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Here’s to Happy Holidays from Cunnane Law

Posted on: December 6th, 2022 by Marcel Colon
This time of year can be challenging, but we wish you the very best this holiday season.

This time of year can be challenging, but we wish you the very best this holiday season.

The holidays can be hard sometimes.

It is common, given our type of work, for the people we assist on a daily basis to find the holidays to be a trying time. This is especially true if you are ill, confined to a bed, or preoccupied with medical care and physical therapy.

We realize that not working can be stressful, leaving you to wonder what you will do.

It can be tough to imagine even “having” Christmas this year if you are out of work and your employer or insurance provider are making things even more difficult.

We understand that, which is the reason we are here to help.

We can offer you and your loved ones a little more piece of mind, even if we cannot guarantee that your problem will be resolved before the holiday season is through.

Being uncertain about what to do or what your alternatives are, particularly when dealing with a complex legal system, can be very stressful to say the least.

It also doesn’t help to experience times when your paycheck is unpredictable or to worry about how you’ll pay your medical expenditures.

We can provide you with our expertise and guidance while we help you with car accidents and long-term disability claims. In fact, that is what Cunnane Law in Edmonds is particularly good at.

We understand that you might be having a difficult time this year, more than ever, and our wish for you is for strength and peace and a happy holiday season surrounded by your loved ones.

Note: This information was provided not for any specific claim and is written in broad and general terms and may not be the right path to follow for a particular claim or case. This information is not intended to create an attorney client relationship. It is always best to receive direct legal counsel for your legal issues. It is never too early to call the attorney, but it can be too late.

Holiday Decorating Can Result in Injuries

Posted on: November 27th, 2022 by Marcel Colon
Have fun this holiday season, and stay safe and healthy!

Have fun this holiday season, and stay safe and healthy!

Following Halloween, the Christmas season officially starts on November 1st. People start decorating for the holidays from Thanksgiving through to Christmas and New Year’s. To celebrate this joyous season, Christmas trees are set up, wreaths are hung, yard decorations are placed, lights are strewn over the house and landscape, and menorahs are lit. Exercising caution can help prevent common injuries, but decorating has hidden risks that should be considered.

Rushing to Get Things Done Takes a Toll

Almost everyone finds the holiday season the busiest time of year. People are rushing to complete work assignments before the end of the year while also balancing holiday shopping, event planning, family visits, decorating, baking, and a host of other activities. Some people rush through their decorating as quickly as possible due to a lack of time. However, decorating in a hurry can result in shortcuts and safety risks, resulting in minor or serious injury.

Keep Safety in Mind When Decorating

Christmas lights are a popular Christmas tradition, but they also present a very real risk to people’s health and safety. Plugging in lights that are old or with frayed wires can result in electrical shorts that can start house fires or cause serious injury from electrocution. To avoid a short circuit, never connect more than 210 watts worth of light strings at once.  These are less obvious safety precautions to follow, but they can help you stay safe throughout the holidays.

While candles are a common year-round home decoration, they are also popular for the holidays. It takes only a heartbeat for a candle placed next to a dry Christmas tree to become a catastrophe. Blow out candles before leaving the room and keep them away from the Christmas tree and anything combustible. In November and December of each year from 2016 to 2018, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found that there were approximately 100 Christmas tree fires and approximately 1,100 candle fires. This led to 30 fatalities, 180 injuries, and annual property losses of around $56 million. While one may believe they won’t experience this, it is wise to rule out any possibilities. Water the tree frequently to prevent drying out and creating a fire hazard. Do not leave a menorah burning unattended if you celebrate Hanukkah. To prevent it from tipping over, place the menorah on a strong surface. Candles and menorahs should be kept out of pets’ and kids’ reach. A house fire caused by a candle or decoration is one of the worst things that could happen.

Unfortunately, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 18,000 Americans are treated in emergency rooms each year for injuries brought on by Christmas decorations. Decorating-related lacerations, strains and sprains, fractures, contusions and abrasions, and ingestion were the most frequent injuries seen in the emergency room. Be careful when decorating your home this year to avoid going to the emergency room for any reason.

Do You Need Help?

