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At Monsees & Mayer, our team of dedicated personal injury attorneys is committed to helping individuals who have suffered injuries due to the negligence of others. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial hardships that can result from accidents.

You likely have many questions about your rights, the legal process, and how to seek compensation. Our goal is to offer clarity on a wide range of personal injury topics and help you make informed decisions.

If you have questions we did not answer here, contact our law firm to speak with an experienced attorney. We can provide personalized guidance and support, as well as free case evaluations.

Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions

General Personal Injury FAQs

What is a personal injury claim?

A personal injury claim arises when an individual has suffered an injury due to the negligent actions of another party. If an individual suffered physical, emotional, or financial harm, they may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses. When it comes to personal injury, there are two types of claims: a first party claim and a third-party claim. The type of claim you need to file will depend on who is at fault for your accident.

First-Party Claim:  A claim filed against your own insurance company.

  • Typically, this would happen if you caused your own injury.

Third-Party Claim: A claim filed against another’s insurance policy.

  • This will take place when an individual or a business’s negligent act caused your injury.

What is a personal injury lawyer?

A personal injury lawyer is a legal professional who represents individuals civilly who have been physically or psychologically injured. Their main role is to help clients recover compensation for the damages suffered due to the negligence of another party. Personal injury lawyers provide legal representation and guidance throughout the legal process. They gather evidence, interview witnesses, and more to ensure their client receives the compensation they deserve. Monsees and Mayer represents clients in personal injury cases such as:

  1. Car Accidents
  2. Wrongful Death
  3. Sexual Abuse
  4. Product Liability
  5. Premises Liability
  6. See All Practice Areas

LEARN MORE ABOUT A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY

Do I need a personal injury attorney?

If you have been in a serious injury accident, you are not legally required to have a personal injury attorney handle your claim.  However, it is highly recommended that you hire an experienced attorney. Personal injury litigation can be complex, confusing, and time-consuming, not to mention the headache of working with insurance companies.

There is simply no substitute for the knowledge an experienced personal injury attorney has. For instance, it is crucial to make sure all forms and documents are completed and filed on time, to locate witnesses, calculate damages, and work with insurance companies. Hence, statistics show that individuals who use an injury attorney for their injury claim receive more compensation than those who handle their claim on their own.

What is negligence?

The critical issue in many personal injury cases is how a “reasonable person” was expected to act in the particular situation that caused the injury. A person is negligent when he or she fails to act like the standard “ordinary reasonable person.” The determination of whether a given person has met his/her “ordinary reasonable person” standard is often a matter that is resolved by a jury after presentation of evidence and argument at trial.

LEARN MORE ABOUT NEGLIGENCE

How do I choose the right personal injury lawyer?

Finding a qualified personal injury lawyer is essential if you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence. To find a suitable personal injury lawyer, you can start by asking for recommendations. People you can trust, such as friends, family, or colleagues, may have had previous experience with a lawyer. If you have had an attorney for a previous matter, you can also consult with that attorney for help. They may be able to refer you to a personal injury lawyer that they are familiar with.

Another option to help you find a suitable personal injury lawyer is to look online. Local and state bar associations, as well as online directories, can provide a list of attorneys in your area. Explore the websites of these personal injury attorneys, look at the lawyer profiles, and read their reviews.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY

Why do I need an attorney?

Hiring a personal injury lawyer can be a crucial step if you have been injured due to another party’s negligence. The legal process can be complex and challenging to navigate. There are many factors that make this difficult time even more stressful. For example, insurance companies may try to minimize your payout. By hiring an attorney, you will be able to better navigate the many procedures and deadlines during the legal process, and more. Working with an attorney who has the knowledge and expertise can help you maximize the compensation you deserve. A personal injury attorney will protect your rights and provide invaluable support.

LEARN MORE ABOUT PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS

Compensation and Cost FAQs

What does compensation cover in a personal injury lawsuit?

