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Being involved in an accident can have devastating consequences for you and your family. When you are injured as a result of the negligence of others, you might wonder whether or not you should get the help of an attorney. In the majority of cases involving personal injuries, it is best to get help from an experienced lawyer. Skilled personal injury attorneys have the legal knowledge and negotiating skills necessary to resolve your claims successfully. In many cases, you will be able to recover far more with the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer than you would be able to on your own.

The personal injury attorneys at Zanes Law in Seattle have decades of experience representing thousands of clients. We have helped the victims of personal injury cases to hold the people who caused their accidents responsible and to collect tens of millions of dollars in damages. We believe that people who are injured because of the negligent or wrongful conduct of others deserve to be compensated, and we are aggressive in our representation of our clients. We handle all types of claims, including motor vehicle accidents, catastrophic injuries, wrongful death claims, and highly complex personal injury matters. If you have been injured or your loved one has been killed because of another person’s negligence, our personal injury attorneys in Seattle are available to help you to recover the damages you deserve.

The principal attorney and founder of Zanes Law is Doug Zanes, who has two decades of experience practicing law. He has recovered millions of dollars for his clients throughout his years of practice. Mr. Zanes is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a prestigious invitation-only organization. Membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum is limited to attorneys who have won individual settlements or verdicts that exceed $1 million. Less than one percent of all lawyers in the U.S. are members of this elite organization. Mr. Zanes uses his legal knowledge and skills to help his clients secure favorable resolutions of their legal disputes and win the maximum possible amount in compensation. Mr. Zanes leads a team of dedicated personal injury attorneys in an effort to help as many victims as possible. To learn more about the help that our Seattle personal injury lawyers might be able to offer to you, schedule your consultation today.

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Common Types of Seattle Personal Injury Accidents We Handle

At Zanes Law, our experienced personal injury lawyers handle a broad variety of personal injury cases. The most common ones we handle are detailed below.

Car Accidents

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, there were 117,053 collisions in Washington in 2015. Of those collisions, 499 resulted in the deaths of 551 people. Another 36,531 resulted in injuries to 49,505 people. While multiple factors can lead to car accidents, many of them are due to driver negligence, such as driver errors or recklessness. The personal injury attorneys at Zanes Law in Seattle are available to help you when you have been the victim of a car accident resulting from someone else’s carelessness.

Motorcycle Accidents

Because motorcyclists have very little to protect them when they are involved in accidents, they are much likelier to suffer devastating injuries or to be killed. At Zanes Law, our team understands the complexities that can be involved in proving motorcycle accident claims. We will get help from medical experts, accident reconstruction experts, and investigators in order to prove the liability of the motorist and to build a strong case on your behalf.

Trucking Accidents

Large commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Because of their weight and size, it takes trucks much longer to come to a complete stop. The trucking industry is the subject of numerous state and federal regulations meant to keep the public safe. Despite these regulations, some drivers still cause accidents because of negligence. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the leading driver-related causes of large truck crashes include the following:

  • Speeding
  • Driver fatigue
  • Inattentive or distracted driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Following too closely
  • Improper lane changes
  • Failing to obey traffic control signals

Other causes of truck crashes include defective equipment, improperly secured cargo, and poorly maintained roadways. The personal injury attorneys at Zanes Law in Seattle are prepared to help you with your truck accident claim when your accident was caused by the negligence of the truck driver, his or her employer, or the truck distribution company.

Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents can result in catastrophic injuries or deaths. Motorists are supposed to yield to pedestrians who are in crosswalks. Drivers are also supposed to be aware of the presence of pedestrians who are on sidewalks and who might try to cross the street. When cars strike pedestrians, the people walking can die or receive lifelong injuries. The legal team at Zanes Law is prepared to advocate for injury victims of pedestrian accidents, as well as for the families of those who are killed, in order to recover damages for what the victims have suffered.

Bicycle Accidents

When motorists hit bicyclists, the cyclists can be seriously injured. Proving liability in a bicycle accident case might be complicated. It is common for insurance companies to try to dispute liability while placing blame on the injured party. At Zanes Law, our injury team has represented hundreds of injured cyclists in their bicycle accident claims. We understand how to prove liability in order to show the insurance companies or juries that the motorists caused the accidents that injured our clients. We advocate for our clients in order to secure the most compensation possible.

