Based in Louisville, Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC’s personal injury attorneys have helped many clients in their pursuit of justice. We understand how to handle complicated Louisville personal injury and motor vehicle accident claims. Our team fights diligently for the maximum financial compensation for our clients.
If you’ve suffered an injury or disability due to negligence, contact Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC. Our team of trusted Louisville personal injury attorneys can help protect your rights and best interests.
Our injury law firm always takes cases on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you don’t pay us a single penny unless we secure compensation. You never pay attorney fees out-of-pocket. If you’re in search of an experience Louisville personal injury attorney team, contact our office today to set up a free initial consultation and case evaluation.
We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll a serious accident can take. We make it our mission to keep the legal process simple yet effective, working towards the best possible legal outcome for you and your family.
Many Louisville personal injury cases settle outside of court without the need for a trial. However, sometimes it is not in your best interests to settle. Our firm has extensive trial experience and will not hesitate to take your case to court if you do not receive a fair settlement offer. Part of our promise to clients is to always do our best to secure optimal case results. We’re proud to say we’ve won multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients in the past.
Some accidents can result in major injuries, significant medical bills, emotional strife, property damage, lost wages from missed time at work, or even the death of a loved one. If someone else’s negligence caused you any type of harm, you have the right to take the at-fault party or parties to civil court to demand compensation.
In Kentucky, an experienced Louisville personal injury attorney can help your case in the following:
Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC is easily accessible to clients at all times. When you call our office, you’ll get an attorney – not a case manager, paralegal, or assistant. We will help you with your legal claim every step of the way, never leaving you in the dark about our actions or the status of your case.
Our team will help you through each step of the injury claims process. We’ll take care of your claim so you can focus on healing.
Personal injury lawsuits can encompass a wide variety of incidents, and each type of personal injury requires knowledge of the laws and statutes surrounding it. If you require an attorney who can handle multiple types of personal injury cases and has experience working with your specific circumstances, choose Meinhart, Smith, & Manning, PLLC. Our attorneys have significant experience working in all types of personal injury law, including the following practice areas.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, a serious loss or wrongful death due to the negligence of others, you need a skilled and experienced trial attorney with a proven track record to help you get the compensation you deserve. At Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC we know what it takes to get results.
Knowing the law is our job but learning a few of the most important pieces of legislation can be helpful to you as an injured person in Kentucky. Knowledge is power. We want our clients to be as informed as possible about filing deadlines, negligence laws, accident statutes, and more. Each state has unique personal injury laws and civil court processes. Honoring these processes is the only way to successfully recover for your losses.
While there are dozens of laws in Kentucky that might affect your claim, here are three of the most important:
There is a statute of limitations, or deadline for filing, on personal injury claims in Kentucky. Missing this deadline almost certainly means losing your right to file a personal injury lawsuit. In Kentucky, you have just one year after the date of the incident to bring a claim. This is shorter than the deadline in most other states. Act quickly and contact us as soon as you can after an wreck to make sure you meet the time limit.
Kentucky is one of 12 states with no-fault car insurance laws. This means that after a auto accident, regardless of fault, you must seek primary recovery through your own car insurer. You may only seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit if your damages exceed your policy’s (PIP) benefits and if you’ve suffered a serious injury. A “serious” injury can be many things, such as one that results in disability, disfigurement, or loss of body function.
In Kentucky, you could still receive a damage award even if you were partially at fault for your accident. The state’s comparative fault law means the courts will assign each party a percentage of fault for the accident in question. If you receive a portion of fault, the courts will reduce your compensation award by an amount equivalent to your percentage of fault. For example, you would receive $90,000 of a $100,000 award if you were 10% at fault for a Louisville vehicle crash.
When you suffer an accident caused by someone else’s negligence in Kentucky, you can claim compensation for your losses and injuries through either a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim. You can claim both economic and noneconomic damages for your injuries.
Economic damages refer to out-of-pocket losses you incur because of your accident – they are easy to quantify because you can produce documentation to prove those losses. Noneconomic losses, or emotional damages and injuries, are more difficult to calculate because you cannot attach a number to them.
You can claim the following types of damages in your personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim in the state of Kentucky.
In Kentucky, the state does not place a limit on the amount of economic damages you can claim in a personal injury lawsuit. Many states place a cap on the amount of noneconomic damages you can claim in your case – but Kentucky is not one of them.
If you are filing a personal injury insurance claim for your injuries, you will have to adhere to the policy limits set by your insurance company. If you are filing a car accident insurance claim, for example, you may only receive compensation up to the minimum amounts set by the state of Kentucky – $25,000 for injuries per person, $50,000 for all injuries in an accident total, and $10,000 for property damage. Your injuries may exceed these minimums. In these situations, filing a personal injury lawsuit may be the best option for compensation.
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Louisville injury attorneys of Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC are dedicated to helping victims of a wide variety of injuries – including those caused by negligence, medical malpractice and accidents– get the compensation they deserve.
When you file a personal injury lawsuit in Kentucky civil court, your attorney will have to prove that the at-fault party or parties in your claim acted in negligence and caused your accident. The basis of proving negligence in your claim will depend on the circumstances of your case.
However, you and your attorney will generally need to establish four elements to successfully prove negligence in a Kentucky personal injury case.
In certain personal injury cases, especially accidents involving motor vehicles, an insurance adjuster may visit your hospital room or call your home to discuss your case. The adjuster may claim to want to settle your accident as soon as possible, ask you to sign a settlement agreement, or ask you to record a statement. You should never speak to an insurance adjuster or any representative from an insurance company before you contact an attorney.
It is important to remember that it is not in the insurance company’s best interest to pay you the highest settlement possible. Since the company has to pay for your injuries, the representative or adjuster wants to reduce the company’s cost as much as he or she possibly can. The settlement offer you may receive will likely be lower than what you need to recover from your injuries.
For best results, contact a personal injury attorney from Meinhart, Smith, and Manning, PLLC before you speak to an insurance adjuster. Our attorneys can evaluate settlement offers and determine if the insurance company is offering you a fair amount. In addition, your attorney can represent you at the negotiation table when you enter into settlement negotiations with the insurance company. If the company is not willing to offer you a fair settlement, your attorney will not hesitate to take your case to the courtroom.
Navigating all of the federal, state, and local Louisville laws can be more than you can handle while also dealing with hospital bills and personal injuries. That’s why we’re here. The experienced team at Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC makes pursuing personal injury claims from a negligent party convenient and affordable. We will work tirelessly to ensure you and your family have all the necessary facts, information, and assistance you need. Our skilled Louisville personal injury attorneys are here to make your life easier during a difficult time.
Anytime you want to talk to a knowledgeable lawyer about your recent crash, personal injuries, or the potential for financial recovery, call (502) 589-2700.
We offer free, zero-obligation consultations to give you the chance to chat with an attorney about your future. If you can’t make it to our Louisville office, we’ll come to you at your home or hospital. Let us be your go-to team of attorneys after any type of personal injury in Louisville and all throughout Kentucky. Schedule your free consultation today.
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Many people try to go through their Louisville personal injury claim without the representation of an experienced attorney. Insurance company representatives are very skilled at reducing or eliminating compensation. It’s extremely difficult to maximize the value of your Louisville personal injury claim without skilled legal representation on your side.
“Chris Meinhart has been my “go to” attorney for several years now, and has been invaluable on a number of different levels. He is able to navigate the system of courts, other attorneys, judges etc to the benefit of his clients in a expeditious and ethical way, always having his client’s best interest in mind. When I need a legal opinion, Chris is always my first call.”Casey C.