not accept lowball settlements simply to “move on” with their lives, we also understand that not every client wishes to go to court. Your attorney will be able to work with you to create a strategy tailored to your unique concerns, needs, and goals.

  • Q:What damages can I recover compensation for?

    A:Because every case is different, it’s impossible to say upfront exactly which damages you may be able to recover compensation for. That being said, many personal injury clients are able to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost income/wages, reduced earning ability (disability), pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more. In rare cases, you may be able to seek punitive damages, meant to hold parties accountable for egregious negligence.

  • Q:Is there a time limit for filing a personal injury claim?

    A:Yes; in the state of Washington, the time limit, or statute of limitations, for filing a personal injury claim is typically three years. The clock starts running on the date of the accident/injury or the date at which the plaintiff (the person filing the claim) reasonably should have known of/become aware of the injury. There are certain exceptions to this; it’s best to speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to avoid running out of time to file your claim.

  • Q:How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?

    A:Working with the Kent personal injury lawyer at Dore Law Group, PLLC will not cost you anything upfront. In most cases, we front the various costs associated with your case, as well. Our firm offers contingency fees, meaning our fees are contingent on us recovering compensation for you. In the rare event that we do not obtain a settlement or verdict on your behalf, you won’t us a dime.

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