Do you need a personal injury lawyer in Kansas City, MO? Have you been injured in an accident? Call the award-winning personal injury lawyers Hale Robinson & Robinson today for a free consultation.
Personal Injury law is also known as “tort law” and is meant to protect a person if their property is harmed or the body is injured because of someone else’s negligence.
When you’ve been injured because of the negligent actions of another person, company, or corporation, you have a potential “personal injury” case.
Learn more about what personal injury law entails by booking a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys.
Hale Robinson & Robinson handles all personal injury cases. We support car wrecks, slip and falls, wrongful death, medical malpractice, dog bites, motorcycle accidents, and any other case where someone is injured due to the negligence of another.
Whichever service you need, we encourage you to book a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys to best determine if you have a case we can win!
Car accident cases involve someone being injured due to another person’s negligent driving. In most situations, we will negotiate with the defendant’s driver’s insurance company in an attempt to resolve the case. If a Hale Robinson & Robinson car accident lawyer cannot resolve this, we will proceed with suing the driver.
Slip and Fall cases typically come about when you are injured due to a property owner’s negligence. If a property owner fails to upkeep their property, and a person is injured due to the negligent upkeep, you may have a claim against the property owner. Our firm’s slip and fall lawyer can help you win your case.
Wrongful death cases result from someone passing away due to the negligence of another. Wrongful death encompasses the other areas of personal injury law, but the injury or damages are a death. Speak to a wrongful death attorney in our firm today to evaluate your case.
A medical malpractice claim arises when a person is injured due to the negligence of his or her medical provider. To prove a case, a malpractice lawyer will have to show that the medical provider acted outside the standard of care. We can help!
If you are injured by a dangerous dog or a dog who has bitten or been aggressive in the past, you may have a claim against the dog owner or the owner of the property where you got injured. Our injury lawyer can help evaluate your case.
Motorcycle accident cases typically involve someone injured by the negligence of another person while riding on a motorcycle. When you want the facts, speak to an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer at Hale Robinson & Robinson.
Suzanne Robinson specializes in personal injury cases. Working with her on your personal injury case will add value to your claim and get you a resolution as quickly as possible.
Most personal injury cases involve working with insurance companies. One of the benefits of hiring Hale Robinson & Robinson is that you do not have to deal with any insurance companies or the opposing party.
You get to focus on healing from your injuries while we deal with the box of problems that come along with dealing with insurance companies.
When you hire us to represent you in your personal injury case, we believe these unique qualities are what set us apart:
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Immediately following an accident, you should stay in your vehicle and call the police. Once the police arrive, explain what happened in detail and make sure you get a copy of the other driver’s insurance information. If you are injured, you should immediately go to an emergency room for an examination and then subsequently follow any instructions your doctor provides. From there, you will want to reach out to a personal injury lawyer and determine if you have a personal injury case to pursue. In the meantime, avoid speaking with the opposing party’s insurance company.
That is what we are here for. We will ask you a series of questions that should quickly determine whether or not you have a viable personal injury case. You will typically have a case if someone was acting negligently and that negligence caused you some harm. If you wish to discuss your case, request a free personal injury lawyer consultation.
One of the elements of a personal injury case is “damages”. You have to have some damages to proceed with a case. You can have damages even if you are not feeling hurt. Following an accident, you should report to an emergency room to be evaluated to ensure you did not suffer any injuries. Sometimes, injuries take several days to present themselves.
It depends on the type of personal injury case, but for most negligence cases, you have 2 years to file in Kansas and 5 years to file in Missouri, from the date of the incident that caused the personal injury. In many cases, this would be the date, for example, you got into a car wreck.
Once you’ve hired a personal injury lawyer attorney, your attorney will issue a “letter of representation” to all insurance companies involved. They will no longer be allowed to speak with you directly. Until you hire a personal injury attorney, the opposing parties’ insurance company will attempt to contact you repeatedly to get statements from you and attempt to settle the matter with you for, typically, far less than the case is worth. We advise all our clients and potential clients NOt to speak with the insurance company about the bodily injury claim. You can work with the insurance adjusters to sort out any damage to your vehicle.
Special damages can include loss of wages, loss of future wages, medical bills, and the cost of future medical treatment.
General damages can include: pain and suffering and loss of consortium.
Punitive damages, include an award to deter or punish the defendant from acting negligently in the future.
Finally, in wrongful death cases, you can get damages for funeral and burial expenses of your lost loved one, the emotional distress of surviving family, loss of financial contributions, and loss of services/support/consortium.
In short, it does not matter. The “eggshell plaintiff doctrine” states that a defendant takes a plaintiff as they find them. This means if the plaintiff had a preexisting condition that made it more likely the would get a back injury after a car wreck, the defendant is on the hook for the injuries despite the preexisting condition.
To have a personal injury claim, you have to show the defendant acted negligently. If you were the one driving negligently and caused the accident, you typically cannot make a claim that the other driver was the cause of the accident, and therefore, you cannot win a personal injury case. You can, however, compare fault, so in Kansas, if you were 49% at fault, you could still recover damages, and in Missouri, even if you were 99% at fault, you could recover damages; your percentage of fault would just reduce the damages. Talk to our personal injury lawyer for more insight on this.
Some claims get settled very quickly, within a month or two; others take much longer. One factor that will most heavily affect the rate at which we can settle your claim is your medical treatment. We try to wait until a plaintiff is done treating before we attempt to settle the claim.
Once you settle your case, the defendant’s insurance company will ask you to sign a release in exchange for the dollar amount you’ve agreed to in order to settle the case. The release will, in short, state that you agree you cannot come back and sue the defendant for the same occurrence ever again.
Once your case is settled, and you’ve signed a release with the defendant’s insurance company, the insurance company will issue payment immediately. Usually, they will mail a check to your attorney’s office. Your attorney will need to satisfy any outstanding liens and collect their fee, and then a separate check will be issued to you. This usually happens within a week of settlement.
If you have personal injury protection (PIP) or med pay coverage with your own insurance company, they will cover a certain amount of your out-of-pocket medical expenses before the case is settled. If your out-of-pocket expense exceeds your PIP or med pay coverage, you can ask your provider to put a lien on your account, and you will accrue medical bills as you treat, which will be paid off from your settlement proceeds. If you are unable to use either of the above options, you will have to pay for bills out of pocket and then be reimbursed from the settlement proceeds.
If you have personal injury protection (PIP) or med pay coverage with your own insurance company, they will cover a certain amount of your lost wages.
If you get injured at work, you will typically be limited to filing your claim as a worker’s compensation claim. HR&R does not handle worker’s compensation claims, but we can get you pointed in the right direction if you give us a call.
Insurance adjusters will try to take advantage of people who do not have a lawyer and will offer much lower settlements than are appropriate. Having a lawyer for your personal injury case will immediately add value to your claim.
Most personal injury attorneys are paid by way of a contingency fee. This means the attorney gets paid a percentage of your total settlement and gets paid nothing if you lose or are not able to recover from the insurance company. At HRR, we charge nothing up front and the client never pays for anything associated with litigating the claim out of pocket – like the costs associated with taking a defendant’s deposition or with getting your medical records. Any expenses we pay on a client’s behalf are recouped from the proceeds of the settlement and if the client does not get a settlement, we eat those costs.