Personal Injury Attorneys in Topeka
Kansas personal injury law may entitle you to significant damages if you or someone you love has been injured due to the negligence of another party. For the personal injury lawyers at ITR Law, it’s important not only that you win your claim for damages but also that you receive the maximum allowable compensation.
Our team understands how to force the hands of the insurance companies of at-fault parties to pay what you are entitled to and will relentlessly pursue what you deserve.
That way, you can focus on recovering from your injuries while we look after the legal hurdles and the communication with the parties involved — whether it relates to a car accident, slip and fall injury, product liability, or another type of personal injury claim.
If your injuries are due to negligence in any of these types of accidents, we can help you:
- A car accident
- Motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian accidents
- Slips or falls in public spaces
- Dog bite injuries
- An accident in a nursing home due to neglect
- A defective product accident
- An explosion or fire
The results of such injuries can be life-changing, seriously affecting the financial health and wellbeing of you and your family. Our personal injury attorneys are experienced in fighting for compensation for people who have suffered serious injury in all types of accidents.
Damages can be sought for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Vehicle repairs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Types of injury include:
- Bite injuries
- Broken bones
- Loss of limb
- Temporary or permanent disability
The seriousness of some types of injuries can be difficult to prove without the intervention of an experienced personal injury lawyer.
We will work proactively to understand and investigate the circumstances of your accident.
We will then demonstrate your losses to the relevant parties (insurance companies, etc.), using detailed medical and financial data.
Your personal situation may involve building a case against:
- A driver of a vehicle
- An employer
- A landlord
- A contractor or maintenance company
- A local government agency
- A manufacturer
In this way, we will help you mitigate the financial consequences of your injuries and ensure that you are in the best position to be able to rebuild your life.
What damages are available in Kansas personal injury claims?
In Kansas personal injury law, there are three basic types of damages:
- Economic damages: compensation for financial damages suffered as a direct result of your accident, such as medical expenses (past and future), wage losses (past and future), loss of earning capacity, and property loss or damage.
- Non-economic damages: compensation for physical, emotional, and social losses, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of companionship, and loss of quality of life.
- Punitive damages: this is not compensation but intended as a deterrent to other people for particularly egregious behavior that results in losses — for instance, malicious behavior or acting in reckless disregard for the safety of others (punitive damages are awarded in few cases in Topeka).
Which of these damages you are entitled to will depend on the circumstances surrounding your case.
Who pays the damages in Kansas personal injury cases?
To secure compensation in a Kansas personal injury case, litigation and court appearances are sometimes necessary.
Most cases, however, involve a negotiated settlement with another individual, the insurance company of the at-fault party or even a government agency.
What is the deadline for personal injury claims in Kansas?
The Kansas statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally two years from the date of your injury (or when you reasonably knew of your injury).
Beyond this date, it may not be possible to file a claim and you will forego your right to take legal action against the alleged culprit — but there are exceptions.
It’s best not to wait. Consult with one of our personal injury attorneys as soon as possible if you have any doubts about whether you have a valid case.
What does a personal injury lawyer do?
Personal injury attorneys help those who have suffered injuries as a result of the negligence or reckless conduct of another party.
The primary goal is to claim the maximum possible compensation and, providing there is a strong enough case, they will usually work on a contingency basis to achieve this. That means there is no upfront fee for the client and, instead, the personal injury lawyer will take a pre-agreed percentage of the final settlement amount.
During the case, the personal injury will conduct all communications with the at-fault party and/or their insurance company. Sometimes, the matter will end up in court but in the majority of cases, an out-of-court settlement is reached.
Some attorneys specialize in a certain type of personal injury claim, such as auto accident claims or medical malpractice but most can represent almost any injured party.
What are the most common types of personal injury claims in Topeka?
Our personal injury lawyers handle a wide range of cases in Topeka — from accidents on private property to accidents on the roads.
Among the most common types of claims are:
- Car, motorcycle and truck accidents
- Dog bite injuries
- Slip and fall accidents
- Medical malpractice claims
- Defamation claims
- Product defect or product liability accidents
- Premises liability claims,
- Workplace accidents
- Food poisoning at restaurants
- Boating accidents
- Aviation accidents
Why hire a personal injury lawyer?
Many people believe that they can save legal fees by handling negotiations alone, without the services of a personal injury lawyer.
However, this is often a mistake, even in cases where it seems obvious who the negligent party was.
Insurance companies are out to protect their own interests — not yours. Because they often have teams of lawyers working for them, their legal resources as the defendant often outpower the plaintiff and this may result in a smaller settlement — or no compensation at all.
Hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer balances the scales. It evens out the battle as our lawyers understand what your claim is worth. They are also familiar with the strategies that big insurance companies use — and we will not quit until you receive the compensation you deserve.
Non-economic damages, in particular, can be difficult to prove without years of experience in practicing personal injury law. If necessary, we will consult with experts and present expert testimony to support your claim.
Can I file a personal injury claim without a lawyer?
Yes, you can file a personal injury claim in Topeka without hiring legal assistance.
However, in truth, most people struggle to manage the legal processes alone and follow it through to a satisfactory settlement without the experience of a lawyer — especially if the claim involves a serious injury.
Insurance companies often play hardball with claims and attempt to reduce payouts, shift some of the liability onto others or even deny claims entirely. This can be stressful and challenging when you are trying to recover from an injury.
Without a good knowledge of tort law, access to relevant experts, and experience in handling such cases, it’s usually inadvisable to attempt to self-represent in a personal injury lawsuit.
How long do personal injury lawsuits last?
A personal injury lawsuit can take months or years. There is no set timescale and every case is different.
The extent of the damages pursued, the period of medical treatment required, and the appetite of all parties for negotiation are all important factors as the lawsuit progresses.
If the claim can be settled before it reaches the trial stage, it will reduce the time (and expense) involved though it could still take more than a year to resolve.
If you have been injured through no fault of your own in Topeka, speak to a personal injury lawyer at ITR Law as soon as possible. We will evaluate your case during a free consultation, advise you of your legal options, and begin working on your claim if the decision is made to proceed.
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We only get paid if we win your case
With personal injury cases, we work entirely on a contingency basis. That means we only get paid if we win your case.
We will deduct a pre-agreed percentage from the compensation that you are awarded. This is always made clear and agreed upon before we take on your case.
Our goal is to make our services accessible and affordable for anyone involved in an accident, regardless of their financial situation.