St. Charles Defense Attorney Bill Byrnes
Injured in an Auto Accident?
You have just a short amount of time to file a claim. Call Byrnes Law Firm to schedule a free consultation.
Hiring a Car Accident Lawyer in St. Louis
Nearly 50,000 motorists are injured each year on Missouri roads. While most of these vehicle accidents are easily sorted out by the parties’ respective insurance companies, others require the guidance and knowledge of a car accident lawyer. St. Louis motorists injured automobile accidents have long relied on the expertise and representation of Byrnes Law Firm. We fight for our clients’ rights. And, we know that in auto injury claims — as in many personal injury claims — it is about the money. Having that extra money in your bank account will not reverse the damage that has been done, but it can help with missed time away from work, medical bills, as well as bring some sense of relief for the pain and suffering you have endured.
You may have seen a recent KMOV4 story about a St. Louis County man who nearly lost his home due to a a clerical error related to a vehicle accident from over three decades ago. At 18, Donald Eckhard suffered a brain injury resulting from a motor vehicle accident. Flash forward more than 30 years later and the man nearly lost his home (which is paid off) due to a lapse in lapse in tax payments. The reason the taxes were not paid was due to a clerical error that made it difficult for Donald to access funds set aside after his catastrophic injury. While certainly not the norm, this case does demonstrate how auto accident injuries continue to have repercussions decades after the fact.
When You Should Talk to a Worksite Injury Attorney
If you pay close attention to injury attorney advertisements, it would seem that any type of auto accident injury is cause to dial up an attorney. But, in reality, only under certain circumstances do you really need the assistance of a personal injury attorney. Here are a few situations in which you should contact an injury attorney following a motor vehicle accident:
- The injuries are severe.
- The insurance adjuster is asking about previous medical history.
- The adjuster is only offering a structured settlement, not a lump sum.
- It is not clear who caused the accident.
- You feel the insurance adjuster’s offer is too low.
- Your wages are complex and difficult to prove.
- You are unsure how to evaluate your claim.
- You don’t feel comfortable negotiating your own settlement.
You should also seek the advice of an auto accident attorney if there are circumstances that require special considerations. For instance, you may serve as an informal caregiver to a loved one, and following your auto accident injury, you are no longer able to care for your loved one. There are also catastrophic injuries that require a lifetime of care. According to Share Care, the average cost to care for someone with a spinal column injury is around $148,000 per year. Is your family ready to shoulder those costs?
Why Call Byrnes Law Firm?
For nearly 20 years, Bill Byrnes has been preserving the rights individuals and families across the state of Missouri. He’s trusted to win by clients throughout St. Louis County, including St. Charles, St. Louis, and surrounding areas.
Bill is more than just “some lawyer”; he truly cares, and treats each client with the kind of personalized attention and respect that are rare among lawyers. How far will bill go for his clients? Take a look at this.
As one of the few lawyers in the St. Louis area that have actually set case law, Bill Byrnes is well-equipped to take on your case — and win it. Based on the thousands of cases he’s represented over the years, it’s safe to say you are in good hands with Byrnes Law Firm.
When You Don’t Need an Attorney for Your Auto Accident Injury
Now that we’ve outlined when you should contact an attorney, it’s worth mentioning some circumstances in which it is not worth your time (or money) to contact a personal injury lawyer following an auto accident. In most vehicle injury cases, you do not need an attorney if:
- The injuries are minor.
- Both parties agree on who is at fault for the accident.
- You feel totally comfortable negotiating your settlement.
- The insurance company’s offer is reasonable.
- Your wages are easy to prove.
- You have plenty of time to settle your claim.
If your injury isn’t severe and you have the time to study the ways to represent yourself, you can technically file suit against the insurance company, thereby saving yourself the cost of hiring a lawyer. But, this approach is not for everyone and it will likely be worth your while to at least contact an attorney for a free consultation regarding your injury.
WE OFFER FREE CONSULTATIONS
Byrnes Law Firm understands that many people struggle with the financial burdens their case may have, and likely feel reluctant to even speak with a lawyer about their case, often choosing to go at it alone. This is a mistake, and more often than not, will lead to an unfavorable outcome in your case. When your rights are at risk, you need a strong and experienced lawyer at your side to get you through with the best possible outcome, and the Byrnes Law Firm wants you to know that you can call and consult with them about your case absolutely free. Tell your story, and know your options. You’re in good hands.