Serious injuries have devastating effects on injury accident victims and their families. Often, when a serious injury happens, income stops and medical bills start. From medical bills and lost wages to substantial property damage and permanent disabilities, accident victims are often left with mounting expenses and an uncertain future. Injured accident victims have legally protected rights. They have the right to be compensated for all the damage they suffered which is caused by another person’s negligence. Too often, accident victims are not fairly compensated for the injuries they have suffered. Unless they are represented by a knowledgeable and dedicated attorney experienced in handling injury and death cases who can sue the wrongdoers, victims will be uncompensated or under-compensated.
With more than thirty years of experience advocating for his clients, Alaska attorney Elliott T. Dennis understands the needs of accident victims and their families who are coping with the effects of a catastrophic injury or loss of a loved one. He is experienced in the litigation of many different types of personal injury and wrongful death claims and can help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled to for your injuries and losses. Contact Elliott T. Dennis for a free evaluation of your personal injury or wrongful death claim. For more information concerning personal injury claims, wrongful death claims, and applicable insurance policies, read on.
Personal Injury Claim
A personal injury claim arises when a person is injured by the negligent conduct of another person. The law assumes that individuals have a duty to conform to a certain standard of behavior. This standard is defined as what a “reasonable person” would do in a similar situation. If a person fails to act as a “reasonable person”, he or she has acted negligently. When a person negligently causes a serious injury or loss of life, that person or his insurance company is financially responsible under the law.
The law entitles personal injury victims to be fairly compensated for their injuries by payment for damages caused. The total amount of money due is based on the kind and extent of loss actually suffered by the accident victim or his/her family. Examples of the loss or injuries for which damage payments may include: loss of wages, medical expenses, property damage, inconvenience, emotional distress, pain and suffering, temporary and permanent impairment, scarring and more. An injured person may also recover punitive damages, which are damages awarded to punish the offender when his or her actions were particularly malicious or outrageous.
Individuals in Alaska who have sustained a serious injury or lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or intentional conduct should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. A qualified attorney will preserve crucial evidence, interview witnesses, deal with the insurance company, file all the necessary legal paperwork on time, and help the accident victim pursue civil litigation or negotiate with the insurance company to recover damages.
Of critical importance to an injured person or his/her survivors is whether the person or company responsible for his/her injury has insurance, how much insurance coverage exists, and whether the coverage applies to the injury. If there is no insurance, an injured person is not likely to recover adequate, if any, compensation for his/her injuries. This can be financially devastating. Alaska personal injury and wrongful death attorney, Elliott T. Dennis, will find applicable insurance, if it exists, as soon as possible after he is hired to represent a client. For information about some common insurance coverages, read on.