Holiday decorating should be a joyful family activity that gets everyone in the holiday spirit. Please keep these helpful decorating suggestions in mind to avoid any serious injury during the holidays this year. While we hope this never happens, if you are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or a defective product, please contact Cunnane Law. Our personal injury lawyers are here to assist you with your case and provide free consultations.

Note: This information was provided not for any specific claim and is written in broad and general terms and may not be the right path to follow for a particular claim or case. This information is not intended to create an attorney client relationship. It is always best to receive direct legal counsel for your legal issues. It is never too early to call the attorney, but it can be too late.

Accidents on Thanksgiving Day

Posted on: November 21st, 2022 by Marcel Colon
Having an accident on Thanksgiving can make it a very unhappy holiday.

Having an accident on Thanksgiving can make it a very unhappy holiday.

Thanksgiving Day has been a celebrated family holiday across the nation ever since it was declared a public holiday in 1817. Thanksgiving is a day for getting together with family and friends. It is a time when we are all encouraged to give thanks for what we have and count our blessings. Sadly, Thanksgiving Day tops New Year’s Eve, the Fourth of July, and St. Patrick’s Day as the deadliest day of the year. According to research, Thanksgiving Day is the holiday with the highest number of fatalities from motor vehicle accidents.

Slip and Fall Accidents on Thanksgiving Day

The hustle and bustle leading up to Thanksgiving Day and during the holiday weekend has an impact on more than just the traffic. You can anticipate more people walking through malls, grocery stores, and their parking lots and sidewalks.

The likelihood of shop assistants being busier with customers and having less time to search for potential risks, is increased in overcrowded shopping centers. Spills, debris, and other dangers probably won’t get cleaned up as soon as they would on a typical shopping day, even if these problems are brought to the employees’ notice. The same goes for potential dangers outside the business, in the parking lot, and on the walkways.

Car Accidents on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is the deadliest holiday of the year due to motor vehicle accident fatalities, so it’s important to understand why this is the case and what we can do to help keep our loved ones and ourselves safe this holiday season. According to the National Safety Council, fatal motor vehicle accidents on Thanksgiving Day 2021 were forecast to claim the lives of 515 Americans. The following is a list of some of the factors that Thanksgiving Day dangers include:

  1. Alcohol: Sharing festive drinks at the Thanksgiving dinner table with loved ones can be a fun way to relax and catch up. The risk arises when family members consume a bit more alcohol than they should, then grab their keys and try to drive home. To prevent you and your loved ones from being involved in a drunk driving accident this holiday season, try your best to persuade family members to find alternative transportation if they consume more alcohol than they anticipated.
  2. Fatigue: After Thanksgiving dinner, drowsiness is common. The fatigue we feel on Thanksgiving Day might impair our ability to stay awake while driving, perhaps leading to a devastating motor vehicle accident.
  3. Traffic: The likelihood of a car accident increases significantly on Thanksgiving Day due to the congested roads. Use extreme caution if you must travel. It would be best if you give yourself plenty of time as well because the increased traffic could probably cause delays.
  4. Weather: Winter weather usually shows up around Thanksgiving Day. Even though driving in winter weather is something that many of us are accustomed to, it still tends to surprise a lot of people when it first appears.

Kitchen Accidents on Thanksgiving Day

A Thanksgiving Day article wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the kitchen. In addition to injuries like burns, wounds, falls, muscular strains, and smoke inhalation, it has been established that Thanksgiving Day sees the most cooking-related fires of the year.

Were you injured in a Thanksgiving accident in Washington state, or was someone close to you injured?

The accident injury lawyers at Cunnane Law in Edmonds, Washington, have seen firsthand the debilitating consequences that accident victims’ disabilities may have on them and their family. The injured person will face many challenges after a Thanksgiving Day accident in order to recover their health and put their lives back together.

To get the help you deserve, contact the highly regarded and experienced accident injury legal team at Cunnane Law of Edmonds, Washington, right now.

Note: This information was provided not for any specific claim and is written in broad and general terms and may not be the right path to follow for a particular claim or case. This information is not intended to create an attorney client relationship. It is always best to receive direct legal counsel for your legal issues. It is never too early to call the attorney, but it can be too late.