Usually, a person who is liable for an injury, his or her liability insurance company must pay an injured person for:

  • Medical care and related expenses
  • Income lost because of the accident
  • Permanent physical disability or disfigurement
  • Loss of family, social and educational experiences
  • Emotional damages
    • Stress, embarrassment, depression or strains on family relationships
  • Damaged property

You will be awarded “damages,” which is money intended to restore you to the position you were in before your injury. This money is not considered income and is not taxable as income by the federal government or the states.

LEARN MORE ABOUT DAMAGES IN A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM

How much compensation can I get for my injuries?

In a personal injury case, there are typically two types of damages. Firstly, economic damages are specific, quantifiable losses, such as medical expenses or lost wages. Secondly, non-economic damages are related to the pain and suffering caused by the injury. The compensation you receive is typically the sum of your economic and non-economic damages. The severity and long-term impact of your injuries, the liability of the at-fault party, and the available insurance coverage all determine the potential value of your case. There may be limits on the amount of compensation you can receive, set by insurance policies or laws in your jurisdiction.

A personal injury attorney can evaluate your case and estimate the value of your damages.

How much does a personal injury lawsuit cost me?

Often, the largest component of the cost, is the cost of the attorney fees. Many personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means the attorney only gets paid if you win your case. Typically, their fee is a percentage of the final settlement. That specific percentage varies depending on the attorney or law firm. If you do not win your case, you may not owe anything.

There are also other possible costs such as court filing fees, costs for obtaining medical records or expert testimony, and deposition expenses. Without yet knowing the specifics of a case, it is difficult to provide an estimate of the lawsuit cost. You can discuss all potential costs with a personal injury attorney during a consultation of your case.

LEARN MORE ABOUT CONTINGENCY FEE

Personal Injury Case FAQs

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?

We are frequently asked, “How much time do I have to sue someone for personal injury?”  All types of cases, whether criminal or civil, have time limits, called “statutes of limitations,” in which the case must be filed. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases can vary from state to state. Some limits are as short as one year, while others are as long as six years.

Missouri Statute of Limitations

  • You typically have five years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury claim in Missouri.

Kansas Statute of Limitations

  • The statute of limitations for a personal injury claim in Kansas is usually two years.

Contact our experienced Kansas City or Springfield personal injury attorneys to advise you if you have been injured. Every injury is different, so it is important to know when your time limits begin and if any circumstances may pause this time or even provide for an additional claim.

How long does a personal injury lawsuit take?

It is challenging to provide an exact timeline for a specific personal injury lawsuit. These cases can take anywhere from a matter of months to several years. Factors such as the complexity of injuries, disputes over who is liable, and the settlement negotiation process can prolong the case. After looking at the specific factors of your case, an attorney will be able to provide a more accurate timeline.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TIMELINE OF A PERSONAL INJURY CASE

How do I know if I have a personal injury case?

First, you must have suffered an injury to your person or property. Second, you should consider whether your injury was the result of someone else’s fault. It is not always necessary to have a physical injury to bring a personal injury lawsuit. Personal injury claims are often based on a variety of non-physical losses and harms. In the case of an assault, for example, you do not need to show that a person’s action caused you actual physical harm, but only that you expected some harm to come to you. You also may have a case if someone has attacked your reputation, invaded your privacy, or inflicted emotional distress upon you.

What if a person dies before bringing a personal injury lawsuit?

It depends on whether the person died as a result of injuries from the accident, or from unrelated causes. If a person injured in an accident subsequently dies because of those injuries, that person’s heirs may recover money through a lawsuit known as a wrongful death action. Also, even if a person with a personal injury claim dies from unrelated causes, their personal injury claim will survive in most cases, and may be brought by the executor or personal representative of the deceased person’s estate.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WRONGFUL DEATH

Personal Injury Attorney

Suffering a personal injury can be a life altering event, often accompanied by confusion and uncertainty. Our team is here to support you as you navigate through the complexities of personal injury cases. Learn more about personal injury and how we can help you seek the compensation you deserve.

