Fayetteville, AR Personal Injury Lawyer
The accident lawyers at Gunn Kieklak Dennis, LLP possess extensive experience dealing with a variety of personal injury claims. We will listen to your legal issue and help you develop a legal strategy to pursue the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a confidential legal consultation to discuss your potential case, call Gunn Kieklak Dennis, LLP at (479) 439-9840, or contact us online.
Common Types of Personal Injury Claims
Personal injury is a broad area of law that encompasses several types of cases from car accidents to slip and falls. The circumstances of the accident will typically determine the severity of the injury that a person receives. For example, a side-impact car accident can result in cuts and other lacerations due to a window shattering during the accident.
As to be expected, some personal injury claims are filed more frequently than others. The following is a list of common personal injury cases that are often litigated.
Traveling on local roads and highways always carries a risk of being in an accident. This risk is further increased if there are motorists on the road who are distracted by their cellphones or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Another risk that a driver should be aware of is being involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle. Many 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles weigh several tons more than a passenger vehicle and are more likely to cause a fatal injury.
As mentioned, the circumstances of a vehicle collision often correlate to the type of injury that a victim sustains. For example, if you are involved in a rear-end car crash, there is a good chance that you may suffer whiplash. This is an injury that occurs when the head and neck swing forward rapidly and snap back into place; it can cause a loss of range of motion in the neck and other symptoms.
Slip and Falls
Slip and falls are likely the most common type of personal injury claim. These accidents usually occur when a property owner fails to correct a hazard on their property which causes a person to trip over the obstacle and suffer an injury. For example, if you are walking through a grocery store and injure yourself after slipping on a puddle that should have been cleaned hours ago, you will likely have a valid claim for personal injury. Slip and falls can also occur in various other ways:
- Tripping on a piece of cracked pavement
- Falling due to an unstable stairwell or railing
- Slipping on snow or ice that was not shoveled
The injuries a person may suffer due to a slip and fall can range from a bone fracture to a traumatic brain injury. It is important to seek medical attention immediately after a slip and fall accident to assess the full extent of your injury.
It is scary to think that there are likely certain products on the shelves of retail stores that have not been tested adequately. A defective product claim typically arises because an item did not work as intended and caused an injury to a consumer. For example, if you purchased an e-cigarette that inexplicably exploded and injured you, you likely have a valid injury or defective product claim. It is important to note that a product liability claim may have different requirements than a personal injury claim.
This is not an exhaustive list. There are other personal injury claims that our attorneys would be happy to help you with. You should also be aware that you only have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury case in Arkansas. Do not delay in filing your case or you may not be able to fight for the compensation that you need to deal with your injuries.
How to Prove Your Injury Claim
To prove that you were injured by the negligent actions of another person or legal entity, there are several elements that you must show. It is not enough for a plaintiff to only prove some of the following elements, all elements must be proven to prevail in a personal injury claim:
- First, you must show that the defendant (negligent party) owed you a duty of care
- Next, you must prove that the defendant breached their duty of care towards you (for example, the defendant failed to clear their walkway of snow)
- The defendant’s breach of duty must be the cause of the plaintiff’s accident
- Finally, the plaintiff must show the injuries or other damages that resulted from the defendant’s negligence
It is also important to note that you do not have an unlimited amount of time to file an injury claim against the party that injured you. In Arkansas, all personal injury lawsuits have a filing deadline of three years. This means that you must file your case within three years of the date of your accident or risk losing the right to litigate your claim.
Besides the filing deadline for personal injury cases in Arkansas, there are several other reasons to file your claim as soon as possible. For example, if you need to gather evidence to help prove your case, waiting too long could mean that vital evidence is lost or destroyed. Additionally, if you were able to secure a statement from any witnesses that observed the accident, their memory of the accident may falter if you wait close to three years to file your claim.
If you are having trouble managing medical expenses caused by your injury, the proceeds from a successful personal injury claim will help you deal with various expenses.
Our Arkansas Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help You File Your Case Promptly
If you or a family member was the victim of another person’s negligence, you should contact an experienced Arkansas personal injury attorney. At Gunn Kieklak Dennis, LLP, our injury attorneys understand how hard it can be to rebuild your life after a serious injury, and we are here to stand with you. Our firm will provide you with the aggressive and unique legal representation necessary to litigate your claim. To schedule a confidential legal consultation, call Gunn Kieklak Dennis, LLP at (479) 439-9840, or contact us online.