An accident or injury can happen to anyone at anytime. These situations often result in painful physical injuries as well as emotional injury and stress that can take a long time until recovery is complete. Ensure that you get the most benefit from your claim by consulting with a qualified attorney.
Accident and Injury Law provides legal assistance and financial recovery to those who are injured.
What is a Tort?
Torts are claims against another for their negligent actions (or in some cases inactions) that cause you damage. Many torts result from automobile accidents.
Accident or Injury:
When one party’s negligence (deviating from what a reasonable person would do under the circumstances) causes another party damage, that victim is entitled to financial recovery to compensate them for their loss. Typically insurance companies are involved. No insurance adjuster was ever promoted or given a raise for being fair to claimants. They may be very nice people, but they want you to settle for the smallest amount possible. Attorneys help maximize your monetary recovery.
When an adjuster asks to tape an interview with you, we suggest you see an attorney first. They want that tape made soon after the accident to use against you later. You should not begin to negotiate with the insurance company until you have reached your maximum state of recovery. However, you must be aware of statutes of limitation. Once you settle, then you are on your own if problems develop later. Attorneys typically take these cases on a contingency fee (a percentage of your recovery).
Automobile Accident or Injury:
Unfortunately, even the most cautious driver in the state can’t always anticipate the actions of his/her fellow motorists. However, if you’ve received serious injuries as the result of a recent auto accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Because insurance companies are in business to make a profit, they typically don’t have a victim’s best interest in mind when offering accident settlements. In fact, it’s not uncommon for companies to push for a quick settlement while you are still assessing the severity of your injuries. A personal injury lawsuit provides a way for you to ensure that you are treated fairly.
In some cases, Missouri residents file personal injury claims to seek reimbursement for medical expenses, property repairs, lost wages, or other costs directly related to the accident. But, it is also possible to ask for compensation for the emotional trauma caused by an accident. Remember that, depending upon your circumstances, the money you receive as the result of your personal injury claim may be subject to state and federal income taxes. See: Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles
Workers’ compensation is a statutory remedy for individuals hurt at work. The employee does not have to prove the employer was negligent and the amount of compensation is governed by state statute.
The Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation administers the programs providing services to all stake holders including workers who have been injured on the job or been exposed to occupational disease arising out of and in the course of employment. The Division makes sure that an injured worker receives benefits that he/she is entitled to under the Missouri Workers’ Compensation law. The Division’s Administrative Law Judges have the authority to approve settlements or issue awards after a hearing relating to an injured workers entitlement to permanent benefits allowed by Missouri law. See: Missouri Department of Labor
Please Contact Us if you have questions about your accident or workers’ compensation claim. The Quitmeier Law Firm can help you through the process and maximize your monetary recovery.