Kentucky Personal Injury FAQ
One of the things that makes accidents and injuries so difficult to cope with is the inability to prepare for one. These accidents often occur unexpectedly, and when they do, you may be quite shaken up and unsure of what to expect next.
With this in mind, we have compiled a list of some of the most commonly asked questions injury victims across Kentucky have had in regards to their injury claims. If you don’t see your question answered below, feel free to reach out to our office for a more personalized look at your case.
How long do I have to decide if I want to file a civil claim?
The Kentucky statute of limitations gives injury victims a maximum time limit of one year after the date of their injury to file a personal injury claim. Failure to file your lawsuit within the statute of limitations will likely result in the dismissal of your case.
What happens if I was partly responsible for the accident?
In Kentucky, contributing to the cause of your accident does not bar you from being able to secure compensation for your injuries under pure comparative fault laws. However, you should expect your portion of fault to be deducted from the amount you are awarded in your personal injury claim.
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 in order 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.
Can I be awarded compensation for punitive damages?
Yes, you can be awarded compensation for punitive damages 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.
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 suffered a minor premises liability accident like a slip-and-fall and feel fine.
Discuss Your Injuries with a Kentucky Personal Injury Lawyer
These are just a few of the questions that injury victims have following a serious accident. If you have another question you need answered, or for help with your civil lawsuit, meet with an experienced Kentucky personal injury lawyer at Wilt and Thompson, PLLC.
Our firm proudly provides free consultations to injury victims across Kentucky. You can take advantage of this opportunity by calling our office at 502-253-9110 or by submitting the brief contact form we have included at the bottom of this page.