Morrin Law Office
Attorney for accidents involving injuries in Kentucky
Getting injured after an accident can cause long term physical and mental harm. It may create damaging effects to your work, financial income, health, personal relationships, and your future. This is especially true if the accident is caused by the negligence of another person or entity.
If you or someone you love has sustained injuries due to another party’s careless behavior, you may be able to seek compensation. In Kentucky, you can file a claim or lawsuit to attempt to recover the damages caused by the reckless act. The personal injury attorneys at Morrin Law Office can help you understand the legal process, your rights, and determine what settlement should be accepted in your case. We believe our clients save time, money, and stress when they work with our team of legal professionals.
Most Common Injuries Caused from Accidents
Unfortunately, there are various ways a person can be injured due to the negligence or careless behavior of someone else. If you have received any of the following injuries in an accident, you may have the grounds to file a personal injury claim:
- Joint injuries – Torn ligaments, fractured or dislocated shoulder;
- Back injuries – Slipped discs, paralysis, pinched nerves, spinal cord injuries;
- Psychological injuries – Anxiety, depression, changes in mood;
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) – Concussions, or any severe injury after hitting your head in an accident;
- Bone injuries – Fractured or broken bones; and/or
- Skin injuries – Cuts, road rash, or other injuries on the skin requiring stitches or staples.
The amount of compensation available to you will depend on which injuries you suffered, how serious they are, and the effects it has caused on both your personal and professional life. These types of injuries can greatly impact your well-being, such as the ability to work or enjoy spending time with loved ones.
What Type of Accidents Cause Such Injuries?
The team of attorneys at Morrin Law have spent years handling a variety of personal injury cases, including the following:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dog bites
- Boating accidents
- Maritime injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Wrongful death
If any of the above accidents have occurred to you and left you with injuries, contact a personal injury attorney today. An experienced lawyer will help provide you with the support and care needed to hold those responsible for your injuries accountable.
Our attorney can start on your injury case as soon as possible
In general, injury victims have one year from the date of their accident to sue for their damages like lost wages and medical bills from treatment. This is according to Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 413.140(1). However, there are cases where the deadline—also called a statute of limitations—is shorter or longer. For example, per Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 304.39-230(6), car accident victims have two years to either settle their claim or file a lawsuit.
If you are hesitant to hire a lawyer because of the costs involved, know that the Morrin Law Office can do everything possible to lower that potential financial barrier by:
● Evaluating your case for free: You can call our office at any time. Members of our firm are waiting to tell you more about our personal injury services at no cost to you.
● Working for a contingency fee: This means that you only pay us attorney’s fees if and when our injury professionals recover money for you.
● Accepting a portion of your recovery compensation as payment: You do not have to pay us out of pocket.
● Explaining how we add value: Properly valuing your injury claim by reviewing the past twenty years in jury verdicts, ensuring every claim you can submit under Kentucky law is pursued, finding and submitting claims to all applicable insurance policies (you would be surprised how policies of vehicles not involved in the accident can still apply), and by making sure you don’t pay a penny more than is required by law for your medical care after a serious injury.
Four Elements of Negligence
During a civil case, the filing party bears the burden of proof. The burden of proof is based on the prevalence of clear and convincing evidence that the defendant was at fault for the filing party’s accident. In Kentucky, most personal injury lawsuits are based on the existence of negligence.
For a person to establish a claim for negligence in a personal injury case in Kentucky, the injured person (or plaintiff) must be able to prove the following four elements:
- Duty – The defendant (person or entity who is being sued) owed a duty of care to the injured person. That means the defendant had a legal obligation to act with reasonable care towards the plaintiff.
- Breach – The defendant breached their duty of care or failed to act with reasonable care towards the plaintiff.
- Causation – The defendant’s breach of duty caused the plaintiff’s injuries. Without such negligence, the plaintiff would not have been injured.
- Damages – Due to the defendant’s breach of care, the plaintiff suffered from damages. The plaintiff has experienced some type of harm such as physical injuries, emotional distress, or financial losses. These damages may be compensated through legal representation.
In short, any instance where a person or entity owes a duty of care to another person and they breach that duty, they may be held liable for any injuries and damages caused by an accident.
If the plaintiff can establish all four elements, they may be able to recover damages caused by the accident. The best way to determine if your case is eligible for damage compensation is by speaking with an experienced Kentucky personal injury attorney.
Seeking Damages for Accident Injuries in Kentucky
When filing a personal injury claim in Kentucky, the goal is to recover any damages caused by the accident. Damages are considered the compensation awarded to the injured party for the losses and harm they have suffered due to the defendant’s negligence.
Compensable injuries can take many forms, including the following:
- Pain and suffering caused by physical injury;
- Emotional anguish caused by the accident or stress of other injuries;
- Loss of consortium if the accident has affected your personal relationship with your spouse or children;
- Disability such as the temporary loss of any physical or intellectual ability;
- Reduced quality of life, which incudes all the ways in which the accident has made your life painful or more difficult to manage;
- Past, current, or future loss of wages if the injuries have kept you from work and the ability to support yourself or your family;
- Cost of medical treatment including psychiatric treatment, physical therapy, surgery, medication, and even travel expenses to visit a doctor;
- Repairing any property damage that may have been a result of the accident (for example, a car after a car accident); and/or
- Any other accident-related expenses.
