Kentucky Personal Injury Lawyer Serving Victims of Injuries
Suffering a serious injury is more than just painful: It is overwhelming, stressful, traumatic, and financially devastating. In a single instant, everything in your life can change, from your career to your relationships to your quality of life. Restoring your life and your health can be a long, difficult, and fraught journey.
At Gladstein Law Firm, we are dedicated to assisting those who have been injured due to the negligence of a person or business. Seth Gladstein, an experienced injury lawyer, has spent the last twelve years helping his clients understand their accident, review their legal options, and ultimately get them the justice and compensation owed to them. Seth is extremely familiar with the justice system, the insurance system, and the healthcare system – and he and his legal team are adept at leveling the playing field to help individuals and their families succeed, even in the most unlikely circumstances.
To request a free case review with injury attorney Seth Gladstein, or simply to ask a question about our legal services, please call (800) 991-0474 today.
Common Types of Serious Injuries in Kentucky Accidents
Although our Kentucky personal injury lawyer assists clients with all types of serious injuries, we commonly see the following types of medical conditions:
Even comparatively minor injuries, such as a broken arm, can result in high medical bills and lost wages, while more serious injuries can change the trajectory of your life. Both types of injuries deserve compensation if a negligent party was the cause of your accident.
How Serious Injuries Happen
Injuries can take place in almost all situations, at any time of day or night. However, many personal injury cases stem from the same types of accidents, including:
The above is by no means a comprehensive list. Any accident and injury that involved a negligent party is worth investigating to find out if you could get compensation for damages.
The Consequences of a Serious Injury
Although it is true that injury victims often face a mountain of medical bills – even if they have health insurance – it is imperative to understand that the consequences of a serious injury do not end with the physical injury itself and its associated medical bills. In addition to the costs directly related to the injury, survivors often struggle with:
Future medical bills. Many people require ongoing physical therapy and rehabilitation. They may also need prescription medications or other ongoing treatments – for months or years after the accident.
Lost wages. Injury victims may miss days, weeks, months, or years of work after a serious accident. In addition, victims who suffer catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or spine injuries, may not be able to work ever again, or may not be able to earn at the same capacity as before.
Pain and suffering. It can be difficult to put a price on anguish, but the justice system has found ways to do so. Many injury victims have to deal with trauma related to their accident for the rest of their lives, struggling with issues like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Loss of quality of life. Those who suffer permanent disabilities, as a result of their accident, may find that they can no longer participate in their most beloved activities and hobbies, or that they can no longer have the same relationship with their spouse or family members.
About Seth Gladstein
Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC founder Seth Gladstein worked for four years as a personal injury defense attorney at a prominent New York City medical malpractice law firm. He then returned home to spend the next six years at a prominent Louisville personal injury defense firm, learning how personal injury defendants approach claims against them.
After a decade of experience on the defendant’s side of the table, Mr. Gladstein switched sides and opened his own firm. Now he represents injured victims, not evasive defendants or stingy insurance companies. And he’s not going to fall for any of their tricks, because he knows them all from direct personal experience.
A Gladstein Client Speaks Out
Seth kept me informed as my case went along. He settled my case quickly compared to how long it normally takes. He really cares about his clients, even stopping at the hospital to visit me when I was in there. I would definitely recommend him. – Ronda.
You Don’t Pay Unless You Win
At Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC, we don’t bill by the hour. In fact, you will never owe us a dime until your compensation money arrives. Even then, our fees will be calculated as a fraction of your compensation, so you are guaranteed to come out ahead. If you receive no compensation, you won’t be receiving a bill from us at all – our legal services will be free of charge.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How does a personal injury claim typically proceed?
- Your lawyer will gather information from you and begin collecting evidence.
- With your permission, your Kentucky personal injury lawyer will open settlement negotiations with the defendant (or, more likely, their insurance provider).
- If the defendant is stubborn, a lawsuit may have to be filed.
- Settlement negotiations typically continue between the date that a lawsuit is filed and the trial date.
- You lawyer will either accept a settlement (with your permission) or fight all the way to a verdict.
The defendant who injured me is broke and has no insurance. Is there anyone else I can file a claim against?
Depending on the facts of your case, you might be able to file a claim against:
- Your own insurance company
- The defendant’s employer
- A second defendant who was partially at fault (only liable for part of your damages)
- Other defendants (possible under certain circumstances)
My loved one was killed by medical malpractice. Is it still possible to file a personal injury claim?
No, but a wrongful death claim can be filed. The Kentucky Wrongful Death Act allows the personal representative of the deceased victim’s estate (named in the will or appointed by the probate court) to file a wrongful death lawsuit for damages that will be paid to certain close relatives.
Is there a deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit?
The general deadline is one year after the date of the accident, but this deadline is extended to two years in vehicle accident cases. However, certain exceptions exist. You may be given an extension, for example, if you miss the standard deadline because your doctor fraudulently concealed medical malpractice.
Can I sue a nightclub that sold alcohol to a driver who later injured me in a crash?
You can file a lawsuit against a licensed alcohol vendor under the Kentucky Dram Shop Law if the vendor served the driver while he was obviously intoxicated, as long as the intoxication actually caused the accident. The vendor cannot be sued if he had no reason to suspect that the driver was severely intoxicated.
I was seriously injured in a dog attack. Obviously, I cannot sue the dog. Can I sue the dog’s owner?
Yes. Furthermore, unlike many states, Kentucky has no “one bite” rule. You don’t need to prove that the dog’s owner had any reason to believe the dog was dangerous – the owner is strictly liable. Most homeowners’ insurance policies pay out on dog bite claims.
How are “pain and suffering” damages calculated?
In settlement negotiations, insurance adjustors are fond of using “multipliers” – typically a number between one and four that is multiplied by your economic damages to arrive at a figure for pain and suffering. Courts, however, do not use multipliers. Instead, they consider a variety of factors to arrive at a figure.
Are bedsores convincing evidence of nursing home neglect?
Bedsores are pressure ulcers caused by long-term confinement to a bed or wheelchair. Although bedsores are not irrefutable evidence of nursing home neglect, they are convincing enough to put a nursing home on the defensive to show why the bedsores did not result from negligence.
Find Out More About Your Potential Kentucky Personal Injury Claim Today
It can sometimes seem overwhelming to think about filing a personal injury claim when you are already struggling with so much: Recovery, medical bills, rehabilitation, and more. However, we want you to know that pursuing a valid personal injury claim is the best way to get justice and compensation – and to get you solidly back onto the road to recovery and restoration.
We offer injury victims and their families a completely free and confidential consultation so that they can find out whether they have a claim, and how much that claim may be worth. To schedule your meeting with Seth Gladstein, a proven Kentucky personal injury lawyer we invite you to call (800) 991-0474 or fill out our quick contact form. Take your first step toward justice today.