Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions
What Should I Do After a Personal Injury Accident?
Immediately following a personal injury accident, you need to act calmly and strategically. We understand that it is difficult, but it is important that you take the proper steps to set yourself up for success. Here are some tips from an experience personal injury attorney:
- Call the police immediately and file a police report
- Gather all the contact information from each party involved, especially the person you believe is the wrongdoer
- Take photos of the scene
- Call medical professionals if you or anyone else involved is injured to seek help
- Call your personal injury attorney to explore the next steps
If you are physically able to gather all of this information, it is essential that you do so. Any and all information will be useful when you sit down to work with your personal injury attorney on your insurance claim and your personal injury case.
Should I hire an attorney even if my insurance company or the other party’s insurance company says I don’t need one?
Yes. We advise you to proceed cautiously as it pertains to advise from an insurance company. They are trying to protect their interests, not yours. When you work with a personal injury lawyer, you are working with a professional who not only has experience working with clients on insurance claims but whose job is to protect your interests. The insurance company often prefers to avoid dealing with an attorney because they want to settle the claim quickly, cheaply, and with few questions. That is not what is best for you.
Your Overland Park personal injury lawyer will be able to understand and explain to you the complex language and practices of the insurance company to make sure you are protected. They will help you organize and submit all of the necessary information to ensure your submission of the insurance claim goes as well as possible.
If your insurance claim is denied by the carrier, you still have options. You do not have to accept their denial and we recommend that you don’t. We encourage you to work with one of our experienced car accident lawyers who can help you take the next steps.
How much will a personal injury lawsuit cost me?
In almost all Overland Park personal injury cases, our clients hire us on a contingency fee basis. That means that if we don’t recover money for you, you don’t owe a fee. If we are able to recover money for you, your fee will be a percentage of your recovery. You do not need to pay money out of pocket to pursue your case with our law firm. We will discuss this with you during your free initial consultation. We will advise you about what the likely and realistic outcome of your personal injury lawsuit will be and we will not accept your case unless we believe it is in your best interest to hire us. And, of course, we will answer any questions you have about our firm, your case, and the legal process.
We know that a personal injury case is a difficult time in your life. Our goal is to make the process as smooth as possible while working towards obtaining the best possible result. We understand that this is not an easy process. We have the experience and skill to manage your claim and handle your personal injury lawsuit. While we will make every effort to settle your case on terms that you approve, we enjoy the courtroom and we have the skill to take your case to trial if that becomes necessary.
How long can I expect my case to take?
Every personal injury case is different. You can expect your personal injury case to take anywhere from a few months to a few years to settle. If your case goes to trial, that usually takes longer than if it settles. Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic has delayed many jury trials. When we work with you, we do our best to expedite the process while also ensuring that we maximize your recovery.
Our focus is on maximizing your recovery. Sometimes that takes longer than getting a quick settlement. Our legal team prioritizes getting you the best results, instead of the quickest results. However, if a quicker result is more important to you than the maximum recovery due to your life circumstances, just let us know. We always base our strategy on what is best for you. We take the time that is necessary to fully understand each case and work on it diligently to bring our clients the results that they deserve. When cases do not settle, we have the experience and skill to take your case to trial.
How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?
Your personal injury lawyer will be able to work with you to estimate the value of your case. We have the expertise in the industry to understand the severity of the personal injury accident and the complications involved. We have decades of experience in handling and evaluating a variety of personal injury claims. We stay up to date on jury verdicts in the area. We have handled cases against dozens of insurance companies and understand how they evaluate claims. Keep in mind that our evaluation of your case depends on many factors. Those factors include the type of medical treatment you received, the extent of your medical bills, the nature of your injuries, your future medical needs, the extent to which you will be able to recover from your injuries, wage losses, the extent of your pain and suffering and the nature of the wrongdoer’s conduct. Your potential recovery in your case is even affected by the place where a trial would take place. We have the experience to evaluate these factors and give you sound advice.
Our Overland Park personal injury lawyers serve Kansas City and surrounding areas and have represented hundreds of clients in matters involving car, truck, and motorcycle accidents, defective products, premise liability, and other claims.
If you have been injured or had a loved one killed due to the negligence of another, you likely have many questions. When you come in, you will have the opportunity to discuss your case and ask questions. We will be able to explain the processes involved, and you will get to meet the lawyers and paralegals who will be working on your case.
It is important to note that our firm is unique because we have handled cases from both the plaintiff’s as well as the defendant’s perspectives. Because of this experience, we can approach cases with a better perspective and more accurate analysis. We always strive to reach a fair resolution to a matter, however, if one can’t be reached, we are fully prepared to take the matter to court. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation at (913) 839 2808.
What Happens During My Initial Personal Injury Consultation?
At Morefield Speicher Bachman Law, we understand that choosing an attorney is an important decision. We believe that you need to trust and feel comfortable with the legal team that you choose to work with. During your initial consultation, we will take time to understand your situation and determine the proper next steps for your personal injury lawsuit. From there, we will begin to create a plan with you that you are comfortable with. We will work closely with you to make sure that you get the best outcome possible. We will answer your questions and provide our insight. We offer in-person consultations in our office, at your home, in the hospital, or by video conference. In light of the COVID pandemic, we take precautions to protect your health, our health, and the health of our families.