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Auto Accident Injuries

Every year, auto accidents are responsible for more than 3 million injuries, and current statistics show that every person in the U.S. is likely to be involved in at least one major auto accident injury during their lifetime. Emery | Reddy, PLLC’s Auto Accident Injury Attorneys represent victims who have suffered injuries in accidents with another automobile, collisions involving tractor-trailers, cars, and motorcycles, as well as pedestrians or bicyclists hit by motor vehicles.

After the initial ordeal of an automobile accident, individuals face another cycle of difficulties as they deal with chronic pain, the challenges of recovering from injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and sometimes a compromised ability to support their family. Emery | Reddy Auto Accident Injury Attorneys can ease this process by helping protect your legal rights and by fighting to get you the maximum amount from your claim.

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Auto Accident Injuries

Auto accident injuries can range from bruises, cuts, soft tissue damage, and neck pain to catastrophic injuries involving the headspinal cord, and brain. As a victim, it is in your best interest to secure guidance and support from an Auto Accident Injury attorney as soon as possible after an auto accident. This allows time for a legal expert to build a case on your behalf and collect the evidence necessary to establish liability. The Seattle Auto Accident Injury Attorneys at Emery | Reddy collaborate with experienced investigators to study your accident scene, analyze road conditions, interview witnesses, and reconstruct the event, putting you in the best position to receive full compensation for your injuries.

When to Hire an Auto Accident Injury Attorney

In addition to offering you our extensive knowledge of Washington state traffic laws and insurance policies, the Emery | Reddy Auto Accident Injury Attorneys provide a full range of services to support you through the complex accident claims process. We protect your worker’s rights in discussions with insurance companies and in communication with other liable parties. We work with your employer to ensure that lost wages are properly documented and fully recovered. This allows you to focus on the most important matter in your personal injury case — your healing.

Following an automobile accident, you may be contacted by the insurance company representing the negligent party and offered a settlement for your injuries. If you sign a release for your personal injury claim in exchange for a compensation check, it may effectively put an end to your claim and render you ineligible to pursue additional damages. Bear in mind that, as businesses, insurance companies are not likely to put your interests above the bottom line, even if you feel they have offered a reasonable amount. Hiring experienced Auto Accident Injury attorneys is the best way to ensure that you maximize the amount of compensation to which you are entitled by law.

Call Emery | Reddy today to speak to an experienced Intake Specialist for a Free Case Review to learn more about how we may be able to help you with your claim.

Is My Auto Accident Injury a Third-Party Claim or an L&I Claim?

Third-Party Claim

third-party claim is one in which someone other than your employer or co-worker is responsible for your injury. If you have been injured on the job due to someone else’s actions or negligence, you may be entitled to additional compensation through a third-party claim, which combines your L&I claim with a personal injury claim using the same facts.

Unlike workers’ compensation payments, there is no limit to the amount of compensation an injured worker may seek in third-party damages. Third-party claims are private matters and are typically litigated directly with the Washington State Superior Court.

If your auto accident injury leaves you out of work for an extended period of time,  you may be entitled to compensation for pain, suffering, and lost wages.

L&I Claim

An L&I claim results from a workplace injury or occupational illness. An L&I claim is monitored and managed by an L&I Claims Manager who sees the process through from initial claim filing to closure. If all goes as planned, your claim is accepted by L&I and you will receive certain benefits.

When you are injured or contract certain types of illnesses at work, you are entitled to certain workers’ compensation benefits. You can file an L&I claim in Washington state through the L&I website’s File Fast tool, by calling the L&I office at 877.561.3453, or at your doctor’s office. After you file, it is imperative that you call an experienced L&I attorney to help you navigate the L&I claims process.

Our Seattle L&I Attorneys Will Help You Recover:

  • Medical benefits: L&I medical benefits will cover all medical costs associated with your claim. This can include doctor appointments, treatments, surgeries, occupational therapy, and prescription medications.
  • Time-loss and wage replacement: If you are approved for time-loss benefits, you may receive compensation for the lost wages and vocational rehabilitation.

1. L&I disability pension: life-long benefit awarded to injured workers who will never be able to return to any gainful employment due to a severe or life-threatening injury.

2. Permanent partial disability (PPD) award: a one-time sum paid to injured workers when their L&I claim is closed. The worker can re-enter the workforce following a PPD award.

