Kentucky Personal Injury Lawyers
Fighting for the injured in Louisville, Lexington, and beyond
Have you been dealing with a catastrophic injury caused by another person? Are you considering your legal options? If so, a Kentucky personal injury lawyer from Wilt & Associates, PLLC may be able to help. Our experienced team of trial attorneys handles complex injury claims across the Commonwealth, fighting for victims and their families. From our offices in Louisville and Lexington, we build your case for damages brick by brick. When you are injured because of someone else’s negligence, call us for the help you need.
How can we help today?
- What is a personal injury lawsuit?
- What kinds of personal injuries do you handle in Kentucky?
- Do you take car, truck, and motorcycle accident cases in Kentucky?
- What is a premises liability claim?
- What is a product liability claim?
- Who is liable for my injuries?
- What damages can I seek in a Kentucky injury lawsuit?
- What does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer in Kentucky?
- How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Kentucky?
- Do you have a personal injury attorney near me?
What is a personal injury lawsuit?
There are two justice systems in Kentucky: the criminal justice system, and the civil justice system. Under the civil justice system, a person who suffers losses because of another person’s negligence can file a lawsuit to recoup damages.
A personal injury lawsuit is one such type of claim. If another person or entity is responsible for your injuries, you can seek damages from that person or entity so that you are not “stuck” with the financial burden that medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses will create. Many injury victims don’t file a lawsuit after they’ve been injured because they don’t know if they have a case. They don’t want to waste their time further by going to court, only to lose.
The good news is that the ability to file an injury claim is simple. Ask yourself, “Could someone else be to blame for my injuries?” If the answer is yes, then you should consider consulting with a Kentucky injury lawyer from our firm about the details of your case.
What kinds of personal injuries do you handle in Kentucky?
Wilt & Associates primarily handles catastrophic injuries – ones that have so completely shattered the lives of the victims that they will never be the same. Many of our clients will require ongoing medical attention for the rest of their lives, and some will be forced to alter the way they live and move and work due the lingering effects of their injuries. We regularly represent people with:
Whether you were hurt in a devastating vehicle crash, crushed by a piece of heavy machinery, injured by a defective or malfunctioning product, or the victim of medical malpractice or any other accident, Wilt & Associates is prepared to fight on your behalf.
Do I have to go to the hospital after an accident even if I feel fine?
Legally, no you do not have to go to the hospital. However, it is of utmost importance to your health that you be cleared medically. Not all injuries will be noticeable right away, such as cases of whiplash, organ failure, or concussion, for example. In these cases, it’s better to be safe than sorry and ensure that any injuries are diagnosed and treated in a timely manner – even if you “feel fine” in the immediate moments after the incident.
Do you take car, truck, and motorcycle accident cases in Kentucky?
Vehicle accidents are a leading cause of injury and death in Kentucky. Establishing liability, or fault, is a critical component to any car, truck, or motorcycle case, and it may not always be easy to tell who the negligent party is. An experienced auto accident lawyer can help determine who is liable and build your case for damages, so you are not stuck footing the bill for the losses you sustain.
At Wilt & Associates, we represent victims of traffic accidents in Louisville, Lexington, and throughout the Commonwealth. We have secured significant awards on behalf of our clients – often at full policy limits for settlements – for their medical expenses, lost wages, property losses, and pain and suffering. You can rely on us to help you if you were injured in a:
- Car accident
- Truck accident
- Motorcycle accident
- Rear-end accident
- Side-swipe collision
- Head-on collision
- Intersection accident
- Side-impact accident
- Rollover incident
- Bicycle accident
- Pedestrian accident
- Bus accident
- Train accident
- ATV accident
- Work zone accident
- Multi-car pileup
- Single-car accident
- Blind spot crash
We handle claims arising from drunk drivers, distracted drivers, and uninsured/underinsured drivers, as well as those involving Uber or Lyft. Our firm handles fatal accident claims with compassion and dignity.
The facts about wrecks
In 2020, almost 30,000 people were injured in vehicle collisions in Kentucky (and based on national trends, we believe the final number of injury victims will be even higher for 2021). In fact, about 1 in every 24 licensed Kentucky drivers was in a crash in 2020.
What is a premises liability claim?
Property owners and operators owe their visitors, guests, and customers a duty of care. When they are negligent in that duty, it can make their property unsafe. This is the basis of a premises liability claim: that your injuries were a result of a property owner/operator’s failure to keep you safe. Our Kentucky premises liability attorneys handle a wide array of claims, including:
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Construction site accidents
- Retail and grocery store injuries
- Acts of violence from negligent security
What is a product liability claim?
