What Questions Should You Ask Your Personal Injury Lawyer?

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How long do I have to file a lawsuit after I suffer a personal injury?

That depends on the state you live in and the events that caused your injury. Statutes of limitations vary by state and by the type of claim being filed. It is important to file your personal injury claim before the statute of limitations expires to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. The lawyer at Jim Leach Attorneys at Law are familiar with the statutes of limitations governing claims in West Virginia, and we will make sure these important deadlines do not expire before you file your claim.

When should I contact a personal injury lawyer?

Contact a personal injury lawyer right away to best help with your personal injury case. Contacting a lawyer as soon as you can will help make sure you do not miss the deadline for filing your case. Over time, accident scenes are altered and witnesses may not remember the events as clearly. You will need a lawyer right away to ensure the evidence is still intact. If you wait to hire a lawyer, you compromise your lawyer’s ability to get the necessary evidence to file and prove your case.

How long will it take to settle my personal injury case?

That depends on the specifics of your claim. While we will always try to settle claims whenever possible to avoid protracted litigation, there are occasions when a settlement is not possible. In these instances, a trial may be necessary to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Cases that are settled before trial will resolve much more quickly than claims which require litigation.

What types of evidence do I need to file my claim?

This depends on the circumstance of your accident. After reviewing your case, your personal injury lawyer will request that you provide them 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.

What types of compensation might I be entitled to?

The reason for filing a personal injury claim is to recover any losses 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
  • Compensation for emotional damages – pain and suffering.

How will you help me with filing my claim?

This is possibly the most important question, since the point in retaining a personal injury attorney is to have someone represent you throughout the process. Our lawyer will answer your questions, negotiate with insurance companies and others on your behalf, and represent your case at trial. Our personal injury lawyer will work to get you the compensation you deserve.

Do I have a personal injury case?

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If you have suffered an injury to your person or property and that injury was someone else’s fault, then you have a personal injury case. It is important to note that a personal injury does not always have to be a physical injury. Some personal injury claims may be based on a variety of nonphysical losses and harms.

You may also be entitled to damages if someone has attacked your reputation, invaded your privacy, subjected you to extreme emotional distress, or committed verbal abuse. In order to seek damages for your injuries, you must first be able to prove that they were caused by the negligent actions of another.

Even if your personal injury case involves only minor injuries, you may still be entitled to substantial monetary damages. Medical expenses including hospital bills, medications, and personal therapy can be recovered. In cases of extreme negligence, punitive damages can be recovered to ensure that the conduct is not repeated in the future. In the case of a death within a family, surviving family members can recover damages through wrongful death lawsuits.

Many personal injury claims can be resolved through mediation rather than a jury trial. Mediation has become one of the most popular methods of arriving at a reasonable compromise settlement, especially in claims that would be very expensive and difficult to litigate. When mediation is successful, the claim or litigation ends without any further costs to the client. If mediation fails, you must then resort to litigation and jury trial to recover the compensation you deserve. A successful mediation is an extremely cost-effective procedure that can save you an enormous amount of money in litigation expenses.

If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligent actions of another, please contact our West Virginia personal injury attorneys today to arrange a consultation.

How do I know if I have a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in an accident, you may have a right to file a personal injury claim. The best way to determine if you have a claim is through a one-on-one consultation with one of our Parkersburg personal injury lawyers. During this consultation, the details of your case will be evaluated and your cause to file suite established.

Making a Personal Injury Claim

Personal injury is an extremely complex area of law. To win a proper settlement you will require an experienced and aggressive personal injury lawyer who is dedicated to helping you get every penny you deserve.

Parkersburg lawyer Jim Leach focuses on severe personal injury. Even though these injuries may seem to speak for themselves, the process of collecting compensation through a lawsuit is not as simple as it may seem.

To file a personal injury claim, we must first establish that:

  • You have been injured.
  • A third party can be held liable for your injuries.
  • Damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, and physical and emotional pain and suffering will result from your injury.

Oftentimes establishing these things requires a thorough investigation. You can help us determine if you have a personal injury claim by providing us with documentation during your initial consultation.

Good things to bring to our first meeting include:

  • Medical records related to your injury
  • Documented property damage
  • Information about lost wages
  • Contact information for any witnesses.

With this information we can better assess your case and quickly let you know if you have a personal injury claim.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in West Virginia, please contact Jim Leach Attorneys at Law to schedule a free case evaluation today.

Please contact our West Virgina personal injury lawyer at Jim Leach Attorneys at Law today for your free consultation. We represent victims of personal injury throughout West Virginia and Southern Ohio including the communities of Belpre, Parkersburg, Wheeling, Athens, Morgantown, Charleston, and Huntington.