Washington State’s Trusted Advocate

Since 1952, The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs has been serving the community by representing injured victims and their families. Get help
from the attorneys trusted by firefighters, policeman, and other professionals. Call (253) 588-6696 for justice.

Talk to an Attorney
Avvo logo
Wsaj logo
Ntl logo
Mdaf logo
Aaj Logo

The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs, Handling Personal Injury Cases Since 1952

The experienced injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs take immense pride in helping people build a stronger and safer community. Part of building that stronger and safer community comes from protecting those that have been wronged and seeking justice for negligence. For years, our focus has been to help victims achieve this justice through the legal system and to hold negligent individuals and companies accountable for their wrongful actions. Everyone deserves for their voice to be heard and to have the opportunity to pursue justice. It’s the bedrock that we built this firm on and it still holds steady to this day.

If you or a loved one has been involved in any type of accident that has resulted in a serious injury, you may be able to recover compensation. This compensation can help cover medical expenses, time missed from work, property damage, and pain and suffering. You have rights before they are stripped away, contact an experienced personal injury attorney with The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs. We can review the circumstances of your situation and discuss your legal rights and options. Keep your money, we don’t ask for anything upfront, just call (253) 588-6696 and let’s talk about the ways we can help you. You are never alone when you have The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs on your side.

What is a Personal Injury Claim?

When someone is injured due to the reckless or negligent actions of another individual, the victim may have the ability to pursue a personal injury case. The most common types of personal injury cases tend to be car and truck accidents. However, there are a variety of incidents that can rise to the level of requiring a personal injury lawsuit for resolution.

Dog bite cases, construction accidents, slip and fall accidents, there are all situations that may warrant legal intervention. This legal intervention holds the negligent party accountable for their actions and it also strives to recuperate compensation for the injured victim. Victims of accidents often encounter financial setbacks because of the high cost of medical care and the income they miss from being out of work while they recover. Is it fair that they should incur these costs when someone else was responsible for injuring them in the first place? At The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs, we don’t think so.

Want to know if you have a personal injury case? Just contact the legal team at The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs. We can review your individual situation and advise you of your legal rights. If you have a case, we can help you navigate the legal system and seek compensation for your injuries. Our experienced team advises you on the options that offer you the best chance at a positive outcome, then we aggressively pursue justice on your behalf.

Auto Accidents

Vehicle accidents are an unfortunate event that occurs on our highways and roads. No wants to be in a car wreck, but if you are, the first step is to notify your insurance or the insurance of the at-fault driver. Your next step is to hire a car accident lawyer. Immediately seek out medical attention and follow their advice. Many times, symptoms from injuries do not begin to display for days or even weeks after the accident.

When you are in an accident, never give a statement to the insurance company without consulting an auto accident attorney first. This is because they ask certain questions in a specific way hoping you, the non-fault party will inadvertently admit full or partial liability for the accident. This can and will make a significant difference in your ability to recover any money for your case. When you hire a personal injury attorney, the attorney will handle with the insurance company on your behalf.

Truck Accidents and Wrongful Death

Our highways are full of large trucks. Unfortunately, there is no small 18-wheeler accident. If you are involved in an 18-wheeler accident, then consult a truck accident attorney. A wrongful death lawyer can assist those who have lost a loved one to a traffic accident.

The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs are committed to representing those injured and their families in Lakewood, WA; Bremerton, WA; Chehalis, WA; Olympia, WA; Tacoma, WA; and Puyallup, WA. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

Personal Injury Lawsuits are Designed to Protect You

Many people, understandably, have apprehensions about pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. The most common fears are that it is too expensive, or the legal process is too complicated. However, personal injury lawsuits are designed to protect you, the victim. After a serious accident, you will likely end up with medical bills, lost income, emotional distress, sometimes even the cost of property damage. Your life can be upended and even finding the money to pay everyday bills becomes a challenge. Your financial stability has been shaken and there is no telling if or when things will ever get “back to normal.”

Personal injury lawsuits are a legal recourse for victims to pursue the compensation they deserve for their injuries and the costs associated with those injuries. When someone else causes a serious accident, it should become their responsibility to make the situation right again. Without the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer, an induvial may be able to get away with injuring you and laying the financial responsibility for those injuries at your feet.

