Personal injury may refer to any injury sustained in an accident. Thousands of accidents occur in the St. Louis area daily, and a majority of them result in little to no injury. Others result in minor injury that will require only minimal medical attention and won’t likely interfere with your ability to work, play, and enjoy life. Some accidents, however, result in serious injury – injury that will impact every aspect of your life, result in expensive medical bills, and, may even produce permanent physical and emotional damages.
These types of severe injuries demand the thoughtful and immediate attention of an experienced and proven personal injury attorney.
When you're hurt in an accident, even minor injuries can affect your physical health, mental well-being and your financial security. Things like whiplash, broken bones, and concussion may seem inconsequential at the time, but even these can have a profound and lasting impact on your comfort and health. That’s why it’s a good idea to discuss any injury you sustain with a qualified personal injury lawyer who can assess the current damages, project future complications, and determine if legal action makes sense.
At Brown & Brown, LLP, we know that accidents happen suddenly and without warning. They can leave you with unexpected pain, looming medical costs and lost income when you need it most. Our experienced and dedicated personal injury attorneys will focus on your case, giving you the space and protection you need to focus on what really matters: your recovery.
If you have been injured due to someone else’s recklessness or carelessness, please contact Brown & Brown, LLP to discuss your case for free. We maintain two offices in the Greater St. Louis area, allowing us to serve victims of personal injury in Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois. To schedule your complimentary case review, please call our St. Louis office at 314-333-3333 or our Illinois office at 618-888-8888 today.
Our Personal Injury Lawyers Will Come to You
The personal injury attorneys at Brown & Brown understand that, due to your injuries or circumstances, you may not be able to drive to one of our offices for a consultation. We do not believe this should interfere with your rights or your ability to seek justice following an accident. If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you, without hesitation. And remember: if we don’t win your case, you won’t pay a thing for our services. You have nothing to lose by calling us for a free review of your case, your rights, and the best options available for securing the full compensation you are due.
- Common Causes of Personal Injury
- Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
- The Personal Injury Process
- Types of Compensation in a Personal Injury Case
- Why Choose Brown & Brown for your Personal Injury Claim
- Our Major Personal Injury Verdicts and Settlements
- Personal Injury FAQ
- Contact Us to Schedule a Complimentary Case Review
Leading Causes of Severe Personal Injury
While any accident can lead to injury, some are more likely to result in serious and lasting complications than others. Top causes of serious injury in St. Louis include:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents. This may include car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents, some of which will result in permanent injury. Motor vehicle accidents may also include pedestrian accidents or accidents involving bicyclists. In many cases, these are serious or fatal, and all too often they involve our most vulnerable citizens, like children and the elderly.
- Accidents on Private or Commercial Property. Slip and fall accidents on poorly maintained properties, assault or robbery on improperly secured properties, elevator and escalator accidents, animal attacks, even injury from toxic fumes or chemicals may all be examples of premises liability. When you are injured on someone else’s property – commercial or private – due to conditions that should have been avoidable, you may be entitled to seek compensation for all related damages.
- Defective Products. From vehicle defects like faulty airbags and ignition switches to children’s toys, medical devices, and consumer electronics, products that cause injury or death may be defective and should be examined by a personal injury lawyer. In many cases, defective products result in mass tort litigation due to the sheer number of people they injure.
When you sustain injury in an accident that you did not cause, insurance companies may be quick to offer a settlement. These are based on formulas that make great assumptions about the nature of your injury and the lasting complications it may cause. Before you let an insurance company assume what your case is worth, call our St. Louis or Illinois office to speak to one of our attorneys for free. We answer calls, even on weekends, and when not available immediately, will return your call quickly to ensure you are not left in the lurch.
Personal and Catastrophic Injury Representation
In some fortunate cases, people can walk away from an accident with nothing but cuts, bruises and rattled nerves. But the outcome can also be quite different. You may require surgery, emergency treatment, or rehabilitative therapy. You may be unable to work for extended periods of time. You may even be faced with permanent disabilities or lasting emotional scars.
Whatever your situation may be, Brown & Brown wants to help you and your family navigate your legal options and begin your road to recovery.
We can help with cases involving:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries. A severe brain injury can irreversibly impact your quality of life. It can also drastically affect your personality and ability to control bodily functions.
- Spinal Cord Injuries. The spinal cord relays messages from your brain to the rest of your body. A disruption in this communication can cause complete or partial paralysis.
- Neck and Back Injuries. The force that can be put upon the body in an accident can cause severe whiplash and fractures to the back and the spine. This may require you to wear a neck brace for a while, but it can also result in lasting pain, chronic complications, or partial to complete paralysis.
