Prominent Personal Injury Attorneys In West Virginia
If you have been injured in an accident, you probably already know that you are entitled to seek full and fair monetary damages for your medical expenses, loss of earnings, and pain and suffering. What you might not realize, though, is how tough it can be to fight large, well-financed corporations and insurance companies.
Our WV personal injury lawyers have helped thousands of injured people throughout West Virginia get the compensation their families need following injuries or fatal accidents. Farmer, Cline & Campbell, PLLC is recognized for our team’s personal approach to our clients’ needs and an aggressive approach to preparing every case to win in court.
Free Consultation – No Legal Fees Unless You Prevail
You won’t know if you have a justifiable claim for compensation until you talk to a qualified personal injury lawyer. Contact us at our law offices in Charleston, Morgantown or Beckley for a free consultation today. Our WV personal injury lawyers handle a wide range of personal injury and wrongful death cases, such as those below.
Motor vehicle accidents:
- Interstate and local trucking collisions
- Ambulance, police and emergency vehicle accidents
- Motorcycle wrecks
- Drunk driving accidents
- Passenger injuries
- Uninsured and underinsured motorists
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- ATV and recreational vehicle crashes
- Automobile accidents caused by inattentive driving or truck driver negligence
Coal mining accidents caused by safety violations:
- Coal mining roof fall accidents
- Coal mining safety violation accidents
- Coal truck accidents
- Lost coal claims
- Chemical spills and toxic torts
- Injuries to children
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Playground and swimming pool accidents
- Retail store accidents
- Assault injuries
- Defective automobiles, seat belts and air bags
- Defective industrial equipment and machinery
- Chemical spills and toxic torts
- Tree stand failure
- Dangerous toys
- Home appliances and power tool injuries
- Construction accidents
- Industrial accidents
- Logging and timber accidents
- Machinery accidents
Topics To Discuss With Your WV Personal Injury Lawyer
Our attorneys regularly receive questions such as those below. Answers may differ depending on the details of a case, but these generalized answers are a good place to start. Then, reach out to us to have a conversation about your specific needs and concerns after an accidental injury.
What types of damages can I be compensated for in a personal injury case?
Generally, you are entitled to make a claim for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, disfigurement, loss of services, property damages and, in rare cases, punitive damages, depending on the egregious nature of the conduct. These types of damages are usually separated into past damages (those already incurred at the time of settlement/trial) and future damages. Future damages require a heightened state of proof and often require expert testimony to establish the permanent nature of the injury and resulting future damages.
How much compensation can I expect from a personal injury claim in West Virginia?
The answer to this question is highly dependent upon the nature and severity of the injury, whether the injury is temporary or permanent, and the available sources from which a recovery can be obtained. In certain types of cases, such as medical malpractice, deliberate intent actions, and claims against political subdivisions, noneconomic damages (i.e., damages for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life etc…) are subject to certain limitations referred to as “caps” on damages.
Should I accept the initial settlement offer from the at-fault party’s insurance company?
This is rarely a good idea. Initial settlement offers tend to be less than what victims and their families need after an accident. Additionally, injured claimants usually only have one chance to settle their case for a fair amount. When insurance companies pay to settle a claim, they will require the injured party to sign a release. Thus, it is important for injured parties to know all their legal rights and elements of damages before settling. If you settle a case on your own, without seeking the advice of an attorney, you run the risk of receiving inadequate compensation and waiving important legal rights.
Will I be required to go to Court in order to recover for my injury claim?
This may not be necessary. You or your attorney may be able to reach an agreeable settlement through direct negotiations with the responsible insurance company. If your case does not resolve through negotiations, you may file suit. During the course of the lawsuit, and prior to trial, negotiations often continue, and most cases settle without a trial. Of course, if the case does not settle prior to trial and there is no legal bar to the claim, injured parties have the right to have their case presented in Court before a judge and jury.
How long does the personal injury claim process take in West Virginia?
You must file your claim within the statute of limitations. Certain types of claims have a one-year statute of limitations under West Virginia law. Most personal injury claims are governed by a two-year statute of limitations. You should definitely consult with an attorney concerning any statute of limitations that may apply to a claim.
The time it takes to actually reach a resolution will depend on many factors, such as how severe your injuries are, how long it takes doctors to reach a consensus about your long-term recovery prospects, and how reasonable or unreasonable the insurance company is in evaluating your claim and paying what you deserve.
If you choose Farmer, Cline & Campbell to handle your injury claim, you can expect to be guided through the legal process by experienced attorneys who will keep you informed along the way and be your advocate to get you all the money you deserve.
Our Full Resources Are At Your Service
Our WV personal injury lawyers have the professional, technical and financial resources to handle all catastrophic injury claims, including cases involving complex medical issues such as brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries, body disfigurement and serious burns.