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2019 Missouri Car Buying Guide

Published on Mar 28, 2019 at 10:37 am in Car Accidents.

Choosing your vehicle isn’t often a quick decision. You want to make sure the car is affordable, you’re comfortable when driving it, and you’re going to want to know how safe it is in preventing car accidents or how it performs in the event of an accident.

While events beyond your control can cause an accident, the vehicle you’re driving may help reduce the severity of the damages regardless of the causes of the wreck. Let’s take a look at safety features in cars that help prevent collisions as well as some of 2019’s top choices for Missouri car buyers.

Complications that Arise from Soft Tissue Injuries: Part 1 – Strains

Published on Mar 7, 2019 at 10:45 am in Car Accidents.

Soft-tissue injuries are injuries that occur to muscles, tendons, tissues, and ligaments, as compared to injuries like fractures and breaks, which involve breaking or fracturing a bone.   According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (“AAOS”), soft-tissues injuries fall into two different categories:  acute and overuse injuries.  For personal injury cases, people usually suffer “acute” injuries in car wrecks, falls, or other traumas.  Overuse injuries are uncommon in personal injury cases, but we do see them regularly in workers’ compensation cases where an individual has developed carpal tunnel due to repeated work activities.

In a number of personal injury cases involving car accidents or slip and falls, clients will have some diagnosis of a soft-tissue injury.  Many insurance company adjusters will downplay a soft-tissue injury as being less serious than a fracture, break, or other trauma that can be seen on an x-ray.  However, soft-tissues injuries can be serious and are painful, regardless of the degree of severity.  There are a number of soft-tissues injuries that can develop as a result of a personal injury.  The basic types of soft-tissue injuries are strains and sprains. This week, we’ll go over strains.

What to Expect Physically After a Car Wreck

Published on Feb 28, 2019 at 10:09 am in Car Accidents.

No one wants to think about what would happen in the event of an automobile accident, however, thousands of individuals are tasked with dealing with the consequences of being in an accident every single day. While there are psychological and financial consequences to manage, the most immediate one to handle after a wreck is the physical injuries – as these present the most danger to a person’s life and wellbeing.

When people think about the injuries related to being in a car accident, the most common ones that come to mind are broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and head trauma. Fortunately, not all wrecks result in catastrophic injuries. While injuries are likely to occur, many are easily recovered from. But no matter how you feel after an accident, the most important thing to do is to seek medical attention.

How Does Petitioning the Court for Your Driver’s License Work?

Published on Jan 31, 2019 at 9:24 am in Car Accidents.

If you’ve received notice a of driver’s license suspension, you’re not alone. Many people lose their driving privileges for both minor and major offenses. At the Law Office of Mike Campbell, we understand people make mistakes, which is why we’re dedicated to working with clients who are looking to have their driving privileges restored.

If your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked for a period of five or ten years, you have the right to petition the court to reinstate it. Depending on your circumstances, there are different ways to go about this.

5 Ways to Improve Automobile Safety in Missouri

Published on Dec 27, 2018 at 9:03 am in Car Accidents.

It’s an unfortunate fact that many of us will be in at least one car accident sometime during our lives. Car accidents can be traumatic experiences, and it’s important to understand that a majority of the collisions can be avoided.

Most car accidents result from negligent actions from one or more drivers. Distracted and impaired driving are at the top of the list for reasons why these events happen. Just in 2014, 47,977 individuals were injured in Missouri car accidents and 766 people died.

In order to prevent the wrongful loss of future lives, there are steps we can all take to improve automobile safety in Missouri. The University of Missouri promotes a Drive Safe, Drive Smart campaign to encourage drivers of all ages to stay alert and follow the laws when behind the wheel. Let’s take a look at the five easiest ways to improve road safety for ourselves and others.

1) Wear Your Seatbelt

When a vehicle is involved in a collision, the driver and any passengers inside are still traveling at the vehicle’s original speed at the moment of impact. If someone is not wearing their seatbelt, they risk the potential of slamming into the steering wheel, windshield, or other passengers. While some people may think seatbelts are uncomfortable or unnecessary, they save lives.

