Answers To Common Personal Injury Questions
A personal injury claim can help you get compensation and justice after someone else’s negligence caused your injuries. However, pursuing your claim can be complicated.
At Blankenship Massey & Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have strong experience with personal injury cases in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. We can answer your questions. Call our offices in Erlanger and Dry Ridge at 859-905-0936 for a free consultation.
What should I do if I am hurt in an accident?
In a car accident, animal attack, slip-and-fall or other type of accident, following the steps below can help you take advantage of your rights:
- Get emergency medical help if necessary.
- In an auto accident, report the incident to the police and exchange insurance information with the other driver. If hurt at work, report the incident to your employer.
- Take pictures of the accident scene, your injuries and any damage to your property.
- Call your attorney to learn about the next steps and your rights.
The most important thing immediately following an accident is your health. Within a few days of the accident, see your doctor for an exam. Some injuries take some time to show symptoms.
How much money will I get from my personal injury claim?
The value of your claim mainly depends on the damages you suffered due to an accident or other negligence. Damages include:
- Your medical expenses related to the injury, including physical therapy or other future health care services you are likely to need
- Lost income due to staying home from work
- Lost earning capacity if you can no longer perform the same level of work in your career
- Property damage
- Other damages, such as pain and suffering or punitive damages
However, getting the full amount you deserve is not guaranteed. Insurance companies have an incentive to deny claims to protect their profits. If you want to maximize the compensation you may obtain, discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney.
How long does a typical personal injury case take?
The duration of your case may depend on several factors. Typically, personal injury cases can last several months to a few years. If you face significant obstacles to fair compensation, it may take a while to work through the legal process. However, it is critical to get the money you need if you have medical bills or reduced income due to an injury.
In many cases, negotiating a settlement takes less time than going to court with a personal injury lawsuit. However, negotiations do not always lead to a fair settlement offer. Accepting a low settlement could leave you with less money than your case is worth.
Your lawyer can explain the specific details and options in your case. A professional assessment of your claim can help you decide whether to settle or litigate your personal injury case.