Accidents can have catastrophic and even life-altering consequences. While you might not have been responsible for the car crash, motorcycle collision, or slip-and-fall that caused your injuries, you might still struggle to reclaim your financial and physical independence. Even if you know that you are entitled to an insurance pay-out or personal injury settlement, the adjuster might be unwilling to negotiate in good faith or offer compensation sufficient to pay for anything beyond your immediate costs of recovery.
Foster Wallace knows that standing up to a reckless motorist, negligent business, or big insurance company could seem intimidating. However, our Lenexa personal injury attorneys understand what adjusters refuse to admit: in Kansas, you never have to pay the price for another person’s negligence.
A Lenexa Personal Injury Attorney Could Help You Protect Your Rights
Foster Wallace is not like other Kansas City law firms. Our founders Brian Wallace and Michael Foster have unparalleled legal experience: before establishing Foster Wallace, they represented high-profile clients across the United States, including national-level football clubs and some of the biggest insurance agencies in America.
Since we spent years working inside the insurance industry, we know what it takes to stand up against it. Every day, we use our insider knowledge to provide our clients and community with the tools and resources they need to advocate for themselves against the odds.
Unlike other personal injury practices, we keep our doors open, helping people help themselves with:
An Ever-Growing Library of Custom-Curated Content
Foster Wallace’s mission goes far beyond business. We believe that everyone in our Lenexa community is entitled to a comprehensive understanding of their legal rights, which is why we provide open-access resources to anyone researching a personal injury claim.
Our website hosts an extensive library of personal injury articles, blogs, and FAQs, which offer information on everything from motorcycle accidents to storefront slip-and-falls and medical malpractice claims.
Free Self-Help Books and Investigative Reports
We write, publish, and circulate 100% free-of-cost legal self-help e-books and reports, available in English and Spanish, covering various personal injury topics.
Affordable, Hassle-Free Legal Representation
Foster Wallace believes in helping clients get competent legal representation without breaking the bank. We understand that heading to court after an accident is never easy, especially if you are still struggling to overcome physical pain and intense emotional suffering—which is why, when we take on a new client, we prioritize their needs over our profits.
Since we first opened our doors, Foster Wallace, has operated exclusively on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only accept payment as a portion of your eventual settlement. If we cannot win your case, we do not get paid, and we do not ask you to reimburse us for our services.
Contacting us is easy and does not cost you anything: send us a message online or call us at (816) 249-2101 to discuss your case and schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.
Personal Injury Cases Foster Wallace, LLC, Accepts
Our Lenexa personal injury lawyers handle a variety of cases and complaints, including:
Accident Injuries We Could Help You Overcome
Every accident impacts victims in vastly different ways. Foster Wallace has experience advocating for clients who have suffered a variety of injuries, such as:
- Back injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Bruises and contusions
- Cuts and lacerations
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
How We Help Our Clients Recover from Life-Changing Injuries
Foster Wallace recognizes that accident injuries interfere with a victim’s ability to work, partake in recreational activities, and fulfill everyday obligations. Since even minor injuries have the potential to wreak havoc, we do not turn away clients who did not suffer the insurance company’s definition of “devasting injuries.”
We could help you claim payment for:
- Economic damages. Economic damages are objective losses with a provable dollar amount, such as hospital bills, lost income from work, and vacation days you lost in recovery.
- Non-economic damages. Non-economic damages are comparatively subjective losses that are usually more difficult to calculate. Examples of non-economic damages include emotional pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment.
- Punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended to punish and deter excessively negligent conduct. While punitive damages are not available in all personal injury cases, Foster Wallace will evaluate the characteristics of your claim to determine whether the defendant’s actions meet the necessary legal threshold.
When assessing your claim, Foster Wallace, LLC, will consider the totality of your economic and non-economic damages, such as:
- Past, present, and anticipated medical bills
- Physical rehabilitation
- Prescription medication co-pays
- Lost income from work
- Lost vacation days or paid time off (PTO)
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Diminished earning potential
- Loss of enjoyment
- Loss of consortium
Until recently, Kansas capped the non-economic damages available in most personal injury claims. However, in 2019, the state supreme court ruled that our state’s longstanding statutory limit on non-economic damages was unconstitutional.
