Personal injury accidents like auto accidents, truck crashes, and slips and falls can devastate a victim's way of life in an instant, leaving them seriously injured, in too much pain to continue working in the job they love and buried under an avalanche of unexpected debt. When such accidents and injuries are the result of another person or entity's negligence, rather than our own, the unfairness of the situation can almost be too much to bear.
At Shane Smith Law, our dedicated Kentucky personal injury attorneys understand that you're going through an exceptionally difficult time, and we'd like to help. While we can't turn back the clock and prevent the accident in question from happening, we can help you understand your legal rights and options, and determine where to go from here. Our attorneys have helped clients in cities throughout Kentucky successfully resolve their personal injury claims. Read on to learn more about us, the cases we handle, and how we can help you.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Attorneys with Shane Smith Law have extensive experience handling the following types of personal injury cases:
- Auto accidents
- Truck accidents
- DUI accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Premises liability
- Brain injuries
- Wrongful death
Common Causes of Personal Injury Accidents
Personal injury accidents are often caused by the negligence of one—or more—of the involved parties. Under the law, we all have a duty to take reasonable precautions to prevent injury to others. When a person's negligent actions—or inaction—causes an accident that results in injury to another person, the negligent party may be held legally responsible. What these negligent actions look like can vary from case to case. However, some of the most common examples of negligence in personal injury cases include:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Defective construction
- Improper maintenance
- Inadequate security
- Improper commercial driver hiring practices
Potential Damages for Personal Injury Victims
Personal injury accidents can throw unsuspecting victims into a financial crisis. However, our Kentucky attorneys can help you seek compensation for economic, non-economic, and even punitive damages, if applicable. Potentially available damages include compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Property damages
- Lost wages
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- And more
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Kentucky
The time to file a personal injury lawsuit in Kentucky is limited and dictated by the state's statute of limitation laws. In Kentucky, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is just one year, meaning that victims have one year from the date of the accident and injury to file their lawsuit. Filing a personal injury lawsuit after the statute of limitations has expired results in the automatic dismissal of your case and leaves you with no right to a legal remedy. Don't let this happen to you.
To protect your right to financial recovery, it's best to consult an attorney as soon as possible after a personal injury accident. Waiting too long to start the legal process can have serious consequences, even if the statute of limitations has not yet expired. For example, as time goes by, evidence can be lost or compromised, and witnesses may move without updating their contact information, forget what they saw, or even pass away.
Our Kentucky Personal Injury Attorneys Help Accident Victims Fight for Compensation
Don't go it alone after a personal injury accident. An attorney can help you understand your rights and options, build and present a strong case, and secure the financial recovery you deserve. Contact Shane Smith Law today to request an appointment for a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your case with a knowledgeable member of our legal team. Don't wait—contact us today.