Richmond Personal Injury Attorneys Answering Your Questions
Most people who have never dealt with a personal injury claim before have a lot of questions about the law and the process of getting compensated. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Kentucky?
For car accidents, Kentucky’s statute of limitations law requires victims to file a claim within two years of the date they were injured.
How much does a Kentucky car accident lawyer cost?
Most personal injury attorneys work on contingency. Instead of charging clients by the hour or taking a flat fee upfront, contingency means the lawyer receives a percentage of whatever their client gets in compensation. This means if the attorney is not successful, the client owes them nothing. The percentage depends on factors like the type of case and the attorney’s experience. The attorney and client agree on the contingency percentage before the attorney begins working on the case.
Is it worth hiring an attorney after a car wreck?
In minor and fairly straightforward car accident cases, you might be able to deal with the insurance company on your own and receive a fair settlement. But if you or someone else in your family was seriously hurt, things can get complicated. The insurance company probably will demand a lot of paperwork and evidence, and may try drawing out its investigation or making a lowball offer to avoid living up to its obligations.
Our experienced attorneys know the auto insurance industry’s tricks and how to hold them accountable. Our clients consistently receive more compensation than they would have had they tried to take care of it by themselves.
How does a car accident lawsuit work?
The process really starts with filing a claim with the insurance company. This is because insurers will often deny a valid claim or make an inadequate settlement offer. From there, you can appeal, but if that does not lead to a fair settlement, you have the option of suing, as long as the crash:
- Caused at least $1,000 in medical expenses
- Caused a broken bone, injury or permanent disfigurement
- Fatal injuries
Most auto accident lawsuits settle out of court because insurers generally do not like the risk of going to trial. Your attorney will negotiate with the insurance company while also preparing for a possible trial.
Richmond Car Accident Attorneys Fighting For You
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the challenges associated with these injuries. That’s why it’s important that you seek legal advice immediately. Lawyers at the well-established Kentucky law firm of Shumate, Flaherty, Eubanks & Baechtold have helped numerous clients recover personal injury compensation by holding negligent parties responsible for their irresponsible actions.
Toward that end, our firm should inspire confidence and optimism because our attorneys with decades of experience have helped numerous individuals recover compensation from cases involving:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Truck accidents
- Serious injuries
- Wrongful death
Personal injury settlements vary substantially from case to case depending upon a multitude of factors, including the type of injuries sustained, medical bills and lost wages. Unlike some firms that spend more money and time on flashy ads, we place an emphasis on professionalism and client experience – both particularly important qualities for victims dealing with debilitating injuries, mental anguish and soaring medical bills after an accident.
When you have been the victim of an unfortunate car, truck, motorcycle or pedestrian accident, it’s imperative that you seek the counsel of a skilled attorney who can competently represent you at all stages of your case. At Shumate, Flaherty, Eubanks & Baechtold, you will be represented by an attorney with more than 30 years of experience in helping clients like you.
Our achievements are much more than a few limited instances of success. Our firm has built a solid reputation in Richmond and across the state of Kentucky by being vociferous advocates for our clients.