Frequently Asked Questions

As a personal injury lawyer I’m frequently asked many questions about different types of personal injury litigation. I believe that one of the most powerful tools my clients can have is knowledge. Oftentimes my people don’t realized there are laws in place to protect them from their losses. In many instances I find that people simply don’t know the first step to take. Listed below is a list of frequently asked questions.

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If I Was Injured In A Car Accident Do I Need To Hire A Lawyer Or Can I Handle The Claim Myself?

The law does not restrict you from handling your own case but keep in mind that the insurance company already has lawyers. It is their job to pay you as little as possible.

If I Have Been Injured In An Automobile Accident Will I Have To Go To Court To Get A Fair Settlement?

Most car accident cases are settled before trial but if a fair settlement cannot be reached, we will be poised to fight your case in court.

If I Was Hit By A Commercial Vehicle Is The Employer Also Responsible?

Possibly. The employer may be held liable for the negligence of their employee under some circumstances.

Do I Have A Case Against The Manufacturer If I was In An Accident And The Air Bags In My Vehicle Did Not Deploy?

It depends. There are several factors that dictate whether an air bag should deploy in a collision. If the circumstances show that your airbags should have deployed, you may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer.

An Insurance Company Is Offering Me A Nice Settlement. Should I Take It?

Not without first speaking with an experienced auto accident lawyer. The insurance company will typically offer minimal amounts of money in return for your agreement not to sue and will often discourage you from obtaining a lawyer so they can pay you less. The claims adjuster’s job is to protect the interests of their employer. Who is protecting yours?

What If I Did Not Feel Hurt At The Scene But Experienced Pain Afterward?

It is not unusual to first notice pain until several hours or even a day or two after the accident. Seek medical attention as soon as you think you may be injured.

Can I Still Recover Damages If I Was Not Wearing A Seat Belt?

Yes. Although potential compensation can sometimes be reduced, it is important to understand that seat belt or no seat belt – it is the fault of the negligent party that is the primary factor in car accident lawsuits.

If I Rear-End Another Vehicle Am I At Fault?

Probably, but not always. There are some exceptions, for example, if the other driver cuts in front of you or if you are involved in a chain reaction.

What Should I Do If I Am In A Car Accident?

Stop, don’t leave. You could be charged with a “hit and run” even if you’re not at fault.

Call 911.

Get medical attention.

Call your own car insurance company as soon as possible (within 24 hours is best), call and file an accident report.

Don’t sign anything. If another driver’s insurance adjuster shows up at the scene, don’t give a statement and don’t sign anything.

Gather information, such as the names, addresses and phone numbers of everyone at the scene. If possible, take pictures of the vehicles involved.

Call an attorney. An experienced lawyer can protect you and can make sure you are treated fairly.

What Are Catastrophic Injuries?

Any injury that is life-threatening or extremely life-altering is catastrophic. These injuries are serious often leading to significant medical bills. It is important to enlist the help of a lawyer who can help you obtain compensation when the bills begin to mount.  If you have suffered a catastrophic injury contact an experienced Kansas City personal injury lawyer – give me a call today [816.977.2680].

What Should I Do If I Was In An Airplane Accident?

Airline accidents are rare but when they do occur, they are catastrophic. The size and number of passengers on any given flight can make an airplane accident the scene of significant harm and wrongful death.  If you have been involved in an airline accident contact an experienced Kansas City personal injury lawyer – give me a call today [816.977.2680].

What Is Wrongful Death And What Should I Do?

When loss of life could have been prevented, the family members and dependents of the decedent may be entitled to a significant amount of compensation.  contact an experienced Kansas City personal injury lawyer – give me a call today [816.977.2680].

What Can I Do About Defective Medical Devices?

Serious side effects can occur to individuals who are prescribed the wrong medication or treated with a defective medical device. These injuries can cause long-term negative effects, so get help from an attorney who can help you fight for just compensation.  If you have been injured due to a doctor’s medical negligence, contact an experienced Kansas City personal injury lawyer – give me a call today [816.977.2680].

Are There Car Accident Laws In Place For Drivers?

The most common personal injury in the United States is a car accident. Fortunately, there are many laws in place for drivers. These however, do not prevent collisions and the detrimental effects of these accidents.  If you have been involved in an auto accident contact an experienced Kansas City personal injury lawyer – give me a call today [816.977.2680].

Can You Have A Case For A Bus Accident?

As a result of the high price of gas, more people are turning to busses as affordable transportation. When a bus accident occurs, every single passenger on board, as well as any nearby vehicle on the road, is put in danger and risks injury.  If you have been involved in a bus accident contact an experienced Kansas City personal injury lawyer – give me a call today [816.977.2680].

What Can I Do About Being In A Commercial Truck Accident?

There is an evident difference in the size and weight between trucks and their roadside counterparts. This can cause catastrophic injuries for anyone involved in a truck collision.  If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, contact an experienced Kansas City personal injury lawyer – give me a call today [816.977.2680].

What If I Get Into A Motorcycle Accident?

Motorcyclists are much less visible to other vehicles on the road, and this is often the cause of serious accidents. As a result of the nature of a motorcycle and the exposure of the driver, these accidents often lead to catastrophic injuries and even wrongful death.  If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident contact an experienced Kansas City personal injury lawyer – give me a call today [816.977.2680].