In the state of Washington in most cases you have three years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. If you don’t your case will be forever barred.
The best time to hire a personal injury attorney after an auto accident is immediately after seeing the doctor. The attorney can help you with your property damage, your rental car, your insurance coverage and help you effectively communicate with your medical providers.
I am fond of saying the some people are entitled to a reasonable recovery. I call it S O M R. The S is for subjective complaints. The O is for objective findings. The M is for mechanism of injury. The R is for reasonable course.
If you are hurt you have to say so. If you just stay home and suffer your case will suffer even more.
We need to find some objective evidence of injury. You may not have a broken leg on x-ray but maybe you do have palpable spasm, loss of range of motion or a reversal of your cervical curve or other positive orthopedic tests.
Mechanism of injury means that the finder of fact is easier to convince if the cars had a substantial crash. That being said you can herniate a disc just by bending over to pick soap up in the shower. Your treating doctor will be called upon to support that your injury was caused by the accident.
Finally, reasonable course refers to getting treatment in a timely and reasonable manner. If you don’t see the doctor for four months after the accident we have an uphill battle. Also excessive treatment may be an issue. A personal injury attorney on your side will help you set a reaspmable course and get a reasonable recovery. SOMR entitled to a reasonable recovery.