Types of Damages You Could Recover in a Personal Injury Claim
After an accident of any kind, you’ll have many expenses and costs. A personal injury claim can help you recover these costs and other losses you have suffered.
The damages you can claim in a personal injury claim may include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
A Manchester personal injury lawyer can help determine the full amount of damages you are eligible for and give you the best chance of receiving the full settlement you deserve.
Our Law Firm in the Manchester Community
The Manchester office of Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer dates back 20 years. In 1996, McKinnley Morgan formed a partnership with Rickey Bailey to combine their resources to assist injured workers in eastern Kentucky. Rickey was the attorney in charge of the Manchester office. Roy Collins joined Mr. Bailey at the Manchester location in April 2000. After Mr. Bailey’s death in July 2000, Roy assumed the role as attorney in charge of the Manchester office.
Our Manchester office and staff regularly contribute to academic and athletic teams in Clay County. We know how much these programs rely on outside support, and we’re proud to offer our support as much as we can.
If you were hurt in an accident, hurt on the job, or can’t work and need disability benefits, we want to help you. Call our Manchester law office today.
Who Makes This Office Special?
Learn about the people who make our Manchester office so special:
Glenda Couch Hubbard
Glenda Couch Hubbard is a paralegal in Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer’s Manchester office. Glenda has been with the firm since October 2000. She attended Leslie County High School and has a paralegal degree from Eastern Kentucky University.
In her day-to-day role, Glenda:
- Serves as a caseworker for medical negligence and products liability cases
- Assists Roy with his duties as Master Commissioner of the Clay Circuit Court
- Resolves liens against clients’ settlement proceeds/judgments
Glenda is very active in the Manchester community. She has served as Sunday School Superintendent of her church for approximately four years. She also works with youth in the county coaching soccer, basketball, and softball. She is currently president of the Clay County Little League.
”My family and faith are the most important things to me,” she says. “I also very much enjoy working with the kids in my church and county.”
If you need help with a personal injury, workers’ comp, or Social Security Disability case in the Manchester area, let Glenda help get your case started.
Melissa Sizemore-Smith is a financial assistant in our Manchester office. She joined the firm in April 1999. She has an associate’s degree in business management. Before she became a financial assistant at the firm, she had the role of legal assistant.
In her role, Melissa is responsible for assisting Roy with the firm’s human resources needs, paying routine expenses, and assisting the accounting department. She also helps with scheduling depositions and appointments, dictation and filing motions in state and federal court. She’s also responsible for keeping an accurate calendar and record of the proceedings.
Born in Leslie County, Melissa says she was “raised by two of the strongest women I have ever known – my mother and my grandmother.” Even though she was born in Leslie County, she has worked in Clay County for more than 20 years and feels right at home. “I see our clients in local stores, and they speak to me as if they have known me all their lives,” she says.
She also considers her fellow coworkers at Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer as extended family. “My coworkers have always treated me as family,” she says. “If I have a problem, they treat it like they have a problem, and we all solve it together.”
If you call Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer at 1-855-WILDCAT, you may actually speak with Melissa as she answers many of those calls. If you need Kentucky Courage on your side, call us today – you may get to talk to Melissa.
If you come to our Manchester office with a personal injury claim, odds are you’ll get to know our case manager, Sonya Hoskins-Gray. Because Sonya makes a point of getting to know you.
She’s been with Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer for over 25 years, starting in January 1993. She remembers when the firm had two attorneys and four total employees.
Sonya considers it her mission to work with our clients on a personal level, asking them about their families and answering their questions. That care and attention is what she loves about Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer. “It’s not just, ‘Here’s File #174,’” around here, she says. “By the time this case is over, we’re going to be fast friends.”
These are the things she’ll help you with:
- Submitting your medical bills for payment by insurers
- Interviewing your witnesses
- Preparing summaries of your medical records and bills
- Handling your property damage claim
- Putting together your brochure making the case to your insurance company why you deserve a settlement
- Answering any questions you have
“My favorite people to help are working people who’ve been injured,” Sonya says.
She’s attorney Roy Collins’ right hand. Every day, she watches Roy fight tenaciously for his clients. He doesn’t let anything slide, she says. If a defense lawyer is putting off his request to see a damaged car, Roy sends a “burn-your-ears” email. He pushes until he gets what he needs for your case.
