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Understanding the Personal Injury Claims Process in Missouri

April 1, 2022 | Personal Injury

After sustaining an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, financial burdens often begin piling up. You may realize that you have the right to pursue legal action  against the at-fault party, but you may not be sure what steps you need to take. An understanding of the personal injury claims process will help you select the right representation and increase your chances of success.  At Goza & Honnold Trial Lawyers, we are eager to provide skilled and experienced legal support for our clients in Missouri.

What Is a Personal Injury Claim?

A personal injury claim is a type of legal action. These claims are commonly associated with car accidents, motorcycle accidents, product malfunction cases, spinal cord injuries, truck accidents, wrongful death, and other circumstances in which an individual suffers a preventable injury.

Not all injury cases may result in a lawsuit, although this decision is best determined by a skilled injury attorney who has evaluated your case. If an insurance company or liable party attempts to settle your claim right away, it is best to seek legal counsel first to ensure your case is valued correctly.

What is the Missouri Personal Injury Statute of Limitations?

A statute of limitations outlines the time permitted for someone to file a lawsuit. This means that any injured individual must file a claim within the permitted time frame to hold the liable party responsible. If the statute of limitations expires before a person files a case, he or she will not be able to move forward with legal action. In Missouri, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is five years. That said, many factors can change the calculation of an individual statute of limitations. It is extremely important to have an experienced Missouri personal injury lawyer review your case to determine the correct filing deadline.

Types of Personal Injury  Recovery

Depending on the accident and damages you have endured—whether economic or non-economic—there are different types of compensation you may recover. Types of compensation available  in a personal injury case might include:

  • Medical expenses, whether for current or future needs
  • Pain and suffering caused by the accident
  • Loss of earnings and wages due to time away from work

Your attorney can thoroughly investigate your case to assess what you might  recover based on the injuries and challenges associated with your accident.

A Timeline of Personal Injury Claims and Lawsuits

While you are going through the challenging days following a traumatic event or accident, there are a number of elements to consider and check off your to-do list with the help of an attorney. A skilled lawyer can help you understand your rights and any possible legal processes. Steps in the injury claim and lawsuit process generally include:

  1. Notifying insurance companies and any other necessary parties of the accident and your injuries
  2. Contacting a personal injury attorney to represent you
  3. Collecting evidence and preparing for your case while you seek treatment and recover
  4. Once the evidence collection process is complete, your case could potentially go to trial or you may have a settlement to accept
  5. If your case goes to trial, your legal team will represent you and support your case
  6. If your case goes to court and a settlement is reached or negotiation is completed, you may receive the settlement to sign and accept.

To ensure that your case is handled correctly and efficiently, hiring an experienced legal professional is your best option.

Call Goza & Honnold to Consult a Knowledgeable Missouri Personal Injury Attorney

If you are seeking a dedicated legal team that has the experience and expertise necessary to reach a successful outcome in a Missouri personal injury case, turn to Goza & Honnold. Our client reviews and past cases exemplify the dedication and commitment we provide to our clients throughout their injury claims process. If you were injured in an  accident caused by another party’s negligence, let us thoroughly investigate your case using our decades of experience. Contact us today by completing our contact form or calling (913) 451-3433 to schedule a free consultation.