How are settlement amounts determined in Washington car accident cases?

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a Washington car crash, your first priority should be your recovery, but sometimes that is difficult, especially as one has worries about medical bills, lost wages and property damage.

As a King County car accident lawyer, we are often asked, “How much is my case worth?” While we cannot make promises about what your settlement amount might be, we can discuss with you the factors that will influence your settlement amount. We caution you to not make a hasty decision to sign the first offer your insurance company presents you just to get your accident case behind you. Sometimes in haste, car accident victims can short change themselves by taking the first offer presented.

The Farber Law Group would like to present you some information which you should consider before signing anything.

Factors that influence your personal injury damages

The following factors will influence your financial award for injuries sustained in a Washington car wreck:


  • Physical damages
  • Financial damages
  • Mental anguish damages
  • Punitive damages intended to punish the negligent party
  • Lost wages, current and future (in case of permanent or temporary disability)

What are ‘compensatory damages’ in Washington personal injury cases? Compensatory damages are awarded for a person’s actual losses if they can be attributed to a person’s automobile accident including:

  • Medical bills — current and future
  • Lost income — includes current wages and also future lost earning power
  • Property damages — the replacement cost of your vehicle and personal property damaged in the accident
  • Pain and suffering — for both physical and emotional pain caused by the auto accident
  • Loss of consortium — can be awarded to a spouse if the spouse can no longer have a fulfilling personal relationship with the injured person because of their injuries

What are ‘punitive damages” in Washington car accident cases?

Punitive damages may be awarded to a car accident victim if the driver who caused the accident was behaving in an extremely negligent manner. Punitive damages are intended to punish the driver who caused your accident. An example of a case in which a driver might be assessed punitive damages is a driver who causes a serious car accident when drag racing on city streets and blows through a red light and broadsides another car.

The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue personal injury law firm is here to help

At The Farber Law Group, we have been representing car accident victims for more than 30 years. We only represent plaintiffs, never defendants, and we will take on the insurance companies so that you get the compensation you deserve. Call us for a FREE consultation to discuss the merits of your case. We represent most accident cases on a contingent fee basis: you pay no attorney’s fees until we win your case.

Call us Toll Free at 1-800-244-9087.


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