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Automobile injury attorney in Vandalia, MO. The effects of an auto accident injury are immediate and severe. If a negligent driver in Vandalia, MO injured you, you need an automobile injury attorney who will get you the full compensation you need to be made whole again. At Halvorsen Klote, we fight for injury victims when they need help the most. Insurance adjusters can seem heartless, but with an experienced attorney in your corner, you will get the justice and financial recovery you are owed. We serve the vulnerable in Vandalia, MO, the Greater St. Louis area and Southern Illinois. You don't pay until we win your case. Call a Halvorsen Klote automobile injury attorney in Vandalia, MO today at 866-382-4167 or reach out to us through our website for a free case evaluation.

We've gotten great financial recoveries for our Vandalia, MO clients in a variety of auto accident claims, including:


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Vandalia, MO Automobile Injury Attorney: Frequently Asked Questions

For most of our clients, this is the first time they've had to be a part of the injury claims process. They understandably have doubts and uncertainties as to what to expect. Below is a list of FAQs to help you better understand the process:

Do I Even Have Auto Accident Claim?

In order to have a realistic chance of being compensated, your injury needs to lead to some amount of financial loss, such as urgent care bills or lost wages, and there has to be another party who is at least partially at fault for the accident. If you your back hurt for a few days after the accident, but you were never medically evaluated, it would be difficult for you to make a personal injury claim. If the accident was largely your fault, you may not have a case either.

Fortunately, you don't have to make that decision alone. Halvorsen Klote's Vandalia, MO automobile injury attorneys are more than happy to discuss the validity of your claim for free.

Is it Worth it to Get a Lawyer for an Automobile Injury?

Usually, yes, but not all the time. If the other party accepts responsibility and your medical expenses aren't very high — for instance, one emergency room visit — include copies of your records and bills in your settlement letter, and ask for a little more on top for inconvenience. In those types of situations, an automobile injury attorney probably isn't necessary.

However, with more significant injuries that require ongoing medical treatment and cause you to lose time off work, the insurance company is going to do whatever they can to pay you as little as possible. If the insurance company refuses to compensate you fairly, or is saying your injuries weren't caused by the accident, then a lawyer is likely the only way you'll get what you deserve. Insurance adjusters know how to devalue claims; personal injury lawyers know how to get maximum compensation.

Other complications, such as if the other side denies liability, or if your injuries occurred in a multi-vehicle accident, almost always require the assistance of an automobile injury attorney.

How Much Are My Automobile Injury Worth in Vandalia, MO?

The damages you are eligible for after a car accident are meant to provide you with an equitable financial recovery for all the ways an injury affected your life. With a knowledgeable Vandalia, MO automobile injury attorney, you'll get a financial recovery for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages from time spent recovering
  • Lost earning capacity if you can no longer work
  • Miscellaneous expenses, such as hiring transportation to and from medical appointments
  • Noneconomic damages like pain and suffering, or loss of consortium if your spousal relationship is negatively impacted by your injuries

How much compensation you receive in your car accident settlement is mostly based on how your injuries have affected your life.

How Much Will I Get for Pain and Suffering?

There are two commonly accepted ways to calculate noneconomic damages:

  • The Multiplier Method — With this approach, we multiply the total of your medical bills, lost wages and out-of-pocket expenses by a number between 1.5 and 5, using higher numbers for more significant injuries.
  • Say you suffered a moderate neck injury, leading to $15,000 in medical expenses and lost wages, and which led to physical discomfort for four months, and inconvenienced you because you had to wear a neck brace for a week. Your noneconomic damages might be assigned a multiplier of three. So:

    $15,000 in medical bills and lost wages × 3 for the noneconomic damages multiplier = a $45,000 financial recovery
  • The Per Diem Method — "Per Diem" translates from Latin to "per day." With this method, your Vandalia, MO automobile injury attorney determines how much money a day of suffering is worth, and multiplies that by the number of days your injuries affected you. So, using the same whiplash injury example, say your lawyer assigned $200 a day to your injuries:
  • $200 × 121 days (four months) = $24,200 in noneconomic damages (in addition to your medical bills and lost wages)

Your attorney will know the best way to calculate your pain and suffering damages for your unique case.

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Will I Still Get Reimbursement if My Medical Insurance Covers My Medical Expenses?

Yes. All of your medical expenses will be included in your settlement or judgment, even if your insurance paid for it. However, your medical insurance company will place a medical lien on your claim. That allows them to be compensated by the liable party's insurance, just as you are being compensated.

There are various legal remedies to reduce medical liens. A skilled Vandalia, MO automobile injury attorney will know best how to reduce those liens and make sure as little is taken out of your compensation as possible.

What If the Insurance Coverage is Limited?

