How a Louisville Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, suffered a slip and fall injury, or otherwise been harmed by someone else’s negligence, you’re going to have a lot of questions. One of your biggest concerns may be whether your case will settle quickly or go to trial.
Although everyone’s case is different, the vast majority of personal injury cases are settled. Litigation usually occurs when there’s a contested legal issue, the facts are in dispute, or the insurance company refuses to offer full and fair compensation for your injuries.
At Schafer Law Office, our goal is to get you the compensation you need as quickly as possible. We carefully prepare your case so that you’re more likely to be offered an appropriate settlement. Should your claim be one of the few that proceeds to litigation, your Louisville personal injury lawyer will let you know what to expect and ensure that your rights are protected.
We Secure Your Right to Compensation
Under the Kentucky statute of limitations, you generally have up to one year from the accident date to file a personal injury lawsuit. The exception to this is a car accident case, where the Statute of Limitations is 2 years from the date of the accident or 2 years from the date of the last Personal Injury Protection payment, not to exceed 4 years. There are also, specific Statute of Limitations that apply if there is a death. If the defendant is a government agency, you have up to one year to file a formal claim. With child accidents, the victim must file within one year after they turn 18.
If you miss these deadlines, you may be barred from ever bringing your claim. Your personal injury lawyer at The Schafer Law Office will make sure that your lawsuit is filed on time and respond to any answers filed by the other side.
Kentucky’s Personal Injury Comparative Fault Rule Explained
Kentucky follows the pure comparative negligence rule, which means that you can still recover damages even if you are partly at fault for the accident. However, your damages will be reduced according to your degree of fault.
For example, you are walking through a shopping mall food court when you step onto a spilled soft drink puddle, slip, and fall. The dark liquid was visible on the light tile floor, but you didn’t see it because you were reading a text.
When you file a claim, it is determined that you are 45% at fault for the accident and the mall is 55% at fault. If your damages were $5,000, they would be reduced by 45% to account for your degree of fault. In other words, you would receive $2,750 instead of $5,000.
At Schafer Law, we ensure that you understand this important legal concept and will argue for the maximum compensation that your case deserves. We can assist you with the following claims:
Wrongful Death and Fatal Accidents
Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
Slip and Fall / Premises Liability
Nursing Home / Elder Abuse
If you’ve been injured by someone else’s carelessness or negligence, don’t delay! Call a Louisville personal injury lawyer at 502-584-9511. At Schafer Law, initial consultations are always free, and you don’t pay unless we win!