Personal injury is a fancy way of saying you got hurt — and it’s something someone else caused or could have prevented. Accidents happen every single day, but if you get hurt in one, you may feel concerned or worried about paying for your medical bills or time you missed from work. That’s why people may choose to file a personal injury claim, a way of seeking monetary benefits for an injury caused by another person or company.
In 2017 alone, Nationwide insurance company paid $18.7 billion in claims to its members. Here are the top personal injury claims that affect most people:
Yearly, there is estimated to be more than 6 million vehicle-related accidents in the United States. While this number is only increasing, drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists are in danger. Distractions such as smartphones, navigation systems or car-related functions might be the reason. Regardless, if you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible for compensation. Make it a priority always to always visit a doctor after an accident, even if you feel fine. There are many cases where victims did not suffer physical injuries but sustained many internal injuries.
Slip and fall claims are a common personal injury claim. A slip and fall can occur anywhere, at work, home, in a restaurant. Elderly people are more likely to sustain a severe injury after a fall. Damage to the hip, head, back, and neck are very common. It may be difficult to prove a slip and fall claim. Contacting a lawyer after a slip and fall incident is crucial.
There is an average of 20,000 product liability claims that are filed in the United States each year alone. Many cases of product liability claims are defective toys, dangerous pet products, unsafe medical devices. Product liability typically has one of the highest average compensation values.
Have you fallen on the job? Work-related injuries are very common and can happen to anyone. Work-related injuries are often unreported due to fear of termination, but that means someone else may get hurt later in the same way. If you have been injured at work, report it immediately and contact a lawyer.
Medical negligence is another very commontype of personal injury claim. Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare provider doesn’t meet an adequate level of standard care required for a patient. This malpractice causes injury or harm as a result. There are many ways to prove medical negligence has occurred. Some examples are, failing to tell a patient of known risks, failure to diagnose, doctors negligence caused the injury and improper treatment was administered. Medical negligence is among one of the hardest and complex claims to prove and win; it requires many witnesses that must be willing to testify. However, that shouldn’t scare you off if you feel something wasn’t right with your medical care.
If you have questions about a personal injury, contact us for a free consultation.
Oliver and Sherrie M. – Car Accident
“We were hit head-on by someone who run a red light. I got bruised up real bad inside and I had just had shoulder surgery and it inflamed that. My wife was hurt the worst. It disfigured her right arm. We were referred to Mr. West through our son-in-law so we went up and set an appointment with him. We went in and met him for the first time and he is a very nice gentleman to say the least. He took over the case and found out who the [driver] was. It had totaled the car and I had just gotten it paid off. They didn’t even get hurt. Mr. West took the case and went way out of his way to help. The lady who hit us … they had only the cheapest insurance to get the car on the road … so he helped us get more money to help us pay the bills. We are very happy with how it turned out. Kelly and West, they’re good people. You can talk to them and they’re down home people.”
Alice D. – Car Accident
“I was hit by a man who ran a stop sign, and I got injured. At first I didn’t think I was as bad as I was. Mr. West had handled a case for me in the past. I went to him and he advised me what to do. I did not have to do anything. They did all the footwork, which was great. They was really nice. I didn’t have to worry about any medical bills. They were very efficient and I like the way they handled it. I would recommend them to anyone.”
Maxine R. – Slip/Fall
“I had went to visit a friend at a [care facility] and I slipped and fell. It caught me unexpected. I got hurt, and I still have problems. I can walk but it hurts. But Kelly and West took my case. So they got my medical bills covered and got a little extra change. I was very satisfied, 100 percent. I think very highly of them. They’re very professional and they’re just nice folks.”
Tabitha E. – Hit by Drunk Driver
“I was hit by a drunk driver at a stoplight. They had helped me with another case previously. When I had any questions, they were always there, no matter how silly the question may be. They always returned my phone calls very promptly. They made me feel kind of important. When you go through something like that you kind of lose yourself sort of. They made me feel like OK, something bad happened to her, but something good is going to come out of it. They got me way more than I thought I was going to get. They’re awesome. They do exactly what they say they’re going to do.”
June B. – Will/Estate Administration
“Kelly & West helped my father-in-law with his house deed. When it came time to deed over our house, we decided to go back with them because they did such a great job. We did ours and I’m about to make another appointment to redo our Will. We just had a good experience over there. Everything was done in a timely fashion. Any questions I had were answered. I just felt really comfortable doing business with them.”
Susan H. – Car Accident
“My brother was in a serious car accident. We didn’t know if he was going to make it. He did, thank God. His car insurance recommended Mr. West. He was just an awesome individual, very caring. Any questions we had he would answer. It made no difference what time of day. He told us what we needed to do. I’ve never met an individual that had such a big heart for some total stranger. People get the wrong impression of lawyers as a rule. But iof anyone had any issues, I would tell them that’s the man to go see. I can’t say enough good about him.”
Janice M. – Car Accident
Janice came to Kelly and West after a car accident. Later, she found out her father was a longtime client. “Kelly and West, they treat you like you are family. They take care of their clients. They guide you, they direct you. What I love so much about them is their integrity of being honest. It’s not about the money that you’re going to get. They’re just honest. They walked me from step one to the end. And they are right there with you. I never had to pick up the phone to call them and see what’s going on. They are so thorough in communicating with their clients, it’s unreal. At one time I had nothing but a file drawer of correspondence. Anytime they spoke to my insurance company they give me a call and they follow up in writing. I just can’t say enough good about them.”
Dorothy T. – Car Accident
“Me and my family were involved in an automobile accident last year that left my husband and oldest son with a lot injuries and multiple surgeries. The accident happened in the early hours of the morning, and there was a conflict between me and the other driving about what happened because it happened so quickly. So we had to pursue the case with our insurance company. It was a stressful time for me, with my husband and oldest son being hospitalized. Mr. West stepped in and he was on it. He was right up front with me about what needed to take place, kept me informed about every piece of paperwork that needed to go out. They stayed in contact with me. Their team did an excellent job. I never had to worry about things.”
Rachel C. – Car Accident
“My husband was in head-on collision. He was driving down the road and another car hydroplaned across the center line. My husband had many displaced and broken bones, and many surgeries. A friend recommended Mr. West. He made the trip from Lillington to Cape Fear in the pouring rain. Most people don’t do that this day and age. Mr. West was there the whole way through, from the beginning. Later, I was in accident, and I called around and all the other lawyers were just awful. All they cared about was money. It was like you pulled a ticket and waited in line. You didn’t get that personal experience. Mr. West would call us and see how we were day by day. He just always made himself available. We recommend him to everybody we know. Anything our family gets into, they will be our lawyers from now on.”