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What is the process in filing a personal injury claim?
- Consult a personal injury attorney regarding your injury and/or circumstance of your loved one’s injury or death to determine what kind of personal injury claim you may have. Based on the injuries and circumstances, our attorneys can
- Help you determine if you have a good case
- What kind of case you may have
- If they can assist you with the case.
- An attorney will help you investigate to determine possible liable parties causing or contributing to your injury(s). This is specific to your accident. If it is a car accident, there may be multiple cars involved and discovering who might be liable can get complicated.
- An attorney can assist in gathering evidence to support your claim for injury as well as utilize experts such as accident reconstruction experts, medical experts and scientific experts in order to gather and explain the facts of your case. Some of the many ways our attorneys gather evidence is through police reports, witness statements and any other type of relevant documentation depending on the type of injury/accident.
- An attorney can contact liable parties to negotiate a settlement on your behalf or advise you about the direction of the case and your options ie: should it be settled or should a lawsuit be filed. Ultimately, the decision is yours as it is your case and the St Louis personal injury lawyers at The Cagle Law Firm offer advice and representation in every step of the process.
At The Cagle Law Firm, potential clients are treated as people not just cases. As each case is unique, our attorneys believe it is critical to learn each client’s story. In order to effectively share the client’s story with negotiators or potential jurors, we take time to get to know our clients as individuals first.
Contact The Cagle Law Firm today by calling toll free 1.(314) 276-1681 or locally, 314.276.1681 or use our online contact form to schedule your free initial consultation. Your case is safe with us.
How Long Does a Case Take?
Different states have different “statutes of limitations”. Statute of limitations is the limited time you have from your date of injury to file a claim/lawsuit. The statute of limitations is determined by the type of injury you suffered as well as the state in which the injury occurred. As a general rule, the following statutes of limitations apply in Missouri:
- Negligence/general personal injury – 5 years
- Product liability – 5 years
- Medical malpractice – 3 years
- Wrongful death – 5 years
In Illinois, the statute of limitations is different and are as follows:
- Negligence/general personal injury – 2 years
- Medical malpractice – 2 years
- Wrongful death – 2 years
- Product liability – range of years depending on the product
When a government entity is a defendant, there are additional considerations relating to time frames. In order to preserve a claim against a government entity, agency or employee for personal injury, a victim must put the entity on notice of the injuries. This must be done within a much shorter window than the statute of limitations allows for filing a formal lawsuit.
Contact the St. Louis personal injury attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm today by calling toll free 1.(314) 276-1681 or locally, 314.276.1681 or use our online contact form to schedule your free initial consultation. Your case is safe with us.