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If you’ve been injured in an accident, GKT’s car accident lawyers check all the boxes:
When a person is injured in a car accident, the physical injury and recovery is just the beginning. We know because our car accident lawyers help people injured in car accidents every day.
Our accident lawyers understand you and your family are dealing with a lot. Not only are you concerned about your injuries, but you are likely without a car and trying to deal with the insurance company. And what about your medical bills? Who will pay for your bills?
The stress is only made worse when your car accident injury forces you to miss work and suffer a loss of income. Sometimes the mental and emotional strain of a car accident injury is just as challenging as the physical strain. Look no further, we have helped thousands of families and we can help you too.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident in West Virginia, Ohio, or Pennsylvania, contact our office today and speak with one of our experienced car accident lawyers at no cost to you.
Our consultations are free, and you owe us nothing until we win your case. Contacting us is easy. We can be reached at (304) 903-6366, by Live Chat 24/7, or complete the form on this page.
When a person suffers a car accident injury, determining who is at fault for the car wreck is extremely important. If an injured person is found to not be at fault for a car accident, they could be entitled to greater or additional compensation than if they were at fault. The circumstances surrounding the car accident are key to making this determination.
Unfortunately, determining who is at fault for a car accident is not always easy. Was the traffic light yellow or red when the car entered the intersection? Was the driver of the car speeding, or was he driving the speed limit? Was the driver of the car texting while driving? Oftentimes, people who were involved in the car wreck have different recollections of what preceded the crash. Contacting our office as soon as possible after a wreck is critical to securing evidence to protect your rights. We can help track down witnesses, video, talk to the crash reconstructionist, and gather all necessary information to win your case.
People injured in car accidents are sometimes told by an insurance company that they’re at fault or they simply assume that they are at fault. Don’t fall into this trap. Our car accident lawyers have the knowledge and experience to investigate the accident, gather the facts, and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Car accident cases come in many different “shapes and sizes.” Since 1978, our car accident lawyers have successfully helped thousands of injured clients recover compensation in a variety of cases. Having a car wreck lawyer that is experienced in handling your specific car accident type is key to making sure you receive the compensation you deserve. Below are some of the more common car accident case types that our lawyers have handled:
When people hear the phrase, “personal injury” most think of car accident injuries. At GKT, we’ve represented hundreds of people who have suffered injury as a result of a car accident. While car accident injuries are relatively common, that does not mean that our car accident lawyers treat them as such. Car accident injury cases can be complex due to the nature of the accident and the injuries sustained. More importantly, each car wreck client is unique and deserving of personal attention, and that’s just what you can expect from the personal injury attorneys at GKT.
Car accident physical injuries run the gamut from light bruising to life-threatening brain injuries and even wrongful death. Car accident injuries can affect any part of the body and can be permanent. No matter how “minor” a person’s injury may seem, it is always a good idea to seek the help of an experienced car accident lawyer. Aside from physical injury, people involved in car wrecks can also suffer serious and debilitating psychological injuries, such as mental and emotional distress. Our car accident attorneys have successfully helped clients recover compensation for physical and psychological injuries.
Since 1978, our car accident attorneys have represented clients in some of the more serious crashes in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Below are just some of the more common physical injuries that GKT’s car accident lawyers have handled:
The most tragic of car accident injuries cause death. Left behind are friends and family struggling to make sense of the tragic loss of life. Then, the practical reality hits. The person who passed as a result of in the car accident was the family’s bread winner and the sudden loss of income and support will be devastating. When a person injured in a car accident dies as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, their family may be entitled to wrongful death compensation. While nothing can replace the loss of a loved one, a successful wrongful death case will provide accountability, justice, and compensation for the tragic loss of life. The unfortunate fact is that as long as there are car accidents, there will be loss of life. When that happens, GKT’s car accident lawyers have the knowledge and experience to help families left heartbroken.
