Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury
After an accident occurs, you probably have plenty of questions running
through your head. With the stresses of dealing with the aftermath, you
probably haven't had the strength to devote much time to focus on
answering your own pressing questions and concerns. At
Palmer Law Group LLP, we completely understand how difficult this time must be and we have
tried to lessen the burden of anxiety for you. Below, we have compiled
a guide to the most frequently asked questions that we receive from clients
after they have been involved in an injury-causing incident of some kind.
Read more below and then consult a Topeka personal injury attorney from
our firm to discuss your claims.
Your Concerns Addressed by a Kansas Personal Injury Attorney in Topeka
I've been injured in an accident. Do I need an attorney?
If you are able to prove that you have been injured physically or emotionally,
or have incurred some sort of financial damage due to a
personal injury accident, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. An attorney
can determine whether or not your claims are valid. Most importantly,
your lawyer can protect you from signing any sort of insurance settlements
that may hinder you from getting more compensation.
In serious personal injury cases such as
medical malpractice or
car accidents, retaining legal significantly increases your chances of recovering your
full damages. If you have been injured, the only person who can represent
your rights and interests in court is an experienced personal injury attorney.
The lawyers at our firm can provide you with a
free case evaluation over the phone without any obligation. You risk nothing by consulting
us but you can potentially risk a great deal by choosing to go without
What if the insurance company offers me a settlement for my case?
Personal injury claims are sensitive in nature, and many insurance companies
will try to offer you minimal settlements for your damages. If you receive
a settlement offer from an insurance company directly, you can most likely
assume that the settlement is nowhere near what you are actually entitled
to and what an experienced attorney could negotiate or fight for on your
behalf! With the help of a personal injury lawyer who is knowledgeable of
insurance bad faith and tactics used to avoid paying full compensation for valid claims, you
can receive the best possible settlement for your case.
What is negligence and how does it affect my personal injury case?
Under the Kansas Statute § 60-258a(a), the state follows the doctrine
of modified comparative negligence. Simply stated, this doctrine essentially
means that any injured parties involved in an accident can recover compensation
but can only be rewarded if it is determined that his or her fault causing
the accident or injury is 49% or less. If the injured party's fault
level is determined to be equal to or more than 50%, then he or she cannot
recover any compensation for damages resulting from the accident.
Negligence can be defined as the failure to act with reasonable care. In
law, negligence can manifest in a variety of ways, including behavior
such as failure to follow a physician's care instructions after a
procedure even if the physician did something to harm you. This is considered
a form of modified comparative negligence and could be used against you
when seeking compensation in Topeka.
How long will it take for my claim to settle or be resolved?
Settlements of claims hinge on a variety of factors, typically on a case-by-case
basis. Due to the nature of personal injury accidents, there is no set
time frame for settlements of claims, especially if they go to trial.
Generally speaking, the more complex a case is, the longer the case may
take to settle. Of course, this is not always true. At Palmer Law Group
LLP, our approach to personal injury accidents is to provide quality,
thorough legal representation. We develop the facts and identify the pertinent
issues. By doing so, we can seek settlement as quickly and as fully as
possible, maximizing efficiency and recovery for our clients!
Are there time limits for when I can file a personal injury claim?
Kansas enforces a statute of limitations - or a time restraint - for personal
injury claims. Depending on the state and type of case, the time limitations
within which you can file can range anywhere between one and five years.
The Kansas statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years.
Failing to file a claim in the specified time restraints can bar a victim
of personal injury from seeking compensation forever. As lawyers who seek
the best possible resolution for our clients, we suggest pursuing legal
action with a professional attorney as quickly as possible to help guarantee
that you achieve the results that you want.
Do you have more questions? Just ask Palmer Law Group LLP!
The purpose of providing answers to the questions above is to shed light on your own
circumstances and allow victims to feel more in control of their situations.
We can provide more informative insight into your personal injury accident
once we know more about your case, so we encourage you to consult our
team of knowledgeable Topeka personal injury lawyers. With nearly
60 years of legal experience and a successful track record of
verdicts and settlements, we know how important obtaining a fast recovery is for our clients.
We look forward to hearing from you if you have more questions or concerns
that were not addressed in this section.
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