Below are some frequently asked questions about The Law Offices of G. Patrick Jacobs. Most are general questions, and the answers that we have supplied may not apply to your case. More specific questions can be answered by contacting our personal injury lawyers in West Virginia.

We specialize in car accidents, wrongful death, and more. Our personal injury lawyers can answer any questions about injury and disability cases.


What is a personal injury case?

You have suffered personal injury if you have been injured because of negligence, recklessness, or misconduct by a third party. This third party can be anyone, from an individual to the state to a corporation. Our personal injury lawyers have settled a variety of West Virginia cases, including cases of medical malpractice, car accident injury, slip and fall injuries, construction accidents, wrongful deaths, drug and product defect injuries and more

What is a “statue of limitations?”

The statute of limitations is defined as the period of time during which you can file a claim for a given kind of case. This statute varies based on the state in which you are filing suit, and the violation that has been committed. For example, a victim must file a West Virginia medical malpractice case within two years of the time that he or she knew that medical malpractice had been committed. If more than two years passes before a claimant comes forward to file their case, the case will be barred, and the claimant will not be able to receive compensation. Again, the statute of limitations differs depending on the type of case. If you believe that you have been the victim of personal injury, you should contact our lawyers in West Virginia as soon as possible to learn more about the statute of limitations in your particular case.

How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?

In the majority of cases, personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of G. Patrick Jacobs will take your case on a contingency basis. This means that if we do not win your case, our services are free. If, on the other hand, we win your case, our fees will be taken as a percentage of your compensation. Also, our offices will initially pay the expenses of your case (which include hiring witnesses, compiling evidence, and other associated costs) will initially be paid by our offices. If we win your case, our firm will take these expenses out of the recovery. Thus, choosing to come in to our offices for a consultation will cost you nothing. If you think you have been a victim of personal injury, contact our office immediately.

What is medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice is negligence by a medical professional that causes injury. Negligence in medical malpractice cases is defined as any breach of the standard of care that another reasonable, equally qualified medical professional would have provided. When a doctor’s negligence (or a nurse’s, dentist’s, or other medical professional’s negligence) leads to a patient injury that would otherwise not have occurred, the doctor may be guilty of malpractice.

Can I afford to hire an attorney?

In most cases, personal injury lawyers do not charge any fees up front. Instead, you will be charged on a contingency fee basis, which means that if you win your case, the lawyer will be entitled to a percentage of your award. If you do not win your case, you pay nothing. As for the expenses of your case (such as hiring medical experts to testify and obtaining medical records), we will pay the fees initially. If you win your case, the firm will be reimbursed for their expenses out of the recovery.

Will you take my case?

This question can only be answered once you have described your experience in detail to one of our personal injury lawyers. At The Law Offices of G. Patrick Jacobs, we must feel able to establish a number of conditions in a court of law to take your case. We can only make this determination once we have heard your individual case in detail during a consultation. Fundamentally, we must be able to establish that a third party has been unreasonably negligent and that the negligence has been the cause of your injury. If you feel that you have experienced personal injury due to the negligence or recklessness of another, contact our lawyers to schedule a consultation. From there, we can determine whether our firm will represent your personal injury case in court.

What types of cases are considered personal injury cases?

Some examples of possible personal injury cases include: slip and fall injuries, medical malpractice, automobile accidents, wrongful deaths, brain injuries, and on-the-job injuries.