Answers to your questions for personal injury attorneys
If you suffered a severe injury, you probably have many questions about medical bills, insurance, and financial compensation. If you believe that someone else’s carelessness is responsible for your suffering, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury claim or lawsuit. With more than 30 years of experience as personal injury attorneys, Kuhlman & Lucas, LLC is confident in its ability to provide you with the effective and aggressive legal representation that you need.
Below, you will find some common questions about personal injury representation and answers from successful personal injury attorneys. If you have additional questions, feel free to call our office and ask about our free consultations today.
What is a personal injury?
Personal injury is a legal term that refers to an injury caused by another person or party’s negligence or irresponsibility. When a personal injury occurs, individuals can fight for compensation to cover medical, financial, and noneconomic damages. Personal injury lawsuits and proceedings are held in civil court.A question that often comes up in a personal injury case is, “Would a reasonably prudent person have acted in the same manner if put in the same/similar circumstances?” When someone owes you a duty of care, and instead causes you harm, you can hold that person or entity (such as a company) responsible for your injury.
What is the first thing I should do after I suffer an injury?
First, seek medical treatment. You should save all medical paperwork as proof of damages. After you have been treated, it is imperative you protect your rights by securing legal assistance immediately. You only have a certain amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit in Missouri. The longer you wait, the more likely critical evidence could be lost.A seasoned personal injury attorney can explain to you all of your options and assist you in filling out the paperwork. Whether your case is settled out of court or taken to court for trial, you need legal representation to help you fight for the maximum compensation possible and to hold the liable party responsible.
Do I have grounds to file a personal injury claim?
How do you prove negligence?
How much is my case worth?
The value of your accident claim depends on several factors. First, you can demand to be compensated for all of your medical expenses, including emergency treatment and hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitative care, physical therapy, medication, and medical equipment, as well as anything else that you need to achieve the maximum possible recovery to your pre-accident condition.Next, your claim can include the value of wages that you have lost or missed as a result of your injury, as well as the amount of income that you will lose due to a reduction in your future earning power. Finally, you can claim noneconomic damages for your pain, suffering, mental anguish, inconvenience, physical impairment, disfigurement, and loss of capacity to enjoy life.
Will my case go to trial?
Not every personal injury case ends up in the courtroom. Whenever possible, we negotiate a fair settlement out of court. If the insurance company refuses pay you the amount you deserve, however, we will not hesitate to take your case to a jury trial in pursuit of the full compensation you are due. At Kuhlman & Lucas, LLC, we are prepared to handle tough personal injury cases inside and outside of the courtroom.
Do I need an attorney if my insurance company already offered compensation?
Can’t I just handle the claim on my own?
You are fully entitled to attempt to settle your case on your own, and indeed many people choose this course of action. If you are serious about maximizing the value of your claim for damages, however, you should hire a Kuhlman & Lucas, LLC personal injury lawyer to represent you. An experienced attorney from our firm can provide invaluable assistance by investigating your accident, gathering evidence to prove that the other party was at fault, and establishing the full scope of the accident’s impact on your life.Furthermore, your lawyer will act as your dedicated legal advocate, fighting for you in negotiations and in the courtroom to achieve a fair outcome to your case. People who choose to hire legal representation routinely recover significantly more in financial compensation than people who represent their cases themselves.
How long do I have to file?
According to the statute of limitations for civil actions in Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois, you have two years to file a claim/lawsuit. The two-year statute of limitations begins on either:
- The date that the injury was incurred
- The date that the injury or illness was discovered
The same principle applies in wrongful death claims – the two years begins on the date of the wrongful death. Sometimes, this is the same date of the wrongful injury as they can be one in the same incident.
There are some exceptions to the two-year rule, such as the type of claim and the age of the plaintiff. The Revised Satutes of each state explains these rules and provisions in further detail.
Can a lawyer get help me recover a larger payment?
Statistically, plaintiffs get three and a half times larger payments when they are represented by an attorney versus self-represented. Personal injury attorneys handle claims and lawsuits for a living—they know what it takes to get their clients maximum financial compensation.While this statistic is no guarantee of success, it does seem to indicate a trend. Not only can an attorney get you more money, but having a skilled legal advocate on your side can give you peace of mind. Having confidence in your attorney can make a huge difference in the legal process.
If I’m unsatisfied with my lawyer, can I get a second opinion?
Even if you have already retained a lawyer to handle your personal injury claim, you can always get a second opinion from another attorney. This actually happens quite often. Usually, a client’s uncertainty stems from the sum of monetary award and their belief that they may be due much more financial compensation.An experienced attorney will know what to look for and how to present the evidence to maximize a client’s compensation, not simply settle so they can move onto the next case. At Kuhlman & Lucas, we don’t run a legal mill. We are passionate about our clients, not what we can put in our own pockets.
If you are unsatisfied or uncertain about your current lawyer, contact the personal injury attorneys at Kuhlman & Lucas for a free case evaluation today.