It is the goal of the team of legal professionals at the Manchin Injury Law Group to represent our client’s position with the depth of our resources and to enable the general public to recognize their potential claim for a personal injury action. The purpose of this blog is to educate the public about when to seek the representation of a personal injury attorney and what actions to take to protect their position.

The Injury

If you suffer an injury, a loss, or damage resulting from an action, or the inaction, of another person, whether by accident or intention, then your loss is the basis of a personal injury claim. This injury can be either physical or emotional, or both. An experienced personal injury lawyer decides to determine the extent of the pursuit of the claim with the insurance company and the responsible party.

Types of Personal Injury Cases

The loss and damage claims handled by personal injury lawyers are those resulting from car accidents. The other types of cases can include:

Although the above is a list of common types of personal injury claims, this is not to say that all personal injury lawyers have expertise in all of the listed types. Each of these claim types has technicalities and specific rules of procedure to follow. It is important for a person to make sure that the personal injury lawyer retained has the experience and the expertise in the claim type.

The Claim

The claim filed against the person or company responsible for the loss, injury or damage is an action filed in civil court. Every person who suffers an injury and/or damage has the right to be fairly compensated for the value of both the physical loss and the emotional suffering.

The loss categories are economic, or the physical losses, and the non-economic, or the pain and suffering. The economic losses are evidenced by all out-of-pocket expenses paid by the injured person, as well as any lost wages. The value placed upon the non-economic injuries, or the pain and suffering, will be a multiple of the economic value of the claim.

The Values of the Claim

The values placed upon the economic and the non-economic damages are established to bring the injured party to the same position as that immediately prior to the incident. The goal behind this concept is to make the injured party whole. These values focus on the injured party.

In addition to the above damages, the court can also award punitive damages. This damage type focuses solely on the party responsible for the incident and awarded as a punishment.

It is the combination of the economic, the non-economic and the punitive damages that determine the full value of the claim. An experienced personal injury lawyer will advise on the proper representation of these values to the insurance companies, to the opposing attorney and to the court.

General Advice Immediately After an Incident

During the time between the injury and securing the representation of a personal injury lawyer, there are certain matters of which the injured party need to be aware.

  1. The statute of limitations in which to file a personal injury claim is two years after the date of the incident.
  2. Always seek medical attention as soon as practicable after the incident and follow all medical advice.
  3. Never admit guilt or speak specifically about the incident to your friends or family and especially on social media platforms.

Under West Virginia law, anything that is said in person or over the internet can be used as evidence to weaken a claim and the position to collect.

If you have the unfortunate experience of an injury, please seek the representation of a personal injury lawyer with experience specific to your claim type as soon as possible.

In these cases, time is not on your side.

Attorney Timothy Manchin established the Manchin Injury Law Group in 2011 after his law partner of more than 25 years became a West Virginia circuit court judge. His focus is on helping individual clients and entire families victimized by negligent acts.

  • Taylor Downs was easy to talk to (I do not speak the legal language well!) and was very upfront and honest about the entire process of my case. He kept me updated as the case progressed, and answered my relentless questions. The end result was a favorable settlement that I’m not sure could have been any better with anyone else. In short, go see Taylor if you have a case. Don’t be intimidated to go seek his help, he won’t blow your brains out with “legal speak”.


  • Being referred to Taylor was the best thing I could have asked for. Taylor and staff are very easy to talk to. I would highly recommend them to anyone.


  • If I ever have to go through it again I would definetly call Taylor right away. The group was so helpful through my situation and handled everything that needed to be done. They made a stressful situation a stress free situation. With Taylor you dont have to worry about one thing. Definietly would recomend to anyone.

    - TAYLOR G.

  • Efficient, knowledgeable, and friendly.


  • Taylor and Tim helped make a difficult moment in life, a little more bearable. Easy to communicate with and informative. I will absolutely recommend them to everyone.


  • Manchin Injury Law Group, Took care of me when I got into a car accident while I was pregnant. Very scary moment for a first time mom but thankfully Manchin Injury Law Group had my back and treated me great. They made me feel as if I was part of their family. My son is now 7 Months Old and very happy and healthy. I’m very thankful for them for helping me through everything and getting me what we deserved. I 100% would recommend them to anyone. If I ever have an accident again they will be my number 1 phone call!


  • The support given helped me to feel like I was included in my personal injury case every step of the way. I was informed about the entire process throughout. It was amazing how quick the turn around time was and I would definitely recommend Attorney Timothy J. Manchin to anyone!


  • Taylor and Kelly worked hard on my case so I didn’t have to. Thanks guys!


  • Excellent experience dealing with Manchin Injury Law. They were very responsive, professional and easy to talk to. I did my homework before I hired a lawyer after my accident and I am so glad I found Manchin Injury Law Group. If you are injured, give them a call!


  • Taylor and Tim helped make a difficult moment in life, a little more bearable. Easy to communicate with and informative. I will absolutely recommend them to everyone.


  • Kelly and Taylor did all the hard work so that I didn’t have to. They both cared about my circumstance and got me a nice settlement. Taylor knows what he is doing and I felt comfortable with my case in his hands.


  • Great lawyers. They helped me with a West Virginia case.


  • Such a great experience with Taylor and this firm. Thankful for their diligence and their work on our case. Thank you to all!


  • Had a easy and smooth experience with a great attorney so when you go there make sure you ask for Taylor.


  • My experience at the Manchin Injury Law Group was extremely positive, and I would recommend them to anyone who needs a compassionate and experienced lawyer on their side.


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