Though some injuries are simply a part of life, 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 negligence. This could be 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 signs; 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 a Pikeville Personal Injury Lawyer Help You
Accidents happen, and they often result in serious injuries. If you have been injured by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, the law says that you may be entitled to compensation. If you are a Pike County resident, the Johnson Law Firm can help.
The Johnson Law Firm has been practicing from offices in Pikeville for more than 20 years and has the knowledge, experience and resources to file a claim and get the compensation you deserve. A Pikeville personal injury lawyer 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 (972) 774-9800. The consultation is free, and you pay no out-of-pocket expenses until we successfully conclude your claim.
Personal Injury Compensation
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.
Injured people can seek compensation for both the financial and physical or emotional consequences of an injury. The pain you’ve experienced is just as important as the medical bills you are facing. We work with our clients to find out how much they are owed in payment.
What the Personal Injury Process Looks Like
First, it’s important to note that no two cases are the same, so everyone’s experience is different. But there are a few things that can tell you about what you can expect when you file a personal injury claim. When you work with the Johnson Law Firm, you can rest assured that we will handle the work of your claim, such as correspondence with insurers and filing all necessary paperwork.
We also do the work of building your case. This includes conducting interviews, consulting experts, research, depositions and trial preparation. Many personal injury claims never go to trial; they are settled when the other side makes us an offer. However, we still prepare every case to go all the way. This lets the other side know we’re serious and positions your case for a better settlement offer.
In a settlement, we will negotiate on your behalf (and with your consent) to get an amount that reflects your needs. If the other side cooperates and gives a satisfactory offer, then a settlement will be reached, and you will begin receiving payment in accordance with terms of the negotiations.
If a settlement can’t be reached, the matter can be taken to trial. In a trial, both sides make their cases before a judge and a jury. The jury will determine whether the defendant (the person who caused your injury) is at fault. The jury will also determine how much you are owed.
How Much You Should Expect in Compensation
The amount of money a person seeks in a claim varies greatly from one claim to another. Some claims are worth thousands of dollars, while others are worth millions. The value of your claim will depend on the damages you’ve experienced. We work with our clients to calculate the costs they’ve faced, including medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering.
Let us help you find out what you are owed. Contact the personal injury lawyers in Pikeville at the Johnson Law Firm by calling (972) 774-9800 or filling out our online contact form to get started.
How Long Will This Take?
Just like the amount you seek in a claim, the time frame of a claim also depends on your unique circumstances. Be wary of attorneys that make promises without knowing the details of your case. We’ve handled claims that have been resolved in a matter of weeks, while others take several months or longer. The length of a personal injury claim depends on the complexity of a case, the number of parties involved and the willingness of the other side to cooperate.
The one thing we can guarantee clients is that we will keep our end of the process moving forward as quickly as possible while still giving your case the time and attention it deserves.
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).
Let Us Deal with the Insurance Companies
If your personal injury claim involves insurance companies, which many do, it is important to understand the difference between working with your own insurance company and working with someone else’s insurance company. In general, you should cooperate with your own insurance company and avoid anyone from another person’s insurance company.
Your own insurance company will want more information about the accident you’ve been involved in, and you should work with them to the best of your ability. However, if your insurance company offers you a payment that doesn’t meet your needs, you do not have to accept it.
If you’re contacted by an insurance company that isn’t your own, do not speak to them. They want you to make a statement, which they’ll use to lessen or deny the payment they offer. The only thing you should tell a representative of another person’s insurance company is that they can call your attorney.
At the Johnson Law Firm, we deal with insurance companies on our client’s behalf. We know how these companies work and the tactics they use to lessen the amount of money they offer injured people. Let us deal with insurers so you can focus on your health.
Get a Pikeville Personal Injury Attorney’s Help Now
Because all personal injury cases are different, it’s best to talk to a knowledgeable injury lawyer in Pikeville 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 is one year from the time of your injury.
Billy Johnson and The Johnson Law Firm have been helping the community with their personal injury problems from offices in Pikeville since 1998. Billy Johnson 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 Pikeville personal injury lawyer who knows the law. Contact us online or call (972) 774-9800 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.”