Legal Support For Serious Personal Injuries
When a person, especially someone young, suffers a serious personal injury, it can significantly impact their life. They have to deal with physical pain and emotional trauma while also facing financial challenges such as medical bills, lost wages and ongoing care expenses. At Wiseman Law Firm, PLLC, in Parkersburg, our founding attorney, Todd Wiseman, understands the gravity of these situations, and he is here to help. He has been practicing personal injury law in West Virginia for over 25 years and has successfully represented numerous clients in many types of personal injury cases.
How Our Attorney Can Help You After Your Accident
After a serious car accident or a slip-and-fall, you may wonder about your next steps and how a lawyer can help. The first step in any personal injury case is to investigate the cause of the accident and identify the at-fault party. In some cases, the negligent party is obvious and easy to determine. However, it sometimes takes a deeper look at the evidence to come to a conclusion.
After identifying the negligent party, our lawyer will help you proceed with your claim and navigate every step of your case, including:
- Ensuring that you seek medical attention
- Gathering evidence and medical records
- Filing an insurance claim
- Handling negotiations
- Filing a lawsuit
- Facilitating mediation
- If necessary, taking your case to trial
Soon after your accident, you will receive calls or communications from insurance companies asking about the accident and offering settlements to quickly and cheaply close your case. While you recover from an injury, you should focus on healing and moving forward. Our attorney will take over communications with insurers to save you the additional stress while you recover.
How To Prove Negligence
This is what you’ll need to demonstrate the other party’s recklessness:
- They had a duty of care to prevent harm.
- They violated that duty of care.
- Their violation of that duty of care caused you to get hurt.
- Your injury resulted in pain and suffering throughout multiple areas of your life.
Our experienced personal injury lawyer, Todd S. Wiseman, can gather evidence, speak with witnesses and create a compelling case demonstrating the careless actions of the party that harmed you. Call us at [NAP Phone] to seek the compensation you deserve today.
Our Personal Injury Lawyer Answers Your Frequently Asked Questions
Attorney Wiseman understands that if you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car accident or has suffered accident injuries due to the negligence of someone else, you probably have a lot of questions. Here, he answers some of the more commonly asked questions.
How much is my case worth?
While there is no exact answer to this question, our lawyer can provide an estimate based on several factors, including the severity of the injury, the extent of the medical treatment needed and the impact on the victim’s life. He doesn’t think that injury victims should ever settle for less than they deserve. He will work hard to assess your case, analyze your damages and fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.
What kind of compensation can I get for my injuries?
In a personal injury lawsuit, there are three different types of compensation for damages, including:
- Economic damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages and property damage
- Noneconomic damages, like emotional pain and suffering
- Punitive damages, which are meant to punish someone who acted with malice or gross negligence
In West Virginia, the court can award punitive damages if the wrongdoer acted with gross negligence or outrageous indifference to the well-being or safety of others.
How do I know what kind of damages I will need in the future?
Some serious and traumatic injuries, like severe burns, can lead to lifelong challenges. Estimating and planning for long-term recovery is part of the challenge. Personal injury claims are our attorney’s business. He will work with experts and industry-standard estimates to determine and help him predict what kind of compensation you will need to plan for with respect to your future recovery.
Why do I need a personal injury attorney?
An experienced lawyer can handle the business of your personal injury claim. At the same time, you can focus on recovering, knowing that your future is in capable hands. You may think you can negotiate the payout your insurer gives you. However, insurance companies are notorious for offering low settlements to injury victims. Sometimes, what they offer can seem reasonable but when you factor in how long it will take you to recover from your injury and the cost of medical treatment, it often isn’t. With a skilled attorney on your side, you may receive a much larger settlement. At Wiseman Law Firm, PLLC, our lawyer prepares every case as if it will go to trial, should that become necessary to fight for your rights.
Do I still need an attorney if the insurer accepts fault?
Even when insurance companies accept fault, that doesn’t mean they have your best interests in mind. Some insurers prey on your vulnerability and hope that by acknowledging fault, you will take any lowball settlement they give you. A personal injury attorney can help you evaluate whether their compensation is sufficient and help you pursue the amount you need if they don’t.
We Are Here When You Need A West Virginia Car Accident Attorney
At Wiseman Law Firm, PLLC, our lawyer knows the physical, emotional and financial toll that personal injuries can take on individuals and their families. He represents clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries, such as those involving the head, fires and burns, severe nerve damage and limb amputations. He also handles wrongful death cases. If you need a West Virginia wrongful death lawyer, attorney Wiseman can help.
Contact A Parkersburg Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious personal injury, please contact us for a free consultation. Our attorney is here to help you navigate the legal process and fight for a favorable outcome. Mr. Wiseman has extensive experience in personal injury law and takes a compassionate approach to your representation. To make an appointment in our Wood County office, contact us online or call 304-314-4768.