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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers from Our Experienced Providence Personal Injury Attorneys

Being a victim of an injury can be a stressful, confusing, and difficult time. Karns & Kerrison is here to help provide clarity for some of the unknown. Below we answer common questions that injury victims often have after an accident.

For more information, call our firm at (888) 281-3100 and schedule a free initial consultation.

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  • American Association for Justice
    As members of the AAJ, we are committed to promoting a fair, effective justice system that allows for victims of misconduct or negligence to obtain the justice they deserve.
  • Rhode Island Association for Justice
    Members of the Rhode Island Association for Justice follow the organization’s mission: Working together to ensure equality.
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
    The Rhode Island Bar Association has been working to uphold and protect federal and state laws since 1898, with an emphasis on maintaining a democratic government and honoring the justice system.
  • DC Bar
    Membership with the DC Bar provides us with access to legal research materials, professional service providers, and more that can be used for the benefit of our clients.
  • Super Lawyers
    Only 2.5% of attorneys in a given state are selected for inclusion on the Rising Stars® list. Members must be aged 40 or younger, or be in practice for 10 years or less.
  • Distinguished Martindale Hubbell
    Distinguished® attorneys are peer-review rated and selected based on their honorable professional achievements.
  • Brain Injury Association
    Our work with the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island is designed to provide information and services to survivors.
  • Brain Association of America
    As members of the Brain Injury Association of America, we are the voice of awareness, and we are here to help survivors.
  • Southern New England Brain Injury Law Center
    Southern New England Brain Injury Law Center
    This is a society of multidisciplinary brain injury professionals who come together to discuss issues concerning brain injury and bring the science behind brain injuries into practice.
  • Melvin M Belli
    Lawyers are initiated into the Melvin M. Belli society by invitation-only and are considered to be distinguished trial lawyers.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • If I suffer an injury what should I do?

    Depending on the degree of injury, gather as much information as you can. If an auto accident occurs, make certain the police have been called and that you find out how to obtain a copy of the police report. Make sure you get the names of all parties involved and witnesses. If you have a cell phone, take pictures of all the vehicles involved. For any type of injury case, attempt to ascertain all the facts that you can, including where the injury occurred, all the parties involved, and any witnesses. If your injury is serious, make certain that an ambulance has been contacted. Whether or not you go by ambulance to the hospital, seek immediate medical care at a hospital, medical walk-in, or your physician if you are injured.

  • When should I contact a lawyer and what type of lawyer should I contact?

    If you suffer an injury that is the result of someone's fault, you should contact a lawyer immediately in order to ascertain your rights and, most importantly, nail down all of the facts and gather all of the evidence. If an auto accident occurs, it is very important to get pictures of the motor vehicles involved and the scene. If involved in a slip & fall accident, it is extremely important to attempt to get pictures of the scene and pictures of what caused you to fall. It is also extremely important to contact an experienced Providence personal injury lawyer.

  • How much does a lawyer cost?

    Personal injury lawyers, including those at our law firm, do not charge for representing the injured victim on a personal injury case unless they are successful. The amount that is paid is a percentage of the recovery. You receive no bill for services as the case progresses and at the end of the case, the law firm is paid a percentage only. In addition, Karns & Kerrison does not ask for reimbursement of expenses unless we are successful. Expenses will then be paid out of the settlement, including the cost of obtaining medical records and bills, as well as any other expenses incidental to the case.

  • How long will my personal injury case take?

    This answer depends greatly on the degree of your injury and damages, including how long your medical treatment continues, if working; how long you will be out of work; and how long it will take to get the doctor’s opinion as to the degree and permanency of your injury. In addition, if there are complications regarding who was at fault or the relationship of your injuries to the accident, your case may be prolonged. Usually, a simple case without a lot of complications can take one to one-and-a-half years. A more complex case can take up to three years or longer.

  • Should I document what I am going through?

    It is very important to keep a diary of what your injuries are and what pain you are suffering. It is also important to keep a list of expenses, including your mileage for going to doctors and therapists, and more. It is also important to document the time you were out of work. In general, it is important to document the interruption in your lifestyle, including the inability to do sports or other personal and social activities you miss out on. Keeping a diary or list of all of these facts is very important when proving the damages in your case.

  • What can I claim for compensation or damages?

    There are many damages that can be collected from a personal injury case, including the following:

    • Medical bills for treatment you have had;
    • Medical bills you can reasonably expect in the future;
    • Payment for permanent injuries;
    • Pain and suffering;
    • Lost earnings;
    • Emotional distress and resulting mental disabilities, including anxiety and depression;
    • Loss of personal, social, and athletic activities;
    • If a family member is affected by your injuries;
    • Property damage;
    • Out-of-pocket expenses, including transportation charges and other things if you must pay to have them done around your house, such as housecleaning or maintenance.

    The above is a listing of some of the damages that can be collected. Certainly, in some cases, there may be others.

Schedule A Free Consultation

If you or your loved one suffered severe, life-altering injuries due to someone else’s negligence, we are here to help you fight for justice. For answers to your questions or to schedule a free consultation, contact our personal injury team at (888) 281-3100. We offer our legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay attorneys’ fees after we have recovered compensation on your behalf.

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