West Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers
Fighting for the Injured in West Virginia for Over 40 Years. Our Offices are Located in Charleston, Beckley & Lewisburg.
Accidents that happen in seconds often leave victims with injuries that can last for years or lifetimes. Even a minor accident can cause very serious injuries. When these accidents are caused by the negligence of someone else, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your losses and damages. In such cases, it is in your best interests to consult with one of our West Virginia personal injury attorneys as soon as you can after receiving medical treatment.
At Wooton, Davis, Hussell & Johnson, PLLC, we have been representing the injured in personal injury claims and lawsuits for more than 40 years. Our legal team is well-versed in personal injury law, the procedures involved, and the legal action needed to successfully resolve cases. While most personal injury cases are settled outside of court, we bring a reputation for being tenacious trial lawyers to the table which brings added benefit to settlement negotiations. Our firm will fight tirelessly through aggressive strategies in seeking the maximum compensation to which you may be entitled from negligent parties and/or their insurers.
What Damages Can Be Recover in a Personal Injury Claim?
The specific amount an injury victim can recover in a personal injury claim depends widely on the specifics of their case. From the severity of negligence to the types of injuries inflicted, each case is unique. The types of damages an individual can pursue, however, remain the same across personal injury cases. These types of damages are:
- Economic damages
- Non-economic damages
- Punitive damages
Economic damages, as the name suggests, compensates for the financial losses associated with the claimant’s injuries, such as medical expenses or missed days at work. Non-economic damages compensates the injured party for the non-financial suffering associated with their injury. These more abstract loses usually include pain and suffering, or mental anguish. Punitive damages differ from the first two in that the main purpose of them is to punish the negligent party instead of compensate for an injury, as such they are not awarded often.
What Are The Statute Of Limitations For Personal Injury Cases In West Virginia?
According to West Virginia law, the statute of limitations on personal injury cases is two years. The statute of limitations is a law that dictates how long you have to file a claim before you lose your legal ability to do so, which in turn also means you lose your ability to pursue compensation for your injuries. Every state has different laws regarding how long an injury victim has to file before the time limit is up. This two-year time period does have exceptions that can change the amount of time you have to file a claim so it is important to talk to an experienced attorney about your case as soon as you can.
Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Personal injury law is based on the premise that negligent parties can be held accountable for the injuries they inflict on others through wrongdoing. Such injuries can occur in various ways and situations. Our firm handles all personal injury cases, including the following:
Even low-speed accidents can leave drivers or passengers with serious injuries that will lead to costly medical treatment, loss of wages, and other damages. These can include drunk driving accidents, texting while driving, and other scenarios in which collisions take place.
These are particularly serious and even deadly for drivers and occupants of smaller vehicles. They also involve state and federal regulations pertaining to the trucking industry. Legal help from a competent attorney is paramount in fighting against trucking companies and their insurers.
Other traffic accidents
These can involve motorcyclist, pedestrians, and bicyclists who are particularly vulnerable to injuries because of direct physical exposure to cars, trucks, the roadway, and other objects when struck in accidents.
Slip and fall accidents
These fall under “premises liability” in which property managers or owners may be held liable when negligent.
Other types of injuries may be related to negligent property owners, such as dog bites, criminal attacks due to lack of security, swimming pool accidents, playground accidents, and more.
Doctors’ mistakes, nursing errors, medication and pharmaceutical errors, and birth injuries can cause serious injuries and death. Medical professionals should be held responsible for failing to maintain a high standard of care.
When injuries are caused by dangerous or defective products, the manufacturer, distributor, or other parties may held responsible.
Coal mining injuries
Coal mining is big business in West Virginia. Unfortunately, coal mining accidents and injuries are still all too common in this area of the country. They often include head injuries due to ceiling collapses, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, burns, amputations, and fatalities. Legal representation is essential to fight for accountability and fair and just compensation.
This area can include workers’ compensation claims, employer negligence, and claims against third-parties who have caused or contributed to your on-the-job injuries.
In the event that someone else’s negligence caused the death of your loved one, you may have a valid claim to seek damages in a wrongful death claim.
Most of these cases involve claims brought against insurance companies who will have their own legal staff dedicated to fighting such claims. While their adjustors and representatives may appear to be on your side, they are dedicated to paying you as little as possible. For this reason and because of the complexity of investigating, documenting, and building your case with supporting evidence for negotiation or litigation purposes, it is important to retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney.
Speak With a West Virginia Personal Injury Attorney About Your Case
It is a well-known fact that the injured who have legal representation recover more in terms of compensation than those who do not. Our firm brings decades of legal experience including strong negotiation and litigation skills to your case. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost income or wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and more. Let us fight for the financial resources and justice you need and deserve through this critical legal process.
We are located in Lewisburg, Charleston and Beckley, but serve clients throughout West Virginia. Call Wooton, Davis, Hussell & Johnson, PLLC at (304) 407-2249 or contact us online today for a free consultation.