Personal Injury

Trusted Charleston WV Injury Law Firm

personal injury claim formThe injury attorneys at Charleston’s Campbell & Smith fight for the rights of injured people in Kanawha County and throughout the Mountain State. We know how to walk into the messy aftermath of an accident and make a difference in the outcome.

Have you been injured because of someone else’s careless behavior?

Few experiences in life are quite so frustrating.

When you go out into the world each morning, you expect the other people you encounter there to follow the rules, behave responsibly, and exercise due care. That’s a reasonable expectation. We all owe it to each other to do the right thing. So when someone else breaks their basic duties as citizens, or as your neighbors, it’s surprising. Indeed, personal injuries usually take people by surprise.

Of course, if you’re one of those people, you’re probably dealing with a lot more than just surprise. The physical pain of a car accident, workplace injury, dog attack, public or private property accident, or any other injury can quickly become overwhelming. But beyond the pain itself, you’re probably also stunned by all the red tape and insurance run-arounds you come up against after a personal injury accident — to say nothing of the emotional distress.

In other words, dealing with an injury isn’t easy for anyone, and the companies involved in these cases (whether an employer, property owner, manufacturer, insurance corporation, or governmental agency) tend to make it much harder than it has to be.

In fact, you might have a hard time getting a fair shake without a lawyer on your side. These days, most companies — and especially insurance companies — do everything they can to minimize their financial liability after an accident. Even if it’s their fault. Even if your injuries are obvious and legitimate. And even if they have a clear legal or contractual duty to pay up.

That’s where we come in.

“When I first had my accident, I was nervous about calling a lawyer.  When the insurance company started calling me, a friend recommended I call Campbell & Smith.  Without them, the insurance company would have taken advantage of me, and I would have received much less money.” –  Jessica T.

We also understand that every single penny counts. Your financial interests matter, just like your health and self-respect matter. It’s our job to protect those things.

Our experienced attorneys know how to negotiate an accident claim in your best interest, pressuring the insurance companies and corporations on the other side to pay you what you’re owed. In many cases, we’re able to increase our clients’ financial compensation without having to go to court — though we’re always ready to take your claim to trial if that’s what justice demands.

Let us fight for you. Contact the injury attorneys in West Virginia at Campbell & Smith today.

Car Accidents

By far the most common source of accidental injury, vehicle collisions are an everyday occurrence in and around Charleston, West Virginia. Most of these accidents are caused by driver negligence.

As West Virginia auto accident attorneys, we can help accident victims demand the compensation they’re truly owed after an unexpected crash. In many cases, the total monetary value is significantly greater than the insurance company’s proposed settlement — and perhaps even more than you yourself might realize.

Our dedicated West Virginia personal injury lawyers assist with accidents involving any kind of vehicles: cars, commercial trucks, SUVs, boats, buses, bicycles, motorcycles, airplanes, Uber accidents, pedestrian injuries, and more. Learn more about our legal representation for auto accidents in West Virginia.

Slip and Fall

Far from a laughing matter, an unexpected slip or trip can lead to serious and even debilitating injuries. These accidents usually happen because a property owner fails to keep the floor clear of slipping hazards for its guests — or because an employer fails to keep the workplace safe and secure.

The most common sites for slip and fall accidents in West Virginia include:

  • Grocery stores
  • Big box stores (like Walmart) and other retailers
  • Theaters
  • Museums
  • Shopping malls
  • Hotels and motels
  • Parking lots and garages
  • Swimming pool areas
  • Amusement parks
  • Factories and other job sites

Our personal injury legal team can assist with these or any other slip and fall injuries.

Dog Bites

Man’s best friend isn’t always so friendly. Dogs and other animals can attack without warning. Generally speaking, pet owners have a responsibility to keep their animals from causing harm to other people — especially if the dog has attacked someone before.

Dog bites can be much more serious than people realize. In fact, animal attacks often result in permanent scarring or debilitating injuries. When the victim is a child or elderly person, a dog attack can even be deadly. Property damage is common too.