Defective Products

When people purchase products, they expect them to be safe. Unfortunately, many companies sell products that contain dangerous defects. When defective products injure people who are using them as intended, the victims might have grounds to file a products liability personal injury lawsuit against all of the parties who are responsible for bringing the product to market. Products liability cases are often highly complex. By examining product design, manufacturing, and marketing defects, the personal injury lawyers at Zanes Law have helped numerous clients with their products liability claims

Premises Liability

When people are injured on the property of another person or a business, they might have legal rights to recover damages. Property owners and operators have duties of care to their visitors. These duties vary depending on the statuses of the visitors. The owners and operators owe the highest duties of care to people who are lawfully present on the premises for business purposes. One example would be the customers of a store. Property owners also owe high duties of care to people who are lawfully present for social reasons. Trespassers will not usually be able to recover damages unless the property owner intentionally injures them (for example, by setting traps). If you were injured while on public, private, or company property, the attorneys at Zanes Law might be able to help you recover damages for your losses.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries, including fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and lacerations. If you fell while you were visiting the property of a business, public property or someone’s private home, you might have legal grounds to file a claim against the property owner if your fall happened because of the owner’s negligence. The attorneys at Zanes Law can review what happened to you and offer you an honest evaluation of your claim. If you have a viable case, they will aggressively litigate on your behalf to help you to secure reasonable compensation for the losses you suffered as a result of your accident.

Wrongful Death Claims

Some accidents result in the deaths of the victims. When people die in accidents as the result of someone else’s negligent or wrongful conduct, their families could very well be left to face mounting and unexpected losses in addition to their overwhelming grief. Wrongful death claims can offer the families of the deceased the ability to recover damages in order to compensate them for the losses they have suffered as a result of the deaths of their loved ones.

In addition to a wrongful death claim, a family might also have the right to a survivorship claim. An estate representative is the one who would file a survivorship claim on behalf of the family. These claims can allow people to recover damages that happened after their loved one’s injury, but before he or she passed away. Such damages can include the cost of medical transport to the hospital, the victim’s medical bills, and any income losses that happened while the victim was hospitalized. When people file survivorship claims, the awards go to the estate to be distributed according to the intestacy laws of the state. Your attorneys at Zanes Law understand how wrongful death and survivorship claims work and will fight to help your family recover all of the damages you are entitled to receive.

Defective Medical Devices

Some manufactuers rush medical devices to market without completing the proper testing. Others devices have defects that are only discovered after people suffer serious injuries or die from them. People have received injures from many different types of medical devices, including surgical implants, breast implants, and gastric bypass balloon systems. When people use medical devices, they expect them to be safe. If you or your loved one has suffered injuries because of a defective medical device, talk to the personal injury lawyers at Zanes Law. We might be able to help you to recover damages for your losses while also working to prevent others from being injured or killed in the future.

Dangerous Drugs

Some prescription drugs seem promising and are released to market, but then end up harming the people who are taking them. Dangerous drugs can have design flaws, manufacturing problems, or inadequate warnings about side effects. Some of these drugs cause people far more harm than the conditions for which they are taking the drugs. It can be difficult to take on pharmaceutical companies, drug wholesalers, and others who are responsible for releasing dangerous drugs. The personal injury team at Zanes Law understands how to prosecute these types of cases for our clients, and we aggressively work to represent our clients’ interests.

Personal Injury

When you or your loved one has been injured because of someone’s actions or failure to act, the personal injury attorneys at Zanes Law in Seattle might be able to help you out. In some cases, it can be difficult for you to determine who was at fault for causing your accident. We are experienced in investigating cases thoroughly so that we can identify all of the potential defendants who should be named in your case. Our lawyers will start to work on your case immediately so that you don’t lose valuable evidence. We will work together with our investigative team to find and interview witnesses, document the scene of the accident, take photographs, gather reports, and do anything else necessary to build your cases. Our goal is to obtain the most favorable possible outcomes for every single one of our clients.

