Injury & Accident Attorneys in Seattle
Hit by a Car, in a Crosswalk Accident, by a Drunk Driver…
Since 1985, our professional injury lawyers and accident attorneys have fought for and won recovery for thousands of people across the state of Washington. These recoveries include compensation arising out of car accidents; motorcycle crashes; bicycle accidents; nursing home negligence, abuse, and neglect; truck accidents; construction and worksite accidents; and other injury-causing events resulting from the negligence or intentional act of another person or company. Our clients’ injuries have included whiplash, TMJ injuries, herniated discs, brain damage, broken bones, soft tissues injuries, and other serious or catastrophic injuries.
Auto collisions inherently occur unexpectedly, and the crash can leave you with property damage, injuries, wage loss, out of pocket expenses, and many questions. People expect the insurance company to do the right thing, but the best interest of the insurer does not usually align with your best interest. Insurers immediately begin collecting critical information about you that will help the insurer and a computer software program determine the value of your damages based on what was paid for other peoples’ damages in the past. But you are not those other people, and your body, your injuries, and your damages are unique to you. Shouldn’t you have someone who understands you, the insurance claims process, the medicine, and the law advocating for a value and an outcome that is specific to you?
The challenges that a truck accident survivor or the family members of a wrongful death victim face often seem insurmountable. However, with the right guidance from an understanding attorney, you can obtain justice and closure. At Gosanko & O’Halloran, our aggressive attorneys understand the insurance claims process, the medicine, and the law so that the rights of our clients are enforced. The trucking company’s insurer will have the resources to attack the claims you make against the responsible parties. Shouldn’t you have an attorney with the resources to go toe to toe with the goliath to ensure that those parties are held accountable and your values are upheld?
Riding your bicycle is good for your health and the environment. However, without thousands of pounds of plastic and steel to surround you, every cyclist is at risk for being seriously injured despite using all due care. Studies have shown that drivers of motor vehicles often only see what they expect to see – other cars and perhaps not cyclists. We are experienced at helping cyclists overcome liability obstacles and negative perceptions to obtain full value for damages claims. We understand that riding a bike is more than just a form of transportation, and we aim to support cyclists who want our roads to be safe for everyone.
Motorcycles are more than a means of transportation, they are a lifestyle. A lifestyle that involves saving gas, feeling the wind as you ride, and connecting with other riders. The problem, though, is that when a car driver doesn’t see you, you almost always end up with more serious injuries. Adding salt to your wounds, motorcyclists often encounter negative perceptions that limit the value insurers and juries place on your damages. Our attorneys understand where and how the insurers will attack, and we are skilled at defeating them so that you can fully recover and move on with your life.
When people and business don’t correct known hazards on their property or warn people about known dangers, the public is at risk for injury. To protect our friends and families, the law provides that premises owners must take actions to correct dangerous conditions that they know about or should know about, and that the premises owners warn the public of the danger until it can be corrected. If a premises owner failed to keep you safe from a dangerous condition you didn’t expect, give us a call for a consultation
When someone’s negligence has caused the greatest loss in your life, feelings of anger, remorse, frustration, and helplessness are natural. But they also leave you vulnerable at a critical time when the insurance company and defendant are circling the wagons to protect the responsible party and defend the claim. Our attorneys are adept at counseling families, guiding you through the important steps necessary to preserve evidence and protect your interests. We will help you to understand Washington’s wrongful death statutes, advocate for the values that are most important to you, and enforce your rights to full compensation.
Although insurance companies in Washington are required by law to act in good faith with their insureds, they sometimes don’t. Don’t let your own insurance company cheat you out of what the insurance policy requires them to cover and pay.
If you thought you were covered for your loss, but your insurance company denied or limited your claim, call us for a free consultation to determine if their denial or limitation was in bad faith.
Construction workers confront dangerous and unsafe work conditions on a daily basis. If a forklift operator is negligent, the equipment is defective, or any kind of misconduct occurs, the results can be catastrophic. At Gosanko & O’Halloran, we advocate for accident victims and their families following serious or fatal construction or worksite accidents throughout Washington.
Brain science is constantly evolving, and we believe it is important as your advocate to maintain the most up to date knowledge about how trauma affects the brain, the injured person, and the people that are there to support the injured person. Concussions, memory loss, loss of motor skills, pituitary disorders, and changes in personality can result from even a simple bump to or shaking of the head. Brain injury can completely change a person’s and their family’s life, often permanently. If you or a loved one have suffered brain injury due to another’s actions or negligence, we want to make sure you receive the best treatment available, and ensure that your future and the future of your loved ones is protected.
The brain may send the commands, but without the spine and its nervous system, the commands go nowhere. Spinal damage can result in someone becoming paralyzed, losing feeling in an extremity, or other serious health issues. On top of that, medical expenses for spinal injuries can be extensive, and spinal injuries often require years of treatment for the pain and changes in lifestyle. To make sure that you or a loved one get the help needed, for as long as it’s needed, give us a call. We can advise you on the proper way to get help and to make sure those responsible are held accountable.
When we entrust the well-being of our loved ones to a nursing home, we expect a certain degree of safety and care. Unfortunately, that is often not the case when nursing homes value profit over people. Even facilities with the best intentions can be directed by a parent corporation to reduce staff and cut corners in hiring to increase profits. When this happens, our family members become victims of systemic abuse and neglect. Common signs of neglect include bedsores, dehydration, and soiled clothing. Fortunately, the law provides a heavy hammer for you to use to protect the safety of all nursing home residents.
If you or a family member are involved in any other kind of catastrophic accident, the loss, pain and grief can seem overwhelming. At Gosanko & O’Halloran, we can help you cope and begin to recover. Our experience has given us the knowledge needed to deal with cases that may seem to be crushing you from all sides. We will relieve some of the pressure and take it onto our shoulders as you attempt to move on from such a life changing event.