For society to function in an orderly manner, people need to act with a certain amount of responsibility not only for themselves but for others. Laws are in place to assure that as people go about their business they look out for each other so that everyone can remain safe from unreasonable dangers. When people fail to act in a reasonable manner and someone gets hurt as a result, the law says that the injured party may be compensated by the party that caused the injury.
Most injuries people experience are not intended by those who inflict them. Accidents will happen. Insurance is the primary way people cover themselves in case they become responsible for injuries to others. Most personal injury claims initially start with an insurance company. If a settlement can be reached with the insurance company, the claim ends there. If a settlement cannot be reached then a lawsuit may be filed and a jury will resolve the matter. It is preferable to settle a claim prior to going to court and most claims are settled before trial. Having the right attorney on your side can help your claim settle faster and with better results.
At Salango Law, PLLC, our Charleston personal injury attorneys are trusted advocates for those who have been injured and need help seeking compensation. We represent clients in matters of personal injury in West Virginia with over 50 years of collective legal experience.
Why Salango Law Is the Best Choice to Handle Your Personal Injury Claim
We have built our reputation on serving our community and being excellent at what we do.
- We are committed to getting you what you want – we understand your situation is unique and we take our responsibility to you seriously
- You always get our best efforts – we will use every resource available to get you the absolute best outcome
- We’ve been very successful on behalf of our clients – we have been able to collect over $100,000,000 on behalf of our clients
How a Personal Injury Attorney Will Help You Get the Best Recovery
Generally speaking, the more serious your accident and injuries, the greater your need for the expertise of an attorney to make sure you receive fair compensation for all of your losses. An attorney experienced in handling the type of personal injury that you have suffered will know how that injury is likely to affect you and the kinds of compensation you are entitled to. A personal injury attorney is familiar with insurance contracts and the settlement process and will be able to effectively negotiate with insurance companies to get you greater benefits.
Types of Personal Injury Claims in West Virginia
Personal injuries in West Virginia are similar to those that occur elsewhere. Injuries result from motor vehicle accidents, failed medical treatments, workplace mishaps, and when those entrusted with the responsibility to care for vulnerable persons fail to protect them. One injury exposure somewhat unique to West Virginia is the state’s coal mining industry. West Virginia produces more coal from underground sources than any other state. Coal mining is dangerous work and injuries that occur can be severe.
Salango Law represents clients injured in certain types of accidents and who have experienced specific kinds of injuries.
- Motor vehicle:
- Workplace – on the job
- Medical malpractice
- Premises liability – slip & fall
- Coal mining
- Heavy machinery
- Oil & Gas
- Abuse – nursing home, school
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Birth injuries
- Wrongful death
When to Make Your Charleston Personal Injury Claim
For almost all types of injury claims, there is a specific time period you have in which to make your claim. It is important to consult an attorney so that you know the timeframe you have to exercise your rights. Most personal injury claims must be made within 2 years of the date the injuries occurred or were discovered.
You Can Still Recover if You Have Some Responsibility for Your Injuries
In West Virginia, if your responsibility for causing your injuries is 50% or less, you may recover the percentage of your losses that you did not cause. If you are 25% at fault, you may be compensated for 75% of your injuries. A good attorney will help you minimize any responsibility you might have for causing your injuries so your recovery is as large as possible.
Compensation Available In a Charleston Personal Injury Claim
You are allowed to be compensated for both the economic and non-economic consequences of your injuries. Economic compensation will be for specific amounts that have to be paid or that can be calculated with reasonable certainty. Non-economic damages are to compensate you for the unfortunate experience of being injured and how it has and will affect you. You may receive punitive damages not to compensate you but to punish the person who injured you.
- Medical expenses – including future
- Lost wages/income – including future
- Property damage
- Pain & suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of ability to contribute to a close personal relationship
In medical malpractice cases, non-economic damages are limited to $250,000 except when death or permanent injury occurs, the cap is $500,000 – adjusted for inflation.
Punitive damages can be awarded by a court and only in cases when the person responsible for causing your injuries has acted particularly badly – with an intention more evil than simply making an error in judgment. If punitive damages are awarded they are limited to 4 times the amount of the other damages you were awarded or $500,000 – whichever is greater.
Contact Our Charleston Personal Injury Lawyers
If you are looking for help making a claim for a personal injury you have suffered, Salango Law, PLLC is ready to assist. Our Charleston personal injury lawyers are compassionate counselors and ruthless advocates. We are the partner you can trust during this difficult time to protect your rights and pursue the best possible recovery for your injuries. We invite you to schedule a free consultation to discuss your claim with one of our personal injury attorneys. Click here to contact us or call us at (304) 342-0512.