An injury can have serious consequences for your physical and emotional health. It can also become a financial burden as bills related to your treatment accumulate and you miss work during your recovery.
If you suffered an injury through no fault of your own, you may be eligible to receive compensation from the person or company responsible. At the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, we put our experience to work for you. Our Kingsport personal injury lawyers will build the strongest case possible for an insurance claim or lawsuit that will help get you the payment you deserve for your pain. Call 865-546-1111 to schedule a free case evaluation.
What kind of damages can I recover?
In a personal injury claim, there are several kinds of damages that could be available. Our attorneys will review your financial losses to estimate the amount of compensation you need to fully recover. Depending on the circumstances of your injury, you may be able to claim damages for a variety of costs.
We will collect bills and documentation that detail the medical costs you have already faced. We will also create an estimate of your likely future expenses for any ongoing treatment or physical therapy you may need to recover from your injury. If necessary, we will secure the testimony of medical professionals who can verify the seriousness of your injury.
Recovering from an injury could mean days, weeks, or months of missed work. We can calculate how much you are losing while off the job and estimate future losses, such as bonuses, raises, promotions, and other work benefits you would otherwise earn.
Pain and Suffering
This kind of damage refers to the general decline in life enjoyment you have suffered because of the injury. It could include things like disfigurement, emotional distress, anxiety, or a variety of other traumas. We can find persuasive expert testimony about your distress to strengthen your case.
If the action that caused your injury was particularly grievous, reckless, or malicious, you might be eligible for punitive damages. We must meet a higher standard of proof to collect these damages, so we will collect witness testimonies than can help demonstrate the defendant’s intent.
How can I strengthen my injury claim?
In the immediate aftermath of an injury, you might be too confused or traumatized to know exactly what to do. That is where we can help. Contact us immediately after your accident for legal representation throughout the claims process. We will help ensure you get the care you need and will work to maximize your chances at compensation.
Get medical attention.
If you have not already done so, you should seek medical care immediately after an injury. If you delay medical care too long, the at-fault party may use this to claim that your injuries were not serious and may try to lower your payout.
Follow your doctor’s instructions.
Doing what a medical professional suggests will communicate to a court or insurer that the injury is real and has had a significant impact on your life. We can secure the expert testimony that will demonstrate how seriously the injury has affected your well-being.
Contact your insurer.
If you suffered an injury because of another party’s negligence, you will probably be dealing with their insurance company. You should still make your insurer aware of the accident, especially if you share some of the blame for causing it. It is important not to divulge any information that may harm your claim, however. Our lawyers can help you with this call to make sure you do not provide any information to an insurer that can damage your claim later.
How do I prove the other party caused my injury?
Most injury cases involve negligence on the part of the defendant. This means the other party—which may include a person or a company—acted in a manner that caused injury. Negligence also applies if the other party failed to act in a reasonable manner that would have prevented injury.
We will work to prove that negligence occurred in your case in order to collect damages. This means we must show the following things:
- The defendant owed you a behavior that would have protected your safety;
- The defendant did not uphold this duty;
- The defendant’s failure to perform his or her duty is what caused your injury; and
- You can assign a dollar value to your injury.
We can use a variety of evidence to make a case for negligence. We may take photos of the scene of the accident, obtain security camera footage of the event, collect testimony from eyewitnesses, obtain the police report for details regarding the accident, and consult with accident reconstruction experts to establish what happened. Some of this evidence may be difficult or impossible to locate long after an accident, so it is essential that you contact us as soon as possible so we can go to work on your case.
Do I need a lawyer?
In many cases, you will be dealing with the defendant’s insurance company. Whether the defendant is a person or a company, it is likely that the insurer will have plenty of experience defending against injury lawsuits. They might even offer you a low settlement early in the process to avoid paying more later. Once you accept a settlement for your injury, you lose the right to pursue more damages for your claim in the future. That means that if your injury creates costly problems in the future, you will be stuck paying for those losses yourself.
At the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, our attorneys will protect you from agreeing to a low settlement offer after an accident. We will work hard to establish a fair settlement amount for your damages and we will negotiate directly with the insurance company until we get you the compensation you need to recover. Call 865-546-1111 for a free consultation.