Despite belief otherwise, personal injury cases only represent a very small percentage of lawsuits filed in Kentucky. These cases often involve life changing events so it is important that you retain an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to protect your interests. Personal injury lawsuits can involve all sorts of scenarios which lead to injuries or death due to the negligence or willful actions of an individual or corporation. Christopher Goode has tried and obtained large settlements for hundreds of injured clients. Here is a list of the most common types of personal injury claims.
1. MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) there were 782 traffic related fatalities in 2017 within Kentucky. Nationally, the numbers are staggering. Over 37,000 people die in road crashes each year and an additional 2.35 million are injured or disabled. Based on these totals, it is no wonder that motor vehicle accident claims are the most common personal injury claim in Kentucky and elsewhere.
Christopher Goode has handled all types of motor vehicle related claims, from motorcycles, tractor trailers, delivery trucks, and even a fatality involving a forklift operating illegally on a road.
2. PREMISES LIABILITY
Premises liability claims also are unfortunately a common personal injury claim. According to the CDC, nearly 3 million people per year are treated in emergency rooms for fall related injuries. Falls are also the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries in the United States. Premises liability claims encompass slip and falls on manmade created hazards, natural hazards, and various scenarios where business owners have created hazards on their property.
Christopher Goode is a leader in Kentucky in handling premises liability claims. He is responsible for convincing the Kentucky Supreme Court to recognize the severity of these claims and brought about a major change in the law which benefits people injured on another’s premises.
3. PRODUCT LIABILITY
Product liability involves injuries caused by a product that is either defectively manufactured or designed. It can also encompass failures by manufacturers to warn consumers of known dangers or risks when using their product. The list of products involved in these claims is wide and varied from medical devices to automobiles to construction equipment.
Product liability cases require specialized knowledge and skill. Christopher Goode has successfully resolved cases involving death and serious injuries against some of the largest corporations in the world. One such case against a foreign auto manufacturer uncovered a defect design resulting in a large recall of the involved auto. Likewise, Christopher Goode represented a young lady who died while using a pain patch that was defectively manufactured resulting in a fatal overdose of medication.
4. NURSING HOME ABUSE
Corporations that manage nursing home facilities often require their employees to do more with less. Their facilities may be severely understaffed. Their workers receive inadequate training. It is the elderly who suffer from worker fatigue and limited skill set.
Throughout Kentucky, families rely on nursing homes to look after their loved one’s well-being. When the companies that own these facilities and other long-term care facilities put their profit over their patient’s welfare, they may jeopardize your loved one’s physical, emotional, mental and financial health. It is critical that a nursing home abuse and neglect attorney have a deep understanding of how these corporations structure their business in order to best protect yourself or a loved one.
5. MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE
According to a study by Johns Hopkins University, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. These claims involve many areas of negligence including surgical errors, prescription errors, traumatic birth injuries, and missed or delayed diagnosis. These cases often involve complex medicine and require an attorney with the proper background and experience to handle. Christopher Goode has handled medical negligence cases throughout Kentucky involving everything from retained foreign objects following surgery, to unnecessary heart procedures.