2600 Forum Blvd
Columbia, MO 65203
Thomas Law Offices is prepared to fight on your behalf to ensure the negligent party is held responsible for your injuries and losses. No matter what type of accident you’ve been involved in, we can help you evaluate your situation and determine if filing a claim is right for you.
For someone who has just been involved in an accident, the idea of pursuing a claim can seem overwhelming. With the help of an experienced attorney, however, the process is easily understood and manageable. In order to get an idea of what it would be like to file, let’s first take a look at how the state of Missouri handles personal injury accidents.
Personal Injury Law in Missouri
Every state has its own set of personal injury laws. When you go to file a claim, it’s important to understand the applicable laws and how they could impact the filing process and your right to compensation.
For example, claims are subject to a statute of limitations. This means that you have to file your claim within a certain time frame. If that time frame passes, you’ll render yourself ineligible for compensation. In Missouri, the time limit on bringing personal injury claims to civil court is five years. Your lawyer will determine the exact amount of time you have based on when your accident occurred.
Another law that will have a significant impact on any claim is the pure comparative fault rule. Under this rule, a person’s compensation can be reduced by their percentage of the fault. For example, if you were involved in a truck accident and were assigned 15% of the blame for a case valued at $10,000, you would only be able to collect $8,500. The opposing party could have the right to collect the remaining $1,500.
Once you reach out to an attorney from Thomas Law Offices, they’ll be able to explain all of the state laws that could impact your claim and help you understand how best to navigate your claim successfully.
Personal Injury Cases We Handle
The type of claim you pursue will depend on the type of accident you were in. At Thomas Law Offices, we specialize in a variety of personal injury claims, including the following:
- Brain Injuries
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Electric Rental Scooter Accidents
- Construction & Workplace Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Product Liability
- Premises Liability
- Wrongful Death
- Sexual Assault
In addition to the personal injury claims above, we also handled the following types of criminal defense cases:
We also help clients with personal injury cases. If you’ve been injured on-the-job, we can help you with receiving the following types of disability compensation:
- Temporary Disability
- Permanent Partial Disability
- Permanent Total Disability
- Social Security Disability
No matter what type of claim you need to file, a Columbia personal injury attorney can be by your side throughout the entire process. This includes investigating your accident, building a claim that proves negligence on behalf of the other person or entity involved, evaluating your losses, and determining a fair amount of compensation.
While the majority of personal injury claims resolve through negotiations and result in a settlement, it is possible your claim could go to trial. If that happens, we’ll walk you through the court proceeding process and ensure you understand what is expected of you in the courtroom. If that occurs, the decision will ultimately be decided by a judge or jury—depending on the circumstances.
What to Do After an Accident
The moments after an accident happen are often filled with confusion and terror—especially if you’ve been involved in an accident and have sustained serious or even catastrophic injuries. That’s why it’s crucial to do what you can to remain calm and evaluate the situation as evenly as possible.
Check yourself and anyone else involved for injuries. Even if you’re feeling okay, it’s important to get evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible. Not all injuries are visible or immediately apparent, and you’ll want to have an accurate record of your injuries. Whether you’re treated at the scene, you’re taken to the hospital, or you seek a medical evaluation from your own primary care physician shortly after, you’ll be able to receive an official diagnosis and treatment plan. This way, you’ll have an idea of what you need to do to recover as fully as possible.
Once you’ve sought medical treatment, document whatever you can remember about your accident. If, for example, you were involved in a car crash, you may need to speak to a police officer so an official report can be filed. If that’s not the case, record what you can remember, and your lawyer will use that information to just start the investigation.
After you’ve been evaluated by a doctor, informed your employer of the situation, and taken some time to process what you’ve been through, you’ll want to get in touch with a Columbia, MO personal injury lawyer.
Living in and Around Columbia, MO
As the fourth most populous and fastest-growing city in Missouri, Columbia is known for its art, progressive politics, and persuasive journalism. Stephens College, the University of Missouri, and Columbia College surround the city’s downtown to the north, south, and east—making the city an educational hub.
Originally established as an agricultural town, Columbia is located within the forested hills and rolling prairies of Mid-Missouri. With a number of state parks and refuges in the area, sensitive and rare environments have been preserved.
Whether you live in Columbia or nearby, it’s possible you could be involved in an accident in the area. If that happens and you believe someone else was to blame, it’s important to understand your legal options and how best to go about finding the lawyer who’s right for you.
Selecting the Right Personal Injury Lawyer for You
The process of finding the right lawyer for your claim can be confusing—especially considering there are so many to choose from. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what you can do to find the lawyer that will represent your best interests.
You want to make sure you find an attorney you can trust. Depending on your network, you may have friends or family members that can provide a strong recommendation. You can also read reviews online and schedule a free consultation to determine if you want to work with a law firm.
Because every personal injury case is unique, you want to find an attorney who has experience with your particular area of potential litigation. You can ask a lawyer about their history and experience. Trust your gut. If something doesn’t seem right, you do not have to sign any paperwork.
In the event you have a potential medical malpractice or product liability claim, it’s important to understand that those types of cases are often complicated and expensive. You’ll need to make sure the lawyer you hire is up to the task of taking your claim on and fighting for you until the matter is resolved.
When you first meet with an attorney may not of their office, how organized it appears to be, whether they were prepared for your meeting, the professionalism of the lawyer, and whether you believe you had all of your questions answered as fully as possible given the circumstances. In the event the lawyer seemed distracted, uninterested, or unable to devote their full attention to you, you’ll want to consider seeking representation elsewhere.
Thomas Law Offices prides itself on providing strong, reliable, and sympathetic legal representation. Our personal injury attorneys understand that their clients are going through some of the most difficult months or years of their lives. That’s why we do whatever we can to support our clients while handling their legal matters.
Legal Guidance and Representation From Thomas Law Offices
Figuring out your next steps after you’ve been injured is challenging. You’re likely dealing with injuries, time away from work, and emotional suffering. That’s why it’s best to get in touch with a Columbia, MO personal injury lawyer. Once you’re working with a skilled attorney, you’ll have the opportunity to focus on healing and moving forward, while your lawyer determines the best way to get you the compensation you need to recover as fully as possible.
The sooner you get in touch with a lawyer, the better your chances are of receiving full and fair compensation. We understand some potential clients are hesitant when it comes to pursuing a claim, but we’ll work to make the process as simple as possible for you.
If you believe you have a potential personal injury claim, or you’re interested in learning more about your legal rights and options after an accident, schedule a case evaluation with our firm today. We’ll discuss what you’ve been through and help you decide how best to proceed to protect yourself and your future. Contact us today for more information.