The Kansas City Missouri car accident lawyers regularly answer our clients' questions about car accidents and personal injury claims. We thought it would help to share some of these questions and our answers with you.
I have been injured in a car accident. Do I have a claim? What should I do?
The only way to determine whether or not you have a claim is to contact a car accident or personal injury lawyer whose experience is with car accidents, including motorcycle, pedestrian, truck, and bicycle accidents. Most personal injury lawyers offer a free consultation so they can learn the facts of your case and ask questions about your injuries and your particular situation. Not every car accident results in a personal injury claim. However, in the event of injury, you should call a lawyer as soon after the accident as possible: that way, if you have a case, your attorney can start working for you right away.
Do I have to meet with a lawyer in person to determine if I have a claim?
Each situation is different and many factors are involved. In some cases, we can determine whether or not you have a claim with a simple phone call and a brief intake interview. Also, many lawyers provide an e-mail request form on their website: you fill out the form, and the lawyers review your information. This practice allows them to decide whether or not they need you to come in for further questioning.
Why do I have to get a lawyer right away? What happens if I wait too long?
An accident case is built on the facts surrounding your accident and your injuries: the sooner you obtain counsel, the better. Quite often, a lawyer will use a professional accident investigator to gather evidence and establish the facts. This process needs to begin while the evidence is still available and while all the information surrounding the accident, such as witnesses, photographs, medical statements, etc. are easier to obtain. Also, there is a statute of limitations on injury claims, which means the case must be filed before a certain deadline. To build a case, your lawyer needs time to assemble the facts and evidence of the facts.