As for the argument that hiring a personal injury lawyer is going to be too expensive, the cost of not hiring a lawyer may be even higher. Those that turn to a personal injury lawyer for help after an accident tend to recover more in the way of financial compensation than those who try to recover compensation on their own. Not only that but at The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs we don’t ask for any money upfront. The initial consultation to discuss the merits of your case is free. After that, we work a contingency-fee-basis. That means we don’t get paid unless you recover compensation for your case. Still, think the process is too complicated? Let us do the heavy lifting. We take on the burden of investigating your case and can guide you through the entire legal process from start to finish.

Free Consultation Image

100% Free Consultations

No Money Image

No Money Upfront

No Recovery Image

No Recovery, No Fee

Year Experience Image

60+ Years Experience

Meet Our Attorneys

Our skilled team of injury attorneys has been serving the community and helping injury victims since 1952.

Shawn Briggs-Attorney
Marie Docter-Attorney
Outstanding service

Shawn Briggs has handled cases for both me and my wife with outstanding results and satisfaction. Both he and his staff are very friendly and approachable. They take good care of they're clients. Highly recommended.

Posted by Christopher Scime on AVVO
February 19, 2015

Good Advice

Mr. Briggs was extremely kind and honest. I appreciated the callback. He was the first attorney to speak to me personally.

Posted by Stephanie S. on AVVO
March 24, 2018

Verdicts, Awards, and Settlements

At The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs, we won’t rest until we get you the maximum amount of compensation for your injury claim. We won’t settle for anything less than what you deserve. Our track record of successful verdicts and settlements include victories like:

$5.1 Million

Negligent Police
Chase Auto
Accident

$1.1 Million

Wrongful Death
Truck Accident
Case

$2.1 Million

Motorcycle
Accident Due to
Highway Defect

$2.1 Million

Construction Site
Wall Collapse
Injury

See More Results Do I have a Case?

Proven Results for Our Clients

Our legal team has the experience and dedication to handle any number of different personal injury claims. Don’t want to take our word for it? Our results speak for themselves. With over 60 years of legal experience, we have been diligently working to earn our clients the money they deserve after a personal injury incident. From car accidents to slip and fall cases, our priority is to maximize compensation for our clients no matter the situation. We have brought in millions for victims injured by the negligent actions of others. That’s money they desperately need to cover their medical bills, lost income, and emotional pain and suffering.

Interested in talking to someone about what your personal injury case could be worth? Contact the seasoned team at The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs to schedule a free consultation. We can review the circumstances of your situation and talk about the ways we may be able to help you recover the full and fair compensation you are entitled to. Don’t let someone else’s negligence ruin your health and financial future. Contact The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs today.

Proven Result Image

Types of Cases We Handle

About Personal Injury Cases

When a catastrophic accident derails your life or impacts the life of someone close to you, you need someone to stand up for you and your rights. The team at The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs has built a reputation for standing up for injured people in Lakewood and across Washington for more than seven decades. Our aggressive trial attorneys will work around-the-clock to make sure that the party who caused you is held accountable for their actions, and we will make sure that they pay you for the harm you’ve suffered.

Don’t trust your case to a firm that lacks the experience and resources to get you the results you deserve. When everything is on the line, you need a firm that you can trust to secure you a settlement or verdict that makes things right. Choose a firm that has the right experience, the right resources, and a proven track record of success to fight for you and your family.

Washington State Accident Statistics

According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission’s 2016 Traffic Safety Annual Report, there were 553 traffic fatalities in 2015. These crashes resulted in 2,092 serious injuries, and 367 serious injuries involved a drug- or alcohol-impaired driver, while 515 serious injuries involved speeding.

The annual report also found that there were 73 motorcyclist fatalities in 2015 and 403 serious motorcyclist injuries. The state of Washington had 86 pedestrian fatalities and 287 serious pedestrian injuries that year. In 2015, there were 14 bicyclist fatalities and 107 serious bicyclist injuries.

