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Washington Personal Injury Guide

WA personal injury case & accident info

Washington has three national parks, 1,462 National Register of Historic Places, 17 National Natural Landmarks, 186 state parks, and 24 National Natural Landmarks. This state is prime for the outdoorsy among us, which means they are used to tourists, and they also used to negligence cases, car accidents and personal injury suits.

Maybe it was you who was hurt; perhaps it was a relative or friend. Whatever happens during your Washington journeys, if you need assistance for your personal injury case, Enjuris can offer guidance.

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Washington personal injury law: the basics

Washington statutes online

This is where you’ll find the Revised Code of Washington. The website has details about how long you have to bring a case, monetary limits on personal injury cases (which are also known as damage caps), and other important information.

Revised Code of Washington

To read:

Washington's car accident statutes of limitation

In Washington, you have three years to bring both a personal injury and a property damage claim. That means you have three years to file your paperwork with the court, not that your case has to be completed in that time frame.

Washington's Statute of Limitations

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Accident worksheets

Your First Meeting with an Attorney
A worksheet to prepare for your first meeting with a personal injury attorney – what to bring, what they'll ask
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Documents & Evidence Checklist
Checklist of 30 items to help you prepare for making a personal injury or accident claim
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Personal Injury Attorney Interview Sheet
Worksheet with questions to ask a personal injury attorney to help determine if he or she will be a good fit for your case
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Damages/Expenses Worksheet
Damages worksheet to track expenses for your injury claim (medical treatment, property damage, lost wages, prescriptions)
Download in PDF format

Post-Accident Journal Form
Sample accident journal/diary to help you document the effect on your daily life
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Accident Report Form
Sample post-accident report form to keep in your glove box - fill out at the scene or as soon as you can after a car accident
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Hiring a lawyer in Washington

The first meeting with a personal injury attorney is normally free of charge. (Note that other legal specialties, such as domestic relations law or family law, are different.) After that, lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means that they will receive a third of the eventual reward, plus whatever office expenses they incur along the way.

If your case proceeds to trial, that percentage could rise to 40% of the eventual reward or judgment. These numbers aren't determined by law, so don't be surprised if your lawyer suggests something else.

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Examples of personal injury cases and accidents

Examples of personal injury cases and accidents

Personal injury cases (also know as a tort lawsuit) come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Auto accidents, medical malpractice and premises liability (slip/fall) are a few examples of the most common types of personal injury cases, but there are many more. In fact, torts are among the most common legal actions in the United States. Read more

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Law libraries in Washington

There are many issues you can solve without the help of an attorney. If you don't know where to start, a law librarian can help you. They are usually legally trained, and they can help you both with texts or online research engines like LexisNexis or Westlaw.