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personal injury

At Beetham|Tran Law Firm, PLLC our goal is to provide you with information necessary to make informed decisions, answer your questions, alleviate your concerns and guide you through the personal injury claims process. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, illness or death resulting from an accident or the negligence or misconduct of another person, company or entity, Beetham|Tran can assist you in recovering damages for the loss suffered by you or loved ones.

Beetham|Tran will provide you with a free consultation, at no obligation to you.

The following are some of the most common accidents resulting in personal injury:

  • Automobile Accidents
  • Other Vehicle Accidents (Aviation, Bicycle, Boat, Motorcycle, Railroad, Truck).
  • Burn Accidents.
  • Construction/Work-Related Accidents.
  • Accidents Resulting from Dangerous or Defective Products.
  • Dog/Animal Bites.
  • Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death (Birth Injuries, Misdiagnosis, Surgical Negligence)
  • Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect.
  • Slip & Fall Accidents/Premises Liability.

auto accidents

One of the most common accident resulting in personal injury is auto accidents. If you have been injured in an automobile accident, you will likely experience pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost wages, medical expenses and property damage. For all of these damages, you should be compensated financially.

What to do when you are involved in an accident:

  • Exchange information: Obtain the other driver’s information including his or her name, license number, license plate number, insurance company and insurance policy number.
  • Call the police: Even if the other side admits fault at the scene, you still need to call the police to obtain a report of what happened at the scene on the day of the accident.
  • Witnesses: Obtain contact information of all the witnesses, including their names, phone numbers, and addresses.
  • Photographs: Take pictures of the accident scene, surrounding areas, damages to the car, and any visible physical injuries.
  • Report the accident to your insurance company: After the accident, contact your insurance company to report the accident as soon as possible.
  • Medical care: Seek medical treatment for all your injuries and medical conditions.
  • Property Damage: Keep copies of all of your repair bills and estimates as well as rental car and taxi receipts.
  • Wage loss records: Keep a log of all the days and times you missed work because of injuries you suffered from the accident.
  • Out-of-Pocket Expenses: Keep track of all your out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., receipts for prescription drugs).
  • Emotional distress and Personal Inconvenience: Keep in mind all the suffering you are going through and how the injuries have inconvenienced your daily activities.

wrongful death

If your loved one has passed away as a result of injuries sustained, you may have a cause for a “wrongful death” claim. A wrongful death claim can be brought when an individual has been killed due to the misconduct or negligence of another. A personal representative of the deceased person may bring a wrongful death action on behalf of your loved one to recover damages for the loss of the deceased person’s love, affection, emotional support, companionship, services, economic and financial support, medical bills, and funeral expenses. Wrongful death claims are made on behalf of the statutory beneficiaries, which commonly are children, spouses, parents, and any other immediate family members.

Contact a personal injury attorney.

What you should know:

  • Statute of Limitations: In Washington, a family member is generally allowed one to three years from the time of death to file a claim for wrongful death. If the family member fails to do so within the statute of limitations, the claim may be barred with a few exceptions. For example, the statute of limitations may be adjusted in instances where the death was originally deemed an accident and later discovered to be the result of someone else’s negligence or misconduct. In an instance like this, the statute of limitations will be adjusted to take effect when the actual cause was discovered rather than from the time of death.

Potential wrongful death claims:

  • Company or entity’s negligence in enforcing and carrying out safety standards and regulations.
  • Negligence act of another, such as drunk driving or speeding.
  • Auto or truck accident caused by operation of a defective vehicle.

Recoverable damages

  • Loss of love, affection, emotional support, companionship to the survivors.
  • Loss of benefits caused by the victim’s death such as medical coverage, pensions, or retirement plans.
  • Expenses associated with the death including medical, funeral, and other expenses.
  • Loss of victim’s wages and future earnings.
  • Loss of financial and economic support to the survivor.

What you should do to file a wrongful death claim:

  • Contact a personal injury attorney.
  • Document all expenses (i.e., medical expenses, funeral expenses, etc.).
  • Gather documentation regarding income, pension plans, medical coverage, and the like.
  • Memorialize how the loss your loved one has led you to suffer loss of affection, companionship, emotional support, and financial and economic support.

What we can do for you:

Whatever your personal injury claims may be, by hiring a skilled personal injury attorney who knows how to evaluate and document your claim, you can be sure that you will recover for damages that you are entitled to. Beetham|Tran can best determine all available insurance benefits, communicate with your healthcare providers and review all information presented to the insurance company. You can focus on recovering while Beetham|Tran handles all the stressful tasks of handling your claim for you. We will help you gather the facts and evidence to build and present your case.

No Recovery – No Fee:
  • For personal injury cases, if we do not recover money for you, then you pay us no legal fee. If we are successful, you pay us a percentage of the recovery.
No Costs Up Front:
  • You pay us nothing up front to pursue your personal injury claim. We cover all costs of preparing and pursuing your case.

To discuss your personal injury case, call us at (425) 228-1500 for a FREE consultation.

 
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