Anyone who suffers loss or injury in a car accident in Missouri may file damages and seek compensation for their losses.
A lawsuit filed with the help of an experienced car accident lawyer can get you all the rightful claims that you deserve. There are, however, a few questions that may arise regarding your rights as a car accident victim.
What kind of compensation can an accident victim claim?
- Replacement or repair of the property or vehicle that got damaged in the car accident. It also includes your personal property that may have been present inside the car.
- Medical treatment bills that you have already incurred, or may have to incur in future due to the injuries or deteriorated health.
- Wage loss that occurred as result of inability to perform duties due to injuries caused by accident.
- Permanent disfigurement and disability caused by the car accident.
- Cost of hiring domestic help to carry out routine chores that you no longer can perform.
- Other miscellaneous costs incurred because of car accident
How soon should the lawsuit be filed after the date of accident?
Every state allows a different time frame for victims to file a claim against the driver at fault. Of all the states, Missouri offers one of the longest time periods. A victim can file a lawsuit within 5 years of the date of accident, and claim compensation from the driver at fault. However, it makes sense to hire a car accident lawyer, to file your lawsuit in a timely manner. Your first attempt should be to reach an amicable settlement with the driver who is at fault. If voluntary settlement does not work out, your attorney can file a suit for claim in the court of law.
Under what conditions can a victim file a lawsuit for obtaining compensation from a driver at fault?
In order to obtain compensation from the driver at fault in case of a car accident, Missouri law requires you to prove certain things. The victim, with help from their lawyer, must prove in the court of law that the driver who is responsible for the damage or injuries had a legal duty and responsibility not to cause you any harm, but he failed to fulfill his or her responsibility. The victim must also prove that the personal injury has occurred as a result of driver’s negligence. Finally, the victim needs to prove that it is the car accident that has caused financial loss or damage.
The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. has a proven track record of helping victims of St. Louis car accidents obtain rightful claims for the damages they’ve suffered. If you have been injured in a St. Louis car accident, our legal team can help. To schedule a free and private consultation call us today at (314) 361-4242 or fill out our online contact form.
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