Answers to Your Personal Injury, Workers Compensation, and Medical Malpractice Legal Questions
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At KCAIA we know that it is essential for every injury victim to get good information about how to pursue their accident claim. Following an accident that causes serious injury to you or a loved one, there are often many unanswered questions.
Listed below are some of the most frequently asked questions we get from new clients. You can browse by category using the dropdown menu. Alternatively, for a quicker, more customized search, try typing your question into the search bar above.
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Why does my lawyer want to send me to another law firm?
After a devastating car accident or workplace injury, you were relieved to find an attorney to take your case. Whether seeking damages from a car insurance company or trying to secure workers’ comp benefits, you felt better knowing you have legal representation on your side.
However, you were shocked when your attorney informed you that he was referring your case to another lawyer, and now you're worried about your case. There may be no need to worry. In fact, he may be doing you a favor.
Why a Lawyer May Refer Your Case to Another Law Firm
There are many reasons a lawyer may decide he can no longer handle your case. It’s important for you to find out why he's made this decision before you decide what to do next.
Some common reasons for referral include:
- Type of case. Most people have very little use for an attorney in their day-to-day lives. If you've been through a divorce, written an estate plan, or sold real estate, you may have a relationship with a lawyer you like and trust. However, that doesn't mean he or she is the best person for a personal injury claim. One reason attorneys refer cases is they're not experienced with that particular area of law. While an estate planning attorney may agree to look at the details of your case, if it's not a cut-and-dried claim, he may decide to refer you to car accident attorney. In this situation, you would be smart to take his advice and look for a new attorney.
- Up-front costs. Complicated car accident cases can require significant up-front costs to investigate and hire crash experts. If you start with a small firm or an independent attorney, he may not have the resources to cover these costs. Since car accident claims are generally taken on a contingency fee basis, you don’t pay unless you win the case, so the attorney will use the firm’s money to pay these costs. If he doesn’t have the ready cash, he may refer your case to a law firm that does. Again, it would be to your benefit to change lawyers in this situation.
- Case load. Attorneys are often working on several cases at once. However, if a big case comes in right after accepting your case, the attorney may realize he will not have the time to do your case justice and may refer your case to another lawyer. While it may be upsetting to be pushed aside for a more lucrative case, it’s best that you know he cannot put in the time your case needs and move on to a new legal team.
- Jurisdiction. If a lawyer researches your case and discovers you'll be required to appear in a court in which he cannot, such as in another state or in court to which he has not been admitted, he may pass your case on to a qualified attorney.
Rather than being upset or offended when your attorney has to refer your case, ask for his reasons and understand that it is probably better for your case in the long run.
Choosing the Right Attorney
While the attorney who is removing himself from your case will likely refer you to another professional, you're under no obligation to comply. But, if the original attorney is one you know and trust and he's providing you with an expert recommendation, you should at least meet the other attorney and ask some questions.
You could also use this transition to look for a legal advisor who has experience with your exact situation. If your first choice can't handle your case, Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys may be a good fit if you were involved in any of the following in Kansas or Missouri:
- Motorcycle crash
- Car accident
- Truck crash
- A denied workers’ compensation claim
- Wrongful death
- Slip and fall
- Construction accident
- Medical malpractice
Connect with us via the link on this page to find out more about our firm and the cases we accept. We are looking forward to hearing from you.
What damages can I recover through my Kansas or Missouri personal injury claim?
You can file a Kansas or Missouri personal injury claim against the party responsible for the accident. Some of the damages that may be payable to you by settlement include medical bills and lost wages. Furthermore, you may be eligible to receive compensation for psychological trauma such as depression, suffering, and other negative consequences of the accident. Future bills are also usually part of the deal. With very serious injuries, sometimes the victim is permanently disabled and cannot ever return to work. Others may have to change careers due to disability. Some treatments that may be needed in the future include physical rehabilitation, surgeries, massage, and even psychiatric therapy.
