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What Questions Should I Ask a Missouri Car Accident Attorney?

Published on Apr 12, 2018 at 2:29 pm in Car Accidents.

When you meet with a car accident attorney for the first time, you are interviewing the attorney to handle your case and in many instances, the attorney is also interviewing you. As a result, the attorney will hopefully ask you numerous questions about you, your case, and what goals you have for your case. In return, it’s important for you to make sure that you are hiring the right attorney for your case. How do you know you are? By asking the right questions.

Below are some good questions you can ask your car accident attorney during your consult with them:

What areas of law do you practice?

If the attorney you are interviewing has a lot of practice areas, then the attorney may be a very capable and very smart attorney who has knowledge about many areas of the law.  However, it might also be that the attorney dabbles in a variety of practice areas without focusing exclusively on one or two.  You should know if the attorney practices personal injury law regularly and what kinds of cases they take on.

What Paperwork Do I Need to Sign for My Car Accident Case?

Published on Apr 5, 2018 at 12:38 pm in Personal Injury.

If you decide to hire our firm to handle your car accident case, premises liability case, or other personal injury case, then we will need for your to sign a few documents for our firm to begin work on your case.  Some of these forms may be optional, and some of them are necessary, depending on what we need to investigate in your case.

The first form we have all clients sign is a “HIPAA Authorization”.  Pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, all health care providers must abide by privacy standards set by Federal Law in order to protect patients’ private health information (which includes, but is not limited to, medical records, x-rays, diagnostic reports, etc…).  As a result of these heightened privacy standards, your medical providers cannot release your private health insurance information to our office unless you sign an authorization or release allowing them to do so.  Our HIPAA Authorizations are very basic and you will only need to sign one.

What’s the Most Dangerous Interstate in Missouri?

Published on Mar 27, 2018 at 3:10 pm in Car Accidents.

2016 was the deadliest year on U.S. highways and roads since 2007. Almost 40,000 people lost their lives in car accidents in 2016.

That raises an interesting question—Where do most fatalities occur? On average, more accident fatalities happen on interstates, highways, and urban/city streets than in rural areas. This makes sense when you consider the fact that city areas and highways usually see far more traffic. City streets also see foot and bicycle traffic which can add to the potential for collisions.

How Are Our Personal Injury Fees Calculated?

Published on Mar 21, 2018 at 2:48 pm in Personal Injury.

One of the most common questions we receive at the Law Office of Mike Campbell is how our attorney’s fees are handled. Personal injury attorneys handle fees differently than most other types of lawyers. This blog contains answers to some of the questions we receive about our fees and the costs of filing a personal injury claim at our firm.

Note: Keep in mind that this blog is written from the perspective of our attorneys. Other personal injury firms may handle fees differently than noted below.

Should I Call the Police If I’ve Been in a Car Accident?

Published on Mar 14, 2018 at 2:04 pm in Car Accidents.

If you’ve been in a car accident in Missouri, you might be wondering what your first course of action should be. It may seem unnecessary to contact the police if the crash seems fairly minor– especially if you’re not seriously injured. You should always call the police if a car accident happens and request that they make a report, however. Doing so is the best way to ensure everyone gets the medical care they need and that you’re protected legally.

You should never think about leaving the scene of an accident. You or the other driver can be cited for leaving the scene of an accident without notifying the police. Also, your own insurance company may have specific provisions that require you to make a police report. This is particularly true if the other driver fled the scene. If you have to make a claim with your own insurance through underinsurance, most policies require you to make a police report immediately! Additionally, one of the first things we are asked for by the other side’s insurance company is a copy of a police report.

What Happens During a Consultation at a Personal Injury Firm?

Published on Mar 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm in Personal Injury.

If you’re thinking about contacting a personal injury lawyer for an accident you were injured in, you likely have some questions. One of the most common questions potential clients have at our law firm is the question regarding the initial case consultation. Many potential clients wonder about the costs for a consultation, what will happen during the consultation itself, and what determines whether or not a case is accepted.

At the Law Office of Mike Campbell, we believe in being honest and upfront with our clients at all times during the process of filing an injury claim. Here is some information you may find useful if you choose to contact our firm for an initial case evaluation:

How Is Fault Determined After a Car Crash?

Published on Feb 23, 2018 at 1:47 pm in Car Accidents.

After a car crash, you start the claim process so you can get compensation for the accident. You’ll have to speak with the other party involved in the accident and your insurance company. One of the main factors with compensation is finding who was responsible for the accident. In some cases, the responsible party may own up to their mistake and admit fault outright. Others who were clearly in the wrong could insist that the accident wasn’t their fault. There may be a few circumstances where one person wasn’t completely at fault and the accident happened because of both parties’ actions.

The car accident fault laws vary from state to state. It’s important to know yours so you’re informed about how your car accident claim will work. If you’ve been in a car accident, the Law Office of Mike Campbell can help. A Missouri car accident lawyer will listen to your case and do everything possible to get you a favorable settlement.

What You Need to Know About Missouri’s New Expungement Law for 2018

Published on Feb 1, 2018 at 12:52 pm in Criminal Defense.

Missouri has a new expungement law going into effect this January. It allows people to get convictions expunged from their criminal record. The time people have to wait to apply for expungement has been reduced, too. This will open a lot of doors for people who might not have been able to get a job, housing, get a loan, or volunteer their time because of a previous conviction.

Applying to have convictions expunged from your record can be overwhelming to take on alone. You need a Columbia criminal defense lawyer that you can depend on. The Law Office of Mike Campbell is ready to help you fight for your rights. We’ll make sure you’re meeting the requirements to get convictions expunged from your record.

How to Track an Offender’s Case as a Victim of Crime

Published on Jan 31, 2018 at 2:08 pm in Safety Advocacy.

If you were the victim of a violent crime in Missouri and have filed a case against your offender, you may be in a position where you feel helpless. Information and updates can be hard to come by and the hours, days, and weeks can seem to crawl by as you wait to find out how the case resolved. Luckily, there are ways in which you can track the offender’s case yourself. We’re going to tell you about those options today.

If you want to track an offender’s case as it moves its way through the criminal justice system in Missouri, you have two options: Vinelink and Missouri Case Net. Beyond working with the prosecutor or with the victim’s advocate, you can use these online options to track a case and keep notified of case updates.

Missouri’s Crime Victim’s Compensation Program

Published on Jan 18, 2018 at 12:28 pm in Safety Advocacy.

The Missouri Crime Victim’s Compensation Program is designed to financially assist victims who have sustained bodily or psychological injury in paying for reasonable medical expenses, counseling expenses, funeral expenses, and lost wages or loss of support after experiencing a violent crime. To apply for this compensation, victims need to fill out an application. Here is some information about the application process and how eligibility is determined:

The first thing you’ll need to know is that the application must be filed with the office within two (2) years of the crime date, or in cases involving persons under 18, within two (2) years of discovery. The term “discovery” here refers to the date when the event occurred or in the case of a loved one whose life was lost, the date the event was discovered.

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