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Frequently Asked Questions From Our Clients

At Yonke Law LLC in Kansas City, Missouri, we have successfully resolved a number of different personal injury lawsuits. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help victims recover the maximum compensation they are entitled to. We have faced a lot of questions throughout the years. Below are a few of the most common questions we hear.

What is tort reform?

The term “tort reform” refers to a relatively new set of laws designed to regulate the amount of damages awarded to accident victims in personal injury lawsuits. These laws also provide for additional requirements to meet in order to go forward with a lawsuit. The purpose of these laws is to limit the number of frivolous lawsuits and excessive jury verdicts.

How long will my personal injury case take?

There is no clear formula to estimate how long a personal injury case will take. It will depend a lot on the complexity of the case, the severity of the injury, how the injury occurred and the ability of the parties to cooperate during litigation.

How do they determine fault in a car accident?

Investigating officers who respond to the accident typically determine what factors caused the auto accident. The officers will take statements from each party involved and record information from witnesses who witnessed the accident. Officers also take a number of measurements and photographs to determine what caused the accident.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash can occur in a car accident, fall or from a physical assault. It occurs when the neck is quickly, and sharply, snapped back and forth. This causes the muscles to be stressed, leaving the victim with stiffness, headaches, muscle spasms and serious pain. Whiplash generally affects the neck and back; however, it can spread to other parts of the body as well.

What are punitive damages?

Plaintiffs are sometimes awarded compensation as a way of punishing the defendant. It is uncommon for courts to allow punitive damages. They are typically only awarded when a defendant’s conduct amounts to gross misconduct.

How can a lawyer help me?

If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may find yourself in a very challenging and stressful situation. Your pain and discomfort may be almost unbearable. The medical bills may be adding up. Add to that the stress that comes with litigation.

If you’ve been injured, and need a helping hand, we have caring attorneys dedicated to handling personal injury cases, who may be able to ease the burdens associated with your challenges and help you seek financial compensation for your losses.

What is medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice is defined as care or treatment by a doctor, nurse or health care professional who falls beneath a recognized standard of care and results in injury or death of a patient. In other words, medical malpractice may have occurred if a medical professional fails to provide care that meets a reasonably expected professional standard. Examples can include cerebral palsy and other birth injuries, emergency room errors, failure to diagnose serious illnesses and diseases, and surgical errors.

What is wrongful death?

When an individual or entity causes the death of a person through negligence, recklessness or malice, it could be defined as a wrongful death. It is the responsibility of the family members of the deceased to prove the accused party was solely responsible for the victim’s death in order to obtain financial compensation for their loss.

How long do I have to file a claim?

Missouri and Kansas have laws that dictate the time frame for filing lawsuits. These laws are known as “statutes of limitations”. Typically, personal injury claims have to be filed within two years of the injury, or the date the injury would reasonably become apparent. If you file a lawsuit after the statute of limitations has run out, your case will likely be thrown out.

What is premises liability?

Premises liability is a branch of personal injury law that involves injury on someone else’s land or property. If you are harmed by a dangerous condition on another person’s property, the property owner may be held liable for your injuries and may be required to compensate you for your accident-related costs. Slip and falls, elevator or escalator accidents, and stairway injuries are just a few examples of cases that fall under premises liability law.

Can you sue for lost income?

Taking time off work while you recover from your injury can be a costly and frightening experience. If you’ve been injured and lost wages as a result of not being able to work, you may be able to recoup compensation for your lost income.

Lost wages can be one of the most devastating effects of an injury, making it vital for you to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Our caring lawyers are here to help. The faster you call, the faster we can get the ball rolling on your financial recovery.

What is the definition of negligence?

Negligence is a legal term describing the act of failing to use reasonable care. If a person is negligent and creates a dangerous condition that leads to an accident, he or she may be liable for any injuries, or damages, that result.

Negligence is a key component in a personal injury lawsuit. If negligence can be proven, the negligent individual may be ordered to pay compensation to the victims for their accident-related costs.

When should I hire an attorney?

After your accident, you have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit. Because time is of the essence, it is imperative to contact a personal injury lawyer quickly. Beginning a case promptly after an injury can help to maximize your chances of recovering the necessary evidence; which in turn, significantly improves your chance of a successful recovery.

Am I eligible to receive compensation for an injury?

If you’ve been hurt because of someone’s negligence, you may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit to help recover compensation for your injury-related expenses. Our experienced and dedicated lawyers represent people who have been injured in car accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, defective products, and more. If you have suffered an injury, and think it is due to the negligence of someone else, we are here to help you with your case.

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Yonke Law LLC Is Proud To Serve The Greater
Kansas City Metropolitan Area And Beyond

4310 Madison Avenue
Suite 100
Kansas City, Missouri 64111

MAIN: (816) 221-6400
FAX: (816) 888-5188
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