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STEPS YOU SHOULD TAKE AFTER SUSTAINING A PERSONAL INJURY

It is important to protect your rights to all legal remedies available to you after being injured in an accident.
After an accident, you should take the following steps:

  • OBTAIN IMMEDIATE MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR YOUR INJURIES.

  • If you or someone you love has been injured, you should obtain medical treatment immediately. It is important that you tell the emergency services and treating physicians about your injuries and explain how you were injured. Notification of your injuries will be documented in your medical records and will help doctors manage your future medical treatment. In addition, it will provide proof that your injuries are related to the accident and that the accident caused your injuries.
    In addition, you should:

    • take pictures of your injuries
    • keep documentation of all medical treatment and doctor’s appointments, as well as any prescriptions taken, pain experienced, missed time from work or other activities and all expenses incurred
    • take notes of all communication with your medical providers.
  • KEEP ALL IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

  • If your injury was caused by a motor vehicle accident, obtain the names, addresses, phone numbers, license plate numbers and insurance information of all drivers involved. If there are witnesses to the accident, obtain their names, addresses and phone numbers. Take several photographs of the vehicle, as well as the accident scene and surrounding area from different angles.
    If your injury was caused by a defective product, keep the product in a secure place. Do not throw the product away, do not alter it in any way and do not return it to the retailer or manufacturer.
    Your attorney will need to have the product in their possession to have it examined by experts.
    Seek an attorney’s help if the product is in someone else’s possession. The attorney may be able to file a preliminary injunction to prevent destruction of the product or a temporary restraining order.

  • CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY.

  • In order to protect your legal rights and guarantee that the evidence is preserved, it is crucial to seek advice from an attorney as soon as
    possible after your accident. Your opportunity to recover adequate compensation could change at any moment and not taking important steps early in your case could permanently damage your case.

  • CONSULT WITH YOUR ATTORNEY BEFORE SPEAKING TO AN INSURANCE COMPANY.

  • Do not discuss anything about the accident or that is relevant to your injuries without consulting a personal injury attorney first. Insurance companies do not profit by paying money in personal injury claims. Therefore, it is in their best interest to quickly settle claims for the lowest amount of money possible or to avoid payment in claims altogether. You want to avoid settling too quickly because often as time passes you will find that your injuries were more severe than they initially appeared and once you settle your claim, you generally cannot ask for additional compensation.


CHOOSING THE RIGHT ATTORNEY FOR YOUR MISSOURI PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM

Personal injury cases can cause long lasting and devastating effects on your health, finances and relationships with your family. The majority of injured victims rely on the compensation they receive to cover the costs of their medical bills and loss of income. Therefore it is an important decision that you choose the right Missouri personal injury attorney to handle your claim. The following are important factors when making your choice:

  • CHOOSE AN ATTORNEY WHO IS WELL ESTABLISHED AND EXPERIENCED.

  • If an attorney doesn’t have experience they may have difficulty negotiating with the insurance companies and preparing and trying cases when negotiations are unsuccessful. An experienced personal
    injury attorney will be able to properly start investigations, file any necessary documents, locate any witnesses, obtain evidence and keep your case moving forward. Therefore, it is important that you choose a personal injury attorney that has a successful track record in negotiations and trials.

  • CHOOSE AN ATTORNEY THAT SPECIALIZES IN PERSONAL INJURY.

  • An attorney who specializes in personal injury will be able to properly evaluate your case and determine the best legal plan that will obtain you the compensation that you deserve. Attorneys who specialize in personal injury will be better informed and will have more experience handling personal injury claims.

  • CHOOSE AN ATTORNEY OR FIRM THAT IS WELL FINANCED.

  • Personal injury cases can be expensive to pursue, especially if they go to trial. The attorney must be able to prove damages that the injured person is claiming and will need to obtain your medical records and, in some cases, hire medical experts such as, treating physicians, orthopedic specialists, neurologists or vocational rehab specialists. Therefore, it is very important to hire an attorney that is experienced and has the financial resources to cover case expenses and litigation costs which could be very expensive.

  • CHOOSE AN ATTORNEY WHO IS COMMITTED TO YOUR CASE.

  • When choosing a personal injury attorney you should look for an attorney who is professional, who will keep you updated on your case and protects your legal interests. To increase your chances for a favorable outcome, it is important to develop an effective relationship between the attorney and client.

 

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Defective Dolly Injures Client

Practice Area: Products Liability
Description: Mr. Phillips obtained a $2.5 million dollar settlement from the manufacturer of a dolly based on the theory that the dolly was defectively designed. The settlement was reached after 27 depositions were taken and six expert witnesses were retained on behalf of the injured worker.
Outcome: $2.5 Million Settlement


Defective Product/Medical Malpractice Injures Baby

Practice Area: Medical Malpractice
Description: Mr. Phillips obtained a $1.2 million recovery on behalf of a mother who was improperly prescribed drugs which were contra-indicated resulting in an injured baby.
Outcome: $1.2 million settlement


Defective Fire Extinguisher Injures Client

Practice Area: Products Liability
Description: Mr. Phillips recovered $880,000 for a client who was injured when a fire extinguisher malfunctioned.
Outcome: $880,000 settlement


Negligent Mobile Home Driver Injures Client

Practice Area: Auto Accident
Description: Mr. Phillips recovered policy limits of $300,000 for a client suffering leg injuries when the vehicle he was driving was struck by a mobile home.
Outcome: $300,000 (policy limits) settlement


Negligent Driver Injures Client

Practice Area: Auto Accident
Description: Mr. Phillips recovered policy limits of $200,000 for his Client whose hand was injured in an automobile accident in Franklin County.
Outcome: $200,000 (policy limits) settlement


Minor's Mother and Father Die in Auto Accident

Practice Area: Wrongful Death/Auto Accident
Description: A drunk driver caused an accident killing Client's mother and father resulting in a policy limits structured settlement totaling $1.15 million.
Outcome: $1.15 million (policy limits) structured settlement


Deer Stand Fall Results in Settlement

Practice Area: Personal Injury
Description: Mr. Phillips recovers $700,000 for Client injured falling out of deer stand. Case was prosecuted in federal court against manufacturers of products which Client inhaled months prior to fall.
Outcome: $700,000 settlement


Workers Compensation Settlement

Practice Area: Workers Compensation
Description: Mr. Phillips recovers $151,000 for a Client from her employer for a back injury she sustained on the job.
Outcome: $151,000 settlement


Fall Down at Banquet Center Results in Settlement

Practice Area: Premises Liability
Description: Mr. Phillips recovers $125,000 for a Client who injured her shoulder when she fell on a dance floor at a banquet center.
Outcome: $125,000 settlement


Policy Limits Wrongful Death Settlement

Practice Area: Wrongful death/Auto Accident
Description: Mr. Phillips recovers Policy Limit settlement of $50,000 for the mother and father of a woman who died in a crossover automobile accident.
Outcome: $50,000 (policy limits) settlement


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