Your Guide to Car Accident Police Reports in Washington

Posted on: October 27th, 2022 by Marcel Colon

You could be entitled to bring a car accident claim against the other motorist to seek damages if you were hurt in a car accident that was their fault. You may need to know how to obtain a police record from an automobile accident as part of this procedure. You must be able to establish liability to make an automobile accident claim.

This implies, among other things:

  • Interviewing witnesses is necessary before they forget what happened
  • Photographs must be taken before injuries heal and damage is fixed
  • Evidence must be gathered before it is gone

To put it another way, you must gather and save the proof necessary to establish that the other motorist (and their auto insurance provider) is responsible for paying for your damages, including your physical injury and monetary losses. To support your vehicle accident claim, a police record is crucial.

Almost all the information you need to submit a car accident claim is contained in your car accident police report, which is the official record of your collision.

A Police Car Accident Report

The car accident police report is one of the most important components of any potential legal claim.

The car accident police report is one of the most important components of any potential legal claim.

If the police are called to your car accident, they will often file a car accident police report at the scene, particularly if a person is killed, suffers a physical injury, or if there is severe property damage.

It is crucial that you have a proficient automobile accident lawyer review the police report as quickly as possible if one was filed in your case. Your accident police report may be useful to the skilled automobile accident attorneys at Cunnane Law as they work to develop a strong case on your behalf.

What Details Are Included in a Police Car Accident Report?

The reporting officer’s unbiased opinions concerning your car collision are detailed in your accident police report.

There is there is no need for you to attempt to fully understand all the information in a police accident report on your own. We will review the report and speak with any witnesses before they are questioned by the at-fault driver’s vehicle insurance company.

Types of Police Reports for Car Accidents in Washington

Everyone is aware that auto accidents are a regrettable fact of life on our state’s roadways and highways. However, did you know that the State of Washington accepts two different types of car accident report forms?

  1. State of Washington Police Traffic Collision Report which is filed with the Washington State Patrol.

The responding police officer uses this form to collect detailed information regarding the accident, including:

  • Time, date, and location of the accident
  • Name and contact information for the vehicle drivers
  • Passengers and witnesses’ names and contact information
  • Type of any injuries and severity
  • Types and number of vehicles involved
  • Damage to the vehicles
  • Name and badge number of the investigating officer

This report also contains the reporting officer’s written account of what caused the accident.

  1. Motor Vehicle Collision Report. Anyone involved in an accident that resulted in injury or death, or more than $1,000 in total property damage and was not reported by a responding police officer is allowed to use this form. It is required to be filled out and filed with the Washington State Patrol within 4 days of the accident either online through the Online Motor Vehicle Collision Reporting system, or alternatively, complete, sign and mail it to the Collision Records Section – P.O. Box 42628 Olympia, WA 98504-2628, or email it to collisionrecords@wsp.wa.gov.

Talk to Cunnane Law About How to Get a Car Accident Police Report

Taking immediate action will improve your chances of receiving full compensation for your losses and injuries if you or someone you care about was injured in a car accident. Call Cunnane Law right away to schedule a meeting with a skilled member of our legal team. We can help you.

Note: This information was provided not for any specific claim and is written in broad and general terms and may not be the right path to follow for a particular claim or case. This information is not intended to create an attorney client relationship. It is always best to receive direct legal counsel for your legal issues. It is never too early to call the attorney, but it can be too late.

Common Truck Accident Injuries in Seattle

Posted on: September 26th, 2022 by Marcel Colon
Truck accidents are more common that many realize, and they are often the source of devastating injuries.

Truck accidents are more common that many realize, and they are often the source of devastating injuries.

Almost every day, trucking collisions occur in Seattle and the surrounding areas. These collisions can have devastating consequences, as we have observed over the years at Cunnane Law.

The occupants of passenger cars generally sustain the most severe injuries in collisions because tractor-trailers are larger and heavier than normal passenger cars. The following are a few of the more typical injuries caused by truck accidents.

Injuries to the Back and Neck

The victims of trucking accidents frequently sustain strained muscles, tendon damage, and ligament injuries. Vertebrae, which are bony structures, protect the spine. Discs, the cushions of rigid cartilage filled with a gel-like substance, are located between each vertebra. These discs provide flexibility and ease of motion by acting as a shock absorber between the spinal column’s bones. However, when a disc is injured, it may leak, swell, or even completely herniate, causing it to collapse. Nerve bundles are compressed as the space between the vertebrae gets smaller, resulting in debilitating symptoms.

