The dangers of driving are something easily forgotten with experience and by necessity. We need transportation for daily life. However, one wrong move by another driver can leave you injured for life or rob your family of help and companionship.
Discover your legal options when you’re injured by someone else’s negligent act on Georgetown’s roadways. McCoy & Hiestand can explain what you can do after your accident and become your legal ally in the fight for compensation and justice.
Which Injuries Qualify for Compensation?
Any injury caused by someone else’s negligence from a car accident can qualify for compensation, and there are some injuries that no dollar amount could fully pay. Any financial loss you’ve suffered because of your injuries can qualify for compensation.
Common car accident injuries include things like:
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Nerve damage
- Cuts and bruises
- Traumatic brain injuries
Whether your crash only had some deep bruising or you’re facing a catastrophic injury, you can get compensation for what happened to you. Find out how much your case might be worth and how to proceed with one phone call with our Georgetown car accident attorneys.
If you have a loved one who died in a car accident, that also qualifies for compensation under Kentucky’s wrongful death laws. Our compassionate lawyers can help you file for wrongful death compensation if you’re the victim of this tragic circumstance.
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What Damages Can I Claim?
Car accidents bring sudden financial burdens and immense pain and suffering. You might find yourself unable to continue your career or enjoy life as you did before your accident. These things can create the basis for damages you can get paid for. Things like:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- All medical expenses related to your accident
- Loss of enjoyment
- Loss of consortium
- Property damage
- Emotional trauma
- Future earnings
- And more
To get these damages, you have to prove them to the insurance company or a judge and jury. This is one reason hiring a car accident lawyer is your best move after a car accident. We can help you understand the damages you’re eligible to receive and fight for them on your behalf while recovering from your accident.
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What About Punitive Damages?
Punitive damages are an award given by a court to plaintiffs because of gross negligence by defendants. These are not common in car accidents, but they’re possible if we can prove that someone deliberately tried to hurt you with their vehicle.
Claiming punitive damages is only possible if your case goes to court, which is always risky and will make your case take much longer. However, if your costs are more expensive than what insurance will pay out, it may be worth exploring whether a punitive damage claim is possible in your case.
How Long do I Have to File My Claim?
You have limited time to file a personal injury claim in Kentucky. Under Kentucky Revised Statute § 304.39-230, the deadline for car accident claims is two years from the date of the accident. If you file beyond this date, your claim will be turned down for waiting too long.
Therefore, contact a car accident lawyer in Georgetown once you’ve been diagnosed with an injury. This helps you avoid the statute of limitations and gives your lawyer more time to gather evidence for your claim, which could mean more compensation in the end.
There are some exceptions to the statute of limitations that could extend the deadline, so do not assume you’ve breached it before speaking with one of our attorneys. We can tell you how much time you have left and how to proceed with your case.
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How Much Could I Get from My Car Accident?
Every car accident has a unique set of circumstances, so there is no average settlement amount. What we can do is give you an estimate based on previous case experience and what evidence we have.
One easy factor to consider is the severity of your injuries. The worse you’re injured, the more expensive it will be to treat your injuries. Thus, this will mean you deserve a higher settlement to cover all the costs you’re facing.
Another factor is how many parties there are in your case. The more parties, the more insurance policies we can use to make a claim. This is a common thing in truck accident cases where you could make a claim against the driver and their employer at the same time.
Never accept an insurance company’s first offer without showing it to a McCoy & Hiestand accident attorney. You might think it looks like a lot of money, but you are almost certain to leave money on the table without the help of a lawyer.
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Facing the insurance companies alone to make a claim is not a wise decision. Insurance companies have had over a century of experience paying as little as possible to victims. Hiring a car accident attorney will level the playing field and ensure you get fair compensation.
Use our knowledge and guidance to help you with your claim. Contact McCoy & Hiestand for a free case review by calling our office or using the contact form on our website. Don’t accept any settlement without learning about all your options first.
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