Personal Injury Law Firm in Vermont
If you suffered severe or catastrophic injuries due to an accident that was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to full compensation for your injuries and losses. For 30 years, Vermont personal injury attorney David Lynch has worked to protect the rights of injured accident victims. He and his legal team are ready to help you.
Even when your injuries were caused by someone else, we understand that you might want to avoid conflict. Hiring an attorney can often seem intimidating and stressful. But you should not have to bear the financial consequences of injuries that you’ve suffered through no fault of your own.
That’s why we want to serve as your voice and as an advocate for your best interests. We offer our clients personalized attention to help them feel comfortable, understand their rights, and make the process of pursuing full compensation as stress-free as possible.
Contact Lynch Legal Services, PLLC, to set up a free case evaluation to discuss your claim in further detail with a knowledgeable Vermont personal injury lawyer. We’ll help you learn more about your legal options for pursuing compensation for your injuries and losses.
What Do You Have to Prove in a Personal Injury Claim in Vermont?
A personal injury claim is actionable if you can prove that you have suffered an injury or other physical and emotional harm as a result of the actions of a third party that were either willful, reckless, or negligent act of another party.
Proving that someone willfully caused your injury requires showing that the other party intended to cause harm.
Proving that someone recklessly caused you injury requires that you can show that another person or entity consciously (with full knowledge and intent) disregarded a substantial risk that the person’s or entity’s actions would lead to you suffering bodily injury.
Most personal injury claims are based on a theory of negligence. Proving negligence requires you to establish four elements:
- First, you must establish that the other party owed you a duty of care. The duty of care can vary widely depending on the circumstances of your accident, such as a motorist’s duty to drive carefully and lawfully, or the duty of a property or business owner to take reasonable steps to keep their premises free of dangerous or hazardous conditions.
- Second, you must establish that the other party breached their duty of care in some way.
For example, in a motor vehicle accident, this might be accomplished by showing that the other driver was speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or failed to yield right of way to you.
- Third, you must prove that this breach of the duty of care directly or proximately caused you to suffer injury. A direct cause means that your injury would not have occurred without the other party’s actions or omissions. A proximate cause is when no other cause is more responsible for your injuries.
- Fourth, you must establish that you have suffered damages for which you can be financially compensated. Examples include medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering caused by your injuries.
Types of Personal Injury Cases Our Law Firm Handles
Vermont personal injury attorney David Lynch has 30 years of experience helping injured victims like you. That means you can trust that he has the expertise to help you if you’ve been injured by accidents such as:
- Car Accidents – Car accidents are a common occurrence on Vermont’s roads, but when an accident happens to you it can change your life. We can help you secure compensation from insurance companies for the losses you’ve suffered from a car accident that wasn’t your fault.
- Truck Accidents – Commercial trucks often leave accident victims with serious, life-altering injuries. Our firm has the experience to handle even the most complex truck accident cases to sift through the evidence and identify the party or parties at fault.
- Motorcycle Accidents – Motorcycle riders typically take care to avoid crashes, but in the event of an accident caused by someone else, they are often exposed to catastrophic injuries. We help bikers recover full compensation for their losses when they’ve been involved in an accident caused by another negligent motorist or another party.
- Pedestrian Accidents – The vulnerability of pedestrians to an accident with a motor vehicle means they should be entitled to extra care from drivers on the road. When a motorist negligently hits a pedestrian, the pedestrian should be fully compensated for the significant and life-altering injuries that often result.
- Medical Malpractice – We trust our health care providers to make us better. But sometimes a doctor or other medical professional commits a negligent error that leads to an adverse outcome from treatment. That could be a new injury, a new infection, or a worsening of your existing condition, for example.
- Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents – Property and business owners and occupiers owe a duty to visitors to keep the premises reasonably free of slip and trip hazards, which often go unnoticed by visitors until it’s too late. When a slip or trip and fall accident results in serious, debilitating injuries, we can help you pursue the compensation you need for your recovery.
- Premises Liability – Lawful visitors to someone else’s property are entitled to expect that the property is free of unreasonably dangerous conditions that may cause injury. When a defective, dangerous, or hazardous condition on someone else’s residential or commercial property leads you to suffer an accident, we can help you hold the property or business owner or occupier accountable.
- Dog Bites – Even the most well-behaved dogs can bite or attack for seemingly no reason. We understand why you might hesitate to bring a claim against a friend, family member, or neighbor whose dog bit you. But our firm can pursue your dog bite claim to ensure that your damages are paid by the insurance company and not out of the pockets of your family member, friend, or neighbor.
