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Automobile Accidents

WE HAVE THE RIGHT EXPERIENCE

We have successfully handled claims arising from automobile accidents in Kentucky and Ohio. The firm has experience working with the various types of people who are typically involved in automobile accident claims including eyewitnesses, police officers, medical doctors, and expert witnesses (such as accident reconstructionists, vocational experts, and economists). We know how to prepare an automobile accident claim so that the best result can be obtained for you.

YOU DON’T PAY US A FEE UNLESS WE RECOVER MONEY FOR YOU

We handle automobile accident claims on a contingency fee arrangement. This means that you do not pay us on an hourly basis but, instead, we get paid a percentage of the money that we recover for you. This fee payment to us is made at the end of the case. If we do not recover any money for you, we do not get paid a fee. Regardless of the outcome of the claim, you are obligated to reimburse us for any out-of-pocket expenses.

WE OFFER FREE CONSULTATIONS

Contact Raines, Dusing & Sutton at 859-578-6600 for a free consultation regarding your automobile accident claim. We will be happy to discuss your claim with you free of charge.

WHAT TO DO AND NOT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT

Do these things:

  • Secure the accident scene and avoid a second accident from occurring.
  • Call the police to have an official report of the accident. The information, including photographs, gathered by the investigating officer may be critical to any claim you choose to pursue.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you believe you may have been injured.
  • Comply with all medical advice given by your doctors.
  • Notify your own insurance company of the accident.
  • Cooperate with your own insurance company.
  • Keep a diary of all important events such as conversations, meetings, medical visits, and time lost from work.
  • Keep copies of all relevant documents.
  • Take photos of relevant objects such as damaged vehicles, injuries, and casts/slings.

Don’t do these things:

  • Admit to fault for causing or contributing to the accident. In many accidents, a determination of fault is complex and cannot be accurately made without knowing all the relevant facts, many of which you will not know. While your initial belief may be that you are at fault for causing the accident, your belief may be wrong.
  • Readily accept statements from insurance representatives, even those of your own insurance company, regarding your claim and its value. Insurance representatives, even when well-intentioned, are not always fully aware of all legal issues and may not be in a position to accurately explain your rights.
  • Sign any document that you believe may act as a release or waiver of any part of your claim unless you are certain of its legal effect.
  • Accept any check marked as “full and final payment” unless you are certain of its legal effect.
  • Delay in contacting an experienced injury lawyer because you will have a limited period of time in which to pursue a claim, after which you may lose your right to pursue a claim.
ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need a lawyer?

You are entitled to assert a legal claim for damages arising from an automobile accident if you have been injured in the accident (or if your vehicle was damaged). Regardless of how simple or minor an accident appears, the handling of your legal claim can be complex and will likely involve complicated legal issues. Without the assistance of an experienced lawyer, you will be at a disadvantage when dealing with an insurance representative and will be jeopardizing the true full value of your claim. Because we offer free consultations, you have nothing to risk by discussing your claim with us to decide if you want us to help you.

How much will my claim be worth?

Every claim arising from an automobile accident, even those claims arising from the same accident, have different legal values. The variables that affect a claim’s value include the type of injuries sustained (including whether any injury is permanent), the amount of medical bills (past and future), the amount of wage loss (past and future), and pain and suffering (past and future). After these variables have been sufficiently explored, we will be able to provide an estimate of the range of value for your claim.

How long will it take to resolve my claim?

We will prosecute your claim as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, some factors (such as the response times from insurance companies) are outside our control and, as a result, there is no way to accurately predict how long it will take to resolve any automobile accident claim. Some claims can be resolved in a relatively short time (weeks or months). Other claims take longer to resolve. Regardless of how long it takes to resolve your claim, we will represent you aggressively throughout your claim.

Will a lawsuit have to be filed?

In many instances, we are able to resolve automobile accident claims without the need to file a lawsuit. In some instances (such as where the insurance company is not willing to voluntarily pay the full value of your claim), however, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit in order to pursue your full legal rights. Even if a lawsuit is filed, most claims are settled before a trial is necessary.

What will I have to do if I hire you to represent me?

One main advantage to hiring us is that we will handle all the paperwork and communication, taking that hassle away from you. While handling your claim, we will periodically need to speak with you to obtain information from you and to stay updated on your medical and work status. If a lawsuit is necessary, you may have to give a sworn statement (called a deposition). In that instance, we will meet with you in advance and prepare you for the statement. We will then attend the statement with you. If the case is not settled before trial, you will need to attend the trial and testify. Overall, we will keep your time involvement to a minimum.

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