Personal injury is the area of civil law that attempts to hold offenders accountable in monetary terms for harm that results from their careless, reckless or even deliberate acts. Whereas criminal law attempts to punish the wrongdoer, the goal of personal injury law is to compensate the victim. Since 1959, dedicated attorneys at Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, LLP have fought for injured parties. We provide a supportive atmosphere in our welcoming office, and our experienced attorneys are fully engaged and deeply committed to obtaining a successful resolution for our clients.
Filing a personal injury lawsuit is similar to filing an insurance claim, except the defendant is not contractually obligated to indemnify you. Instead, you must prove that the circumstances of your injury create an obligation under the law. And instead of having an insurance adjustor decide what is fair under your policy, a neutral judge (or sometimes a jury) decides on a fair amount under the law.
The types of damages an injured party may claim include:
While some damages are easily calculated, other losses are speculative or intangible. An experienced attorney, in consultation with qualified experts, can project future medical expenses and income loss or assess how much the court might think is reasonable for a victim’s pain and suffering.
After you file your personal injury claim, the parties enter a phase called discovery that allows them to seek information from the opposing side to help prove their cases. For instance, you might demand cell phone records to prove that the cause of your traffic accident was distracted driving. Following a commercial truck accident, you might subpoena company records to find out if the company violated any state or federal trucking regulations. Also at this time, your attorney deposes witnesses to see what they know and to get their testimony on record before their memory of the incident fades. Throughout the discovery process, there is no substitute for an attorney’s experience in getting to the heart of your case and assembling the evidence you need to prevail.
Most personal injury cases settle out of court, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe to retain an attorney with minimal trial experience. An experienced trial attorney with a reputation for success can often leverage a settlement by threatening to litigate. An attorney who doesn’t go to court much may not even have the resources to finance a trial and may not be able to get you what your case is truly worth. Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, LLP is determined to seek the maximum value of your claim, and we back up that commitment by advancing all costs of litigation.
Call the dedicated lawyers of Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, LLP at 253.383.5388 or contact us online. Your initial consultation is free, we advance all costs of litigation, and we only get paid for our services if you receive monetary compensation.
"Client was disabled from working in prior profession after sustaining a severe closed head injury and brain trauma in an automobile accident on Interstate 5. $7,845,000. "
"Pedestrian client was struck by semi-truck, and the trailer wheels rolled over client’s body causing severe injury. $1,145,000. "
"Client was involved in a head-on collision when a bus crossed the center line. Client suffered a severe closed head injury preventing him from returning to his previous employment. $884,998. "
"Client was involved in serious head-on collision with uninsured motorist while on-the-job, resulting in physical injury and posttraumatic stress disorder. Client can no longer work as a commercial truck driver. $708,000. "
"Client was a rear seat passenger in a vehicle that was involved in an automobile accident. Client was severely injured as the result of a defective seatbelt, while the other three occupants of the vehicle sustained only minor injuries. $650,000. "
"Client was killed in automobile accident caused by defendant’s failure to yield the right-of-way. $650,000. "
"Minor client was on his way to school and was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. Defendant driver had pulled into oncoming lane to pass another vehicle and struck client, causing serious injuries. $500,000. "
"Client was killed as a result of an in-cab fuel tank, which caught fire after an automobile accident. $350,000. "
"Client riding a bicycle was struck by a motorist who failed to yield the right-of-way. Client sustained numerous injuries, including a closed head injury. $120,000. "
"I have been a client of Dan Kyler’s since 1996. Having had numerous car accidents, I rely upon Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler to help me through them. The most obscure questions have been answered and help is given on all levels. Thanks."
"John Wilson demonstrated his professionalism by keeping us current on our case, explaining our options, giving us realistic expectations and demonstrating the highest level of ethics and integrity beyond reproach. We have the highest confidence that we were well represented."
"Dan Hannula’s hard work helped to settle my auto accident case. "
"Having a motorcycle accident was bad enough, let alone dealing with insurance companies. John Wilson and his staff made everything easy to understand and hassle free. "
"I am extremely satisfied with the service I experienced with this firm and I would recommend them to anyone that needs legal representation. Michael Fisher and his staff are great people. "
"Vern Harkins perseverance and hard work made it possible to get the maximum settlement from the insurance company. I know he had my interest in mind as demonstrated by his actions. "
"The office staff were courteous, pleasant and kept me informed as to what was going on throughout the whole ordeal. "
"Molly Crowley is a very professional and knowledgeable lawyer. I felt I was very well represented!! "
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"We got a fair settlement and were treated with respect and dignity throughout the whole process. -Blake W. "