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West Virginia Car Accident Lawyers

Car accidents are one of the most common of all injury cases in Charleston and throughout West Virginia. These accidents take place on city streets, highways, and on our rural roads.

When another driver is operating a vehicle in a dangerous manner, whether speeding, drunk, driving distracted, or other careless behavior, we believe they must be held accountable for what they have done. Each case must be evaluated on an individual basis to determine how much the case is worth in compensation. We offer FREE case evaluations. Contact us today to find out more.

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Did you recently get injured in a car accident? If so, you may soon face high medical bills, missed work and many other worries. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to count on the insurance company for much relief. The insurer will want to pay you as little compensation as possible – if anything at all. However, you won’t have to face this situation alone. The Charleston auto accident attorneys of Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, are here to help you.

We are one of the leading personal injury law firms in West Virginia, with a record of securing full and fair compensation for car wreck victims and their families. Our partners are each members of the elite, invitation-only Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums. They also carry AV Preeminent® ratings in personal injury law in the Martindale-Hubbell® legal directory, the highest peer review ratings possible.

We can begin immediate work on your case and carefully manage every aspect of your claim. Meanwhile, you can focus on what’s important – your health and your family. Throughout your case, we will pay close attention to your needs and goals and answer all of your questions. It’s not just business to us. It’s personal. We want to help you to see better days.

To learn more, contact us today. We will provide a free consultation at our Charleston office or anywhere that is convenient for you.

Why Should You Get a Charleston West Virginia Car Accident Lawyer?

Many people wonder if it is worth it to hire a lawyer after they get into a motor vehicle accident. The reality is that you won’t know until you at least meet with a lawyer for a consultation about your case. At Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, you can count on our Charleston, WV car crash lawyers to give you an open, honest evaluation of your case and explain your options.

If your case involves no injuries and minimal property damage, it may be fine to pursue your case on your own. However, if you suffered extensive bodily injuries, lost a loved one or find yourself dealing with an insurance company that refuses to pay what you deserve, it will benefit you greatly to get help from an experienced attorney.

In fact, a study by the Insurance Research Council found that crash victims who have legal representation collect insurance payouts which are, on average, 3.5 times higher than the payouts that people collect when they do not have a lawyer.

When you work with Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, we will provide many valuable services to you throughout your case. You can count on us to:

  • Handle your car repair or replacement claim. We know that transportation may be one of your most important, immediate needs.
  • Help you to get the medical treatment you need. We can work with medical care providers if you run into health insurance problems.
  • Review your case with you. We will explain all of your legal options and describe the strategy we will pursue as we move forward for you. Additionally, we will keep you updated throughout your case and always return your calls.
  • Conduct an immediate investigation. We will inspect the accident scene, interview witnesses, collect “black box” data and gather and analyze many other important items of evidence.
  • Consult with experts. In order to determine liability and damages, we will consult with accident reconstruction specialists, doctors, life care planners and experts from many other fields.
  • Seek a settlement. We often secure compensation for our clients without going to trial. We can prepare a settlement demand and work with the insurance company to get the money you need and deserve.
  • Go to trial. If a trial is necessary, our skilled trial lawyers will present a carefully prepared, persuasive case to a jury on your behalf.
  • Make sure you get paid. We will take all steps to collect and disburse any settlement or judgment proceeds that are owed to you.

The Charleston car wreck attorneys of Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, represent clients on a contingency fee basis. That means we won’t charge you any upfront costs or fees. We will only get paid if we secure a result for you.

How Much Will Your Car Accident Case Be Worth?

We know how motor vehicle accidents can cause life-changing injuries. Some of the common auto accident injuries that our clients suffer from are:

The “worth” of your accident case will depend on the severity and extent of your injuries and their impact on your ability to work and enjoy life as you did before. We will assess the value of your case after we review all of your medical records and consult with medical and financial experts. We will then demand that value from the party (or parties) who are responsible for your injuries and losses.

