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A Quick Guide To File A Personal Injury Lawsuit In Missouri
Feb 25, 2020 Peddicord & Townsend LLC
If you or somebody you care about has been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of another person, it may be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to secure the compensation you are entitled to. At Peddicord & Townsend LLC, we have a thorough understanding of what it takes to successfully win these lawsuits. Here, our personal injury lawyers in Kansas City want to give a quick overview of the process of filing a personal injury lawsuit in Missouri.
Overview of the personal injury lawsuit process
Secure an attorney: You want to secure an attorney as soon as possible so they can be involved from the very beginning of your case. This will ensure that no mistakes are made and that you secure maximum compensation.
Make an insurance claim: The first step is to make a claim against the at-fault party’s insurance carrier. This will allow your attorney to communicate with the insurance companies on your behalf to ensure that you are being treated fairly.
Review settlement offers: Your attorney will review any settlement offers made by the insurance carriers to determine whether they are sufficient for your injury-related expenses.
File a personal injury lawsuit: If the insurance carrier does not make a fair settlement offer, it will be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party and their insurance carrier.
Continue negotiations: After a lawsuit is filed, your attorney will continue negotiations with all parties involved, including the insurance carrier and any legal teams. Generally, most cases are settled before they go to trial.
Go to trial: If a fair settlement offer is still not made, your attorney will prepare your case for trial. If a case goes to trial, attorneys for both sides will present their evidence and witnesses to a jury.
Settlement: A jury will decide whether or not you should be compensated for what happened based on the evidence presented. They will decide how much compensation you will be awarded.
How long do these cases take?
There are no specific timeframes in place for a personal injury case. Claims settled out of court and through insurance carriers will generally happen faster, possibly within a few months after an initial claim. However, if a personal injury lawsuit is filed and the case goes all the way to trial, it could take a year or more to conclude.
We will work to secure the compensation you need
If you or somebody you love has been injured due to the negligent actions of another person, it may be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit to secure compensation for your case. The team at Peddicord & Townsend LLC is going to conduct a thorough investigation into your case in order to secure the compensation you need. This could include:
Coverage of medical expenses
Coverage of physical therapy
Recovery of lost wages if you are unable to work
Loss of enjoyment of life damages
Pain and suffering damages
Possible punitive damages against the negligent party