A Louisville Personal Injury Attorney With Proven Results
If you have been injured due to the fault of another, you may be reluctant to speak with a lawyer about what your rights are, and what the potential for a lawsuit might be. You may think that you’re not justified in standing up for your rights, or that speaking with a lawyer will just make things more complicated. You may even have employers, co-workers, insurance companies, friends, or others discouraging you from even thinking about speaking with a lawyer about your rights.
Ultimately, however, it is you and your family who will be suffering the effects of your personal injury – the high medical bills, the lost time at work, the ongoing pain and suffering – and so you want to speak with someone whose primary concern is in helping you win the recovery you deserve. Louisville personal injury attorney Ron Aslam will assess your personal injury claim and fight on your behalf to help you win the maximum damages that you are owed under state and federal law, and get your life back to normal.
Representing Kentucky Plaintiffs in All Types of Personal Injury Cases
Injury can result from any number of activities involving a negligent defendant, and attorney Ron Aslam will work with you to win the recovery you are owed in any of the following types of matters:
- Auto accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Sidewalk accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Boating accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Construction accidents
- Faulty appliances, tools, and other defective products
- Defective drugs
- Defective medical devices
- Slip and falls
- Negligent security (being the victim of a crime due to a property owner’s negligence in providing alarms, cameras, lighting, security staff, etc.)
- Wrongful Death
What Are The Most Common Types of Personal Injury Claims?
Car accidents are extremely common. Millions happen on American roads every single year. While some of these are fender benders that leave both parties without noticeable property damage or injuries, many cause some sort of injury to one or more parties. Tragically, some have fatalities. In all of these situations, a personal injury claim helps victims get the money they need to pay medical bills, take time off of work to heal, and otherwise meet their financial obligations.
Slips and Falls
Slips and falls make up a significant portion of personal injury cases across the United States. These cases include those where an individual is injured on another person’s property. This might be a fall on poorly maintained stairs, a slip and fall on ice that should have been cleared away, an object falling on someone from a high shelf, or tripping on unexpected obstacles.
One of the most complex and most misunderstood areas of personal injury law is medical malpractice. This area of law doesn’t give patients money for any mistake a doctor makes, despite how this field is often represented on television and movies. Instead, it compensates victims for grave errors in judgment that another professional with similar experience and knowledge would not have made.
Animal attacks are a sad fact of life, and in most cases, the animal’s owner is responsible for the damage caused by their pet. Dog bites make up most of these cases. An owner generally has to pay compensation to a dog bite victim, unless the victim was trespassing on their land or purposely instigating the dog to fight.
New products hit the shelves every year, but not every product is safe for consumers. When a product malfunctions and hurts someone, a number of parties could be to blame. The product designer may have accidentally built fatal flaws into the product’s design. The manufacturer may have been following a safe design but erred in its execution. The people who marketed the product may have targeted the wrong groups or recommended improper use.
Critical Mistakes to Avoid in a Personal Injury Case
Not Following through on your Doctor’s Recommendations
It is of the utmost importance to stay vigilant with your recommended course of treatment in a personal injury case. Insurers will pounce on any chance to reduce your right to a reasonable and fair settlement. Insurers will discount the seriousness of your injuries by arguing that you failed to seek or follow all recommended medical treatment. Listen to your doctor’s advice, regardless of how challenging and inconvenient it may seem to you. You will need to follow through on aspects such as:
- Attending follow-up appointments
- Scheduling appointments and consulting any referred specialists
- Diligently completing the prescribed course of treatment, including mental health treatment or physical rehabilitation
- Taking all necessary prescription meds
Accepting an Initial Settlement Offer
This is another common mistake people often make in personal injury cases. The insurance company will immediately make you a lowball offer, hoping you’ll be naïve enough to take it.
Don’t Hesitate to Work with a Personal Injury Attorney as Soon as Possible
Insurance companies and defendants don’t want you speaking with your own lawyer. This is because, by speaking with your own lawyer, you’ll be working with someone whose only interest is in getting you the maximum recovery you are owed. Insurance companies and defendants naturally want to avoid paying for their liability and will try to get you to accept a settlement for less than your potential claim is worth. They may even try to deflect liability for the injury, place the blame on you, and threaten you with retribution if you speak with a lawyer. It is critical that you avoid signing any documents related to your injury or agreeing to any settlements with a defendant or insurer before you speak with your own personal injury attorney.