While the brain is undoubtedly our most vital organ, the brain is unfortunately one of the more commonly injured organs in a car accident. That is to say, traumatic brain injuries are not uncommon injuries suffered in car accidents. Brain injuries run the gamut from minor concussions with no long-lasting harm to brain bleeds, brain swelling, and other brain injuries. Brain injuries stemming from a car accident can take weeks, months, or even years to recover. Unfortunately, some brain injuries never fully heal and can result in permanent disability, including memory loss, loss of senses, loss of speech, loss of mobility, and other cognitive issues.
Broken Bones and Muscle Injuries
Common car accident injuries include broken bones and injury to muscle, tendons, ligaments, and other “soft tissue.” While broken bones and muscle injuries are typically not life-threatening, that does not mean they should be treated lightly. Broken bones can be extremely painful and result in temporary impairment or sometimes permanent impairment. Similarly, torn ligaments and tendons can take years to fully heal and may never return to their previous condition. Broken bones and muscle, ligament, and tendon injuries are some of the most complex car accident case injuries. An experienced and skilled car accident lawyer, like those at GKT, know how to maximize the recovery of a person suffering from a broken bone or muscle, ligament, or tendon injury.
Spine injuries are also a common car accident injury and are some of the most serious. The spine plays a vital role for our body. It’s the messenger between the brain and the rest of our body. If the spine is injured, our brain cannot communicate with the rest of our body. When spine injuries occur as a result of a car accident, the results can be tragic. The fact is car accident spine injuries can be as “minor” as a sore back or as serious as permanent paralysis.
Some of the more common spine injuries suffered in car accidents are bulging, herniated, or slipped discs. A spinal disc is a rubbery-like structure that acts as a kind of shock absorber between the bony vertebrae of the spinal column. When the disc is injured it can push out from its normal place and place pressure on nerves. This pressure is what causes back, leg, and other pain associated with a herniated or slipped disc. Spine disc injuries are common in whiplash injuries and can impact any section of the spine—cervical (neck), thoracic (upper back), lumbar (middle back), and sacral (lower back).
Burn injuries are some of the less common injuries suffered in car accidents. Many different flammable liquids, such as gasoline, may ignite during a car accident. Combine that with the fact that people may be trapped in their car after a car accident, and it’s not difficult to see how burn injuries can occur. While burns are relatively uncommon car accident injuries, burn injuries can be some of the most painful injuries suffered. Car accident burns may be any degree, including a 1st degree burn (affecting the outer layer of skin), a 2nd degree burn (affecting the outer layer of skin and the skin dermis), a 3rd degree burn (destroying the outer layer of skin and the skin dermis), or a 4th degree burn (destroying all layers of skin, muscle, tendons, ligaments, and bone).
At GKT, you’re more than a case number or a name on a file. Our firm takes pride in treating every client like they are a member of our family. When you call or visit our office, you will be treated with the respect you deserve. Your questions will be answered promptly and as completely as possible, and you will be kept informed about the progress of your case at all times. When you call our office, we will do our best to take your call at the time of your call. If that’s impossible, we will call you back as soon as we can. Every case is important to us, and we know that your case is important to you. We want you to be comfortable with us as your law firm and be confident that we’re handling your case with professionalism and skill.
Our car accident lawyers will not only fight to obtain the compensation you deserve but we will also do the best we can to ease the burden, stress, and anxiety of dealing with the aftermath of a car accident. You can trust us to help you through this situation and get your back on your feet. One of our priorities is to eliminate your burden so you can focus on what’s most important – your family and recovering from your injuries.
Some other things you can expect from your experience with us:
One of the first things a good car accident lawyer will do is listen and learn— learn about not only your car accident case and the facts surrounding the accident, but also take time to learn about you and your family. At GKT, our experienced car accident lawyers know that clients aren’t just names and a case number, they’re people in need of help. When a car accident lawyer knows his or her client, they can better fight for their client, and that’s what you should expect from GKT.
One of the first thing a car accident lawyer will want to do is investigate the car accident. That means contacting potential witnesses to the car accident as well as obtaining the law enforcement accident report and other documentation. Time is critical. The right car accident lawyer will want to have a firm grip on the facts as soon as possible. Contact our office as soon as possible so we can begin to work for you and protect your rights.
