With more than 50 years of combined legal experience, the trusted lawyers of Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley Injury Attorneys have earned a reputation for protecting the rights and interests of car accident victims like you. Our legal team has the skills and the resources to take on even the most complex car accident claims. We intentionally limit the number of cases we take so you receive dedicated attention and top-quality legal advocacy.
Contact our law firm today for a free case evaluation to discuss your crash with a knowledgeable car accident lawyer. Our attorneys are available to meet with you at the hospital, in your home, over the phone, after-hours or on weekends – whatever’s most convenient for you. We work hard to make the legal process as easy as possible, handling everything in your case so that you don’t have to deal with insurance companies or their attorneys. Instead, you can focus on your recovery and getting back to your life.
How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Make a Difference in Your Case
After you’ve been hurt in a car accident, it can be tempting to accept a check from the insurance company and move on with your life. However, if you have been seriously injured, the quick payout offered by the insurance company may barely cover the first round of medical bills from your accident.
A car accident lawyer from Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley Injury Attorneys will advocate for you during this stressful time and ensure you are pursuing the full compensation you deserve. When you choose our firm to help with your claim, you can expect that our legal team will:
- Quickly launch our own independent investigation of your car accident to recover all available evidence
- Work with accident reconstruction experts to help build a strong, persuasive case showing how your wreck occurred and identifying the party or parties at fault for your injuries
- Help you document your injuries and damages, including working with medical, financial, or vocational experts to explain the extent of your ongoing and future damages
- Filing your claims for compensation with the relevant insurance companies and dealing with the insurance adjuster, attorneys, and all other parties involved so you don’t have to
- Vigorously pursuing a settlement that provides you with full compensation for your past and future damages, while preparing your case to go to trial if necessary
At Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley Injury Attorneys, we understand that being seriously injured in a car accident can place a significant financial burden on you and your family. That’s why our firm offers free initial consultations. When you choose us to represent you in your car accident case, you owe us no fees unless and until we obtain payment for you.
Pursuing Full Compensation in Your Car Accident Claim
When you’ve been injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and damages. Losses that you can receive compensation for include:
- Past, ongoing, and future medical expenses, including ER visits, surgeries or other medical procedures, pain medication, physical and occupational therapy, and medical equipment like crutches or wheelchairs
- Personal care costs, such as home health services or home maintenance services when you cannot perform those tasks yourself
- Lost wages, income, and business opportunities for the time you miss from work while recovering from your injuries
- Lost earning capacity, if your injuries disable you from returning to your full pre-accident work duties
- Lost enjoyment and/or quality of life, as from physical disabilities or disfigurements
- Pain and suffering, or physical and emotional anguish or distress brought about by your accident and injuries
- Property damage, including the cost to repair or replace your vehicle
No insurance adjuster can tell you right off the bat how much your case is worth. You need a strong advocate on your side to thoroughly evaluate your losses and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.
What If You Were Partly at Fault for Your Car Crash?
Even if you share some of the blame, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other losses. All but a handful of states in the U.S. follow some version of the “comparative negligence rule,” which generally states that an injured plaintiff won’t be barred from recovering compensation just because he or she shares some of the fault.
The comparative negligence rules differ from state to state. For example:
- Missouri — Follows a “pure” comparative negligence rule, under which an injured plaintiff cannot be barred from seeking compensation due to the plaintiff sharing fault for the accident and injuries. However, the compensation the plaintiff receives will be reduced by his or her share of fault.
- Colorado and Kansas — Follow a “modified” comparative negligence rule that states that an injured plaintiff can seek compensation as long as his or her share of fault is less than the combined fault of all other parties. In other words, the plaintiff must be less than 50 percent at fault. The plaintiff’s compensation will be reduced to reflect his or her share of fault.
- Oklahoma — Follows a “modified” comparative negligence system that allows an injured plaintiff to recover compensation as long as his or her share of fault is equal to or less than the combined shares of fault of all other responsible parties. In other words, the plaintiff must be less than 51 percent at fault. The plaintiff’s compensation will be reduced to reflect his or her share of fault.
Under comparative negligence rules, a crash victim who is partly at fault would be assigned a percentage of blame. Then, the amount of damages awarded would be reduced by that percentage. For example, if it’s determined you are 25 percent at fault for a car accident in which you suffered $100,000 in damages, your compensation would be reduced by $25,000.