Overland Park Personal Injury Lawyers serving Kansas City and Missouri
We know being involved in any type of accident can turn your world upside down. You may be recovering from your injuries and unable to work and provide for your family. At the same time, medical bills continue to pile up. It is important to remember that if you have been injured due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation for your economic damages such as medical expenses and lost wages, as well as non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. Come in and speak to one of our Overland Park and Kansas City personal injury lawyers from Morefield Speicher Bachman Law. You don’t need to face this alone.
We are here to answer any questions you have regarding your personal injury lawsuit. On this page, we will answer some of the basic questions that we get from clients such as what to do after an accident, whether you should hire a personal injury lawyer even if your insurance company does not recommend doing so, how much your personal injury lawsuit will cost you, and more.
Motor Vehicle, Truck, and Motorcycle Accidents
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle, truck, or motorcycle accident, it is important to understand your legal options. When pursuing a claim, there will be two things to consider:
- Was the accident caused by the negligence of another party?
- Was the accident the direct cause of your injuries?
Everyone’s case is unique. It is important to consult with our Overland Park and Kansas City personal injury lawyers to answer these questions. If your case meets these criteria, we can discuss your legal options moving forward and create an action plan to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Common Serious Injuries Suffered In Personal Injury Case
Motor vehicle accidents can and do cause serious injuries. The types of injuries we most often see include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
- Broken bones
- Ligament injuries
- Lacerations, cuts, and bruising
- Spinal injuries
These injuries can impact every area of your life. If you have been hurt, the sooner you call your car accident lawyer, the better. It is important to take certain actions right after your accident to ensure that evidence is preserved, and your legal rights are protected. Most people who have been in a car accident do not realize that the medical and legal issues that arise can be complicated. Many do not realize that their health insurance carrier may claim it is entitled to part of their compensation from the at-fault driver. Those who receive Medicare or Medicaid benefits, or workers compensation benefits, related to their accident have additional legal issues that must be considered. It is critical that you obtain legal advice at the earliest possible point in time so that you can take the actions necessary to protect your rights.
We all rely on consumer products in our daily lives. We trust that these products will perform in the manner they were intended. However, sometimes this doesn’t happen, and a consumer is injured as a result. Depending on the type of product, a product defect could cause a minor annoyance, or it could result in very serious injuries and even wrongful death. Product liability cases can be complicated. It is essential to obtain the assistance of a lawyer early. If you are injured by a defective product, it is important to preserve the product and as much information about the product as possible.
Generally, property owners have the legal duty to maintain their premises and keep it safe for anyone who enters the property. When this doesn’t occur and someone is injured as a result, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Often a landowner will change their property after someone is injured. The landowner may change the property to prevent further injuries or to hide the dangerous condition. It is important for you to hire legal counsel promptly so that evidence can be preserved and your rights can be protected.
What Should I Do After a Personal Injury Accident?
Immediately following a personal injury accident, you need to act calmly and strategically. We understand that it is difficult, but it is important that you take the proper steps to set yourself up for success.
- Call the police immediately and file a police report
- Gather all the contact information from each party involved, especially the person you believe is the wrongdoer
- Take photos of the scene
- Call medical professionals if you or anyone else involved is injured to seek help
- Call your personal injury attorney to explore next steps
If you are physically able to gather all of this information, it is essential that you do so. Any and all information will be useful when you sit down to work with your attorney on your insurance claim and your personal injury case.
Should I hire an attorney even if my insurance company or the other party’s insurance company says I don’t need one?
Yes. We advise you to proceed cautiously as it pertains to advice from an insurance company. They are trying to protect their interests, not yours. When you work with a personal injury lawyer, you are working with a professional who not only has experience working with clients on insurance claims but whose job is to protect your interests. The insurance company often prefers to avoid dealing with an attorney because they want to settle the claim quickly, cheaply, and with as few questions as possible. That is not what is best for you.