Personal Injury Practice Areas

Personal Injury Resources

At Monsees & Mayer, our team of dedicated personal injury attorneys is committed to helping individuals who have suffered injuries due to the negligence of others. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial hardships that can result from accidents.

You likely have many questions about your rights, the legal process, and how to seek compensation. Our goal is to offer clarity on a wide range of personal injury topics and help you make informed decisions.

If you have questions we did not answer here, contact our law firm to speak with an experienced attorney. We can provide personalized guidance and support, as well as free case evaluations.

Personal Injury Attorney

Suffering a personal injury can be a life altering event, often accompanied by confusion and uncertainty. Our team is here to support you as you navigate through the complexities of personal injury cases. Learn more about personal injury and how we can help you seek the compensation you deserve.

Personal Injury Practice Areas

Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions

General Personal Injury FAQs

What is a personal injury claim?

A personal injury claim arises when an individual has suffered an injury due to the negligent actions of another party. If an individual suffered physical, emotional, or financial harm, they may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses. When it comes to personal injury, there are two types of claims: a first party claim and a third-party claim. The type of claim you need to file will depend on who is at fault for your accident.

First-Party Claim:  A claim filed against your own insurance company.

  • Typically, this would happen if you caused your own injury.

Third-Party Claim: A claim filed against another’s insurance policy.

  • This will take place when an individual or a business’s negligent act caused your injury.

What is a personal injury lawyer?

A personal injury lawyer is a legal professional who represents individuals civilly who have been physically or psychologically injured. Their main role is to help clients recover compensation for the damages suffered due to the negligence of another party. Personal injury lawyers provide legal representation and guidance throughout the legal process. They gather evidence, interview witnesses, and more to ensure their client receives the compensation they deserve. Monsees and Mayer represents clients in personal injury cases such as:

  1. Car Accidents
  2. Wrongful Death
  3. Sexual Abuse
  4. Product Liability
  5. Premises Liability
  6. See All Practice Areas

LEARN MORE ABOUT A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY

Do I need a personal injury attorney?

If you have been in a serious injury accident, you are not legally required to have a personal injury attorney handle your claim.  However, it is highly recommended that you hire an experienced attorney. Personal injury litigation can be complex, confusing, and time-consuming, not to mention the headache of working with insurance companies.

There is simply no substitute for the knowledge an experienced personal injury attorney has. For instance, it is crucial to make sure all forms and documents are completed and filed on time, to locate witnesses, calculate damages, and work with insurance companies. Hence, statistics show that individuals who use an injury attorney for their injury claim receive more compensation than those who handle their claim on their own.

What is negligence?

The critical issue in many personal injury cases is how a “reasonable person” was expected to act in the particular situation that caused the injury. A person is negligent when he or she fails to act like the standard “ordinary reasonable person.” The determination of whether a given person has met his/her “ordinary reasonable person” standard is often a matter that is resolved by a jury after presentation of evidence and argument at trial.

LEARN MORE ABOUT NEGLIGENCE

How do I choose the right personal injury lawyer?

Finding a qualified personal injury lawyer is essential if you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence. To find a suitable personal injury lawyer, you can start by asking for recommendations. People you can trust, such as friends, family, or colleagues, may have had previous experience with a lawyer. If you have had an attorney for a previous matter, you can also consult with that attorney for help. They may be able to refer you to a personal injury lawyer that they are familiar with.

Another option to help you find a suitable personal injury lawyer is to look online. Local and state bar associations, as well as online directories, can provide a list of attorneys in your area. Explore the websites of these personal injury attorneys, look at the lawyer profiles, and read their reviews.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY

Why do I need an attorney?

Hiring a personal injury lawyer can be a crucial step if you have been injured due to another party’s negligence. The legal process can be complex and challenging to navigate. There are many factors that make this difficult time even more stressful. For example, insurance companies may try to minimize your payout. By hiring an attorney, you will be able to better navigate the many procedures and deadlines during the legal process, and more. Working with an attorney who has the knowledge and expertise can help you maximize the compensation you deserve. A personal injury attorney will protect your rights and provide invaluable support.

