Washington Accident Attorneys – Serving Seattle and Surrounding Areas
When a serious injury occurs, a claim against the liable party’s insurance company may be warranted for medical bills, wage loss, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, property damage, among other things. Know that you have the right to be compensated when you have been hurt due to someone else’s negligence. Contact Phillips Law Firm today for a free case evaluation to determine if you are eligible to be compensated for your injury. We only charge a fee if we win your injury claim.
Insurance companies have lawyers on their side who are looking to pay out as little as possible on personal injury claims, if not deny liability altogether. A personal injury attorney who is well versed in the laws pertaining to your case as well as all procedural rules can obtain a settlement in instances when a claim may have otherwise been denied or when it’s necessary to fight for the maximum in financial justice.
Our attorneys have decades of combined experience and are well-known throughout the Pacific Northwest as reputable, leading plaintiff’s injury lawyers. We handle automobile, motorcycle, truck, pedestrian, construction, bus, train and aviation accidents as well as other personal injuries such as slip and fall accidents, dog bites, premises liability, nursing home abuse, chemical exposure, and more.
We have office locations in Seattle, Woodinville, Renton and Tacoma. We represent clients all over the state from Bellingham to Vancouver, Ocean Shores to Spokane and anywhere in between. Most of our work is done in Western Washington where we have clients in Everett, Lynnwood, Bothell, Kirkland, Bellevue, Kent, Auburn, Federal Way, and clear to Olympia. If we don’t have an office near you we have field representatives we can send to meet you (geographic restrictions may apply). Our consultations are always free and available 24/7. We only charge a fee if we win your accident claim.
Explore some of our practice areas below:
Car accidents can be traumatic experiences that leave an aftermath of unexpected hard costs such as medical expenses, ambulance bills, vehicle repairs or replacement, and more. Costs compound when there is lost income because you or a loved one have to take time off of work, reduce hours or stop working altogether due to injuries. All of these things are variables in the amount of compensation that may be available after an auto accident. Read more…
Motorcycle riders are at a particularly high risk of injury or even death when compared to other drivers involved in accidents. Motorcycles can easily go unseen by other drivers and because they do not have the protections that other drivers have, they are vulnerable to catastrophic injuries, permanent disabilities and even death. It is imperative to establish negligence on the part of the other driver as soon as possible after a motorcycle accident. This is a crucial factor in your ability to recover damages. Read more…
Commercial (aka “big rig”) trucking accidents are often times more devastating than automobile accidents solely because of the size and weight of the truck. When a truck is loaded, the weight disparity can be more than 25 times that of a car, aside from any secondary injuries caused by the cargo they may be carrying (such as hazardous or flammable materials). Read more…
Injuries sustained by pedestrians can be particularly severe as pedestrians lack even basic physical protections. When you are walking, jogging, or otherwise enjoying our public roadways and are struck by a moving vehicle, the driver is usually found to be at-fault as the driver has an obligation to safely operate his or her vehicle. Most of these types of accidents are entirely preventable which can expose an at-fault driver to many legal consequences. Read more…
Construction accidents can be complex in determining liability because there may be multiple potentially negligent parties involved. A case may range from a small incident at a private residence to a catastrophic incident at a commercial development. Working conditions can be extremely dangerous at any work site, even when regulations and safety guidelines are followed. Read more…
There can be multiple parties responsible for a bus accident and it will be important to determine the cause and who is responsible as soon as possible. The most common reasons for a bus accident include driver negligence through error, fatigue, aggressive or distracted driving, or when there has been a mechanical failure or inadequate maintenance. To complicate matters, there can be manufacturers of bus equipment, management companies and government entities who may also be liable in a bus accident. The legal process when pursuing a claim for compensation may vary depending on whether the bus was operated by a private company (as many tour buses are) or a government agency (such as public transit or a school bus). Read more…
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) primarily governs the railroad industry and regulates national safety standards. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is the agency responsible in determining the cause of railroad accidents. According to the FRA, there are a relatively small number of train accidents and fatalities when compared to automobile accidents each year (3,000 train accidents vs. 5 million auto accidents) with mechanical or electrical failures, railway obstructions, track problems, maintenance issues and human error being the most common reasons for a train accident. Read more…
An aviation accident can range between injuries sustained on small planes or helicopters to major airline carriers, domestic or international.
