Suffering an injury after an accident can be stressful for anyone, especially if the incident occurred because of someone else’s negligence or malicious actions. If someone else caused your injuries, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your personal injuries.
If you have been injured because of an accident, it is important to realize that there are time limits in place for when you can file a personal injury claim. It is in your best interest to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible after the incident to determine whether you can get compensation for your injuries.
Even if you believe your damages from the accident may have been minor, sometimes it may be challenging to evaluate the true extent of your injuries right away. The laws regarding personal injury vary by state and the sooner you seek legal help, the sooner you can preserve your legal rights – especially if there is a chance that the injury may get worse.
In Kentucky, a personal injury is defined as “bodily injury, sickness or disease sustained by a person as the direct result of the wrongful act, neglect or default of another.”
There are three possible types of damages that one can receive from a personal injury case. The first is economic damages. Economic damages compensate someone for their financial losses such as medical expenses and lost wages. Second, there are non-economic damages. These types of damages compensate the claimant for his/her pain and suffering, disfigurement, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment in life as a result of the personal injury. Finally, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the negligent party for acting with reckless disregard to others.
To recover economic damages, you must establish that your medical bills are reasonable and that you have lost wages.
While it is usually simple to prove the cost of the medical expenses, it can be difficult to show loss of income. Without any evidence to support a claim for lost income, no recovery will be allowed.
However, there are some ways to help establish this factor in your favor. The first is that if you have an earning capacity above what you earned before the accident that would be relevant to show lost income. If during the course of treating you for your injuries it becomes clear that you will never return to work, then the medical records should evidence this. Also, if you are not able to return to your past employment, even though you might be able to obtain other work, such as a lower-paying job or disability benefits would be relevant in establishing loss of income.
Hiring a personal injury lawyer can be beneficial because they can help you pursue compensation for your injuries. Seeking guidance from a personal injury lawyer could be one of the best ways to avoid making mistakes during the process that could compromise your chances of getting the compensation you deserve if you have been injured by another party’s actions.
There are some things you need to look out for when hiring a personal injury lawyer. The following are helpful tips in hiring a personal injury attorney:
There are many types of injuries that would fall into the category of personal injury. There are injuries that occur in the workplace, in public places, during leisure time activities, and even while driving.
Some of the most common types of injuries suffered in accidents include:
If someone else’s negligence contributed to your injuries, you should speak with an attorney to learn how you can hold that person financially responsible.
Most personal injury lawyers offer a contingency fee, which means that you pay nothing unless the lawyer recovers money for you.
With contingency fees, your lawyer gets no upfront fee from you and instead takes a percentage of the amount of money recovered for you, if any. If there is no recovery, your lawyer does not get paid. Under a typical contingency fee arrangement, the percentage owed to the lawyer depends on the stage of the matter when it resolves.
If you have more questions about hiring a KY attorney to help you get the compensation you deserve, please contact us right away. We are here to help.