Huntington Personal Injury Attorney
The days and weeks following an accident are both frightening and confusing. Maybe you’re not sure how you’ll pay for medical bills or make up for missed work. You might even be angry since your injuries were through no fault of your own. These feelings are normal, and the law provides recourse for those who have been injured by another person’s negligence. With a personal injury settlement, victims of negligence can collect compensation to pay for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Huntington Way of Life
Huntington is a vibrant and energetic West Virginia city that is home to nearly 50,000 residents who call this port city home. In its infancy, Huntington was a bustling port city whose rapid growth was due in no small part to the railroad tycoon, Collis P. Huntington, who founded the city and for which it was named. Huntington is also home to Marshall University, which is most famous for the tragic airplane crash in 1970 that was carrying 75 Marshall football players and staff. Although this event shook Huntington, it brought together the community and Marshall was able to assemble a team for the following season. The movie “We Are Marshall” was released in 2006 and starred Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox. The legal team at Salyer Law Office, PLLC wishes every resident of Huntington health and happiness, but we understand that accidents happen. We are always on your side and always ready to help you pick up the pieces.
What is Personal Injury Law?
Personal injury is a broad practice of law that gives victims of injuries and accidents the financial security to heal. Also known as tort claims, these lawsuits play an important role in our civil court system. Not only do these lawsuits provide funds for accident victims to pay for medical bills, they hold companies – and other people – accountable for their actions. Corporations are increasingly driven by profits, not careful business practices. Tort claims send a simple message: No one can get away with negligence. In fact, some personal injury claims include punitive damages, which are intended to punish the defendant for a known wrongdoing.
Personal injury attorneys serve as advocates for accident victims. If you feel you’re running out of options, talk to a personal injury attorney at Salyer Law Firm. Whether we’re taking on a large corporation, a trucking company, or even your insurer, we have one goal: to help you get the settlement you deserve.
Car Accidents in Huntington
Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of unintentional death and injury in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 268 traffic fatalities in 2015 and even more injuries. If you routinely drive a car to commute or to run errands, the reality is not “if” you’ll get in a car accident, but “when.”
What Should I Do If I’m in An Accident?
A car accident can be frightening and overwhelming. If you’ve been in a car accident, take the following steps:
- Check and make sure everyone in your vehicle is okay, and then check with the other driver. If anyone needs medical assistance, call 911.
- Call a police officer to the scene to file a police report.
- Don’t admit fault. Sometimes, out of politeness, we say, “I’m sorry,” but remember these niceties are tantamount to admitting fault. Do be courteous to the other driver, but don’t go beyond checking to make sure he or she is all right.
- Take pictures of the accident scene and the damage to your vehicle. Smartphones make it easy for car accident victims to collect evidence, so snap away while waiting for the police to arrive.
- Exchange insurance information with the other driver and record their license plate information.
- Ask for contact information from any available eyewitnesses
- Don’t sign any paperwork unless it’s from your insurance company or the police officer on the scene.
- Contact a personal injury law firm for a confidential and strategic view of your legal options.
Motorcycle Accidents in Huntington
In West Virginia, there’s nothing more satisfying than hitting the open road on a motorcycle. Our state has unrivaled beauty and is home to some of the most scenic roads in the country. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are also common within our borders – according to the NHTSA, there were 33 motorcycle deaths in 2015, and three of those were here in Cabell County.
Motorcycles are more dangerous than cars, simply because riders aren’t as protected. Negligence often plays a role in bike accidents, since other motorists aren’t as attuned to motorcycles on the road as they are to other vehicles. Injuries are often severe and may include:
- Head, Neck, and Spinal Trauma. Even if you’re wearing a helmet, you may sustain head and neck injuries, including possible concussions. Traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries also have been reported. These injuries often need long-term rehabilitation and care.
- Road Rash. This painful condition results from skidding across the pavement. Road rash ranges from mild to severe – severe cases may require skin grafts and other therapies to encourage new skin growth. The physical and emotional ramifications of this type of injury can last a lifetime.
- Injuries to the Extremities. It’s not uncommon for motorcyclists to experience trauma to their arms and legs. One of the most common (and most painful) injuries occurs when a bike pins a limb to the pavement, causing breaks and burns.
Motorcycle accidents often occur when a driver forgets to check his or her blind spot, but it may also be the result of distracted driving. Too often, people use their commute as an excuse to check their social media accounts or send a quick text to a friend or loved one. Unfortunately, these actions can be deadly to someone driving a motorcycle.
