When to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you are injured by someone else’s negligence or intentional actions, your early feelings will likely be pain, confusion, anger, and even depression. It is difficult to overcome these initial emotions and remain clear-headed enough to document everything that occurs. Yet the actions you take in the first 72 hours are critical to receiving the compensation that you deserve.

If your injuries and financial damages are relatively insignificant, and you have experience filing legal documents in a timely manner, you might be able to handle your own claim. If the situation is at all complicated, however, it is always best to contact a competent personal injury lawyer. Here is a look at 5 times you should always hire a personal injury lawyer.
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I’ve Been Hurt at Work: Now What?

Being injured at work or developing an occupational-related disease can be scary. Pain, doctor’s visits, and healing are overwhelming enough, but also trying to file for workers compensation can feel intimidating. Fortunately, Washington provides a simple and straightforward workers comp process. Follow these steps to ensure that your rights are protected. Continue reading

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Workers Compensation Settlements: Should You Settle?

If you are going through a workers compensation claim, you might wonder whether you should accept a Structured Settlement offer. After all, the dollar amount of the settlement can seem very attractive. Before you chose a Structured Settlement offer though, it is important to consider all of the factors.

Eligibility

Under Washington state law, not all workers are eligible for a structured settlement. To qualify, you  must currently be aged 53 or above, and your approved claim must be at least 180 days old. If you do not meet these criteria, you cannot settle your workers compensation claim. Continue reading

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Workers Comp Claim Denied: Now What?

If your workers comp claim was denied, you probably feel afraid, confused, and even despondent. After all, if you were hurt at work, you deserve to be properly compensated. You might wonder how you are going to pay your medical bills and cope with the loss of income. You might even feel personally betrayed by a company to whom you gave your all. Unfortunately, denials are relatively common. However, continuing to follow through with the process can help you ultimately receive the outcome that you deserve.

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Do I Qualify for Workers Comp?

Workers compensation insurance, also known as workers comp, is designed to compensate employees for injuries or illnesses sustained as a direct result of their employment. In practice, determining whether or not you are eligible can be complicated. There are special rules that apply to certain types of employers and workers, and you must be able to prove that your illness or injury was work-related. Here are the three major factors involved.

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Top 5 Reasons Not to Handle Your Own Personal Injury Case

If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence or intent, you might feel like your case is simple. That person did something or failed to do something, and you got hurt as a result. Any court will recognize that and award you money, right? Unfortunately, it is rarely that simple. Personal injury law is extremely complex, and failing to make the right moves at the right time can result in you getting less than you deserve, or even having your case thrown out altogether. Here are the top 5 reasons not to handle your own case. Continue reading

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Top 10 Most Common Work Related Injuries

On the job injuries are surprisingly common, although the majority are not severe. How likely you are to experience a specific injury, or to be injured at all, depends on numerous factors including your job duties and the precautions your employer takes. In general, however, theNational Safety Council states that, as of 2013, these are the most common work related injuries across all types of jobs. Continue reading

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10 Things to Know About Washington Workers Compensation Laws

Like all states, Washington carries certain legal mandates for employer-provided workers compensation benefits. Washington is currently one of only four states in which workers compensation insurance is provided by the state rather than private insurance companies, although not all employers are required to provide this coverage. If you have any employees or are injured at work, you need to be sure you are on the right side of the law. Here are the 10 things you need to know about workers compensation laws in Washington. Continue reading

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Why Do You Need A Car Accident Lawyer?

If you are involved in a car accident, it is only natural to feel overwhelmed, upset, and even scared. You might be in both physical and emotional pain, yet still need to deal with such practical matters as how to get to work and how to pay your medical bills. A car accident lawyer can relieve a great deal of pressure by acting as your guide throughout the complex process of recovering damages or defending yourself against a lawsuit brought by the other party. Here are five reasons to hire a car accident lawyer.

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What are you supposed to do when you get in an auto accident?

An auto accident can be incredibly scary, even if you don’t feel severely injured. Pain, confusion, and worry about both your health and your car can make you feel overwhelmed and unsure what to do. Yet the steps you take immediately after the accident are critical to making sure you are on the right side of the law. In addition, following the proper procedure will help strengthen your case if you later need to contact a car accident lawyer. Here is an easy-to-follow checklist of what to do after an auto accident. Continue reading

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