Injuries happen. When your injuries are due to someone else’s negligence, such as a motor vehicle accident, slip-and-fall or other incident, there are Lawyers in Anchorage Ak that are experienced and effective in taking you through the entire process, from intake to trial, in order to get you the compensation you deserve.
Most relevant to your negligence case is Alaska Statutes Title 28 (Motor Vehicles) and Title 9 (Code of Civil Procedure). These statutes afford you only two (2) years from the date you are injured—or at least the date you discover your injury—to file your lawsuit. Lawyers in Anchorage Ak know that if you miss this deadline, you are not likely ever going to be able to bring your claim. So, if you are involved in any incident where you think you may have been injured, be sure to seek immediate medical evaluation and treatment and contact an attorney.
Some other things an experienced Anchorage attorney will know is that your claim is subject to a “comparative fault” analysis. If a judge or jury finds you partly responsible for the incident that led to your injury, your award will be reduced accordingly. For example, if you prove $120,000.00 worth of injuries to yourself, but a judge or jury decides that you were forty (40%) percent responsible, you will only receive a payment $72,000.00. That is why Lawyers in Anchorage Ak must fight not only to prove your injuries, but also to prove that the incident was entirely the other person’s fault.
Did you know that Alaska set limits on the amounts awards for certain types of cases? In medical malpractice cases, “pain and suffering” awards, or non-economic awards, are limited to the greater of $400,000, or $8,000 for each year a person is expected to remain alive. Punitive damages are not typically awardable in personal injury cases.
As there is a lot to know, even at the outset, it is crucial to reach out to an attorney for advice. From insurance paperwork to medical treatment to obtaining records to gathering evidence to the discovery process to depositions to trial and beyond, there are rules that experienced attorneys will know. The failure to abide by any one of these rules could torpedo your entire case. Accordingly, no matter how minor you believe your personal injuries to be, speak with Lawyers in Anchorage Ak to make sure you are able to obtain the maximum compensation you are entitled to.