Personal Injury Claims
Many injuries can be compensated if the injury is caused by the negligence or intentional act of another person. The goal is to try to make the injured person “whole” again through the payment of money. Of course, money does not compensate for pain and suffering caused by the injuries, but it is the only type of compensation that can typically be sought in the court system.
Many injury claims arise from car accidents, but they can also arise in countless other ways. Examples include defective products causing injury to the user, items falling off store shelves and causing injury, improperly maintained property that results in injury, to name a few. Another type of injury can occur when a person is intentionally assaulted by another person or hurt by another person’s recklessness, even if that person did not intend to cause harm.
The law recognizes the right of the injured person, under certain circumstances, to receive compensation for the losses caused by the injury. Early consultation with a personal injury attorney experienced with such claims, as the injury lawyers at Miller & Harrison, LLC are, can be essential to achieving an appropriate recovery for those losses.
Time Limitations to Recover on a Claim
Time limitations on filing a lawsuit are called statutes of limitations. Depending on the type of case, a lawsuit to recover compensation for injuries may have to be initiated within one year of when the injury occurred. In most automobile collision cases, the lawsuit must be started within three years of the accident. Some other claims, such as certain claims against a governmental agency, require specific actions to be taken within 180 days of the injury. The assistance of a knowledgeable lawyer is critical to meeting these deadlines and protecting your rights if you are injured.
Seek Legal Help Early
It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney as early as possible so that facts are not forgotten and the appropriate steps are taken in the prescribed time frame. Your lawyer should be prepared to quickly gather the necessary information and present the claim to an insurer or the person at fault, demanding appropriate compensation. If the matter cannot be resolved without filing a lawsuit, your lawyer should be ready, willing, and able to file the lawsuit and proceed with the case to trial if a reasonable resolution cannot be reached short of a trial. The injury lawyers at Miller & Harrison, LLC are prepared to proceed in this manner and are ready to discuss your case and your options with you.
The injury lawyers at Miller & Harrison, LLC have extensive experience in litigating personal injury cases in both state and federal courts, where we are known for achieving optimal results for our clients. In addition to creating enormous stress in everyday life, a serious personal injury often results in mounting, and often catastrophic, medical bills and lost wages. Obtaining compensation is essential to enabling you to deal with the burdens you encounter as a result of your injury.
By working together and giving special attention to the particular aspects of each injury case, we have recovered multiple verdicts in excess of $1 million and have tried or settled many cases in excess of $100,000. While many cases are settled before trial, our reputation for being willing to take cases to trial strengthens our negotiating position in the settlement phase. Because our opponents know we are more than willing to go to trial, a fair and reasonable resolution is more likely to be achieved without the need for a trial.
Personal Injury and Negligence
Injury lawyers at Miller & Harrison, LLC will try to settle personal injury and negligence cases out of court – if it is in the best interest of our clients – for amounts that vary widely depending on the seriousness of the injury and the facts of each case. However, we will take a case to trial if it cannot be settled for a reasonable and appropriate amount prior to going to trial. In fact, our injury lawyers have a reputation for success among insurers and others when it comes to taking personal injury, negligence, and insurance litigation cases to trial and winning large verdicts. Here are a few examples of how taking a case to trial achieved a better outcome for our clients:
Case Study: Medical Negligence Our attorneys went to trial in a case alleging medical malpractice against a hospital in the death of our client’s husband, who committed suicide within hours of his scheduled release from the hospital. The client recovered in excess of $1 million after we convinced a jury that the hospital allowed an unqualified psychiatric employee to carelessly determine that the patient was not likely to harm himself.
Case Study: Property Damage Our attorneys obtained a verdict of more than $1 million against the insurer of a building that incurred severe water damage, even though the building was only insured for $128,000. Through our presentation of the evidence at trial, the jury came to understand the insurance company’s insolence and indifference in handling the claim, thereby awarding this substantial monetary award for emotional distress and punitive damages, in addition to the property damages awarded.
Case Study: Equestrian Defense Drawing upon our expertise in livestock and horses, our attorneys so successfully defended a riding stable against charges that the plaintiff was not only unable to recover any monetary award, the jury awarded our client (the riding stable) court costs and attorney fees totaling more than $50,000.
Miller & Harrison, LLC also has extensive experience in handling personal injury cases like automobile accident cases and recovering damages for injuries suffered from the negligence of other drivers. In fact, more personal injury claims are filed in the United States due to car accidents than any other type of accident. Damages recovered can range from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars, based on the facts, the extent of injuries, and the skills and experience of the attorney.