Personal Injury in Arkansas

After suffering any form of personal injury in Arkansas the first reaction many of us have is to start making calls. Few people want to go to a lawyer, especially if they think that they have an easy to win case. Why not contact the negligent parties' insurance company and make our own settlement? The problem is, the average person with no experience with personal injury will have a hard time getting a fair, reasonable, settlement without proper planning.

Arkansas Personal Injury Laws at a Glance

Arkansas Personal Injury Laws

Statute of Limitations

3 Years
Damages Recoverable Cost of household help, lost wages, medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, future earning ability
Strict Liability Product manufacturer may be liable for injuries caused by a consumer product
Joint Liability Each defendant liable for percent of damages as determined by court findings.
Contributory Negligence Modified Comparative Fault Rule: Plaintiff may not recover damages if injured party was 50% or more at fault. Plaintiff may be awarded damages if injured party is found 49% or less at fault, though award will be reduced by your degree of fault.

Get Legal Advice First

Before speaking to any insurance company or individual always talk to an attorney first. Find an attorney that specializes in personal injury in Arkansas and tell them your situations. Many attorneys offer free consultations and will be able to tell you honestly whether or not you have a reasonable case. They will also be able to give you advice on handling the situation yourself if you are willing to listen and follow direction.

Be Careful What You Agree To

Do not jump at the first offer made and agree to it, especially if it is verbal. Always ask for a written agreement and take it to an Arkansas personal injury lawyer for review. Even if you have to pay an hourly fee for this service it will be worth it. Never agree to anything with an insurance company or individual verbally or in writing until you have gotten professional, legal advice. Remember, the person or parties responsible for the injury want to keep you quiet cheaply. They will rarely make any initial offer that is going to be made with your best interest in mind.

Be Upfront and Honest With Responsible Parties

Always tell the individuals you think are responsible for your injuries that you are planning to file a claim. Do not lead them to think otherwise. It is in your best interest to be honest and forthcoming. Do not make any statements taking back your decision which could later be used against you.

Gather Witness Information

If anyone witnessed your injury or the events surrounding your injury, keep their information documented and well guarded. Always have the full names and phone numbers of anyone that could present evidence in your favor available. This includes the names and badge numbers of any police officers that came to the scene and filed reports regarding the injury. Also keep copies of any medical records and the names of any nurse, doctor, or technician that assisted you with your injury.

For more specific information about your case, contact an Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyer.

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