- Electrocution. Electric shock can affect the heart, nerves, and brain. It can also cause severe burns or even death. Electrical accidents can occur when building owners, manufacturers or power companies don’t adhere to safety regulations.
- Burn Injuries. Severe burn injuries often require acute treatment at a burn center, skin grafting, and even reconstructive surgery. There may also be the need for you to have extensive rehabilitation, including job training in some cases.
- Broken Bones and Internal Injuries. Broken bones are some of the most common injuries in any type of accident. Bones can fracture or break when they absorb the impact of a collision, collide with another object or are twisted in a wreck.
- Dog Bites. Dogs provide companionship and protection, but serious injuries can occur when they attack. Dog owners are responsible for the behavior of their dogs and any harm their dogs may cause.
- Wrongful Death. Losing a loved one in a fatal accident can be one of the most devastating experiences anyone can endure. Unlike criminal charges, the goal of a wrongful death claim is to provide the family of the fatally injured person with compensation for their losses.
The Personal Injury Process: A Timeline
Every personal injury claim is unique, but each begins with an accident in which someone is injured due to no or only limited fault of their own. Because they deal with demonstrable damages caused by an injury, the very first step in any personal injury claim is seeking medical treatment. Even if you are cleared from the scene of an accident, if you have sustained an injury, it is vital to the success of your claim that you receive a full medical examination from a qualified and trusted physician. Based on your diagnosis, you will likely have the option to settle with an insurance company or to move forward with a claim.
Should you choose to move forward, a typical personal injury claim will include:
- The Initial Consultation and Case Evaluation. This is where you will present your claim and any evidence, such as medical records that you have to support it to one of our attorneys.
- The Investigation and Review. During this process, we will review your evidence and gather some of our own to determine if you have cause to file suit.
- The Demand. If you have a viable claim, we will make a demand for compensation to the appropriate party. They will have time to either comply, counter, or deny our demand.
- File Suit. If the demand is denied, we will file a lawsuit and begin the process of preparing for a trial.
- The Discovery Process. This is the longest part of the injury claim process and involves attorneys from both sides gathering evidence, conducting interviews and depositions, and building their respective cases.
- Settlement Negotiations. Following discovery, attorneys from both sides will meet to see if a settlement can be negotiated.
- Mediation. If a settlement cannot be negotiated, the case will head to mediation where a neutral third-party will attempt to negotiate a settlement that is suitable to all parties.
- Litigation. If mediation fails, the case will head to trial where both sides will present evidence to a jury in an attempt to secure the verdict most desirous to their client. Very few personal injury claims necessitate a trial, but our lawyers prepare every case for this eventuality.
A personal injury claim can take a few short months or several years depending on its complexity, the amount of time discovery takes, and other relevant factors. This is just one reason to contact one of our offices immediately following an accident so that we can begin working on your case right away.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim in Missouri is a generous five years from the date of the accident or the date the injury became known. In Illinois, you have only two years to take action. In both cases, it is best not to wait. Waiting can complicate the investigation, lengthen the discovery period, and delay your settlement. Contact our St. Louis or Illinois office today to schedule a complimentary consultation and let us get to work on your case before time runs out.
Personal Injury Compensation
At Brown & Brown, we believe that the most effective approach to legal representation is one that is tailored just for you. Our goal is to understand your needs, formulate a customized plan and relentlessly represent your case. Whether through settlement or trial, we will aggressively pursue what is in your best interests.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Property replacement or repair
Each case is different and the damages sought must be designed to meet the actual needs of each individual. During your free initial consultation, we will discuss what you may be entitled to help you make the best decision for you and your family.
Why Choose Us
For more than 20 years, Brown & Brown has been helping victims of serious injury in the Greater St. Louis area get justice. Committed, concerned, and effective, our attorneys offer personalized representation that addresses the actual needs of the individual, enabling us to build comprehensive cases that seek maximum compensation for any and all damages related to an accident.
Smart, active, and invested in the lives of our clients, we truly care about each person we help and each case we take. We will stand by your side, protect you from the predatory tactics of insurance companies and defense attorneys, and fight tooth and nail to help you secure every penny your injury demands.
No Attorney Fees If We Don’t Win Your Case
You most likely have a number of questions about what to expect throughout the course of your personal injury case. When facing mounting medical bills, missing time from work and uncertainty about your financial future, you may think that you can’t afford an accident lawyer on top of everything else.
We understand your concerns, which is why our personal injury attorneys offer free consultations and work on a contingency-fee-basis. This means that you don’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case. Call us today. You have nothing to lose.
