Construction Accident FAQ
In recent years, there has been an explosion in growth in the population in cities like Kirkland, Seattle, Bellingham, and Olympia, along with the surrounding areas. With this explosive growth have come buildings going up everywhere and, unfortunately, accidents from these job sites. While every case is unique, we tend to get the same questions time and again from our clients. If your question is not answered below, feel free to call for a free consultation.
Question: How long will it take to wrap up my construction accident case?
Answer: This is hard to know without knowing the specifics of your case. Some cases may only take a few months to wrap up whereas other cases take several years. It really depends on the severity of your injuries and how the insurance companies react to the amount of money you want to settle your case.
Question: How much money can I get for my construction accident case?
Answer: That also depends on the severity of your injuries. It also depends on how much insurance there is available to compensate you. Feel free to call us for a consultation we can give you an expected range of possible outcomes.
Question: L&I paid my medical bills. I read I will have to pay them back if I get a settlement. Is that true?
Answer: Yes, it could be true. It just depends if you have what is called a “third party case,” which occurs when a company or individual other than your employer caused your injuries while you were on the job. You will not have to repay 100% of your medical bills. You will, however, have to repay a percentage of them.
Question: There were no witnesses around when I got hurt. Is that going to be a problem for my case?
Answer: It could be. It is always helpful to have witnesses if liability is disputed in your case, meaning that the defendant claims they did not cause your injuries.
Question: How long do I have to bring a construction case?
Answer: You have three years from the date of your accident to file the documents in court, and by documents we mean the lawsuit. You do not have to be finished with your case; you simply have to have filed the lawsuit, which is called a Complaint, in court within three years of the date of your accident.