Personal Injury

If you have suffered physical and/or emotional injuries as a result of the negligence or wrongdoing of another person, company, government agency or other entity, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation as a result of your injuries.

Negligence Personal Injury Claims:

A negligence claim is when you have been injured due to another’s negligent action. This is the most common form of a personal injury claim. A claim for damages may arise when your injuries are the result of a person’s or entity’s negligent act or failure to act.

Common negligence claims include:

  • Auto Accident
  • Dog Bite
  • Slip and Fall
  • Products Liability

Auto Accident

Auto accidents are the most common type of negligence personal injury cases. Auto accident claims generally occur when a driver is not following the rules of the road or not using proper care on the road.

Dog Bite

A claim for injuries resulting from a dog bite arises when a person is injured from a dog bite, either in a public area or when lawfully on private property.

Slip and Fall

Property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe and free from dangers in certain situations. The duties of a property owner vary depending on the nature of the premises and the injured persons reasons for being on the property.

Products Liability

A products liability claim may arise when a person is injured while using a product that had a defect in its manufacturing or a product that was designed and manufactured in a way that made it dangerous to use.

Statute of Limitations

The Statute of Limitations is the timeframe in which an injured person has to file a lawsuit in order to make a claim for an injury they have received. In Washington, you typically must file a personal injury lawsuit within three (3) years from the day that you are injured. Failure to file within the three year period may result in the loss of the claim against the person or entity who caused the injury. However, there are exceptions to the statute of limitations that may apply depending on the type of case.


If you are injured and someone else is responsible for the injury you may be entitled to recover “damages” from the person or entity that caused the injury or their insurance company. These damages can include: Past and Future Medical Expenses, Lost Wages, Pain and Suffering, and other damages depending on the nature and circumstances surrounding the case.

If you have been injured as the result of the actions of a person or business, contact an attorney at Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Van Wert & Oreskovich P.C. for a free consultation.

The contents of this website are intended to convey general information only and not to provide legal advice or opinions.

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