IDAHO FALLS INJURY LAWYER
Idaho Personal Injury Attorney Serving Clients in Idaho Falls
If you recently sustained injuries in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Personal injury laws cover many different types of accidents and injuries, from car crashes to medical malpractice to dog bites. To learn more about filing a lawsuit and seeking compensation for your losses, you should speak with an experienced Boise personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle in Idaho Falls
At Hansen Injury Law, we have years of experience assisting clients with a wide variety of personal injury claims. We regularly help injured plaintiffs in Idaho Falls with the following types of cases:
- Car accidents;
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents;
- Large truck accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Slips and falls and other premises liability lawsuits;
- Medical malpractice; and
- Dog bite injuries.
We routinely assist Idaho Falls clients in securing compensation for severe injuries, including but not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI);
- Spinal cord injury (SCI);
- Neck and back injuries;
- Fractures and broken bones;
- Facial lacerations;
- Organ damage; and
- Amputations and disfigurement.
If you have questions about filing a personal injury claim, an aggressive Idaho Falls personal injury attorney can speak with you today.
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Statute of Limitations for Idaho Personal Injury Claims
When you suffer an injury caused by another party’s negligence and plan to file a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for your losses, it is extremely important to understand how the statute of limitations can affect your case. A statute of limitations is a law that states how long a party has to file a specific type of lawsuit. Different types of claims have different statutes of limitations. Once the statute has “run”—once the time limit has elapsed—the party seeking to file a lawsuit may not be able to do so.
Under Idaho Statutes Section 5-219, anyone who is injured and wants to file a personal injury claim typically has two years from the date of the injury to do so. There are some situations in which the statute of limitations might begin running from the date at which an injured party learns of her injury. Such situations typically arise in medical malpractice lawsuits in which the plaintiff did not realize she had been harmed by a physician’s negligence until after the injury actually occurred. If you were injured because of another party’s negligence or wrongful act, it is extremely important to discuss your case with an Idaho Falls personal injury attorney to ensure that you file your claim within the two-year statute of limitations. If you fail to do so, you may lose your right to initiate a lawsuit.
Comparative Negligence In Your Idaho Falls Personal Injury Case
What happens if the plaintiff bears some responsibility for the accident, or if she is partially to blame for the severity of her injuries? For instance, what if a plaintiff in a car accident lawsuit suffered most of her injuries because she was struck from behind by a speeding, distracted driver, yet she was also following a bit too closely to the vehicle in front of her and sustained additional injuries as a result of her own negligence?
Under Idaho Statutes Section 6-801, contributory negligence, which is also known as comparative responsibility, does not bar a plaintiff from recovery. Idaho’s contributory negligence law states that, as long as a plaintiff is less than 50 percent at fault, then she can recover damages (minus the percentage by which she is liable). How does this work in practice? Say that a jury awards damages to the plaintiff we mentioned above in the amount of $250,000. Yet the jury determines that the plaintiff is 30 percent responsible for her injuries. In this case, the damages award—the $250,000—will be reduced by the 30 percent for which the plaintiff is responsible, or $75,000. When we subject $75,000 from $250,000, we get an award for the plaintiff in the amount of $175,000.
If, however, the jury finds the plaintiff to be 50 percent responsible, then she cannot recover anything. Contributory negligence can be complicated, and it is important to learn more by speaking with an accident lawyer in Idaho Falls.
Contact an Idaho Falls Injury Lawyer
Were you injured in an accident caused by another party’s negligence or wrongful behavior? You should not have to deal with the physical, emotional, and financial losses associated with such an injury. An aggressive personal injury lawyer in Idaho Falls can work with you to seek financial compensation. Contact Hansen Injury Law today to learn more about how we can help with your case.
Hansen Injury Law Firm
Phone: (208) 577-5300