Personal injury litigation in Kentucky

On Behalf of | Apr 2, 2024 | Litigation

Personal injury litigation involves legal disputes that arise when one person suffers harm from an injury or accident, and someone else might be legally responsible for that harm.

In Kentucky, proceeding with personal injury litigation requires an understanding of several key stages and principles.

Understanding personal injury litigation

Personal injury litigation allows injured parties to seek compensation for their losses, which can include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. The process begins when the injured person, known as the plaintiff, files a complaint against the person or entity believed to be at fault, known as the defendant.

Filing a lawsuit

The first step in personal injury litigation is filing a lawsuit in the appropriate court. The complaint must outline the basis of the claim, including how the injury occurred and the nature of the damages sought.

The discovery process

After filing the lawsuit, both sides engage in the discovery process. This phase allows the plaintiff and the defendant to collect evidence that supports their case. This evidence can include medical records, eyewitness statements and expert testimony. The discovery process is important for building a strong case.

Negotiating settlements

Many personal injury cases in Kentucky resolve without going to trial through settlements. In a settlement, both parties agree to a compensation amount the defendant will pay the plaintiff. Settlements can occur at any stage of the litigation process and often result from negotiations between the parties.

Going to trial

If the parties cannot reach a settlement, the case may go to trial. During a trial, both sides present their evidence to a judge or jury. The judge or jury then decides whether the defendant is legally responsible for the plaintiff’s injuries and, if so, how much compensation the plaintiff should receive.

The role of Kentucky law

Kentucky law plays a significant role in personal injury litigation. For example, Kentucky follows a “comparative fault” rule, meaning that if the court finds the plaintiff partly at fault for the accident, they reduce the compensation by their percentage of fault.

Personal injury litigation in Kentucky offers a way for individuals to seek compensation for their losses and is an important part of the legal process.