Missouri and Illinois have very similar laws regarding minimum auto coverage:

  • $25,000 minimum coverage for bodily injury per person
  • $50,000 minimum coverage for bodily injury per accident
  • $25,000 (Missouri)/$20,000 (Illinois) minimum coverage for property damage

While the negligent driver may have a policy with higher limits, there is still a chance with more severe injuries that your damages will exceed the policy limits. If that happens, we have a couple options. First, you can use your own policy's underinsured motorist coverage. Secondly, your attorney can find out if there are other liable parties.

Who Else Could Be Liable for My Auto Accident Injuries in Vandalia, MO?

In most cases, liability is squarely on the driver that caused the accident. However, depending on the specifics of your case, other parties may be liable:

  • An auto manufacturer may have negligently designed, manufactured, or tested a car component, leading to a product liability claim
  • If you were injured in a truck accident, the trucking company may have failed to maintain a truck, or may have required their driver to drive more hours than regulations allow
  • A mechanic may have negligently worked on the car, which contributed to the accident
  • A bar or restaurant if someone got drunk at their venue, drove afterwards and caused your injuries
  • A local, state or federal authority responsible for keeping roads safe
  • A construction company if the accident was caused by an unsafe construction site

What if The Insurance Company is Saying the Accident is My Fault?

An insurance adjuster may try to convince you that you were the at-fault driver in order to avoid paying you. Having strong evidence, as well as an automobile injury attorney experienced in fighting back against insurance companies, will demonstrate that you aren't liable.

In some car accidents, both drivers really are each partially to blame. Both Missouri Law and Illinois Law followed the legal doctrine of "comparative negligence." Meaning, each party pays for the percentage of fault they bear for the accident. In Illinois, your right to compensation is barred if it is determined that you were more than half at fault.

What if I Was Injured as a Passenger?

If you were injured in a car that somebody else was driving, you still seek compensation from the negligent driver's insurance company, even if it was the person driving your car. While your friend's or family member's insurance premiums might go up a little, that doesn't compare to the economic and noneconomic damages you've incurred as a result. An automobile injury attorney will communicate with other side so you don't have to feel awkward.

Will My Claim Go to Trial?

It's very unlikely that you'll have to go to court for a car accident claim. The Bureau of Justice Statistics issued a study in 2005 that found that 96 percent of tort claims are settled before trial.

You'll likely have to take a deposition and may have to attend a mediation, but your automobile injury attorney will prep you for those and handle most of the work.

How Long Will My Claim Take?

That depends on a lot of things, such as the severity of your injuries, how clear negligence is and even the insurance company or adjuster we're negotiating with. A personal injury claim can take anywhere from a month to three or four years before it reaches its conclusion. Many insurance adjusters immediately agree to a settlement demand letter once they know that there's an attorney on the case. In other cases, they'll wait until the eve of trial to finally agree to what is fair, or the liability and insurance coverage elements are so complex that they require substantial investigation and time put in.

Most cases reach a conclusion from anywhere between a few months to a year. While while we understand that you'd like to receive your financial recovery soon, it's always the best idea to wait to agree to a settlement until it's the maximum financial recovery you're owed. You only have chance to receive compensation.

Is It Expensive to Hire an Automobile Injury Attorney?

Halvorsen Klote's Vandalia, MO automobile injury attorney work on a contingency fee basis. That means we take a percentage of your final compensation as our attorneys' fees, and there are no upfront costs. If we don't secure any compensation for you, you don't pay, so there's no financial risk involved in hiring our services.

We see no reason that money should be a barrier for people who just want to be fairly compensated for their injuries.

If you have any other questions about the claims process, have a look at the frequently asked questions area of our website, go to our legal resources page or request a free consultation.

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Consult With an Automobile Injury Attorney in Vandalia, MO Today

We do what we do because we believe that everyone deserves the same high quality legal representation that large insurance companies have. Injuries are always unexpected and create fear and confusion. But we will be by your side every step of the way. We stand up to insurance companies every day and know how to get our Vandalia, MO clients the best possible results. We always have open lines of communication with our clients, and handle the entire legal process so you and your Vandalia, MO family can focus on healing. Call a Halvorsen Klote automobile injury attorney in Vandalia, MO today at 866-382-4167 or reach out to us through our website for a complimentary consultation.


Joel Halvorsen

Joel Halvorsen

Attorney at Law

Joel Halvorsen and his partner Greg Klote founded the Halvorsen Klote law firm on the principle that injured people and their families should have access to the same quality legal representation as large insurance companies.


Greg Klote

Greg Klote

Attorney at Law

Greg Klote is a partner and founder of Halvorsen Klote.

Greg has successfully fought for people who were injured through no fault of their own. He became a lawyer to help make a difference in the lives of those who have been wronged and treated unfairly.