Topeka Attorneys Protecting Your Rights
Serious car accidents causing physical injury are often the first time people need to retain the services of a lawyer. Kansas car accident injury victims need an experienced attorney to help them navigate the often difficult path of insurance claims and potential lawsuits. If you, or someone you love, has been seriously injured in a car accident, call Palmer Law Group. We have the legal skills, experience and dedication necessary to help you get the medical care you need and to collect the damages you are entitled to while rebuilding your life.
Palmer Law Group, LLP attorneys have the experience and resolve to get you compensated fairly for your pain, suffering and loss of income. Car accident injuries and damages can include the following, but feel free to call us to inquire about your specific case:
- Paralysis, permanent disability or a handicap
- Life-threatening injuries, including spine, head and brain trauma
- Severe injuries, including broken limbs and lacerations that need stitches
- Lost wages due to time off of work
- Emotional trauma
- Minor injuries, such as scrapes, bruises, contusions or cuts.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another person, let us help. As award-winning law professionals, we work hard to represent and protect your best interests. At Palmer Law Group, we pride ourselves on offering compassionate, careful, attentive and personal legal guidance to help you every step of the way.
Did You Know?
According to the traffic crash facts report conducted by the Kansas Department of Transportation, there were 407 fatalities and 12,399 injuries in traffic crashes in 2017 alone. There are a number of factors contributing to accidents, including:
- Right-of-way violations
- Driver inattention
- Following another vehicle too closely
- Improper lane changes
- Disregarding traffic signage
- Taking a dangerous evasive action
- Running a red light
- Mobile phone use
- Medical conditions
- Presence of debris or other obstructions
- Work zone hazards
- Snow and ice hazards
- Animal interference
- And more
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. What types of insurance coverage is involved with automobile injury claims?
A: There are multiple types of insurance coverage which can potentially be involved in accident claims. First, almost all policies of insurance issued in the State of Kansas are required to have personal injury protection (“PIP)” benefits available to the insured person. PIP coverage applies regardless of fault and can assist you with payment of medical expenses, lost wages, and other types of expenses.
Additionally, most auto injury claims involve liability insurance coverage, which can act to cover damages caused by someone else’s fault.
In situations where parties are injured by an uninsured driver, uninsured (“UM”) motorist coverage may apply to afford coverage for the injured person’s damages.
Likewise, in situations where the at fault driver is underinsured, underinsured (“UIM”) coverage may be available for the injured person’s damages.
Q: If I wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, can I still recover damages in a car accident?
A: In general, yes, though It depends on the circumstances surrounding your injury. Kansas implements the doctrine of modified comparative fault, which allows an injured plaintiff to sue and recover damages so long as they are less than 50 percent at-fault. Kansas law does not allow your fault to be compared for failing to wear a seatbelt.
Q: How does the law work when multiple parties caused my injuries?
A: Kansas abolished the doctrine of joint and several liability and now implements the doctrine of pure several liability. According to pure several liability principles, a defendant may only be held responsible for damages proportional to their contributed fault. For example, if you are injured in a multi-car pileup accident with damages of $100,000, then you can only recover $10,000 from a defendant who is found to be 10 percent at-fault for your injuries. You will have to bring claims against the other liable defendants to ensure that you have an opportunity to recover your damages in full.
Q: What damages am I entitled to in a car accident lawsuit?
A: Your damages may vary substantially depending on the circumstances. In Kansas, potential damages include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Medical expenses
- Wage loss
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Property loss
- And more.
For example, if you are seriously injured to the degree where you have to take time off from work, then you could be entitled to receive damages for wage loss. If you have suffered social humiliation due to the physical scarring resulting from your injuries, then you may be entitled to damages that account for that mental anguish.
In some cases where the defendant has acted with willful malice, or if their behavior is particularly egregious, the court may impose punitive damages, which are meant to deter especially egregious conduct such as drunk driving.
Contact Palmer Law Group LLP
Our attorneys have nearly 60 years of combined experience within the state of Kansas and we have earned over $80 million in compensation for our clients. We are proudly listed as one of the top law firms in Kansas and we are ready and willing to talk with you about your possible case during a free consultation. Call us now and get on the road to recovery.