I was injured in Washington. Can I file a lawsuit against the party that caused my injury?

In general, when a person is injured as a result of another person's negligence, the injured party may pursue a claim against the party or parties that caused the injuries. You are entitled to compensation for your injuries if it is found that a defendant was negligent and that such negligence was a cause of your injury. Any personal injury case depends on liability, damages, and whether or not you can collect from the negligent party or parties. Even if you were partially at fault for your injuries, you may be entitled to recover a portion of your damages. Washington has adopted the doctrine of pure comparative negligence. Under this doctrine, a claimant's award is diminished in proportion to his degree of fault, but the claimant's fault, no matter how great, will not act as a complete bar to recovery. (See “How can I determine how much my claim is worth in Washington?”)

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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