Personal Injury FAQ
Personal Injury Lawyers in Springfield & Joplin, MO
Our firm can help you if you have been injured. We have over 235 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. 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 before 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 the proper paperwork promptly 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 before discussing your situation with the insurance company.
We serve clients throughout Springfield, Joplin, and Missouri.
“My husband was in a car accident, we called Aaron Sachs, and are very glad we did! First of all, they sent someone to our home to interview my husband, so he did not have to drive all the way to Springfield to their office while he was in pain.” - Former Client
“I was rear-ended by a non-insured driver. My car was totaled and I ended up having surgery on my shoulder. I was thrilled to get a settlement way larger than I could have dreamed.” - Former Client
We make sure that we are available to answer our clients’ questions, breaking down the complex legal jargon and using plain English. There is no “one size fits all” answer — your case needs and deserves individual attention, and this is what we are prepared to provide.
Our team has over 235 years of combined experience, handling over ten thousand personal injury cases. We are committed to professional excellence in every aspect of what we do and how we do it. We have over 65 employees with an exclusive focus on injury claims.
We strive to meet our clients where they are and provide the service they need. Suffering an injury is a difficult time in an individual’s life; you need representation that understands both the worries you may be feeling and the world you are now dealing with. Let us help ensure your rights are protected.