Missouri Personal Injury Attorneys

Fight for Your Right to Fair Compensation

At the Law Office of Tom Wagstaff Jr., we proudly offer comprehensive and compassionate legal counsel to anyone in Missouri who needs help navigating the complexities of a personal injury claim. When you're injured and need to focus on your recovery, don’t worry even more due to the many legal details that could surround your case. Instead, leave this complicated process and its Missouri-specific legal nuances up to our team of personal injury lawyers. We have built our reputation by standing up for the rights of injured people like you, and we would be honored to get the chance to grow that reputation by seeing how we can help with your case, too.

We can help clients throughout Missouri, including St. Louis, Springfield, Columbia, St. Joseph, Joplin, Jefferson City, and more. Call (816) 597-4556 and schedule a free consultation.

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    Personal Injury Cases We Handle in Missouri

    Our Missouri personal injury lawyers take pride in our extensive experience handling a range of personal injury cases, claims, and lawsuits. We understand that each case type has its unique aspects and complexities, so we never use a pre-manufactured approach when helping a client. When necessary, we are prepared to represent you in courtroom litigation, too, so you will always be supported, even if your case can’t be settled.

    Types of personal injury cases we handle for clients in Missouri include the following and more:

    • Car accidents: We help clients who have been injured in car accidents due to another party's negligence. Don’t let an auto insurance company bother you after a crash. Let us handle everything, including all interactions with insurers.
    • Truck accidents: Due to their size and weight, truck accidents often result in severe injuries. We have the experience and resources to tackle the challenges that occur in the average truck accident case.
    • Catastrophic injuries: A catastrophic injury, like brain damage or paralysis, will change your life forever. We can fight for compensation and justice that reflect the significance of your injuries and losses.
    • Premises liability: If you've been injured on someone else's property due to their negligence, like a staircase without a handrail, you may have a premises liability claim. We can help determine if the property owner failed in their duty of care and pursue a claim on your behalf if that’s the case.
    • Wrongful death: The loss of a loved one is devastating, especially if it's due to someone else's negligence. We provide compassionate legal representation to families seeking justice and compensation for their loss.
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    Heirship Dispute - Our client’s mother died from ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson brand talcum powder. We recovered $37 million for our client following a successful mediation to resolve the disagreement between the heirs.
    • $1 Million Nursing Home Fall
    • $1.5 Million Nursing Home Fall
    • $1.5 Million Nursing Home Sexual Abuse

    What is Liability & How Do You Prove It?

    Proving liability is an important part of any injury claim. Liability refers to the legal responsibility one party has for the damages suffered by another party. The more a party is at fault or to blame for the injuries and losses suffered by the other party, the greater the liability the first party can have.

    To secure compensation for your injuries, our Missouri personal injury attorneys will want to clearly demonstrate that the other party (defendant) was at fault for the accident and therefore should be fully liable for your injuries. With convincing evidence and compelling arguments, we can push for a fair amount of compensation, either in settlement negotiation or trial.

    Evidence types that could be used to prove liability for your case might include:

    • Photographic and video evidence from the scene of the accident.
    • Eyewitness testimonies.
    • Reports from first responders.
    • Medical records that detail how the injuries happened.

    Compensation You Can Pursue Using an Injury Claim

    When you've been injured due to someone else's negligence in Missouri, the law allows you to pursue compensation for your losses through an injury claim. However, it's important to understand that receiving the compensation you deserve usually requires a legal contest. Parties responsible for causing accidents are often reluctant to admit any liability, and their insurance providers are equally unlikely to pay out claims without objection. If you want to confidently pursue the compensation owed to you without adding more stress to your life, you should put our Missouri personal injury attorneys in charge of your case.

    In a personal injury claim, there are generally two types of damages you can pursue:

    • Economic damages: Economic damages are tangible losses that can be easily quantified. Such damages often include medical expenses, lost wages, and future financial losses related to your injury.
    • Non-economic damages: Non-economic damages are intangible losses that are harder to quantify but are nonetheless significant to the plaintiff. Such damages often include pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium.

    Missouri Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Claims

    In Missouri, there is a five-year statute of limitations for most personal injury claims. This statute means you have five years from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit against the party at fault. If you fail to file within this timeframe, you generally lose your right to pursue compensation through the courts.

    Although five years is one of the longest personal injury statutes of limitations in the country, you shouldn’t see it as a reason to wait that long to take legal action after an accident. The sooner you talk to an attorney, the more likely they will be able to find and use convincing evidence while building your case. Also, some injury claims are subject to a much shorter statute of limitations, so you shouldn’t assume that you have five years to start a claim.

    Get Our Team in Your Corner – Call Today

    When you're dealing with the physical and emotional aftermath of an accident, you won’t want to get lost in the legal challenges of an injury claim. Don't have to face this challenge alone. The Law Office of Tom Wagstaff Jr. fights for the rights of the wrongfully injured across Missouri with our extensive experience and legal knowledge, as well as a compassionate approach that lets our clients know that there are people who want to help them in this trying time. Let us manage your personal injury claim so you can focus on your recovery.

    Contact our Missouri personal injury lawyers online or dial (816) 597-4556 to learn more.

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