3. Claim resolution settlement agreement (CRSA): an L&I settlement option where all parties agree to close an injury claim for a specified amount. When agreeing to this settlement type, the injured worker exchanges all future L&I benefits, except medical, for the payment.

We understand that many families depend on the income of an injured worker, and our L&I and Auto Accident Injury Attorneys are dedicated to winning the benefits and compensation you are entitled to by law. Our practice was founded on a commitment to advocating for workers’ rights, and we are proud of our record protecting the injured and disabled. Call us today to learn how Emery | Reddy can help you with your auto accident injury claim.

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Your L&I Claim Is Worth More If You Also Have an Employment Claim

A significant number of L&I — workers’ compensation claims often involve additional legal claims such as employment or third-party claims. Many people file their claims without seeking representation from an L&I attorney and thus never discover that in addition to their L&I claim, they may be missing out on the ability to file an employment claim or a third-party claim. Pursuing additional legal action with the help of an experienced Labor and Industries attorney has the potential to significantly increase a claim’s overall compensation. At Emery | Reddy, our experienced Attorneys practice both Employment and Workers’ Compensation Law, which means we will investigate all aspects of your claim to make sure you aren’t missing out on any potential benefits.

What Is an Employment Claim?

Many injured workers find that their employer has taken, or plans to take, adverse action against them because they filed an L&I claim or they are out of work. You can file a lawsuit against your employer for several reasons, including retaliation, wrongful termination, disability discrimination, or unpaid wages. An L&I attorney who is experienced in both L&I — Workers’ Compensation Law and Employment Law can help you with your L&I claim while simultaneously filing a federal or state law claim for the violation of workers’ rights by your employer.

Who Is at Fault for a Workplace Injury?

L&I is a no-fault system, ensuring compensation for any workplace injury. However, if a third party is involved in causing the injury, you may be able to pursue legal action against them for additional compensation under third-party claims.

How Do I Know If I Have a Strong L&I Claim?

If you have suffered an auto accident injury at work and wonder if you should get help with your L&I claim, ask yourself the following:

If any of the above apply to you, Emery | Reddy may be able to help.

Navigating a workers’ compensation claim can be difficult and very time-consuming, especially when you’re ill or injured. You want to focus on healing and make sure your bills are paid, but if you don’t file things properly or on time, your health, home, and job could be in jeopardy. Many individuals miss out on much-needed L&I benefits because they don’t understand what to do or how to get the most compensation for their injuries. If you are experiencing any challenges in your case, a Labor and Industries attorney can assist you. By contacting Emery | Reddy as soon as possible after you’ve been injured, we can help you avoid the common pitfalls of filing and navigating an L&I claim. Our Seattle L&I Attorneys are here for you every step of the way.

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Emery | Reddy Can Help You with Your L&I Claim

Emery | Reddy is the only law firm in Washington state that is equipped to provide comprehensive representation on your case from every angle. Our Seattle L&I Attorneys thoroughly assess every case to determine if our clients have additional claims, and at times this can extend far beyond the underlying workers’ compensation claim.

If you have been injured in the workplace, call Emery | Reddy today for a Free Case Review with an experienced Intake Specialist to learn more about how we may be able help you.

Want More Information?

To determine the value of your L&I claim you first need to understand the different types of L&I awards offered in Washington State.

Most people suffering from a personal injury have similar questions. Read more to learn the answers to some of the most common personal injury accident questions that we hear from injured workers.

Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that provides wage replacement and medical benefits to injured workers.

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Meet the Team

The Personal Injury Attorneys at Emery | Reddy, PLLC are passionate about helping workers with L&I claims and Employment Law issues. We Help Workers®. It’s our motto and what drives us every day.

We know how L&I and big companies think, and we understand the tactics they use. Our Labor and Industries Attorneys use that knowledge coupled with over three decades of experience to help our clients get access to the L&I benefits to which they are legally entitled and hold employers accountable when they break the law.

If you’re struggling with an L&I claim, injury, or legal issue at work, call us for a Free Case Review with an experienced Intake Specialist to learn more about how Emery | Reddy may be able to help you today.

“In months of despair and the empty feeling of not being heard, Emery | Reddy answered my prayers. I stood up to a company that did not treat me or my co-workers fairly. Godspeed to Emery | Reddy for having my back! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.”

— Isidro Carranza

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