A serious injury can happen in a moment, dividing your life into “before” and “after.” Before, you were healthy and active. You worked, cared for your family, and enjoyed hobbies, sports, and socializing. After, you are in pain, struggling or unable to manage your responsibilities. Your bank account gets lower and lower, as medical bills pile up higher.
It’s often said that “accidents happen.” But the reality is that many accidents don’t just happen: they’re caused. It’s not fair that you and your family should pay the price for someone else’s carelessness. Unfortunately, when you’ve been injured, you might not have the energy or resources to pursue your rights; it may be all you can do to simply get through the day. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced, effective attorney to stand up for you when you are not able to stand up for yourself.
You can be sure that whoever injured you has legal representation, especially if you’re dealing with an insurance company. They know you’re in a tough spot, and they are counting on your vulnerability. They may offer you a settlement and act like they’re doing you a favor, but insurance companies are not on your side. Alaska personal injury lawyer Eric Derleth is.
Eric Derleth has been representing Alaskans in personal injury matters for over 25 years. He knows the law in this area and he is familiar with the local courts. Most importantly, he understands how individual jurors make decisions and he knows how to make his client’s case relatable to the most important group: the jury. Eric stands up for clients in a wide range of injury matters, including:
Alaska law applies a “comparative fault” rule in personal injury cases. In other words, even if you can prove that you were injured by someone else’s negligence, any award of damages you receive will be reduced by the proportion of your fault in the accident. For example, if your damages in a slip and fall case are $10,000, but the court determines you were 20% at fault for being inattentive, you would receive only $8,000. It’s important to work with a personal injury lawyer who knows what your case is worth and knows how to prove it, including refuting claims that you are at fault for your own injury.
Personal injury lawyer Eric Derleth is known as “The Trial Guy” because of his extensive courtroom experience and track record of success at trial. While many injury cases settle, the key to a favorable settlement is understanding the strengths and challenges of a case and how it would be likely to unfold at trial. Because Eric is a skilled, effective trial attorney, he will never advise a client to accept a settlement unless he believes doing so is truly in their best interest.
When he does take a case to trial, Eric knows that success depends on more than just having the law and the facts on his client’s side. It’s about communicating the human story in a way that not only persuades the jury, but motivates them to do the right thing for his client. Eric’s attention to detail, professional presentation of evidence, and ability to connect with juries sets him apart from other personal injury attorneys.
If you have suffered an injury in Alaska, you have only a limited time to file a claim before you lose that opportunity forever. Personal injury lawyer, Eric Dereth, serves clients in Anchorage, Soldotna, and throughout the state of Alaska. To learn about your options and protect your rights, contact The Trial Guy to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation today.