Injuries to the Head and Brain

Head and brain injuries are among the most prevalent injuries caused by large truck collisions. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), such as blunt head trauma, concussions, and scalp or facial lacerations, are common. TBI symptoms might include headaches, memory and mood disorders, and difficulty sleeping or focusing. While they are not visible to the naked eye, head trauma injuries are serious and can have a devastating impact on a person’s life.

Spinal Injuries

One of the most serious injuries a person may sustain is a spinal cord injury. It happens when the spinal cord is injured or severed in some way. These injuries can cause whole or partial paralysis above and below the location of spinal cord injury. Essentially, all messages must be transferred from the brain to the rest of the body via the central nervous system, which means they pass through the spinal column. As a result, spinal cord damage is comparable to a kink in a hose. It blocks communication after that point. Some of these injuries leave patients unable to walk, while others might become quadriplegic, a condition resulting in the loss of all extremities.

Lacerations

Broken glass, jagged metal, vehicle frames, hard plastic interiors and dashboards, can all result in serious lacerations and puncture wounds. Many people who survive truck accidents have severe pain for a very long time as well as irreversible body scarring. Due to their visibility and the fact that the head and face are the most exposed, facial lacerations are often the most severe.

Wrongful Death

When a person has died in a trucking accident, the family can seek restitution by filing a wrongful death claim. This can assist the victim’s family in obtaining funds for burial expenses, medical bills, loss of financial support and income, as well as the pain and emotional anguish that comes with the loss of a loved one. These cases, however, are complex and frequently include multiple court proceedings.

Get Help from a Washington Truck Accident Attorney Today

When you contact Cunnane Law, WA, we will begin an investigation into the truck accident immediately. Insurance companies and trucking companies move quickly and often conceal evidence. You need a team of experienced investigators on the scene as quickly as possible. Our law firm can determine what caused your trucking accident and who should be held accountable.

Contact us today for a free consultation with a truck accident attorney at Cunnane Law, WA. There is no risk or obligation involved in making the call.

Note: This information was provided not for any specific claim and is written in broad and general terms and may not be the right path to follow for a particular claim or case. This information is not intended to create an attorney client relationship. It is always best to receive direct legal counsel for your legal issues. It is never too early to call the attorney, but it can be too late.

Does Washington State Have a Good Samaritan Law?

Posted on: September 23rd, 2022 by Marcel Colon
Good Samaritan laws make it more likely people in danger will get the help they need.

Good Samaritan laws make it more likely people in danger will get the help they need.

Most people’s instincts encourage them to assist a person in danger when they are hurt or unconscious. However, many people are reluctant because they do not want to be held responsible for more injuries or fatalities in the event that they worsen the situation. These circumstances give rise to the Good Samaritan law, which has the ability to save another life. It is in your best interest to speak with an experienced Cunnane Law attorney if you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident so that we can work together to determine the best course of action for your case.

Though you may be hesitant when helping those who are in peril because you fear liability, there are laws in Washington that protect Good Samaritan efforts and can help save lives.

The Good Samaritan Law Explained

A Good Samaritan is understood as any everyday person who helps someone injured or unconscious and doesn’t expect to be paid for their services. Of course, helping in an emergency is commendable, but many people have concerns. Will they be held liable if the person is injured further? What if they die?

Those valid concerns often lead to people deciding not to help. But in Washington, you don’t have to worry about liability when you rescue someone. As long as you aren’t willfully negligent or reckless when helping, you have no civil or criminal liability.

Washington state also has a Good Samaritan Law where if a person seeks medical assistance for someone experiencing a drug overdose, they won’t be charged with possession of a controlled substance. The Good Samaritan law protects anyone who is making a good faith effort to seek medical attention for an overdose, whether it is caused by opioids, alcohol poisoning, or another substance. Calling 911, asking a friend who works in medicine for help, or taking someone to the emergency room are examples of good faith efforts.

The Good Samaritan Law and Volunteer Services

According to the new law, which was passed in April 2021, a volunteer will not be liable for civil damages while giving non medical treatment at the scene of an emergency or disaster unless the act is “gross negligence” or “willful or wanton misbehavior.” For example, a volunteer breaking down a door or window without fear of personal liability when trying to help someone escape from a flood.

