Helping Accident Victims With Serious Injuries Recover Damages
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries due to the negligence of another party, you deserve compensation for your pain and suffering. Lawyers at the personal injury law firm of Shumate, Flaherty, Eubanks & Baechtold can carefully examine the details of your injury case, answer questions and fight for the compensation you need. Contact us if you have suffered an injury from a:
- Car/passenger vehicle accident
- Truck or commercial vehicle accident
- An accident involving a motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian
How Are Serious Injuries Defined?
There are numerous types of serious injuries, but injuries to the neck, back and spine are some of the most common serious injuries people suffer in an accident. Injuries to these vulnerable areas of the body can limit mobility, including the ability to walk, reach or lift objects. In some cases, these injuries are permanent.
Other motor functions and cognitive abilities may be temporarily or permanently damaged in an accident. A traumatic brain injury, commonly known as a TBI, is often one of the most difficult injuries to recover from because of the long-term or permanent impact on the victim. Even a mild TBI or concussion can have lasting effects. A severe TBI can result in a coma or death.
What Are The Consequences?
In addition to affecting your family relationships and basic mobility, a serious injury can have a long-term impact on your ability to work. In some cases, a debilitating injury can end a career, especially for someone who worked previously in a profession that required a great deal of physical exertion like carpentry, welding, truck driving or landscaping.
Determining the amount of lost income will play a major role in the amount of money that can be recovered in any possible settlement. Having spent years representing victims, our attorneys have honed their skills and can make rational calculations, allowing you to recover the maximum sum for pain and suffering, as well as medical bills and lost income. We also handle workers’ compensation claims for those who were seriously injured in an on-the-job accident.
How is fault determined in car accidents in Kentucky?
Kentucky follows a “pure comparative fault” system, which means that each party may be assigned a percentage of fault based on their contribution to the accident. Generally speaking, fault will be determined based on evidence like the responding officer’s report, eyewitness testimony, video evidence, photographs and accident reconstruction methods.
How can I cover my immediate medical expenses after a car accident?
In Kentucky, you will first turn to your “no-fault” personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. This is true regardless of who is at fault for the wreck. Once that PIP coverage has been tapped out, which usually happens fairly quickly, you can look to the at-fault driver’s insurance for coverage. Since it can take a while to settle the issue of liability for a wreck, your health insurance will continue to cover you during that time.
How are future earning potential and career prospects factored into a personal injury claim?
When a car accident leaves you with serious, permanent injuries, your future earning potential may be deeply affected. Your career may never fully recover – if you ever work again. An experienced car accident lawyer can use vocational and financial experts to estimate your future lost earnings and ask for that as part of the compensation in your claim.
How is pain and suffering calculated in a personal injury case?
Unlike many other states, Kentucky law does not cap the amount available for a car accident victim’s pain and suffering. Broadly speaking, pain and suffering damages are tied to your total economic losses and the severity of your injuries. While there is no set formula for calculating these, higher economic losses indicate more severe injuries, which warrants a higher amount of compensation for pain and suffering.
What are the potential costs associated with hiring a personal injury lawyer?
Typically, car accident attorneys work on a contingency fee. This means they only get paid if they recover compensation on behalf of their clients.
There’s No Time To Waste When Injuries Are Serious
You need to ensure that you recover compensation for all of the losses from your injury, so it’s best to get started today. Our attorneys have the experience necessary to help you through this process and seek the compensation you deserve for your serious injuries.