Personal Injury Law Firm Serving Clients in St. Louis, Jefferson County, & Surrounding Areas
If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s mistakes or negligence, it’s simply not right that you should have to bear the financial strain of expensive medical bills, lost wages, and diminished income-earning potential. Westhoff Law, LC can help you file a personal injury claim against the responsible parties and defend that claim in court if necessary.
Truck & Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Truckers and other commercial drivers are beholden to stricter laws and policies in an effort to protect other drivers on the road. That said, they do not always adhere to these statutes and terrible accidents occur as a result. Defending a personal injury claim against a CDL holder is oftentimes more difficult because of the vast amount of resources corporate insurers possess and put towards quashing legitimate claims. We will handle the communications with these providers to protect you from admitting fault or otherwise jeopardizing your case.
Causes of Trucking & Commercial Vehicles Accidents
Serious accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. Though each case is unique, some of the most common contributing factors to trucking and commercial vehicle accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Overly tired CDL holders
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Poorly maintained commercial vehicles
- Excessive speeding or driving under the speed limit
- Improper cargo loading & securing
- Distracted driving
Holding Responsible Parties Accountable
We will help you file your personal injury claim, handle all communications with insurance adjusters and law enforcement officials, and take your case to court if necessary. We will work to get you the most compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, diminished income-earning potential, and pain and suffering in traumatic cases.
We all strive to be careful drivers, but some people take this responsibility more seriously than others. Distracted driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, overly tired drivers, and cell phone use are all common factors in many Missouri auto accidents. Because we live in an at-fault insurance state, drivers found to be responsible for causing accidents and injuries are required to pay the resulting damages either out of pocket or through their insurance provider. We can file a claim for compensation if you are involved in an auto accident.
Understanding Missouri’s “At-Fault” Insurance System
Our state’s insurance laws comprise what is known as an “at-fault” system. This means that the party determined to be “at fault” is legally liable for any damages they cause. For this reason, it is imperative that you never admit even partial fault to the other driver, their insurance company, police officers at the scene, and even your own insurance provider.
Traveling via motorcycle is an exhilarating form of transportation, but the very design of motorcycles leaves their drivers and passengers more vulnerable to injury than those in other vehicles. It is not uncommon for motorcycle riders to be injured when larger vehicles follow too closely, merge or turn without signaling, or simply fail to look carefully and crash into motorcycles. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, we can help you with your personal injury claim.
Why You Need a Personal Injury Attorney
For the reason stated above and many others, your best bet for collecting full compensation for your injuries is to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. We will handle all communications between insurance adjusters, officers of the law, witnesses, and medical professionals involved in this matter.
Some injuries are so severe that they cause permanent damage or disability. These are considered catastrophic injuries under personal injury law and allow the victims to collect more in compensation than they would be able to for less serious injuries. We can assist you with your claim.
What Constitutes a Catastrophic Injury?
Missouri does not have a hard and fast law defining a catastrophic injury, but those that are severe and cause permanent damage likely fall into that category. Examples of injuries that are typically considered catastrophic include, but are not limited to:
- Brain injuries & mental impairment
- Loss of limbs, vision, hearing, or other senses
- Full or partial paralyzation
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe burns
- Chronic or terminal illnesses, such as radiation or asbestos poisoning
- Significant disfigurement
Catastrophic Claims & Settlements
If an insurance company realizes your injuries qualify as catastrophic, they may try to offer you a settlement quickly before you have a chance to fully understand the severity of your injuries and the extensive care you will need in the future. Though it is tempting to take the money, doing so could prove to be a misstep that leaves you responsible for your own medical bills in the future. A personal injury attorney can help you file a claim within the statute of limitations and help you navigate a claim to completion.
Personal injury claims and laws are designed to hold people accountable for their actions so as to not financially devastate unsuspecting victims of recklessness and negligence. It is our job at Westhoff Law, LC to provide the high-quality legal counsel you need to properly file your claim and defend its merits in either settlement negotiations, trials, or both. Sean Westhoff possesses over 20 years of experience in this area of the law and is committed to helping you get the compensation you deserve.