Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why do I need an attorney?Open or Close

    If you were involved in an accident but didn’t suffer any injuries or damages, you may not need an attorney’s help. However, if you or someone you love has suffered injuries due to another’s person negligence, you may need an attorney to protect your rights.

     

    Insurance companies are in business to make money, and sometimes they deny valid claims and try to push early and unjust settlements on innocent accident victims. They may use low-ball offers to drag out claims until you settle.

     

    If you’ve been hurt in an accident, the personal injury attorneys at DeVaughn James are here to help. Contact us at (800) 834-8400 or complete a free consultation form.

  • How does my attorney get paid?Open or Close

    The Kansas personal injury attorneys at DeVaughn James work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless you get paid. With the contingency fee, people who may not be able to afford an attorney can have access to the court system.

    • How do I know which attorney to choose?Open or Close

      An attorney-client relationship is one built on trust and confidence. If you need help, we want to meet with you in person. We’ll come to your home or visit you in the hospital to discuss your case. The Kansas personal injury lawyers at DeVaughn James will take the time to answer any questions you may have.

  • After a car crash, should I call the police?Open or Close

    Yes. Local police departments routinely investigate the circumstances and causes of car crashes when completing an accident report, and they know what information is important. Insurance adjusters, lawyers, judges, and juries rely on police reports to help determine what happened in a car crash.

    • What if there is no police report of the accident?Open or Close

      If a police report of your accident isn’t made by a police officer, you need to file a report of your own. This is generally called a station report, and it can be filed at your local police station. Station reports can be an important part of your case, as they help prove the circumstances of your accident.

  • Should I call my insurance company if the crash was someone else’s fault?Open or Close

    Yes. At the very least, you’ll need to confirm the type of coverage you have with your insurance provider. Sometimes the other person’s insurance company is difficult to deal with or delays in paying for vehicle repairs, medical bills, rental expenses, and other expenses.

     

    Working with your own insurance company can help you recover faster from a car crash. If the crash was not your fault, a claim with your own insurance company should not affect your rates.

  • What do I do if the person at-fault for the accident doesn't have insurance?Open or Close

    If the driver who caused the accident doesn’t have insurance, it may mean that he or she can’t pay you directly for all the damages and losses caused by the accident. Under Kansas law, drivers are required to have insurance to protect themselves in this kind of situation.

     

    If the driver responsible for your accident doesn’t have insurance, you may need legal help.

  • What do I do if the at-fault driver doesn't have enough insurance coverage?Open or Close

    Your car insurance comes with underinsured motorist coverage (UIM). This kind of coverage is designed to help you if the at-fault driver doesn’t have enough insurance coverage. Presenting UIM claims can be tricky because it involves not just knowledge of personal injury law, but insurance law as well.

     

    If you have a UIM claim, the Kansas personal injury lawyers at DeVaughn James can help.

  • Who's going to pay my medical bills?Open or Close

    Health Insurance – Your health insurance coverage may pay for some or all of your medical bills.

     

    Medical Payments Coverage – You may have this as a part of your car insurance policy. This coverage helps pay for your crash-related bills for you and any passengers in your vehicle. This type of coverage will rarely cover all your bills.

     

    The At-Fault Driver’s Insurance – If the at-fault driver is found to be responsible for your accident, he or she may be held financially liable for your injuries.

  • What kind of compensation am I entitled to?Open or Close

    Kansas law requires that if a person is found negligent he or she may be held financially responsible for your damages, such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

     

    The at-fault party may also be held responsible for compensatory damages, such as:

     

    Medical expenses, out-of-pocket costs, lost wages, loss of income capacity, loss of household services, and more.

  • Does it matter if the other driver was drunk?Open or Close

    If the driver who caused the accident doesn’t have insurance, it may mean that he or she can’t pay you directly for all the damages and losses caused by the accident. Under Kansas law, drivers are required to have insurance to protect themselves in this kind of situation.

     

    Yes. When someone chooses to drive while impaired from the use of alcohol or drugs and he or she injures someone else, he or she should expect to be held responsible for the damages inflicted.