Many different scenarios might lead to injury. Sometimes, injury is accidental and unavoidable. Other times, negligent parties make poor choices or nefarious types may even intentionally cause harm to another person. Some individuals might suffer an injury after slipping and falling at their local grocery store; others might be involved in a car accident on the way to work. Employees, especially those with dangerous professions, risk injury each time they go to work, and motorcyclists and pedestrians can be struck by other drivers and suffer severe injuries or even die.
A severe injury can be a traumatic event that has the potential to change a victim’s life. In addition to the physical pain of injury, victims and their families face added emotional stress and financial pressure. After an injury, some victims cannot return to their jobs, losing income just as bills for medical treatment start to roll in. The fact that another party caused the injury with their negligent actions (or intentional harm) compounds the trauma.
Fortunately, Kentucky law allows individuals injured in such circumstances to seek compensation for damages related to their injuries by bringing a lawsuit against the party who caused the harm. If you’ve been injured, money won’t erase the physical pain you’ve gone through, but it can help ease some of the financial pressure and stress that you’re likely experiencing in the wake of your injury.
The skilled legal team at Flora Templeton Stuart understands the challenges that come with a severe injury, and we are here to help you through this trying time. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries as a result of another party’s negligence or intentional harm, contact us at (888) 782-9090 to discuss the circumstances that led to your injury during a free case evaluation. We advocate for injured clients throughout Kentucky.
Flora Templeton Stuart has been advocating for victims for more than four decades. Her extensive experience in the settlement, negotiation, and litigation of personal injury claims has led to the recovery of tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for her clients. The firm handles a wide array of personal injury cases across many practice areas.
Some examples of results in recent cases include verdicts and settlements in the amount of:
These cases only serve as examples of past results and do not guarantee a specific financial outcome for your case. Every personal injury case has unique circumstances that may increase or decrease the value of a claim, making it impossible to predict outcomes. We cannot guarantee a result in your case, but the skilled legal team at Flora Templeton Stuart has the experience and resources necessary to build a strong case against the party who caused you harm in effort to maximize your compensation.
The experienced legal team at Flora Templeton Stuart is qualified to handle all types of personal injury cases. However, we do handle some types of cases more frequently than others. Below are some of the most common practice areas in which we advocate for injured clients:
According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s most recent data, approximately 160,000 traffic accidents occur on Kentucky’s roads and highways each year. Many of these accidents only lead to property damage, but tens of thousands lead to injury and hundreds to death.
Car accidents occur for many reasons, but most are preventable. Negligent drivers who don’t follow traffic laws, drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and succumb to common driving distractions put others with whom they share the road at risk. Drowsy driving can also cause a driver to nod off or fall asleep at the wheel, potentially leading to a treacherous car accident. Our firm helps car accident injury victims hold negligent drivers accountable and get the compensation that they deserve.
A fully-loaded semi-truck weighs up to 80,000 pounds, causing massive amounts of property damage and injuries if it collides with another vehicle. More than 10,000 trucks were involved in crashes on Kentucky roads in one recent year, which included about 1,600 crashes resulting in injuries and more than 100 fatal collisions. Almost 40 percent of truck accidents in Kentucky resulted from inattentive driving, and in 30 percent of crashes, drivers didn’t have adequate control of their trucks.
When negligent truck drivers cause accidents, they often walk away while those in the other vehicles suffer life-threatening injuries. The weight of a semi-truck causes a forceful impact, which typically results in far more serious injuries than a collision between two cars. Additionally, truck accidents or bus accidents are more likely to lead to death than other motor vehicle collisions.
Several hundred motorcycle collisions occur on Kentucky roads and highways each year. Bikers, especially those who have been riding for a long time, are typically safe riders who know how to drive defensively. Many motorists don’t pay close enough attention to motorcycles on the road, which sometimes leads to serious accidents. Even the safest drivers don’t always check their blind spots and look for motorcycles in their mirrors.
