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Louisville Personal Injury Attorney

Louisville Personal Injury Lawyer

When an unexpected accident causes you injury, it’s likely you’re dealing with mounting medical bills and lost wages from time off work. In the event someone else’s negligence contributed to your accident, you have the right to file a claim against them in an effort to seek compensation for your losses. In Kentucky, a Louisville personal injury lawyer can represent you and guide you through the claims process.

At Thomas Law Offices, our personal injury attorneys provide clients with the best legal representation available. We understand how life-changing a serious injury can be, and we are here to help. Dealing with insurance companies and understanding applicable laws when you’re coping with physical, emotional, and financial injuries can seem daunting, if not impossible. Fortunately, the attorneys at Thomas Law Offices have the legal experience and resources to fight for injury victims in Louisville, Kentucky.

Personal Injury Cases We Handle

Regardless of the type of accident that caused your injuries, your Kentucky personal injury lawyers will work to prove that careless or negligent actions resulted in your damages. If you were injured in an accident and suffered losses, whether they be economic or noneconomic, you have grounds to file a claim if you believe someone else’s actions or inactions contributed to the incident.

Some of the most common personal injury cases the Louisville personal injury attorneys at Thomas Law Offices handle include:

If you don’t see your accident type listed above, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a claim. If you are interested in learning about your legal rights and whether you’re eligible for compensation, a Louisville personal injury attorney can evaluate your situation and explain the best options for recovery. Our experienced legal team will meet with you for a free case evaluation to discuss how we can help you recover maximum compensation.

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Why Choose the Personal Injury Attorneys of Thomas Law Offices?

It is our mission to protect victims who sustained injuries due to the careless or negligent actions of another party. We practice law because we know we can make a difference in the lives of injured victims facing steep losses through no fault of their own. When medical bills and lost income make day-to-day living an extreme challenge, we offer the legal representation needed to get your life back.

As your Louisville personal injury attorneys, we offer you:

  • Deep knowledge of personal injury law and Kentucky legislation as it applies to your case
  • Extensive experience in numerous types of complex personal injury cases
  • Strong emotional support and expert legal guidance
  • A willingness to go the extra mile to make your claim stronger and your outcome more favorable
  • Personal attention to the individual needs of you and your family
  • An ability to handle insurance companies on your behalf
  • Expert negotiation skills that can win you the highest settlement
  • A free consultation to discuss your situation at no cost to you
  • Clear communication through every step of the legal process

What Do Personal Injury Lawyers Do?

Louisville personal injury cases can be highly complex and nearly impossible for an injury victim to handle without the help of a personal injury attorney. Personal injury law exists to make sure that victims aren’t left to suffer the financial consequences of another party’s wrongdoing.

If, for example, medical malpractice leaves you with physical impairment and ongoing medical expenses, an injury attorney can help you hold the negligent medical professional liable. By filing a claim against the at-fault party, you can obtain the financial compensation you need to cover your losses. At the same time, you can help ensure that the same negligence doesn’t injure another person.

Your Louisville personal injury attorney will help you by:

  • Analyzing the causes of your accident and determining liability
  • Obtaining evidence to support your case, including police reports, photos, medical records, eyewitness accounts, and expert witness testimonies
  • Properly filing required forms and documents within all mandatory deadlines
  • Communicating and negotiating with insurance carriers to obtain maximum compensation
  • Representing you in court if your case needs to go to trial

What Are the Most Common Injuries in a Personal Injury Case?

Personal injuries can take on many forms. Depending on the type of accident you suffered, you may have temporary injuries or permanent disability. In some cases⁠, such as birth injuries, one act of negligence can completely change a person’s future.

Clients often come to us after they have suffered one or more of the following serious injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis or loss of mobility
  • Internal organ damage
  • Broken bones
  • Severe lacerations
  • Amputation or loss of limb
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Permanent physical or cognitive impairment
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychological trauma

Speak With a Louisville Personal Injury LawyerUnderstanding How a Louisville Personal Injury Claim Works

Not every personal injury victim knows what to expect when they begin to seek recovery in a personal injury case. While no two Louisville personal injury cases are alike, there is a standard process you can be prepared to work through with the help of your personal injury attorney.