If you or your child is suffering after a dog attack in Charleston, West Virginia, let us help.

Workplace Injuries

Employers are legally obligated to take reasonable measures to keep their workers safe from harm. Among other things, that means keeping the jobsite safe and free of hazards.

If you’ve been hurt on the job, your employer might be liable — even if another employee or third party contributed to the injury. Common accidents include:

  • Mechanical injuries (working with machines)
  • Electrocution
  • Falling equipment
  • Slip and fall / falls from heights
  • Crushing injuries
  • Assault and battery
  • Auto accidents while driving for the company

We urge you to contact our office as soon as possible after a job-related accident. Depending on the circumstances, your options may extend beyond the state Worker’s Compensation system.

Premises Liability (Property Injuries)

Property owners are required to keep their premises safe for customers and guests. Too often, however, commercial property owners put their wallets ahead of the people they’re supposed to protect.

When safety slips through the cracks, innocent people are unfairly hurt. We’re here to help accident victims hold negligent property owners accountable. Common premises liability accidents include:

  • Inadequate security
  • Insufficient lighting
  • Negligent security officers
  • Dangerous property conditions
  • Failure to inspect property to find hazards
  • Failure to warn guests about potential dangers
  • Allowing wet, messy, or otherwise dangerous conditions to linger
  • Failure to respond to recent security concerns

Whether your accident happened on public or private property — indoors or outdoors — if you’ve been injured and someone else is at fault, we can help.

Product Liability (Defective Consumer Products or Medications)

Manufacturers are responsible for the safety of the products and medications they put on the market. That includes providing proper warning labels and product instructions. Likewise, retailers and distributors have a duty to keep consumers safe.

If you’ve been injured while using a product or taking a medication, our Charleston WV product liability attorney team can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Negligence

Doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals occupy a unique role in society. They alone have the expertise necessary to keep the rest of us healthy, and they are the only ones who can prescribe medicine, perform surgery, and administer life-saving care.

When doctors breach their duty by behaving carelessly, they and their employers become liable for your injuries. Likewise, nursing homes are responsible for the safety, dignity, and well-being of their residents — and can be held accountable for causing harm. Learn more about our West Virginia medical malpractice and nursing home negligence representation.

Wrongful Death

When a personal injury results in the victim’s death, close relatives may be entitled to recover on their behalf. Wrongful death damages in West Virginia can include loss of love and support, lost income, medical expenses, funeral costs, and more.

These cases are never easy. If you hire us, we lift the burden of litigation onto our own shoulders so that you can focus on grieving and healing. We encourage you to talk to our West Virginia wrongful death attorneys as soon as possible.

FAQ: What Is West Virginia’s Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims?

Generally speaking, the statute of limitations on personal injury claims in West Virginia is two years. That’s smaller than in some other states, which means you shouldn’t wait to talk to a lawyer. If you wait too long, you could lose the chance to ask for any compensation at all — permanently — even if you’re owed a lot of money.

It is in your best interest to contact an injury lawyer in Charleston, WV as soon as possible.

FAQ: How Much Money Can I Recover in a WV Personal Injury Lawsuit?

The amount of money depends on the facts and circumstances of your claim, and no one (not even your lawyer) can ever guarantee a specific outcome. But generally speaking, your claim may cover more than you realize.

West Virginia personal injury law allows victims to recover for:

  • Physical injuries
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost wages
  • Permanent disability
  • Medical expenses
  • Property damages
  • Punitive damages (in certain extreme cases)
  • Other losses reasonably related to the accident

Our office can give you a ballpark idea of how much your claim might be worth by comparing it to similar cases from the past. Contact us to schedule a free case review right away.

Free Case Review with Our Charleston WV Injury Attorneys

Campbell & Smith is a full-service law firm with a vast range of experience in nearly every area of law. We know our way around the courtroom, and we understand the power of aggressive advocacy.

We fight for the people we represent. Let our personal injury lawyers fight for you in West Virginia. Call 304-345-9888 or contact us online to schedule a free case review today.