Frequently Asked Questions

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Personal Injury

What is a personal injury?
A personal injury is any injury caused to a person by another person’s wrongful or negligent act. The most common personal injuries that give rise to claims are as follows:

  • Auto accidents;
  • Other vehicle accidents, such as, trucking, motorcycle, or ATV accidents;
  • Pedestrian or bicycle accidents;
  • Dog bites;
  • Slips and falls;
  • Watercraft accidents;


If I have been injured, what information should I collect regarding my injuries?

You must collect all details of the incident itself, including the name, address, and phone number of the at-fault party, any witness names, police report information, and when possible photographs of the vehicle damage.

If a physical injury has occurred, seek medical attention immediately and keep a journal of your complaints.  Make sure to follow all medical advice and stick with your treatment program.

How do I know if I need an attorney?

Everyone should at least consult with an attorney to better understand your rights and the claim process. Consultations are free at The Weyer Law Firm. An experienced attorney will guide you through the process and negotiate aggressively with insurance adjusters and defense attorneys in order to see that you get what you deserve.

What remedies are available in a personal injury claim?

A person suffering from a personal injury can claim any actual damages that were proximately caused by the wrongful or negligent act of another person. Damages refer to the monetary compensation that should be provided in order to make you whole.  In other words, put you back in the position you would have been in had the injury not occurred. The injured can recover the amount paid for health care, damages for scarring and disfigurement, property damage and repair costs, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.

If the victim dies as a result of the negligence of another, the heirs may be able to bring a wrongful death claim.

What is wrongful death?

A wrongful death occurs when a wrongful or negligent act results in the death of a person. Family members of the deceased may be able to bring a claim for damages stemming from the wrongful death.

I was injured but may have been partly at fault. Do I still have a case?

Washington recognizes comparative fault.  This means that even if you bear some responsibility for the injury, you can still bring a claim for compensation against the other party that contributed to the injury.

Will I have to go to court?

Most often, an experienced law firm can resolve your case through a settlement outside of court.  In some circumstances, you may have to go to court to obtain the best outcome.

Auto Accident Litigation


No.  There are time limits that apply to all claims.  These time limits vary by state.  It is important that you seek legal advice early and discuss any time limits that may apply to your claim.


The sooner you hire an attorney, the sooner the attorney can take steps to preserve evidence, find witnesses, guide treatment and bill payment and lay the foundation for your claim. Early consultation with an attorney can prevent or reduce problems with a claim. Contact The Weyer Law Firm now for your free consultation.