Were you hurt in a West Virginia car or truck crash caused by someone else's carelessness? Did your child suffer injuries after being neglected or mistreated at daycare? If you are grappling with damages like medical bills and lost wages as a result, you need help. While you may have heard such events described as "accidents" elsewhere, at Bailess Law Firm, we reject that term.
There's nothing "accidental" about reckless actions that harm others. This is negligence—and when you or someone you love is injured due to another person or entity's negligent conduct, the idea that you could be the one bearing the financial consequences can be particularly frustrating. Fortunately, we can help.
Personal injury laws give victims the ability to take legal action against the responsible party (or parties) and seek compensation for damages. Our accomplished attorneys fight for the financial recovery you deserve, handling all aspects of the civil litigation process, so you can focus on your family's physical and emotional healing.
Cases We Accept
Bailess Law Firm is a trusted name in West Virginia personal injury litigation. Our skilled lawyers handle a wide range of negligence-related injury matters, with a special emphasis on cases involving:
We apply the same dedication, determination, and passion to each and every case—and our results speak for themselves.
Personal Injury Case Basics
West Virginia's personal injury laws can be complex. Here are a few key details you need to know before filing an insurance claim or lawsuit.
Damages That May Be Available
Our tenacious legal team helps clients pursue a robust recovery for a wide range of economic and non-economic damages. Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may be able to secure compensation for:
- Medical expenses (included related future costs)
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain and suffering
- Psychological trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Other losses
In cases where the defendant's conduct is deemed especially heinous because it was intentional or showed reckless disregard for life, safety, or the law, judges or juries might also award punitive damages. Unlike economic and non-economic damages, which are compensatory, punitive damages serve to punish the defendant and deter similar behavior in others.
What You Have to Prove
You've been injured, and you're confident you know who's at fault, but before you can take home damages, you—and your attorney—have to prove your case. Specifically, you have to show that:
- The defendant had a duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid harming you
- The defendant breached that duty, which resulted in you being injured
- Your injuries were directly caused by the defendant's negligent actions
- The injuries you sustained resulted in economic and/or non-economic losses
You might think that if you are partially responsible for a car crash or truck wreck, you're not eligible for compensation. However, West Virginia follows comparative negligence rules, which means you may still be entitled to a settlement or financial award, but your monetary recovery may be reduced to reflect your percentage of fault.
Statute of Limitations
The time to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit isn't unlimited. West Virginia gives victims just two years to take legal action. Those who fail to file within the two-year time frame effectively forfeit their right to pursue damages. Don't let this happen to you. Hire an attorney well in advance of this deadline to ensure that they have plenty of time to prepare your case.
Representation That Exceeds Expectations
Whether you were hurt in a car or truck crash or recently discovered that your child was a victim of daycare negligence, it's vital to have skilled legal counsel you can count on. That's just what you'll find at Bailess Law Firm. Our exceptional injury lawyers will thoroughly investigate the incident in question, gather essential evidence, interview witnesses, confer with experts, and build a strong case for damages. You'll also receive attentive, personalized client support.
Talk to Us About Your Case
Ready to find out what our accomplished legal team can do for you and your case? Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your personal injury matter.