Again, it is important to note that to recover damages in a personal injury case, the plaintiff must be able to prove the defendant’s negligence. The state of Kentucky follows the doctrine of comparative fault, meaning the recovered damages may be reduced or prevented if the plaintiff is found to be even partially at fault for the accident. To go over the details of your case, we advise speaking with one of Morrin Law Office’s personal injury lawyers.
How a Kentucky Accident Attorney Can Help
There are multiple ways in which you can receive compensation after suffering an injury in Kentucky. The typical methods for recovering compensation include the following:
- Filing a claim with your insurance company;
- Negotiating for a pretrial settlement from the liable party’s insurance company;
- Suing the liable party and receiving a jury award; and/or
- A combination of the above.
The Kentucky personal injury attorneys at Morrin Law can guide you through the legal process from start to finish. Our attorney can assist with the follow:
- Filing claims with all applicable liability insurance policies – It is possible to receive compensation from multiple sources. Our attorneys will take care of all necessary paperwork and file claims on your behalf.
- Identifying liable parties – Depending on the case, there may be one or multiple parties responsible for your injuries. Our attorneys will ensure that your lawsuit will include all responsible entities who contributed to your injuries.
- Calculating compensation amount – One of the main benefits of working with a personal injury lawyer is they can help determine what your injuries are worth in compensation. Without working with an attorney, it is not uncommon for insurance companies to offer you the lowest settlement offers, sometimes worth pennies on the dollar.
- Negotiating with insurance companies – Insurance companies know when they are dealing with a person who is not familiar with Kentucky law or the process of insurance laws. Our attorneys can help negotiate with insurance companies by meeting them head on. We vow to protect your rights for compensation for your injuries.
- Advocation in the courtroom – In instances in which the insurance companies are being unreasonable or unfair, we will not hesitate to push your case to a jury trial. Our team of attorneys will work to save our clients the time, money, and stress required when going to trial. We will ensure that the insurance company is held liable for any unfair or wrong treatment you may have received in the process of settling your injury claim.
If you are still hesitant regarding seeking out a Kentucky personal injury attorney, the team at Morrin Law Office ensure we will do everything in our power to make our assistance manageable for your time and finances. We do everything we can to lower the financial burden by providing the following:
- Free consultations: Our office is available at any time for a free consultation regarding your case. The members of our firm can provide you with helpful information about our personal injury services at no cost to you.
- Working for a contingency fee: The only time you pay us an attorney’s fee is when our personal injury professionals recover money for you.
- No need to pay out of pocket: Instead of worrying about out-of-pocket payments, our team will take a portion of your recovery compensation as the form of payment.
- Explaining our value: Our attorneys will put in the time and effort to evaluate your case. We can properly value your injury claim based on the past twenty years of jury verdicts, ensure that any claim you submit under Kentucky law is pursued, and ensure you do not pay any more than is required by law for your medical care.
How to Deal with an Insurance Company After an Accident
It is not uncommon for insurance companies to immediately reach out to a person injured in an accident. It is important to understand how to deal with insurance companies, as they often try to pressure the plaintiff into accepting a settlement as soon as possible. However, you are not obligated to speak with their representatives.
Our personal injury attorneys advise against speaking with insurance companies until you have first consulted with us. This is mainly due to the nature of insurance companies and their desire to settle personal injury claims as quickly and for as little compensation as possible. Our attorneys can review your case and ensure that you receive all of the compensation you deserve. In addition to dealing with insurance companies, it is also important for you to follow the following advised steps to make a personal injury claim:
- Seek medical help – If you have been injured, your first step should be seeking medical help and contacting the authorities if necessary. Even if you feel fine, it is important to be checked out by a doctor to determine if there are any hidden injuries. Medical records can also serve as evidence in your personal injury case.
- Document the accident – If possible, take photos or videos of the scene of the accident. This can include any property damage caused by the accident. If there were any witnesses, get their contact information to follow up with them later on what they witnessed. Any receipts or medical bills related to the accident should be kept and documented.
- Contact a personal injury attorney – It is in your best interest to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can accurately assess your case. An attorney can help you understand your rights and options in your personal injury case.
- Notify the responsible party – If your injuries were caused by the negligence of someone else, you should notify them with your intent to seek a personal injury claim. Examples of the responsible party include the driver of a vehicle who caused a wreck, the owner of the property where an accident occurred, or a company that manufactured a defective product which was the cause of your injuries.
- File your claim within the Statute of Limitations – Under Kentucky Statute Section 413.140, there is a one year Statute of Limitations to file a personal injury claim from the date of the injury or the accident. Attempting to file after the Statute of Limitations could result in losing your right to seek compensation for your injuries.
By following these steps, you can help your case and ensure that you have the best chance of success in receiving compensation for the damages caused by your accident. Contact a skilled Kentucky personal injury attorney today to review the options for your case.
Finding a Kentucky Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured due to an accident, it is imperative that you seek out an experienced Kentucky personal injury attorney. Your case deserves top quality legal guidance and support. The injury professionals at Morrin Law Office represent clients throughout the state of Kentucky, and vow to fight vigorously for your rights after an accident.
To find out more about how our Kentucky personal injury attorney can help you get better after an accident, contact Morrin Law Office at (859) 358-0300. We provide a free consultation for each case, and if we believe representation isn’t necessary for your case we will still add value by pointing you in the right direction with advice that costs you nothing.