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4 Ways to Ruin Your Missouri Car Accident Case

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Hello. This is Springfield, Missouri, personal injury attorney, Jason Krebs. In today’s video, we thought we would share four ways that you can ruin your car accident case. I used to do insurance defense, a number of years.

When we were on the defense side, for the insurance company, there were certain things that if we saw that, it basically helped make our case a lot better and hurt the person that was injured in the accident, or so they claimed, is kind of how we would look at it because they would make one of these mistakes early in the case.

First and foremost, first major mistake is, they would fail to make a police report. Missouri law requires that you make a police report if there’s an injury in the accident. If you don’t make that police report, first you’re obviously in violation of the law, but it hurts your credibility with the insurance company, including your own insurance company. If you don’t make that police report, that creates problems. The reason is, the police are going to come out, they’re going to investigate and insurance companies, as well as jurors if you have to take it to trial, they put a lot of faith and credibility in what the police says.

Second major problem that we see, failing to go to the doctor. Medical bills, medical records, medical treatment are the foundation for any sort of personal injury case. Whether it’s car accident, slip and fall, anything like that. That shows how badly you’re hurt. If you’re not going to the doctor, it would indicate that you’re not hurt terribly bad otherwise you would find a way to get to the doctor, even if you don’t have insurance, you need to figure out a way to treat with a physician. It’s just one of those things. You’ve got to have it. If you don’t … We do offer a free report on that one, how medical bills themselves and the medical treatment are so important.

The third thing, third major mistake that we see, and this one is getting worse all the time, is using social media. Continuing to use social media or failing to stop using social media. If you’re posting stuff on Facebook or whatever else is out there now, it’s hard to keep up with, there’s always something new, but you can be assured that the insurance company or their lawyers are going to look for it, and find it and spin it in the worse possible light for you as they can. If you post a picture of yourself smiling on Facebook, they may … or you’re at the lake doing something, even if you were just there for a few minutes, it’s going to come back to haunt you potentially. You need to stay off of that.

The last thing that we see a lot of is where somebody tries to settle their case before talking to a lawyer. Now there are some cases where you probably aren’t going to need a lawyer. If it’s a very small case, but if you have major damages or have had several thousand dollars worth of medical bills, you need to talk to a lawyer, a personal injury lawyer, sooner than later because you can make a lot of mistakes and get the insurance company dug in, and that’s going to be very hard for them to come off of that. Now, you talk to a lawyer and they may say, “Well I think you could settle this on your own.” That’s fine, but it’s something you need to know before you go and kind of screw up your personal injury case.

We do offer a book. You can get it on our website, or give us a call at 1-800-345-0535 or 417-883-5886. Thanks for watching and best of luck. Thanks.


Is 35% a normal attorney fee for a Missouri Car Accident Settlement?

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Hi there. This is Springfield personal injury attorney Jason Krebs, and it today’s video, I thought we’d answer a question, we’ve received a couple of these from phone calls here recently, and the question is, is 35-36% or more a normal attorney’s fee to settle a car accident case?

The short answer to that is no. In Missouri, that is considered fairly high. Most lawyers are charging 25% to take a car accident case. We don’t escalate up. We start at 25% and we stay at 25% even if we have to file suit on most cases. Now, complicated trucking cases, it may be more than that, but generally it’s 25% for a simple car accident case.

There are some lawyers that advertise a 10% fee, and that’s if the case settles early, which sometimes … there’s a lot of things that go into that, and so you need to read the fine print on those. But 35-36% before filing suit on a car accident case, that would be considered very high in Missouri, in my opinion.

We do offer a book, if you want to give us a call. 417-883-5886, or 1-800-345-0535 and we’d be happy to get that out to you, or you can get it directly at That’s K-R-E-B-S

Thank for watching, and best of luck.


Should My Missouri Car Accident Lawyer Tell Me NOT To Get Medical Treatment

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Hello, this is Springfield, Missouri personal injury attorney Jason Krebs. In today’s video I thought we would answer the question, should my Missouri car accident attorney tell me not to get medical treatment? The reason we’re responding to this is we’ve had a couple of calls recently that are very troubling, from former clients of a well-known TV advertising lawyer here in southwest Missouri. They both told remarkably similar stories in which they were both advised not to get certain medical treatment, including MRIs.

Both of these cases had settled already and they settled below policy limits, which means there was still additional insurance money available for them, potentially. What was troubling, again that they were told not to get this treatment. That is terrible advice, generally, that a person’s case is based upon their medical treatment. Any sort of car accident or personal injury lawsuit, the medical treatment that you receive is very important to proving damages. The size of the settlement you might get, or verdict if you had to take it to trial, is very much based upon medical evidence. That is one of the primary drivers of the value of a personal injury or car accident lawsuit. To be told not to do that is very bad advice.

Then you say, “Why would this lawyer do that? Don’t they get more money if you get more money?” Yes, that’s true, they do get more money if they get a larger settlement for you, but they’re also under intense pressure to settle and close cases. In this particular case, these people had dealt with paralegals, primarily, who I’m sure their monthly settlements and monthly closed files were looked at frequently and they were pushing to get the case settled.

If you had to have more treatment or you needed to have MRIs, that’s going to take longer to resolve the case for them. It does for you as well. That may create other issues for you but it’s something that you need to understand that it’s your right and it should be an informed decision on your part.

We do offer a free book to Missouri/Arkansas residents and we’ve got a free report here as well about medical evidence and your car accident case. Get those on our website, or give us a call, 417-883-5886 or 1-800-345-0535 and we’ll be happy to get that out to you.

Best of luck and thanks for watching, bye.