A skilled car accident lawyer, but not all car accident lawyers, will make sure that evidence of the car accident is preserved. Car accident lawyers typically do this by sending “letters to preserve.” These simply tell the person or company in possession of key evidence (i.e. a totaled car) that there is a possible car accident claim and the evidence should not be disposed, altered, etc.
A good car accident lawyer handles the insurance companies so their clients don’t have to. That means negotiating a possible settlement with any insurance companies involved in an effort to avoid having to file a lawsuit. Many clients do not want to go to court, but sometimes it is necessary depending on the circumstances. A reputable car accident lawyer will always keep their client informed of settlement negotiations and will not make any offers to settle without receiving authorization from their client.
If a settlement cannot be reached with the insurance company, a car accident lawyer will file a lawsuit on behalf of their client in order to protect the claim. The best car accident lawyers will already be well-versed in the facts by this point and have a strong grasp of the strengths and weaknesses of the client’s case.
While many lawyers will file a lawsuit in the hope of an easy settlement, a knowledgeable and experienced car accident lawyer will have a firm grasp of what a car accident case is worth and will fight for the compensation their client deserves. That is why it’s so important to choose a skilled and reputable car accident lawyer, like those at GKT.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you should contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible to preserve evidence and protect your rights. Time is critical. The sooner a car accident lawyer can get involved in your case, the better. That’s because the best car accident lawyers will make sure that your car accident is immediately and thoroughly investigated to protect your rights. In addition, the best car accident lawyers will, among other things, make sure you don’t make any statements to an insurance company that will negatively impact your case. Moreover, the sooner you hire a car accident lawyer, the sooner you can relieve yourself of the stress and anxiety of dealing with insurance companies and focus on what’s most important—your family and your physical and emotional well-being.
A consultation with one of our car accident attorneys is always free, and you owe us nothing until a settlement or judgment is recovered on your behalf. We handle car accident and personal injury cases on a contingency basis. If a recovery is made, then the attorney fees come out of a pre-agreed upon percentage of the gross amount recovered. We also advance the costs associated with investigating your accident, including the cost of obtaining police, medical, and other records that are necessary to successfully represent your claim. You are responsible for these costs only if money is collected for you.
Our car accident lawyers are available to discuss your car accident case 24/7, 365 days a year at no cost to you. If you think you have a car accident case, we are here to help now.
This is probably the question that attorneys hear the most. Before an accurate determination as to the value of a case can be made, it is necessary to review all available information about your case, including medical records, police reports, lost wages, and medical progress. Your case may also warrant compensation for the potential of future impairment, future lost wages, ongoing treatment, and pain and suffering. Every case is different. An attorney who states that your case is worth a certain dollar amount without adequately investigating your claim is performing you a disservice. A mistake that we often see is that people injured in car accidents wait to contact an attorney. If you are injured in a car accident, it is very important that you contact our office as soon as you are able to call so valuable information is not lost. Any delay could hurt the value of your claim.
Unless you are familiar with insurance law, it is unreasonable for you to know what you should sign and what you shouldn’t sign. The safe thing to do is not to sign or say anything to the insurance adjuster before speaking with a car accident attorney. Signing the wrong document or saying something you shouldn’t could significantly affect the value of your claim and may even limit your rights to pursue a claim. Insurance adjusters work for the insurance company, not you. They get paid to minimize the value of claims and are very knowledgeable of the laws and know how to work the system. This puts you at a disadvantage. An experienced car accident attorney understands the law and will deal with the insurance company so you don’t have to. If you’re worried that you’ve signed something you shouldn’t have, you should contact our office to make sure you haven’t signed away your rights to pursue a claim. We only work for you, and will look out for your best interests.