After an accident, injured victims can expect to follow these steps:

Seek Medical Treatment

Seeking medical attention as soon as possible is critical. Even if you don’t feel pain right away, you could have hidden injuries. This first step is important to your health, but it is also a key component of your personal injury case. Your medical records will prove the severity of your injuries and demonstrate the direct link between the accident and injuries.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer

After you’ve seen a doctor, it’s time to schedule a consultation with a personal injury lawyer. The sooner you do so, the better your chances will be of recovering full and fair compensation.

Investigate Liability

Your personal injury attorney will begin investigating your accident to determine liability. Personal injury victims may think they know the full cause of their injuries and who is liable, but there may be other issues at play. For example, an injured party may believe a doctor acted negligently when, in fact, defective medical devices were a factor. It takes an experienced legal team to uncover the way faulty medical devices contributed to the injury incident.

Gather Evidence

Insurance carriers will demand compelling evidence that your injuries occurred as you say they did. Any seemingly insignificant detail may be scrutinized in an attempt to undervalue or deny your claim. Your Louisville personal injury attorney may use the following types of evidence to build your claim:

  • Photos of the accident scene
  • Surveillance video or dashcam footage
  • Police reports
  • Eyewitness accounts
  • Expert witness testimony
  • Proof of the injuries you sustained

Calculate Compensation

There are many ways a person’s life is impacted by a serious injury, and your amount of compensation should accurately reflect that. Some insurance carriers only look at the immediate cost of the injury (such as your trip to the emergency room), but at our law firm, we know the cost of negligence lasts much longer. When we calculate compensation, we give your claim maximum value. This may include compensation for:

  • Medical bills now and in the future
  • Rehabilitation and therapy costs
  • Prescription medications
  • Lost income
  • Loss of future income after diminished earning capacity

Obtain a Settlement or Verdict

In most situations, a personal injury case will be able to settle out of court. But if a settlement can’t be reached, it may be best to take your case to trial. The Louisville personal injury lawyers from Thomas Law Offices have years of experience litigating in Kentucky courts. We are prepared to advocate for you before a judge and jury if that is the best way to ensure maximum compensation for your losses.

How To Prove Negligence in a Personal Injury Case

For your case to be successful, you and your law firm will need to prove that negligence occurred. The concept of negligence involves four elements: duty of care, breach, causation, and damages.

Duty of Care

Duty of care refers to the care one person owes another in given circumstances. For example, drivers owe others on the road a duty of care to abide by traffic laws and operate their vehicles safely. Doctors similarly owe each patient a standard of care that must be met.

Breach of Duty

This means that a person or other entity failed to uphold the duty of care they owed you. In the example of a car accident, the other driver may have breached a duty of care by texting and driving. In the example of medical malpractice, a nurse may have breached a duty of care by failing to check your medical chart before administering medication.

Causation

Proving causation involves connecting your injuries to the accident. You’ll have to prove to the insurance company that you’re seeking compensation for new injuries—not a preexisting condition. Your lawyer will use your medical records to prove your injuries were a direct result of someone else’s negligence.

Damages

Damages refers to the losses you incurred because of the accident. Your lawyer will need to prove that your injury directly resulted in damages, such as medical costs or loss of income. Your compensation will be dependent on the extent of your losses.

During your initial free case evaluation at our law firm, we will discuss how we can prove each of these elements, as well as the compensation to which you are entitled. We take most cases on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t have to worry about any fees unless you win.

What Compensation Are Injury Victims Entitled To Receive?

There are three types of damages your Louisville personal injury attorneys may advise you to seek: economic damages, noneconomic damages, and punitive damages.

Economic Damages

This refers to the calculable expenses associated with your accident. An injury victim may have economic damages such as medical expenses, property damage, transportation and childcare costs, and lost wages and benefits. The attorneys at our law firm are careful to calculate every expense you incurred due to someone else’s careless or negligent actions.

