Personal Injury Claims
Few things are worse than suffering an injury because of someone else’s carelessness or inattention. The law establishes clear and simple “rules of the road” that protect us from needless danger. A driver’s duty to obey traffic signals, stop signs, and speed limits are all examples of these safety rules.
A person who chooses to violate a safety rule needlessly endangers the public. When a person violates a safety rule, and as a result hurts or kills someone, they are responsible for the resulting harm. The legal term for this behavior is “negligence.”
If you’re seriously injured, you are probably in a lot of pain. You may be out of work. You may have trouble sleeping at night. Perhaps you are no longer able to do the hobbies or other activities that used to bring joy and meaning to your life.
A sudden, unexpected injury can be financially, emotionally, and physically devastating. That’s especially true when your injuries are the result of someone else’s failure to follow a safety rule.
If your injuries are the result of someone else’s negligence, you may have a personal injury claim.
The following is a list of various types of personal-injury cases:
- car accidents,
- workplace injuries,
- trucking accidents,
- bicycle accidents,
- boat accidents,
- pedestrian accidents,
- dog bite injuries,
- maritime and offshore injuries,
- construction accidents,
- motorcycle accidents,
- industrial injuries,
- motor vehicle accidents.
- slip and falls,
- workplace injuries,
- premises liability,
- insurance claims,
- oil rig injuries,
- refinery and plant injuries,
- wrongful death, and
- other personal injury cases.
The following are common questions that individuals have after they have suffered a personal injury:
I can’t afford to pay my medical bills. What should I do?
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured, your medical bills may be piling up. A trip to the emergency room can cost you tens of thousands of dollars, especially if you were taken there by ambulance. Many people experience sticker shock when they get their first hospital and ambulance bills. On top of the medical expenses that you have already incurred, you may incur substantial medical expenses in the future if your pain persists or returns, including the cost of surgery.
Don’t despair. You may be entitled to recover monetary damages from the responsible party or their insurance provider if you were injured:
- on the job because of unsafe working conditions or someone else’s actions or inactions;
- in a car accident for which someone else is at fault;
- on someone else’s property because of unsafe conditions or someone else’s actions or inactions;
- by an unsafe or defective product; or
- because of some other unsafe condition or someone else’s actions or inactions.
If you believe that any of the statements above apply to you, you may be entitled to recover monetary damages. Stop worrying and contact the Wagoner Law Firm now to speak to an attorney about your potential personal injury claim. The initial case evaluation is free.
I don’t have a car. What should I do?
If you were involved in a car accident, you may not have a drivable car. There’s nothing more frustrating than losing your method of transportation. To make matters worse, the insurance company may be giving you the run around about repairing or replacing your vehicle. Perhaps the insurance company has refused to pay for a rental car until your claim is sorted out, and you don’t have the money to cover the cost of renting a car.
The sad truth is, many insurance companies will not take your claim seriously unless you are represented by an attorney. If you are tired of playing games with the insurance company and are ready to get back on the road, contact the Wagoner Law Firm now to receive a free initial case evaluation from an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Should I talk to the insurance company about my car accident?
It is usually not in one’s best interest to speak to someone from the insurance company about their personal injuries or the circumstances of the collision before speaking to an attorney. If you are involved in a car accident, you hopefully exchanged insurance information with the other drivers who were involved. If a police officer was present at the scene of the crash, you may have also received a piece of paper that you will later use to obtain a copy of the officer’s “crash report.” If your vehicle was badly damaged in the crash, you may have received information from a towing company regarding the location where your vehicle was taken.
You should expect to receive a phone call from the other driver’s insurance company sometime soon if you have not already. It’s important to remember that the other driver’s insurance company does not have your best interests in mind, and they are looking for reasons to deny your claim. If an insurance adjuster asks you to provide them with a recorded statement describing your accident—whether over the phone or in writing— politely decline their request and tell them that you would like to consult an attorney before speaking with them about your case. If you have received, or may receive, a phone call from an insurance adjuster about your incident, contact a personal injury lawyer without delay.
Working with a Personal Injury Lawyer
Hiring a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury lawyer may help you achieve the best outcome possible in your case. A personal injury lawyer may advise you on your rights, protect and advance your interests in dealing with the insurance companies, ensure that filing deadlines are met, investigate and collect the evidence that you may later need to prove your claims, prepare a demand letter on your behalf, and represent you in a lawsuit.
If you believe you may have a personal injury claim, contact the Wagoner Law Firm today to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer. The initial case evaluation is free.