Answering Your Questions And Maximizing Your Compensation
Motor vehicle accidents bring more questions than answers. In Russell, Ashland and surrounding areas of Kentucky, Hensley Law Office can provide you with the answers you need as you move forward after an injury. We have a proven track record of helping injury victims get the financial compensation they deserve for their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost earnings and other accident-related damages.
Continue reading to see answers to questions we frequently receive. For answers that apply to your specific situation, we encourage you to contact us for a free initial consultation with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer from our firm.
What should I do after an accident?
The moments after a car crash may feel jarring, but try to follow these important steps:
- Call the police so they can make a report. If you or a passenger is severely injured, call an ambulance.
- Seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
- Document the scene by taking photographs with a camera or phone.
- Get the names, license plate numbers and contact information of the other drivers and any witnesses.
- Consider your legal options; do not talk to an insurance company before speaking to a lawyer.
Seek medical treatment? Why? I feel fine.
You may feel fine in the immediate aftermath, but injuries such as internal bleeding will not be obvious. Also, establishing a record of medical treatment is crucial for any personal injury claim that arises from future symptoms. It is not uncommon for it to take hours or days after an accident for injury symptoms to flare up. After all, you are benefiting from adrenaline in the moments after a crash.
Why shouldn’t I talk to the insurance company?
Insurance companies do not want to pay large settlements. Their adjusters will try to lowball you and pressure you into accepting less money than you deserve. This isn’t because their employees are bad people; it’s because their business model requires the denial of your care to make a profit. You need someone who is looking out for your bottom line and only your bottom line. That person is a personal injury lawyer. At Hensley Law Office, our lawyers level the playing field with the insurance companies and focus on obtaining the financial resources our clients need to be made whole after an accident.
What if my accident happened a while ago?
Many injuries do not appear for weeks or months. If your accident was a while ago, you can contact an attorney who will help you establish the cause of your injuries. The sooner you get in touch with us, the sooner we can act to make things right for you.
What happens if a driver is uninsured?
All hope is not lost. If you are struck by a driver who is uninsured or lacks adequate coverage limits, you may be able to tap into your own insurance policy’s uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. We can examine your situation and identify all available sources of insurance compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other accident-related damages.
How do I legally protect myself after a truck accident in Kentucky?
The best way to legally protect yourself after an accident is to hire a personal injury attorney. The truck driver, the trucking company and their insurance carrier will certainly have attorneys looking out for their interests; you need someone looking out for you.
How is a truck accident or motorcycle accident case different from a car accident case?
All of these accidents are capable of causing catastrophic injuries and leaving people financially and emotionally harmed. The primary difference in truck accident cases is the number of potential targets for a personal injury claim. Depending on the circumstances of the accident it may be possible to pursue a claim against the driver, the trucking company, or both. The primary difference with motorcycle accidents is that they nearly always result in terrible injuries such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and spinal cord injuries that will require lifelong care. It’s crucial to make sure any settlement or verdict covers the ongoing damages.
What damages can an accident cause?
In addition to catastrophic injuries such as brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, motor vehicle accidents result in immense financial injuries. Medical treatment, lost wages, physical therapy, vocational rehabilitation and other costs add up quickly. A personal injury claim can help you make ends meet and get the care you need to recover from your accident. You didn’t choose to get injured, and you should not have to bear this burden alone.
What damages can a motor vehicle accident claim cover?
What happens if I am partially at fault?
Being partially at fault will reduce the amount of compensation available to you in accordance with your amount of fault. For example, if you are 50% at fault, you will only be able to obtain 50% of the compensation you would be eligible for if you were injured through no fault of your own.
Should I handle my case on my own?
You simply do not know what you don’t know when it comes to pursuing a personal injury claim. It is never a good idea to handle your case without a lawyer. Your lawyer will know how to navigate the complex laws involving personal injury. Then, they can help you recover the maximum compensation available to you.
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We look forward to answering your questions and helping you make things right after an accident. Call 606-393-6407 today to schedule your free initial consultation with a compassionate personal injury lawyer.