Noneconomic Damages

These are the losses without a definitive number attached. As such, noneconomic damages are more difficult to calculate. For example, while the cost of repairing your vehicle after a car accident is clear, the amount you lost through pain and suffering is less tangible. It’s important to work with a legal team experienced in this area of the law. It may be the case that you are eligible to pursue noneconomic damages such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional and mental anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Disability or disfigurement
  • Loss of companionship or loss of consortium (in wrongful death cases)

Punitive Damages

These damages are meant to punish gross or willful negligence. Punitive damages are relatively rare in injury claims but may apply if particularly egregious actions led to your injuries. If drunk driving caused your car accident, for example, your attorney may recommend you pursue punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages.

Personal Injury Laws in Kentucky

Your claim will be subject to state and federal laws, so your attorney will need to know which laws apply to your case. In Louisville, KY, plaintiffs need to consider the comparative fault rule and the statute of limitations that applies.

Comparative Fault

Our state follows pure comparative negligence laws. Under this rule, Kentucky recognizes that multiple parties can be at fault for an accident. If the injury victim filing the claim is found partially responsible for what happened, their compensation can be reduced by their percentage of fault.

Statutes of Limitations

Your injury claim must be filed within a specific time limit—referred to as a statute of limitations. In Kentucky, most personal injury claims are subject to a one-year deadline. In most cases, the timer starts on the date of the accident. However, in some cases, the date may start when the full extent of the injuries is discovered. Your lawyer will be able to determine just how long you have to file your claim. If you fail to meet the deadline, the court will likely dismiss your claim, and you’ll be ineligible for compensation.

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Maximizing Compensation for Your Losses

There are a few steps to take to avoid putting your personal injury claim in jeopardy. The Louisville personal injury attorneys from Thomas Law Offices offer the following tips to maximize your chances of a successful case outcome:

Document Your Injuries and Medical Care

While we mentioned the importance of medical attention above, we’ll stress it again here. Make sure you see a doctor after your accident. This is the only way your injuries will be officially documented. If you don’t see a doctor, you won’t have proof of injury.

Take Photos of the Accident Scene

If possible, preserve evidence from your accident. The best way to do this is by taking photographs or videos—especially after an auto accident or slip and fall incident. Write down what you remember and record anything you think is important. Your lawyer will be able to use this information to support your claim.

Be Careful When Speaking With Insurance Adjusters

Insurance carriers are notorious for sending adjusters to question accident victims immediately after the injury. Be careful that an off-handed remark isn’t used against you. Even saying “I’m fine” after an accident may be used as proof that you’re not seriously injured. Be honest but brief in your answers, and avoid offering too much information. Remember that it’s always better to say you’d like to speak to your lawyer if something feels off.

Avoid Social Media

It’s best to stay off social media. While we understand you want to let everyone you care about know you are okay, posting anything online could risk your chances of a successful claim if insurance companies think your injuries aren’t as severe as you reported.

The Benefits of Working With a Personal Injury Attorney

Depending on the circumstances, you may think about handling your legal matters on your own. It’s important to understand why working with an attorney is so beneficial—especially when you need the compensation to fully recover from your physical injuries and financial losses. When you choose to work with a lawyer, you’ll have:

  • The resources you need to make your claim successful.
  • Protection from insurance adjuster tactics.
  • Guidance and support through the legal process.

Contact a Louisville Personal Injury Lawyer Who Cares

It only takes seconds for a person’s life to be completely upended because of someone else’s negligence. We work hard to bring justice to tragic situations like these. It’s our goal to make sure you are compensated for what was taken from you.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced and compassionate personal injury attorney. Your case will be treated with the dignity and care it deserves.

Free Case Evaluation

At Thomas Law Offices, our personal injury attorneys recognize that our potential clients are likely going through some of the most difficult times of their lives. We don't want you to have to worry about paying out of pocket for legal advice when you're just starting to learn your legal rights and options. That's why we provide free case evaluations. We'll offer our expert advice about your potential case and walk you through how we can help you.

Call us or fill out the form below to tell us about your potential case and a personal injury lawyer will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Meet Our Founder

Tad Thomas - Trial Lawyer

Tad Thomas

Managing Partner

Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

In 2011, Thomas Law Offices was established in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past decade, Mr. Thomas has expanded his firm and now has offices in three additional locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbia, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics like trial skills and ethics and technology.

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