If you’ve been injured by another driver while on your motorcycle, you may be eligible for compensation under West Virginia’s tort laws. A personal injury settlement can help you pay for medical expenses and continued rehabilitation costs and can provide compensation for intangible losses such as pain and suffering.
Your road to recovery begins with a free initial consultation with Salyer law. Let us help you get back on your feet and back to the life you deserve.
Trucking Accidents in Huntington
Accidents involving trucks, big rigs, or other large vehicles are more common than you might think. Did you know that 100,000 people are injured each year in the United States in accidents involving one of these vehicles? What’s more, the occurrence of these types of accidents are increasing. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which oversees all big vehicle operations, the number of truck crashes has continued to increase since 2009.
Because of the size of semi-trucks and the danger these vehicles pose to other motorists, truck drivers are required to follow strict regulations. For example, drivers are limited to the hours they can spend on the road – 70 hours per eight consecutive days with mandatory 30-minute breaks per every eight hours of driving time – and are required to rest at least 36 consecutive hours, including two mornings between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Unfortunately, some drivers exceed these limits to meet deadlines or adhere to strict delivery schedules. When a truck driver causes an accident, he or she often severely or fatally wounds the driver and passengers in the other vehicle.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a delivery truck, big rig, or 18-wheeler, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Severe injuries incur large medical bills and often require a lifetime of rehabilitation or accommodation. A personal injury settlement can help you cover these costs, as well as provide you a financially secure future.
Any number of factors could have an influence on your case. For example, if the truck driver was violating federal regulations or if he or she has a history of ignoring the rules, the hiring company would be negligent. However, if a tire spun off a truck and hit your vehicle, it could be because the truck was poorly maintained or because a manufacturer shipped a defective unit. Determining who is at fault for your injuries is the first step in reaching a personal injury settlement.
Slip and Fall Accidents in Huntington
Public places such as parks and grocery stores are legally required to make their properties safe and accessible. For example, if you slip and fall in a public place where the owner has neglected the property or failed to take reasonable steps to make it safe, you may be eligible for compensation. This is an area of the law referred to as slip and fall or premise liability.
Like most personal injury cases, slip and fall accidents are based in the theory of negligence. You must prove the owner of the property in which you were injured was negligent in ownership or maintenance. An unsafe condition on a property, however, doesn’t automatically make the owner negligent. To win a slip and fall accident case, you must be able to prove that:
- A defective condition existed on the property that the owner did or should have known about
- The defect directly led to your injuries
- Your injuries incurred specific damages (i.e., medical bills)
For example, you’re walking through the grocery store and don’t see a spilled puddle of milk. You slip, fall, and break your arm. Surveillance video footage in the store shows an employee walking past the spill a half hour before the accident occurred. In this case, the store will likely be found negligent because an employee saw the spill (knew a defective condition existed) and failed to take steps to remedy it (cleaning the spill, putting up a “wet floor” sign.)
Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries, and attorneys around the United States settle hundreds of these types of cases each year.
Wrongful Death in Huntington
No amount of money can bring back a loved one. Unfortunately, wrongful death cases can leave loved ones struggling to pay off medical bills and other final expenses. In this case, a wrongful death settlement can bring survivors of tragedy the financial security they need to begin the healing process.
You may be able to file a wrongful death claim when someone dies as the result of another person’s negligence. Wrongful death claims involve all types of fatal accidents, from product liability cases, car accidents, to medical malpractice. Anyone can be legally at fault for negligence – individuals, companies, and even the government. However, not everyone can file a wrongful death claim, as this right is usually reserved for immediate family members, financial dependents, or other loved ones of the deceased.
Wrongful death claims are intended to provide compensation for a variety of damages. These may include:
Monetary losses such as:
- Medical bills related to the deceased’s last injury or illness
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost wages and benefits, including the deceased’s loss in earning capacity
- Compensation for lost or damaged property.
In addition, plaintiffs may be able to seek compensation for intangible losses including:
- Loss of companionship, comfort, and advice
- Mental anguish, emotional damage, sorrow, and grief
- Loss of consortium
At Salyer Law, we know that a settlement won’t diminish your sorrow and suffering. However, a settlement can help put your mind at ease and free you from the financial burdens associated with the unexpected death of a loved one.
Statute of Limitation Laws in West Virginia
In West Virginia, state law requires that personal injury and wrongful death cases begin within two years of the accident that caused the illness or injury. If you have plans to file a civil suit, it’s in your best interest to get started as soon as possible. Contact us for a free case evaluation.