Shaffer & Your Questions: How to Know if You Have a Personal Injury Claim

What gives me a legal claim after an injury?

If you were injured due to the negligence of someone who could have—and should have—acted more safely, you may be able to seek compensation through a personal injury claim.

You’ll need evidence and arguments to show that negligence caused your injury.

If you live in West Virginia, or your accident occurred in West Virginia, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Shaffer & Shaffer can help. Our attorneys have more than 200 years of combined legal experience.

Shaffer & Shaffer itself has been serving West Virginians for more than 115 years.

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What kinds of cases can Shaffer and Shaffer’s personal injury lawyers help me with?

How much time do I have to file a personal injury claim in West Virginia?

Don’t delay pursuing compensation you need to move forward from your injury. Allow time for your personal injury lawyers to gather evidence and build your case.

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How is it different if I was hurt by a semi truck rather than a personal vehicle?

Special regulations apply to commercial drivers. If they failed to follow those rules, that information could be part of your legal claim showing how the big truck’s driver acted with negligence in causing your injury.

For injuries on the highways in our state, experienced West Virginia personal injury lawyers will know what to look for in a driver’s behavior and logs of their trip.

When does an injury at work qualify as a personal injury claim?

Most of the time, when you’re injured on the job in West Virginia, your medical care and compensation for lost work will be covered by workers’ compensation insurance. You usually can’t sue your employer for personal injury liability under workers’ comp laws.

But in extreme cases, where your employer acted egregiously to the point where their behavior is considered “deliberate intent,” you may be able to file a personal injury claim.

Or if the person who injured you was a contractor visiting your work site and not a part of your company, and acted with simple negligence, you may have a claim against them.

When does an injury on private property result in a personal injury claim?

Property owners have a responsibility to maintain safe conditions on their grounds. If they allow blatantly dangerous conditions to persist, and you visit and get hurt, they may be negligent, which is the core of any personal injury claim.

Talk to Shaffer & Shaffer West Virginia personal injury lawyers to see if you have a case.

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How Do Personal Injury Claims Work in West Virginia?

What should I do first after an accident in West Virginia?

After an accident or injury, always seek medical attention right away. That’s for your own well-being.

If you’re able, take as many photos of the accident scene as you can, get contact and insurance information from the other driver, and gather contact information from any witnesses who saw what happened.

Also, talk to a West Virginia personal injury lawyer to make sure your rights are protected from the very beginning of the process.
Shaffer & Shaffer lawyers can provide a free initial review of your case.

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What kinds of compensation can I get from a personal injury claim in West Virginia?

A personal injury claim can give you monetary compensation—but even more importantly, it can help you move past a major setback and recover a full life.

These are types of damages available from a personal injury claim in West Virginia:

  • Medical expenses you’ve already incurred, along with future expenses
  • Costs of long-term care needs resulting from your injuries
  • Reimbursement for missed work time and pay—and payment for future loss of earning ability
  • Compensation for the pain and suffering this incident imposed on you
  • Compensation for the annoyance and inconvenience you’ve suffered because of the harsh disruption of your life
  • Reimbursement for property damage to your car
  • Special payment if your injuries are catastrophic and have lifelong effects
  • Wrongful death compensation for family members of people killed in an accident

Should I work with a personal injury lawyer after my accident?

Getting a lawyer helps you protect your interests and needs after an injury.

Personal injury lawyers handle the legwork of gathering evidence, talking to insurance companies, filing court documents and more.

They know what you need, and don’t need, for a personal injury claim. They can help you decide whether to settle your claim or go to court.

They can help you maximize your compensation.

What does a personal injury lawyer cost in West Virginia?

Your personal injury attorney will be paid out of the settlement or judgment you receive after you win your claim.

You pay no attorney fee until you win.

The lawyer fee is a percentage of the compensation you recover.

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In addition to personal injury claims, can Shaffer & Shaffer help me with other legal needs?

Shaffer & Shaffer also helps West Virginians and people with legal business in West Virginia with these kinds of cases:

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What kinds of employment law cases does Shaffer and Shaffer handle?

If you’ve experienced discrimination in a work setting based on age, sex, disability, or other protected aspects of your identity, Shaffer & Shaffer’s employment lawyers may be able to help you pursue compensation.

You may also have a legal case if you’ve suffered retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim, exercising your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA),or for taking any other action that is protected under the law.

How do I get Social Security Disability benefits?

Social Security Disability benefits provide monthly income and Medicare or Medicaid health coverage access when you can’t work because of serious health problems. In turn, you also get more stability and independence.

You must be unable to work any significant amount for at least one year to qualify for disability benefits. And you have to prove it.

Most people get denied benefits at least once. Your disability lawyer from Shaffer & Shaffer relieves you of the legwork of applying for benefits or appealing a denial.

Your lawyer will gather your medical evidence and work history, make sure your application forms are complete and correct and build a legal argument for why you should receive benefits.

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How does Shaffer & Shaffer help with corporate defense?

In complex insurance disputes, Shaffer & Shaffer represents businesses and insurance companies. Our law firm also helps employers establish their human resources policies and represents employers in proceedings before regulatory and administrative agencies.

What kinds of West Virginia sponsoring attorney work does Shaffer & Shaffer perform?

With its long and respected experience with the legal system in West Virginia, Shaffer & Shaffer is often called upon to serve as local counsel for out-of-state attorneys to help represent their out-of-state clients.

We’ve been in West Virginia for more than a century, and our attorneys have hundreds of years of combined experience helping thousands of clients, including taking hundreds of cases to trial.

Our firm’s pro hac vice (PHV) work includes insurance cases, personal injury cases, defective product cases and more.

How can I contact Shaffer & Shaffer?

Shaffer & Shaffer has been in West Virginia putting clients’ needs above all else for more than a century. Our offices are in Charleston and Madison.

You can contact us several ways:

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