One of the most frequently asked questions about Kansas City auto accident claims is, "How much is my case worth?" The value of your claim may vary depending on your injury and the circumstances of your accident.  We've listed five factors that may influence your Missouri accident settlement.
1. Liability
The term "liability" refers to the obligation to pay for the accident.  In Missouri, the person determined to be at fault for a Kansas City automobile accident is liable for the damages caused by the accident.  This means that their insurance company must pay. 
Like most businesses, insurance companies are primarily interested in their bottom line.  They will do their best to show that the other driver was partly or entirely responsible for the crash. Without an experienced Kansas City car accident lawyer, you could end up paying for an accident that wasn't your fault.

 An attorney will investigate your accident and collect evidence to show who was at fault.

2. Damages
Damages refer to money paid to cover the cost of an injury and other losses from an accident. The amount of damages will depend on how serious your injury is and how much medical treatment you need.  If you sustained a broken arm that healed with no complications, your costs will not be as high as they would be if you sustained a serious spinal cord injury.
To claim damages for an injury, you must be able to prove that the injury was caused by the accident. 
You can also claim damages if you missed work or are unable to work in the future because of your injury.   Your Kansas City car accident lawyer will determine the amount of damages you are entitled to and will help you gather evidence to support your claim.
3. Venue
Venue refers to the court where your case is filed. Although the law remains the same regardless of locations, some venues are considered more favorable to personal injury victims than others. 
4. Your lifestyle and personality

You have been injured in an accident that was not your fault.  It doesn't seem fair that your personality or lifestyle will matter, but juries tend to favor victims that they see as hard-working, responsible individuals rather than people who are trying to get something or nothing or are exaggerating their injuries.
5.  Your attorney

The attorney you choose may be the biggest factor in determining the value of your case.  Your attorney's job is to determine the amount of a fair settlement and to support your request for compensation with evidence.  Your Kansas City car accident lawyer should be willing to go to court if necessary to get you compensation.   When insurance companies know a lawyer is not likely to take them to court, they will make a low offer. If they know that the attorney regularly handles these types of cases and is willing to try a Missouri car accident case in front of a jury, then the insurance company is more likely to offer a fair settlement.

Have You Been Injured In A Kansas City Area Car Accident?

If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.