Louisville personal injury attorney Ron Aslam will stand up to all defendants, force them into court, and put forth your best arguments and evidence to help you recover the following types of damages:
- Medical bills, including future costs
- Lost wages, business income, and future earnings
- Pain and suffering suffered over your lifetime
- Punitive damages, in limited cases
Compensation for Monetary Losses
Your attorney may begin by calculating your monetary losses. In this category, you’ll find damages that are easy to assign monetary value to. For example, it’s easy to figure out your lost income by multiplying your hours missed by your hourly rate. This is perhaps the easiest part of calculating a personal injury settlement. You may receive compensation for:
- Current medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost future income if your injury is expected to keep you from working
- Property damage
- Adaptive equipment required to allow you to live with disabilities resulting from your accident
However, you can only be compensated for losses you can prove. This is why we recommend hiring an attorney as early in the process as you can.
Compensation for Non-Monetary Losses
Of course, money isn’t the only thing you lose after an injury. Many people suffer serious pain, mental trauma, and damage to relationships. Putting an amount on this type of loss is considerably more challenging, but since it’s the only way the civil court system can make victims whole, it is important to account for these losses in your calculations. Non-monetary losses include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Mental anguish
- Loss of spousal support
While you cannot prove the financial loss associated with each of these items, you can prove how these losses have affected your life. This is why many attorneys recommend keeping a personal injury journal after your accident. By documenting the ways that pain has limited your daily activities, how your marriage has suffered after an accident, and how mental anguish has harmed your mental health, you can make a more definitive case to prove that you deserve compensation for these losses.
Damages in the previous categories are compensatory damages; their intent is to compensate you for your losses. Punitive damages are in an entirely separate category. While the damages in this category go to the victim, their purpose is not to compensate the victim. Their purpose is to punish the perpetrator for wanton recklessness or egregious behavior. Punitive damages should discourage the perpetrator from engaging in similar behavior in the future and serve as a warning to those who would consider acting in the same way.
Under Kentucky law, there is no cap on punitive damages. Juries base their decisions on how likely it was that the defendant knew of the severity of their actions, whether or not the defendant benefited from their misconduct, and whether or not the defendant tried to remedy the situation.
Coping with the Physical and Emotional Impact of a Personal Injury
The Physical Aftermath of an Accident
There’s a lot of physical changes that happen after an accident. As the days pass, you might feel new and unexpected pains arise. Even as some injuries heal, others might start to settle in and bring up new symptoms. It’s important to take time to rest, listen to your body, and seek prompt treatment.
You might need home healthcare workers to help you with medication, laundry, showering, and getting around. Be sure to tell your attorney about any changes that occur and any tasks you can no longer do independently.
Emotional Stress After an Injury
Few people think about the emotional stress that comes with a personal injury. Some of it caused by the physical pain of the injury. Physical pain puts a tremendous amount of stress on your mind, and when combined with other stressors after an injury, it can be a lot to bear.
A lot of people struggle with the uncertainty they face after a major injury. That’s why you might want to seek the help of a counselor or therapist during this time. Any type of injury can cause serious emotional trauma, so you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
Relying on Others
With the physical and emotional challenges facing you after an accident, you may need to rely on others more than you usually do. This can cause additional emotional stress and anxiety, as you may worry about becoming a burden to your loved ones. However, it’s likely that you have a lot of people offering help after your accident.
For many people, the biggest worry during this time is their finances. Suddenly being out of work, accumulating medical bills, and having to pay for adaptive equipment can leave you with significant financial stress. This is why it is crucial to talk to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident.
If your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, you should not be saddled with financial burdens that were not your doing. The liable party should compensate you for your losses. When you work with Ron Aslam Law Office, you can feel confident that your claim is in good hands. Our team will handle the investigation of your accident and negotiations with the insurance company, giving you more time to handle your emotional and physical challenges.
Contact Louisville Attorney Ron Aslam Today
If you are or a loved one has been injured due to the negligent acts of another in the Louisville area, call the Ron Aslam Law Office today at 502.581.1676 to set up a free consultation regarding your claim.