John Byrnes, Personal Injury Lawyer
Unlike Many Other Firms In Louisville, KY– I Focus on Being a Personal Injury Lawyer, Period.
That way . . .I can spend all my time making sure you get the maximum care and financial compensation you deserve. Call me now at(502)364-2500 to personally discuss your case. . . .
John Byrnes is located in Louisville, KY and represents clients here in Louisville and all over the state of Kentucky. John is an experienced Louisville Personal Injury Lawyer representing clients and providing them with the highest quality legal service in a wide range of legal matters including, but not limited to; property injuries, car wreck injury, medical malpractice, and all types of personal injury. We strive to provide excellent legal guidance and advice to every one of our clients and ensure that their legal rights are protected. With John Byrnes representing you, you can be confident that your injury case will be handled with the highest level of professionalism.
Personal Injuries and Accidents
Injuries and accidents are an unfortunate fact of life, and can happen to anyone at anytime. A personal injurycan severely impact your life, leaving you with expensive medical bills and lost wages. At the Byrnes law firm, we will listen to you and take a personal interest in your case to ensure that you receive the compensation and support you need to put your life back together after an injury. If you need a personal injury attorney in Louisville, Kentucky, John represents clients in a wide range of injury cases Here are some various types of injury and accidents.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Hit and Run Wreck
- Motorcycle Wreck
- Pedestrian Wreck
- School Bus Wreck
- 18 Wheeler Wreck
- Truck and Van Wreck
Crime Victim Injury
- Assault, Shooting Victim
- Campus Crime
- Coach or Priest Sex Abuse
- Sex Assault
- Harm By Any Criminal Act
- School Assault
Civil Rights Injury
- Racial Discrimination
- Sex Abuse, Harassment, Assault
- Religious Discrimination
- Police Misconduct and Brutality
- False Arrest or Imprisonment
- Excessive and Deadly Force
- Construction Accidents
- Industrial Accidents
- Falling Objects
- School Bus Wreck
- Machine Entanglement
- Parking Lot Accidents
- Birth Injury
- Bodily Injury
- Cerebral Palsy and Other Palsy
- Hospital and Surgical Errors
- Misdiagnosis of Diseases
- Nursing Home and Elder Care Abuse
- Hotel Accident
- Daycare Accident
- Dog Bites
- Drowning Accident
- Elevator Accident
- Slip and Fall Accident
Asking yourself: Do I need to call a personal injury attorney? Is my case worth pursuing?
This is a common question. Many people wrongly assume that every little injury is just cause for a legal claim. On the other hand, many people wrongly assume their case has no merit. That’s why it can be so important to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case reviewed by an expert. A successful personal injury claim requires 4 things: Duty, breach of that duty, causation of the injuries due to the breach, and damage incurred as a result of the breach. Without all four items, success is highly unlikely.
DutyA duty is simply an obligation. A few examples include the obligation of a teacher to supervise the children in her classroom or the duty of a storeowner to provide a safe environment for shoppers, employees, and anyone else in their store. It’s required to show that the defendant had a duty to the plaintiff.
BreachPerhaps there was a duty, but was that duty breached? Not all accidents are caused by a breach of duty. Accidents can occur in the absence of any negligence.
CausationThe breach of duty must have led directly to the injuries. In many cases, there are simply too many ‘steps’ between the breach and the causation. It’s also possible that too much time had elapsed between the two. The timing and circumstances must support the premise that the breach of duty directly caused the accident that resulted.
DamagesYou may have slipped on a freshly mopped floor, but if you weren’t injured, it’s unlikely you have a case. Physical injury, medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and emotional trauma are common damages.
Compensatory vs. Punitive Damages
The first step to a successful personal injury lawsuit is to prove negligence on the part of the defendant. The next step is to prove that negligence led to the injuries suffered by the plaintiff. After those two requirements have been met, the final step is the determination of damages.Damages are a monetary award provided as compensation for lost wages, property damage, medical bills, etc. There are two types of damages that can be awarded in a successful personal injury lawsuit:
Compensatory and Punitive. You’ve likely heard these terms before in a movie or on television.
Compensatory Damages – Compensatory damages are always sought by the injured party. This is the most common type of financial award. This type of award is intended to ‘compensate’ the plaintiff. It is awarded to compensate for the injuries and any other additional losses. It is intended to bring the plaintiff back to his or her to the same financial state experienced before the injury. Compensatory damages are sometimes referred to as ‘actual damages’.
A few concrete examples include:
Medical bills: Doctor visits, ER costs, pharmacy bills, and any other related medical care.
Legal fees: Court costs, travel costs, missed work, and attorney fees.
Lost income: Current and future lost income due to your injury.
Property loss: Vehicle, clothing, or any other personal property lost or damaged from the accident.The following can also be included in compensatory damages and are more subjective:
Emotional distress: This includes any mental distress experienced by the plaintiff as a result of the accident. It can include fear, insomnia, or anxiety.
Pain and suffering: This is challenging to calculate, but it includes past, current, and future physical suffering. Any impairment or physical disfigurement can also be included in the calculation.
Punitive Damages – Punitive damages are awarded in addition to compensatory damages. This type of damage award is intended to punish the defendant in more serious cases. Punitive damages are not always awarded. It’s a tool to help ensure a similar occurrence doesn’t happen again in the future. Punitive damages are more commonly awarded against large corporations where multiple people have been harmed or against repeat offenders, such as drunk drivers with multiple arrests. It’s not enough for the defendant to be negligent; there must be an intentional lack of regard for the health and safety of other people. Proving this level of fault can be very challenging and requires experience and a high level of expertise.
Full Service Injury Law Practice –
Although John Byrnes focuses on personal injury law he also handles legal matters in the following practice areas: Maritime Personal Injury, Construction Accidents, Dui Accidents, Construction Defects, Criminal Law, DUI/DWI defense, Traffic Violations, Entertainment Law, Employment Law, Environmental Law, Health Care, Nursing Home Litigation, Insurance Bad Faith, Life and Health Insurance, Trademarks, Investments, Sexual Harassment, Sports Law, Wrongful Termination, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Automobile Accidents, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Products Liability, Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Securities Fraud, Toxic Torts, and many other types of injury cases.
To schedule a free consultation or learn more about how the John Byrnes can assist you, contact our Louisville, Kentucky office now at (502)364-2500.