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Preparing for a consultation with a personal injury lawyer

Designer Creative - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Scheduling a consultation with a personal injury attorney is a big step toward gaining compensation for you or your loved one. However, to make the most of your meeting, there are a few items you should organize and bring for the attorney to review.


What to bring to an initial consultation


A narrative of events

If you have not already written down everything describing the event that left you or a loved one injured, do so before you meet with an attorney. A written narrative will help you keep your thoughts organized and help ensure you do not leave out important details. If possible, include relevant dates, times, addresses and names. The more specific your narrative is, the better.


Copies of all forms relevant to the injury:

  • •Incident or accident reports

    • •Drivers’ licenses

      • •Contact information of everyone involved

      • •Medical paperwork and bills

      • •Records of lost wages or missed work days

  • •Insurance policies


Copies of correspondence

Anything you have about your personal injury in writing can be helpful for your case. For example, if you were emailing your insurance company about the injury, bring email copies to the consultation. Informal means of communication, like text messages with a supervisor about missing work or even with a friend about the pain you’re experiencing, can help a lawyer gain more insight into your situation.


A list of questions

Take some time before your meeting to sit with a pen and paper away from distractions and jot down every concern that comes to mind. Once you’re done, reform your thoughts into a list questions for your meeting. Here are some ideas to get you started:

•How many personal injury clients have you represented?

•What is your communication process?

•What steps do I need to take to help us reach a successful outcome?

•Do you think an expert witness would help in my case? Would you be able to contact one?

•Does the statute of limitations apply to my case?

•Would you be handling my case or would there be a team to support me?


A personal injury attorney should never charge you for an initial meeting. You both should be taking this time to get to know each other and learn more about how you could work together.


To see if our experienced team of professionals is right to represent you or your loved one, contact us to set up a no-cost consultation.


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Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs In The U.S.

Designer Creative - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

For many workers, each day on the job brings the threat of injury. Although they may do everything possible to stay safe, accidents and machine malfunctions happen. Below is a list of the 10 most dangerous jobs in America, as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


10) While transporting dangerous machinery such as mowers, landscapers face the threat of injury every day.


9) Power line installers and repairers are most often injured by shocks and burns from electrical lines.


8) Because truck drivers spend a lot of time on the highway, many are injured in vehicle crashes.


7) Farmers are frequently hurt by equipment malfunctions, particularly tractors.


6) Falling is the greatest threat for iron and steel workers.


5) Vehicle collisions are especially dangerous for garbage collectors, who typically ride on the side of trucks.


4) Roofers deal with the constant risk of falling from high places.


3) Plane malfunctions kill or injure many aircraft pilots each year.


2) Fishing workers face many threats at sea, particularly the destruction of boats and ships.


1) And the number one most dangerous job in America is logging workers. Due to injuries caused by falling objects such as limbs from trees, this workforce has the highest on-the-job injury rate.


Educate yourself about your rights if you’re injured while at work and contact us if you have questions about a potential personal injury claim: 1-877-337-6651.


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What Not To Do After A Car Wreck

Designer Creative - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

If you ever find yourself in a vehicle crash, regardless of who’s at fault, it’s important to know what you should – and should not – do to keep yourself safe and protect your potential legal claim.


Don’t leave the scene

If you can, move your vehicle a safe distance away from oncoming traffic but don’t leave the scene of a crash without speaking to law enforcement. If possible, take photos of the crash scene in addition to exchanging insurance information with others involved in the incident.


Don’t admit fault

Missouri recognizes the Pure Comparative Fault Rule, which allows a damaged party to recover even if he/she is 99 percent at fault. Even if you contributed to a vehicle crash, if others drivers are also at fault, you may still have a personal injury claim and be able to recover damages. So it’s important not to admit fault, especially to the other party’s insurance company.


Don’t avoid medical care

If you’ve been in a vehicle crash, you should seek medical care even if you don’t feel like your injuries are serious right after the incident. It’s possible to sustain long-term injuries – such as spinal or brain injuries – that aren’t immediately apparent right after a collision. Not seeking medical care can impact your personal injury case.


Don’t try to go it alone

An experienced personal injury attorney can not only determine if you have a case, but help you maximize your compensation. Most reputable attorneys offer a case evaluation at no charge to you.


Learn more about how to hire the best attorney for your case.


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Four things to consider when hiring a personal injury attorney

Designer Creative - Thursday, December 01, 2016

Running an internet search for “personal injury lawyer” churn up result after result, and not knowing how to narrow them down can lead to a hasty and unfortunate decision. Knowing the right questions to ask is critical for making the best decision when hiring a personal injury attorney.



A case evaluation allows you to sit down with an attorney to share details about your situation at no charge or obligation to you. This also allows you a chance to “interview” the attorney about his or her experience and expertise.



It’s important to engage an attorney who is experienced and successful in the field with which you need assistance. The practice of law is complex, and a dedicated personal injury attorney will not only be experienced but will be up-to-date on new developments in personal injury and medical malpractice law with the knowledge and resources needed for a serious personal injury claim. Ask your prospective attorney:

  •      - How long have you been in practice?
    •      - Is your practice focused on personal injury?
      •      - How many personal injury lawsuits have you tried?
  •      - Have you handled cases similar to mine before?




It’s beneficial to understand expectations and have a basic idea of what the legal process entails before proceeding with a personal injury claim. Both of those require ongoing, open communication between a client and his or her attorney. Speak with your attorney about how often you should expect communication and in what form that communication may come to help ensure your case moves forward smoothly.



Lawsuits involving catastrophic injuries take considerable time and resources to develop correctly. Working with a qualified expert witnesss will provide greater credibility to claims and can help explain complex issues. It’s important to ensure your attorney has the available resources and connections with expert witnesses to try your case effectively.


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