How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You

A serious injury can be life-altering. In the aftermath of a car accident, slip-and-fall, or bicycle crash, victims often find themselves struggling to navigate a new reality. Even if they have comprehensive, high-quality health insurance, they may still contend with staggering co-pays and massive deductibles. They might be unable to work and deprived of the income they need to pay down their medical bills, provide for their family, and keep a roof over their heads. For accident victims, reclaiming their independence could seem impossible.

Come to Us for Help in Raytown

Foster Wallace, LLC, believes that nobody should ever have to pay the price for another person’s negligence. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to significant compensation from an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.

However, your rights to recovery could be contingent on the competence and quality of your legal representation. Although motorists, private businesses, and city governments all have liability insurance policies, their carriers are often reluctant to negotiate in good faith. The adjuster might sympathize with your accident-related injuries, but their ultimate loyalty lies with their employer—and, because insurance companies are for-profit entities, they might fight to lower the value of your settlement, doing everything in their power to deny you the compensation you need and the justice you deserve.

Since our founding, Foster Wallace, LLC, has striven to protect and uphold the rights of our clients in Raytown, MO and across the Kansas City metropolitan area. We understand that insurance companies, defense attorneys, and courts can make accident victims’ lives difficult. When we accept a new case, we take on the responsibility of cutting through the red tape so that our clients can focus on regaining their physical health and emotional well-being.

You do not have to tolerate the insurance company’s half measures: Foster Wallace, LLC, can help you claim the legal relief you need. Please fill out our contact form or call us at 816-249-2101 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.

How Our Raytown Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help You Overcome Your Accident Injuries

You do not have to be a Foster Wallace client to benefit from our services. We believe in empowering our community by ensuring that every Raytown resident understands their rights after a serious accident, which is why we:

Provide you with free legal resources.

Foster Wallace’s virtual library, FAQ, and blog were created to help accident victims understand how they can protect their rights after suffering a serious accident injury.

Publish bilingual educational resources.

Our in-house attorneys have written and published an assortment of downloadable reports, surveys, and e-books, providing information on everything from Missouri’s legal process to car insurance requirements and dog bite injuries.

Offer free consultations.

You do not need to have an enormous amount of money or a rock-solid case to schedule an appointment with Foster Wallace. We offer 100% no-cost consultations to everyone with a compelling personal injury claim. When you come into our office for the first time, you will have the opportunity to speak to a legal professional about your case, your injuries, and your concerns.

Foster Wallace is transparent, open, and honest. Unlike other law firms, we do not guarantee rapid resolutions to complex claims. Instead, we consider the facts of your case to begin constructing a compelling, evidence-based claim for compensation. 

Scheduling your free, no-obligation consultation is easy, and it is as simple as filling out our contact form and sending us a brief message.

What Cases Does Foster Wallace Accept?

Foster Wallace’s personal injury practice exclusively represent clients who have been injured in serious accidents. Our practice areas include:

Premises Liability Accidents

Missouri property owners have a legal obligation to ensure that their premises are free from unexpected obstacles and unreasonable danger. Although many landowners try to mask negligence with contracts, waivers, and bad excuses, state law requires that they proactively keep customers, employees, and the public out of harm’s way by performing regular maintenance, cleaning up spills, and responding to reports of hazardous conditions.

Wrongful Death

If you lost a family member to negligence, Foster Wallace could help you investigate the circumstances of their accident and take legal action against the wrongdoer. While many people are reluctant to pursue wrongful death claims, they serve a purpose that goes far beyond financial restitution—a successful case could not only hold a negligent entity accountable but could also protect other members of your community from suffering a similar loss.

Car Accidents

Driving is not just a necessary part of everyday life—it is a leading cause of death and accidental injury among every age group and demographic in Missouri.

While some accidents are simply unavoidable, others could be prevented with reasonable care. Foster Wallace, LLC, could help you pursue a claim against the reckless motorist, drunk driver, or distracted motor vehicle operator who caused your crash and your injuries.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle riders have a reputation for being reckless. However, that reputation is undeserved, with statistics showing that a significant number of multi-vehicle crashes involving motorcycles are caused by the driver of the other vehicle.

Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing homes are supposed to be safe havens—places where residents can receive the support they need to live out their golden years in comfort. Unfortunately, not every nursing home or medical professional is committed to providing their patients with the best experience. Nursing home neglect happens when a physician, nurse, or aide fails to provide residents with an appropriate standard of care, potentially causing emotional suffering, injury, or premature death.

Sports Injuries

Athletes risk significant injury and disability every time they walk onto the field. However, just because athletes accept risk does not mean they are solely responsible for their injuries. If a competition organizer, another athlete, or a bystander inflicts injury by interfering in an event or acting in an unsportsmanlike manner, they could be liable for the resulting damages.

Dog Bites

While dogs cannot be expected to act reasonably, their owners could be held financially responsible for their pets’ aggression.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you have been injured by a car, semi-truck, or motorcycle, you could file a claim against the other driver’s insurance policy, claiming damages for your hospital bills, anticipated medical needs, and lost income from work.

Truck Accidents

A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh close to 80,000 lbs. When an 18-wheeler hits a passenger car or motorcycle, the results are often devastating for the occupants of the other vehicle.

However, semi-truck accidents are very different from other motor vehicle crashes. Even if the semi-truck driver caused the collision by making a mistake, they might not be the only potential defendant in a personal injury lawsuit. For example, their employer may have pressured them into driving when they were tired, or a cargo shipper may have failed to properly secure the load before releasing the truck. 

Pedestrian Accidents

Drivers owe a duty of care to everyone on the road, including pedestrians. If you or a loved one has been injured by an inattentive or distracted motorist, you could hold the at-fault driver liable for any accident-related damages.

Common Accident-Related Injuries

Foster Wallace, LLC, regularly works with clients who have suffered serious injuries, including but not limited to:

  • Amputations
  • Back injuries
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Bruises and contusions
  • Burns
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Head injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Wrongful death

Your Potential Damages After a Raytown Accident

If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, Foster Wallace, LLC, can help you assess the extent of your existing injuries and connect you with medical professionals who can evaluate your long-term care needs.

However, payments for medical expenses are not the only damages available in a Raytown personal injury claim. We could also help you pursue damages for:

  • 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
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Loss of consortium

Missouri does not currently cap the damages available to personal injury victims, meaning you should receive as much compensation as you need to recover after an unexpected and tragic accident.

Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Take Legal Action

Missouri may not cap the damages available in a Raytown personal injury case, but it does have a strict statute of limitations, a special type of law that restricts how long accident victims have to file a claim for recompense:

Personal injury cases.

The statute of limitations for most personal injury claims, including motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall incidents, and sporting event injuries, is five years from the date of the accident.

Wrongful death.

In general, wrongful death claims are subject to a three-year statute of limitations.

While Missouri courts sometimes allow exceptions to the statute of limitations, waiting too long to file a claim can be devastating—if you do not take action before the statute of limitations for your claim lapses, the court may automatically dismiss your case before you ever get the chance to share your side of the story.

Michael Foster
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