How Do Police Handle Hit-and-Run Investigations?

Published on Nov 28, 2018 at 9:25 am in Car Accidents.

It’s understandable to be confused and angry if you’re the victim in a hit-and-run accident. Car accidents by nature are traumatic experiences; however, if the guilty party decides to vanish and further neglect their responsibilities, it can make the experience much worse.

According to AAA, there are over 700,000 hit-and-run auto collisions every year. As a result, thousands of individuals are injured or lose their lives. In the event of a hit-and-run accident, as a victim, you may be wondering what your next steps are. While the process is a little different than it is when a typical accident has occurred, there is a process in place that will allow you the opportunity to hopefully find the guilty party.

Personal Injury Compensation Part 1: Economic or Tangible Damages

Published on Nov 8, 2018 at 2:34 pm in Car Accidents.

In Missouri, individuals injured through the negligence or recklessness of others in a personal injury case have the ability to seek compensation for both “tangible damages” and “intangible damages.”  “Economic” or “tangible damages” are those things that can be calculated or identified, such as lost wages, lost earning capacity, past medical expenses, and future medical expenses.

We have provided two posts to explain the difference between both types of damages. This is part one of two. For more on “intangible damages” or “non-economic damages” please watch for our post next week.

First off, what are damages?  Damages are something an injured person receives, through a settlement or jury verdict, to compensate them for the harms they suffered a result of that injury. In the American civil justice system, we use money to compensate people as damages. Below are the types of “economic” or “tangible damages” you can receive monetary compensation for in a Missouri personal injury case.

Can I Get Compensation for a Car Accident I Partially Caused?

Published on Oct 1, 2018 at 5:54 pm in Car Accidents.

You’ve just been in a car accident and your thoughts are going a mile a minute. You know you need to seek medical attention and talk to the other driver right away. You realize you’re experiencing some pain and think you might have injuries. You’re worried about medical bills and other financial burdens. Now you’re worried even more because you’ve just realized you may have partially caused the accident. What now?

Our Columbia, MO auto accident attorney is prepared to answer your questions. Keep reading to learn about Missouri’s car accident laws and how determining fault and receiving compensations works.

What if I Don’t Have Health Insurance and I’m in a Car Accident?

Published on Sep 20, 2018 at 2:03 pm in Car Accidents.

One of the major issues our clients have when they are involved in a car accident is that they have received medical treatment and bills are piling up, or they need additional medical treatment and cannot afford it on their own.  There are a few options that people have when they find themselves in this situation.  Please note that every situation is unique, so there is not a “one size fits all” approach. 

Many people believe that the other side’s insurance company will pay their medical bills as they receive treatment.  Unfortunately, that is typically not the case.  For more information about why insurers typically won’t pay your medical bills as you treat, please see our blog where we discuss this issue at length.  As a result of not having health insurance or having some insurance company pay your bills, you are left in a terrible financial decision while you’re trying to get better.

In these situations, though, our firm gets hard to work looking at a few things.  First, we see if you have any medical payments (medpay) coverage available under your own automobile insurance that may cover past or future medical bills.  If you have medpay coverage available, then we work with your insurance company to make sure that you get all of the insurance proceeds you are entitled to and have paid a premium for.

When Will the Other Party’s Insurer Pay for Medical Bills After a Crash?

Published on Sep 6, 2018 at 2:24 pm in Car Accidents.

If you were injured in a car accident, you should know that most automobile insurance companies will not pay your medical bills while you treat.  In other words, if you are currently treating for your injuries and are sending the other insurance company your bills, it’s rare for the other insurance company to pay your bills “as you go.”

Instead, what the other side’s insurance adjuster will want is a full and complete medical history from you (through a HIPAA Authorization), access to your private medical history (even for things completely unrelated to your injuries), and will want to obtain all of your medical bills before they agree to reimburse you and compensate you for any medical bills that you have sustained as a result of an injury from a car accident.  Even if the other side’s insurance company agrees to eventually pay your medical bills, they will want to do so only when you are ready to settle your case completely.  Oftentimes, this is not possible when you are receiving your medical treatment.

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