If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligent or reckless conduct, the challenges and consequences you may be facing can be difficult and overwhelming. When injuries are severe, they can be life-changing and financially burdensome. In West Virginia, personal injury claims are meant to provide a legal avenue to compensate those who have suffered losses through no fault of their own and hold responsible parties accountable for their conduct.
The attorneys at Tiano O’Dell, PLLC, have dedicated their practice to helping injured clients get the compensation they need to move forward after an accident. We know that a personal injury claim cannot erase the injuries and damages that you have suffered, but a settlement or jury award will compensate you for your losses and ensure that you can afford the medical care you need to recover from your injuries.
Our Personal Injury Practice
- Our personal injury team has more than two decades of experience representing clients in personal injury claims. We are committed to our community and individual members who have suffered as the result of someone else’s wrongful conduct. Our attorneys pursue justice and personal accountability on behalf of our clients.
- Our compassionate attorneys take the time to get to know our clients and advocate for their rights. We never compromise what is best for our clients to take the easy way out. We settle a lot of cases for our clients, but unlike some attorneys, we will never encourage our clients to accept an insufficient settlement offer to avoid a trial.
- Because we are exclusively a personal injury practice, we have the experience, knowledge, and resources to handle every type of personal injury claim. We are not afraid to take on powerful defendants and their insurance companies. Our record of success demonstrates that no injury claim is too large or complex for us to handle.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
Our attorneys represent clients in all types of personal injury cases. Some of the most common injury claims that we handle include car accidents, bicycle and pedestrian accidents, children’s injuries, and medical malpractice. We also represent clients in claims involving defective products, boating accidents, dog bites, nursing home abuse, and motorcycle accidents.
When personal injury accidents result in fatal injuries, we represent surviving family members in wrongful death claims. Losing a loved one can be emotionally devastating, and when someone else caused your family member’s death, they should be held accountable. In West Virginia, wrongful death claims are meant to compensate survivors for the damages they have suffered, such as funeral and burial expenses, loss of the decedent’s financial support, and the value of the decedent’s household services.
The Cost of Legal Representation
We know that some injury cases are more difficult to prove than others, and you may be wondering how strong and successful your personal injury claim will be. Our attorneys provide free initial consultations to discuss your accident and injuries. They will evaluate your claim, go over the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and discuss your claim’s potential value.
In addition to free consultations and case evaluations, we never charge our clients’ upfront or out-of-pocket attorneys’ fees. To ease our clients’ financial burdens, we take our personal injury claims on contingency, which means that our fees are based on a percentage of the settlement or trial award that you secure. Our attorneys will not get paid until they have helped you win your claim.
Investigating Your Claim
Once we decide to take on your claim, we will immediately begin the investigation and discovery phase of the legal process. We will interview witnesses and gather information and documents, such as accident reports, that will help prove your claim against the defendant. Our Charleston, West Virginia injury attorneys will not rest until they have found and preserved all available evidence that supports your claim. If necessary, we will also hire professionals for consultations, evaluations, and expert testimony to help prove your claim.
Personal Injury Negotiation and Litigation
Insurance companies are involved in most personal injury claims. Your claim is against the defendant who was at fault for your injuries and damages, but more often than not, it is the defendant’s insurance company that is controlling the settlement negotiations. We work with insurance companies on a regular basis. We know how they operate and the tactics they use when they negotiate settlements.
As mentioned above, we will never encourage you to accept a settlement offer that we think is unfair and will not adequately compensate you for your losses. Our attorneys are firm negotiators, and they do not back down to insurance companies that refuse to agree to reasonable settlement terms. We settle many of our claims, but we also take our cases to trial when we think it is in our clients’ best interests.
Personal Injury Compensation
The value of your claim depends on the extent of the injuries and damages you suffered due to your personal injury accident. Typically, the more severe your injuries are, the higher the value of your claim will be. This is because medical bills are generally more expensive for serious injuries than for minor injuries and because you can collect compensation for the pain and suffering you endured as a result of your injuries. You may also collect compensation for lost wages, disability and disfigurement, and loss of future earnings if permanent injuries impact your ability to work.
Contact Our Personal Injury Attorney
The attorneys at Tiano O’Dell, PLLC, represent injured clients and families who have lost loved ones in all types of personal injury cases. We know that you have significant challenges to face after a personal injury accident, and we can make the financial recovery process easier. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a member of our personal injury team. We will go over your accident, review the injuries and losses you have sustained, and discuss your legal options.