Sometimes, people aren’t sure whether they need an attorney after being injured in an auto accident that was caused by somebody else. In your case, both you and your child were injured after a car pulled out from a parking lot and broadsided you on your driver’s side door. The emergency room doctor says that you probably suffered some torn cartilage in your left knee, and your 11-year-old daughter fractured her right wrist when the impact caused it to hit and break the door handle. She’s right-handed too. He has referred both of you to an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation. You probably need your knee scoped and debrided, and your daughter might require implantation of some hardware in her wrist.
Under the circumstances, it’s strongly recommended that you at least consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer. You already have a voicemail from a representative of the insurer of the person who caused your accident. He wants information and a medical authorization from you, and there’s a question in your mind as to whether you’re required to cooperate with him. Already this is becoming complicated.
If you do cooperate with the opposing insurer, it’s going to have you right where it wants you. You’re far better off arranging for a confidential, free consultation and case review with a car accident attorney from our law firm than going it alone. Otherwise, the opposing insurer will do whatever it can to devalue the cases of you and your daughter. Then, it will want to pay you far less than you deserve.
As opposed to some other states, section 4.16.080(2) of the Washington Revised Code allows you three years from the date of your accident to protect your right to compensation by filing a lawsuit seeking personal injury damages. For purposes of your daughter, section 4.16.190 allows from the time that she turns 18 until her 21st birthday to bring a personal injury lawsuit. Those are two of the big reasons why the opposing insurance company wants to get rid of both of your cases quickly and cheaply.
After being injured in an accident that was caused by the negligence of somebody else in or around Vancouver, Washington, contact us right away to arrange for that free consultation and case review. We’ll be pleased to discuss all of your legal options.