Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a personal injury attorney?

If you or a loved one has been injured or traumatized and believe someone else (another person, company, another person’s property or pet) is at fault, you may have a personal injury case, and working with a personal injury attorney is the best way to protect your interests and determine if you have a claim. Not only that, your chances of winning your case and getting the compensation you deserve are significantly higher if you work with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Why shouldn’t I handle a personal injury case on my own?

Personal injury cases are complex. Securing the compensation a victim deserves requires time, resources and experience. There are many reasons you shouldn’t negotiate with an insurance company on your own following a catastrophic incident, including:

  • Insurance agencies are for-profit. Their goal is to pay as little as possible or nothing, meaning you suffer more.
  • Insurance documents and paperwork are rampant with legal jargon and technical terms meant to trip up those who would benefit from an insurance payout.
  • Speaking with witnesses and conducting background checks are time-intensive processes that require practice and training to do effectively.
  • Providing proof for an insurance company disputing its policyholder’s liability can be more than overwhelming on your own. Someone suffering from severe injuries could miss key details that might make or break a case.
  • Cases, laws and ordinances vary from county to county. A lawyer can easily comb through these documents and find the elements relevant and beneficial to your case.

If you’ve been injured and someone else is at fault, it’s always best to speak with a qualified attorney to understand your options.

Do I have a case?

If you have been injured or traumatized and believe someone else (another person, company, another person’s property or pet) is at fault, you could have a personal injury case.

Speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney is the best way to protect your interests and determine if you have a claim.

What is personal injury law?

Personal injury law is designed to protect you if you or your property is injured or harmed because of someone else’s act or failure to act. Examples include car wrecks, defective products, negligence or medical malpractice. If you believe you have been injured and someone else is at fault, the best way to determine if you have a case is to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney.

How much is my case worth?

There are exceptions, but if you’ve sustained an injury due to negligence on another’s part, you may be compensated for past and future medical bills; aggravation of a pre-existing condition; lost wages and/or lost earning capacity; property damage; pain, suffering and other “non-economic” damages.

There are three key factors that typically determine personal injury case worth – liability (fault), damages (injuries) and insurance coverage of the at-fault party. Ultimately, compensation is tied to many factors, and speaking with a qualified personal injury attorney is the best way to determine if you have a viable claim, and what that claim may be worth.

What should I do after an accident?

After an accident, always protect the scene and avoid additional collisions by moving your vehicle to the side of the road if possible. At night, use flares or reflectors if possible to alert oncoming drivers to the accident. Never give an oral statement to the at-fault driver’s insurance company. If you are contacted, politely decline to talk. Your attorney will help determine the best way to proceed.

If I am partly responsible for an accident, do I still have a claim?

Missouri recognizes what’s known as the Pure Comparative Fault Rule, which allows a damaged party to recover even if he/she is 99 percent at fault, although the recovery is reduced by the damaged party’s degree of fault.

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