Real Questions & Real Answers

What Is A “Personal Injury” Claim? Personal injury lawsuits, or “torts,” are civil legal actions brought by individuals seeking compensation for wrongs committed by individuals or entities who caused them preventable harms and losses (damages). The ultimate goal is to prove an at-fault party financially responsible (liable) for those damages.

Do I Have a Case? It depends. Whether you have a viable injury claim will be determined by the unique facts of your case. Generally, people who receive compensation have suffered actual damages (i.e. medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc.) due to another’s negligent or wrongful acts.

Do I Need a Lawyer? Having represented thousands of clients and families, we believe that everyone should have an advocate in any legal dispute. Legal claims, whether personal injury, family law, criminal defense, or any other legal matter, come with serious issues and may have serious consequences. Choosing the right, experienced legal advocate provides the security that you are not alone to address those serious issues.

Can I Afford to Hire a Lawyer? Our firm does not charge up-front fees for our services; you won’t have to worry about being able to afford an experienced lawyer. We work on a contingency basis, which means you only pay a fee if and when a successful recovery is made.

What Can You Expect During Your Accident Case?
Putting the pieces of your life back together after an accident is not easy. Our attorneys and staff members will guide you through every step of the process, helping you in ways that go far beyond simply handling your claim.

Of course, filing a successful claim is a major part of the process, and securing just compensation for our clients is at the heart of what we do. Here is what you can expect when you choose a Missouri personal injury lawyer from Springfield to represent you:

1. Filing Your Insurance Claim
Once you obtain a diagnosis and treatment and we have a comprehensive understanding of all of the various ways your injuries will impact your life in the future, we will make those a part of our demand for payment to the at-fault party’s insurance company.

2. Negotiating with the Insurance Company
Once we file your claim, we will negotiate aggressively for a fair settlement. We will use your medical records, employment records and other documentation to paint a clear picture of your current situation and what you were forced to go through. We will use all available information to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injury-related losses. This includes not only your losses to date, but also the losses we anticipate you will suffer in the future.

3. Advising You Regarding Settlement
If the insurance company makes a settlement offer, we will go over the offer and help you make an informed decision about resolving your claim. We will tell you if we think the offer is fair. We will work with you to formulate a strategy for how to successfully negotiate your claim to ensure you receive the maximum amount for your injuries. As a part of our discussions, we will discuss with you the potential outcomes in taking your case to trial. The decision to settle your case is for you to make. We will respect your decision if you wish to proceed to trial.

4. Taking Your Case to Court
If the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, we will file a lawsuit. While this will mean preparing your case for the possibility of trial, we will continue to negotiate, and we regularly resolve our clients’ lawsuits via settlement before trial. We are skilled trial attorneys, so if you want to proceed to trial, we will be there for you.