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At Kornfeld, Trudell, Bowen and Lingenbrink, we understand that our clients turn to us during a time of need. After being involved in a serious car accident, we know it is important for you to get honest legal guidance, support, and counsel. Working with our firm means you can expect personal attention from a trusted and skilled car accident lawyer in Kirkland. Our firm is committed to providing every client with caring and compassionate service, no matter how complex or simple the case.

To learn how our firm can help you file a claim and maximize financial recovery, call our office at (425) 559-9483.

Was Your Accident Caused By No Fault of Your Own?

While some crashes are black and white, the cause is not always immediately obvious in other cases. From negligent drivers to poorly maintained roads, there are countless causes of car crashes – and knowing what caused your accident can profoundly impact the trajectory of your case.

  • Negligent, Reckless Drivers
  • Improperly Trained Drivers
  • Traffic Law Violations
  • Poorly Maintained Roads
  • Inclement Weather
  • Defective Auto Parts
  • Car Accident Do’s and Don’ts

    Do Speak with a Lawyer

    Our firm works hard to make sure your voice is heard. We make sure liable entities or at-fault parties pay for the damages they have caused due to recklessness or negligence.

  • Car Accident Do’s and Don’ts

    Don’t Admit Guilt

    You may feel inclined to apologize after an accident. Remember: though your intentions may have been rooted in politeness, your words can be misconstrued as an admission of fault.

  • Car Accident Do’s and Don’ts

    Don’t Trust an Insurance Company

    You depend on insurance protection in the event of an accident. Do not think insurance companies have your best interests at heart. We help level the playing field for you.

In an Accident? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Cover Your Bases with Our 9-Step Accident Checklist

  • Stay at the scene of the accident, but move to a safe location.

  • Make sure you and anyone else who is hurt receives necessary medical attention.

  • Contact law enforcement to report the accident.

  • Exchange information with the other driver (ex: name insurance)

  • Talk to witnesses, if any, and write down their contact information.

  • Take pictures of the accident, including the cars, the scene, and any injuries.

  • Let your insurance company know about the accident.

  • Document and save everything regarding the accident.

  • Hire a personal injury attorney to look out for your best interests.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Questions

  • Who will be held accountable for my accident?

    Answer

    If you were injured in an accident caused by no fault of your own, or if a loved one has been wrongfully killed due to another party’s negligent or reckless behavior, then you could be eligible to file a claim and pursue financial compensation under your State’s personal injury laws. Different parties can be held responsible for an accident that resulted in injury, including individuals (like a reckless driver) or an entity (such as a trucking company or product manufacturer).

  • What is liability and what does it mean?

    Answer

    In order to pursue a claim under your State’s personal injury laws, you will most likely need to prove “liability.” Liability simply refers to the at-fault party involved in the accident. Once a liable party has been identified, it will be responsible for covering the damages that resulted from the accident. Determining liability, however, can be a complex process and will often hinge on proving “negligence.”

  • What is negligence and what does it prove?

    Answer

    In addition to identifying the at-fault party, you will also need to be able to prove “negligence.” In the most general sense, negligence refers to whether or not a person has acted outside of the scope of reasonable care to prevent injury or harm to another person. Speak with an attorney to determine what evidence is needed to prove that the party’s negligence directly resulted in the injury or property damage.

  • How much is my case worth?

    Answer

    Every case is different and to give a ballpark value could actually be counterproductive. Every single case must be carefully assessed: there are many working parts in a personal injury matter and our firm would be happy to determine how those working parts can increase or diminish the potential value of your claim. Things like negligence, liability, injury severity, property damage, and more can all be relevant factors in your claim.

  • Robert Kornfeld

    Senior Attorney & Founding Partner

    At Kornfeld, Trudell, Bowen and Lingenbrink, our professionals are devoted to representing clients who have suffered major injuries due to the negligence of another. We believe in providing a voice for the wrongfully injured and their families, and ensuring justice is restored on their behalf.

    We are equipped to represent clients who have cases involving major personal injury such as medical malpractice, construction site injuries, motor vehicle collisions, maritime accidents, nursing home or elder abuse, and other serious injury claims. With more than 100 years of combined experience, we have handled all types of serious injury claims including those involving catastrophic injuries resulting in paralysis, quadriplegia, traumatic brain injuries, burns and chemical exposures, electrical injuries and/or wrongful death.

  • Rob Kornfeld’s Story

    The Moment My Life Changed Forever

    Every attorney will tell you they will work hard for you – that they will go to bat to get you a good settlement after you’ve been injured. But the truth is, some lawyers get consistently better results for one reason or another. I’d like to share with you the reason I am so passionate and committed to fighting for the rights of the injured and why I’ve had great success winning substantial settlements for my clients, whether they were hurt on the job, in a motor vehicle or other type of accident or were injured because of medical malpractice or were discriminated or harassed at work causing an employment problem.

