Suffering injuries in an accident could lead to pain, psychological trauma, lost time at work, and significant inconvenience. If your injuries are severe, you might lose the ability to earn a living, care for your family, or participate in activities you once enjoyed.
If the incident that led to your injuries was because of someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation from anyone whose conduct contributed to it. Our Burlington personal injury lawyers can review the circumstance of your case, identify potentially negligent parties, and demand compensation from them.
Reach out to our experienced team of attorneys at Busald Funk Zevely for aggressive representation that gets great results.
Various Situations Could Lead to Personal Injury Claims
Almost any mishap that causes injuries has negligence at its root. Incidents that lead to personal injury claims could arise in many scenarios. Injury attorneys frequently handle cases involving:
- Distracted Driving Crashes
- Drunk Driving Crashes
- Uninsured Motorist Crashes
- Dog bites and other animal attacks
- Slips, trips, and falls in commercial settings or public places
- Motor vehicle crashes involving cars, trucks, and motorcycles
- Nursing home abuse
- Workplace incidents
- Wrongful death
It is important to investigate these incidents and preserve the necessary evidence. Likewise, it is important to hire an experienced attorney who can fully investigate the incident, hire the necessary experts and hold the responsible parties – and their insurance companies – liable for the damages they have caused.
Be Aware of Legal Time Limits
Kentucky requires an injured person to act quickly to assert a claim for damages. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is one year from the date of injury. If an individual does not file a lawsuit within the legal timeframe, a court could dismiss their case and leave them with no remedy.
The one-year time limit also applies if a claim arises from medical negligence. However, the one-year clock does not start ticking until the injured person learns, or should have learned, that medical malpractice caused their injury.
The statute of limitations in Kentucky for an automobile collision is two (2) years from the date of the accident pursuant to KRS 304.39-230(6). If PIP benefits are paid, the statute of limitations is extended to 2 years after each PIP payment pursuant to KRS 304.39-230(6). From a practical perspective, each PIP payment extends the statute of limitations. There are additional exceptions under Kentucky’s Motor Vehicle Reparations Act.
Engaging a Burlington injury attorney immediately after an accident has many advantages. Not only can our legal professionals ensure an injured person complies with all legal deadlines, but they can also handle communication with the responsible parties and their insurers.
Establishing that Another Party Has Liability
Most accidents involve someone’s negligence, which means a failure to be as cautious as the situation merits. In many cases, two or more parties might have responsibility for causing an accident. When our Burlington personal injury attorneys take a case, they investigate to identify negligent conduct and gather evidence to prove it.
In some cases, proving negligence is unnecessary because a party might be strictly liable. For example, a dog owner is strictly liable if their animal bites someone unless the person was trespassing. Similarly, a manufacturer is strictly liable if their product was defective and caused an injury. In most cases, however, a person who seeks damages (plaintiff) must prove that another party (defendant) was negligent.
Kentucky Revised Statute §411.182 requires a jury to apportion liability between all the parties to an injury claim on a percentage basis. Under this Commonwealth’s system, a plaintiff could collect damages even if they are primarily responsible for the incident that led to their injury.
Reach Out to a Burlington Personal Injury Attorney for Help Pursuing Compensation
If you were hurt in an accident, you do not have to carry the burden alone. Our highly qualified legal professionals have decades of experience helping individuals through every step of the claims process. We can handle the details of your case so that you are able to focus on healing.
The time to act is short, so do not delay. Reach out to a Burlington personal injury lawyer from Busald Funk Zevely immediately after your accident.