Unintentional injuries, or accidents, were the 5th leading cause of death in the United States in 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unintentional injury is the No. 1 cause of death in children age 1 to 17 in many states.
Many accidents and injuries should never have happened. They are the product of someone’s improper action (recklessness) or inaction (negligence). In such cases, the injured person has a legitimate legal claim for financial redress from those who caused their harm.
The Bubalo Goode law firm practices personal injury law to help individuals and families who have suffered personal and financial losses because of the recklessness and/or negligence of others. When an individual has been injured or has died because of someone else, that individual or surviving family members have a right to seek compensation for their related expenses, losses and pain and suffering.
Bubalo Goode can assist you if you or a family member of yours has been seriously injured or lost their life in an accident in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee.
Legal Help after Accidents and Injuries
When carelessness or negligence results in someone’s injuries or death, the person or persons responsible should be held accountable. The Bubalo Goode law firm handles accident claims that include:
- Car Accidents. Car accident victims deserve help with their physical pain, mental anguish, medical expenses, lost income and other losses.
- Semi-Truck Accidents. The devastation caused by commercial truck accidents and their complexity make it crucial to have an experienced legal advocate on your side if you have been injured, lost a loved one or had significant property damage in a truck accident.
- Motorcycle Accidents. Motorcyclists are more likely to suffer a catastrophic injury or die in a motor vehicle collision than are other motorists. This means greater medical expense or personal loss, which should be made right financially when someone else is at fault.
- Construction Accidents / Occupational Injuries. In 2011, Kentucky’s rate of fatal occupational injury was 5.6 deaths per 100,000 workers, 37.5 percent above the 2011 U.S. rate of 3.5 deaths per 100,000 workers, according to the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC). Construction workers are at the highest risk for occupational injury, followed by farmers, truck drivers, installation / maintenance workers, and building and grounds / cleaning personnel.
- Explosions / Burns. Serious burns are among the most devastating injuries a person can suffer, requiring specialized medical care and lengthy recovery when they are not fatal. Numerous local, state and federal laws regulate explosives and fire safety, and burn and explosion accidents are usually the result of someone or some organization violating the rules and regulations.
- Premises Liability. When a slip-and-fall accident or another kind of accident and injury occurs in a store or other business, at a government office or in a private home, the owners or managers may be held responsible if their negligence contributed to the accident. For older adults, especially, the long-term consequences of fall injuries, such as hip fractures and traumatic brain injury (TBI), can have significant impact on the victim’s health and independence.
- Nursing Home Neglect. State and federal regulations govern the “duty of care” for nursing homes and other residential treatment facilities. Yet, injuries caused by nursing home neglect or abuse are among the least reported crimes against the elderly. Often it takes a family member to step in and an experienced investigator to uncover and correct situations of nursing home neglect or abuse.
- Brain / Head Injuries. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can completely change the life of the injured person and the lives of that person’s family. Severe TBI is often a life-long expense, which for younger victims can easily result in millions of dollars required for treatment and care.
- Medical Malpractice. When a health care provider fails to properly diagnose or treat a medical condition and the result is a new or aggravating injury to the patient, this is likely to be medical malpractice. Kentucky, like other states, requires medical malpractice claims to be filed within two years of an injury, so it is best to consult an attorney quickly any time medical error or negligence is suspected.
- Birth Injury. Birth injuries arise from complications in the process of labor and delivery, often because doctors or hospitals make mistakes. Severe birth injuries can lead to lifelong medical or therapeutic needs.
- Wrongful Death. A “wrongful death” is one in which a person died because of another individual’s, group’s or company’s negligence or recklessness. Wrongful death claims are complicated and difficult to prove in most cases, but they can be successful and should be explored anytime an unanticipated death occurs at the hands of a third party.
Contact a Bubalo Goode Personal Injury Lawyer
At Bubalo Goode, we carefully select personal injury and wrongful death cases so that our law firm’s caseload remains small and each case gets the focused attention necessary for a successful outcome.
We review cases thoroughly and explain frankly to our clients what we see as the realistic expectations for the outcome of their case. From there, we work diligently and aggressively to settle cases quickly when a proper, client-approved settlement is possible, or we take cases to court, where our attorneys are nationally recognized for their litigation skills. We have attorneys admitted in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee.
If you have suffered a serious personal injury in an accident or lost a loved one, and you feel you may have a legal claim, call Bubalo Goode at 866.870.2489 or contact us online for a free case review.