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Perhaps you had surgery a few years ago and have developed a consistent ache near the place where you had surgery done. You have the area X-rayed to find a surgical instrument accidentally left in your body.
You definitely have the makings of a medical malpractice lawsuit, but there are a variety of factors that may complicate it like the medical malpractice statute of limitations. Going into a lawsuit unprepared with knowledge about these legal details could prove more harmful than helpful.
If you’ve been injured in Spokane, Seattle or Tacoma, use LawInfo’s Washington personal injury articles to learn about the laws surrounding your case and to find a qualified attorney.
A car accident can be a jarring experience. It can be easy to forget to collect information that will be critical later on if you become involved in a personal injury lawsuit. Here are a few tips for what you should do at the scene of an accident after you’ve ensured that you and the other driver are out of harm’s way:
A statute of limitations limits how much time after an injury occurs that a plaintiff has to pursue legal action against a defendant. Once the statute “runs out,” a lawsuit cannot be pursued. Washington’s civil statute of limitations includes:
Negligence is a key deciding factor in most Washington personal injury cases. If a defendant’s negligence in the injuring incident caused the plaintiff’s injury, the defendant can be held liable to pay compensation in the form of damages.
Proving a defendant’s negligence in court is a complicated process. There are many principles and rules to consider, among which are the “reasonably prudent” person and the four elements of negligence.
The reasonably prudent person is a standard of conduct the court uses to determine whether the defendant’s actions were irresponsible or law-breaking. If a reasonably prudent person would do one thing in a similar situation when the defendant did another, the defendant may have been negligible.
The four elements of negligence measure the extent of a defendant’s negligence and their liability to compensate the plaintiff’s injury. The four elements are:
Injuries cost money, including time away from work, medical bills, and other complications. Before taking legal action or trying to negotiate a settlement on your own, you should talk to an attorney about your case. You can search LawInfo’s legal directory to find a local personal injury attorney about the merits of your case. This one step can level the playing field, help you protect your rights, and put you in the best position for recovering the compensation that you deserve.