When a person is fighting for their life, the last thing they need is a bystander questioning whether or not they should help. Washington state has made it easier for those who need help the most to receive it in a timely manner. You have immunity to come to the aid of others without fear of being held liable. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it’s important that you contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced person injury lawyer can help you with your case. Contact the office of Cunnane Law online for a free consultation.

Note: This information was provided not for any specific claim and is written in broad and general terms and may not be the right path to follow for a particular claim or case. This information is not intended to create an attorney client relationship. It is always best to receive direct legal counsel for your legal issues. It is never too early to call the attorney, but it can be too late.

In a Yellow Light Accident Who is at Fault?

Posted on: August 31st, 2022 by Marcel Colon
Yellow light accidents are common, but determining fault can be tricky.

Yellow light accidents are common, but determining fault can be tricky.

You are still at risk of being involved in a major accident, even if you are a cautious and safe driver. There are numerous ways that car accidents can occur, with yellow light accidents being one of the more common types of collision. This makes us ask, “In Washington, who is to blame for a yellow light collision?”

Here is a summary by our Edmonds car accident attorneys, of the most critical facts that drivers in Washington should know regarding yellow light collisions.

Understanding Yellow Light Accident Fault

A yellow light is officially a warning light, warning motorists to slow down because the light is going to turn red. Of course, the message that most people receive is more along the lines of “hurry up, get through this light before it turns red.”

While yellow light accidents might take many different forms, the majority of them have one thing in common. One car is traveling straight, another is trying to make a left turn, and both are attempting to get through the intersection before the light changes to red.

Who is to blame for a left turn accident at a red light? The general rule is that the driver turning left is to blame for the accident. All drivers have a legal responsibility to make sure that the road is clear and that they have enough time to safely navigate the intersection before making a left turn.

Despite that, all yellow light accidents must be examined on an individual basis. Other factors, such as speeding, distracted driving, or other reckless driving maneuvers, could also shift the blame. Drivers may even share responsibility for a yellow light crash in some cases.

Evidence is Crucial if Fault is Disputed

It is critical to understand that Washington is a fault-based jurisdiction for car accidents. A plaintiff must be able to demonstrate that the other driver is to blame for the accident.

If the cause of your yellow light collision is disputed, you must consult with an experienced car accident attorney who will be able to assist you in taking action to investigate the collision and obtain all relevant evidence.

Everything from police reports, photographs, statements from witnesses and expert testimony can be included. The sooner you retain the services of an attorney, the easier it will be to collect and present important evidence.

Contact Our Edmonds, WA Based Car Accident Lawyers Today

Our top-rated Washington auto accident lawyers at Cunnane Law have considerable expertise resolving personal injury claims. We are here to assist you if you or a loved one has been injured in a yellow light collision. Please do not hesitate to call our legal team now to schedule a free, no-obligation evaluation of your vehicle accident case.

Note: This information was provided not for any specific claim and is written in broad and general terms and may not be the right path to follow for a particular claim or case. This information is not intended to create an attorney client relationship. It is always best to receive direct legal counsel for your legal issues. It is never too early to call the attorney, but it can be too late.

Help! Someone Hit My Parked Car!

Posted on: August 29th, 2022 by Marcel Colon
Ouch! It’s no fun when someone hits your parked car. Here’s what you should do.

Ouch! It’s no fun when someone hits your parked car. Here’s what you should do.

Accidents involving parked cars are not the same as accidents involving moving vehicles. For one thing, unless you were in the parked vehicle at the time of the crash, you most likely did not sustain physical injuries.

Also, unless they thoughtfully left a note, you are unlikely to discover the identity of the individual who hit your vehicle. Unfortunately, in Washington, some motorists may quickly disappear after crashing into a parked automobile, so you may never be able to identify the culprit.

We at Cunnane Law, a leading Washington vehicle accident firm, are frequently asked what to do next. Experience has shown that following these four procedures will boost your chances of collecting compensation under your collision policy.

1. Call the Police

A police officer can stop by and fill out an accident report. This report is extremely useful because it clearly proves that an accident occurred. If you don’t have it, you’ll need other evidence proving that someone hit your parked vehicle.

