Kansas City Car Accident Lawyer
When you look at the number of car accidents that happen every year — more than six million — it can be staggering. When an accident happens to you, however, the results can be devastating and can leave you searching for answers. As a car accident lawyer I provide experienced representation for motor vehicle accident victims and their families. I have helped clients in Massachusetts, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, and many other states file personal injury claims following serious accidents. I also represent the families of those who have lost loved ones in fatal crashes.
Car Accidents Don’t Just Happen – Someone Is At Fault
No matter how safe a driver you may be, the odds are pretty good that you’ll be involved in a car accident at some point in your life. As a Kansas City car accident lawyer I’ve helped thousands of injured people, both locally and across the country, reach settlements in their cases. When it comes to litigation, legal experience is crucial. Since I deal with auto accident lawsuits every day I know exactly what to do to quickly and effectively begin your litigation. As your Kansas City car accident lawyer, I’ll address the liability or negligence issues in the accident. I know exactly what it takes to prove who was at fault for the accident. Most importantly, you’ll be able to focus on your physical and emotional recovery.
Top Car Accident Attorney on the Country Club Plaza
When someone comes to my office to talk about a car accident, I know exactly what to do:
- I will address any liability or negligence issues in the accident. As a car accident lawyer, I know what it takes to prove who was at fault. For example, the evidence in accidents involving semi-trucks can be very different than in an accident between two passenger vehicles.
- I know what evidence to collect.
- I know how to show the types and extent of the injuries that accident victims suffer. Injuries aren’t just physical. They can be emotional, mental, and economic as well. Lost wages, medical expenses, and the loss of a loved one’s companionship can all be injuries, too.
- I’m familiar with which documentation to gather, which experts to consult, and which evidence needs to be presented to a jury.
- I know how to fight the insurance companies. It is not unusual for more than one insurance company to be involved in a claim after a car accident.
- I have the experience to handle the complicated insurance claims process.
- There are often health insurance claims and hospital bills to be addressed. I have the experience to handle those complicated medical claims processes too.
Contact Donovan Dodrill, Kansas City Car Accident Attorney
I’m certain you have questions, whether you need more information about the claims process, an insurance company’s settlement offer, or how much you think your car accident injury claim might be worth – the easiest way to get them answered is for you to pick up the phone and call me directly.
Our conversation will be free, confidential, and without any obligation to retain me as your personal injury attorney. You can call me any time to speak about your case. I’m happy to provide you with any information about car accident claims you might need so you can make the most informed decision possible about your case.
If you would like to discuss your case with an experienced car accident lawyer, please contact my Kansas City law firm at (816) 772-2474.
Common Questions to Ask About Car Accident Claims
The first thing you need to do is nothing. Stay calm. Your blood will be filled with adrenaline. Adrenaline will stop you from feeling pain. This will cause you to be a poor evaluator of the extent of your own injury. It will also increase your emotional responses to everything. So, stop and take a few minutes to relax. Do not talk with the other driver. Clients who, filled with adrenaline, “talk” with the other driver can get into emotional confrontations that will hurt your ability to successfully pursue a claim later. Your behavior at the scene is relevant. Do not get out of your vehicle after the collision unless remaining in the vehicle places you at further risk of harm. Do not leave the scene. You should wait until there is a police officer at the scene before you talk with anyone. You should talk with the officer. Be respectful. Try to stay calm, be honest and clear. That officer will be writing the Police Report later. If you’re not sure about a detail of the collision, it’s alright to say so.
You should allow the EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) to examine and treat you at the scene. Do not let yourself worry about the cost of care (that’s my job later). Do not voice concerns about the cost of care to anyone at the scene. Do not talk about suing someone or refer to an attorney at the scene of the collision, even if you’re angry. That will also hurt your claim later. You should allow the ambulance to take you to an ER. Be honest and consistent with everyone about what happened. Everything you say to the ambulance crew and ER staff will make it into the medical record. Call me the next day and I’ll take it from there.
I’ve just been in a car accident, and I told everyone at the scene I was “just fine” and then, after the police left, I went home. It’s the next morning and I hurt everywhere. What do I do? Have I screwed up my claim?
You have not screwed up your claim. It is very common for injured parties to tell police officers and EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) at the scene of the collision that they are “just fine,” not hurt, and do not need care or ambulance transport. Right after a collision, your blood will be filled with adrenaline. Adrenaline will stop you from feeling pain. This will cause you to be a poor evaluator of the extent of your own injury. The vast majority of claims I successfully handle involve an injured party who doesn’t treat until the morning following the collision when they wake up and realize that they need medical care.
The power of adrenaline and your own desire to believe that you are “just fine” is so great that, years ago, I represented someone who, after a very serious collision, stepped out of his vehicle and told EMTs that he was “just fine” only to then lose consciousness and fall to the ground. Upon evaluation, it was found that he had a punctured lung and two compression fractures of the cervical spine (a broken neck).
No responsible attorney can tell you how much your claim is worth during the initial consultation. Any attorney who tells you something else is not an attorney you should work with. I am only able to fully discuss the value of a client’s claim after I have reviewed all medical records and bills as well as the facts of the claim. Some facts are only discovered after hiring a private investigator. In the past, claims that I initially believed had limited value, after evaluation, have had significant value. And, every attorney has had cases that looked like their facts would justify very high values only to learn, after evaluation, that those cases were not as valuable as everyone would have liked them to be. It is important for you to work with an experienced attorney who can properly evaluate your claim.
I believe in pre-litigation settlement negotiation. If a claim is properly evaluated and a timely demand is made against the party at fault, that claim can be resolved without litigation in only a few months. However, if a claim is put into suit and litigated to trial that process can take two years or more. Even if your claim eventually needs to be litigated, pre-litigation settlement is helpful both to educate all parties about value, and make settlement in advance of trial more likely. Pre-litigation settlement negotiation preserves the time value of money as well as your credit rating.
It is usually very difficult to treat, replace your vehicle, live the routine of daily life, and learn enough law to negotiate with an insurance adjuster. Remember that this is an adversarial process. Insurance adjusters are trained to pay as little as possible to injured parties to resolve their claims. The injured party is not prepared to go toe to toe with any insurance adjuster. There are several practical reasons for that. If this is your first claim, you will be negotiating with an insurance adjuster who has negotiated hundreds or thousands of claims. That disparity in experience means that, while you have no practical idea of the value of your claim, the insurance adjuster does, has no reason to be honest with you about that value, and is actively working against you. Another reason not to try to negotiate on your own is that there are years of legal precedent and statutes that you do not know.
It is a personal injury attorney’s job to know them. In my experience, insurance adjusters often do not know the law. Only an experienced personal injury attorney will know the law and be able to bring his or her knowledge to bear against the insurance company. This is one area where what you do not know will hurt you. It is also true that one of the only ways an injured party can actually screw up their own claim is by talking at length on a recorded line with the adverse insurance carrier. It can be hard for even an experienced attorney to undo that damage.
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No Upfront Costs or Fees
At no up-front cost to you, Plaza Injury Law provides the best legal representation in personal injury and work injury on a contingency fee basis. This means that I do not take a fee until you receive compensation. You will not incur any legal fees or costs for my time and assistance unless I successfully earn you a trial verdict or settlement. Meaning, I have every incentive to maximize your recovery. I adhere to a “Clients First” philosophy, which means that I will do everything in my power to help you receive the justice and compensation you deserve for your injury and we help you get back to normal as quickly as possible.
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