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued more than 200 recall notices for consumer products in 2021. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued more than 1,000 recall notices that same year. Yet we know that for every dangerous item that is recalled, there are others that fall by the wayside. Manufacturers, retailers, and distributors can be held liable when their products cause harm. Our Kentucky product liability lawyers handle complex claims stemming from dangerous drugs and medical devices, faulty consumer products like electronics and tree-stands, and more.
Who is liable for my injuries?
Liability refers to the individual or entity that is to blame for the cause of the injuries you sustained. Your Kentucky injury claim can only be successful in court if your lawyer is able to establish that the party named in your claim is at fault, based on evidence. The type of incident you were in will largely determine who this party is. Liable parties can include drivers, companies, property owners, product manufacturers, property managers, and more. Your attorney will need to carefully review the details of your case and investigate so the liable party is held accountable.
What damages can I seek in a Kentucky personal injury lawsuit?
In addition to bringing the liable party to justice for their actions, the goal of any personal injury claim is to recover compensation for your losses. More commonly known as “damages,” these losses are broken up into two categories: economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages consist of your financial losses. Anything that costs you money is going to fall into this category, including:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Property damage
- Diminished earning capacity
Non-economic damages consist of losses related to your lifestyle and emotional state. They can include:
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship and love
- Loss of household services
- Scarring or disfigurement
The reason for the division of damages is because economic damages already have a set monetary value, whereas non-economic damages will need to be quantified. After assigning your non-economic damages a monetary value, this total will be combined with your economic losses to see how much your Kentucky personal injury claim is worth. In some cases, the amount of compensation you can seek will be affected by the insurance policy’s limits. We can discuss this in full during your consultation.
If you are being treated for injuries, we strongly advise that you continue your regime as recommended until you reach your maximum medical improvement. Not only is it the best thing to do for your health, but it can also help your case in the long run.
Can I seek punitive damages?
Yes, you can seek punitive damages in your injury claim, and may be awarded compensation at the judge’s discretion. Typically, punitive damages are awarded as a way for the courts to punish the liable party for intentional or egregious actions that caused you to be injured.
What if I’m partly at fault for my personal injury?
Kentucky is a comparative negligence state when it comes to shared fault. That means even if you are partly to blame for your accident, you can still file a claim against the party that’s primarily at fault. But be aware that any amount you are awarded will reflect a shared fault deduction.
For example, if you are found to be 10% to blame for the cause of your injuries and a jury awards you $100,000, you would receive $90,000 after your 10% comparative fault deduction.
What does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer in Kentucky?
Any reputable personal injury lawyer in Kentucky will work with an injury victim on contingency. This means you won’t have to put any money down upfront to hire a lawyer. You won’t be expected to pay anything unless your lawyer wins your case, at which point a percentage of your winnings will serve as your attorney’s fees.
In other words, it costs you nothing to work with Wilt & Associates. We do not collect our pay until after we have won your case and helped you settle any outstanding bills or liens you have related to your care. Even the initial consultation is free.
How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Kentucky?
The Kentucky statute of limitations for personal injury claims is one of the shortest in the country. Injury survivors have just one year from the date of their injury to file a claim.
The statute of limitations will begin either the day you are injured or the day on which you discover your injury. It will expire one year later. In cases where children or infants are injured, the time limit will not expire until one year after they reach the age of 18. This deadline is critical. Your case will be dismissed if you try to file your claim after the time limit expires.
Will I have to go to court for a personal injury claim?
It can be difficult to say. We certainly are not afraid of bringing your case to court if we think that is your best chance at being awarded max compensation. But if negotiations with the insurer can get you an injury settlement that meets your needs, it is possible to avoid going to court.
Still, Wilt & Associates prepares every case as though a trial were a forgone conclusion. We do this because preparation is often the key to success, whether in a trial or in settlement negotiations. We have found, too, that insurance companies are more likely to come the table with a just offer when they know that our trial lawyers are working on your case.
Do you have a personal injury attorney near me?
Wilt & Associates has offices in Louisville and Lexington:
If you are too injured or ill to travel to us, we can arrange a phone or video conference. We also make hospital visits when necessary.
Experienced personal injury lawyers serving Louisville, Lexington, and beyond
Accidents happen, but when they do, the person or persons who are responsible for causing them shouldn’t get away with it, leaving you to pick up the pieces after their mistakes. We understand that the thought of filing a lawsuit can be intimidating. You may even be reluctant to sue in the first place.
Fortunately, when you work with a Kentucky personal injury lawyer at Wilt & Associates, you’ll have a team of lawyers making your interests top priority. We want you to be able to put this traumatic experience behind you. Please call 502-253-9110 or fill out our contact form and schedule a free consultation. We maintain offices in Lexington and Louisville and serve clients throughout Kentucky.