Accidents happen, and when they do, they can be a traumatic experience for the victim and their families. When a victim suffers an accident due to someone else’s negligence, they should not have to deal with the physical, emotional, and financial aftermath on their own. But at Deputy and Mizell, we know dealing with the liable party’s insurance company can be a whole different level of trauma for anyone who is not sure of their rights. That is why is it important to have a knowledgeable personal injury attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks to help you through this time. If you or someone you know is the victim of an accident and would like to understand more about how personal injury cases work, we wrote this blog for you and invite you to read on!
You could still have a case, even if you don’t feel hurt.
Even if you do not feel hurt at the scene, you can still file a claim. If you experienced a traumatic situation, like an accident, your body’s adrenaline can temporarily reduce sensations of pain, making the full extent of your injuries unknown until after the adrenaline lowers. You should still seek medical attention even if you do not feel immediate pain.
There is a time frame in which you will need to file your personal injury case.
This is dependent on the statute of limitations of the particular state. In Missouri, you must file your personal injury claim in civil court within five years of the incident that caused injury. However, it is best to pursue a claim as soon as possible while the evidence is still fresh. This will help in proving liability and the scope of damages.
Sometimes the liable party tries to say the accident was the victim’s fault.
Many personal injury cases involve a he-said/she-said situation that can be initially unclear of what exactly happened. Developing a plan of action to prove who caused the injury is exactly what an experienced attorney will do for you.
Talking to the liable party’s insurance adjuster or lawyer is NOT OK. You should not speak with the negligent person’s insurance adjuster or lawyer. They may seem friendly and sympathetic, but it is their job to try to coax statements from you that would reduce or eliminate liability. If you have an attorney, tell the insurance adjuster or lawyer to contact your representation, or to contact your insurance company if you do not have an attorney yet.
You do not need money to pursue a personal injury case.
You should not be worried that you do not have the money to pay for a lawyer. Personal injury attorneys like the ones at Deputy & Mizell work for what is called a contingency fee. This means we collect our fee as a percentage of any settlement or judgment we obtain for you. If you get nothing from your case, neither does your attorney.
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Personal injury cases can be very complex and insurance companies can be intimidating during an already overwhelming situation. At Deputy and Mizell, we negotiate on behalf of victims to see that they are not taken advantage of by the liable party or their insurance company. Our personal injury attorneys in Central Missouri know what to do to help you win the compensation you deserve and can help you choose the best path to take in your personal injury case. If you believe you may have a personal injury case, we encourage you to contact our Mid-Missouri law office and schedule a free consultation. We are available during regular business hours and by appointment evenings and weekends. You can reach us by phone at 417-344-8055, toll-free at 1-877-532-2191 or by using the contact form on our website at https://www.deputyandmizell.com/. For more helpful information about legal matters and the Lake of the Ozarks area, don’t forget to follow us on social media using the handy links below.
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