Often times your own insurance company will pay portions of your medical bills. Sometimes that just isn’t enough. That’s where the personal injury settlement can assist you. The money received can go towards the medical bills that your insurance company didn’t pay for. However, be aware that sometimes a health insurance company will require you to pay them back what they paid on your behalf as soon as you get your settlement payment. That’s why it’s crucial to make sure you get a settlement that is adequate. Don’t give in too soon and settle for less.
If you need help determining an adequate amount to request in your personal injury claim, our expert attorneys may be able to help. Call us today for a FREE consultation. We also urge you to download your FREE copy of "Don't Wreck Your Injury Claim" for additional tips and tricks to improve your chances of winning your settlement.
I have heard of the use of a mock jury or focus group. What are they and how are they used?
Sometimes lawyers can hire people to act as a “mock jury” to see how a case may be viewed in court. This gives a chance to see the opinions of others and to predict how a case may go. The people are usually found with an advertisement offering a small monetary payment for the effort. This group of people listens to the case facts, gives personal opinions, and sometimes also create a verdict. This type of group is sometimes used for an entire case from start to finish, or it is used for just a portion of a case evaluation.
Kansas City personal injury attorneys can use mock juries with cases such as slip and fall accidents. The attorney may show pictures of the person’s condition to help the jury decide whether the property owner should be held responsible. Focus groups and mock juries are extremely helpful because they let the lawyer see how a case may be looked at in court before the case goes to trial.
If you were involved in a slip and fall accident, don’t hesitate to call our law offices today to speak with one of our experienced Kansas City personal injury attorneys. If you need more information about injury claims, download your FREE copy of our book “Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim.”
How are attorney fees paid?
Our lawyers at Kansas City Accident & Injury Attorneys use a contingency fee plan. That term means that you only have to pay us if you win your case. Some personal injury lawyers may ask you for an hourly rate even if your claim is denied, but most use contingency fees. That can cost you a lot of extra money that you may not have. A typical contingency agreement is 33 and 1/3 percent if your case doesn't go to trial. If it does go to court, then most lawyer's increase the fee to 40% or more. If we decide to accept your case, you can rest assured that you only pay us when you win. Although our professional lawyers have a lot of experience in cases such as yours, occasionally a claim is denied when certain conditions are not met, or in certain situations. If this happens to you then you owe us nothing.
If you would like more information about how our Kansas City personal injury lawyers may be able to assist with your claim, contact us today. We offer free consultations and are happy to answer your questions and address your concerns. In the meantime, please download your FREE copy of our book “Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim” for extra information. We look forward to assisting you. Don't wait, get started today!
What are the costs and how are they paid?
Expenses for a Kansas City personal injury or car accident case include anything that is needed for proof. Every case is different, and so your case expenses may be different than another person’s. If a case needs to go to court you can expect to have expenses related to that also. In addition to court expenses there may be bills for expert opinions and evaluations. Evidence expenses include photos of the physical injuries, photos of property damage, getting witness statements, and making copies of medical records. Medical offices often charge patients for copies of their medical records. These are some of the expenses that you may seek reimbursement for.
To learn more about personal injury accidents and for a free case consultation, give us a call today. Our experienced Kansas City accident and injury attorneys are ready to answer your questions and help you get started on your claim. We highly suggest that you also download and read your FREE copy of our book “Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim.” We look forward to working with you.
If I report the dog that bit me to the authorities and then hire a lawyer, will they put it down?
Don’t think that by reporting an animal to authorities will get the animal killed. Just reporting it will not cause that. There are lots of things that the court looks into to determine if the dog is vicious or dangerous. They will review your injury incident and any other prior activities or incidents involved with that particular dog. These investigations help to mold what will ultimately be done with the dog. Sometimes all that is needed is for the pet owner to build a fence or something to keep it contained in the yard. The lawyer works for you, so they will not do anything you did not ask them to. Just because you hire a lawyer is not an automatic death sentence for the dog. All the attorney will do is make sure that you are defended and that you understand your options. It is important for you to educate yourself on causes of dog bites to help prevent future attacks.