It can be difficult to choose an attorney when you have been injured. While there are many personal injury lawyers who advertise their services, you should take the time to make certain that you choose the one with whom you feel the most comfortable. As a part of your decision-making process, you should keep the following factors in mind:

  1. It is important for you to find out what level of experience prospective attorneys have in handling your type of claim. Make sure that you find out how many years the attorneys have been practicing law, as well as how long they have been handling personal injury matters specifically.
  2. The attorneys’ records with the cases they have handled is also important. Lawyers who have track records of winning settlements and verdicts for their clients demonstrate that they understand how to build strong cases. While it is never possible to guarantee a particular outcome for a claim, knowing that your lawyers are experienced and have strong records will help you to feel confident that they can handle your case.
  3. You will want to find personal injury attorneys who are committed to you and to your case. Some lawyers take cases and then settle them as soon as possible without taking the time to thoroughly investigate them. If they behave this way with your case, it could mean that you will receive less than you would have received if you had hired lawyers who were committed to you. Interview the attorneys you are considering, and don’t be afraid to ask any questions that you might have. You should be able to determine whether or not the lawyers will be devoted to your claim and invested in its outcome. At Zanes Law, our team of attorneys and investigators begin working on our clients’ claims as soon as we take them. We are committed to our clients and work to help them to resolve their cases in the most favorable manner possible.
What to Do After You Are Involved in an Automobile Accident

When you are involved in an accident, you will likely feel overwhelmed. It is important for you to understand what to do so that you protect your rights. The first step you should take is to remain at the scene of the accident. Under RCW § 46.52.020(1), all drivers involved in accidents where a person is injured or killed must remain at the scene of the accident until emergency responders arrive. If you leave, you could face substantial criminal penalties even if you were not at fault.

Call 911 to report the accident and to check yourself, your passengers, and others at the scene for injuries. If you are able to do so, render first aid or CPR until help arrives. If possible, document the scene of the accident by taking photographs of the vehicles involved, nearby intersections, traffic signals, and other relevant details. If there are witnesses to what happened, try to get their names and contact information so that people can contact them later.

Exchange your information with the other driver, but do not accept any blame. Some drivers who are at fault will attempt to blame the people they struck. If the other driver is aggressive, remain in your car until the police arrive. When the officers arrive, tell them what happened. Do not say that you are uninjured. Some serious injuries might not immediately show symptoms because of the adrenaline your body has released due to the shock of the accident. Simply tell the officers that you want your doctor to examine you, and make sure you follow through as soon as possible. You should also report your accident to the relevant insurance companies.

Handling Personal Injuries

It is very common for insurance adjusters to contact injury victims soon after they have been injured. If an insurance adjuster contacts you, you should avoid signing anything or agreeing to a recorded interview. Insurance companies employ insurance adjusters to investigate claims and to gather evidence in order to save themselves money. The insurance adjusters have their companies’ interests at heart rather than your own. It is fine for you to politely tell the insurance adjuster that you want to consult with an attorney before moving forward with a statement or signing anything. After you come to Zanes Law and hire us, your attorney can then handle negotiations with the insurance company on your behalf.

Personal Injury Laws in Washington

The personal injury lawyers at Zanes Law regularly work with a variety of different personal injury laws when they represent their clients. Here are a few of the most common laws with which we work:

  • RCW §§ 7.72.010 et. seq. – Products liability
  • RCW § 4.20.010 – Wrongful death statute
  • RCW § 4.22.005 – Contributory fault
  • RCW § 4.22.040 – Contribution among tortfeasors
  • RCW § 50.04.355 – Computing annual average wage for damages purposes
  • RCW § 4.56.250 – Noneconomic damages

There are many other laws with which our personal injury attorneys work when we are representing our clients. In addition to the statutory laws, our lawyers stay current with changes in case law, as well as any new decisions that could impact the claims of our clients.

Statutes of Limitations

When you have been injured, it is important for you to seek legal help as soon as possible after your accident. There are statutes of limitations in place for personal injury and wrongful death claims. If you fail to file your claim within these deadlines, you will be barred from ever seeking to recover damages for your losses. In Washington, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is three years from the date of the injury under RCW § 4.16.080(2). Wrongful death claims likewise have a three-year statute of limitations from the date of the decedent’s death. However, it is very important to file your claim as soon as possible. As time passes, it’s possible to lose important evidence or for witnesses to disappear. The sooner that you talk to one of the experienced attorneys at Zanes Law, the likelier it will be that they will be able to find the evidence they need to build the strongest case they can on your behalf.