    Just a few years into practicing law, my life changed drastically and permanently. I was a young attorney, husband and father living and working in Seattle. I was driving my car back home from work on Lake City Way on an ordinary July day in 1985 when it happened – that life changing moment – a moment I still can’t remember because I was severely injured. I woke up in the hospital, in pain and disoriented from a head injury – I had no idea what had happened. The police told my family that a truck driving in the oncoming lane had rear-ended a car, forcing it into my lane where it hit me head-on. This is my car after the wreck: I was lucky to have survived the collision, and I didn’t know it at the time, but I was about to begin a long journey of recovering from this traumatic injury.

    During the long months I spent recuperating, I thought a lot about my life – past, present and future. Something I read in college came back to me – Keats said, “Nothing ever becomes real until it is experienced.” This explains why I fight so hard for my clients. I have been where you are. I have been hurt – badly – through no fault of my own – and know how frustrating it can be. You may be feeling anger – anger at the person that hurt you. Pain – physical pain from your injuries and mental anguish as you worry if you’ll recover physically, financially and emotionally. Shock – you may be in disbelief that something so traumatic has happened to you and struggling to understand why. I understand because I experienced all these emotions and more. “Why me?” I asked myself many times. I worried about my family, my finances and how my injuries would affect my future. Because I’ve been where you are, I get it, and that’s why I’ll doggedly fight for you

    Over the next several years, I had ten very difficult surgeries to try to restore what was broken. Some of the wounds healed – cuts and scrapes were managed with sutures – even though they left scars. I recovered fully from a mild traumatic brain injury suffered in the accident. But the crash I was lucky to survive at all also did permanent damage that will never heal. I lost a kneecap, and with that, my ability to enjoy many recreational activities I had once loved and for those I could still do, I could no longer reach the same level of performance I was once able to do. For years, even a walk around the block was excruciating and though I’m able to be more active now, I will never be fully physically restored. Weeks in the hospital, multiple surgeries, physical therapy and recovery cost me time with my wife and children that I will never get back. I understand what you’re going through and will be fierce in my pursuit of a settlement for you.

    When you’ve been injured – permanently and irrefutably injured – your life will never be the same. Whatever plans you made may have to be scrapped and redrawn depending on the long term effects of what happened to you. I have a good life. I’ve been practicing law for more than 30 years, have a great family, fulfilling hobbies and interests and make time for supporting my community.

    But it’s not the life I would have had if that truck driver had not been careless and sent a tank (an old Pontiac Bonneville station wagon) careening head on into me. Coping with that reality and how your life will change after a serious injury is a challenge – one that I understand. You can certainly still have a fulfilling life – but you should also be compensated for the life you would have had – for opportunities gone and quality of life lost when you were injured. I will fight for a settlement that reflects not only your injuries now, but the long term effects they will have on your life.

    I recovered from life threatening injuries. It was a harrowing experience. From this, I know first-hand how important it is to focus on recovery – physical, emotional and financial. Because I have been where you are and understand how it is to be injured, in pain, uncertain and stressed, you will not find a more compassionate, understanding and committed personal injury lawyer.

    My life changed one summer day in 1985 and as a result, I understand how it feels to be injured and unable to work, to feel the pressure of mounting medical bills with no wages coming in, to worry about whether and to what extent you will recover and what all this means to your family’s emotional and financial well-being. For 30 years, I have been helping people just like you navigate the legal system, recover medical bills, lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering and other damages.

The Proof Is in Our Results

  • Construction Accident

    $2,590,000

    Construction Worker Injured on Job Site

  • Medical Malpractice

    $2,500,000

    Victim of Nursing/Hospital Negligence

  • Wrongful death

    $750,000

    Medical Malpractice Surgical Negligence

Why Choose Our Team?

Trial lawyers who are committed to helping you recover the compensation you deserve.

  • Over 100+ Years Collective Experience

  • You Pay No Fees Unless We Win

  • Free Consultations at A Location Convenient for You

  • Over $30 Million in Settlements Achieved for Our Clients

Tell Us About Your Case

We can meet with you at your home, a convenient meeting location or in the hospital, day or nighttime and weekends.

Client Testimonials

Your Case Is in Good Hands

  • “Given his extensive knowledge and remarkable experience in medical malpractice, Rob is without doubt, the BEST advocate anyone could hope for.”

    Medical Malpractice Client

  • “We felt heard, supported and confident being represented”

    Medical Malpractice Client

  • “Their drive, professionalism, and experience resulted in a significant financial award for me.”

    Car Accident Client

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