The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motor vehicle collisions have an $871 billion impact on society due to both economic and societal loss. Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of trauma-related injuries and fatalities but are not the only cause. Many people are also injured or killed each year due to medical negligence, nursing home abuse, dangerous dogs and unsafe property conditions.
If you or a loved one suffers any type of injury or loss due to negligence or wrongdoing, you deserve to have your costs covered. An experienced St. George injury attorney at Howell & Christmas can represent injured victims or surviving family members of those who were killed. Our injury attorneys have more than 30 years of collective experience representing clients injured in the Palmetto State. We will work hard on your case to pursue rightful compensation.
How to File an Injury Claim in St. George
When you make a personal injury or a wrongful death claim, the goal is to be “made whole” for losses and for damages you endure. This means that you should be fully compensated for:
- Any current medical expenditures as well as treatment costs that are expected in the future
- Wages lost due to missed work, vacation days or sick time as well as future costs if your injuries will limit your ability to work
- Pain and suffering you experience, including a decreased quality of life and emotional distress
- Damages caused by wrongful death, including medical expenses before the death, loss of the income of the deceased and lost companionship
When you have been hurt or a loved one has been killed, you can obtain monetary damages in one of two ways: a personal injury/wrongful death lawsuit or an out-of-court settlement. A St. George personal injury lawyer has experience with both negotiating a settlement with insurance companies as well as in presenting injury or wrongful death claims to a jury.
We know how important your case is to you and how much is at stake, as injuries often cause significant financial hardship. As such, we will work compassionately and diligently to maximize your claim for compensation.
When you suffer an injury and try to obtain recompense, you have the burden of proving your case. This means you must show that:
- The defendant was negligent or failed to live up to a legal obligation
- You were hurt as a direct result of the defendant’s failures
- You suffered damages that you can be compensated for
There are a number of ways to present evidence and pursue your claim. You can, for example, find expert witnesses, interview eyewitnesses, obtain police reports and show photographs and records from the time of the accident. A St. George personal injury lawyer will help you put your case together.
We will be there for you every step of the way after getting hurt in St. George. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and learn more.