Car Accident Attorney in Seattle
Helping You Move Forward After an Accident
Each time you get behind the wheel, you put your trust in your driving skills—and the driving skills of others. Being involved in a car accident can be a frightening experience, especially if it is a severe or rollover accident. With first-hand experience, Attorney Kornfeld understands what it's like to be injured in a traumatic car crash. So when someone else’s careless or reckless behavior causes you to be involved in a crash, don't suffer the consequences. Get a lawyer for the best chance of compensation.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
If you’re the victim of a car accident, you have a limited amount of time to seek compensation for your personal injuries and property damage. In the state of Washington, you must file your claim within three years of the accident date. If you fail to file your claim within that timeframe, it's unlikely your case will ever be heard.
You should hire a lawyer to handle your case as soon as possible. The sooner you can file your claim, the more likely your lawyer is able to gather clear witness statements, evidence, and facts. If you wait too long, you may also have to pay for more expenses out of pocket before you receive a settlement.
Can I Still Get Compensation if I'm Partially at Fault?
One of the most common defenses presented by the insurance company is claiming that the injured victim was partially or completely at fault for the accident. Even if it can be proved that you share fault, you can still receive compensation through Washington's comparative fault law.
With comparative fault, the plaintiff and defendant in the car accident case will be assigned a percentage reflecting how much they are responsible for the accident. For the plaintiff, the court will deduct the percentage they are found at fault from the recovery they were initially awarded. For example, if you were awarded $20,000 in compensation, but 20% of the fault was attributed to you, you would only receive $16,000 in total compensation.
Schedule Your Consultation in Seattle, Everett, or Kirkland!
Since 1980, Robert Kornfeld has helped people like you receive restitution for their car-accident-related injuries and damages. Rob was also involved in a serious collision in 1985, so he understands exactly how your case affects you.
Let our experienced Seattle car accident attorney manage your case so you can focus on recovering. Call (425) 657-5255 to schedule your free consultation today.