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 legal counsel.

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. Contact us today or fill out a free case evaluation form to get started!

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