Someone else’s mistake can turn  your life upside down. If you have been seriously injured in Bellingham or anywhere in Whatcom County, Bill Coats and his team can help you get back on your feet. We will devote all our skills and resources to help you towards a full recovery.

How Bill Coats Law can help you

Bill Coats Law is a Bellingham-based law firm completely dedicated to personal injury law. Bill Coats has twenty years’ experience working with injured people to reach a fast, full, fair compensation package. We have helped many people through the years.

Here are a few examples of personal injury case results that show our outstanding record:

$1,400,000 - Whatcom County Girl Blinded in One Eye from Bottle Rocket

$500,000 - Negligent Supervision of Probationer Leads to Death of a Child

Bill Coats has a 10.0 rating with Avvo, their highest rating granted. He is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which allows in only lawyers who have won multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements for their clients. Throughout his two decades of experience, he has conducted over 50 trials. 

Those who have been injured understand the emotional and financial impact they and their families must endure. They feel the effects of the medical bills, not being able to work, and many other treatment expenses that can come throughout the healing process. It's hard to quantify physical pain and psychological anguish, but these are inevitable effects of accidents and things that no individual or family should bear alone. The Bellingham attorneys at Bill Coats Law understand the fears and uncertainties that serious injuries bring. When victims choose Bill Coats Law, they choose advocates who are skilled and experienced in getting fast, full, fair settlements and verdicts. 

The law gives accident victims the right to recover financial compensation when someone is hurt due to another's negligence. Spouses and close family members can be eligible for financial help as well. In many cases it's an insurance company who insures the responsible party is supposed to pay to even things out. However, sometimes there is a dispute about who is at fault and/or to what degree. Litigation may become necessary to show the insurance companies that injured victims won't settle for less than they deserve. This is where it is critical to have a legal advocate ready to fight for you.  

In fact, insurance companies typically offer low initial settlements. It's their hope that the injured party, often desperate for money and feeling overwhelmed by the accident and recovery process will take what they can get. This strategy doesn't work when the injured victim knows what his or her case is really worth. When Bellingham lawyer Bill Coats takes on the insurance company, it sends a message that they must negotiate in good faith or risk facing a substantial judgment in court.  

Contact attorneys who can protect your rights following an injury

Bill Coats Law has represented victims of various types of personal injury. Please visit the links below to match our expertise with your particular case. If you have been injured due to the fault of another, there is no reason to go it alone. Our Bellingham injury attorneys unite with you and help you get the compensation that you deserve. From our offices in downtown Bellingham, WA, we serve clients throughout Whatcom and Skagit Counties. Contact us today online or by calling (360) 392-2833 to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Bike accident

Pedestrian accident

Wrongful Death

Car Accident

Drunk Driving

Semi Tractor Trailer and Truck Accidents

Motorcycle Accident

Distracted Driving

Bus and Mass Transit Accidents

Child Injury Claims

Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Hit and run accidents

Passenger Auto Injury Claims

UM/UIM Claims

Unsafe Roads and Highways

Bill Coats Law also handles the following personal injury cases:

Construction Site Accidents

Defective Products

Work Place Injury

Nursing Home Abuse

Dog Bite and Dog Attack

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