If you are injured in an automobile, truck, or other accident due to the fault of someone else, it is important that you act immediately. It is equally important to retain an experienced personal injury attorney to investigate your claim and preserve evidence, obtain photographs and witness statements, and refer you to reputable physicians, since medical treatment is essential to establishing a personal injury claim.
Flora Templeton Stuart Accident Injury Lawyers have over 47 years of experience representing the injured and will work to increase the value of your claim through prompt investigation, excellent medical treatment, and skilled negotiations with insurance companies.
Time is of the essence in an accident
Being involved in an accident can be very traumatic. You might feel overwhelmed with the many things you have to take care of while trying to heal from your injuries and get back to your normal life. In Kentucky, you have two years from the time of a car, truck, or motorcycle accident to file a claim before you lose your right to take legal action. This can be extended if you are a minor, incompetent, or PIP insurance is paid.
In an accident that does not involve a vehicle, such as a slip and fall, dog bite, nursing home abuse or neglect, or anything else due to the fault of another, you have one year to file a claim. This can be extended if you are a minor or incompetent.
Regardless of the statute of limitations in your case, you should not wait. An immediate and thorough investigation can make or break the value of your case. This is because the scene of the accident can change quickly, damaged vehicles can be totaled and scrapped, and witnesses’ memories can fade.
Flora Templeton Stuart Accident Injury Lawyers have spent decades becoming experts on the process you must follow after being involved in an accident. Our investigators and attorneys work to document evidence by interviewing available witnesses, obtaining photographs, hiring accident reconstruction experts, and making sure no key pieces of evidence are overlooked.
Seeking prompt and consistent medical treatment is crucial to the value of your case
Not only is immediate medical attention important so you can know the extent of your injuries and receive proper treatment, it can also impact the value that an insurance adjuster will give to your claim.
If you wait to go to the doctor, an insurance adjuster will assume you are not injured as a result of the accident. The longer you go without seeking medical treatment, the more difficult it will be to establish a link between the accident and your injuries. This will make it easier for insurance adjusters to downplay the value of your case and avoid paying a top settlement.
If you are diagnosed with injuries caused by the accident, making sure that you follow up with your physicians as instructed is also very important. Consistent treatment from excellent physicians who document the nature and extent of your injuries serves as valuable evidence that you are hurt and entitled to compensation.
Along those lines, the amount of medical bills you accrue will also help signal to the insurance company the extent of your injuries. If you have received medical treatment following the accident, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately to determine whether you should be represented.
Injuries can range from minor to life-threatening and can even result in death. Some common injuries in vehicle and other accidents may include:
- Whiplash, which can lead to chronic neck pain;
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Internal injuries;
- Nerve damage;
- Soft tissue injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Loss of limb and amputation; and,
- Permanent scar
Flora Templeton Stuart Accident Injury Lawyers will refer you to excellent physicians who will diagnose, treat, and document your injures so you can get better and obtain the compensation you deserve.
Knowing the law can make a difference in the damages you recover
Most personal injury cases get settled out of court. This can be good for you because it will spare you the stress of going to trial and allow your claim to be processed more quickly. However, this does not mean that you should go up against the insurance companies alone, nor should you give any statements without first consulting with an attorney. Hiring a lawyer to handle these difficult conversations from the outset of your case could prove to be crucial.
You also may not be familiar with the types of insurance available to you, the laws on punitive damages (there are no limits to the punitive damages you could recover in Kentucky), and how an insurance adjuster should estimate the value of your case. Not fully understanding the interplay between these types of things could result in a settlement that barely covers the costs of your medical bills.
What if you are involved in a minor vehicle accident?
A fender bender could prove to be a much more complex case that could lead to complications for you down the road.
Many people involved in vehicle accidents do not realize the full extent of their injures until days or even weeks later. This is why it is critical to seek prompt medical attention from credible and excellent physicians. You do not want to ignore a potentially devastating injury just because you do not fully realize the injuries you have sustained.
How Our Firm Can Maximize Your Damages
To recap, getting the top settlement for your claim depends a few different factors, including how quickly you act in seeking medical treatment, making sure your claim is properly investigated, and hiring the right attorney. Flora Templeton Stuart Accident Injury Lawyers is a one-stop shop for helping you navigate your personal injury claim.
We thoroughly investigate our clients’ cases, request and review medical records and bills, prepare extensive and detailed settlement demands, work to reduce liens, and make sure medical bills are paid.
Our attorneys know how to negotiate with insurance companies to get our clients top settlements, and we know the various tactics insurance companies use to try to settle with you for as little as possible.
We work for our clients to refer them to excellent and credible physicians to get the treatment they need and the settlement they deserve.
We accept cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we take care of the upfront costs and get paid only if we recover compensation for you.
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Flora Templeton Stuart Accident Injury Lawyers is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm serving clients throughout the state of Kentucky.
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