Fayetteville, Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyer
There is nothing more devastating than sustaining a life-altering injury at the hands of a negligent party. Unfortunately, this is something that happens every single day here in the state of Arkansas. For this reason, personal injury attorneys exist. Here at the Knapp Law Firm, our goal is to help those who’ve been hurt due to the carelessness of others get the compensation they need to move on with their lives. If you’ve been hurt due to no fault of your own, please don’t hesitate to contact a competent Fayetteville personal injury lawyer from our legal team to learn whether you should qualify for compensation and how our firm can help you through the process ahead.
Why Hire an Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyer?
Personal injury lawsuits are complex matters that involve a lot of investigative resources and expert legal analysis. You should seek experienced legal representation if you are seeking to file a personal injury lawsuit. The attorneys at The Knapp Firm have extensive experience helping injured people obtain compensation for injuries they suffered because of the negligence of others.
Our Personal Injury Services
The Knapp Law Firm proudly handles a wide range of personal injury claims on behalf of our wrongfully injured clients. Just some of the claims we handle involve the following:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Slip and Fall Cases
- Work Injuries
- Defective Products
- Dog Bites
- Medical Malpractice
- Wrongful Death
If you were injured in any of the aforementioned circumstances, or you lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence, there’s a strong chance you will qualify for compensation, and our dedicated legal team is here to help you get it.
How Do I Know if I Have a Valid Personal Injury Claim?
Filing a personal injury suit in Arkansas is a way of obtaining the financial remuneration you deserve if you suffered injuries because of what others did or failed to do. A personal injury lawsuit is based on the legal idea of negligence. For a person to show that an individual or entity was negligent and liable for injuries, a person must be able to prove that:
- The negligent party owed a duty of care to the person;
- The negligent party failed to exercise reasonable care in fulfilling this duty to the person, therefore breaching that duty;
- The negligent party acted or failed to act in a way that breached a duty of care and caused the person’s injury; and
- The person suffered actual harm because of the defendant’s negligent party’s breach of duty.
Proving negligence requires individuals who file personal injury suits to collect evidence, analyze the law and facts, and argue for liability in court. The Knapp Firm can provide seasoned legal counsel that stems from years of experience representing clients in personal injury suits, including motor vehicle accidents.
What Evidence Should I Collect After an Accident?
The types of evidence you should collect will depend on the accident itself. For example, if you were injured due to dangerous property conditions, you should photograph the property hazard that caused your accident. If you were hurt in an auto accident, you should photograph any damage to vehicles and property. You should also ensure you gather witness contact information (regardless of the type of accident) and keep copies of all medical documentation pertaining to your injuries. You should also always call emergency services to the scene of the accident, as police will typically write up an accident report, detailing the fact of the incident.
What is the 50 Percent Bar Rule?
When it comes to personal injury claims, many states have rules in place that regulate the degree of fault to which an injured party may have contributed to an accident while still retaining the ability to sue the party responsible for their injuries. In Arkansas, the 50 percent bar rule essentially states that you may receive compensation for injuries sustained as long as it is determined that you were less than 50 percent responsible for an accident. That said, you will receive a diminished amount of compensation correlated to the amount of fault ascribed to you. For example, if you were deemed 20 percent at fault for an accident, you will receive 20 percent less compensation than you would have, had you been 0 percent at fault.
How Long Do I Have to Sue for an Injury in Arkansas?
All states have timeframes for filing personal injury suits in state courts. This is called the statute of limitations, and in Arkansas, the limitations period is three years after an accident. Failure to adhere to this limitations period may result in the court barring an individual from filing a suit or refusing to hear the lawsuit at all. If the injured party did not discover injuries until after the accident, the three-year limitations period may start running from the date the injuries were discovered.
Is There a Limit to How Much Compensation I Can Recover?
Some states have laws that limit the amount of damages, which is the amount of monetary compensation an injured person may receive in a personal injury lawsuit. These limits usually apply to the amount of non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, or apply limitations only to particular kinds of cases such as medical malpractice lawsuits. In Arkansas, however, the state constitution has a provision that prohibits the state from passing limitations or caps on damages that may be recovered in personal injury cases.
Contact a Fayetteville Personal Injury Lawyer Today
The bottom line is that if you were hurt in an accident due to no fault of your own, the most important thing you can do is speak with a competent personal injury lawyer who can help you gather and present all of the evidence you need to satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim. Fayetteville personal injury lawyers from our legal team are ready to help you. All you need to do is contact us today so we can get started on your claim. Our consultations are free, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by simply reaching out to our firm.