No one ever knows what’s going to happen in life. You could end up in a car accident on your way to the grocery store or for those of who are essential employees and still going into your place of business, you could end up sustaining an injury at work and needing to file a worker’s comp. claim. Both of these scenarios are good life examples of when you can benefit from having an experienced personal injury attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks on your side. If you find yourself facing mounds of medical bills due to injuries caused by an accident that wasn’t your fault, call our Missouri personal injury lawyers today. We know what to do to help you win the compensation you deserve. Deputy and Mizell can be reached at our Lebanon office at 417-532-2191 or our Camdenton office at 573-346-9990. In the meantime, keep reading for our answers to a few of the frequently asked questions we get regarding personal injury law.
Personal Injury FAQs – Part 1
How do I know if I have a personal injury case?
In most situations, you will have a case if you suffered injuries as a result of someone’s carelessness or negligence. This can be more complicated than it sounds, though, so it is important to consult with a personal injury lawyer. Based on the facts of the accident and the laws in your state, they can determine if you have a claim, who you can sue, and what you can expect to recover.
Do I have a case even if I do not 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.
How long do I have to file a 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.
When should I talk to a personal injury lawyer?
You should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. Personal injury claims are often long and complicated, and insurance companies have many tools at their disposal that make things more difficult for you. Having a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer navigate you through the entire process can be the difference between you winning your case.
What do I do if an insurance adjuster or lawyer calls me?
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.
The person that caused my injury is claiming that it was my fault, what do I do?
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.
What damages can I seek in a personal injury case?
Monetary damages are based on costs and losses, this may include medical bills, lost income and earning capacity, property damage, and the costs of future treatment. In some cases, such wrongful death, you may also be able to seek non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of companionship. If the defendant has acted in an especially egregious manner, you may be able to recover punitive damages which are meant to punish the defendant and deter this type of conduct in the future.
Have More Questions About Personal Injury Law?
If you have any questions regarding your personal injury case, please do not hesitate to give us a call. Deputy and Mizell can be reached at the phone numbers below. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements. Remember, being involved in a personal injury case can feel overwhelming, but the compassionate personal injury lawyers at Deputy & Mizell, L.L.C can help guide you through it.
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