Lawsuit Necessity for Personal Injury Claims in West Virginia

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    When the negligent actions of others lead to personal injuries in West Virginia, state law provides victims with the right to pursue payment from responsible parties for virtually all expenses connected with the injury. In cases of minor West Virginia injury, victims can collect fair compensation without a lawsuit. But, when the case is complicated, or when West Virginia personal injuries are severe, a lawsuit may be the only way to collect full compensation.

    Serious West Virginia injuries require a courtroom case

    The following are just a few examples of cases that are best litigated before a jury in court:

    • Brain injury from a severe car crash:  As the control center for all bodily functions, an injury to the brain can result in anything from loss of sensory abilities, to reduced or lost functions of vital organs. The luckiest victims may recover partially or totally over an extended period of time. But until recovery is complete, the injured face extensive medical costs, specialized home medical care, lost work, and any costs needed to care for the family responsibilities they cannot handle on their own.
    • Permanent disability from a slip and fall accident:  A fall on an icy department store sidewalk can easily cause permanent damage to the spine, leading to permanent paralysis. When stores fail to take the precautions to protect their customers from injury, they are often required to pay a lifetime of expenses for anyone severely injured on their premises.
    • Wrongful death:  Nothing can compensate family members for the loss of a loved one who was killed as the result of a wrongful act. According to state law, a wrongful act can be negligent actions or even failure to maintain a safe work environment—when negligence leads to a death, immediate family members can pursue a wrongful death claim. In fact, the law also includes criminal acts in the definition of wrongful acts, allowing civil wrongful death lawsuits to be filed, regardless of the outcome of any criminal proceedings.

    To pursue a lawsuit, you need an experienced personal injury attorney in West Virginia

    The West Virginia personal injury attorneys at Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC have over three decades of experience helping injury victims pursue the awards they deserve in court. We understand that your life may be permanently affected as the result of a serious accident or a wrongful act. We are dedicated to helping you pursue the full compensation you need to return to the best possible life after an accident has changed it forever.

    Contact the firm today

    Call or visit us for a free consultation to discuss your personal injury matter. We also offer home and hospital visits for those who are injured and cannot travel to us. In family law matters, you can obtain fee information by phone, or schedule a consultation.

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    A 1977 Bridgeport High School graduate, received multiple scholarships including a National Merit Scholarship. He went on to earn a BS in Business Administration, an MBA, and a law degree from West Virginia University.

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    Kevin S. Kaufman is a 1977 graduate of Bridgeport High School, where he received a National Merit Scholarship, a Consolidated Natural Gas Company full scholarship, and a West Virginia Achievement scholarship. Mr. Kaufman completed his education at West Virginia University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, an MBA, and his law degree.

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