Accidents can be emotional and overwhelming for all of the parties involved. They are often accompanied by an injury or tragedy, and are always unplanned. Whether it happens on the job, while in the hospital, or at a friend’s house, the lasting effects of an accident can be as painful and stressful as the initial injury.
Injuries are not always physical. The harm that results from an accident can range from medical bills and property damage to lost wages or even death of a loved one. Personal injury is the area of law that allows a person to bring a lawsuit to recover these types of physical, emotional and monetary losses caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party. Cases are complex and can take months or even years to come to a resolution, which is why it is very important to select a personal injury law firm that has experience with your type of case and that you can trust.
St. Louis law firm Padberg, Corrigan & Appelbaum has been providing unparalleled and unrivaled representation to victims of wrongdoing since its founding in 1954. We understand how hard it is for injured people and their families to overcome the trials and tribulations that come along with trauma, which is why our attorneys and staff treat every client with respect and compassion. It is our goal to make you financially whole again, and to date, have recovered more than $250 million in settlements and judgments for our clients.
Do I Have a Case?
The attorneys at Padberg, Corrigan & Appelbaum focus their practice on representing people who are injured. Having tried and settled thousands of personal injury cases in a broad spectrum of practice areas, we know first hand that each case is different, and therefore, must be approached on an individual basis.
Our client relationships begin by listening to the facts and determining whether you have a case. We evaluate such things as the person or entity at fault and the extent of recoverable damages available. In most situations, this takes place during a free legal consultation between the injured person and one of our attorneys. In the case of a minor, death or other circumstance in which the injured person isn’t available, we will meet with an immediate relative or person acting as power of attorney.
Keep in mind there is a deadline for filing cases known as a “statute of limitations.” Personal injury statutes of limitations vary so it is important to seek the advice of an attorney as soon as you believe you have a case.
Who is at Fault for My Injury?
Determining who is at fault or “liable” for an injury is one of the first steps Padberg, Corrigan & Appelbaum takes in evaluating a personal injury lawsuit. This is the party that will ultimately be held responsible for the compensation of losses. Different degrees of fault exist and several elements must also be proven in order to be successful against the wrongdoer. More than one person or entity may be at fault and responsibility may be apportioned among all of the parties. As the victim, you may even be partly at fault, but that does not necessarily mean you do not have a right to bring a lawsuit.
What Types of Monetary Damages Can I Recover?
A successful client may recover monetary damages for things such as medical expenses, property damage, current and future lost wages, and other specific costs directly incurred from the injury. Recoverable non-monetary damages include compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium or companionship. For cases in which a defendant’s conduct demonstrates a reckless disregard for the rights of the injured person, the court may also award punitive damages designed to punish the wrongdoer.
Will My Case Go to Trial?
All of the attorneys at Padberg, Corrigan & Appelbaum are trial tested and ready to go the distance for their clients. A jury trial is always a possibility for personal injury cases, but the vast majority of cases settle before going that far. Litigation can take a long time and leaving the decision up to a judge or jury also yields unpredictable results. Settlement can offer an opportunity to fairly and more quickly compensate an injured party without the need of going through a long, drawn-out trial. Mediation is another form of settlement. It can be court ordered or voluntary, and is facilitated by a neutral third party. In either situation, if the other party refuses to settle or presents an unreasonable settlement offer, then we will move forward with trial.
How Much Does It Cost Me?
Personal injury attorneys at Padberg, Corrigan & Appelbaum do not charge hourly fees or retainers. We work on a contingency fee, which means that you do not owe us anything unless we recover damages in your case. We cover the costs for all investigations and experts leading up to trial. At the end of the case, our payment will be based on a percentage of your winnings that was agreed upon prior to starting the case, as well as repayment for the associated costs.
What Types of Cases Do You Take?
Virtually every case we handle at Padberg, Corrigan & Appelbaum involves personal injury, and our team of well-rounded professionals draw from their diverse experience to handle all types of claims. Our attorneys, legal nurse, paralegal and support staff work together to ensure every client receives the best representation available. While our office is located in St. Louis, we are licensed in both Missouri and Illinois, and regularly represent clients from across the region.
The practice areas listed on our site are examples of specific types of personal injury actions we handle regularly; however, we have handled hundreds of other cases that may not necessarily fit neatly into those specific categories. We encourage you to tell us your story if you believe you have been injured in some way.