Elizabethtown Personal Injury Lawyers
A dedicated Kentucky personal injury firm representing clients in all types of accident claims
Being involved in any Kentucky accident can have disastrous consequences on both an individual as well as their family. In many cases, those who suffer severe injuries after an Elizabethtown personal injury accident miss work, time away from loved ones and are then left with costly medical bills. At Hessig & Pohl, we are ready to help you. Our team of experienced injury lawyers represents clients who have been injured in all types of personal injury accidents, from truck accidents to slip-and-falls.
We form the basis of our representation on the firm conviction that we represent clients, and not just their cases. Our attorneys take the time to listen to your needs and concerns before recommending any course of action. And once we file a claim on your behalf, we make ourselves available to our clients, providing them with all updates. At Hessig & Pohl, we deliver the highest level of representation to those who have suffered severe injuries.
An experienced team of Hardin County injury lawyers helping accident victims reclaim their lives
No matter how careful or well-prepared one is, some accidents are entirely unpredictable. As dedicated Elizabethtown injury attorneys, we have experience handling a wide range of personal injury claims, including:
Car accidents – Kentucky car accidents are among the most common type of Elizabethtown personal injury claims. In fact, each year in Hardin County, there are more than 3,000 motor vehicle accidents, with over 700 of these resulting in serious injury to at least one person. Kentucky drivers are required to operate their vehicles safely, following all traffic laws and posted signs. Most Elizabethtown car accident claims involve a driver’s negligence, whether it be texting while driving, failing to yield, or running a stop sign.
Truck accidents – Due to its central location, Kentucky sees higher-than-average semi-truck traffic. Elizabethtown is no exception, as it is situated on Interstate 65, between Louisville and Nashville. As a result of all this semi-truck traffic, Hardin County sees the fifth-highest number of truck accidents in Kentucky. Truck accident cases often raise unique issues such as employer liability, maintenance issues and driver compliance with federal regulations. It is essential Elizabethtown truck accident victims discuss their situation with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney.
Dog bites – While most dogs are loving family members, some will attack unprovoked. In most cases, this is due to the animal being neglected or an owner’s failure to secure their pet. Kentucky’s dog bite law applies strict liability to animal owners. Because of this, victims of a dog’s attack need not show that the animal’s owner was negligent or had any idea that their animal was aggressive or capable of attacking.
Slip-and-Falls – Kentucky landowners owe their victors a duty of care and can be held liable through an Elizabethtown slip-and-fall lawsuit for injuries occurring on their property. Kentucky maintains the old common-law distinctions between trespasser, licensee and invitee. The extent of that duty depends on the relationship between the landowner and the visitor, and the reason for the visit. Customers and other guests who are visiting for business purposes are owed the highest duty of care. While trespassers are typically owed a lesser duty, the Kentucky attractive nuisance doctrine imposes liability on landowners who fail to guard against a dangerous condition on their property that may appeal to children, who lack the sense of judgment to avoid the danger.
Workers’ compensation – Over 40,000 employees are injured each year in Kentucky workplace accidents. Most of these workers can solely seek compensation through the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Law. Workers’ compensation claims are easier to prove because they do not require the injured employee to establish that another party was at fault. However, one drawback to these claims is that only certain types of damages are covered. Most importantly, Elizabethtown workers’ compensation claims will not compensate an employee for any pain and suffering they endured as a result of the accident. Of course, depending on the nature of the accident, there may be ways for injured workers to pursue a third-party personal injury claim against a non-employer.
Proportionate liability in Kentucky personal injury cases
In any Elizabethtown personal injury case, it is the job of a judge or jury to determine the fault of each party involved. In some cases, a party who was seriously injured was also partially responsible for causing the accident that led to their injuries. The fault determination can significantly impact the amount of compensation an injured party receives.
When a plaintiff is alleged to be partially at fault, Kentucky’s pure comparative fault doctrine is used to determine how the plaintiff’s recovery is affected by their own actions. Simply stated, an injured party’s total recovery amount will be reduced by their percentage of fault. Thus, if a plaintiff sustains $500,000 in total damages after a truck wreck, but is found to be 20 percent at fault for the accident, they will recover $400,000 rather than the full $500,000. This illustrates the importance of working with a skilled Elizabethtown personal injury lawyer to reduce the chances of a defendant shifting liability onto a plaintiff, reducing their total recovery amount.
Contact an experienced Elizabethtown personal injury attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of accident, you deserve to have an experienced personal injury law firm on your side. At Hessig & Pohl, our knowledgeable attorneys can help you pursue a claim for compensation based on the injuries you have sustained, regardless of the type of accident. We handle Elizabethtown motor vehicle accidents, as well as slip-and-fall claims and wrongful death cases. We believe in representing clients, and not just their cases, and cater our representation to the individual needs of each client. We will not collect a fee unless we can help you recover compensation for your injuries. Contact us through our website, or call our office at (502) 777-1111.
Marty fought for me when the insurance company denied my claim. We sued and got the insurance limits.