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What is pain and suffering? Part 3 - Damages for injuries to a loved one

Hugging Trio.jpgNon-economic or "general" damages are most commonly referred to as "pain and suffering," but the concept includes so much more. It includes physical pain and emotional pain, both in the past and future. It includes disability, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life. It includes fear, frustration, worry, doubt, uncertainty, and sadness. The law provides no formula for placing a dollar value on any of these "intangibles," and so it is ultimately up to a jury to determine what they are worth. If you want to settle your claim, you and the insurance company will have to agree on the value of your pain and suffering. In order to maximize your claim, a good attorney will get to know you and how your injuries have affected your life. He will then make sure the insurance company knows exactly how your life has been turned upside-down, and he will seek to get you a recovery for each type of non-economic damage recognized by the law.

Let's help those affected by brain injury

BIA.jpgSome of the most devastating injuries we see are brain injuries. Even "mild" brain injuries can completely disrupt a person's life, making even the most simple task seem impossible. And because brain injuries aren't apparent to the casual observer, many of our clients suffering from brain injury are accused of being "complainers" or "malingerers."

I want to fire my lawyer

fired.jpgSeveral times each year, I get a call from someone who was injured in an accident, hired a lawyer, and now wants to fire his lawyer and hire me. The most common reason people give for wanting to change lawyers is lack of communication. They tell me stories of trying for weeks to speak to their lawyers without success. They leave messages and speak to case managers, legal assistants, and paralegals. They even send letters, but they never hear back from their attorneys.

DO I HAVE TO PAY TO MEET WITH A LAWYER?

meet with lawyer.jpgEvery day I get phone calls from people who have been injured in some kind of accident. Often the first question they have for me is how much it will cost to meet with me to discuss their case. I guess it shouldn't surprise me; most people don't really pay attention to personal injury lawyers until they need one. The answer is simple:

Don't let a drunk driver ruin your life

drunk.jpgWhen people are on Washington roadways, they don't expect to get hit by a negligent driver. In most cases, people are going to make it to their destination safely. But, when the unexpected happens, it can leave a wake of destruction in its path. People can, in an instant, face serious physical, emotional and financial difficulties because of a car accident.

The dangers of drugged driving in Washington

Driving is a complicated skill that involves the whole body. People need to use their minds to get where they are going and to avoid obstacles. They need their eyes to see what's around them and to stay on course. And, they need the rest of their bodies to run the car and appropriately respond to any situation. Without complete control over the body, operating a car can be extremely unsafe.

Uninsured Motorist Coverage - Protect Yourself

uninsured.jpgWhile your liability coverage pays for the damages you cause, it does not do anything to help you when you are injured by someone else. Once that person's liability coverage is exhausted, or if he doesn't have insurance, you are out of luck unless you have purchased uninsured/underinsured coverage as part of your own auto insurance.

How dangerous are head-on car accidents?

While driving a car may seem simple enough, Washington state law requires that a driver adhere to certain rules while on the road. One of these rules is that drivers must stay on their side of the roadway, except when passing. In any case, passing should only be done when it is completely safe to do so.

What are the seat belt laws in Washington State?

Cars have many safety features that work to keep people inside free from injuries. These safety features are an absolute necessity when trying to avoid injuries while on the road. Even in minor car accidents, things like bumpers, safety glass, air bags and seat belts work together to keep the car's occupants safe.

Are children required to use a booster or car seat in Washington?

Adult drivers are not always alone in their cars. Cars are often used as transportation for the entire family. This means that even young children and infants are frequently traveling on Washington's roadways. Just like adult drivers, these children are also exposed to the dangers that accompany driving. At any moment, a reckless or negligent driver can hit a car carrying a child and cause serious injuries.

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