While many of us think that serious personal injuries are something that will happen to someone other than us, the unfortunate fact about life is that a catastrophic injury can happen to anyone. While certain activities and risks can increase the likelihood of such an injury, the simple fact remains that a serious injury can happen to anyone at any time. In many instances, the negligence, carelessness or recklessness of another person can contribute to or cause your injury. When you suffer a serious injury or injuries due to another person’s actions, you should not have to pay for the consequences of another’s actions with your hard-earned money. Rather, you may be entitled to be “made whole” through damages obtained in personal injury lawsuit. Experienced personal injury lawyer Ken Kieklak can work with you at each and every step of the litigation process.
What Kinds of Damages Can be Available When Suing for a Personal Injury in Bella Vista?
The types and amounts of damages you may be entitled to are dependent upon the injury you suffered, the facts and circumstances surrounding that injury, and the damages you have experienced. Generally speaking, in a viable personal injury action, the main category of available damages are compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are awarded to compensate you for the damages and injury you experienced. These can include:
- Your pain and suffering
- Wages lost due to injury
- Reduced future earning potential because of the injury
- Damage to property
- Hospital bills
- Bill for medical devices
- Physical therapy bills
Depending on the circumstances other damages may be available. In circumstances where the conduct was intentional or wanton, punitive damages may be imposed.
Is There a Time Limit on Filing My Claim?
Yes, as with nearly all other legal actions there is a prescribed time limit to bring your suit. This is known as a statute of limitations. Statutes of limitations encourage parties to resolve their disputes in a timely manner before memories fade and evidence may be lost or destroyed. In Arkansas, the general rule is that your personal injury claim must be filed within three years of the incident or accident unless an exception applies. If you suspect that you may have a claim, you should not rely on potential exceptions to the rule and should speak with an attorney as soon as possible so that you claim does not become time-barred.
What Types of Personal Injuries Do You Handle?
The Kieklak Law Firm is experienced in handling an array of personal injury cases. We can handle slip and falls, premises liability accidents, car and truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, injuries due to defective products and many other circumstances that caused an injury. Additionally, we can work with you if your personal injury accident produced an injury such as:
- Loss of arm, leg or another limb
- Broken or fractured bones
- Internal injuries from a defective medical device
- Loss of sight or hearing due to injury
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Neck injury
- Spine injury
- Back injury
- Third-degree burns
- Mistaken amputation of body part or another injury due to a medical mistake
Any of the above injuries can occur in a broad array of circumstances. For example, a falling object from the shelves of a retail store could cause a traumatic brain injury if it strikes a shopper or work in the head. The same falling object could also result in a broken foot if it were to fall differently or if the individual was able to partially avoid the impact.
Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers Handling Your Injury Claims in Bella Vista
For more than 20 years Ken Kieklak has fought for hard-working Arkansans injured by another person. If you have been seriously hurt because of another person’s negligence, Ken can fight to hold them financially responsible for your injuries. To schedule your free and confidential personal injury consultation call (479) 316-0438 or contact us online.