Obtain a copy of the police report or, at the very least, the police report number. The report will be required by your insurance company.

2. Take Photographs Showing the Damage to Your Vehicle

You should photograph any damage while you wait for the police officer to come. Take shots from all sides of your vehicle as you walk around it. You should also magnify any visible damage. Paint can smear off a vehicle after a collision, so try to photograph it as well.

Take photos of nearby landmarks to help you pinpoint where your vehicle is parked. Important information, such as the location of your automobile and the time you noticed it had been hit, should also be documented.

3. Talk to Witnesses

Someone may have witnessed another driver crash your vehicle.  Walk around the neighborhood and inquire if anyone noticed anything. They might have, in which case you should make a note of the make, model, and color of the car at fault. Take down the name of any witnesses, as well as their phone number or email address. Check whether any surrounding businesses have security cameras. These cameras are sometimes positioned toward the road, and they may have filmed the accident as it happened. If that’s the case, you might be able to obtain a copy of the video.

4. Submit a Claim to Your Insurer

Call your insurance company as soon as possible and report the accident. Your agent will advise you of any additional information required. They may also have claim forms that you must complete. Unless you can identify the motorist who hit your parked car, you will most likely only be able to file a claim under your collision policy.

5. Do you require assistance? Cunnane Law can help.

We are a reputable Washington car accident law office, and we want the general public to know that we are available to assist them with their legal matters. If you have been hit and injured, we can help you get compensation, but we need you to contact us first to begin the process.

Don’t delay. Please call us or send an online message to schedule a free consultation.

Note: This information was provided not for any specific claim and is written in broad and general terms and may not be the right path to follow for a particular claim or case. This information is not intended to create an attorney client relationship. It is always best to receive direct legal counsel for your legal issues. It is never too early to call the attorney, but it can be too late.

What Does it Mean to Sue for Personal Injuries in Washington?

Posted on: July 25th, 2022 by Marcel Colon
Have you experienced personal injuries in Washington? Let us help you.

Have you experienced personal injuries in Washington? Let us help you.

Suffering an injury that may have been avoided is both painful and frustrating. Many persons who have suffered a personal injury because of someone else’s negligence, must cope with the repercussions of the incident in numerous aspects of their lives. Such as impacting their quality of life physically, emotionally, and mentally. Fortunately, there exist statutes in Washington state law that protect persons who have suffered personal injuries.

What Constitutes Personal Injury in Washington State?

Many situations fall under the category of personal injury and personal injury can take numerous forms, ranging from being injured in a car accident to suffering because of medical negligence or defective drugs and products. Depending on your situation, different legal approaches are required.

Before suing for injuries, it’s helpful to understand important terms in personal injury cases.

Negligence

“The area of tort law known as negligence involves harm caused by failing to act as a form of carelessness possibly with extenuating circumstances.” Wikipedia

When it comes to legal definitions, it’s important to understand how Washington state sees liability in personal injury lawsuits. It is crucial to prove negligence in order to recover damages.

Contributory Fault

Contributory fault is a circumstance in which both parties (you and the other party) are to blame for the injury. In essence, you can sue for damages whether or not you were partly responsible for the injury.

Personal vs. Bodily Injury

Personal injury is a legal term that is regularly used in civil court. It includes physical, emotional, and psychological damage. In criminal court proceedings, bodily injury is usually used to refer to injuries inflicted by a victim of another crime, such as assault.

How to File a Personal Injury Claim in Washington State

To establish a personal injury case, you (the person seeking damages) must demonstrate the following:

  1. You were owed a duty of reasonable care.
  2. The negligent party acted rashly or violated their duty of care.
  3. Your injuries were caused by the violation.
  4. You sustained injury.

It is the injured party’s responsibility to demonstrate that negligence occurred. The injured party must demonstrate that the other person’s, or group’s, lack of care and competence in handling the situation resulted in the personal injury.

Whether your injury occurred in a car accident on the road, at work, in a medical environment, or elsewhere, a skilled personal injury attorney can analyze your case and identify the best course of action to establish fault and recover damages.

Personal Injury Settlements

Insurance companies will be quick to offer the lowest settlement value possible for a personal injury. Without the assistance of an expert personal injury attorney to ensure that you receive the most compensation you deserve, you may find yourself agreeing to a $100,000 settlement when your claim might be worth a million dollars.

