Types of Damages You Could Recover in a Somerset Personal Injury Claim
The compensation available in personal injury cases is known as damages, and there are several different types that may be available. Some of the most common include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
When the defendant, or at-fault party, has acted with gross negligence or carelessness, the courts may also award punitive damages. These damages are not always awarded. Punitive damages are different from other types of compensation. They are not meant to compensate the victim, or make them whole again. Instead, they are meant to punish the defendant for their reckless behavior and deter them from behaving carelessly in the future.
Our Firm in the Somerset Community
At Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer, we are committed to helping accident victims throughout Kentucky. It’s why we have offices in Lexington, Somerset, Manchester, London, Hazard, Paducah, and Paintsville.
We also know it takes Kentucky Courage to win accident cases. Our clients must have the courage to come forward and hold negligent parties liable. Our legal team must have the courage to take the insurance companies to task and hold them accountable for paying the compensation you need and deserve.
We know that you may not know what to do right after an accident. Our attorneys will review your case for free and fully discuss all of your legal options. The bottom line is that we are always working for you and your best interests.
Who Makes This Office Special?
Learn about the people who make our Somerset office so special:
Rita G. Gossett
Rita Gossett is a case manager in our Somerset office. She joined Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer in March 2008. Rita has an associate’s degree in business administration and is a certified administrative secretary and a stenographer. She also has certifications in accounting, human resources, and PeopleSoft.
In her role as case manager, Rita:
- Assists in completing necessary paperwork for you to send to primary and secondary insurance providers
- Listens to your needs and refers you to the proper Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer office
- Keeps in contact with you to learn about your medical appointments in order to get up-to-date medical records for your file
After working for 30 years in one industry, Rita was looking for a new area for her career. “When I was offered a position with Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer, my interest was piqued in regard to legal issues and Kentucky laws,” she says. “I felt this would be another way to assist people during their times of need.”
If you live in the Somerset area and need help with your personal injury, workers’ comp, or Social Security Disability case, let Rita help.
Help with Car Accident Claims in Somerset
Although it’s good that drivers in Kentucky have choices, it can also be very confusing. An attorney can help those hurt in a crash determine what type of auto insurance they have, and what their legal options are. In either case, you will need to file a claim with an insurance company, and securing a fair settlement from any insurer is difficult without the help of a skilled car accident lawyer.
Insurance companies are in the business of making money and keeping their profits, not paying out on large claims. They use many tactics to reduce, deny, and delay claims to help their bottom line. Our attorneys are familiar with these strategies and will not let the insurance companies get away with them.
Help with Workers’ Compensation Claim in Somerset
Many people think that if they are hurt at work, the workers’ compensation system is there to help them recover medical expenses and lost income. That is true, but these benefits are not always easy to receive. When you claim workers’ compensation benefits, you are filing a claim with an insurance company, and receiving full benefits is not always easy.
An attorney can gather medical records to help prove your claim, represent you if you need to appear at a deposition or hearing, and negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf. The insurer or your employer may claim that the accident did not occur on the job or within the scope of your employment, and an attorney can refute those claims.
Help with Social Security Disability Claims in Somerset
If you have suffered a total disability and cannot return to any work for at least one year, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. However, the Social Security Administration denies more claims every year than it approves. When a claim has been denied, our attorneys know how to take the claim through all the appeal stages to give you the best chance of receiving the benefits you need.
Where Our Somerset Law Office Is Located
Our office is conveniently located on Somerset’s main thoroughfare at light number nine on Highway 27 when you enter the city limits. Nearby landmarks include Lake Cumberland, Mill Springs Battlefield Museum and Somernites Cruise.
Our Somerset office is very involved in the community and donates to fundraisers put on by local schools and other charity organizations.
Ready to Talk to a Somerset Personal Injury Attorney?
If you live in the Somerset area and have been involved in an accident that has left you with serious injuries and you are unable to work, call our Somerset personal injury lawyers today.
At Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer, we are dedicated to helping accident victims seek the compensation they need, whether that’s through a personal injury claim, workers’ compensation claim, or Social Security Disability claim.
Contact us now for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.