Injuries that occur because of something you did are bad enough, but injuries caused by someone else are unacceptable. You have the right to a reasonable amount of protection from the mistakes of others; and if you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, you may be due compensation. A personal injury is an injury caused by the negligence, an action or inaction or the malicious intent of another. For example, if you slip on a wet floor in a store where there are no warning sign; if a reckless driver runs a red light and hits you; if the safety features on the car fail to deploy when they should, you may qualify for a personal injury claim and deserve restitution for your injuries and damages.
Let The Johnson Law Firm Help You
Accidents, and the injuries caused by them, are an unfortunate part of life. If you or someone you love has been injured by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, the law says that you may be entitled to compensation. If you are a Kentucky resident, The Johnson Law Firm can help. The Johnson Law Firm has been practicing from offices in Pikeville for more than 15 years and has the knowledge, experience and resources to file a claim and get the compensation you deserve. We can advise you and your family on how to proceed following an injury and help you navigate the maze of legal requirements to make sure you have the best chance at success. For answers to your questions or to set up a consultation, contact us online or call us at 606.433.0682. The consultation is free, and you pay no out-of-pocket expenses until we successfully conclude your claim.
Common Kentucky Personal Injuries
A personal injury is any injury you receive through the fault of another, and The Johnson Law Firm is prepared to pursue claims against nearly all of them. Some of the most common include:
Truck drivers have one of the toughest jobs out there. Driving a vehicle that weighs an average of 80,000 pounds compared to 5,000 for cars, and being behind the wheel for long hours, can be monotonous and cause major fatigue. Add to that changes in elevation and windy roads, and the opportunity for accidents increases proportionately.
There were 161,393 motor vehicle accidents in Kentucky in 2015 alone. Considering that Kentucky has a population of not quite 4 million, 41 percent of whom aren’t old enough to drive, the odds of being injured in an auto accident are unfortunately high.
Working in Appalachia can be a blessing and a curse. With industries that include coal mines and factories, the work is often physical, dirty and dangerous.
Wrongful death occurs when a loved one is killed through the fault of another person or entity. Liability can be the responsibility of not just the person directly responsible, but also a property owner, a company or manufacturer, a safety inspector and many others.
Slip and fall injuries often seem like childhood events, but they are some of the most common accidents, affecting all age groups, and they cause some of the most severe injuries in the entire United States.
If you are injured because a product is defective – for example, an airbag that didn’t deploy when it was supposed to – the manufacturer may be held liable, as can others in the distribution chain.
Nursing home abuse is one of the most heinous crimes in Kentucky, and unfortunately it is all too common. Abuse may include physical abuse, malnutrition, and sub-par safety standards.
While motorcycles are one of the most fun pastimes in Kentucky, they are also one of the most dangerous. With nothing between the individual and the elements, if something goes wrong, the driver is exposed. Because of this, when an accident occurs, statistics suggest the likelihood of an injury from a motorcycle accident is much higher than in an enclosed vehicle.
When a gas explosion occurs in Kentucky, many people are likely to be injured; the results may be catastrophic and potentially cause massive harm. It is important that victims receive medical help immediately and retain legal counsel to help fight for the compensation they deserve.
No matter what safety measures are put in place, there is no way to prevent all accidents. Construction sites, by their nature, are dangerous places, consistently ranking among the top locations for on-the-job injuries.
Catastrophic injuries are those injuries that have the potential to cause debilitating loss of quality of life for extended periods of time, if not for the rest of the victim’s life. Because of the seriousness of these injuries, legal representation is indispensable.
Serious burn injuries are among the most difficult to heal and rehabilitate. What’s common among all types of burns is that the injuries themselves are extraordinarily painful and incapacitating.
There are several different causes of paralysis, but most involve either a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or spinal cord injury. In each, messages from the brain do not complete their passage to the intended target (such as a leg or hand), rendering that part of the body essentially lifeless.
Traumatic brain injuries occur when the brain suffers major trauma. While it depends on the rest of the body, the brain is by far the most important organ as it controls not just cognitive ability but the body’s actions. As a result, TBIs are some of the most serious injuries a human can endure.
Like brain injuries, spinal cord injuries are among the most dangerous injuries a human can undergo. As the message conduit from the brain to the rest of the body, when the cord is injured the risk increases of injuries to the rest of the body.
Personal Injury Compensation in Eastern Kentucky
A person who is injured as a result of someone else’s actions, negligence, or reckless behavior can recover many types of damages. The goal of awarding damages is to restore the victim as much as possible — physically, emotionally, mentally, and financially — to the way they were before they were harmed. Thus, damages can include:
- Reimbursement for losses that cannot be easily measured, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, or mental impairment
- Lost earning potential for interference with the victim’s ability to earn money in the future
- Lost wages for income not earned due to the injury
- Medical expenses for healthcare bills incurred from the injury.
In Kentucky, a Victim’s Family Can Recover Personal Injury Damages
This includes awards for loss of affection (known as loss of consortium) and wrongful death. If the injury was caused by a reckless or intentional act, punitive damages may be granted in order to punish the responsible party (as opposed to damages awarded to compensate the victim).
Get Legal Help Now
Because all personal injury cases are different, it’s best to talk to a knowledgeable lawyer as soon as possible in order to protect your rights. Every case has a statute of limitations, which is the legal term for how long a victim has to file a lawsuit after the accident or injury has occurred. Once the time period ends, you can no longer file a claim. In most personal injury cases, the deadline in Kentucky is one year.
Billy Johnson and The Johnson Law Firm have been helping the community with their personal injury problems from offices in Pikeville since 1998. He understands the devastation that personal injuries can cause and believes in your right to a legal resolution. If you or a loved one has suffered from a serious personal injury, you need experienced help from a law firm familiar with Kentucky personal injury law. Contact us online or call 606-433-0682 with questions or for a free, confidential consultation and you’ll understand why the Johnson Law Firm is known as the “nicest place in town.”