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What Is a Personal Injury Case?| The Karl Truman Law Office

What Kind of Cases Do Personal Injury Lawyers Handle?

May 26, 2021

When someone’s negligence or carelessness leads to an accident that causes serious injury and other damages, the injured person may be able to recover compensation from the person who caused their injuries. 

This is only fair, and it is an important part of our justice system. After all, while negligent individuals may face criminal charges for their behavior, this does not help injured victims pay for their medical bills, compensate for the income they’ve lost, or help them deal with their diminished quality of life. 

That said, recovering compensation is not a simple task. Injured accident victims are often up against large insurance companies with teams of lawyers whose job it is to pay out as little compensation as possible. 

This is where a personal injury attorney comes in: to pursue justice on the part of injured victims to help them recover the compensation they need and deserve for their damages, which can include physical injuries, pain and suffering, and more. 

Here, we are going to take a closer look at some of the most common types of personal injury cases we handle at the Karl Truman Law Office. If you have questions about your legal options after a personal injury, we encourage you to reach out to an attorney for a free case evaluation.

Personal Injury

It is important to note that while the foundation of all personal injury cases is the same – an injury caused by another party’s negligence – the type of personal injury can greatly influence how the case should be handled. The context is extremely important, influencing several factors, including but not limited to:

  • The type of evidence that needs to be gathered
  • The potential negligent parties
  • The investigation process
  • The compensation you may be able to recover

The reason this is important is that injured victims need to find and work with a personal attorney who has experience working on – and winning – the specific type of personal injury case they are facing. 

In this regard, every law firm is different, as is every personal injury lawyer, which is why you need to take a close look at a firm’s capabilities to make sure they are experienced with the type of personal injury you have suffered.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents are the most common type of personal injury. Drivers make dangerous decisions every day, including distracted driving, aggressive driving (such as tailgating), and drunk driving. When they do so, and it leads to injuries, they should be held accountable for their negligence. 

However, motor vehicle accidents are not always caused by driver error. For example, in the case of truck accidents, it is sometimes the trucking company’s negligence that causes an accident, such as when they force drivers to work longer hours than they should or neglect to properly maintain a truck. 

Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing homes have a responsibility to care for their residents; unfortunately, they sometimes neglect this duty. Nursing home abuse can take different forms, including:

  • Neglect: This refers to not caring for nursing home residents as you should, such as regularly cleaning and changing a resident, maintaining proper security, and ensuring residents stay hydrated and nourished. 
  • Abuse: This is generally more severe, including physical or sexual assault, unlawful restraint, intentionally withholding medication or food, and verbal abuse. It can also include the financial exploitation of a nursing home resident.

Regardless of how severe the case, negligent nursing home administrators and staff must be held accountable when their negligence causes physical and/or emotional difficulty for the residents they are entrusted to care for. 

Workplace Injuries

Workers’ compensation is an important protection for injured workers in Kentucky, but receiving the workers’ comp benefits you need is not a guarantee. Claims are frequently denied for various reasons, making injured workers feel as though they are out of options. 

Fortunately, you can appeal denied claims and potentially recover additional compensation if your accident was caused by a third party. The laws surrounding workers’ compensation are complicated, but an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you navigate the process. 

Wrongful Death

Wrongful death cases are similar to personal injury cases with the exception that they result in the accident victim passing away. 

It is a heartbreaking situation that can also lead to significant ongoing challenges for surviving family members, including lost income, loss of support, and more. 

Veterans Disability and Other Disability Claims

We are lucky to live in a country that provides options for those who are unable to work because of disabilities. Nevertheless, the government agencies that administer veterans’ disability support are bureaucratic and challenging to navigate. It often takes them a long time to process claims and appeals, leading to a stressful, frustrating experience for those attempting to receive support. 

In many cases, working with an attorney who has experience navigating these bureaucracies and helping individuals receive the benefits they deserve can be a big help. 

Get in Touch with Our Louisville Personal Injury Attorneys

At the Karl Truman Law Office, our attorneys have more than 25 years of experience representing personal injury victims across Kentucky, helping them achieve the financial compensation they need after a traumatic injury

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To speak with us about your situation over a free case evaluation, please call our Louisville, Kentucky office at (502) 222-2222, and keep in mind that we do not request payment unless we secure a favorable outcome for you and your family.