When someone is injured due to the negligence of another person or entity, it may be cause for the victim to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Personal injury actions can encompass a wide range of injuries, from automobile collisions to medical malpractice, to injuries caused by dangerous products. Generally, a personal injury claim, regardless of its basis, has two basic issues—liability and damages.
Liability essentially means a legal responsibility for another person’s injury or damages. Damages are intended to compensate the injured person for what was lost due to the accident or injury—to make the injured person "whole" again from a monetary standpoint (to the extent that is possible). This means trying to put a dollar figure on all the consequences of an accident. Some damages are relatively easy to calculate—like reimbursement for property damage, medical bills and lost wages. But it is more difficult to place a monetary value on pain suffering or the inability to enjoy hobbies or other life activities because of physical limitations caused by accident-related injuries.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another person or entity, please contact the attorneys at Boyd Kenter Thomas & Parrish.
What to Do in Case of a Car Accident
If you or a family member has been injured on the job or due to a car accident, we are ready to help.
Put your physical safety first – move safely away from the accident if possible
Immediately call 911 for medical and police help
If you are able, exchange insurance information with the other party
If possible, take photos of the vehicles in the position they stopped at after the wreck —if you cannot safely take a photo of the accident, move your vehicle then take a photo
Ask for names of bystanders who saw or heard what happened (if able)
Be cautious about speaking with anyone else at the scene other than the police and EMTs about what happened and injuries (other than as needed to be sure the medical needs of others are being attended to).
Consider speaking with an attorney before communicating directly with your insurance company or the other driver’s insurance company.
Brianne Thomas is a seasoned litigator and serves as Managing Partner at Boyd Kenter Thomas & Parrish. She has held leadership positions with the Association for Women Lawyers (AWL) of Greater Kansas City and serves on the Board of Governors for the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys.
As an associate, Jason has first-chaired workers’ compensation hearings and assisted partners Brianne Thomas, Mark Parrish and Jerry Kenter in many aspects of civil litigation. He has also written appellate briefs and argued before the Court of Appeals for the Western District of Missouri.