- Wrongful Death – If your family has had a loved one who passed away due to injuries in an accident that was caused by someone else, your family can pursue compensation and justice on behalf of your loved one.
Common Types of Injuries Caused by Accidents
Accidents caused by somebody else’s negligent or reckless behavior can lead to a wide variety of serious, life-altering injuries such as:
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
What Is Your Personal Injury Claim Worth?
If you’ve been injured by somebody else, you will want to determine how much the other negligent party owes you for your injuries. This can be a complex question. Obviously, the injury you have suffered cannot be undone. The courts are limited to providing you with monetary compensation. The compensation you could receive in a personal injury claim will largely depend on the severity of your injuries, the extent of your losses, and the amount of insurance coverage or other assets available to pay a claim.
Some of the damages you could be compensated for in a Vermont personal injury case include:
- Medical expenses, such as ER visits, surgeries and other medical procedures, pain medication prescriptions, physical/occupational therapy, doctor’s appointments, or medical/mobility equipment you purchase for your treatment and relief
- Costs of personal and home care, when your injuries prevent you from performing personal care or home maintenance tasks
- Lost wages, income, or business opportunities when you are forced to miss work while recovering from your injuries
- Lost earning capacity, if your injuries leave you with disabilities that prevent you from returning to your old job
- Pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life
You may also be entitled to compensation for property that was damaged or destroyed in the accident that injured you.
Assessing proper damages is often a complex problem. You may need expert medical opinions in order to establish how an injury has affected your body or what you may need for future medical care. You may need professional assistance to determine present or projected future lost income. We regularly work with experts from many fields to assist our clients in obtaining the compensation that the law allows.
What Is the Time Limit for Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Vermont?
In Vermont, you generally have three years from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit against the party or parties liable for your losses.
In limited circumstances, this three-year statute of limitations can be paused, or “tolled.” This is possible for a minor child who suffers an injury (they have three years from their 18th birthday), or if you do not initially know that you have been injured or who was responsible for your injury (in which case the limitation period begins when you discover that you have a cause of action to sue).
If you don’t file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires on your claim, the court will most likely permanently bar your claim.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help with Your Case
Even when you know you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you may not want to undertake the challenges of pursuing compensation for your injuries on your own. Let our Vermont personal injury attorney help take the stress of pursuing financial recovery off you by:
- Conducting an investigation into your claim to recover evidence that proves fault for your accident
- Collaborating with highly experienced experts to help us build a strong, persuasive argument on your behalf
- Documenting your injuries so we ensure you receive full compensation
- Filing your claim with the relevant at-fault parties and insurance companies, and communicating with adjusters and representatives on your behalf
- Preparing your case to be filed in court, if settlement of your claim isn’t possible, and advocating on your behalf all the way to trial to get you the recovery you deserve
Our firm works to help you obtain the fair outcome you deserve so that you can fully recover and get back to your normal life.
Steps to Take to Protect Your Rights After an Accident
An accident can be a shocking or disorienting experience, making it difficult to think about how to protect your rights. However, you can put yourself in the best position possible by following the advice below:
- Notifying the appropriate parties about your accident, such as contacting law enforcement if you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident, or notifying a property owner or business manager if you are injured in a premises liability accident.
- Collecting the names and contact information for each of the parties involved in your accident, as well as any bystanders who may have witnessed your accident and can later provide a statement.
- Documenting the accident scene by taking photos or video of details of the scene, as well as photos of any visible injuries you may have suffered.
- Getting checked out by a physician, even if you don’t feel like you were seriously hurt. It can take hours or even days to begin feeling pain or other symptoms of certain injuries, but promptly diagnosing your injuries will allow you to get treatment faster (possibly improving your prognosis and/or recovery time) and also help establish that those injuries were caused by the accident
- Get a free case review from Lynch Legal Services, PLLC, to learn more about your legal rights and options following your accident.
Talk to a Vermont Personal Injury Lawyer Now
If have been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior, schedule a free, no-pressure consultation to talk with a Vermont personal injury lawyer from Lynch Legal Services, PLLC.
Our goal is simply to help you recover from your accident and injuries. Our client-focused approach is aimed at ensuring that you have the understanding you need in even the most complex personal injury cases – and the confidence to pursue the financial recovery you need for your injuries.