The Law Offices of Jamiel J. Peterson, P.C. is dedicated to representing individuals throughout the states of Alabama and Missouri who have suffered catastrophic injuries due to the negligence of another. Our office understands that injured people and their family members incur significant expenses due to medical cost, loss of wages, property damage, and other cost associated with recovery. The best way to ensure that you receive the full value of your claim is by working with our office. We implore a combination of negotiation strategies and trial advocacy skills to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. Our office accepts injury cases on a contingency basis so you do not pay us legal fees unless we win your case. Allow us to handle the details of your case while you focus on your healing. We make your recovery our priority.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an automobile accident due to the negligence or misconduct of another, there is no question that you will need a dedicated accident attorney on your side. At the Law Offices of Jamiel J. Peterson, P.C., we make it a priority to fight on your behalf and ensure that you receive the compensation due. Our offices handle accidents involving various motor vehicles such as Automobile Accidents and Trucking Accidents.
In 2018, law enforcement reported 6.7 million motor vehicle crashes within the United States. Automobile accidents are unfortunate occurrences that cause bodily injury and pain, property damage and sometimes result in fatality. Often times, these accidents are caused by another driver. It is inevitable that you or someone you know will be involved in an automobile accident. After an automobile accident, your life can take an instant turn. You can immediately find yourself buried with the expenses and burden of medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. Having an experienced and dedicated accident attorney by your side is critical.
Insurance companies have professional and trained personnel whose jobs are to ensure that the insurance company pays you as little as possible for your recovery. However, our office is dedicated to ensuring the proper evidence is gathered after your accident in order to maximize your recovery. Several people elect not to hire an attorney after an automobile accident and find themselves being taken advantage of by insurance companies. Do not cause yourself more pain, expense, and loss than necessary by failing to hire an attorney after your automobile accident. We will evaluate your claim and explain the process to you in detail. We will work hard to ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your claim.
Immediately call 911 to ensure that paramedics come to the scene of the accident to provide care for those injured. It is also important that you medical attention after the automobile accident and tell a doctor about any injury or pain you may be experiencing. Understand that when you get into an automobile accident your body goes into “flight” mode. This means that your body produces adrenaline and override any pain. If there are no visible injuries, you may not feel pain immediately; however, often the pain from a automobile accident will occur some days afterwards. If that is the case, schedule a follow up appointment with the doctor to document any pain and obtain the proper treatment plan in order to help prove your claim. If you are unsure, contact a Kansas City automobile accident attorney to walk through the appropriate steps.
Generally, most insurance companies contractually require that you notify them if you get into an automobile accident. You should at least reveal basic information regarding the accident. Additionally, do not agree to a written or recorded until you have spoken with your lawyer. Lastly, DO NOT admit fault. Call a Kansas City automobile accident attorney to ensure that you do not do or say the wrong thing.
Contact a lawyer as soon as possible. The earlier you contact an attorney, the better. An automobile accident attorney can guide you through the necessary precautions and steps that should be taken early on. Most automobile accident cases are handled on a contingency basis so there will be cost to you for hiring a lawyer immediately after your automobile accident.
Do not talk or share information about your case. Today social media serves as a primary means of communication for most of the world. Be careful not to discuss your automobile accident on social media or with any of your family or friends. Insurance companies are always looking for reasons to undermine your injuries and your personal injury claim.
Do not agree to settle with the insurance company. Immediately after your accident, the insurance company will likely contact you about the accident and try to get you to settle. Be very careful during these conversations as the insurance company will attempt to get you to make a statement and offer you a low ball settlement. Again, be careful! If the insurance company contacts you within hours or days after your accident and you have not completed all of your visits or medical treatment, how can they offer you full compensation for your pain and injury? This is why it is important to contact an automobile accident lawyer to help you navigate the process and help with negotiating with insurance companies. Ultimately, your automobile accident lawyer will help settle your case for an amount that will cover your medical cost and pain and suffering for more than what the insurance company initially offered you.
This is a rather practical question that is overlooked by many people looking to hire an automobile accident attorney. You always want to make sure that your attorney has handled your type of case and that they have the appropriate training and resources to see your case through until the end. Do not hesitate to ask the attorney how many automobile accident cases they have handled or how many they are currently working. Additionally, ensure that your attorney has trial experience. Automobile accident cases must be prepared from the beginning as if they will be going to trial. This ensures diligence and proper strategy every step of the way on your case.
It is very important to ensure that the office and attorney working your case has the time to give your case the attention it deserves. Great lawyers know their limits. Ensure that your attorney has the resources, assistance, time and energy to dedicate to your case.
You often see TV ads from well known personal injury attorneys that lead you to believe that person will be representing you personally. Much of the work on an automobile accident case if often handled by non-attorney staff workers or case managers. At hearing, you may likely see junior attorneys within a law firm going before the court. Although these attorneys are qualified, do not assume that the big name you see will be beside you at a court hearing. If this is of significance to you, be sure to communicate this during your consultation. At our office, you meet the automobile accident attorney that will be handling your case from day one. If you are unable to come to our office for a strategy session, we will come to you.
This is a common question for various reasons. Many people have fear of courtrooms and court proceedings while others understand that it could take several months before a trial takes place. Generally, an experienced automobile accident attorney will have a general time frame of when your case may go to trial. This is usually based on the local courts and that particular legal system.
Generally, automobile accident attorneys work on a contingency basis. This mean that you will not pay for the attorney’s services upfront, but if the attorney recovers any monies from your settlement or obtains a jury verdict on your behalf, the attorney fees will be paid from the settlement or verdict amount. The amount that the attorney will recover will usually be in the form of a percentage which will usually be disclosed within an engagement contract or fee agreement with the attorney. Always be sure to read the engagement or fee agreement carefully and ask for clarification to ensure that you understand the terms.
Your lawyer will handle the formal aspects of your case such as dealing with insurance adjusters, court preparation, court proceedings, experts and the like; however, your lawyer will need your help with proving certain aspects of your case. For example, your lawyer will need you to regularly attend therapy and doctor appointments for treatment. Most importantly, having an open line of communication with you is of the upmost importance to move the case along.
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