Under existing Kansas law, Foster Wallace could help you file a claim to receive as much money as you need to begin the difficult task of moving past an accident injury. However, you have to act fast: while Kansas no longer caps damages in most personal injury cases, the statute of limitations could preclude you from filing a claim if you wait too long to take action.
What to Do After a Lenexa Accident
Call the Police
People are often reluctant to call the police after an accident, especially if they do not believe their injuries warrant contacting law enforcement. However, you should never feel guilty about reaching out to the police. If the insurance company challenges your claim, an officer’s written report could lend credence to your version of events.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention
You should always seek immediate medical attention after a severe Lenexa accident, even if you do not believe you have been seriously injured. A physician could help you identify injuries that may have been masked by a post-accident adrenaline rush, ensuring your safety before sending you home. Furthermore, seeing a doctor could convince the insurance company that you have serious concerns about your physical health and are not simply filing a personal injury claim to put money in your pocket.
If you do not have to leave the accident scene to go to the emergency room or take a loved one to the hospital, you could try to collect evidence while waiting for first responders or an attorney. You could take pictures of the accident site, make a written record of events, or conduct a video walk-around of the scene.
Speak to Eyewitnesses
Many personal injury claims are eventually reduced to “he-said, she-said” in court. If someone else witnessed your accident, their testimony could be critical in insurance negotiations or at trial. Ask them for their full name, telephone number, and other contact information.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
A personal injury attorney could mean the difference between a rejected insurance claim and a comprehensive legal recovery. Foster Wallace advises clients across the Kansas City metropolitan area. We monitor our telephone lines and email inbox around the clock and are ready to help you whenever you suffer injustice. Please send us a message online or call us at (816) 249-2101 to schedule your free consultation as soon as possible.
Mistakes to Avoid After a Lenexa Accident
Personal injury attorneys always hope accident victims reach out to a law office before trying to negotiate a claim by themselves. However, we realize that most ordinary people do not have a dedicated attorney and do not necessarily know how to protect themselves in the immediate aftermath of an accident.
If you’re still deciding whether you need an attorney, you could protect your recovery by ensuring that you do not make any of these common personal injury mistakes:
- Leaving the scene of the accident. You likely already know that it is illegal to leave the scene of an automobile accident without speaking to the other driver. However, you should also remain on the scene to provide a written or recorded version of events when you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, bicycle accident, or athletics accident.
- Admitting fault. People often apologize after being involved in any accident, even if they know they did nothing wrong. While there is nothing wrong with being polite, saying “sorry” could be construed as an admission of guilt—and if you unknowingly admit guilt, you could jeopardize your rights to compensation.
- Accepting the first settlement offer. Insurance companies are for-profit enterprises, which means they may not have your best interests in mind. If you have a clear-cut case, the insurance company might try to reduce their financial liability by offering you a fast and “easy” settlement. However, these quick and easy settlements do not usually account for the totality of a victim’s damages. Unfortunately, once you sign a settlement agreement, you might be precluded from claiming further losses in the future—even if you desperately need the money to address a recently diagnosed, accident-related disability.
- Speaking to the adjuster. In all probability, you will eventually have to speak to an insurance adjuster. While talking to the adjuster might be unavoidable, you should always consider your position before agreeing to provide a statement or consenting to a medical records release. The insurance adjuster is accountable to their employer, and the employer only makes money if it can avoid paying the maximum on personal injury claims. Accordingly, insurance adjusters are trained to find novel ways to reduce accident victims’ compensation, whether by using their own words against them or digging through their medical history to attribute an accident-related injury to a pre-existing health condition.
- Trying to represent yourself. You do not need an attorney to file an insurance claim or initiate a personal injury lawsuit. However, personal injury plaintiffs who retain experienced legal counsel are statistically more likely to not only win their cases but receive more significant settlements. When you represent yourself, you lose the advantage of having an experienced legal advocate in your corner, putting yourself at the mercy of an insurance company or business with near-limitless time and resources.
Contact Foster Wallace, LLC, Today
If you, or a loved one, have been injured in a Lenexa, Kansas, accident, you deserve aggressive, experienced legal representation. Foster Wallace’s attorneys are committed, community-oriented professionals who never lose sight of our client’s best interests. Please send us a message online or call us at (816) 249-2101 today to protect your rights and schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.