Arkansas Personal Injury Attorneys
By Chris Kramer
If you've recently suffered a personal injury, there's little doubt you're reeling from the financial and medical drama that has followed.
It may seem like there are a million things to organize and a million decisions to make before you can even get started on the road to recovery. Don't let all of this work weigh you down. Hire an Arkansas personal injury lawyer to help.
Whether you've suffered a burn, auto accident, animal bite, or other type of injury, you can talk to an Arkansas injury lawyer about getting your life back on track.
Fill out our free case evaluation form, or call us toll-free at 877-288-7564, and we will put you in touch with an injury lawyer in your area.
Arkansas Comparative and Contributory Negligence
Comparative negligence allows an injury victim to seek compensation for any part of his or her injury that wasn't their fault. For example, if you are involved in a car accident and you are partially at fault for that accident, you can still seek damages from the other parties who were also at fault for your injuries based on their percentage of fault.
Contributory negligence is a defense that can prevent victims from collecting any compensation for an accident for which they are in any way to blame. "Pure contributory negligence" does still exist in some states - meaning that if a victim is found in any way at fault for his or her personal injury, the victim cannot collect any compensation from other parties for the injury.
This defense has been modified in many states so that a victim who is less than 50% at fault for his or her accident can still seek compensation for injuries.
"Pure comparative negligence" is kind of the opposite of pure contributory negligence - it allows a victim of injury who may have been mostly responsible for the accident to collect damages from the parties that were less at fault for the injury. "Modified comparative negligence," however, allows a victim to recover only if their fault level is below a certain percentage.
Arkansas Negligence Laws
In Arkansas, modified comparative negligence applies. If you are 50% or more at fault for an accident, you are not able to collect damages for any injuries you may have. If you are found to be 49% or less at fault, you can still seek compensation for your personal injury.
Certain additional statutes apply to comparative negligence principles in the state of Arkansas - so the way it affects your case may vary.
Let a Lawyer Handle Insurance Companies
Although the insurance industry bases its business on the protection of normal people like you, your personal well-being may not actually be their number one priority.
Insurance representatives may sound like they are offering you help and advice, when in fact they are often trying to get you to minimize your claim. The less money the company has to pay you, the more money it gets to keep for itself.
An Arkansas injury lawyer can help deal with the insurance companies, negotiate on your behalf, and help get the full compensation you deserve.
Know Your Rights
Don't believe the false idea that all lawsuits are a waste of time. If you've been injured as the result of somebody else's negligence, or if a party contractually obligated to compensate your grievances (such as an insurance company) is failing in its responsibility, you deserve the chance to fight for your case.
An Arkansas personal injury lawyer can help. Contact us now and today to get started!