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The law is on your side and it’s our job to make sure you are given all the information you need to make an informed decision about your case. Call us at 816-472-6800.
We Get Results for You.
The most important benefit of hiring an attorney for your personal injury claim is to make you whole for your losses. Your attorney is and should be your gun for hire, an advocate devoting his or her time to making sure you’re not being bullied, strong armed, manipulated, or short changed.
Contact our Kansas City law office to schedule a free consultation, or call us at 816-472-6800. We are here to fight for fair and full compensation for you.
A Kansas City lawyer that works for you!
- Wrongful Death
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Collisions with uninsured drivers
- Railroad crossing accidents
- Motorcycle wrecks
- Truck accidents
- Collisions with bicyclists (children and adults)
- Premise Liability
- After a fall
- A dog bite
- Injury on a poorly maintained or otherwise dangerous property
- Sexual assault
- On the job wrongful touching
- Slip and Fall Litigation
- Toxic Poisoning
- Carbon monoxide
Your injury is unique.
James and Noland is dedicated to custom service for our clients, which means that in addition to spending our time as your sword and your shield, advocating for your best interests in making you whole for your losses, we need to keep you updated about our progress and informed about your options, the process itself, and the reality of the situation.
We keep it real.
We will ensure that you have a clear understanding about the value of the case, the time it will take to resolve your matter, and the pros and cons of whether filing litigation makes more sense than taking the time to solve the case by settlement. The bottom line is that we will communicate your options, making you aware as soon as we are of any changes, updates, and progress.
We build your trust.
I cannot tell you how many times I have been contacted by a personal injury victim who fired an attorney because he would not return their call or was not making their case a priority and too many attorneys pretend that the law is some mystery to which only they hold the keys. We will take the time and make sure you understand what is going on.
We work for you.
Signing up with James and Noland is no different from any other employment agreement. If you don’t like me or what I’m telling you, you can fire me. The benefit of our firm is that we treat our clients like business partners. We are making an investment in your case and you are making an investment in our talents. That requires lawyers to keep you reasonably informed, that that’s what we do.
Why should I get an attorney when I could settle the claim myself without one?
Our attorneys are trained to understand the law regarding your injuries that insurance companies always purposely overlook. The job of the insurance company is to try to pay you the least amount they can offer to get you to sign a release agreement. We use our experience and knowledge of the law to make sure the insurance company understands that a jury can and often will offer you multiples more than what they are putting on the table. Damages in a personal injury case are very complicated. Without training and experience, without an understanding of the finer points of what a jury could or should award to you, you will likely be leaving money on the table that should be going to make you whole for your losses.
The other obvious reason to hire an attorney is to have someone who will spend their time fighting for your best interests. You are busy with work and life. Our team will spend their time getting the voluminous information, spending hours and hours, to make sure you get the result our laws should require.
How long should it take to settle my injury case?
The goal of hiring an attorney should be to make you whole for your losses. Depending on the nature and extent of your injuries, a resolution of your claim by lawsuit or settlement can take months to years. If you never sought medical treatment for your injuries and do not have lost wages, then you should expect a much shorter time-frame (and less compensation) for your injuries. Too many attorneys look at personal injury cases as mill, they churn and burn a high volume of clients in order to put money in their pockets more quickly. This causes problems not simply relating to quality of communication with clients, but also with undercutting your ability to be made whole.
Unless you have been released from care because you have finished treatment, or unless a licensed medical professional has determined the extent and potential long-term care needs of your injuries, you are less likely to be made whole for your losses.
For more minor injuries, depending on how long your treatment takes, as soon as the insurance company has your complete medical and billing records relevant to your injuries, the negotiation process should not take long. For injuries that require a life-care plan or a longer-term treatment plan, settlement or resolution can take much longer, but because you might never be finished with treatment, you should expect the advice of a trained medical professional or expert to make sure the settlement you want to accept will fully compensate you for your care plan.
Depending on the county and amount of information involved in the discovery process, you should expect months or, in some cases, a year + if you elect to go to trial by jury because you cannot settle your claim (or are not being offered fair compensation to settle your claim) outside of court.
Making you whole for your losses can be a complicated process that requires great care and often times, a lot of time. Our experienced attorneys are here to help take that burden off of your shoulders, and work tirelessly to make you whole.
I’ve just been injured in a car accident, what should I do?
If your injuries are serious enough to require medical attention, seek it immediately. Insurance companies and their attorneys regularly use any “delays” in treatment as an argument against paying you more money.
Call 911 for police and/or emergency medical (if necessary). Make sure the responding officer gets your version of the facts, and that you get the other party’s insurance information. Also make sure to find any witnesses at the scene to get their story as well.
Take pictures of your car, the scene of the accident, and the other person and his/her vehicle. Take notes of everything: how you believe the accident occurred, how you were injured, how your vehicle was impacted, and whether witnesses were at the scene. Make sure the responding police officer or you have the witness’s contact information.
Contact an attorney immediately to help you file your insurance claims in an effort to hopefully avoid litigation, if possible. After you finish your treatment, your attorney will collect your medical and billing records before negotiating a settlement with the insurance company or before filing litigation.
I do not have health insurance and have been injured in a car accident, what should I do?
If you have been injured in a car accident and believe you need professional help, you should seek assistance from a licensed medical professional immediately. It is your burden at trial to “prove” the losses (damages) for which you seek to be made whole. You should always be aware of the amount of money you owe for medical care. Regardless of whether the other party is at fault, it is ultimately your responsibility to pay for your medical treatment. Remember, litigation can take a long time, even a few years depending on the severity of your injuries and complexity of the case. If you rack up medial debt in the meantime, your credit can be adversely impacted.
BUT, at the end of the day, your physical health is really all you have. It is literally the difference between life and death. Accordingly, especially if the other party is 100% at fault, you should not delay seeking medical treatment.
How much money should I get for my car accident or personal injury case?
There is no quick and easy way to determine how much it costs to make you whole for your losses. Before you can determine how much you should be paid, you must first establish liability—that the other driver, person, business or homeowner that negligently (or even intentionally) caused your injuries. After establishing that the other person is at fault, then we start talking about money.
Generally speaking, your damages fall into three categories: actual damages, non-economic damages, and possibly punitive damages. Actual or compensatory damages are verifiable monetary losses like bills for your medical care, doctor’s visits, lost wages, property damages, specific emotional distress (those emotional reactions requiring professional services) and future medical expenses. Non-economic damages are those damages including pain, emotional anguish, humiliation, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, and even the worsening of prior injuries. A jury may assess punitive damages if it believes it should punish the wrongdoer for his/her complete indifference or conscious disregard for your rights or the safety and well-being of others.
Often times, when negotiating a settlement (either pre-suit or during the litigation phase), an insurance company will consider your Actual or Compensatory Damages, looking at both the amount of money you had to pay out of pocket for your injuries (not considering any insurance or other adjustments or payments) and the total amount billed to you from the hospital (including insurance adjustments and other payments). They will take this amount, Actual or Compensatory Damages, and multiply it by any number of different numbers to estimate your Non-Economic Damages (Pain and Suffering or a garden variety emotional distress). So the formula becomes Actual Damages + (Actual Damages*Non-Economic Damage Multiplier (usually 1 to 5))=Settlement Amount.
If the defendant in your case accepts liability (or liability clearly falls on that defendant), you should avoid settling for anything less than your Actual Damages plus your pain and suffering.