After suffering injuries due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to damages. With the help of a West Virginia personal injury lawyer from Underwood Law Office, you could recover compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost income.
In This Article
- It Costs You Nothing To Start Your Case with Us
- Types of Damages You Can Seek with a Personal Injury Case in West Virginia
- We Will Investigate Your Accident
- We Will Negotiate on Your Behalf
- We Will Take Your Case to Court if Necessary
- Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
- Should I Seek the Help of a West Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer?
- Call an Attorney Today for Your Free Consultation
It Costs You Nothing To Start Your Case with Us
Our law firm serving West Virginia puts your needs first. To do that, we offer our legal help on a contingency-fee basis. But what does this mean?
We do not charge any money up front. Our payment is contingent on your case’s outcome. If we do not help you recover financially, we do not get paid. It’s our way of ensuring there are no barriers to justice for those who need it.
With this pricing structure, our resources are available on the spot. Once we accept your case, our firm can start working on your claim immediately.
Types of Damages You Can Seek with a Personal Injury Case in West Virginia
Depending on the nature of your accident and the severity of your injuries, you can recover a variety of losses, such as:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages, tips, and bonuses
- Lost future earning potential
- Out-of-pocket expenses, like transportation and rideshare costs
- Physical pain
- Mental and emotional suffering
- Burial expenses if you lost a loved one
- Disability, scarring, and disfigurement
You could be eligible to recover other types of injury-related losses.
We Will Investigate Your Accident
First, we will investigate your accident and injuries. By collecting evidence, like video footage, photographs, witness statements, and official records, we can piece together exactly what happened and who is to blame.
Once our investigation reveals whose negligence caused your accident, we will assemble the best possible case based on the evidence we find. To be successful, we will need to demonstrate that the following circumstances apply to you:
- Duty of care: We will prove that the at-fault party owed you a duty of care.
- Breach of duty: Then, we will prove that the other party failed to meet this duty through a negligent act or omission. This element will be the backbone of your case.
- Causation: We will show that this breach caused your accident.
- Damages: Finally, we will offer proof that your accident resulted in losses for which you can be compensated. These are known as “damages.”
We Will Negotiate on Your Behalf
Once we build your case, we will begin to negotiate for the money you are owed. Odds are, if you can recover damages, you will be awarded compensation through an insurance settlement—not a court case.
Insurance companies are businesses—and like all businesses, they look out for their bottom line, not your best interests. At Underwood Law Office, we are on your side. We will negotiate with insurance adjusters on your behalf to work out the best possible settlement in your case.
We Will Take Your Case to Court if Necessary
If the insurance company still refuses to pay what you are owed, then we will take your case to court to fight for your rights. We will present the evidence we have gathered to a judge or jury who can render a verdict.
The judge or jury can decide what damages you are owed, or the insurance company can return to the negotiating table once it sees we are not backing down. Either way, we will keep you in the loop, empowering you to make the best possible decisions for you and your family.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Personal injury law covers a variety of situations where harm is done “to a person’s body, emotions, or reputation,” as opposed to their property.
As the Legal Information Institute (LII) reminds us: “Negligence is the most common basis for personal injury claims.” Negligence is usually defined as the failure to take the same precautions expected of another person in a similar situation.
Here are some examples of personal injury cases that involve negligence:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
If you were hurt in a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian, bicycle, car, bus, or truck, you could seek compensation for your losses. In these instances, we must prove that another party’s failure to act with care caused your accident.
Some examples of negligence in motor vehicle accident cases include:
- Drunk driving
- Drug-impaired driving
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
- Drowsy driving
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving West Virginia, call (972) 535-6377
Premises Liability Cases
When you are injured on another party’s property, you could hold them accountable through a premises liability case. You and your lawyer will need to show:
- You were owed a duty of care on the property.
- The property owner knew (or should have known) about a possible hazard.
- They did not address the hazard in a way to prevent accidents.
- You suffered harm.
Some types of premises liability cases include the following:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Trip and fall accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Inadequate security measures
- Falling objects
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If your healthcare provider harmed you instead of helping you, you can file a medical malpractice case. You can recover damages for your healthcare bills, pain and suffering, and all of the other losses you suffered due to your condition.
Some examples of medical malpractice cases include:
- Failure to diagnose
- Failure to treat
- Surgical errors
- Medication errors
- Birth injuries
If you were injured on the job, you may be entitled to damages for your resulting medical bills, lost wages, future lost earnings, and pain and suffering. Causes of workplace accidents can include:
- Falling objects
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Transportation accidents
- Exposure to harmful substances
- Slip and falls
Should I Seek the Help of a West Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer?
As noted, you have the right to receive compensation for your injuries and losses if you were harmed due to someone else’s negligence. You can pursue that compensation without a lawyer, but you should consider obtaining legal representation to help with the claims process.
A lawyer from Underwood Law Firm knows how to apply the law to your case and pursue a positive outcome. You may consider partnering with our law firm if:
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Your Personal Injury Claim Was Denied
Even if you did all the right things when filing your injury claim, the insurance company may still deny it. When this happens, you may wonder whether you have options. With our team, you do.
Having a legal advocate who is familiar with insurance proceedings will help even the playing field. First, our team will review the reason why your case was denied. Then, we will address that issue. For instance, if your claim was denied due to a lack of evidence, we will investigate your situation and gather supporting evidence.
There Are Multiple Parties Involved in Your Case
Personal injury cases quickly become complex when there are several parties involved. For example, if you were in a multi-car collision, you may wonder who should pay for your losses. If you were injured while working on a construction site, you may wonder whether you should hold the property owner or another entity responsible.
An accident injury lawyer at our firm can help determine who caused your accident, who is financially liable, and effective options for seeking compensation.
The Insurance Company Offered You a Settlement
The main goal of an insurance company is to close your claim as cheaply and quickly as possible. To do this, it may throw out low settlement offers, hoping that you’ll accept less than you’re owed. Without an attorney on your side, you might not understand what constitutes a fair offer.
When you partner with Underwood Law Office, we will assess the value of your economic and non-economic damages. Then, we’ll evaluate all settlement offers and negotiate for what you need.
Your Losses Are Extensive
The more extensive your losses, the more opposition you are likely to face in a personal injury claim or lawsuit. As noted, insurance companies want to protect their bottom lines. Defendants don’t want to pay anything out of pocket for others’ expenses, either.
To deny liability or refute your claim, the other party might blame you for the accident, contest the nature of your condition, or question the value of your losses. With our law firm working for you, we will address any tactics that prevent you from recovering what you need.
Call an Attorney Today for Your Free Consultation
At Underwood Law Office, we are your allies during your time of need—ready to fight for your right to justice and compensation. According to WV Code § 55-2-12, the statute of limitations for bringing a personal injury lawsuit is generally two years from the time of the accident; your time to file is limited, so do not wait.
Call Underwood Law Office now to receive your free case evaluation and learn more about how a West Virginia personal injury lawyer could serve you.