The attorneys at DiPasquale Moore understand that you may have a number of questions concerning your personal injury case. We invite you to check out our frequently asked questions to learn what you should know and as always, contact our offices directly for more information.
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Do I need to hire a personal injury attorney?
A personal injury lawyer is important when you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence. Our Kansas City personal injury lawyers know of your rights, and can help you determine whether you are entitled to recover compensation for your injuries. When you have been harmed due to no fault of your own, it is imperative that you hold the responsible parties accountable, both to prevent them from harming anyone else, and to prevent you from a financial and emotional burden.
Feel free to schedule a consultation with DiPasquale Moore to learn what we can do for you.
Should I hire an attorney even if my insurance company says I don’t need one?Yes. Yes, yes, yes. The interests of any insurance company, including yours, is to recover the least possible amount on your behalf in order to protect their profits. When you work with an attorney, you can be confident that our interests are getting you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. The insurance adjuster or representative will most likely offer you a much smaller settlement amount than you would be able to recover with an attorney by your side. Our lawyers in Kansas City know how appealing it may be to take the money without taking a stand, which is why we offer our services free of charge if you do not win your case.
What can I recover from my lawsuit?No two personal injury cases are the same, so it is impossible to predict exactly what you can recover from your claim. We know that you have suffered an injury and have needed medical attention as a result. When you work with DiPasquale Moore, we will stop at nothing to recover a financial award to cover your present and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, and inconvenience. In some cases, you may also be entitled to recovering punitive damages from the person that hurt you, or a financial award aimed at punishing them.
How long do I have to decide to file a lawsuit?
Each state has a statute of limitations, or the amount of time that you have the right to bring a lawsuit against the responsible party. If your injury falls outside of this allotted time frame, you may be unable to bring charges against the negligent party unless the injured person was under the age of 18 or the injury was not discovered until a later date.
Under Missouri law, someone that has suffered an injury has five years to seek action against someone that has harmed them. If you are wondering if your case falls within the allowed time period, be sure to speak with a Kansas City personal injury lawyer at our firm.
How do I know if I have a personal injury claim?
Have you been hurt or harmed in some way that was not your fault? You may have a personal injury lawsuit. Personal injury operates under the concept of negligence, meaning that everyone has a responsibility to exercise care in their interactions with other people. When they are unable to maintain this standard of care and does not take the time to prevent harm to other people, then they are considered negligent. Some common examples of negligence include things like car accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, pedestrian accidents, or wrongful death.
There are other ways people can be held accountable for injuries too. Under the idea of strict liability, someone that is harmed can hold someone accountable even if they are not found to be negligent. Two examples of strict liability involve dog bites or defective products- while
nothing in particularmay have happened that was dangerous, someone can be held liable due to the inherent dangerousness.
As always, an experienced personal injury attorney at DiPasquale Moore is helpful in determining if you have a case and how to recover your deserved compensation.
How much will a personal injury lawsuit cost me?
We understand that it may seem easier to settle with an insurance company than work with a personal injury lawyer. We want to make sure that you know the numerous benefits that working with our firm can provide at little cost to you. When you work with DiPasquale Moore, your legal representation is at no cost to you:
- We offer free case consultations to sit with a member of our legal team to discuss your options in this case.
- Contingency fee agreement means that the only way you will have to pay money to our personal injury lawyers is if you win your case.
- Court costs and experts fees are covered by your attorneys if you do not win your case, meaning that we are invested until the end!
How long can I expect my case to take?There is no way of saying for sure how long your case may take. As a general rule of thumb, the more complex the case may be, the longer it will take to resolve. In many cases, settling a case will take less time than taking the case to trial. No matter what options turn out to be in your best interests, you can know that DiPasquale Moore is by your side until the completion of your case.