The personal injury lawyers at Foster Wallace are committed to helping clients in Gladstone, Missouri, who have been injured due to the negligence or intent of another party. Michael Foster and Brian Wallace understand the needs of their clients and will work to provide them with the answers they need during a challenging time. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are committed to getting their clients the compensation they deserve and will work on a contingency fee basis, so there is no payment collected unless they win your case.

Types of Personal Injury Cases

Our experienced Missouri personal injury lawyers can handle various claims resulting from accidents or other wrongdoings. Our legal team can provide guidance to help you navigate the legal process so you get the total amount of compensation you deserve. We have the skills and resources to handle a wide variety of personal injury cases in our Gladstone office, including:

Premises Liability / Slip and Fall Accidents

Accidents can happen on another person’s property if a property owner does not keep the premises safe and adequately maintained. You may be able to recover compensation for your injuries if you’re hurt because of poor lighting, missing handrails, defective conditions, snow and ice, or negligent security. 

Sports Injuries

Athletes of all ages risk injury each time they participate in their sport. When an accident occurs due to negligence on behalf of a coach, absence of safety equipment, or other factors, we can investigate the cause of the injury and prove if the other party was liable so you can recover damages.

Nursing Home Neglect

If your loved one is in a Gladstone nursing home or an assisted living community, their caretakers and administrators might be liable for neglect, overmedication, physical abuse, or other trauma.

Medical Malpractice

Doctors or other medical professionals can make serious mistakes that result in injuries. You could file a medical malpractice lawsuit for damages after a medical error, such as failing to warn a patient of risk or side effects, medication errors, or misreading a patient’s chart.

Dog Bite

If a pet owner is negligent and fails to restrain a dog that they know is predisposed to bite people, they can be held responsible for injuries caused by the dog bite. Wounds from a dog bite can require medical care to treat infection and broken bones. The person may require reconstructive surgery for their injuries or psychological therapy to deal with the trauma.

Wrongful Death

If a family member has suffered a sudden death due to negligence or an intentional act, you may be able to pursue damages related to losing your loved one. We can help investigate the incident and determine who can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased. 

Car Accident

A car accident can cause severe injuries and be life-altering. It can lead to ongoing medical treatment and care, and the injuries sustained often make it difficult to work or continue your current employment. We can help you recover damages for your loss and injuries to get the compensation you deserve.

Truck Accident

A truck accident often results in severe and devastating injuries. Truck accidents are very different than car accidents and may involve multiple defendants. The lawyers at Foster Wallace understand trucking laws and have experience with the industry’s regulations. We build a strong case against the liable parties and negotiate with big insurance companies so you can get the total amount of compensation for your injuries.

Motorcycle Accident

When a motorcycle accident happens, the rider often suffers devasting injuries. If the accident was due to a negligent driver colliding with the motorcycle, the rider has the right to seek compensation from the other driver who caused the collision.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident

Victims can suffer permanent or fatal injuries if they’re hit by a vehicle while walking or biking. We can determine who is at fault so you and your family members can be adequately compensated for your losses.

Types of Injuries Suffered in Personal Injury Accidents

A slip and fall accident, car accident, or any other type of accident can cause serious injuries that can have lifelong effects. It is essential to seek immediate medical attention for any injuries you suffered, no matter how minor they may seem. Documentation such as copies of any medical records or bills that detail your injuries and symptoms may be used in your defense. 

Some common types of personal injuries that can happen in an accident are: 

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Fractures
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Back, neck, or spinal cord injuries
  • Concussions or whiplash
  • Severe burns
  • Nerve damage
  • Loss of limbs
  • Paralysis

Possible Damages in a Gladstone Personal Injury Case

At Foster Wallace, we fight to get our clients the compensation they deserve. Our team has the resources and experience to handle the most complicated types of personal injury cases. We will determine the value of your case based on your injuries and loss. Foster Wallace can help our injury clients recover economic and non-economic damages for their injuries. 

Each state has a statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim. In Missouri, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is five years from the date of the accident. If you do not file within this timeframe, your lawsuit will be dismissed, and you will not be able to recover damages for your injuries or loss.

If the other party is found responsible for the accident, possible damages you may recover for a Gladstone personal injury case include:

  • Medical bills and expenses
  • Loss of income and benefits
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Property damages
  • Permanent disabilities, impairments, or disfigurement
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Punitive damages

Steps to Take After a Personal Injury Accident

After a personal injury accident, there are several steps to take that can help protect your legal rights and possible compensation. The following tips are what you should do after a Gladstone personal injury accident:

  • Call 911. Report the accident to the police and get medical attention for any injuries you may have sustained, even if they seem minor at first. You will want copies of the police report and medical evaluation for your records.
  • Gather evidence. If you can stay at the scene, gather evidence from the accident, such as photos of the accident scene, photos of the other vehicles involved in the crash, and contact information of eyewitnesses and other parties involved in the accident. 
  • Avoid talking to insurance companies. Insurance companies may start contacting you immediately after the accident. They may pressure you to settle your case for the least amount of money possible. You will want to avoid saying anything to the insurance adjuster that can be used against you or interpreted as admitting you are at fault for the accident. You are not required to give a recorded statement. 
  • Keep a record of all expenses. Record in a journal the details of the accident and any expenses you incurred, such as medical bills, rehabilitation or treatment documents, and out-of-pocket costs.
  • Contact Foster Wallace. Once you are in stable condition, contact the lawyers at Foster Wallace. We can help protect your legal rights and determine if you have a personal injury case. Our team can deal with the stress of the claim so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. We will handle negotiating with insurance companies, filing a claim, and helping you reach a settlement.

Do You Need a Missouri Personal Injury Attorney?

If you've been injured in a personal injury accident in Missouri, you should speak with our experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation, contact us online or call our Gladstone office at (816) 249-2101.