The lawyers at Manchin Injury Law Group have gotten hundreds of questions from personal injury clients over the years. We’re here to answer all the questions you might have about your case, starting with the following top 19 FAQs:

1. What Is Personal Injury Law?

Personal injury law permits claimants to seek financial recovery for the damages that someone else causes through lack of due care or negligence. One can file a personal injury claim with the county’s civil courts.


2. What Type of Accidents Lead to Personal Injury Claims?

Our firm has represented clients in auto accident claims, slip and falls, dog attacks, defective products, unsafe premises, boating and plane accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and more.


3. Are Personal Injuries the Only Types of Claims?

No. One can bring a civil claim in West Virginia on the basis of personal injury, products liability, premises liability, workers’ compensation, medical or legal malpractice, or wrongful death.


4. What Do I Do After a Personal Injury Accident?

Remain calm and call the authorities. Go to the hospital right away. Gather information about your accident. Call your insurance company to report what happened. Then, contact our attorneys.


5. Do I Have Grounds for a Claim?

You need four main elements for a general personal injury claim: 1) duty of care, 2) breach of duty, 3) causation, and 4) damages. In essence, you must prove that someone else caused your accident through an act of negligence or intent to harm.


6. How Much Is My Claim Worth?

That depends on the specifics of your case. Review our past case results for an idea of what we might be able to garner for your losses. Contact us for a free evaluation to learn more.


7. Will My Claim Settle or Go to Court?

The vast majority of personal injury claims settle successfully without having to go to court. A lawyer’s representation can help persuade an insurance company to offer a greater settlement amount without a trial.


8. How Long Will My Claim Take?

The timeline of your case will be unique. Some cases settle within months, while others have to go to trial for lengthier litigation processes. A claim could last one year or longer in some situations.


9. How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?

The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the accident, or six months if the defendant is a government entity.


10. Whose Insurance Company Do I Call After a Car Accident?

West Virginia is an at-fault, or tort, auto insurance state. This means that the at-fault driver will be liable for everyone else’s damages. You will call the insurer of the at-fault driver to make your report. Then, enlist the help of a qualified car accident lawyer to help navigate the legal proceedings.


11. What if I’m Partially at Fault for the Accident?

As long as the courts find you less than 50% at fault for an accident and your injuries, you can still recover at least a partial damage award under the state’s comparative negligence laws.


12. Who Is Liable for My Damages?

Your case may require an investigation to find out who created the proximate cause of your accident. It could be another driver, your employer, a criminal, a product manufacturer, a property owner, the government, and/or another party.


13. Can I Bring a Claim Against a Hospital?

Yes. A hospital may be liable for medical malpractice if it or one of its employees caused a patient’s injuries.


14. What If My Employer Was Negligent?

If you suspect employer negligence in a workplace accident, consult with a lawyer about the possibility of filing a claim outside of the state’s workers’ compensation system.


15. Should I Talk to Insurance Claims Adjusters?

No. Do not discuss your accident or give a recorded statement to insurance companies. The adjuster can use what you say against you.


16. Is a Personal Injury Claim Worth It?

In most cases, yes. If you suffered catastrophic injuries, expensive property damage, or the loss of a loved one’s life, a claim is likely in your best interests.


17. What Damages Might I Receive?

Emotional pain and distress, physical suffering, mental anguish, punitive damages, past and future medical costs, lost wages, lost capacity to earn, and other general and special damages.


18. How Much Does an Attorney Cost?

Attorneys who operate on contingency-fee bases (like us) will only charge you if they win financial compensation. The typical charge is about one-third of what you receive in a settlement, but this can vary.


19. Do I Need a Lawyer?

Yes. Our firm can do wonders for your legal experience, helping you with virtually every aspect of your case. We’ll make sure your family has everything it needs to get through a difficult time. Contact us today for more information.


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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