If You Were Hurt, A Charleston, WV Car Accident Attorney Can Help
Experienced lawyers with a record of getting results for clients
Nobody expects to get into a car accident in Charleston. But it only takes one negligent driver to cause a crash that can leave you seriously injured. Suddenly, you are getting medical treatment at CAMC General Hospital or another local medical facility. You are facing months of recovery and likely won’t be able to work for some time.
The experienced Charleston car accident lawyers at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC understand the impact that injuries from a crash can have on you and your family. We know that all you want is the compensation you deserve for the damages you suffered. Our lawyers can guide you through the complicated legal process and fight for you every step of the way.
You may have been hit by a distracted driver making a turn at the corner of Washington Street and Bigley Avenue. A speeding driver may have crashed into you on I-79 or Route 119. Or a reckless driver rear-ended you not far from your neighborhood while you were on your way to the store.
It should be simple. A negligent driver caused the accident. Their insurance company will pay you for the damages you are owed. But unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.
Our lawyers fight for the rights of the injured
Negligent drivers often deny doing anything wrong and refuse to accept responsibility for causing the crash. They may not want to get into trouble or are worried about their insurance rates going up. They may try to blame you for what happened. That leaves you in the position of having to prove the other driver was negligent.
Don’t expect much help from insurance companies. The truth is, they are not on your side. They are interested in resolving your claim as quickly as possible for as little as possible.
There are several ways they will attempt to do this. For example, they may question the seriousness of your injuries. They may seek access to your medical history to try to prove your injuries were pre-existing. Or they’ll make you a settlement offer – one that falls far short of covering the actual damages you suffered in the crash.
Insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their best interests. You need an experienced Charleston car accident attorney who will fight for what’s best for you.
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About our Charleston, WV law firm
The attorneys at Mani Ellis & Layne have been fighting for the injured in West Virginia since our founding in 2007. We know the challenges people face after an accident and are familiar with the tactics used by insurance companies to minimize your claim. We know how to fight back to get the results our clients need – and we have the record to prove it.
The partners in our firm are each members of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums. These are invitation-only memberships offered to attorneys that get sizable settlements and verdicts for clients. Each of our partners also has an AV Preeminent® rating in personal injury law in the Martindale-Hubbell® legal directory.
We seek maximum compensation for our clients. Some of our previous recoveries in cases involving car accident injuries include:
The results we’ve obtained for clients get noticed. But mostly, we just like to help our clients get the compensation they deserve.
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Strong cases built on facts
Our legal team investigates your Charleston car accident to find out what really happened. We gather evidence, including photos of the accident scene and any video from nearby traffic cameras. We carefully review accident reports and medical records. Our lawyers identify and interview witnesses about what happened. If needed, we consult accident reconstruction experts.
This helps us build a strong case for compensation that the insurance company has to take seriously.
How much compensation can you receive? There’s no simple answer to that question as each case is different. It depends on many factors, including the severity of your injuries and insurance policy limits. But in general, you can seek compensation for:
- Current and future medical expenses (including ambulance service, diagnostic tests, imaging tests, surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy, home medical equipment, and doctor appointments)
- Lost wages if you were left unable to work
- Other damages such as pain and suffering
Our lawyers can deal directly with the insurance company on your behalf so you can focus on getting better. We will keep your informed of the progress of your case and guide you through the process every step of the way.
How much will this cost you? You owe us nothing unless we win. Our firm works on a contingency fee basis. That means we pay all the costs of moving your case forward. There are no upfront fees or other charges you need to pay. We don’t get paid until you get paid.
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It costs nothing to talk to us
You may not be sure if you need a lawyer or even if you have a case for compensation. But you should at least learn your options and get the information you need to help you decide what to do next. Your consultation is free – there’s no cost and no obligation.
But don’t wait too long. In West Virginia, the statute of limitations for taking legal action is two years from the date of your accident. That sounds like plenty of time, right? But waiting too long can hurt your case. Evidence disappears. Witnesses forget things. The sooner we can get started on your case, the better.
Even if you were partly to blame for the crash, you may still be able to recover compensation if you were less than 50% at fault under West Virginia’s modified comparative negligent system. Your compensation would be reduced by the amount of your responsibility. For example, if you are awarded $100,000 but found to be 20% at fault, you could recover $80,000.
If you were hurt in a car accident, we can help. One of our attorneys can meet with you at our Charleston office, your home, your hospital room, or another location that is more convenient for you. Contact Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC today to schedule your free consultation. Tell us about what happened and get answers to your questions.
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