- $37 million arbitration award confirmed to a judgment involving two minor children who incurred severe injuries, including head injuries and paraplegia
- $1.95 million settlement for motorcyclist struck by car (van) resulting in serious injury to arm
- $500,000 settlement for a client who suffered from severe lacerations, closed head injury, broken forearm, and broken ankle
- $300,00 settlement involving a 37 year old man injured in an ATV rollover who incurred a spiral fracture to his lower leg
- $242,000 settlement involving five minor children who incurred injuries after being struck by a car while they were walking
- $275,000 settlement for a 61-year-old woman who suffered injuries to her head, neck, and back, as well as multiple foot fractures
- $250,000 policy limits recovery for sheriff’s deputy whole was rear-ended while effectuating a traffic stop
- $250,000 policy limits settlement for a motor cyclist who was hit by an inattentive driver and sustained serious injuries to his leg
- $250,000 policy limits settlement for a 48-year-old woman involved in a motor vehicle collision who suffered a closed head injury, neck and back strain, shoulder injury, and knee injury
- $170,000 premises liability claim resulting in broken leg
- $155,000 settlement involving 73 year old woman that fractured her femur and hip after falling on ice at her condo complex. Claim was denied prior to filing the lawsuit
- $137,000 settlement for 51 year old man with a torn rotator cuff from a multi-vehicle collision
- $100,000 policy limits settlement for a 55 year old woman involved in a motor vehicle collision who suffered disc injuries to her neck and back; top offer prior to filing suit was $19,000
- $100,000 policy limits settlement for a 58-year-old pedestrian who was struck by a motor vehicle and suffered multiple pelvis fractures
- $100,000 policy limits settlement for a 75 year old man involved in a motor vehicle collision who suffered a broken leg and injuries to his neck and back; top offer prior to filing suit was $49,000
- $100,000 settlement for self-employed business owner who suffered injuries to his neck, back, and shoulders
- $100,000 settlement for a client who was rear-ended and suffered from a neck and back strain
- $100,000 policy limits for concussion, disc bulging in back, and general whiplash
- $100,000 policy limits recovery to a yoga instructor who sustained injuries to her back and lost significant wages
- $96,500 settlement for 91 year old man who sustained broken sternum and 3 broken ribs in collision
- $35,000 for grandmother who, prior to our retention, was offered $4,000 by the insurance company as “go away” money
How do you pick a personal injury lawyer?
The best way to choose a personal injury lawyer is through a one-on-one consultation. During this consultation, you should ask all of your questions and pay close attention to how the attorney answers. If you do not feel 100% confident in a lawyer, keep looking.
Reputable personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis. Your initial consultation should absolutely be free. So too should all work your lawyer does until your case is won. If you do not win your case, your attorney should not be paid.
What questions should you ask a personal injury lawyer?
Ten good questions to ask your potential personal injury lawyer during your free initial consultation are:
- What are your primary areas of practice?
- How long have you been in practice?
- Will you, personally, handle my case?
- How many cases do you typically work on at the same time?
- What types of results have you obtained in cases similar to mine?
- Can you point me towards some of your most successful verdicts and settlements?
- Can you point me towards client testimonials?
- What awards and recognitions have you/your firm received?
- What external resources do you/your firm use for cases?
- Do you work on a contingency basis?
If you are dissatisfied with the answers you are given, keep looking. A consultation is not a commitment. It is vital for the success of your case that you feel confident in your attorney at all times.
What percentage does an injury attorney get?
The percentage an injury lawyer receives depends on the contingency agreement. In many cases, this will be 33% or 1/3 of the total award.
Some contingency agreements are more favorable for attorneys than for clients They may even including fees and interest. When you choose an injury lawyer, select one who is honest and upfront about all costs and make sure you do not sign any agreements you do not actually agree with.
You do not have to select the first attorney you talk to. You can talk to dozens, hundreds if you’d like, before choosing your personal injury lawyer.
How much can I get for a bodily injury claim?
Each personal injury claim is unique. The amount awarded through settlement or verdict can vary widely and is dependent on the extent of damage and the amount it will impact the continued health, happiness, and success of the victim.
The best way to learn what your claim is worth is through a free consultation with a qualified injury lawyer.
Schedule Your Free Personal Injury Consultation Today
If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, it’s important to discuss your case for free with one of our experienced injury attorneys as soon as possible. If you can’t travel to us, we will come to you.
If you are seriously injured anywhere in Missouri, just dial 3s: 314-333-3333 or 573-333-3333. If injured in Illinois, just dial 8s: 618-888-8888. We help clients from the Greater St. Louis area and all surrounding Missouri and Illinois communities.