If you have been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another person, you may have a claim for damages against the responsible parties. Hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer will help ensure that you receive fair treatment under the law.
The personal injury attorneys at Deputy & Mizell, L.L.C. have helped countless victims who have suffered serious injuries at the hands of another. Whether you were involved in a car accident, suffered an injury at work, or were a victim of medical malpractice, our personal injury law firm can help. Call us today to learn more.
What a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Do For You
Accidents can happen at any time and can be a traumatic experience for the victim and their families. Victims can suffer wide-ranging injuries that cause physical, emotional, and monetary damages. Dealing with the liable party’s insurance company can be a major hassle and the process can be extremely complex, especially to those who are unsure of the rights they have in a personal injury case. That is why it is important to have a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer that knows what to do to help win you the compensation you deserve.
We will negotiate on your behalf and help choose the best path to take in your personal injury case. It might be a quick settlement with an insurance company or going to trial against the liable party. Whatever is decided, we have your back. Our experience in various personal injury cases gives us the knowledge to make a judgement on what will be a fair settlement. We will not let you be taken advantage of by the negligent party or their insurance company.
Our law firm is prepared to represent you in any type of personal injury claim including:
- Auto Accidents
- Worker’s Compensation
- Medical Malpractice
- Slip-and-Fall Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Truck Accidents
- Boating Accidents
Personal Injury FAQs
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. Victims often have many questions when it comes to their personal injury case. Below are common questions that victims of personal injuries have.
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 as medical malpractice and 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.
How much is my personal injury case worth?
This is dependent on a number of factors that are different for each specific case. Factors may include the nature of your injuries, medical bills, possible future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, and effects of the injuries on your lifestyle, work, family, etc. Your personal injury attorney can give a rough estimate based on similar cases that they have dealt with, but it is a guess and not a promise.
How long will it take to settle my claim?
The majority of personal injury cases end in a settlement instead of going to trial. The time that it takes to reach a settlement varies and can be hard to predict. If your claim involves substantial injuries and a significant amount of money, it will likely take longer to settle because the insurer will fight harder over it. An insurance company will sometimes offer a fair settlement earlier in the process when you obtain an attorney since they know they have a lower chance of taking advantage of you.
How long will it take to get my check?
Once a settlement is agreed upon, usually, the insurer will send out the check within a week or two of signing the settlement agreement. The timing may depend on whether the insurer waits to send the check until they receive your signed release. Once you receive the check, your attorney will put together a settlement statement that includes the gross amount of money collected and the net amount you receive after all fees, costs, deductions, or reimbursements owed. You will review and sign the settlement statement and then receive your check.
Will my personal injury case go to trial?
Sometimes insurance companies fight tooth and nail to pay you as little as possible for your personal injury claim. If your attorney does not recommend accepting an offer because it is not fair, then a suit will be filed in the courthouse and could go to trial.
How will I pay for a personal injury attorney?
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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