Hiring a Lawyer After an Accident in Kansas City That's Not Your Fault
The days and weeks following an accident in Kansas City can be overwhelming and frustrating. You may still be receiving treatment for your accident injuries. You may be out of work recuperating, but you still need a reliable form of transportation for you and your family. Unfortunately, your car was severely damaged or totaled, so you are dealing with a property damage claim too.
Should you hire a Kansas City accident lawyer even though the crash was not your fault? You have the right to consult with and hire a lawyer to handle your car accident claim. Both Missouri and Kansas are at-fault states for car accident claims. If the other driver was at fault, his insurance company should pay all your bills and compensate you for your losses.
In a perfect world, the at-fault driver's insurance company would compensate the accident victims fully for all damages. We do not live in a perfect world. The insurance company may fight the claim.
Even if the company appears to be willing to work with you to settle the claim, the process can be frustrating and time-consuming. The insurance adjuster may try to low-ball the settlement, especially if you are not aware of the actual value of your damages.
At The Law Office of Kevin J. McManus, we want you to focus on healing from your injuries. We focus on protecting your best interest by recovering the maximum value for your accident claim. You do not need to handle your car accident case alone. You can have help from an experienced, skilled legal team who places your needs and interests first.
Focusing on Your Recovering Strengthens Your Injury Claim
You need to continue your medical care and follow your doctor's treatment plan. Documenting your injuries through medical records improves your chance of recovering maximum compensation for your claim. Delays in care or refusal to follow a treatment plan could hurt your claim.
The insurance company may claim that you failed to mitigate your damages because you failed to seek care or continue care. If a jury agrees with the insurance company, you may not receive compensation for the full value of your claim.
Instead of trying to juggle medical care and other priorities, let us handle the insurance claim for you. We can file your insurance claim for you and handle all communication with the insurance company. Our goal is to get you the best settlement possible as quickly and efficiently as possible.
What Can Our Lawyer Do for Your Case?
We can help you with your car accident claim in several ways:
Provide an Honest Assessment of Your Case Free of Charge
Some car accident cases might not need a lawyer's help. Therefore, we begin with a free consultation to discuss your case. We analyze your legal options and provide an honest assessment of your case. If we do not believe we could benefit your case, we are honest with you. Our goal is to do what is best for your situation.
However, most individuals can benefit from hiring an experienced Kansas City car accident lawyer to handle their claims. Negligence and liability laws can be complicated. Proving the other driver caused the crash can be challenging, especially when the insurance company is working to limit its liability for your injuries and damages.
File an Insurance Claim and Negotiate a Settlement
Our legal team conducts a thorough accident investigation to identify the responsible party and gather evidence. Steps we might take during the investigation include:
- Obtain copies of the police report and accident report
- Interview witnesses and take statements
- Search for videos of the collision
- Work with your doctor to document the severity of your injuries
- Hire experts to assist with the investigation, such as an accident reconstructionist
Each accident is unique. We often take additional steps during the investigation as we gather evidence to prove a negligence claim.
Calculate the Value of Your Injury Claim
You may receive compensation for a variety of damages, including economic damages and non-economic damages. Examples of damages included in an accident claim are:
- Cost of medical treatment, including surgeries, doctors' bills, hospital bills, therapy, medications, and diagnostic tests
- The expense of personal care and assistance with household chores
- Loss of income and benefits, including decreases in future earning potential
- Pain and suffering damages, including physical discomfort, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, and emotional distress
- Permanent impairments, disabilities, scarring, and disfigurement
Our legal team works diligently to document all damages in your case to maximize the value of your claim.
It can be difficult for someone without experience in personal injury law to understand how to calculate damages or what damages might be included in a claim. The insurance adjuster will not tell you if you ask for less than your claim is worth.
File Insurance Claims and Negotiate Settlements
Our office files insurance claims with the at-fault party's insurance provider. We aggressively negotiate for full compensation of all damages after you complete your medical treatment. We are skilled negotiators who understand insurance law, personal injury law, and how to advocate for maximum compensation for a claim.
Prove a Negligence Claim
If the insurance company refuses to negotiate a good faith settlement, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit to protect your rights. An attorney understands each of the four legal elements required to prove negligence and how to use the evidence gathered during the investigation to prove negligence.
To win your case, you must prove:
- The other driver owed you a duty of care
- The driver's conduct breached the duty of care
- The breach was a direct and proximate cause of your injury
- You sustained damages because of your injury
If you cannot prove each element of a negligence claim, you cannot recover money for your damages and injuries.
Call Our Kansas City Car Accident Lawyers for a Free Consultation
We understand that you have been through a traumatic experience. Our goal is to lessen your stress and give you the chance to heal from your injuries while we focus on your legal case.
At The Law Office of Kevin J. McManus, we place a client's best interest as our top priority. Contact our office to schedule your free consultation by calling 816-203-0143 or completing our online contact form.