Personal Injury Lawyers in Kent, WA

At Park Chenaur & Associates in Kent, our experienced personal injury lawyers are proficient in a wide variety of injury-related practice areas. 

Since 1999, our attorneys have had a proven track record of helping people injured in many types of accidents get the compensation they deserve, recovering millions of dollars for our clients.

The legal system can be complex when it comes to personal injury claims. We can make the process simpler for you in your time of need, regardless of the types of injury you have suffered.

Injured in an accident in Kent?

Whether you were injured in an auto accident, slip and fall incident, animal attack, medical malpractice case or another type of accident in the Kent area, our personal injury lawyers provide experienced and compassionate representation. 

We have helped people with virtually every type of personal injury over the past two decades and more. Our attorneys are intimately familiar with the relevant laws, procedures, and processes associated with personal injury claims.

With our help, you can resolve your compensation claim efficiently and without the stress associated with dealing with insurance companies and legal issues.

What do personal injury lawyers do?

Personal injury lawyers specialize in seeking compensation for people injured in accidents where another party (or parties) was partly or wholly at fault. This is sometimes referred to as “tort law.”

Some typical examples we see in the Kent area include:

  • Car and motorbike accidents
  • Slip and fall injuries
  • Medical malpractice claims
  • Nursing home negligence
  • Dog bite injuries
  • Product malfunctions

This list shows how varied personal injury claims can be – and while physical injuries are the most visible, the psychological, emotional and economic effects of these injuries should not be underestimated.

The liable party can be anyone from another driver to the manufacturer of a product or a medical facility.

In short, any party that causes an accident through neglectful, reckless or malicious actions that result in an injury may be held liable for a personal injury claim.

Most people injured in such accidents require legal representation. The process of claiming compensation can be stressful and intimidating – especially if you are in the middle of your recovery from an injury.

A personal injury lawyer will handle all communications with the insurance company of the at-fault party and usually try to negotiate an out-of-court settlement for your losses. If that’s not possible, litigation may be pursued.

What can personal injury lawyers help you recover?

The high costs of medical care in the United States need no introduction. Any serious accident can cause mounting medical bills that can be difficult for a family to pay.

These costs can be recovered from the at-fault party, along with other material and non-material losses you have suffered, including:

  • Future medical costs: if ongoing medical care is required
  • Lost income: if you missed work as a result of your accident
  • Future lost income: if your injuries will require time off work in the future
  • Pain and suffering: damages for the physical and emotional effects of the accident
  • Loss of quality of life: if your injuries have lowered your quality of life
  • Property damage: if you have suffered damage to property, such as a motor vehicle

What do you need to prove in a personal injury claim?

Your personal injury lawyer will need to prove the following key elements of a personal injury claim:

  • You were owed a legal duty of care 

The at-fault party had a responsibility to keep you safe. Vehicle drivers, for example, have a duty of care to other road users and medical staff have a duty of care to patients.

  • The duty of care was breached

If the duty of care is breached, such as a driver failing to exercise due care for other drivers, resulting in an accident, it can be deemed negligent behavior and the at-fault party held liable.

  • The breach of duty caused your injuries

Your lawyer will need to show that your injuries were caused by the breach of duty, generally with the aid of medical reports and other evidence.

What are the most common types of personal injuries?

The most common type of accident causing personal injury is motor vehicle accidents. Typically, we see the following types of injuries resulting:

    • Traumatic brain injuries: from concussion to injuries requiring permanent medical care.
    • Facial injuries: scarring, disfiguration, long-term physical and emotional suffering.
    • Spinal cord injuries: painful injuries requiring long-term treatment or even resulting in paralysis.
    • Broken bones: usually temporary injuries that heal with appropriate medical care.
    • Internal injuries: potentially very serious (always get thoroughly checked by a health professional after an accident).
    • Amputation: may occur in a serious accident or be required medically.
    • Sensory damage: problems with vision or hearing may require significant life changes.
    What to consider before hiring a personal injury attorneyYour choice of personal injury attorney can affect the amount of compensation you receive and when you receive it.As your lawyer will manage the legal processes and conduct communications and negotiations with the insurance company, appropriate qualifications, experience, and skills are necessary.Here are some key factors to consider before deciding on the personal injury lawyer you choose to represent you:
    • How do they charge? Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, taking a percentage of the compensation awarded to you without any upfront retainer.
    • Are they fully qualified? In the United States, a personal injury attorney must have a bachelor’s degree, a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from a law school, and pass the bar exam to be able to practice. Check that your lawyer is licensed to practice in Washington.
    • Do they have verifiable reviews from past clients? This should be easy to check as most law firms have websites or directory presence (e.g. Avvo) with reviews.
    • Does your lawyer have experience with the type of personal injuries that your case requires and a strong track record in winning substantial payouts?
    • Do they offer a free case evaluation? This provides a risk-free way to discuss the details of your case, ask questions, check fees, and decide whether you are a good match.
    Can you claim even if you were partly at fault for your accident?If you were injured in an accident that was partly the fault of someone else and partly your fault, you can still sue the other party for their proportion of fault.Under Washington state’s “comparative fault” laws, if you were 25 percent at fault for the accident, the other party or parties can be held liable for the remaining 75 percent of the fault.What is the deadline for filing a personal injury claim? The statute of limitations for recovering damages in personal injury cases in Washington is set at three years from the date of your accident or injury.After that date, any claim is likely to be dismissed.As a general rule, then, it is best to proceed without delay if you have been injured in an accident that was no fault of your own.Should I accept the offer from my insurance company? It depends on the offer but, in most cases, insurance companies play hardball and may try to get you to sign off on an agreement before you hire a lawyer. They may try to take advantage of the fact that you need to pay medical bills.Generally speaking, it is best to allow a personal injury to take a look and to discuss your case before signing any paperwork. Ideally, one of our personal injury lawyers will conduct all negotiations with the insurance company as we are accustomed to the process of pushing for settlements that are truly in the best interests of our clients.Start with a free consultation by calling (253) 839-9440 today. Remember, we work on a contingency basis so we only get paid if you win compensation.