Negligent drivers who get behind the wheel without enough rest or after they have been drinking alcohol put other drivers at risk for dangerous crashes. Bikers aren’t afforded the same protection as those who are riding in cars, so these types of traffic accidents are often treacherous. When another vehicle strikes a motorcycle, bikers are at risk for catastrophic injuries, such as brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
Bikers in traffic accidents are also at risk for road rash, which can leave permanent scars. Flora Templeton Stuart helps bikers hold careless drivers accountable for causing motorcycle accidents.
Kentucky’s small towns and large cities are full of pedestrians. Some might be taking a leisurely walk or run, and others walking to or from work or school. Pedestrians don’t have protection when inattentive or reckless drivers strike them in a crosswalk or on the side of the road. This leads to severe, sometimes fatal, injuries.
If a pedestrian strikes his or her head on the pavement, a traumatic brain injury can occur, leaving the victim to cope with lifelong difficulties. Pedestrians might also experience multiple fractures, back injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other potentially catastrophic and life-altering injuries.
In severe cases, pedestrians can suffer some of the most costly injuries, easily exceeding any health insurance policy, especially if victims have injuries that require amputation or confine them to a wheelchair. Victims need to consult with a personal injury attorney to seek compensation for damages to ensure that they have the money they need (and will need in the future) for medical expenses.
Kentucky property owners have a legal duty to maintain a safe environment for visitors. This means that they must warn visitors of hazards on their properties and fix any known issues to prevent accidents from occurring. Visitors can suffer severe injuries when property owners don’t comply with the law.
Slip and fall accidents are the most common premises liability accidents that lead to injury. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 20 percent of all slip and fall accidents result in serious injuries, such as broken bones and head traumas. Slip and fall accidents might occur in old and unkempt buildings with loose steps and flooring or when a business fails to clean up a wet or dry spill. Uncleared ice and snow can also lead to serious slip and fall accidents.
Other types of premises liability accidents include swimming pool accidents, theme park accidents, horseback riding accidents, elevator accidents, and dog bites.
Most employees spend a third or more of each day at their jobs, making it highly likely that they will suffer some kind of injury at work during their lives. Many workplace injuries are minor and might only require missing a day or two of work for recovery.
Others who get injured on the job aren’t as fortunate. Severe injuries in the workplace can be monumental life events that devastate victims and their families. Work environments vary greatly, but some examples of scenarios that might cause a workplace injury include exposure to dangerous substances, equipment failure, and falling tools or objects.
Even when employees work in obviously hazardous positions, they are still entitled to workers’ compensation if they’re injured on the job. Workers’ compensation doesn’t cover all lost wages, and injuries can still leave employees with a pile of medical bills. In these cases, a personal injury attorney can help navigate the claims process and possibly seek damages from a third party.
If you lost a loved one as a result of life-threatening injuries from any of the previously listed types of accidents or injuries, Kentucky law generally allows you to seek compensation for damages related to your loss from the at-fault party. A personal representative of the estate of the decedent must bring the suit. Any settlement or court-awarded damages are distributed to eligible surviving family members in accordance with Kentucky law.
If you are an eligible family member, you may receive compensation for unpaid medical expenses and lost wages until the time of death, pain and suffering until the time of death, loss of consortium with a spouse, funeral expenses, and burial or cremation costs. Parents who lose a minor child can also receive compensation for their losses.
Each wrongful death case is different, so consult an attorney as soon as possible to determine the right course of action for you and your family.
If you choose to take legal action against the at-fault party after suffering injuries, the law generally entitles you to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost current and future wages, pain and suffering, and other non-economic costs, assuming a court rules in your favor or you reach a settlement before litigation.
Flora Templeton Stuart has the resources to investigate the events that led to your injury, gather evidence to support your claim, and file the necessary paperwork with the court.
We want to help maximize your compensation, but we also understand that your finances might be tight as a result of your injury, so we take cases on a contingency fee basis. We don’t collect attorney fees unless we win or settle your case for you.
Contact us today online or at (888) 782-9090 for a free consultation to discuss your case and learn how we can assist you in the wake of a severe injury.
We serve injured victims throughout Kentucky.
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