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Answers to Common Questions

Have a question about personal injury, product liability, car accidents, and more? View our answers to commonly asked questions below!

Personal Injury FAQ

What makes an injury “catastrophic”?

An injury is usually deemed “catastrophic” if the consequences are life-threatening, permanently debilitating, disabling, or disfiguring. This can encompass burns, amputations, spine injuries, and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), for example.

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What does personal injury law include?

Personal injury is an area of civil litigation that involves a cause of action against a negligent party involving physical harm suffered. Someone harmed by the negligence of their physician could bring a personal injury action against their doctor. Peterson & Associates, P.C. represents plaintiffs, including injured parties and loved ones of those who have been wrongfully killed.

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What is the value of a personal injury case and how is it calculated?

No two injuries are alike. No two defendants are alike. In the same way, no two personal injury lawsuits are alike. The value is determined by a number of factors, including total cost of medical expenses, attorney fees and expenses, noneconomic damages like pain and suffering, total cost of lost wages, and more. Only an attorney experienced in plaintiffs personal injury should be trusted to properly value your claim and fight for that amount.

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What does a personal injury lawyer do?

A personal injury lawyer is someone hired to represent an injured party against a negligent party or parties. The personal injury lawyer represents the plaintiff – the individual(s) making the claim against the defendant. The defendant can be a product manufacturer, a trucking company, or anyone presumed responsible for the plaintiff’s injuries.

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How many personal injury cases are settled out of court?

There is no way to quantify how many cases are settled out of court as opposed to at trial, or even arrive at a workable ratio. The best information to equip yourself with when embarking on a personal injury case is that your attorney will settle outside of court if they believe the defendant is offering you a fair amount, and will refuse settlement and pursue trial if they believe you are not being offered a fair amount.

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Why use an expert witness in a personal injury case?

Expert witnesses are simply experts in their respective fields who have agreed to testify in court. If you were injured in an accident that involves a tire defect, you may call upon a tire expert or accident reconstructionist to assist in your case. Expert witnesses can strengthen, and even make or break, your case.

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What questions should I ask before choosing a personal injury attorney?

Choosing a personal injury lawyer to handle your case is a big decision. Often, you get just one shot to collect the financial compensation you deserve after an accident or wrongful death of a loved one. Make sure you place your case in the hands of an attorney with experience, one who answers your questions directly, who communicates with you, and is upfront about their fees.

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Auto Accident FAQ

What should you do after an auto accident?

The time after your car accident is critical when it comes to the outcome of your case. After seeking any immediate medical attention you need, we strongly encourage you to get in touch with a plaintiff’s car accident lawyer like those at Peterson & Associates, P.C. If you are not seriously injured, we encourage you to exchange information with the other driver and visit the hospital anyway. Visiting the hospital can establish a record of injury related to the accident.

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What do you do if your car hydroplanes?

Adverse weather conditions like rain are a common cause of motor vehicle crashes. Hydroplaning can occur when your tire tread loses its grip on the road, and begins to float over the surface of the water. This can cause you to lose control of your vehicle, but one thing that can help is avoiding overcorrecting or slamming on your brakes.

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What happens to your body in a car crash?

Even at speeds under 20mph, a car accident can take a toll on your body. The momentum of your vehicle has your body moving forward, but a crash propels it in a different direction. While your seatbelt restraint keeps your body in place, your head is free to roll. This can result in injuries from whiplash to traumatic brain injury or hemorrhage.

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How are car accident settlements determined?

When someone is involved in a car accident caused by another driver, that individual would collect compensation through the at-fault driver’s insurance. Insurance companies value claims by looking at the value of the car, total cost of property damage, and extent of physical injuries.

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Where do most car accidents happen?

Car accidents can happen anywhere, but statistically, there are a few specific places they can happen more often than others. Data suggest that car crashes happen more often within a 25-mile radius of your home, since drivers are not as attentive as when they’re driving in unfamiliar territory.

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How much is my semi-truck accident case worth?

Accidents involving large commercial vehicles like semi-trucks often cause more damage than a typical passenger vehicle accident. For this reason, they are often valued higher than the average accident. In semi-truck accident cases, plaintiffs can also often sue the trucking company, rather than a singular insured individual.

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Product Liability FAQ

What can cause cleft palate birth defects?

Cleft palates are birth defects that can have either environmental or genetic causes. One possible cause of babies being born with cleft palates is that the mother took certain prescription medications while pregnant.

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How can you know if you have a product liability claim?

“Product liability” is an area of law in which a plaintiff, the consumer, bring a claim against a product manufacturer for injuries or losses sustained as a result of the product. There are three common causes for action in product liability law: defect in design, manufacturing mistakes, and poor marketing / failure to warn.

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Hear From Our Clients

We are proud to establish long standing relationships with our clients and we pride ourselves on offering quality, personalized, confident representation to all of our clients.

  • “They get the job done.” - Theresa

  • “They were instrumental in saving my life.” - Kathy

  • “Peterson & Associates, P.C. heard me and made sure I was not taken advantage of.” - Lee

  • “I’m a witness to how wonderful they are as a law firm.” - Larry

Choosing Our Team

Many people that have been injured in car accidents are unsure of where to start with a legal claim. Our team of highly trained lawyers can help to review the details of your crash and guide you through the process. Below, learn more about the attorneys at Peterson & Associates, P.C., their results, and contingency fees.

Contacting Our Kansas City Law Firm for a Free Consultation

Peterson & Associates, P.C. provides free consultations when you call or contact us online. Our law office is located in Kansas City, Missouri at:

Missouri’s Country Club Plaza 801 W. 47th Street, Suite 107, Kansas City MO 64112.

We do not charge our personal injury clients a fee unless their case is won, so there is no fee unless we win your case. Get in touch with us today as the first step in your pursuit of justice!

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