Personal Injury FAQs
Personal Injury Lawyers in Springfield & Joplin, MO
Our firm can help you if you have been injured. We have over 165 years of collective experience assisting personal injury victims in protecting their rights after an accident. Receive answers to your questions on this page and contact our office for a free consultation regarding the specifics of your case.
Do I have a case and do I need a lawyer?
Whether or not you have a case is something a Springfield personal injury attorney from our team can help you assess. Every situation is different and it is important to receive specific legal help and advice. Initial consultations at our firm are free. It won't cost you anything to see if we can help.
What will it cost?
Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, also referred to as a "no recovery, no fee" policy. This means that you will not be billed until we win your case. Our fee will be taken out of your final recovery. Because of this, you can be confident in enlisting our help for your case. We understand how to protect your interests and how to look out for you, and you will not be taking any financial risk by taking steps to protect your future.
How and when should I proceed?
The sooner you take action, the better your chance of a successful outcome. In addition, you could lose your right to pursue compensatory damages if you wait too long, due to the state time limit system known as the "statute of limitations." The first step is simply to pick up the phone and contact a Missouri personal injury attorney.
When do I notify the insurance company?
You will want to discuss your injury with a Joplin personal injury lawyer prior to speaking with the insurance company. Your legal representative can act as your communicator in dealing with the other driver's insurance company, protecting your rights as you file a claim. Hiring legal counsel can also help you file proper paperwork in a timely manner as to not forego the statute of limitations.
What if I try to represent myself?
While you can attempt to navigate the complexities of this legal field alone, it is not advised. Representing yourself against insurance companies can prove damaging as you may accept the lowest possible settlement, or make statements used against you. Some insurance companies will only focus on their bottom line, either paying out the least amount of compensation, or trying to prove you were at fault for the accident. A lawyer can help protect your rights against these tactics.
What can I do to help my case?
The steps you take immediately following an accident can be crucial to your case. Tips to follow:
- Avoid making statements that may indicate guilt such as “I’m sorry.”
- If you are capable, take photographs of the accident, the surrounding area, and any injuries you may have sustained.
- Collect the information of the other driver or parties involved, witnesses, and any other individuals who can help corroborate your claims.
- Seek medical attention as any report from a medical professional citing injury can help strengthen your claim.
- Hire a personal injury attorney to protect your rights prior to discussing your situation with the insurance company.