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Do I Have an Accident Case?

February 9, 2021

Tens of thousands of auto accidents occur across the United States every day. In many cases, these accidents lead to injuries. In the worst cases, they result in death.

People who are involved in these accidents, along with their loved ones, often wonder if they can pursue a legal case against another party for the accident. The viability of your auto accident claim depends on a number of factors, including who was at fault, whether or not you were injured, and whether or not you sustained damages.

Here, we want to help give you a better sense of whether or not you have a viable accident case. If you have been injured in Indiana or Kentucky and are exploring your legal options, we encourage you to get in touch with the personal injury attorneys at the Karl Truman Law Office as soon as possible.

Did Someone Else Cause the Accident?

The first thing we look at when evaluating a personal injury case is the question of fault. Personal injury cases are built on the concept of negligence, which we will need to prove to recover compensation on your behalf.

Negligence can take many different forms. For example, a negligent driver may engage in the following behaviors:

Regardless of the specific type of negligence, we must be able to prove that the at-fault party had a responsibility to you and that they neglected that responsibility, causing the accident.

Were You Injured in the Accident?

Once we prove that the negligent party had a responsibility to you, that they neglected this responsibility, and that this negligence led to your accident, then we must prove that the accident directly led to your injuries. In any accident case, the burden of proof rests with the claimant (i.e., you).

Medical records are crucial for supporting a personal injury claim after an accident. With this in mind, it is crucial to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.

The insurance company may try to argue that your injuries are exaggerated and the compensation you seek is higher than what you actually deserve. Your attorney must be prepared to refute these claims by presenting evidence of the seriousness of your injuries and the damages you have suffered.

Have You Sustained Damages as a Result of Your Injuries?

Damages refer to losses. The nature and extent of damages in your case will depend on the seriousness of your injuries from the accident.

You may incur significant medical bills and other economic losses, including property damage, lost wages from time away from work, and more, as a result of the accident. You may also face long-term financial ramifications, such as a loss of earning capacity, or you may be unable to work altogether.

You may also suffer non-economic losses as a result of the accident. These damages may include pain and suffering (including the physical pain of your injuries and the long-term psychological and emotional consequences) as well as loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, and more.

In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded. Punitive damages punish defendants when they act in an extremely reckless or malicious way, resulting in harm to another party.

Find Out If You Have an Accident Case

Ultimately, the only way to know if you have a case for compensation is to speak with an attorney. It is important to begin the process sooner rather than later.

Seeking legal advice promptly gives your lawyer time to conduct a thorough investigation. It also ensures that you file a claim within the statute of limitations for personal injury cases.

  • In Kentucky, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is one year from the date of your accident.
  • In Indiana, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of your accident.

If you fail to file your claim within these timeframes, you may be unable to pursue compensation related to the accident.

Contact an Auto Accident Attorney Today

Most people have never dealt with a personal injury claim before. It can be an overwhelming, uncertain process for those who are unfamiliar with how these claims work.

The good news is you don’t have to go through it alone. The personal injury attorneys at the Karl Truman Law Office have over 25 years of experience representing injured accident victims throughout Kentucky and Indiana. We provide aggressive representation in the pursuit of maximum compensation for damages in your case.

Please call the Karl Truman Law Office in Louisville, Kentucky, at (502) 222-2222 or in Jeffersonville, Indiana, at (812) 282-8500 today. Your initial consultation is free, and you don’t pay a fee unless our accident lawyers secure a favorable result in your case.