Personal Injury

You’ve Been in a Car Wreck. Now What?

Published in Personal Injury on July 18, 2018

According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, over 37,000 people die in auto accidents every year. An additional 2.35 million people are injured or disabled. Given the frequency of auto accidents and the tragic consequences they cause, it is crucial that you know what to do when you are involved in a wreck so that you can recover… READ MORE

How Much is my Personal Injury Case Worth?

Published in Personal Injury on February 16, 2018

One of the most common questions I hear from my personal injury clients is “How much is my case worth?” Unfortunately, a lawsuit or insurance claim is not as easy to put a price tag on as some of the treasures you might see on The Antique Roadshow! There are several factors that impact the value of a personal injury… READ MORE

IF I WIN MY CASE WILL THE DEFENDANT PAY MY ATTORNEY FEES?

Published in Personal Injury on September 14, 2017

One of the most frequent questions clients ask is whether the defendant in their lawsuit (or the insurance company who is paying the claim) can be forced to pay the clients’ attorney fees. In almost all cases, the answer to that question is “no.” Most states follow the “American Rule,” which requires parties to pay their own fees if they… READ MORE

Dealing with Insurance Companies

Published in Personal Injury on August 11, 2017

As I write this post, I am sitting on an airplane next to an insurance adjuster. The adjuster is poring over what appear to be claim files. Admittedly I did not get a good look at his paperwork, since I didn’t want to appear nosy by looking over his shoulder. However, out of the corner of my eye I did… READ MORE

Should I Settle my Personal Injury Claim?

Published in Personal Injury on June 22, 2017

The overwhelming majority (between 90-95%) of personal injury cases settle without a trial (http://thelawdictionary.org/article/pre-trial-settlement-percentage-statistics-on-personal-injury-settlements/). Personal injury cases can include car accidents, slip and falls, premises liability cases (where a person is injured because of some danger at a specific location), medical malpractice, and defective products. Because so many cases settle outside of a trial, it is important to know how… READ MORE

Most Dangerous Intersections in Missouri [New Study]

Published in Personal Injury on January 16, 2017

As part of our commitment to safety in our community, the team at Douglas Haun Heideman wanted to identify the most dangerous intersections in the state of Missouri. With the help of data visualization agency 1point21 Interactive, we analyzed over 148,000 collision records from the Missouri State Highway Patrol to find the 200 most dangerous intersections in our state. The data analysis… READ MORE

Navigating Auto Insurance Following an Accident

Published in Personal Injury on November 18, 2016

The complicated nature of automobile insurance can lead to confusion after a person is involved in a car accident. Rather than focusing on getting well after suffering injuries, many collision victims find themselves sucked into a “red-tape” nightmare to ensure that the insurance companies have the right information to process claims. The procedure can be tedious and difficult to understand. What… READ MORE

Punitive Damages: Can a Plaintiff Recover Damages to Punish Someone Who Caused Injury to Them?

Published in Personal Injury on October 21, 2016

Normally in the State of Missouri, when you are injured by someone the amount that you can recover is limited to the amount that you were hurt. To make it overly simple, if you were in an auto accident that was not your fault and broke your leg, the damages would generally be limited to your “out-of-pocket” losses:  the medical… READ MORE