Do I have an Injury case?
Do I need a personal injury lawyer?
You might be surprised to hear this, but not everyone needs a personal injury lawyer? Many cases can be handled on your own without the assistance of a personal injury lawyer. If any of the following apply to you or a loved one, then speak to a lawyer right away:
- The medical bills are or will be over $3,000;
- You expect your treatment to last more than three weeks.
- You suffered scarring, broken bones, a head injury (even if it’s just a headache);
- The insurance company is denying your claim;
- The injury was caused by a car crash and the other driver doesn’t have insurance;
- The injuries occurred while as a pedestrian or on a bike, motorcycle or scooter;
- The injury was caused by a car crash and you don’t have insurance;
- The injury was caused by a defective product;
- Your injury was caused by a semi or tractor trailer crash; or
- Death or life-altering catastrophic injury.
You may still want a lawyer at this point and that’s completely fine. We’ll be happy to speak to you about your personal injury case and answer any questions you have.
Can a personal injury lawyer really help?
Absolutely. While no personal injury lawyer can guarantee results (the Missouri Bar prohibits lawyers from guaranteeing results), many studies show that having a personal injury lawyer can make a difference. In fact, our office has many examples of cases where we were able to get a much better result than if the had handled the cases on their own.
Should I speak to a personal injury lawyer before giving a recorded statement to the insurance company?
Okay, this is a trick question. In most cases, you should never give a recorded statement to the insurance company. But if you do, don’t even think about doing it without at least first speaking to a personal injury lawyer. Even better, you should have a personal injury lawyer on the phone with you when you give the statement.
Two major exceptions are uninsured motorist and underinsured motorist claims through your insurance company. This is because you may have a legal obligation to cooperate with your insurance company.