Boise Personal Injury Lawyer
Do you need help obtaining the compensation you deserve after a serious injury? Speak with a qualified Boise injury lawyer who will fight for your rights.
When you suffer injuries caused by the negligent or careless actions of another person, you shouldn’t be stuck paying for the damages you’re facing. Hold the negligent parties responsible for their actions by working with a Boise personal injury lawyer. Craig Swapp & Associates can help you present a compelling case for why you deserve compensation.
Common Accidents That Qualify for Personal Injury Claims
The type of accident you were injured in will be a determining factor in the way your attorney goes about investigating your case and computing the value of your claim. We deal with many types of accidents when handling personal injury claims at Craig Swapp & Associates.
Some of the case types we handle regularly are premises liability accidents, work and construction injuries, motor vehicle wrecks, and defective product claims.
Slip-and-fall injuries and other premises liability accidents occur when the guest of a property owner is injured due to a safety hazard on the property. Cases like these often hinge on a rule known as the “Open and Obvious” doctrine. If the safety risk was clear and obvious, but you proceeded without proper regard for your safety, the property owner can’t be held responsible.
Fortunately, it’s often the case that the property hazards that injure people in Boise are not open and obvious, meaning the victims can recover compensation.
Work and Construction Accidents
The construction industry has some of the highest employee injury rates in the country due to the tremendous safety risks on construction sites. A work injury that is caused by another person and prevents you from working—temporarily or permanently—may warrant the filing of a personal injury claim.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Probably the most common of all accident types, motor vehicle accidents happen when a tractor-trailer, motorcycle, pedestrian, automobile, or bicyclist collides with another vehicle. The physical damage done in these crashes can be catastrophic, and the assistance of a personal injury lawyer in Boise is often helpful in gathering evidence and establishing fault.
In a defective product case, an item that has been manufactured and sold to a consumer malfunctions, resulting in a serious injury. The best example of a product liability case would have to be the infamous case of Liebeck vs. McDonald’s Restaurants, in which an elderly woman suffered third-degree burns after coffee kept above industry standard temperatures spilled on her lap.
No matter what type of accident you’ve been involved in, we have the experience and knowledge to build you a powerful case that can provide the compensation you need to fully cover your injuries and damages.
Laws You Should Know
Various Idaho laws will pertain to your Boise personal injury claim. One of these is the statute of limitations. We will have only two years from the date of your accident to file your claim. This becomes pertinent because gathering evidence, securing expert testimony, compiling witness statements, and calculating the extent of your injuries can take a fair amount of time.
It’s also important that you are aware of comparative negligence laws, which state that, if you are found to hold a percentage of the blame for the accident that injured you, the compensation you receive will decrease proportionally.
Obtaining Compensation for Your Injuries in Boise
When we file your Boise personal injury claim, we will include a request for what we determine to be a reasonable compensation award. One way we are able to put a value on your injuries is by using the official diagnosis from your physician to calculate the impact your injuries will have on your life, both now and in the future.
You can expect your injuries to have significant, far-reaching effects on your life, including both economic and non-economic losses. Non-economic losses are those that don’t impact your financial state but still affect your life. Examples include the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship
- Scarring and disfigurement
Economic losses are the more obvious financial ways in which your accident will affect your financial security:
- Hospital bills
- Transportation costs to and from doctor appointments
- Medical equipment
- Adjustments to accommodate medical equipment in your home
- Costs of prescriptions
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
The kind of injury you have, as well as what type of accident you were involved in, will establish whether the above damages apply to your case.
Boise Personal Injury FAQ
For most injury victims in Boise, questions are plentiful. After all, few people have ever filed a personal injury claim before. We’re here to answer any and all questions you have. Below, we’ve provided the answers to some of the most common questions we receive.
Should I accept the insurance company’s first offer?
Probably not. Insurance companies are notorious for their lowball offers. What may seem like a significant settlement to you may not be so substantial when we consider the complete impact your injuries will have on your life. The insurer is almost always going to attempt to offer you less than you deserve in order to protect its profit margins.
The insurance company has asked me to make a statement. Should I?
We don’t recommend making a statement to the insurance company. Insurance adjusters have a reputation for twisting the statements you provide to lower the amount they will have to pay you by making it seem as though you are more at fault for your injuries than you actually are. Instead, your Boise accident injury lawyer can handle the insurers on your behalf.
Will I need to go to court?
Most cases are able to be settled in the negotiations process. There are some cases, however, where the insurer refuses to come to a reasonable agreement or fails to negotiate completely. In such a case, we are more than prepared to bring your claim in front of a judge or jury.
Can I afford an attorney?
At Craig Swapp & Associates, you can. We work for our clients for a contingency fee. This means that you don’t have to pay a dime unless or until we win your case. Then, our agreed-upon payment will come directly out of your awarded compensation so you don’t have to be concerned with making a payment later.
My child was involved in an accident. Can I sue on her behalf?
Parents can absolutely be advocates for their children who have been injured in an accident. As minors, children are unable to bring a claim forward for themselves, but that does not mean their age renders them ineligible for the same compensation an injured adult would be entitled to. You can file a Boise personal injury claim on your child’s behalf.
Will I still have a case if I am partially at fault for the accident?
It will depend on how much of the blame falls on you for the cause of the accident. Idaho operates under comparative negligence laws, so if you are more than 50 percent at fault, you will not be able to recover damages in a Boise personal injury claim.
Speak with a Boise Personal Injury Attorney
If you’re ready to reclaim your life and fight for the compensation you’re entitled to, call an experienced attorney at Craig Swapp & Associates.
If you choose us, you’ll have an attorney who always puts your best interests first and works diligently to secure the financial security you need to recover with ease. To schedule your no-obligation consultation with a Boise personal injury lawyer, simply fill out the form we’ve provided below or give us a call at 1-800-404-9000.