Negligence Laws

Washington follows the contributory fault doctrine, which is also known as comparative fault. Under this rule, plaintiffs who are found to share some of the fault in causing their accidents will have their awards reduced by the percentage of fault the court deems is theirs. This does not mean that your recovery will be barred, however. For example, if a jury in your case decides that you were 20 percent at fault in your accident, your award will be reduced by that percentage. If you were awarded $1 million, your net award would be $800,000.

Because of the potential to reduce the amount they might have to pay, it is common for defendants to claim that plaintiffs share some of the blame. The lawyers at Zanes Law can work to counter these types of arguments so that the defendant in your case will have to pay the damages that you deserve.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How Do I Know What My Claim Is Worth?

The value of your claim will depend on the individual circumstances of your case. These include the extent and severity of your injuries, the income losses you have suffered, your ability to return to your job, your future losses, any emotional distress that you have gone through, and your physical pain and suffering. The attorneys at Zanes Law will analyze your case and offer you a range of values within which you might expect a reasonable settlement offer.

2. Should I Sign Releases from the Insurance Company or Give Recorded Statements?

You should never agree to sign the medical releases your insurance company sends you. Insurance companies will use your authorization to access your medical records. They will then comb through your records in an attempt to blame your injuries on any incident that might have occurred in the past. You should also not give recorded statements to an insurance adjuster. Insurance adjusters like to get recorded statements from accident victims because they want to use these statements against the victims later. Simply decline to sign anything or to give recorded statements before talking to a lawyer.

3. Will I Have to Go to a Jury Trial If I Retain a Personal Injury Lawyer?

While the attorneys at Zanes Law prepare every case as if it will go to trial, the majority of cases reach settlements. We work hard to investigate our clients’ cases and to build strong claims for them so that we can convince the insurance companies that they should settle. In some cases, settlement offers are extended all the way up to the time of trial and even happen on the morning of a trial. In others, the cases reach reasonable settlement agreements much earlier in the litigation process. If we are unable to reach a reasonable agreement, we are unafraid to fight for our clients at trial.

4. How Long Will It Take to Resolve My Case?

Personal injury and wrongful death claims can take many months or even years to reach resolutions. While some might settle much sooner, you should expect that your case will take some time. Some of this lengthiness is due to continuances and crowded court dockets, as well as the need to conduct thorough investigations of the cases. Our firm will keep you updated about the progress of your claim so that you understand what is happening with it.

5. Can I Afford a Lawyer?

Most personal injury lawyers accept cases on a contingency fee basis. Under this type of fee arrangement, you will not be responsible for paying your attorney’s fees unless and until we are able to resolve your case successfully through settlement or trial. If we do not win, you will not have to pay any attorney fees. Bear in mind that there might be other costs that are associated with your claim, such as expert witness fees. Your lawyer will explain the fee agreement with you so that you understand what to expect.

6. How Can I Decide If an Insurance Company’s Settlement Offer Is Reasonable?

Your lawyer will value your case for you so that you can understand what a reasonable settlement offer might be. If the insurance company extends an offer to you quickly, it is important for you to discuss it with one of the experienced lawyers at Zanes Law to make certain that it is sufficient. If you accept an offer and later find that it doesn’t cover all of your losses, you will not be able to go back and seek additional money.

Contact the Personal Injury Attorneys at Zanes Law in Seattle Today

When you or your loved one has been injured or your family member has died because of someone’s negligence, it can be devastating. The attorneys at Zanes Law believe that the victims of other people’s carelessness deserve to be compensated for the losses that they suffer. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation so that you can learn more about your rights and how we might be able to help you.

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    After I was hit by a drunk driver last year, Zanes Law handled my case and my experience was a positive one. Even though the guy was never given a sobriety test (due to a lot of inconvenient and frustrating circumstances including police incompetence and other thin

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    Good people to work with.

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    I never though of myself as a person that would ever file a lawsuit, but sometimes you have to do what you don't want to do to get what you need/deserve this was one of those times i didn't know a thing about the process they we very helpful in answering all of my

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