The Convention on International Civil Aviation Annex 13 defines an aviation accident as “an occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft, which takes place between the time any person boards the aircraft with the intention of flight until all such persons have disembarked, where a person is fatally or seriously injured, the aircraft sustains damage or structural failure or the aircraft is missing or completely inaccessible.” Read more…
Frequently Asked Questions:
Make sure that you and any others involved in the accident are safe. File a police report after your car accident and make sure to have a copy. If property damage exceeds $200, a report should be filed.
At Phillips Law Firm we take cases on a contingency bases meaning no retainer fees are required up front and no out of pocket cost as the case progresses. We are only paid in the event we recover a settlement or receive an award from the opposing party upon resolution of the claim.
Obtain as much information as possible about the vehicles involved in your accident. You will need the driver’s name, address, license plate number and their insurance company information. If you have a claim number available that will be helpful in your case.
It is a good idea to seek the medical attention you need immediately, at minimum get a thorough examination. Insurance adjusters may try to lower your claim by reasoning that you must have not been injured because you did not seek immediate medical help. Make sure to promptly attend all these medical appointments because your credibility is at stake if you miss them.
Record your daily activities for the first few weeks (defined as physical, emotional, recreational and social activities) in addition to any inconveniences you may have experienced while conducting them. Did you miss church? Did you have to stop working out? Are you unable to go grocery shopping? Are you unable to be social with friends and family because you cannot sit or stand for long periods of time? Accidents can cause stress and anxiety causing a difficulty in remembering crucial facts. It is best to write down information immediately so important facts are not missed. Our attorneys will want to review your journal with you because in representing you, so we have a clear understand of what you experienced.
Yes. Call us at 1-888-594-0367 to schedule an appointment to have one of our legal professionals meet with you regarding your case.
Every case is unique so this will need to be discussed with your attorney. Each claim value takes into consideration:
- Medical expenses
- Wage loss
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering in the past (past pain and suffering is define as pain and suffering up to the date of the resolution or trial)
- Prospective pain and suffering in the future (an example future suffering is someone who becomes a paraplegic as the result of their accident and may never work again and have ongoing medical expenses)
Do not sign anything until you have spoken with us, we will help you with this part. If you sign any documents you may have signed away your rights to your claim so it is crucial you hold off on signing.
Photo evidence is crucial in building your case. If it is safe to take pictures of your accident and please do so. Make sure to take pictures of vehicles, debris from the accident, skid marks, surrounding areas and injuries. In some instances accident victims do not have a camera on them or they are unable to take photographs. If this is the case for you, check with your accident witnesses to see if they were able to obtain a photo. Continue to take photographs of your injuries even after the initial accident is over.
Save the names, phone numbers and addresses of any and all witnesses. We will be contacting them to benefit your case. Witnesses are extremely beneficial in documenting your case.
Yes. You will need to speak to one of our attorneys to conclude which variables you are eligible for.
Police are human beings susceptible to error, this can happen. Our attorneys will work with you in uncovering how your collision actually occurred and seek to clarify any inaccuracies.
This is a common perception. The reason why we are great at what we do is because we dedicate the time to fully examine each case detail and present your case in the best possible light. Our attorneys at Phillips Law Firm are dedicated to educating jurors to keep an open mind.
This is dependent on the extent of your injuries. It is common practice to wait until treatment is complete so you can be compensated for the full extent of your injuries. As it is difficult to tell how long an injury may last, the case settlement time period is unique to every case.
Call Phillips Law Firm at 1-888-594-0367 as soon as possible after your injury. We are standing by, 24/7, waiting to assist. There is no need to be nervous in hiring an attorney for the first time. If you have any questions or concerns, we will help answer them for you during your free case evaluation. We strive to get you the maximum compensation and justice you deserve.