What Are My Legal Options if a Loved One Dies Wrongfully?

Losing a loved one is horrible. We have walked this pain with many to see firsthand how difficult this situation is. In the event that you lose a loved one due to the negligence of another, you have the legal option to contact an attorney who can help you sort out your next steps. What constitutes wrongful death?…

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What Types of Compensation Can I Seek in My Wrongful Death Claim?

After you have lost a loved one, nothing can replace the piece of your life you are now missing. While this time is incredibly difficult, you may be eligible to receive compensation for the death of your loved one. There are different types of compensation that you may receive, which we will detail below. It’s…

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In the state of Washington, are spouses and children the only ones who have the right to file a wrongful death claim?

Spouses and children have the right to file a wrongful death claim in Washington. Adopted children are considered the same as natural born children. Other family members that may be able to file a claim for wrongful death include brothers and sisters on behalf of their siblings and grandparents. If a person dies without any…

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What Types of Compensation Can I Get After a Burn Injury?

There are few accidents more traumatic than a burn injury. Not only can these tragedies be excruciatingly painful, but many burn injuries are caused by preventable accidents. Whether a burn injury was the result of a drunk driving accident, a defective product or machine, or a workplace accident, burn victims may require both physical and emotional…

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What is the Difference Between Negligence and Recklessness?

At the exact moment of an accident, the reason for the crash doesn’t matter too much. Instead, your safety and well-being should be a priority Once everyone is safe, that’s when cause begins to matter. In Yakima, Washington, we know how stressful and overwhelming these accidents can be. Reckless driving and negligent driving can cause the…

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What if the Car Accident Was My Fault?

In the immediate moments following a car accident—after checking to see if everyone is healthy and safe—the likely next question for everyone involved will be: “Whose fault was this?” Every situation is different, and even if you believe yourself to be at-fault, the first thing you should do is ensure you are remaining calm. There…

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Will I Receive My Settlement in Lump Sum?

If you’re involved in a personal injury case, The Pickett Law Firm in Yakima, Washington, can help you get the settlement you deserve. Our personal injury attorneys know how taxing these situations can be. We will do everything we can to award you with your settlement as a lump sum and put this stressful time behind you.…

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What is the Difference Between Dismemberment and Amputation?

Losing a limb can be an extremely traumatic experience, even when it occurs in the relative safety of a hospital. When a limb is lost—either surgically or in a catastrophic accident—many survivors struggle with a lifetime of physical and emotional consequences. Car accidents are one of the most common causes of catastrophic injuries in the U.S.,…

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Should I Accept My Insurance’s Settlement?

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, it is important to contact an attorney who can assist you at the time of the accident and throughout the legal proceedings. The experienced attorney at The Pickett Law Firm in Yakima, Washington, knows how stressful these events can be and the team is there to help you. Accidents…

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How to Choose a Personal Injury Attorney

When deciding upon a personal injury attorney, the possibilities can seem endless. As you weigh your options, make sure the attorney you choose is the right one for you. Here we highlight some of the most important aspects of a quality personal injury attorney. Client Compassion: Compassion for an injured client is one of the most…

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What is the Difference Between Medical Malpractice & Medical Negligence?

When you are the victim of medical malpractice or medical negligence, the difference in these two legal terms may not mean much to you; however, to your attorney they should mean quite a bit. Your personal injury attorney must understand the difference between medical malpractice and medical negligence in order to obtain a successful outcome…

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What do I have to Prove to Win My Personal Injury Case?

Personal injury can be a difficult practice area because a person must prove that they were harmed due to the negligence of another. When it comes to personal injury cases, there are two major components that you’ll need to prove. These components include liability and damages. Liability When someone has a responsibility to act as a…

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How Long Does a Personal Injury Claim Take?

A common question that prospective and current clients have is, “how soon will this be over?” It’s a fair question to want to know how long the legal process is going to take. The answer to this question is not as simple as telling you that it takes a specific number of months. The time…

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What if the Accident Happens in a Different State?

If you’re involved in an out-of-state accident, there are a couple options you can explore, legally. First, if there were injuries caused by the accident, you would have most likely already received medical treatment in the state of the accident. Once stable, you would be cleared to continue back to your home state. At that…

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How Can I Tell How Much My Personal Injury Case Could Be Worth?

Putting a numerical value on a personal injury case is difficult to achieve without diving in deeper. If you go into an attorney’s office and they attempt to tell you immediately how much your case is worth, you should consider seeing another attorney. There is no way to know exactly how much you could receive by…

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Can I See Any Doctor during a Personal Injury Case?

After being involved in an accident, there are so many different questions running through your mind. One of those questions is this: “Do I need to see a specific doctor, or will any doctor do?” The answer: It depends on the nature of your injury. Initially, any type of doctor will be fine, as long…

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What types of compensation can I seek in my personal injury claim?

There are two types of damages that you may be eligible to receive compensation for: specific damages and general damages. Specific damages are for things like medical expenses and lost wages as a result of the injury. General damages include things like pain and suffering that actually change the person both emotionally as well as…

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What if the injury happened a while ago, but it is just now affecting me?

Insurance companies try to use time lapses to their advantage. Let’s say, for instance, you have neck or back pain, but you’re not sure if you’re injured so you just try to grin and bear it. You give it a few weeks, and maybe a few weeks turns into a few months. Finally, you end…

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How long after my accident do I have to file a personal injury claim in Washington?

In Washington, negligence claims have to be filed within three years. This three-year limit is called the statute of limitation.If there is a delay between the accident and when you file for a claim, that can make this process more difficult. If you have suffered an injury, it’s important to file a claim as soon…

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What are the steps I should take after I’m injured in an accident?

If you’re injured in an accident, common sense dictates that you’ve got to get medical attention, first and foremost. Legally speaking, it’s vitally important that you follow up with a trained medical provider who can accurately document the injury. If the injuries aren’t documented, it can be as if they didn’t even happen. Some people…

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What Types of Compensation Can I Seek in My Civil Rights Claim?

The types of compensation that you may receive after a civil rights claim are similar to those associated with a personal injury claim. There are specific and general damages. Specific damages include loss of income, medical expenses for past, present, and future treatment. These types of damages have specific monetary numbers associated with them because you…

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Top 3 Reasons to Hire a Lawyer

It can be difficult to decide on your own if you need to work with an attorney or not. The best way to find out would be to consult with a lawyer, and then decide if you want legal representation. How do I know if I need a lawyer? There are a number of reasons…

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How Can I File a Suit on Discrimination?

Discrimination comes in many forms; a common place to see discrimination occur is, unfortunately, in the workplace. Employment discrimination can occur when a person has been treated unfairly based on a number of “protected classes.” To file an employment discrimination claim, you will need to contact an attorney who will help uncover important details regarding the…

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What Goes into Filing a Police Misconduct Claim?

As citizens, we expect our police force to protect and serve, but sometimes they abuse their power. When this happens, you need someone on your side to stand up for your rights. If a loved one has been injured or killed by a police officer due to excessive use of force, you need to contact…

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Do I have to take legal action?

Oftentimes, people come into our office with this question, and here’s the short answer: no. As citizens of the United States of America, we have the right to take legal action, and if we choose to exercise that right, we may do so. Many people believe that they must take legal action and enforce this…

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Is there any way my situation can be resolved without a lawsuit?

This is a very common question. The answer: possibly yes, possibly no. Plenty of people are involved in unfortunate situations, but they do not want to sue anyone. This happens in many types of cases, from discrimination cases against employers to police misconduct or personal injury in a car accident. If you’re unwilling to give…

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