April 09, 2016
What You Need to Know About Missouri Personal Injury Laws
When a personal injury occurs, the situation can be much more complicated than just a visit to the doctor. Often, serious injuries and long rehabilitation times happen as a result of personal injury accidents. In addition, the injured may suffer emotional distress and be forced to miss work over a period of time, resulting in lost wages. If an individual or organization is to blame for the injury, steps may be taken for the injured party to receive compensation for the variety of damages that may have occurred due to the injury. By understanding the laws in your state regarding personal injury, you can have a better chance at successfully receiving just compensation for your injuries. Read on to learn more about the personal injury laws in Missouri.
Personal Injury Laws in Missouri
An important aspect to remember about personal injury laws in Missouri, as well as other states, is that there is a statute of limitations regarding how much time an individual has after the injury occurs to bring a personal claim to court. In Missouri, the statute of limitations in such cases is five years. Rather than waiting in uncertainty about whether or not you should bring your claim to court, it is best to consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possibly after the accident occurs to get your claim to court well within the time limit.
Another aspect of personal injury law in Missouri to remember is that the state of Missouri uses the “pure” comparative fault rule. This reduces the amount of compensation that an injured party can receive by whatever percentage they are found at fault in the accident. So, if the court finds that an individual is 10% at fault for his or her injuries, while another party is 90% at fault, the injured party may only receive 90% of the total damages. However, Missouri does not currently have a cap on the total amount of damages that can be awarded in personal injury cases.
Furthermore, in cases of dog bites, Missouri imposes a strict owner liability law for the owner of the dog. This means that even if it is the dog’s first known instance of violence, the owner must be held liable for any damages.
Learn More About Missouri Personal Injury Law
Contact the office of Daniel C. Miller today in the Lee’s Summit and Kansas City area to learn more about personal injury laws in Missouri and how we can help with your case.