LEARN MORE ABOUT PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS

Compensation and Cost FAQs

What does compensation cover in a personal injury lawsuit?

Usually, a person who is liable for an injury, his or her liability insurance company must pay an injured person for:

  • Medical care and related expenses
  • Income lost because of the accident
  • Permanent physical disability or disfigurement
  • Loss of family, social and educational experiences
  • Emotional damages
    • Stress, embarrassment, depression or strains on family relationships
  • Damaged property

You will be awarded “damages,” which is money intended to restore you to the position you were in before your injury. This money is not considered income and is not taxable as income by the federal government or the states.

LEARN MORE ABOUT DAMAGES IN A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM

How much compensation can I get for my injuries?

In a personal injury case, there are typically two types of damages. Firstly, economic damages are specific, quantifiable losses, such as medical expenses or lost wages. Secondly, non-economic damages are related to the pain and suffering caused by the injury. The compensation you receive is typically the sum of your economic and non-economic damages. The severity and long-term impact of your injuries, the liability of the at-fault party, and the available insurance coverage all determine the potential value of your case. There may be limits on the amount of compensation you can receive, set by insurance policies or laws in your jurisdiction.

A personal injury attorney can evaluate your case and estimate the value of your damages.

How much does a personal injury lawsuit cost me?

Often, the largest component of the cost, is the cost of the attorney fees. Many personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means the attorney only gets paid if you win your case. Typically, their fee is a percentage of the final settlement. That specific percentage varies depending on the attorney or law firm. If you do not win your case, you may not owe anything.

There are also other possible costs such as court filing fees, costs for obtaining medical records or expert testimony, and deposition expenses. Without yet knowing the specifics of a case, it is difficult to provide an estimate of the lawsuit cost. You can discuss all potential costs with a personal injury attorney during a consultation of your case.

LEARN MORE ABOUT CONTINGENCY FEE

Personal Injury Case FAQs

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?

We are frequently asked, “How much time do I have to sue someone for personal injury?”  All types of cases, whether criminal or civil, have time limits, called “statutes of limitations,” in which the case must be filed. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases can vary from state to state. Some limits are as short as one year, while others are as long as six years.

Missouri Statute of Limitations

  • You typically have five years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury claim in Missouri.

Kansas Statute of Limitations

  • The statute of limitations for a personal injury claim in Kansas is usually two years.

Contact our experienced Kansas City or Springfield personal injury attorneys to advise you if you have been injured. Every injury is different, so it is important to know when your time limits begin and if any circumstances may pause this time or even provide for an additional claim.

How long does a personal injury lawsuit take?

It is challenging to provide an exact timeline for a specific personal injury lawsuit. These cases can take anywhere from a matter of months to several years. Factors such as the complexity of injuries, disputes over who is liable, and the settlement negotiation process can prolong the case. After looking at the specific factors of your case, an attorney will be able to provide a more accurate timeline.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TIMELINE OF A PERSONAL INJURY CASE

How do I know if I have a personal injury case?

First, you must have suffered an injury to your person or property. Second, you should consider whether your injury was the result of someone else’s fault. It is not always necessary to have a physical injury to bring a personal injury lawsuit. Personal injury claims are often based on a variety of non-physical losses and harms. In the case of an assault, for example, you do not need to show that a person’s action caused you actual physical harm, but only that you expected some harm to come to you. You also may have a case if someone has attacked your reputation, invaded your privacy, or inflicted emotional distress upon you.

What if a person dies before bringing a personal injury lawsuit?

It depends on whether the person died as a result of injuries from the accident, or from unrelated causes. If a person injured in an accident subsequently dies because of those injuries, that person’s heirs may recover money through a lawsuit known as a wrongful death action. Also, even if a person with a personal injury claim dies from unrelated causes, their personal injury claim will survive in most cases, and may be brought by the executor or personal representative of the deceased person’s estate.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WRONGFUL DEATH

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