Your personal injury lawyer will be able to understand and explain to you the complex language and practices of the insurance company to make sure you are protected. They will help you organize and submit all of the necessary information to ensure your submission of the insurance claim goes as well as possible.
If your insurance claim is denied by the carrier, you still have options. You do not have to accept their denial and we recommend that you don’t. We encourage you to work with one of our experienced car accident lawyers who can help you take the next steps.
How much will a personal injury lawsuit cost me?
In almost all Overland park personal injury cases, our clients hire us on a contingency fee basis. That means that if we don’t recover money for you, you don’t owe a fee. If we are able to recover money for you, your fee will be a percentage of your recovery. You do not need to pay money out of pocket to pursue your case with our firm. We will discuss this with you during your free initial consultation. We will advise you about what the likely and realistic outcome of your lawsuit will be and we will not accept your case unless we believe it is in your best interest to hire us. And, of course, we will answer any questions you have about our firm, your case, and the legal process.
We know that a personal injury case is a difficult time in your life. Our goal is to make the process as smooth as possible while working towards obtaining the best possible result. We understand that this is not an easy process. We have the experience and skill to manage your claim and handle your personal injury lawsuit. While we will make every effort to settle your case on terms that you approve, we enjoy the courtroom and we have the skill to take your case to trial if that is necessary.
How long can I expect my case to take?
Every personal injury case is different. You can expect your personal injury case to take anywhere from a few months to a few years to settle. If your case goes to trial, that takes longer than if it settles. Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic has delayed many jury trials. When we work with you, we do our best to expedite the process while also ensuring that we maximize your recovery.
Our focus is on maximizing your recovery. Sometimes that takes longer than getting a quick settlement. Our legal team prioritizes getting you the best results, instead of the quickest results. However, if a quicker result is more important to you than the maximum recovery due to life circumstances, just let us know. We always base our strategy on what is in your best interest. We take the time that is necessary to fully understand each case and work on it diligently to bring our clients the results that they deserve. When cases do not settle, we have the experience and skill to take your case to trial.
How Much Is My Case Worth?
Your personal injury lawyer will be able to work with you to estimate the value of your case. We have the expertise in the industry to understand the severity of the personal injury accident and the complications involved. We have decades of experience in handling and evaluating a variety of personal injury claims. We stay up to date on jury verdicts in the area. We have handled cases against dozens of insurance companies and understand how they evaluate claims. Keep in mind that our evaluation of your case depends on many factors. Those factors include the type of medical treatment you needed, the extent of your medical bills, the nature of your injuries, your future medical needs, the extent to which you will be able to recover from your injuries, wage losses, the extent of your pain and suffering and the nature of the wrongdoer’s conduct.
Our Overland Park personal injury lawyers serve Kansas City and surrounding arease and have represented hundreds of clients in matters involving car, truck and motorcycle accidents, defective products, premise liability, and other claims.
If you have been injured, or had a loved one killed, due to the negligence of another, you likely have many questions. When you come in, you will have the opportunity to discuss your case and ask questions. We will be able to explain the processes involved, and you will get to meet the lawyers and paralegals who will be working on your case.
It is important to note that our firm is unique because we have handled cases from both the plaintiff’s as well as the defendant’s perspective. Because of this experience, we are able to approach cases with better perspective and more accurate analysis. We always strive to reach a fair resolution to a matter, however if one can’t be reached, we are fully prepared to take the matter to court. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation at 913-839-2808.
What Happens During My Initial Personal Injury Consultation?
At Morefield Speicher Bachman Law, we understand that choosing an attorney is an important decision. We believe that you need to trust and feel comfortable with the legal team that you choose to work with. During your initial consultation, we will take time to understand your situation and determine the proper next steps for your personal injury lawsuit. From there, we will begin to create a plan with you that you are comfortable with. We will work closely with you to make sure that you get the best outcome possible. We will answer your questions and provide our insight. We offer in-person consultations in our office, at your home, in the hospital, or by video conference. In light of the COVID pandemic, we take precautions to protect your health, our health, and the health of our families.