Accepting a settlement offer can be a difficult decision. You should understand that once the matter is settled, the case is closed. One of our primary concerns is to help get our client the medical treatment necessary to make a full recovery, or as much of a recovery as possible from injuries sustained in the accident. Only when a position is reached where doctors can reasonably determine the full extent of our client’s injuries, is it the appropriate time to entertain a settlement offer. Accepting an offer beforehand can place a financial burden on our client and their family for years to come.
As you may know, many insurance companies like to settle cases as quickly as possible, with hopes of paying the injured party less compensation than what they deserve. That is their job. For this reason, our firm does not practice accepting “quick settlement” offers. However, although we will provide you with the information regarding the fairness of the offer and our advice, the final decision to accept an offer is yours.
If your claim involves only minor personal property loss, chances are that you may not need an attorney to help resolve the issue. However, if the matter involves a serious injury or death, mounting doctor bills, ongoing treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering, you should contact our office before speaking with the insurance company. Saying the wrong thing to an insurance adjuster, or signing the wrong document, could result in you losing your right to file a claim or you could risk obtaining full compensation for your claim. Our attorneys know what compensation is due to people injured in car accidents and will fight for every penny our clients deserve under the law.
All insurance companies will tell you that hiring an attorney is not necessary and they will assure you that you will receive a fair settlement, regardless of the size of the claim. You should understand that personal injury cases involve individuals who represent your insurance adjuster along with lawyers who are hired by your insurance company to serve their best interests, not yours. These individuals seek to minimize the insurance companies’ losses by aggressively defending claims and offering a “quick settlement,” with hopes of paying you less than what you are entitled to receive. Think about your job and your employer. You are hired by them to perform a service and represent them and do the best you can for your employer. It is no different with your insurance company. They hire claims adjusters and representatives to act on their behalf to handle your claim. But they are not working for you and they are not looking out for you. They are trying to minimize your claim because that is what they are hired to do, even though they may act like they are looking out for you. At GKT, we work for you, not the insurance company. We are looking out for your best interest.
Unless you are experienced in negotiating with insurance companies, possess the knowledge to understand complex insurance issues and insurance law, and have access to all the information necessary in order to make an informed decision about whether or not a settlement offer is fair, you should contact our office and speak with one of our car accident attorneys. We will review your case with you at no cost, then you can decide whether or not you need an attorney – without your insurance company deciding for you.
The amount and types of compensation available to a person inured in a car accident can vary widely on any number of factors, including the type and severity of injuries, the cause of the car accident, the fault of the at-fault driver, the fault of the injured driver or passenger, and whether alcohol or drugs were involved. This is by no means a comprehensive list. If you’ve been injured in a car accident and want to know the types and how much compensation you may be entitled to, contact our office at (304) 903-6366, Live Chat 24/7 at GKT.com, or contact us online. Contacting us is free, talking to us is free, hiring us is free, and you owe us nothing until we win your case. Contact us today.
People injured in car accidents may be entitled to the following compensation:
Our car accident lawyers will demand accountability, seek justice, and work hard to obtain the compensation you deserve. If you are looking for a local car accident lawyer near you, contact us today.
The majority of car accident and personal injury cases are settled without the need of a trial. We understand that most clients would prefer to avoid going to trial if necessary, so our car accident lawyers work hard from day one to obtain the compensation our clients deserve to prevent the need to go to trial. While our attorneys actively pursue settlement well in advance of a trial, but please understand that our attorneys will prepare as if we will be going to trial. Even when filing a car accident lawsuit is necessary, our car accident attorneys use mediation in an attempt to resolve the issues before going to court. Our goal is to obtain the highest possible compensation for you that is due to you under the law. We try and make the claims process as easy as possible for our clients.
Unfortunately, when we feel the insurance company’s offer is not fair and they are unwilling to offer a fair settlement, there are instances when a decision needs to be made to either accept the offer or go to trial. If the situation gets to this point, our car accident lawyers will thoroughly explain the entire situation to you, including the risks and benefits of accepting the offer and those associated with going to trial. We will gladly answer any questions you may have and will assist you in determining what decision is best for you and your family. As always, the final decision is up to the client.
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