Reprinted from an article that appeared in Super Lawyer Magazine in January 2019 which featured an interview with attorney Chris Davis of Davis Law Group. During the interview Chris's wife walked into the office and thought that the information being shared was so valuable to accident victims that she should record video of the interview with her cell phone. So we have also included video portions of the phone interview with the reporter which features additional information that was not used in the article.
Damages, lost wages, medical bills and more in Washington personal injury cases
By S.M. Oliva, Super Lawyers Magazine
A car accident is often quite costly and, in many cases, the total cost is not immediately apparent. Some costs can be readily ascertained, such as repair bills. But even something like medical costs may not be immediately quantifiable. For instance, if you suffer whiplash or another form of trauma—such as a traumatic brain injury—you may require months or even years of ongoing care and therapy.
This is why accident victims often need to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver or other responsible party in order to obtain full compensation for their damages. A lawsuit is not simply a “cash grab.” Rather, it is a process whereby a judge and jury can look at all of the available evidence, determine liability, and calculate just how much the accident was worth to the victim.
“No attorney, right off the bat, can tell you what your case is worth because so many factors go into determining value,” says Christopher M. Davis, a personal injury attorney with Davis Law Group in Seattle. “The value takes time, work, and effort, but a lot of times there are things an attorney can do to enhance the value.”