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.
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.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving West Virginia, call (972) 535-6377
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 you were owed a duty of care by the at-fault party.
- 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.”
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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 they see 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.
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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 inability 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
Premises Liability Cases
When you are injured on another person’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
- Inadequate security measures
- Falling objects
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
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.