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What Are Your Legal Options If You’re Injured on Vacation?

Published on Jun 18, 2020 at 6:38 pm in Personal Injury.

Sometimes it’s nice to go away to another destination with your family or friends in an attempt to relax and recharge. Whether you prefer a peaceful trip or one jam-packed with activities, there’s always the possibility that an accident could happen unexpectedly and change the course of your trip.

When this happens, you might be unsure of what to do because you’re in a new place and didn’t expect things to go wrong. That’s where we come in. At the Law Office of Mike Campbell, our experienced personal injury lawyers can guide you through the steps you need to take after your injury to ensure that you can fully explore your legal options.

Since you’re most likely out of state, the difficult part about your claim will be deciding where to file your claim as well as who to file against. Depending on your situation, a car driver, commercial truck driver, hotel, rental company, travel agency, security force, or many other different people or companies could be responsible for your injuries. Hiring a lawyer keeps your from suing the wrong entities, and helps you figure out what case to file according to your situation.

Complications that Arise from Soft Tissue Injuries: Part 2 – Sprains

Published on Apr 11, 2019 at 10:00 am in Personal Injury.

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. A couple of weeks ago, we went over one common type of soft tissue injury, strains. This time, we’re going to go over sprains. Sprains are another common type of soft tissue injury that can result in complications following a serious accident or incident.

According to the AAOS, “[a] sprain is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament, a strong band of connective tissues that connect the end of one bone with another. Ligaments stabilize and support the body’s joints. For example, ligaments in the knee connect the thigh bone with the shinbone, enabling people to walk and run.”

What’s a Reasonable Settlement for My Case?

Published on Feb 21, 2019 at 11:40 am in Personal Injury.

One of the most common questions any personal injury attorney receives from a client is whether the insurance company is offering a reasonable settlement for the case.  Since every case is different, there’s unfortunately no “one size fits all” calculation to determine whether your settlement offer is reasonable or not.  However, there are some common sense rules to look at when considering whether you have received a fair and reasonable settlement offer.

When you receive your settlement offer, consider your or your attorney’s answers to the following questions:

Breaking Down Common Misunderstandings About Lawsuits

Published on Jan 10, 2019 at 9:56 am in Personal Injury.

We’ve all heard the term “lawsuit.”  Some people believe that our society is “sue happy”, or that we’re too “litigious”, which means that there are too many lawsuits on file with the courts.  Some of this belief comes from people’s mistaken understanding about what lawsuits are and why they are filed.  In order to break down those misunderstandings, we must define a few terms.
First, let’s explore what a lawsuit is.

According to Black’s Law Dictionary, a lawsuit is defined as follows:

“LAWSUIT. A vernacular term for a suit, action, or cause instituted or depending between two private persons in the courts of law. A suit at law or in equity; an action or proceeding in a civil court; a process in law instituted by one party to compel another to do him justice. Shepherd v. Standard Motor Co., 263 Ky. 329, 92 S.W.2d 337.”

Personal Injury Compensation Part 2: Non-Economic or Intangible Damages

Published on Dec 13, 2018 at 3:57 pm in Personal Injury.

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.”  We have provided two posts to explain the difference between both types of damages. For more on “tangible damages” or “economic damages” please see our post about these types of damages.  “Noneconomic” or “intangible damages” are those things that you cannot show through a medical bill or other objective evidence. 

As the Missouri Supreme Court said, they “do not lend themselves to precise calculation,”  and include recovery for things “such as past and future pain, suffering, effect on lifestyle, embarrassment, humiliation, and economic loss.”  Alcorn v. Union Pacific Railroad Co.,  50 S.W.3d 226 (Mo. Banc. 2001).

What is a Medical Lien?

Published on Jul 19, 2018 at 2:33 pm in Personal Injury.

Under Missouri law, healthcare providers like doctors, chiropractors, hospitals, and physical therapists are permitted to place “liens” on your case instead of billing your health insurance directly.  Based on the law, Missouri healthcare providers can refuse to submit their bills to your health insurance company and can, instead, choose to place a “lien” on the proceeds of your settlement or jury verdict.  What this means for healthcare providers is that they do not have to take the standard adjustments to their bills that are part of the contract they may have with your health insurance company.

For example, if you have health insurance, your heath insurance provider may agree to have a medical provider “in network” (permitted by the company) only if that medical provider agrees to take a discount on the services it provides you.  So, instead of requiring $1,000.00 for an MRI, the healthcare provider has an agreement with your health insurer to accept $400.00 instead.  It’s a win-win for the health insurance provider and medical provider — the health insurance pays a lower amount for the MRI and the medical provider gets to treat patients, like you, with a guaranteed payment for its services.

What is a Personal Injury?

Published on Jul 12, 2018 at 2:33 pm in Personal Injury.

A personal injury in the legal context is when someone is harmed by the negligence, recklessness, or intentional acts of another person.  In car accident cases, it is not uncommon for there to be both an injury to your person and an injury to your property, such as your car.  In this circumstance, the injury to you may lead you to ask for compensation for your personal injury, and the damage to your property may lead you to seek a separate property damage claim.  For more information for how to handle your property damage claim, please see our blog on property claims.

There are a significant number of cases that fall under the broad category of “personal injury” claims.  For instance, if you are injured in a car accident, then you may have a personal injury claim.  If you are injured from a slip and fall on someone’s property, then you may have a personal injury claim.  If you are injured because of medical negligence, then you may have a personal injury claim. 

What Do You Look at When Evaluating My Personal Injury Case?

Published on Jun 8, 2018 at 12:44 pm in Personal Injury.

Every attorney is different, and every attorney will look at different things when evaluating your personal injury case.  However, there are a few things that our firm looks at when evaluating a case to make sure it’s a good fit for us and for the potential client.  Besides making sure that we do not have a professional or personal conflict in a case, we take the following in consideration when evaluating a case:

  • Who is liable (or responsible) for the collision/accident? One of the first things we look at is the liability or responsibility of the parties in the accident. In the case of a car accident, if you are responsible for the crash, then chances are that you will need an insurance defense attorney to help you.  We do not defend insurance companies, so we will inform you of this in our evaluation.  If you were not at-fault or partially at-fault, then we will dig deeper into your case.  For example, in our post about how fault is determined in a car accident, we discussed how comparative fault works and how that might affect a potential car accident case.

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.

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.

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