There are many types of personal injury cases that can be filed in the state of Washington. Each one is based on the specific facts and circumstances of the incident. Some of the most common types of cases involve:
1. Car Accidents
If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the driver if they were the one who caused the accident.
What Constitutes a Car Accident?
A car accident is defined as an incident in which two or more vehicles collide, resulting in injuries to the occupants of the cars. Even if you are a passerby and are injured in a car accident, you may be able to file a personal injury claim to get compensated for the damages you sustained.
2. Slip and Fall Accidents
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the property owner or manager.
What Constitutes a Slip and Fall Accident?
A slip and fall accident refers to an incident in which a person slips, trips, or falls on someone else’s property, resulting in injuries. This type of accident can occur on both private and public property.
3. Dog Bites
If you have been injured from a dog bite, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the dog’s owner. This is because they are legally responsible for their animal.
What Constitutes a Dog Bite?
A dog bite is defined as an incident in which a dog bites or attacks a person, resulting in injuries. However, if the injured person provoked or trespassed on the property of the dog’s owner, they might not be able to file a personal injury claim.
4. Medical Malpractice
If you have been injured by a medical professional, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the medical professional or their employer.
What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is defined as an incident in which a medical professional fails to provide a reasonable standard of care, resulting in injuries to the patient. The term “medical professional” includes both doctors and nurses.
5. Product Liability
If you have been injured by a defective product, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the manufacturer or distributor of the product.
What Constitutes a Defective Product?
A defective product is defined as a product that is not safe for its intended use, resulting in injuries to the user. Defective products can be anything from food and drugs to toys and appliances.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Filing a Personal Injury Claim?
In Washington, the statute of limitations for filing a claim is three years from the accident date. If you do not file a claim within this time frame, you may no longer be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries since the court may deem your case as “time-barred.”
These are just some of the most common personal injury cases filed in Washington state. If you have been injured in an accident, it is crucial to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options.
Schedule a consultation with Polaris Injury Law today. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling personal injury cases and can help you get the compensation you deserve.