Suffering an injury or losing a loved one because someone else failed to act in a reasonable manner often leads to feelings of anger. However, in Missouri, if you act quickly, you may be able to recover financial damages from the person responsible. Missouri’s personal injury laws allow victims to file a civil lawsuit for compensatory damages as well as punitive damages. However, there are very strict timelines associated with the filing of any personal injury suit. If you wait too long to seek counsel, it may be too late to request damages.
When Someone Has Acted Negligently
To establish a civil lawsuit, one must first show the person responsible for an accident acted in a manner that would be considered negligent. Examples of this include:
- Car accidents – when you are injured by a drunk driver, you lose a loved one in a high-speed accident or you’ve been involved in an accident with a truck driver who has violated federal laws pertaining to rest breaks you may be able to prove negligence.
- Slip and fall accidents – property owners have a duty to protect those who are on their property for legitimate reasons. For example, if you’re injured in a shopping center because a staircase is unsafe or because they have failed to maintain the floors property resulting in defects you may be able to seek financial compensation.
- Wrongful death cases – wrongful death cases can be filed when you lose a loved one due to someone’s negligence or deliberate act. For example, if someone shoots or stabs someone and as a result of their injuries the person loses their life, the person responsible can be held accountable civilly as well as criminally.
- Dog bite statutes – Missouri has strict laws when it comes to dog bites. Unlike many states, owners are held accountable for any injury caused by their pet regardless of the pet’s prior behavior. Children are often victims of dog bites and in addition to treatment for their injuries, they may need long-term counseling to overcome the trauma.
Victims who suffered an injury or lost a loved one because of negligence should contact The Law Office of Lorri L. Wilbee-Kobe, LLC at (816) 847-2606 immediately after an accident. It’s important to protect your rights under Missouri law and to ensure you do not lose your right to file a civil lawsuit due to time constraints.