Accidental Deaths in 2015 in
the state of washington

Accidental Deaths in 2015 in
the state of washington

Accidental Deaths in 2015 in
the state of washington

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission stated that a crash occurred every 4.5 minutes in Washington in 2015, a person was injured in a crash every 11 minutes, and a person died in a crash every 16 hours. Furthermore, a motorcyclist was in a crash every 4 hours, a pedestrian or bicyclist was involved in a crash every 2.5 hours, and a pedestrian or bicyclist was killed in a crash every 4 days. The report also stated that a speeding driver was involved in a crash every 27 minutes, an inattentive/distracted driver was involved in a crash every 12 minutes, and a person was killed by an impaired driver every 1.5 days.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported that there were 24 multiple-vehicle fatal crashes involving large trucks in Washington in 2015. There were 34 large trucks involved in fatal crashes resulting in 42 fatalities in Washington that year.

According to FMCSA, there were 415,000 crashes nationwide involving large trucks and 67,000 crashes involving buses. Of these accidents, 3,598 fatal crashes involved large trucks and 257 fatal crashes involved buses, while 83,000 injury crashes involved large trucks and 14,000 injury crashes involved buses.

Researchers with the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that an estimated 4,521,300 people were bitten by dogs every year between 2001 and 2003. Another CDC study found that 756,701 persons who sustained bites required medical attention, and a November 2010 statistical brief from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) reported there were 316,200 emergency department visits and 9,500 hospital stays related to dog bites in 2008.

According to the Insurance Information Institute (III) and State Farm, homeowners insurance companies paid over $686 million in dog-related liability claims in 2017. According to the 2015 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 28,079 people underwent reconstructive procedures related to dog bite repair in 2015.

The Washington State Department of Health reported that 6,263 people suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in 2015. Among those injured, 1,527 people died from TBIs while 4,736 were hospitalized with a TBI alone or in combination with other injuries.

According to the Washington State Work-Related Fatalities Report from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program, the construction industry had the highest number of workplace fatalities in 2017 with 16 deaths, which was the highest number of construction fatalities since 2008. Falls accounted for 63 percent of fatal incidents in construction in Washington that year, and 63 percent of the construction fatalities involved victims who were 50 years of age or older.

Choose The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs

Our consultations are always free and 100% confidential. We want to hear your story, and we want to fight for you. When you work with us, you won’t have to worry about the cost of pursuing justice. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that if we don’t win your case, you won’t owe us a thing. That’s how it should be. You know that when you work with us, we will do everything in our power to get you what you are owed.

Don’t wait. Contact The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs now by calling (253) 588-6696

Frequently Asked Questions About Accidents in Washington

Most people who are considering filing a personal injury claim have never filed a lawsuit before, so they have many pressing questions about the process. Some of the questions we hear most frequently in our office are below.

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

Under Revised Code of Washington § 4.16.080, any action for injury to a person must begin within three years of the date of an accident. Certain exceptions may exist to this statute of limitations in some cases, but a person generally should not delay in seeking legal representation. It is important to remember that an attorney will need time to investigate your accident and obtain important evidence before they can begin negotiating a possible settlement.

Does it matter if I was somewhat at fault for my injuries?

Revised Code of Washington § 4.22.005 establishes that your compensation award will be reduced by the percentage you are found to be at fault, regardless of how high that percentage is. This means that if you were awarded $100,000 in compensatory damages for your injury claim but were found to be 50 percent at fault, your damages would be reduced by $50,000 and you would ultimately receive $50,000. Unlike many other states that prohibit recovery when a claimant is 50 percent or more at fault, Washington is one of only a dozen states that uses a pure comparative fault system that allows victims to recover damages—even if they were primarily at fault.

What kind of damages might I be entitled to?

Most accident cases are resolved through settlements, as insurance companies are reluctant to bear the costs of going to trial as well as the possible judgments that may result. When a victim proves their case by a preponderance of the evidence, they could be entitled to compensatory damages, which are usually a combination of economic damages and noneconomic damages. Economic damages refer to tangible losses a victim has incurred or will incur, such as medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. Noneconomic damages are much more subjective and typically cannot be quantified, including awards such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and disfigurement. Washington Pattern Instructions (WPI) § 348.02 states that a jury can also award punitive damages. Punitive damages are not intended to compensate a plaintiff but rather to punish a defendant and discourage similar acts in the future. The plaintiff has the burden of proving that punitive damages should be awarded because the defendant's conduct either was motivated by evil motive or intent or involved reckless or callous indifference to the rights of others.