Experiencing an injury through no fault of your own can be physically traumatic and financially devastating, especially if you require extensive medical treatment and long-term care. Fortunately, a personal injury suit may take the burden off your shoulders, but many accident victims find themselves intimidated or confused by the process. If you’ve been hurt because of someone else’s negligence, below are answers to some common questions you may have.

What You Need to Know About Personal Injury Claims

What situations qualify for a personal injury suit?

Personal injury statutes are very broad, covering almost any situation in which you’ve been hurt because of another party’s negligence or malice. Some of the most common examples include auto accidents, slip and fall incidents, as well as injuries related to unsafe premises.

What constitutes a valid personal injury claim?

personal injuryTo hold the other party responsible for your damages, you have to show that they had a duty of care to protect your safety and that they neglected that responsibility. You must have also experienced actual monetary damages in the form of hospital bills or lost wages.

How long do I have to file a claim?

Each state places strict time limits on filing a lawsuit after an accident, after which your claim will likely be dismissed. In Missouri, victims must take legal action within five years of the accident or the date their injuries were first discovered.

What compensation am I entitled to?

A personal injury settlement should cover all of your lost wages and medical expenses, including the cost of any future treatments or procedures. Depending on the circumstances, your attorney may also pursue compensation for your pain and suffering, trauma, loss of enjoyment, and other noneconomic damages.


If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s carelessness, trust the legal team at Allen, Nelson & Wilson to fight for your rights. With over 60 years of combined experience and a commitment to delivering results for every client, they’ve collected over $20 million for clients across central and southwest Missouri. Visit their website to learn more about their personal injury expertise, and call (573) 441-2667 to schedule your no-cost consultation in the Springfield or Columbia offices.