Auto Accidents Lawyer in Charleston, West Virginia
Product liability cases are often overlooked, especially in single-vehicle accidents involving large trucks. However, theories of defect apply equally to 18-wheelers as they do to cars.
Faulty roofs and seat belts cause injuries in 18-wheeler truck accidents as well as passenger car wrecks. However, some defects, such as inadequate underride protection, are almost exclusive to 18-wheeler trucks.
How do I pay for legal assistance?
Charleston, West Virginia car accident lawyers who handle personal injury claims are typically paid on a contingency basis. This means that you don’t have to pay unless and until we win your case. If there is no recovery, we do not get paid.
How long will it take to get a fair settlement offer?
Jacobs Law Office will work hard to investigate your claim and to prepare your case for possible settlement as quickly as possible. Our goal is to work efficiently to resolve your case so that you can receive the compensation that you deserve.
Will I have to go to court?
If the insurance company agrees to pay what we believe your case is worth, and you wish to settle for that amount, then you don’t have to go to court. The vast majority of auto accident insurance claims are settled out of court. Jacobs Law Office works hard to complete the preparation of your case so that it is ready to settle when you are. Our staff is trained to assemble your medical records and bills, along with any independent medical examinations necessary for your case without delay. Your case will get the personal attention that it deserves because we recognize the financial inconvenience and hardship that a motor vehicle accident can cause you.
What are compensatory damages?
Compensatory¹ damages “compensate” the injured person for various kinds of losses or damages. These damages are also referred to as “actual damages” in order for a claimant to get reasonable compensation.
What are punitive damages?
Punitive damages² occur in certain circumstances to punish or make an example of the wrongdoer for conduct that is intentional or reckless. The actual payment of punitive damages is rare, and appellate courts frequently cut punitive damage awards down, or throw them out altogether. However, the threat of punitive damages can often induce the defense to make an increased settlement.
G. Patrick Jacobs, Esquire
JACOBS LAW OFFICE
Truck & Auto Accidents Lawyer
7020 MacCorkle Avenue, SE Charleston, WV 25304