Personal Injury FAQs
Through our 80 years of combined experience, our personal injury lawyers at O’Brien Batten & Kirtley, PLLC, has heard every question from our clients. Understandably, most issues focus on worrying about the future. Read on for answers to some commonly asked questions, or call us at 859-554-4727.
We are happy to answer your injury case questions or schedule a free initial consultation via phone or online form.
How will I handle my monthly expenses while injured?
Many clients choose to use their sick, vacation and other paid time off while they recover from their injuries. If these are exhausted, we can assist you with options such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, short-term disability or Social Security Disability benefits. When the case is closed, you will receive the compensation to cover these expenses. There are also state-run programs to help with finances.
Will I lose my home while I cannot work?
We can assist you to fight to keep your home. There are several possible options. The federal government can offer loan modifications. You can also contact your mortgage lender about the accident. They have solutions such as the Home Affordable Modification Program.
How will I afford food while I’m recovering?
Not having an income during a long recovery is a scary time. Kentucky offers programs for food and other essentials if you do not have insurance and cannot afford food during your injury recovery. Insurance, short-term and long-term disability through your employer can also assist during this time.
Who pays for medical expenses?
In many cases, you must pay the medical bills upfront or in a few months. We can help fight back if insurance agencies do not cover your bills. You will be able to reimburse yourself for medical expenses when the case is settled or won in court. Generally, most cases settle outside of court. Soon after the settlement, you will receive the monetary compensation ordered by the judge.
How will this injury affect my quality of life?
A catastrophic or lasting injury will change your quality of life. Seeing a victim’s frustrations and not being able to turn back the clock is one of the most challenging parts of our job. What we can do is fight for your future.
Throughout your case, we will utilize experts and medical professionals to gather accurate estimates on how your future quality of life may look. This information is used to determine the amount of compensation you are owed.
Financial compensation for pain and suffering will not give you your old life back, but we hope it can help make your life feel as “back to normal” as possible. If there is anything we can do to change your quality of life, do not hesitate to tell us during your case consultation.
Who will take care of me during my recovery?
Many clients choose to have their family care for them during recovery if their insurance policies allow for short-term caretaker leave. This often applies to immediate family members only. There are also nurses and in-home care options that you may have to pay for upfront. These types of services can be compensated for when the case concludes.
How much is my injury claim worth?
This can depend on many variables. The best way to have an estimate on your case is to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys to review the case details. Typically, smaller injuries are compensated from $1,000 to $99,000, and catastrophic injuries receive $100,000 to millions of dollars.
View our past settlements to get a good idea of what you can expect from our attorneys.