Personal Injury check list from North Kansas Attorney

Car crashes, slips and falls, and other personal injury accidents happen every day in North Kansas City. Sometimes these events are little more than an inconvenience. Other times, they can change your life in an instant, leaving you grappling with grave injuries, considerable emotional and financial stress, or even the death of a loved one. Sound familiar?

If you were hurt, suffered significant damages, or lost someone you love in a North Kansas City accident caused by negligence, you might be entitled to compensation from the at-fault party. Unfortunately, Missouri's personal injury laws are complex, and the legal process you must go through to obtain monetary damages is complicated. With so much already on your plate, trying to make sense of unfamiliar civil court procedures can be exhausting. 

Working with knowledgeable and experienced injury lawyers can help you understand and protect your rights and increase your chances for a full and fair recovery. Fortunately, if you're looking for aggressive, effective representation and caring client support, you've come to the right place. 

Experienced North Kansas City Personal Injury Counsel You Can Count On 

Welcome to Foster Wallace, LLC, a leading personal injury firm serving clients in North Kansas City and throughout Missouri and Kansas. We're committed to leveling the playing field between the injured and the insurance companies who routinely try to pay victims as little as possible. Our attorneys, Michael Foster and Brian Wallace, have worked with some of the best lawyers in the country, combining big-firm experience with hometown values like honesty, integrity, and respect. You're not just a case number or dollar signs on a spreadsheet; we're invested in your life and future, and we're not afraid to stand up and fight for the compensation – and the justice – you deserve.

Cases We Accept 

Our accomplished North Kansas City attorneys handle many types of personal injury cases. Whether you're seeking damages for losses related to a truck accident, motorcycle wreck, dog bite, or another harmful incident, we deliver personal injury representation you can count on. Here's what you need to know.

Car Accidents

Hurt in a car crash you didn't cause? Our team has extensive experience successfully resolving car accident claims for our clients.

Truck Crashes

Truck accident cases tend to involve more significant injuries, greater losses, more evidence, and larger settlements or financial awards than traditional car crash cases. As a result, you can expect insurers and defense lawyers to work even harder to avoid having to compensate you fairly. We can help you protect your right to recovery and ensure the preservation of crucial evidence.

Motorcycle Wrecks

Like truck crashes, motorcycle accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and damages and open the door to the possibility of a sizable recovery in litigation. Unfortunately, despite studies showing that car drivers are more often to blame for collisions between passenger vehicles and motorcycles, motorcyclists can face an unfair assumption of fault from insurance adjusters, defense attorneys, jury members, and even judges. Fortunately, at Foster Wallace, our attorneys are adept at combating harmful stereotypes and developing winning case strategies.

Premises Liability/Slips and Falls

In Missouri, anyone who owns, occupies, or otherwise controls a business, residence, or other property is legally required to ensure that the premises are reasonably safe and do not pose a threat to guests, patrons, or other visitors. Whether you were injured slipping on a wet floor at the Hy-Vee or attacked at an area hotel due to inadequate security or lighting, we can help you understand your rights and explore your options for compensation. 

Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents

When pedestrians or bicyclists are involved in accidents with passenger vehicles, the pedestrian or bicyclist tends to bear the brunt of the often devastating injuries and damages. Hurt in a North Kansas City pedestrian or bicycle crash? Our skilled Missouri injury lawyers can fight for a fair recovery, regardless of whether you were struck by a vehicle or injured taking evasive action.

Sports Injuries 

Injured while participating in an athletic competition? If another party's careless actions caused your injury, you might have grounds to take legal action. We can review your case, discuss your options, and help you determine the path forward.

Dog Bites 

Dog bites and maulings can leave emotional and physical scars that can last a lifetime. Missouri recognizes three dog-bite-related causes for legal action: negligence, premises liability, and strict liability. Not sure which theory applies to your case? Schedule a consultation. 

Medical Malpractice 

When you put your life – or a loved one's – in the hands of a doctor or other medical professional, you trust that they have the necessary education, training, and skills to provide the appropriate standard of care. If medical providers behave negligently or deliver substandard treatment, we'll work diligently to hold them accountable for the resulting injuries and damages.

Nursing Home Neglect 

Residential nursing facilities are supposed to keep our aging and ill loved ones safe and comfortable. Unfortunately, some nursing homes are understaffed and rife with neglect and other forms of abuse. Is someone you love showing signs of nursing home abuse or neglect? Our legal team fights to hold negligent nursing homes responsible. 

Wrongful Death

When losing a loved one due to someone else's negligence tears your world apart, Foster Wallace is here to help you pick up the pieces. Talk to our attorneys to find out who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Missouri, what you might recover, and how we can assist you.

Injuries Commonly Associated With Personal Injury Accidents 

Personal injury accidents can cause injuries that range from minor cuts, bruises, and lacerations to death. Other common injuries include broken bones, soft tissue injuries, burns, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord damage, internal bleeding, limb loss, facial and dental injuries, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

What You Could Recover in a North Kansas City Injury Case 

After a personal injury accident, you can pursue damages for both economic and non-economic losses. Depending on the facts and evidence in your case, your recovery may include compensation for: 

  • Ambulance transportation 
  • Emergency room services
  • Hospital stays
  • Surgeries
  • Specialist appointments 
  • Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other therapies 
  • Over-the-counter and prescription medications 
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Medically-necessary travel expenses 
  • Personal care costs
  • Loss of income, including past and future lost wages and benefits
  • Physical pain and suffering 
  • Mental and emotional anguish 
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Disability and permanent impairment
  • Other losses

What to Do After a North Kansas City Personal Injury Accident 

What you do in the minutes, hours, and days after your accident can affect the outcome of a future insurance claim or lawsuit. Here's what you can do to protect your right to recovery:

  • Seek immediate medical attention
  • Take photos or videos of injuries and other damages 
  • Report the accident to the police 
  • Notify your insurance company, if applicable 
  • Decline to provide a recorded statement to the other party's insurer 
  • Beware of settlement offers made before you know the full extent of your injuries and damages
  • Consult an experienced North Kansas City personal injury lawyer as soon as possible

How We Can Help with Your Personal Injury Claim

The process of seeking compensation for a personal injury accident can be daunting. Fortunately, our exceptional attorneys will guide you every step of the way. We can also:

  • Conduct a thorough investigation 
  • Gather important evidence 
  • Help you identify the appropriate party to name in your lawsuit 
  • Negotiate a fair settlement 
  • Do much, much more

Schedule a Complimentary Consultation 

Ready to find out what Foster Wallace, LLC can do for you? Complete our online contact form or call our law office at (816) 249-2101 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation to discuss your case and our contingency fee agreement. For more information, request our free book, Anatomy of a Personal Injury Claim: A Guide to the Legal Process in Kansas and Missouri.