Frequently Asked Questions - Personal Injury

Personal Injury

For more than 25 years the professionals of the Julie Butcher Law Office have been helping personal injury victims throughout the Bluegrass State to recover the compensation they deserve. When you entrust your problems to us, you’ll get compassion, integrity and results.  If you have been injured and wonder whether you should file a Kentucky personal injury lawsuit, you may find the answers to the following frequently asked questions helpful.

What does “personal injury” mean in Kentucky?

When used in the legal sense, “personal injury” does not necessarily mean any injury to someone’s person.  It describes an injury caused by the negligence or carelessness of another person or a business. The injury could be to one’s body, property, or reputation.  Negligence is the failure to exercise a reasonable standard of care for the safety of others. For damages to be awarded in a personal injury lawsuit, there must be a finding of negligence.

What types of injuries fall into this category?

Lots of things can be responsible for personal injury.  The most common cause is a car accident, but slips and falls, workplace accidents, dog bites, boating accidents, motorcycle wrecks, and unsafe products also injure people and may be the subject of a personal injury lawsuit.

If I file a KY personal injury lawsuit, who will I sue?

Many people think you sue the wrongdoer’s insurance company. But, even though the insurance company usually defends the wrongdoer and pays damages under the insurance policy, you can’t sue the insurance company directly for the wrongdoer’s negligence.” Also, take out “your employer” because I don’t do worker’s compensation and you can’t sue the employer except through worker’s comp. Instead, add “corporation for acts of its employees.  In a personal injury action, the defendant is the person or company which was negligent — another driver, your employer, a manufacturer, a neighbor, or your doctor.  The key issue is determining who was negligent and how their actions or inactions harmed you.

What types of damages are available to compensate me for my injuries?

The specifics of your injury will determine what compensation you might receive.  It could include some or all of the following:

  • Payment of past medical bills
  • Payment of future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Compensation for past pain and suffering
  • Compensation for future pain and suffering
  • Household services
  • Loss of consortium
  • Property damage. 

How much is my case worth?

For better or worse, there is no easy formula that can calculate what you should get, much less predict with certainty what you will actually get.  How much your personal injury claim is worth depends on the details of your specific situation, including the severity of your injuries.  It also depends on whether you were partly at fault for the accident.

How long does a Lexington personal injury lawsuit take?

Again, each case is different.  Often, a defendant will make an offer to settle the case so that they don’t have to go to trial.  Whether you accept the settlement is up to you.  It could mean you will receive compensation sooner; however, if the settlement offer is not a fair one, the Julie Butcher Law Firm will carry your case to a just conclusion in court.

Is there a deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit?

Yes, it is known as the statute of limitations.  If you have been injured by someone else’s negligence, you should speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible so that you don’t lose your right to seek compensation.  Under Kentucky law some personal injury actions must be brought within one year.  So it’s important that you act without delay in order to protect your rights to compensation.  Call us today at our local number — (859) 233-3641.  Or use our toll-free number — 866-77JULIE.  If you prefer, you may use our online inquiry form.

What if I can’t afford a lawyer?

When you meet with Julie Butcher about your personal injury case, the initial consultation will be free.  And because we know how financially devastating serious accidents can be, we won’t charge a fee for handling your case until you receive compensation.