Personal Injury

Through the years we've seen countless personal injury cases, all varying due to personal circumstances but also because there are so many different situations in which someone's negligence can lead to your getting hurt. In case you're wondering whether or not you may have a case, some common types of personal injury accidents include:

  • Auto accidents. Roads are dangerous places, which is why we have traffic laws and a standard of safety that everyone behind a heavy piece of machinery is expected to uphold. Whether you're in a car or truck, on a motorcycle, or riding a bicycle, we all have a responsibility to maintain each other's safety.
  • Medical malpractice. When a doctor or other healthcare professional fails to provide competent care and you or a loved one suffers physical harm — especially of the catastrophic variety, such as disability, disfigurement, or death — then you need to seek our advocacy.
  • Slip and fall cases. Expectations to maintain others' safety doesn't only exist on the roads, but on your property as well. However, not all of these kinds of injuries lead to liability, since a property owner's legal obligations can depend on state laws where the injury occurred.
  • Defamation, including slander and libel. These refer to the fact that, not only can your body suffer physical harm but so too can your reputation. You just need to be able to prove that an inaccurate, negative statement was made and that you suffered financial loss because of it.
  • Dog/animal bites. These are common and happen when animal owners allow their pets unchecked freedom.
  • Assault and battery. Personal injuries in this area aren't caused by someone's negligence or carelessness. Rather, they result from intentional action. On top of the perpetrator's criminal charges, you may also file a personal injury lawsuit for damages to cover medical expenses.

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Certain common aspects of personal injury laws are subject to change based on state lines, and in Kentucky these include:

  • Deadlines for filing. In Kentucky, it's one year after the injury.
  • Comparative fault rules. If you are partially at fault for your injury, you can expect to share a specific percentage of the fault, which affects the payout accordingly.
  • Auto insurance laws. In Kentucky, these laws make filing a personal injury case complicated since the state requires that you seek compensation from your own auto insurance rather than filing a lawsuit. That is, unless you've suffered a serious injury.
  • Strict Dog Bite Liability. The first time your dog bites someone, you are liable; the state doesn't consider the past behavior of the animal.
  • Damage caps. There is no damage cap, which means the amount of compensation you can collect isn't limited by restrictions.

The aftermath of a personal injury caused by someone else's negligence is traumatic since you may be dealing with decisions about the best action to take on top of focusing on recovery. You also know the doctor said your recovery could be a long and inconvenient process, both physically and financially, and you wonder about the best way to pay all the bills. Fortunately, we’re here to help.

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Lasting emotional trauma caused by personal injuries and the subsequent legal process can be draining — and that’s an understatement. We’ve seen our clients’ lives seriously disrupted due to negligence and carelessness, or simply outright malicious intent. That’s why it’s our mission to provide legal service that helps them get their lives back on track. Contact our office today to set up a consultation.