If you were injured by a vicious dog bite, contact our team of expert dog bite lawyers and request a free consultation today. It is highly recommended that you also download your FREE copy of our book “Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim.” The book will give you additional tips and advice for dealing with your personal injury claim.
Do I need to consult a lawyer after a dog bite, even if I don’t think I’m going to start a claim?
You definitely should talk to a Kansas City dog bite lawyer even if you don’t think you want to try to get compensation for your injuries. The experienced lawyer can assist with finding out the dog’s owners and if it has a prior history of attacks. They may need to review veterinary records on the animal in question. Even if you don’t want to make a claim, that step is important to make sure you are safe. You need to make sure the dog was up to date on the rabies vaccination. Just because you hire an attorney doesn’t mean that you have to sue.
A lawyer can assist you in finding medical practitioners to evaluate you for treatment. They can guide you to plastic surgeons for a consult to see if you might be a candidate for surgery. The doctors can determine what extent your injuries are and the prognosis. The lawyer may be able to help you decide if you should take legal action or not, and what your potential case worth would be. The lawyer is there to help guide you and to help you understand what options you have.
If you were seriously injured by a dog, please contact one of our experienced dog bite attorneys today. We offer a no obligation FREE consultation. We also recommend that you download your FREE copy of our book “Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim.” We hope we can be of assistance to you on your journey.
Can a lawyer help me talk to my neighborhood association about the neighborhood dog that bit me?
If you feel that the dog might be hazardous to the safety of other residents in your neighborhood, then you should report the dog even if your injuries weren’t serious. If you want to discuss it with your neighborhood association, a Kansas City dog bite lawyer may be helpful. The experienced lawyer can write a letter about your dog bite injuries. They are well versed in communicating how serious the injury was. They can alert your neighborhood association that they should take action to prevent the dog from attacking other people. It can help you to be taken more seriously if you have a lawyer’s help. It will also alert the residents to watch out for the dangerous animal.
Talking to a lawyer should be your first step. For more information about personal injury claims, download your FREE copy of our book “Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim.” Call us today for a free consultation regarding your dog bite injury. If you were seriously injured by a neighbor’s dog, then we may be able to assist you with your case.
I don’t know if I am going to need plastic surgery for my dog bite injury, so do I need to see a plastic surgeon just in case?
You need to know the steps to take after a dog bite. Yes, you should get an evaluation from a plastic surgeon after a dog bite injury. Sometimes dog bites will leave extensive scars. You may not know if you will need surgery, but it’s best to be safe and get it checked out. If you don’t get it looked at, and the settlement is complete, you will probably have to pay for it out of pocket at that point. Once a settlement is reached it is final. There are no do-overs. Plastic surgery tends to be extremely expensive. Overall, getting a plastic surgeon consultation is the way to go to make sure your finances are as protected as possible. The plastic surgeon can tell you if you need surgery, and help you to make decisions. They may also be familiar with legal action in cases like yours.
When you are bitten by a Kansas City dog, call an experienced dog bite attorney right away. A lawyer will know more about legal action than the physician will. Together we can discuss your accident and the next steps to take. We may be able to help you get a better settlement. We highly suggest that you download your FREE copy of our book “Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim” for more information about personal injury settlements and give our experts a call today. We look forward to talking to you soon.
Do I have a case if my child was attacked by a dog that escaped from my neighbor’s fenced yard?
Let’s say your daughter was playing in front of your house near the sidewalk. The neighbor’s dog, a pit bull, jumps the fence and comes over and attacks your child without provocation. In this type of dog bite incident the owner is usually liable. Pets should be contained and properly watched because of the risk of attack. Any dog is capable of a child dog bite attack. Most places will hold the owner liable if their pet runs away and hurts someone. There are many different things that can affect whether you have a good case or not. We recommend that you talk with a Kansas City dog bite attorney. An attorney can help you decide what steps to take in regards to a child injury claim.
If your child was seriously injured from a dog bite, our Kansas City dog bite attorneys are experienced and may be able to help you get compensation for your child’s injuries. For more information, call us now to talk about what happened. Also, it is highly recommended that you read our guide “Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim.” Don’t hesitate to call us today.