Personal Injury Attorneys

Here you will find information for several people. This includes those who have been a victim of an accident, as well as attorneys handling personal injury cases. We offer information regarding the benefits of filing a personal injury claim and will answer frequently asked questions regarding personal injury cases.

Our personal injury lawyers help people who have suffered losses caused by the negligence of others.  We use all our specialized skills to:

  • Pay past medical bills
  • Get money to pay for future medical treatment
  • Reimburse your work wage losses
  • Compensate you for pain and suffering
  • Help you with temporary personal injury limitations
  • Recover damages for your lifelong disabilities
  • Prevent others from suffering similar loss

Our injury attorneys have handled injury lawsuits since 1969.  We know what must be done and will aggressively work your case to make you whole again.  We’ll help correct what caused your personal injury so others won’t be injured as well.

The Challenge

Personal injury claims typically involve a large insurance company that wishes to keep as much money in its own hands.  This is done by paying as little on personal injury cases as possible.  This benefits the insurance company’s stockholders, but that rise in company value is made at a cost to the innocent injury victim.  This limits the victim’s ability to pay for medical bills, seek future treatment and get by on a day to day basis.

Creating Justice

Our law firm creates justice by getting you the monetary compensation you are entitled to under Missouri law.

Injuries on Property

Dangerous conditions can cause serious injuries to anyone on someone else’s property. Every property owner has a responsibility to take reasonable action to make their land and property safe.  The personal injury attorneys at Hamilton & Associates are experienced in litigating serious personal injury premises liability cases. Our diligence, attention to detail and expertise with premises liability cases will benefit you.

Benefits of Calling Us for Personal Injury Cases

  • We’ll get you compensation to pay medical bills.
  • Stop harassment by medical bill collectors.
  • We’ll work with the insurance companies so you don’t have to.
  • Reduce the amount of your medical bills.
  • Take care of liens on your property.
  • Help save your credit score.
  • Get you money for future medical treatment
  • Get you money to treat disability.
  • Expert legal advice for all your questions and issues.
  • Convenience – We do the work so you don’t have to.

Specific Experience Matters

Personal Injury cases should only be handled by injury attorneys with specific experience in this field. We have successfully managed cases where the person with a personal injury thought little or nothing could be done. We have recovered money for medical bills, wage loss, permanent disability, death, future medical costs, loss of ability to earn future income, mileage costs, and money to compensate injured persons for their suffering.

A Wide Range of Experience

The personal injury lawyers at Hamilton & Associates also handle cases involving auto accidents, slip or trip-and-fall accidents, cases involving failure to provide adequate security, and other liability claims against property owners and businesses. We are experts in products liability personal injury lawsuits.  We have successfully resolved claims against a number of local theme parks, hotels, and retail stores where these property owners have failed to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition.

Frequently Asked Kansas City Personal Injury Case Questions

You’ll want to talk with one of our personal injury attorneys regarding what, if anything, may be missed.  We have decades of experience in personal injury lawsuits.  We anticipate costs that the insurance company wants to get out of reimbursing you for.

Our injury attorneys work to get you full payment for your losses.  Few people, on their own, can achieve the full compensation that a professional lawyer can gain.

We are talking about:

  • Future medical costs
  • Future wage losses
  • Property damages at full value
  • Past medical bills
  • Future medical treatment
  • Future disability
  • Future physical limitations
  • Over the counter drug costs
  • Compensation for the loss in quality of your life

The insurance company is not offering you an amount of money out of the kindness of its heart.  In nearly all personal injury cases, parties represented by attorneys get more (even after attorney’s fees and costs) than they would get without an injury lawyer.

Peace of mind is important to many people.  Victims don’t want to have to wonder whether they have been taken advantage of by an insurance company in a settlement.  You want to know that your compensation amount is fair.  Our personal injury lawyers will be straight with you; you’ll know.

That lawyer certainly can represent you in your personal injury claim.  Whether using that other lawyer is wise is another matter.  That depends upon the lawyer.

Experience: Personal injury cases, such as auto accidents take a great deal of experience to properly handle.  You want to form an opinion regarding the injury attorney you select regarding whether he has the specific experience for your case.

