A Strong Advocate For The Injured
Accidents of any kind have a habit of setting us back. In addition to recovering from physical injuries, there are medical bills, time missed from work, emotional damage, frustration, aggravation, and how will you financially support to worry about. You shouldn’t have to recover alone, especially if someone else’s fault or negligence caused your injuries.
At Hoover Law PLLC, we help residents of West Virginia and Kentucky get the compensation they need to get back on their fee, to help their family, and to recover from their physical injuries. Attorney Jon D. Hoover spent years defending the very insurance companies, corporate entities, companies, product manufacturers, trucking companies, and health care providers he now takes to court, bringing a unique perspective to every personal injury case that comes through our door.
What Is A Personal Injury Claim?
Simply put, when a person suffers harm because of another person’s wrongdoing, he or she may be able to file a claim for damages under West Virginia or Kentucky personal injury law. Personal injury, or tort law, allows a person to appear in civil court for the purpose of obtaining a financial award for their losses from the incident. The purpose of a personal injury claim is to allow a person to be “made whole,” at least financially, following someone else’s negligence.
Taking Up The Fight Against Insurance Companies
If you have suffered injuries or sadly a family member has died, the last thing you need is to be taken for a ride by the insurance company, corporate entities, companies, product manufacturers, trucking companies, and health care providers. When they try to deny or devalue your claim, make sure you have someone on your side who will put your and your family’s interests first. We fight for the rights of those who have been injured in:
- Kentucky medical malpractice cases
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle wrecks
- Accidents with commercial trucks
- Injuries from defective products
- Workplace injury
- Slip and Fall
No matter how complex your case, we have the skills and experience to help. Of the 48 cases Jon D. Hoover has taken to trial, 43 have ended in his clients’ favor. Our history of success is so well-known, other attorneys often ask us to appear as co-counsel in complex litigation.
Time Limit To File An Injury Lawsuit In West Virginia And Kentucky
Each state has a time limit for filing a personal injury claim, called the “statute of limitations.” In West Virginia, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim in civil court. In Kentucky the statute of limitations is one year. Regardless of which state your injuries occurs it is wise to contact either a West Virginia or Kentucky personal injury attorney as soon as possible following your accident. If you fail to file your lawsuit within this time frame, the courts will likely refuse to hear your case and you will lose your right to file a claim for damages.
There are certain exceptions to the statute of limitations rules. Claims against the government require an additional procedure called a “notice of claim” before filing a traditional suit. Similarly, in personal injury claims featuring minor children, the two-year “clock” begins to run on the minor’s 18th birthday.
What To Do After A Personal Injury Accident
If you are ever injured in an accident and believe that someone else may be responsible for your injuries, our West Virginia Kentucky personal injury attorneys recommend taking the following steps:
- Collect and preserve evidence, such as taking pictures of the damage and collecting personal information from the person you believe was responsible.
- File a police report. This could prove invaluable to your personal injury claim.
- Get names and contact information from anyone who may have observed the accident.
- Keep a list of all medical providers you see for treatment including their address and contact information.
- Keep a chronology of the dates when your visit and treat with your doctor.
- Keep a list of the activities you can no longer do because of your injuries.
- Keep a list of those family, friends, and church members that have helped you around the home
- Keep a diary of your pain, suffering, and emotional turmoil.
- Keep an accounting of your time from work.
- Ask your employer to provide you with a certification for the time of work you have missed.
- Keep an accounting of your mileage for each medical visit, payment to someone who helps around the house, and your receipts for all out-of-pocket expenses you incur.
- DO NOT give any statements to an insurance company representative until you have consulted with an attorney.
- Most importantly contact a personal injury attorney. It’s in your best interest to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Tough Case? We’re Tougher.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident or sadly has been killed, seek the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer right away. With our proven track record and unique experience, Hoover Law PLLC can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call our offices in Barboursville at 304-666-3531 , or send us a message online to arrange a consultation.