personal injury attorneyIf you've recently suffered a serious injury due to another party's negligence, you might be wondering how to access the medical care you need and pay your bills while you're unable to work. Layton & Southard is here to help. We are well-equipped to handle a wide range of personal injury claims and will guide you through the settlement process so you can receive the maximum possible compensation.

Car Accidents

Since you can't fully account for the actions of others, car accidents can occur regardless of how careful you are on the road. The Missouri statute of limitations requires you to file a claim for damages within five years of the accident that caused your injury, but we recommend contacting an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. It takes time to gather the evidence needed to establish liability and fully document your accident-related damages.

Motorcycle Accidents

Victims who've been injured in motorcycle accidents often face biker bias—the misguided belief that people who enjoy motorcycles are reckless with their own personal safety. Our experienced legal team will work hard to counter bias and prove that the other party is responsible for the harm you have suffered. Don't let prejudice against motorcyclists on the part of insurance adjustors, jurors, or judges keep you from receiving the settlement you deserve.

Pedestrian or Bicycle Accidents

Accidents involving pedestrians or bicyclists often occur due to inattentive or distracted motorists. Children and the elderly are especially likely to suffer severe injuries in these types of accidents. A fair settlement must include compensation for anticipated future expenses related to medical care and a loss of earning potential, as well as the costs that have already been incurred.

Commercial Truck Accidents

Because of their size and weight, commercial trucks can cause life-altering injuries. Victims may have spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, or other injuries requiring costly ongoing care. The commercial trucking company is likely to have a team of lawyers fighting to keep settlement costs to a minimum, but our attorneys will protect your right to a fair settlement.

Boating Accidents

Boating is a popular pastime in Missouri, but serious boating accidents often occur because pleasure boaters simply buy a boat, put it in the water, and operate it without training or licensing. Distracted or impaired boaters can also cause severe accidents leading to permanently disabling injuries. Layton & Southard's legal team will advocate for your right to full compensation for the injuries you've suffered.

Construction Accidents

Construction sites are widely recognized as dangerous places for workers and visitors alike. A moment of inattention or carelessness can have life-altering consequences. Serious and permanently disabling injuries can result, and multiple parties may be responsible. Let our legal team help you pinpoint fault and pursue the maximum possible compensation for your construction site accident.

Nursing Home Neglect Claims

When your loved one is no longer able to live independently, you trust that the nursing home you've selected will provide the care they need. If the facility's staff members violate their duty of care, you can file a nursing home neglect claim on behalf of your loved one to seek financial compensation for the damages they have suffered. Common claims related to nursing home neglect include failure to prevent fall injuries, failure to seek medical care, and failure to provide assistance with eating, as well as deliberate physical or verbal abuse.

Workers' Compensation Cases

Missouri Workers' Compensation law provides compensation for workers who've suffered on-the-job injuries or been diagnosed with occupational illnesses. Workers' compensation is provided regardless of fault and includes medical care as well as partial wage replacement. In some cases, such as a work-related car accident, a third-party personal injury claim may also be possible.

Wrongful Death Claims

When you've lost a loved one due to another party's negligence, you can file a wrongful death claim seeking monetary compensation. This is an extension of the personal injury claim your loved one would have been able to file if they had survived their injuries, so available damages include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, funeral and burial costs, and loss of care and companionship. The claim is typically brought by the closest living relative, such as the spouse or adult children of the deceased.

Contact Our Personal Injury Attorneys Today

From our Cape Girardeau and Perryville offices, the team at Layton & Southard serves clients throughout Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. Contact us today to learn how we can help.