The damages that we pursue for you may include:

  • Medical expenses – Coverage of all of your past and future medical expenses, including surgeries, medication, assistive devices and rehabilitation.
  • Lost income – A recovery of all salaries, bonuses, commissions and other income you have lost due to your injuries. We can also pursue compensation for any decrease in your ability to earn income in the future.
  • Pain and suffering – Compensation for all physical pain and emotional anguish you have experienced due to the accident and your injuries. We can also seek damages that reflect the accident’s impact on your enjoyment of life.
  • Loss of household services – Damages that compensate your for the temporary or permanent loss of your ability to take care of yourself and your household.

If you lost a loved one in a car crash, our firm would seek different types of damages through a wrongful death lawsuit such as compensation for the loss of your loved one’s financial support and services. A wrongful death claim in West Virginia can also seek damages that recognize your own sorrow and mental anguish.

Depending on the facts of your case, we may seek punitive damages as well. You can recover these damages if the party or parties intentionally hurt you or engaged in conduct that amounted to “conscious, reckless and outrageous indifference to the health, safety and welfare of others.” For instance, we would likely seek punitive damages if a drunk driver caused your crash, or if a driver ran you off the road in an act of rage.

You may be surprised to learn that that other driver may not be the only one held responsible for your motor vehicle accident. For instance, the driver’s employer or the bar, store or restaurant that served alcohol to the driver may be liable as well. To maximize your recovery, we will work hard to identify all potentially liable parties in your case.

Can a Charleston WV Auto Accident Lawyer Help You to Deal with Insurance Companies?

If another driver causes your auto wreck, your first option will be to seek a recovery through that driver’s liability coverage. West Virginia law requires drivers to carry certain minimum amounts of liability insurance. Those limits are:

  • $25,000 per person for bodily injury
  • $50,000 per accident for bodily injury (two or more people)
  • $25,000 per accident for property damage.

However, if the driver who hit you has only the minimum amount of coverage, your losses may quickly exceed those limits. There is also a possibility that the driver lacks any coverage at all.

Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, will go beyond the at-fault driver’s liability policy and explore all sources of compensation available to you. We want to make sure all of your losses are covered and that you receive the maximum amount in your case.

For instance, we may turn to your own uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage. UM will cover all of your losses up to your policy’s limits. UIM will cover the difference between what the at-fault driver’s policy covers and the amount of your damages (again, up to your policy’s limits).

Unfortunately, you will likely face challenges when you deal with insurance companies – whether it is the other driver’s insurer or your own insurer. These companies want to protect their profits. So, they will try to pay as little as possible to resolve your claim or, if possible, avoid paying you anything at all.

Our lawyers know how insurance companies work. While you focus on getting better, allow us to deal with them on your behalf and demand just compensation for you.

Remember: Do not accept a settlement offer from a driver’s insurance company until you have spoken with a lawyer first. Once you accept a settlement and sign a release, you give up your right to seek any additional compensation in your claim. So, you need to make sure that the settlement you accept is right for you and your family. A lawyer from our firm can evaluate any settlement offer you receive and advise you accordingly.

Types of WV Car Crashes We Take On

We serve as personal injury lawyers in all types of West Virginia car accident cases, including the following:

Our legal team is connected with some of the top independent accident investigators. They assist in gathering evidence to support a car wreck claim against the negligent parties. Some cases are simple and it is clear a driver was negligent. Others may be heavily challenged by insurance adjusters as to how the car crash occurred. We know exactly what is required to establish an act of negligence but we need to help with your case as early as possible after the accident. It is crucial that none of the critical supporting evidence is lost or destroyed.

Our West Virginia Car Wreck Attorneys Are Ready to Help You

With more than 35 years of combined legal experience, the partners of Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, have the experience and insight you need after a serious car crash in Charleston or elsewhere in West Virginia. Allow us to review your case today in a free consultation. We can answer all of your questions, explain the services we can provide and, ultimately, get to work right away on seeking the compensation you deserve.

Find out if you have a case today. Call (800) 900-0673

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