Without the help of a personal injury attorney, you might feel overwhelmed by your negligence claim. A personal injury claim typically requires filing a claim with the insurance company, presenting supporting evidence, negotiation, and sometimes a lawsuit. At Farmer and Wright, PLLC, we will work with you to get the compensation you deserve — and give you peace of mind while you recover from your injuries.
What Is a Personal Injury Claim?If you were injured due to someone’s negligence, you may have a personal injury claim. There are many types of personal injury claims, including the following:
- Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents: Drivers, passengers, and pedestrians might have claims if they sustain injuries during a collision.
- Premises liability: Property owners are liable for injuries caused by hazardous conditions on their property (such as injuries from a slip and fall).
- Product liability: Manufacturers and retailers must compensate people who are injured by a defective or dangerous product.
- Workers’ Compensation and Jones Act claims: If you are injured at work, you are eligible for valuable benefits (including compensation for your wage loss and coverage of your medical bills).
Car AccidentsCommon causes of car accidents include defects, negligent drivers, dangerous roads, and more. But because the cause of each accident can be so complicated, we always conduct an independent investigation of the accident to help you prove the accident was caused by someone else. Injuries suffered in car accidents can include minor as well as catastrophic injuries. Whiplash is one of the most common; however, it and others can show up days or weeks after an accident. Because of this, you should always seek medical attention after a car accident. Medical records will also have your claim later. Determining fault can be especially difficult. We will gather and review the evidence necessary to try to prove that you did not cause the crash. This may require looking at police accident reports, reviewing camera footage, interviewing witnesses, and other efforts. We are prepared to help you in whatever way necessary so that you can obtain compensation to cover your losses.
Truck AccidentsBecause trucks are so large and they often collide with smaller vehicles or pedestrians, it’s important to get help as soon as possible after an accident. You should not only immediately seek medical help, but also call a personal injury attorney who can walk you through the claims process. Truck accidents may be the fault of truck drivers, trucking companies, manufacturers, or others. No matter who is at fault, they will have powerful teams of attorneys and insurance companies on their side to protect them. In fact, trucking insurance companies are often on the scene of an accident well before the police arrive. They attempt to move vehicles, dispose of the black box recorder, and generally minimize the liability of their insured. You should work with a personal injury attorney who is familiar with the tactics of trucking companies and their insurance providers. Having a legal professional on your side will ensure that you protect your rights.
Maritime AccidentsMaritime accidents can be confusing because they often involve laws that seem antiquated and difficult to apply. A personal injury attorney can help you determine which laws apply to your case and how to obtain compensation or benefits after a maritime injury. The Jones Act often applies to river traffic workers and others who are injured on the job. While workers’ compensation generally applies state law to situations, the Jones Act is a federal law that applies in some situations. The goal is the same: to get you benefits after a workplace injury. If you are a seaman, then the Jones Act may apply to you. Seamen include crewmembers and captains to spend a significant amount of time working on a vessel that is in navigation and their work contributes to the work of that vessel. This may apply to workers on water and at dock. There are many maritime law requirements to determine if you can get benefits under the Jones Act. It’s best to work with a personal injury attorney who can guide you through a claim.
What Should I Do If I Suffer Injuries During an Accident?If you are in an accident, it’s important to preserve your evidence. Once you are out of danger, you should:
- Immediately contact law enforcement and cooperate with their investigation,
- Seek necessary medical attention (and follow your doctor’s orders),
- Take photos of the accident scene and your injuries,
- Exchange contact and insurance information with the other party involved (such as a negligent driver or the property owner),
- Get witnesses’ names as well as contact information,
- File a claim with the correct insurance company,
- Collect information that supports your claim (such as medical bills and records and proof of your lost wages),
- Give your doctors and the insurance company accurate information about your accident, your symptoms, and your ability to do daily activities, and
- Educate yourself about both your rights and responsibilities by speaking with a personal injury attorney.
Proving a Personal Injury ClaimA successful personal injury claim has evidence showing:
- The other party was negligent,
- This negligence caused your injuries, and
- You have damages (such as wage loss, pain and suffering, and medical bills).