We’ve Moved to 8427 Clint Drive, Belton

On Sunday, July 22, 2018, thankfully no one was at the office when a pick-up truck lost control and ended up hitting our building at 8019 E. 171st Street on 58 highway in Belton, Missouri.

Thankfully many members in our community reached out to help and we were able to quickly secure the building and evacuate all of our belongings.

The building has been declared not safe and so we re-located to a move-in-ready office space not far from out old location. To find us you simply continue east on 58 highway from our old office and drive towards the Raymore Wal-Mart, then turn left at Kentucky Fried Chicken. We are in the Megan Place shopping area behind Valvoline and Advanced Auto Parts at 8427 Clint Drive, Belton, Mo 64012.

Our phone number 816-322-8008 is still our number and our website hasn’t changed. You can still book appointments by calling our number or visiting our website.

Thank you to all our wonderful clients, friends, and court personnel who have reached out to make sure we’re ok and to help us if we needed it. Also, thanks to all those  who were committed to finding us at our new location no matter what!

What Is Comparative Fault?

What is Comparative FaultThe general rule in personal injury law is the party who is responsible for causing the injuries is responsible for paying expenses related to them. Sometimes, the defendants in personal injury cases will use the state’s comparative fault laws to reduce the amount they are ordered to pay to the victims. What are the comparative fault laws? How can these laws affect your case? Here’s what you should know:

Comparative Fault Laws in Missouri

The state of Missouri has established a pure comparative fault system. This system is used to determine how fault should be divided between parties and how much compensation should be awarded to the plaintiff.

For example, let’s say a woman is injured in a car accident and files a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver. It is determined that she has suffered $100,000 in damages as a result of her car accident injuries. If the jury believes that the other driver was 100% at fault for the accident, she will be awarded $100,000 in damages. But, a review of the evidence could convince the jury that she is actually 20% at fault for the accident. In this case, the total amount of compensation awarded to her will be reduced by 20%, so she will receive $80,000.

This is how a pure comparative fault system works. Basically, if there are multiple at-fault parties, each party must share the legal obligation of compensating the victim. If the plaintiff is one of the at-fault parties, she can still recover compensation for her injuries even though she was partly to blame. However, the award will be reduced to account for the role she played in the accident.

How Comparative Fault Laws Affect Personal Injury Cases

The defendant in your personal injury case could attempt to place some of the blame on you in order to reduce the amount of compensation he is ordered to pay. It’s important to work with an attorney who can disprove this argument so you can recover the full amount of compensation for your injuries.

Another way the defendant could reduce his liability is by placing the blame on third parties. For instance, the defendant could argue that a third driver was partially responsible for the accident. If the defendant shares liability with the driver, he will also share the responsibility of compensating the victim with the driver.

Have you been injured? If so, contact The Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center as soon as possible. Let our experienced personal injury attorneys fight to ensure you are fully compensated for your injuries. Call our office at 816-322-8008, email us at info@benjaminlawkc.com or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation today.

Do I Need an Attorney to Fight My Charges?

Do I Need an Attorney to Fight My Charges?The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that every criminal defendant has the right to an attorney. But, is hiring an attorney necessary? Here are some of the many reasons why you will need an attorney to fight your charges:

Plea Bargain Negotiations

Most criminal cases are resolved with plea bargains, which is an agreement that involves the defendant pleading guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence or reduced charges. A criminal defense attorney can aggressively negotiate the terms of this deal on your behalf. Therefore, a criminal defense attorney can ensure you are offered the best plea deal possible.

Solid Defense Strategy

A criminal defense attorney is responsible for developing a unique defense strategy to fight your criminal charges. This may sound simple, but it’s not. An attorney will spend countless hours gathering and analyzing evidence, working with expert witnesses, researching similar criminal cases, and preparing to present your case to jurors. Criminal defendants do not have the time–or legal expertise–to tackle these tasks. Therefore, it’s best to trust an attorney with your defense strategy.

Extensive Legal Experience

Hire a criminal defense attorney with extensive experience so you can take advantage of his or her legal knowledge. Experienced attorneys know the ins and outs of the legal system, and often have professional relationships with other key players in your case. Extensive experience also helps attorneys evaluate criminal cases so they can offer their clients the best advice possible. For example, an attorney will know whether it is in the best interest of the client to accept a plea deal or take the case to trial. This type of knowledge can only be acquired through experience. For this reason, there’s no doubt that legal experience is an invaluable asset that can benefit every criminal defendant.

Emotional Support

Facing criminal charges is emotionally draining, and no one knows this better than an attorney. Criminal defense attorneys work with people in this situation everyday, so they have a deep understanding of how it feels to be in your shoes. As a result, a criminal defense attorney can provide the emotional support you need to make it through this process.

If you have been charged with a crime, seek legal representation from the criminal defense attorneys at The Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center. Trained at the nationally renowned Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College and mentored under award-winning trial attorney and firm founder Kim Benjamin, our attorneys aggressively fight to protect our clients’ futures. Call our office at 816-322-8008, email us at info@benjaminlawkc.com or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation today.