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“Your injury does not have to define your life,” they say.
Yet too often, that is much easier said than done.
A serious injury can change your life forever.
It can strain your relationships and undermine your ability to work, make an honest living, and provide for your family.
It can inflict severe psychological trauma and cause you to cope with chronic pain, day in and day out.
While we cannot turn back time and make it all go away, a specialist Morgantown personal injury attorney can help you receive just compensation for your pain.
We are here to help you make the first step toward reclaiming your life back.
Across the U.S., plaintiffs in personal injury trials are successful only 19-61% of the time. Your chances of success are even lower if you do not retain an expert Morgantown personal injury attorney – and you can bet that the insurance company will.
Insurance companies are run for profit. Their goal is to make money, not lose them. To keep losses to a minimum, they have a small army of lawyers on call at all times.
The only way to win against such an adversary is to have an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side.
Robinette Legal Group, PLLC, is a local Morgantown-based law firm that brings together a band of passionate personal injury attorneys headed by Jeff Robinette.
Mr. Robinette is a former insurance defense lawyer with 25+ years of professional experience under his belt.
He knows how insurance companies think, operate, and fight their cases.
The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys recognized Mr. Robinette as a:
Our core values are integrity, professionalism, dedication to our clients, and service to our local Morgantown community. We believe in justice and the power of the law to change people’s lives for the better.
At Robinette Legal Group, PLLC, we have experience representing clients in all types of personal injury claims in the Morgantown area and state-wide, including:
Serious injuries can be deeply traumatic. Our clients come to us feeling confused, overwhelmed, sad, vengeful. A big part of their confusion stems from not knowing their options and what steps they should take next.
The good news is that there is a lot that you can do to take back control and ensure that you and your family are provided for.
Below, we have compiled a short list of the most frequently asked questions we get in our personal injury practice. These are great ways to get a grasp of what is possible for you.
However, keep in mind that this quick guide is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. After you read this, be sure to schedule an appointment with a qualified Morgantown lawyer. Personal injury law is a complicated area of practice that can be challenging even for experienced professionals.
In legal speak, a personal injury impacts your body, mind, and/or emotions.
A personal injury lawsuit alleges that the claimant’s injury was caused by another party’s negligence.
If negligence is established, the injured party may receive compensation through a court judgment or an insurance settlement.
Any accident resulting from another’s negligence, recklessness, or a harmful act that caused an injury may give rise to a personal injury case. Common types of accidents include:
There are generally three types of damages:
Financial damages to cover costs or expenses you incurred as a result of the accident. These include medical expenses, property damage, loss of earnings, and more.
Non-financial damages as compensation for the emotional pain you and your family suffered. These include psychological trauma, PTSD, and more.
Punitive damages, which serve as punishment for the at-fault party.
A personal injury case must meet the following requirements:
The party at fault owed you a duty of care, such as giving right of way on the road or providing adequate medical treatment.
The other party breached that obligation of care.
You suffered damages or losses as a direct result of the breach of care.
If you suspect that you may have a personal injury case, contact a Morgantown personal injury attorney right away. They will advise you on the best way to go forward.
You usually have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit.
There are some exceptions to this rule, such as cases involving children, fraud, or a coverup.
West Virginia personal injury law is very complex, with numerous exceptions that only a qualified WV personal injury lawyer will know. You should not try to represent yourself, which would seriously lower your chances of winning and receiving high compensation.
What’s more, personal injury lawsuits are usually emotionally taxing for the claimants. Most people find it very difficult to remain objective, which is a must for navigating the court system.
A Morgantown personal injury lawyer can explain the options available to you and advise you which course to pursue. Your attorney will also be familiar with all the strategies commonly used by at-fault parties and insurance companies to minimize or altogether avoid damages awards.
The sooner, the better. When you hire an attorney close to the date of the accident, the memories will be fresh on your mind, and the evidence will be easier to obtain. Besides, your lawyer will have more time to prepare your case and build a solid claim.
Typically, personal injury attorneys represent their clients on a contingency fee basis. That means the attorney’s fee is a percentage of the claimant’s eventual compensation, payable when the case resolves. No payment is made if the case is unsuccessful.
As far as the amount goes, it will normally depend on the severity of the injury. More serious injuries that cause intense pain and suffering tend to receive higher injury settlements.
There are many different types of personal injuries, making it difficult to keep track of the number of accidents state-wide. That said, we do have some figures, and they are looking good.
Statistical data on the annual state highway traffic accidents shows that the number of serious injuries has been dropping steadily: from 1,871 in 2012 to 1,007 in 2018.
The number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in West Virginia is traditionally far lower: in 2018, there were only 17 recorded cases across all industries.
As far as the outcomes of personal injury claims go, we know that some 67% of claims across the U.S. end with an out-of-court settlement, 4% go to trial, and 29% do not result in either. The average payout rates are as follows:
This is a good success rate. To secure the best possible outcome for your claim, you need an expert personal injury attorney in Morgantown, WV, by your side.
At Robinette Legal Group, PLLC, personal injury law is not something we do on the side: it is our bread and butter. Our lawyers have 25+ years of experience in successfully defending personal injury suits.
We know how the system works and what tactics insurers use to avoid having to make payouts. We also know how to fight them.
Our attorneys always aim for the maximum payout possible, as we believe that this is the best way to take back control of your life and achieve financial security for yourself and your family.
We work on a contingency fee basis. That means you only pay us when you get your payout – because the last thing you need right now is more financial worries in your life.
Last but not least, we treat our clients with respect and compassion. We understand that your situation is difficult enough as it is.
You should speak with a Morgantown personal injury attorney as soon as possible. A legal specialist can help you explore your options, lay out the next best steps, and advise you on what to expect going forward.
They will also tell you what you need to do to build a solid personal injury case and what kind of damages you might be entitled to.
At Robinette Legal Group, LLC, we will not stop until we have done everything we can to ensure that you get just compensation for your pain and suffering. We handle all types of complex personal injury claims, including:
And remember: the longer you wait to hire a lawyer, the less time they will have to prepare your case.
Call us at 304-594-1800 today for a free case evaluation.
Injury Client Review:
“Attorney Robinette was very knowledgeable in his field of expertise. He represented himself in a professional manner, with honesty and dignity. I was always kept well informed and kept up to date on a regular basis. His staff was very courteous and knowledgeable and very patient.”