Success: Cases involving slip and fall injuries are difficult.  Some attorneys have great ability and win big awards; their clients are fully compensated.  Other attorneys . . . have less success.  Their clients have losses that are uncompensated.

Separate from hiring an attorney with personal injury experience, you’ll want to choose an attorney with a record of success.

Local knowledge:  The most experienced attorney in the world is not the best choice if that lawyer doesn’t know “the lay of the land,” specifically Cass and Kansas City, Missouri.

Different Judges make different decisions (in otherwise the same situation) just because they are different people.  Our lawyers have a great deal of knowledge and experience with local judges.  We are “dialed in.”  That will help in knowing how to argue your case.  It gives us an advantage over attorneys from other areas.

Our injury lawyers grew up in, live in, and know the people of Cass and Jackson County.  We know how those jurors behave, what they respond to, and what they do not respond to.  Hiring the injury law firm that knows the local jury is an advantage you’ll want.

Choose the lawyer you like and have confidence in.  Whether it is someone at our injury law firm or another attorney, it is your case, your life and you’ll have to like the result. It should be your choice.

Take your time, don’t be pressured by friends, relatives, or advertisements.  You have the necessary experience to hire the right lawyer for you.

Here are a few tips that may help:

  1. Specific Experience in Personal Injury Property Cases: Many lawyers are competent in their area of practice and can “talk a great game,” but lack experience in the field. You will know the difference.  Here is how to tell: A lawyer without actual experience will be unable to give you details on matters that experienced attorney know.  Take the time; talk to who you are considering.  Experience in personal injury cases is important for a lawyer because this is a technical area of the law.There are many ways to handle a case wrong.  Just because most attorneys do it a certain way does not make it right.  Remember, in a race, only one runner did it exactly right.  The others did not win. Choose experience in personal injury cases specifically.
  2. Legal experience in Cass and Kansas City, Missouri courtsIf you want to win an argument, there is no substitute for knowing your audience.  In this regard, it is your local Judge.Most injury attorneys do not regularly appear in court.  Most personal injury lawyers do not have extensive experience in trial.  It is hard to know how to argue to a Judge or a jury in Cass or Kansas City, or Lee’s Summit without specific and extensive experience with our area.
  3. Look for SuccessThis will be easy to see.  Remember, it is not about being shallow.  Personal injury property cases are expensive.  You will need an attorney who can afford to hire the right experts.You will need an injury attorney who will not skimp on taking a deposition that helps your case because of cost.  These are subtle details that can make the difference between winning and losing.
  4. Choose who you personally have Confidence in: You have spent your life dealing with people, forming opinions about people, remembering how your trust was rewarded.  Most people are good at evaluating people.  Trust your own instincts; generally, your instincts are right.

You don’t have to pay a personal injury property lawyer up front.  Use your money for your own bills.  Our law firm only gets paid if you get paid.

Cases that arise because property was unreasonably dangerous cause serious injury.  It is normal to have orthopedic surgeon bills and medical costs from specialty doctors.  It is normal to have large medical bills.  This is why people look into hiring a personal injury attorney.

Use your money for your costs.  Our injury law firm fronts the costs of the lawsuit for you.  That way, if your Lee’s Summit medical bills need paid; you won’t have to worry about paying your lawyer first.

No. Injury cases are handled by our law firm on a contingency fee basis.  We only get paid if we succeed in getting you money.  We only get paid at the end of the process.  We front the money for your personal injury case in the meantime.

Our injury lawyers will visit the injury scene, gather the evidence, take photographs and video.  We will pay to get your medical records and bills.  You will not have to.

We will front the cost to hire experts in your case; you will not have to.  We will pay for the trial exhibits up front.  That way, your personal injury case will proceed on schedule, in the right way.  You pay nothing unless we recover money for you and your family.

Yes.  It is expensive to bring personal injury cases where the victim is injured on dangerous property.  Medical bills and medical records cost thousands of dollars.  Depositions cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on the type of testimony.  Exhibits are expensive and necessary.

Experts can charge retainers over ten thousand dollars each.  Dangerous property cases involving personal injury are expensive.