That’s what Sonya calls “Kentucky Courage.”
Contact us now.
Jennifer Smith is an assistant in our Manchester office. She recently retired from her previous position with the local board of education after 25 years where she worked under six superintendents during her career. She also worked with courts on truancy cases while working for the board of education. Jennifer is in the process of returning to college to attain her associate’s degree in medical coding.
Her responsibilities at Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer include answering phones, gathering medical records, record keeping, and assisting the other staff in completing their tasks.
Jennifer has twin daughters that she says are absolutely her reason for striving to become a better mother, person, employee, etc. “Having a strong work ethic is something I am very proud of, and I hope to instill that in my children as well,” she says.
For help with your personal injury, workers’ comp, or Social Security Disability case, call our Manchester office. Call us now and you may get to talk to Jennifer to start your case.
Marty Bronson is a workers’ compensation case manager in our Manchester office. She has been with the firm since June 2009. Marty graduated from Leslie County High School and has an associate’s degree in science. She is also certified in medical coding.
As a case manager, Marty:
- Prepares and files workers’ comp claims
- Prepares and files pleadings, medical evidence, etc., to support claims
- Meets with and talks to clients to explain the claims process
- Manages the office’s files
Marty has lived in Leslie County her entire life and has worked at several law offices in the surrounding counties. Her experience in working with a variety of law firms makes her a true asset at Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer.
If you were injured on the job, call our Manchester office and ask to speak with Marty.
Help with Car Accident Claims in Manchester
If you are injured in a car accident, you will have to make a claim either with your own insurance company or with the at-fault driver’s insurer. The insurance company you deal with will depend on whether you have no-fault car insurance, or if you have opted out of it.
No matter which insurance company you have to file a claim with, you need a car accident attorney who can protect your rights. Insurance companies, even “your own,” are not working in your best interests. They want to keep more of their profits, which means either offering you a lowball settlement or denying your claim altogether.
We will not let that happen. We will help you seek a fair settlement that will ease the financial burden of your injuries and help you move past the crash.
Help with Workers’ Compensation Claims in Manchester
If you have been injured at work, you will likely have to file a workers’ compensation claim. When this is the case, you will also have to deal with an insurance company.
There are many problems that arise when filing these claims. Your employer may argue that your injury was not sustained at work, and the insurance company may deny or underpay your claim for a number of reasons.
There are also very strict procedures and rules to follow when filing a workers’ compensation claim. Most employees in the state aren’t aware of these because they’ve never had to file this type of claim before. Our Manchester workers’ compensation attorneys can explain what these rules are to give you the best chance of success with your claim.
Help with Social Security Disability Claims in Manchester
If you have suffered a total disability and are unable to work for at least one year, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration denies more of these claims than they approve.
When claims are denied, there are several levels of appeal that can help you get the compensation you need. These appeals may go as far as federal court. It is essential to speak to a Manchester injury lawyer when filing a claim for SSD benefits to give you the best chances of a positive outcome and help you with every level of appeal.
Where Our Manchester Law Office Is Located
Our Manchester office is located on Dickenson Street in the heart of town. We are close to the Clay County Courthouse, Manchester Baptist Church, and Clay County Public Library.
At Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer, we have had an office in Manchester for over 20 years. We created this office space to help accident victims in eastern Kentucky.
We are proud to be a part of this beautiful area in Clay County and to be situated so close to Rawlings Stinson Park, the historical landmark at Stone of Witness, and the gorgeous Burchell-Beech Creek Wildlife Management Area.
We not only love the town of Manchester, but also the people within it. It’s for this reason we are dedicated to regularly contributing to academic and athletic teams throughout Clay County and being an active part of the community.
Ready to Talk to a Manchester Personal Injury Attorney?
If you’ve been hurt, you need the help of our personal injury attorneys in Manchester. At Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer, we are committed to helping accident victims claim the compensation they need to recover from their injuries and move past the accident.
We have the experience necessary to seek favorable settlements from insurance companies and when necessary, take cases to trial. We want to put that experience to work for you, too.
Contact us now for your free consultation with one of our attorneys to learn more about how we can help.