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Your Parkersburg Personal Injury Lawyers Are Here To Guide You Through All Types Of Personal Injury Cases In West Virginia & Ohio
Medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses pile up fast after an accident that causes serious personal injuries. If someone one else caused the accident that hurt you, you shouldn’t be left to pay the costs. If you have a serious personal injury case, you need a serious personal injury lawyer like Jim Leach.
Serving accident victims in West Virginia and Ohio, Jim Leach has the experience, resolve, and resources to help you secure the compensation you deserve for your personal injuries. Let Jim and his team deal with the insurance companies while you focus on getting better and putting your life back together.
We want to hear what happened in your situation and offer advice about how we can help. The consultation is free.
You might just need a little advice. If that’s the case, we won’t charge you anything for our guidance. However, many personal injury victims stand to benefit from the help of an attorney. If we believe we can put you in a better situation with our assistance, we will handle your case on a contingency fee basis. We won’t get paid unless and until we recover compensation for you.
What is a Personal Injury Claim?
In the broadest sense, a personal injury involves an injury to your person, whether physical or mental. If you have been hurt in an accident, fall, attack, at work, by a medical or dental professional, by an animal, because of a defective product, because of your workplace environment or by an individual or business, you may have a personal injury claim.
Sustaining an injury due to the negligence of another can often be a serious and life-changing occurrence. Under state and federal laws, you may seek compensation, or “damages,” for the injuries you have suffered, in order to offset your expenses and costs resulting from the injury.
Our personal injury attorneys at Jim Leach Attorneys at Law are dedicated to protecting the rights of injury victims through ethical, professional and vigorous representation. We have years of experience representing individuals who have been involved in a wide range of personal injury claims.
The most important thing to do after being injured is to seek medical treatment from professionals. After you meet with us, we will discuss the kinds of evidence that will be necessary to show the validity of your claim. The more information you can provide, the stronger your case will be.
The following steps will help us get you started with seeking compensation for your personal injury claim:
- Get the contact information for any accident or incident witnesses.
- Collect and organize your evidence regarding who or what caused the accident and what damage was done. If you have photos, that would be extremely helpful.
- Make a note of the timeline of what happened to you after the accident, such as medical bills or treatment, loss of wages, etc.
- Keep a journal about how the injury has affected your daily life.
- Gather all documents related to the accident, such as bills, accident reports, insurance information and other details.
How Jim Leach Can Help with a Personal Injury Claim
The legal team at Jim Leach Attorneys at Law can weigh the facts of your case and let you know if your case meets the requirements for a personal injury claim. In order for your case to be considered a compensable personal injury, a liable party’s negligence or intent must have directly caused your injury.
After reviewing your case, our office will request that you provide us with information and evidence relevant to your claim. For instance, we will likely ask for your medical records from after the accident and any police reports. We may also want to know if there were any witnesses, photographs or other evidence obtained from the scene.
When you call or visit our Parkersburg office, a qualified personal injury attorney will evaluate your claim at no cost to you. After assessing the details and answering questions about your personal injury case, we will diligently gather evidence to build a strong claim on your behalf.
If you have not personally experienced negotiating a claim with an individual, company or insurance company, you may be tempted to try to do it yourself. While that might work in simple cases, it is often beneficial to get help from a lawyer. We can help you avoid the pitfalls and navigate the ins and outs of bringing a personal injury claim by doing the work for you while you sit back and relax. The purpose of retaining a personal injury attorney is to have someone represent your interests throughout the process with the goal of securing maximum compensation on your behalf.
Jim Leach knows the insurance business inside and out and can answer your questions, negotiate with insurance companies and others for you, and argue your case at trial if necessary. Jim Leach is a personal injury lawyer who is not afraid of going to court or doing whatever it takes to get you the compensation you deserve.
Types of Personal Injury Cases Jim Leach Handles
We take on a variety of personal injury cases and claims for injured people in Parkersburg and the surrounding areas of West Virginia and Ohio. For example, we represent clients in the following types of personal injury cases:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Boat Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Slip and Fall
- Dangerous Premises
- Dog Bites
Types of Compensation Available in a Personal Injury Claim
When injured in an accident, it is imperative to obtain legal representation as soon as possible. Delaying your claim can work against you when it comes to your legal rights and your ability to recover compensation.
Filing a personal injury claim can help you potentially recover any losses and pay for expenses you incurred as a result of your injury. Depending on the laws in the state where you file your claim, and the circumstances of your personal injury, you may be entitled to compensation for the following:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy expenses
- Reimbursement for property damage
- Emotional distress
- Lost income and diminished future earning ability
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages (in limited circumstances involving malicious or extremely reckless conduct)
The amount of compensation for a personal injury generally depends on the severity of the injury. Injuries that have the greatest effect on your life and that cause the most pain and suffering generally result in higher settlements. For example, if your injury prevents you from performing your job duties effectively or causes you to lose your job, you may be awarded compensation for loss of earning potential and/or for loss of enjoyment of life.
Putting a dollar value on the loss of enjoyment, loss of earning potential and loss of profits in addition to past, current and future medical expenses is part and parcel of being represented by Jim Leach. He will advocate for you and work tirelessly to help you achieve your aims of compensation for the losses, suffering, and expense that you have endured.
If you have a serious case, you need a serious lawyer who gets serious results. Call us now or contact us online for a free claim analysis and advice about your legal options.