Personal Injury

Car Accidents

Car accidents are a regular occurrence in any city, state, or country. Missouri is no exception. In 2017, 923 individuals were killed and 57,270 individuals were injured in Missouri as the result of a motor vehicle accident. There are several factors that cause or contribute to a significant amount of the car accidents in Missouri, including driving while intoxicated or using other drugs, the advanced age of the driver, driving too fast for conditions, speeding, the youth of the driver, distracted drivers, and obstructions/hazards.

The legal rules that determine whether the victim gets compensated and the amount of compensation are often very complex. Because legal time limits apply and it takes time to build a case and collect all of the necessary evidence, it is crucial to initiate the legal process by consulting a personal injury attorney immediately following the car accident.

Insurance companies, even ones you’re familiar with, have different goals than you. The individuals that handle your claim will be much more knowledgeable about the laws governing your claim than you will. Contacting a car accident attorney as quickly as possible after the car accident will ensure that you are on equal footing with the individuals handling your claim and that you have a legitimate opportunity at a settlement that covers the total damages you have suffered.

Motorcycle Accidents

In comparison to a typical automobile, motorcycles are more susceptible to crashes and less likely to protect the rider from injury. Motorcycles are inherently less visible on the roads and less stable because of their two-wheel structure. Injuries from these accidents can be extremely severe and life altering. In 2017, 113 individuals were killed and 1,852 individuals were injured in Missouri as the result of an accident involving a motorcycle.

The legal rules that determine whether the victim gets compensated and the amount of compensation are often very complex. Because legal time limits apply and it takes time to build a case and collect all of the necessary evidence, it is crucial to initiate the legal process by consulting a personal injury attorney immediately following the motorcycle accident.

Insurance companies, even ones you’re familiar with, have different goals than you. The individuals that handle your claim will be much more knowledgeable about the laws governing your claim than you will. Contacting a motorcycle accident attorney as quickly as possible after the motorcycle accident will ensure that you are on equal footing with the individuals handling your claim and that you have a legitimate opportunity at a settlement that covers the total damages you have suffered.

Semi-Truck Accidents

Semi trucks are on the roads every day and have the potential to be deadly. The sheer weight and size of semi trucks alone makes them dangerous. Factor in the flexible connection between semi trucks’ tractors and trailers, and it’s clear that semi trucks pose a significant danger to ordinary, smaller vehicles. This is precisely why semi truck drivers are required to obtain a special license and held to a higher standard of skill and care. Despite this higher standard of skill and care, in 2017, 115 individuals were killed and 2,562 individuals were injured in Missouri as a result of an accident involving a commercial motor vehicle.

The legal rules that determine whether the victim gets compensated and the amount of compensation are often very complex. Because legal time limits apply and it takes time to build a case and collect all of the necessary evidence, it is crucial to initiate the legal process by consulting a personal injury attorney immediately following the semi truck accident.

Insurance companies, even ones you’re familiar with, have different goals than you. The individuals that handle your claim will be much more knowledgeable about the laws governing your claim than you will. Contacting a semi truck accident attorney as quickly as possible after the semi truck accident will ensure that you are on equal footing with the individuals handling your claim and that you have a legitimate opportunity at a settlement that covers the total damages you have suffered.

Boating Accidents

The lakes and rivers across the state of Missouri provide a great opportunity for recreation. Unfortunately, boating accidents can and do occur. Like car accidents, there are several factors that cause or contribute to boating accidents in Missouri, including driving while intoxicated or using drugs, operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, and speeding. Additionally, sometimes boating accidents are caused by defective equipment and liability can be attributed to the manufacturer or designer of the boat.

Some common types of boating accidents are collisions, passengers falling overboard, wave runner accidents, water ski accidents, equipment failure, striking a submerged object, propeller injuries, and carbon monoxide exposure.

The legal rules that determine whether the victim gets compensated and the amount of compensation are often very complex. Because legal time limits apply and it takes time to build a case and collect all of the necessary evidence, it is crucial to initiate the legal process by consulting a personal injury attorney immediately following the boating accident.

Insurance companies, even ones you’re familiar with, have different goals than you. The individuals that handle your claim will be much more knowledgeable about the laws governing your claim than you will. Contacting a boating accident attorney as quickly as possible after the boating accident will ensure that you are on equal footing with the individuals handling your claim and that you have a legitimate opportunity at a settlement that covers the total damages you have suffered.

Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents are among the most serious, as pedestrians have no protection if struck by a vehicle. In many instances, when struck by a motor vehicle, a pedestrian suffers horrific, life altering injuries. In 2017, 98 individuals were killed and 1,236 individuals were injured in Missouri as a result of pedestrian involved motor vehicle accidents.

The legal rules that determine whether the victim gets compensated and the amount of compensation are often very complex. Because legal time limits apply and it takes time to build a case and collect all of the necessary evidence, it is crucial to initiate the legal process by consulting a personal injury attorney immediately following the pedestrian accident.

Insurance companies, even ones you’re familiar with, have different goals than you. The individuals that handle your claim will be much more knowledgeable about the laws governing your claim than you will. Contacting a pedestrian accident injury attorney as quickly as possible after the pedestrian accident will ensure that you are on equal footing with the individuals handling your claim and that you have a legitimate opportunity at a settlement that covers the total damages you have suffered.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Property owners who open their property to the public, as well as those responsible for the care of the property, such as property managers, are obligated to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition. This includes taking steps to prevent hazards from occurring, regularly inspecting the premises, and promptly eliminating any hazardous conditions that arise and providing barriers and warning signs so that individuals steer clear of the danger until it is resolved. When a property owner or other responsible party doesn’t keep the property reasonably safe and someone suffers an injury, the property owner or other responsible party can be held responsible for their negligence.

Some unsafe conditions that commonly cause falls include: trash, debris, or obstacles on a sidewalk or floor, rain, ice, or snow accumulating near entrances or on public walkways, sections of sidewalk elevated by root growth beneath them, spilled food or fallen merchandise in store aisles, potholes in pavement, cords or wires across floors or walkways, broken steps on staircases, broken floorboards or tiles, staircases lacking handrails, wet, newly waxed, or highly polished floors, slippery sidewalks from irrigation systems, torn or uneven carpet, and poor lighting.

Product Liability

Almost every activity that Americans engage in involves the use of products and equipment purchased from someone else. This can largely be attributed to our complex, consumer-based economy which relies on other to produce the goods that we need. In turn, we expect that these goods that others produce will help us, not harm us. However, in reality, this does not always happen. People are often injured and even killed every day due to defective and dangerous products. Manufacturers, designers, and distributors are responsible for the quality and safety of the products they create and sell. As a result, they can often be held liable when a defective product causes harm to a consumer.

Tires, motor vehicles and their components, toys, baby products, tainted food, machinery, and many other products have resulted in injuries and substantial damage awards to victims.

If you or a family member has suffered a serious injury caused by a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. A product liability attorney will be able to assist you in assessing your potential product liability claims and any compensation you may be entitled to.

Catastrophic Injury

A personal injury which leaves the victim with lifelong complications, disabilities, difficulties, or shortened expected lifespan is known as a catastrophic injury. A catastrophic injury places an extreme amount of stress, emotional pain, and frequently a financial burden on the family of the victim. The victim who incurs a catastrophic injury typically depends on living assistant or support from other paid personnel or family members to some extent.

Some common sources of catastrophic injuries are car accidents, semi truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, defective products, medical malpractice, construction accidents, and pharmaceutical drugs.

Some common types of catastrophic injuries are traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burn injuries, damage to internal organs, and injuries requiring amputation.

If you or a family member has suffered a catastrophic injury, contact a catastrophic injury attorney to assess your claims and evaluate your case.

Wrongful Death

The death of a family member is an emotionally crippling occurrence in and of itself. When the death would never have happened but for someone acting in a negligent, improper, or uncaring way, without regard for the victim’s right to life or the family’s need for their loved one, the emotional toll is even greater.

In Missouri, “wrongful death” means a death which, if the person had continued living, would have legally entitled him or her to recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit. A wrongful death claim may be brought by certain surviving family members against the person or entity whose negligence or deliberate wrongful act caused the victim’s untimely death.

If you have recently suffered a wrongful death in your family, you may be struggling with numerous emotional and financial difficulties to the extent that pursuing legal action is an afterthought. However, it is important to know that, under Missouri law, the length of time you have to file a wrongful death lawsuit is limited.

We know that there is no amount of money that can replace a loved one, but we also know that holding the individual who caused your loss accountable for the immense trauma you’ve suffered can help bring closure and allow you to move forward in the face of your family’s tragedy and the altered circumstances of your loved one’s absence. Additionally, recovering compensation can assist with any financial difficulties your family may be going through. Contact a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to discuss your potential wrongful death lawsuit.

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