Experienced West Virginia Car Accident Lawyers Seek Full Compensation
Trustworthy injury attorneys serving Bridgeport, Clarksburg and beyond
West Virginia may be one of the most beautiful states to drive through, but it is also one of the deadliest. Our winding, country roads help make us a leading state for serious car accidents. If you are severely injured, you deserve full compensation for your hospital bills, lost income, and your pain and suffering. Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC has been helping West Virginians recover for personal injuries for more than 30 years. You can trust our firm to provide effective legal representation with personal care and responsiveness.
How much is my West Virginia car accident case worth?
Before negotiations with an insurance company begin, you are already at a disadvantage. Unless you have experience in previous injury claims, you can’t possibly know how much your case is worth. Certainly, you can tally your medical bills and the amount of work you lost due to the accident. But suppose your injury requires future medical attention? What if your injury forces you to retire early or change your career? And how much is your pain and suffering worth?
If you don’t know the settlement figures or jury awards for recent cases like yours, you’re not going to be able to negotiate an appropriate settlement. At Kaufman & McPherson, we’ve managed a wide variety of auto accidents, truck accidents and pedestrian accidents resulting in serious injury and wrongful death. We know how to assemble the evidence to prove the cause of an accident and establish liability.
Why contact an attorney immediately after a car accident?
Many injured parties in a car wreck decide to be patient; they wait to see what the defendant’s insurance company offers before deciding whether to hire an attorney. But an insurance company will always try to settle a case for the lowest amount possible. Hiring an attorney right away gives you several advantages:
- He or she advises you to tell your insurer that you won’t settle for less than the full value of your case.
- Your attorney acts to preserve physical evidence and get witness testimony on the record.
- Your attorney knows how to use rules of discovery to compel defendants to hand over evidence, such as cellphone records that can prove distracted driving caused a crash.
- Your attorney consults with investigators and subject matter experts to strengthen your case.
As time goes on, your case gets weaker. Evidence degrades or disappears. Witnesses’ memories fade. The insurance company lawyers know this, so they drag out settlement talks to gain greater advantage. If you want a timely and fair settlement, it’s critical that you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately.
Effective strategies to settle or litigate your car accident case
We understand that the best outcome for most of our injured clients is a timely settlement for an amount that’s fair. However, it’s not enough to present a reasonable claim backed by strong evidence. Insurance companies rarely settle unless there is a threat of litigation. If they get the idea that a lawyer is afraid to go to court or doesn’t have the resources to prosecute a case, insurers will use delaying tactics to coerce a settlement on their terms. Fortunately, our firm has a strong track record in litigation. Opposing counsel knows that we go to court prepared, and we fight to win.
Contact our Bridgeport law firm for your car accident today
Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC provides effective personal injury representation in Bridgeport, Clarksburg and throughout West Virginia. To schedule a free consultation, call 304-842-4300 or contact our office online. We make home and hospital visits for injured clients who cannot travel to us.