Car Accidents Lawyer in Louisville, KY
I was in a car accident. Do I need a lawyer?
So you’re in Kentucky or Indiana and you’ve had a car accident. If you’re feeling stressed, unsure or even panicked, take a deep breath. You’re not alone in feeling this way, and let’s face it: being in a car accident is also a pain. Sometimes literally. When you’re unsure, it can be difficult to navigate the legal maze, which just adds more stress to your plate. And you’re probably wondering – do I need a lawyer?
When to Get an Attorney for a Car Accident
There are a lot of personal injury attorneys in Louisville, but not all of them will steer you down the most logical path for you. When deciding whether to find a car accident lawyer to represent you, there are a few things to consider:
- Is your car accident case going to court? And if so, are you prepared to invest roughly significant time and costs on learning how to settle your car accident claim? With my experience in having worked for the insurance companies in the past, I help clients get more money when the case is over – and sooner – than people who are not represented by an attorney.
The truth is that thanks to the internet, it’s possible to learn information about auto accident claims, but the process of handling the claim itself requires significant time. If you don’t have or aren’t willing to invest this much time, hiring a car accident attorney can save you precious hours.
- Is there a question of who’s at fault in the accident, or has the other driver and his or her insurance company taken the blame?
The problem for many drivers in Louisville is that in the event of an accident, if you cannot prove that the other driver is at fault, you will most likely lose the case. I used to work for the insurance companies as their lawyer – so I know how they defend claims and lawsuits. I use that knowledge to help you maximize and win your claim. If fault is being contested or not, it’s simply not worth it to take a chance and attempt to handle the case on your own. If a case is going to require that you show evidence proving the other driver is at fault, you’ll be a lot better off with the help of an experienced Louisville car accident attorney. Even if your case doesn’t require that you prove who’s at fault, I will help maximize your recovery for your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and/or destruction of power to labor and earn money in the future, pain and suffering, loss of spousal consortium, and punitive damages.
- How much are your expenses from the car accident?
How much money are you dealing with? You might feel confident enough to handle $1,000 or even $5,000 worth of expenses, but are you prepared to handle a car accident claim or lawsuit with expenses of $10,000 or more? It’s a smart choice to hire a lawyer who will pay for your case expenses for the client and who will recover those case expenses if the client approves of a negotiated settlement or victory in court.
- How serious were your car accident injuries?
If your injury was even somewhat life-altering and affected or will affect you for a long period of time, you could have a really big claim on your hands. Especially in matters that involve your health and medical treatment, hiring a lawyer is not only smart, but necessary. It’s important to keep in mind that the larger your claim is, the more there is at stake and the harder your opposing side will try to keep you from getting the money you deserve. It isn’t fair or enjoyable to think about, but it’s the reality.
Types of Accident Cases Our Car Accident Attorneys in Louisville Handle
You might be wondering if I can handle your car accident claim – and the answer is “almost definitely.” At Brownfield Dufour PLLC, we specialize in:
- Reckless driving cases
- Sideswipe collisions, rear-end collisions, side-impact collisions and head-on collisions
- Collisions that cause cars to roll over
- Accidents that involve multiple drivers
- DUI charges
- Serious Injuries
- Brain Injury
- Back and Neck Injuries
When it comes to making the most of a bad situation and getting the compensation you need, you shouldn’t waste time contacting the best of attorneys in Kentucky and Indiana. When you give us a call, we’re going to do what we can to help, no matter what your case entails.
Car Accident Injuries and Compensation
No two people are alike, and no two car accidents are, either. And in some cases, the cost for treatment of injuries sustained in an accident won’t be covered by insurance. Where you’re not already being compensated, I’ll work to get you the money you need in the case of:
- Injuries to the spinal cord
- Scars or burns
- Loss of an arm or a leg
- Head injuries
- Joint, muscle, back, neck, and bone injuries
- Permanent disability
- And even wrongful death
Depending on the specifics of your case, you can earn damage compensation for various forms of monetary losses. When these damages are considered “economic,” they include:
Medical expenses both current and future.
If you’ve had to visit the emergency room, have been hospitalized or have received other medical care, this applies to you. You can also earn compensation for future medical needs, like ongoing doctor’s appointments or continued care.
Loss of wages.
Has the car accident caused you to miss work? If so, you could be entitled to earn compensation for the time you missed. Even if you’re unemployed at the time of the accident, a car accident can cause you to be unable to find new work – and if you can prove that this hurt what’s called your “earning potential,” you may still be entitled to compensation.
In what are called non-economic cases, a plaintiff can be monetarily compensated for losses that aren’t financial. They can include:
Pain and Suffering.
This usually includes payment for any suffering the accident might have caused you. To be granted compensation for this type of claim, the jury has to examine a lot of things, like how long you’ll continue suffering, what your injuries entail and how both of those factors might affect your family.
Sometimes, if your case is argued correctly, it’s possible to be granted compensation for emotional pain that the accident has caused you. If your accident has caused you to feel afraid, nervous or sad, you may be suffering from mental anguish.
Loss of Consortium.
Believe it or not, you can even earn compensation in the event that your spouse was the one in the accident. If the accident causes you to miss out on marital benefits, like normal companionship, healthy sexual relations, comfort and affection, you may be suffering from loss of consortium.
If you’ve ever watched a law show on TV, you’re probably familiar with this one. When the actions of the defendant were intentionally over-the-top or malicious, sometimes the jury will award what are called “punitive damages.” In these cases, punitive damages are awarded in order to effectively punish the defendant.
Have you been hit by a drunk driver?
If you’re the victim of an accident in which the other driver was intoxicated, you’re more than likely going to earn compensation if you’ve been injured in the crash. But since Kentucky is a no-fault state, the path to compensation isn’t always simple. If you’ve been hit by a driver who has a DUI or DWI in Louisville, your best bet is to contact a lawyer you trust.
We also represent our clients in cases involving:
- Auto Accidents in Louisville, Ky
- Car Accidents in Louisville, Ky
- Trucking and Semi Accidents in Louisville, Ky
- Motorcycle Accidents in Louisville, Ky
- Pedestrian Accidents in Louisville, Ky
- DUI and drunk-driving car accidents in Louisville, Ky
- Fatal Vehicle Accidents in Louisville, Ky
- Underinsured and Uninsured Vehicle Accidents in Louisville, Ky
To learn more about the way I’ve helped individuals across Louisville, Ky and the ways I can help you, call (502) 458-5222.
Brian did an excellent job getting my case settled. I had a very traumatic car accident, and he made sure things were made right for me.