Our law firm pays for the up-front out-of-pocket expenses.  This is one aspect that sets our injury law firm apart from other lawyers.  We have the capital and regularly pay for these expenses.  We don’t require our clients to pay up front costs.  We don’t skimp to save money.

The difference between getting full reimbursement for the personal injury client and losing is small.  Cutting corners kills lawsuits.  Paying for the needed costs is key to best practice injury litigation.

That depends.  You really need to get the evidence together and talk with one of our injury attorneys to get a clear estimate.

Personal injury cases that arise from dangerous property are more difficult and are more of an area of specialty than nearly any other area of personal injury law.  This is because people are very skeptical of these types of cases.

Dangerous property cases require the lawyer to take extra care in establishing fault.  The injury attorney further needs to differentiate the case from the juror’s own experiences.  Jury members will be nervous that the same type of case could happen to them, or a relative, friend, or acquaintance.  It is especially important for the injury lawyer to be an expert in overcoming these obstacles.

The only way to accurately evaluate you case to determine its value is to:

  • Pick an attorney with extensive and specific experience and success in dangerous property personal injury work,
  • Gather the evidence regarding who is at fault, why, and your damages, and
  • Sit down and discuss the injury case in detail with that lawyer.  Obviously, the better information and evidence that is available, the more accurate the estimate the attorney can give.

Yes.  Your injury case can be settled through negotiations with the property owner or the insurance company.  Our injury law firm has an excellent reputation at pre-suit negotiation tactics and follow through.

Remember, in many cases, it is not possible to settle a personal injury claim prior to a lawsuit for the money you want.  That is simply a fact of the industry.  Insurance companies know a certain number of people making an injury claim will drop out over time.  People die, families move, people get distracted by the multitude of other issues life brings up.

For this reason, our law firm has witnessed many injury defense insurance claims departments and personal injury defense lawyers that regularly stall for time.  One of these tactics is refusing to settle for a reasonable amount without a lawsuit on file.  Insisting on settling your personal injury case before the filing of the lawsuit may be at the cost of full recovery to you.

Probably not.  Personal injury cases generally settle before trial.  Sadly, injury cases that arise from dangerous property conditions go to trial more than any other type of lawsuit (except medical malpractice).  This is because juries are generally skeptical of property injury cases.

The news is constantly making villains of personal injury attorneys.  Worse, the media is critical of the victims.  While this is wrong, it makes for difficult work for the attorney and when an insurance company believes the attorney making the claim is inexperienced, or will not succeed. A jury trial in your personal injury case is more likely.  Still, on the whole, most cases settle.

Missouri generally and Kansas City specifically releases detailed information on each and every jury verdict that occurs here.  In our nearly half a century of experience, we have never heard of a property owner having to pay millions of dollars for a slip and fall on his property.

We have never heard of a single property owner that lost his house because of a lawsuit.  Indeed, there are laws that protect against this.

Personal injury claims made by lawyers nearly always go after only the property insurance.  This means that the property owner does not pay a single dime out-of-pocket.  The stories to the contrary seem to be Urban Legends.

It is true, however, that juries are more conservative now.  This is in part to the types of stories detailed above.  Because of this, choosing the right personal injury attorney for a personal injury case has become paramount.

Yes.  We will write you a letter detailing every offer that is made in your case.  We will give you our experienced opinion regarding whether the offer should be accepted, rejected and the details of any counter-offer.

We will have detailed meetings before your case is settled.  Any questions you may have will be answered in advance.  We are here to help you.

One to two years is typical for Lee’s Summit or Kansas City lawsuits.  The specific period of time between the filing of your injury lawsuit and the trial will depend on how busy your specific court is, and how much litigation occurs.

It is typical for the parties in any case to give their deposition.  The injured victim’s deposition will be in our law office.  A court reporter will be there to take down the testimony word-for-word.

One of our personal injury attorneys familiar with your case will be there, right by your side, to answer your questions, to object to any improper questions, and to help your case.

Depositions are also taken in personal injury cases of various other witnesses and experts.  These people include witnesses to the incident, your physician, and the defendant themselves.