How Long Can You Hold Off on Filing a Personal Injury Claim?

In most cases, a person has three years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit in Washington state.

It is nearly impossible to initiate a case against the person or corporation that injured you once the statute of limitations has expired. The individual or organization might then file a motion to dismiss the lawsuit entirely.

What to Do After Suffering an Injury

Finding an attorney who genuinely cares about you and will fight for the best possible outcome is essential for presenting a persuasive case. We have a solid track record of resolving accident claims at Cunnane Law, and it is our objective to always provide upper edge legal services that produce results. Plus, we are always ready to litigate the case.

Our attorneys are professionals in Washington state personal injury law and work hard to ensure that clients receive the results they desire.

Have questions about suing for personal injuries in Washington? Contact Cunnane Law in Edmonds, WA today to learn more about your personal injury claim options.

Note: This information was provided not for any specific claim and is written in broad and general terms and may not be the right path to follow for a particular claim or case. This information is not intended to create an attorney client relationship. It is always best to receive direct legal counsel for your legal issues. It is never too early to call the attorney, but it can be too late.

Reasons You Need a Long-Term Disability Lawyer

Posted on: July 19th, 2022 by Marcel Colon
Don’t try to navigate the legal system on your own. Partner with an expert long-term disability lawyer.

Don’t try to navigate the legal system on your own. Partner with an expert long-term disability lawyer.

Long-term disability insurance protects you from losing your income if you are unable to work due to a serious health condition. A long-term disability plan is typically obtained through your employer, but you can also opt for a private plan purchased directly from the insurance company.

Long-term disability (LTD) lawyers can assist you in filing a claim or appealing a denial of benefits. Filing a claim can be a stressful and confusing procedure, especially if you are attempting to file your claim while managing your health. Legal assistance can be beneficial in a variety of ways, from making a claim to preparing an appeal for benefit denial.

A Long-Term Disability Lawyer Can Compare Your Policy to the Facts of Your Case

Long-term disability insurance policies differ from one another. It is, therefore, essential that you grasp the terms of your individual policy. Your insurance will include variables such as the definition of disability that you must meet in order to get payments. The amount you will receive in monthly payments may be subject to additional restrictions or conditions. All long-term disability policies are unique, even if they are issued by the same insurance carrier, so it is critical that you understand the conditions of your personal policy.

A long-term disability attorney can help you build your case around your policy and your condition. They can analyze the facts of your case and compare them to your policy to see if you should file for LTD. If you do, they will be able to advise you on the best types of evidence for your claim.

Allow a Long-Term Disability Lawyer to Help You Navigate Complex Law

If you have long-term disability coverage through your employer, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA, will apply to your claim. ERISA is a complicated area of law that typically benefits insurance companies and claimants may find it difficult to understand. As a result, having an experienced lawyer on your side can be advantageous.

In ERISA cases, the administrative appeal is frequently the last chance to provide fresh evidence. If you are unaware of this and fail to provide the required proof, you may be unable to bring a successful lawsuit in court. A lawyer can help you navigate these ERISA roadblocks.

Laws in your particular jurisdiction may also apply to your claim. You may lose your right to take your case to court if you do not file an appeal within the statutory deadline. A long-term disability lawyer will be able to assist you in staying on top of these deadlines.

The Insurance Company Can Be Held Accountable to the Terms of Your Policy by An Attorney

When it comes to dealing with long-term disability claims, insurance companies do not always follow the rules. If an insurance company takes too long to handle a claim or appeal, claimants who are unfamiliar with long-term disability law are unlikely to notice. A lawyer will document how your insurance company may be violating the terms of your policy in case your case is taken to court.

Call Cunnane Law Today for a Free Consultation about Your Claim

If you would like to speak with a member of our legal team about your long-term disability claim, please contact us online or give us a call. Our offices are conveniently located in Edmonds, WA, and we’re ready to help.

Note: This information was provided not for any specific claim and is written in broad and general terms and may not be the right path to follow for a particular claim or case. This information is not intended to create an attorney client relationship. It is always best to receive direct legal counsel for your legal issues. It is never too early to call the attorney, but it can be too late.

 

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