After being involved in a Seattle car accident you may be confused, hurt, and emotionally distraught. There is a lot to deal with, and the bills will start to pile up quickly. However, if the accident was not your fault, you may be able to file a Seattle car accident lawsuit to obtain compensation for your injuries and financial losses.
The attorneys at Law Offices of Dean Standish Perkins & Associates have represented thousands of victims in Seattle car accident lawsuits, and they can represent you in your fight for just compensation.
Car Accident Lawsuits And Settlements In Seattle
Our attorneys will carefully evaluate the circumstances involved in your accident to determine if you may have a claim for financial compensation. If so, and if you decide to file a lawsuit, your Seattle car crash lawyer will help you through the following steps:
- Filing the complaint: During this step, you name the parties being sued (called the "defendants") and describe the reasons for the suit in a formal legal document filed with the court. You also need to serve the defendants with summonses and copies of the complaint.
- The answer: After they are served, the defendants are required to provide a written response to your complaint in which they state their defenses to your personal injury claim.
- Discovery: All lawsuits involve a process called "discovery." There are three primary forms of discovery: depositions, interrogatories, and requests for production of documents. In depositions, the attorneys question parties and witnesses under oath. Interrogatories are requests for written answers to questions pertaining to the facts involved in the claim. Document requests in car accident lawsuits seek medical records, accident records, police records, and other documentation that may lead to evidence supporting or disputing the allegations contained in the complaint.
- Settlement or trial: In most car accident lawsuits, settlement is a possibility at all stages of the litigation, up to and including during trial.
Most personal injury cases are settled and never see the inside of a courtroom. Depending on your goals and personal circumstances, negotiating a settlement may be a preferable alternative to going to trial. Assuming the defendant (which may be another driver, a corporation, or an insurance company) is willing to negotiate a reasonable settlement; you will receive funds that can be used to reimburse your medical expenses, vehicle repair bills, and lost wages. In cases involving serious injuries and wrongful death, your settlement may also include compensation for emotional distress, pain and suffering, and additional economic losses.
Contact A Seattle Car Accident Lawyer
If you have been involved in a car accident caused by someone else's negligence, the Seattle attorneys at Law Offices of Dean Standish Perkins & Associates can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. To schedule your free consultation, please contact us today.