Rock Springs Personal Injury Lawyer
While no hard and fast statistics exist on how many personal injury cases happen in the United States each year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that about 24.5 million emergency room visits happen each year as a result of accidental injury. Even if only a fraction of those visits happened due to another person’s negligence or reckless behavior, the numbers definitely add up – and for the injured person, a long and difficult process begins, particularly if their injuries are severe. Expenses will begin to accumulate – not only medical bills, but also expenses like lost wages, emotional stress, or loss of support and services – and even if you have insurance, they may be reluctant to pay your claims. Your family can face serious financial consequences, all because of another person’s carelessness.
Psychologists rank a major illness or injury among the five most potentially stressful events a person can experience, and being injured in an accident specifically can compound that stress. It is perhaps understandable that some people forgo the chance to file suit against the person who caused their injuries; they believe that the stress of a lawsuit is too much to bear. However, you only get one chance at closure and compensation.
Cases, where one person is injured due to another person’s negligence, are brought under a legal theory known as personal injury. It is based on trying to establish that the defendant was negligent – that is, they failed to use the care expected of a reasonable person – and because of that negligence, you, the plaintiff, was injured. Some people chose to file personal injury lawsuits themselves but enlisting an experienced Rock Springs personal injury lawyer from Freeburg Law, LLC can improve your odds of prevailing in your suit.
We handle many different types of personal injury cases. Some of the most common include:
Car Accidents: Car crashes cause the most accidental injuries in the U.S. each year, and sometimes, those accidents occur because someone else is operating their vehicle negligently. If you suspect the other driver of not using due care, you may have a case.
Truck Accidents: Truck accident cases can be complex, because depending on the situation, it may be possible to hold both the truck driver and their employer accountable.
Motorcycle Accidents: Motorcyclists face enhanced dangers on Wyoming roads, simply because of the size of their vehicles and the comparative lack of protection from injury. However, juries are sometimes biased against motorcyclists, and you may need a good attorney to help overcome that inclination.
Slip-And-Fall Accidents: While most people think of slipping in a grocery store, slip-and-fall accidents can happen just about anywhere – and very often, the landowner or property owner may be liable because of it. These fall under a legal heading called premises liability.
Assaults: While assault is a crime in most situations, an injured person can also file a civil suit against a person who allegedly assaulted them, seeking monetary damages instead of jail time.
If you have been injured in this type of accident, you need a Rock Springs personal injury attorney who understands both people and the process. Attorney Alex Freeburg has been a prosecutor and a defense attorney; he has both brought and defended against civil lawsuits. Having experience of all sides of the system can help to put each case in context, which in turn can make sure that you understand exactly how your case might stack up.
If you bring your case to Freeburg Law, LLC, our approach to handling it will not be the same as every other firm’s. We have a process that we follow with every personal injury case, which puts clients first instead of treating people in need like numbers. Most cases follow a similar pattern: consultation, investigation, discovery, and in rare cases, eventual trial, though the majority of personal injury lawsuits do settle. Only around 5 percent ever actually go to trial, according to the U.S. Justice Department – but an experienced Rock Springs injury attorney is still necessary. We investigate all possible avenues to ensure that we have as much evidence as possible to show exactly what happened in your case.
Most importantly, Freeburg Law, LLC understands that your time is valuable and that when you have been injured, you need help and understanding, not another frustrating bureaucratic process. We respond to client calls as quickly as possible and work hard to make sure our clients are always up to date with the progress of their case. The more information you have, the better decisions you are able to make, and the less time you will need in which to make them. In most cases, the statute of limitations on a personal injury case in Wyoming is only 4 years – but in some situations, it can shrink to only 2 years. While this sounds like a long time, it passes in the blink of an eye; even if it has not been very long since your accident, time may still be of the essence.
The legal process can be overwhelming if you try to do it alone. In Wyoming, the burden of proof is on the injured plaintiff to establish that they were injured due to the defendant’s actions (or inaction), rather than on the defendant to prove they did not injure the plaintiff. This means that the plaintiff has to establish certain legal facts to the court’s satisfaction – for example, in most negligence cases, the plaintiff must establish that a duty existed for the defendant to exercise reasonable care toward the plaintiff (or anyone in the plaintiff’s position). A failure on the defendant’s part to exercise reasonable care can lead to a finding of negligence – but if the plaintiff cannot establish that the duty was owed, the case falls apart at that point. A Wyoming personal injury lawyer who is well versed in this type of law, and can help ensure that your case is presented in the best light possible, can make all the difference.
Contact A Rock Springs, WY Personal Injury Attorney
When you have been injured, you need someone on your side who believes in your cause and will work hard to make sure that your rights are represented during the legal process. Alex Freeburg and Freeburg Law, LLC will put in the work to make sure your case is properly heard. Contact our office via our website form, or on the telephone at (307) 201-9095.