O’Connor Law Blog

March 26, 2012

Slip and Fall Accidents Are Usually Minor, But Not Always; When You May Need a Kansas City Personal Injury Lawyer

Filed under: Personal Injury — admin @ 4:18 pm

Usually, if you slip and fall, the injuries sustained are relatively minor. A few bumps and bruises, and you’re okay in a few days. However, if that’s not the case with you, and you have had a slip and fall accident that has left you significantly disabled (either temporarily or permanently), you may need the services of a Kansas City personal injury lawyer to assist you.

What exactly are the characteristics of a Kansas City slip and fall accident that require the services of Kansas City personal injury attorneys?

If the accident left you with relatively minor injuries, was something you could have avoided simply by paying attention, was because of a hazard (water on the floor, etc.) that you knew about beforehand and simply didn’t pay attention to, you probably don’t have a slip and fall personal injury case that Kansas City personal injury lawyers can help you with. The legitimacy requirements for these types of slip and fall cases is high, particularly because they have been a ready source of frivolous lawsuit cases for those who simply want to make a quick buck.

However, if your injuries are serious in that they required medical attention and therefore will result in medical expenses, pain and suffering, perhaps even time off of work or permanent disability, and the property owner or other party responsible for the hazard could have avoided the hazard or should have fixed it, Kansas City personal injury attorneys would like to talk to you.

What exactly should you do if you’re the victim of a slip and fall case?

First, of course, receive treatment for your injuries, including getting documentation from medical personnel for injuries you’ve suffered and the treatments required. Medical records, etc., should also document any lasting effects of the injuries.

After you’ve done this, contact Kansas City personal injury lawyers and have them take a look at your case. Your lawyer will review your case carefully and determine whether or not you do indeed have a valid case. If you do, he or she will take it on contingency, meaning that you do not owe any money upfront for the representation offered you.

If you win your case through settlement or jury award, you’ll share a portion of your proceeds (usually about a third) with your lawyer as payment for services rendered. If you do not win, your lawyer receives nothing and you simply walk away free and clear. There’s no risk to you if you do pursue your case, but there may be significant risk to you – especially financially – if you don’t. Contact a Kansas City personal injury attorney today and see whether or not your case is eligible for representation.

What’s in a DUI, Anyway? Your Kansas City DUI Attorney Can Help You Answer That Question

Filed under: DUI Defense — admin @ 4:11 pm

DUIs, or “driving under the influence” charges, are no laughing matter. While your first offense may seem like it’s nothing much, think again. Today, everyone from insurance providers to employers take these charges seriously. Get one, and you can find yourself facing not just the loss of your license or suspension of driving privileges temporarily, but serious fines, jail time, and other consequences like job promotion pass-overs for years. If you do get one, you need to take it seriously right away. Kansas City DUI attorneys have the expertise to help you beat those charges if you’re not guilty, and minimize the consequences of those charges even if you are.

What will your Kansas City DUI lawyer do for you?

* Your attorney will tell you not to talk to law enforcement after you’ve been read your rights

The first thing your DUI lawyer will do for you is to tell you not to talk to law enforcement. That’s important, because your attorney needs talk to you before you talk to anyone else. He or she will help build your case for defense based upon what you tell him or her, and if you tell law enforcement anything after you are read your Miranda rights, you could significantly stymie your Kansas City DUI attorney’s efforts to defend you, even if you’ve done nothing wrong.

* Your lawyer will carefully investigate your case and thoroughly interview you, too

Your lawyer needs to get to know you and your case very well in order to be able to defend you in court as necessary. Therefore, expect some pretty hard-nosed and detailed questions from your attorney after you retain him or her to defend you. Cooperate as fully as you can. Your Kansas City DUI lawyer is an expert, to be sure, but he or she can only really help you if you cooperate and do everything you’re told.

* He or she will defend you as fully as possible and make sure you receive due process

If you’re not guilty, your attorney will do everything he or she can to make sure your case is thrown out. Even if you are guilty, though, all is not lost. It’s entirely possible that the facts of your case will allow for much less serious consequences than might otherwise be possible were you not to have skilled representation. Because of that, make sure you contact a Kansas City DUI attorney as soon as you can so that he or she has every resource available – and as much time as possible – to build a good defense for you.

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