Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some helpful answers to some of the questions Schlapprizzi Attorneys at Law’s clients often ask. For more detailed answers that relate specifically to your case, please call one of our lawyers. You and your case are unique and we want to give you our complete attention.
If I was injured in a car accident and both the driver and I were at fault, can I still make a claim?
What is personal injury law?
It is the area of civil law that is designed to protect you if you are harmed by another entity’s or person’s actions or failure to act. The only remedy available under the law is financial and although we realize this will not undo any wrongs, we fight to get you the recovery you need to compensate you and relieve your financial burdens.
How do I know if I should pursue a personal injury case?
The best way to determine if you have a valid case is to contact the lawyers at Schlapprizzi Attorneys at Law. However, as a general rule, if your injury required medical attention and follow-up treatment, then it is worthwhile speaking to a lawyer. Personal injury law is complex and the law is constantly evolving. We always work to maximize your financial return.
How do I pick a personal injury lawyer?
There are two essential things to establish before you sign an agreement with a lawyer. Do you feel confident and comfortable with him or her? Does the lawyer have the expertise you need?
Personal injury law, especially as it relates to medical malpractice, environmental and toxic exposure, product and premises liability, is in a constant state of evolution.
At Schlapprizzi Attorneys at Law we have handled virtually every area of personal injury law including vehicular and trucking crashes, motorcycle wrecks, medical malpractice, premises liability, product liability, aviation accidents, workers compensation, wrongful death, environmental and toxic torts and much more in Missouri and Illinois.
When we take your case, you become part of our legal family and you are treated like a close relative and friend.
How do you decide if you will take my case?
We meet with you or your family at your home, hospital or at our office to go over the details of your injury and review the facts of the case. Depending on the complexity of the case, we will need to access medical records, police reports and additional materials before we can establish whether you have a claim under the law.
As a first step, bring any supporting documents you have such as insurance policies, pictures, evidence of loss of income and records that relate to your claim to our meeting.
Will I have to go to trial or to court?
Statistically, about 10 percent of cases go to trial. At Schlapprizzi Attorneys at Law, we prepare every case on the assumption that it will reach a jury. Our reputation as one of the finest law firms in the Midwest, coupled with the unpredictable nature of a jury trial, are powerful tools when we are negotiating settlements.
If I am injured at someone’s home, can I sue the homeowner?
If you are a social guest or a business visitor and you are injured in someone’s home you may be able to sue the homeowners or renters, especially if they are insured for that type of injury.
What should I do if I am hurt or injured by another person’s negligence or carelessness?
After all emergency and urgent medical needs have been addressed it is imperative to your case to seek legal representation as soon as possible. At Schlapprizzi Attorneys at Law, our lawyers will advise you how to proceed.
What if I am injured and the driver has no auto insurance?
Your auto insurance policy includes uninsured motorist coverage to protect you. Contact us to maximize your return.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?
Personal injury cases are subject to a time limit (statute of limitations) within which you must file your lawsuit in court. We recommend you contact us as soon as you receive or discover an injury.
Below are some general examples of statutes of limitations for a selection of personal injury cases under the present law.
Because of the complexity of the law and the variety of possible circumstances, there are many exceptions to the list provided below. Contact a lawyer at Schlapprizzi Attorneys at Law for specific guidance.
- Premises — 5 years
- Auto — 5 years
- Product – 5 years
- Intentional wrongs — 1–2 years
- Medical malpractice — generally 2 years
- Wrongful death — 3 years
- Environmental and toxic torts — 5 years
- Maritime (Jones Act) — 3 years
- Railroad (FELA) — 3 years
- Aviation — 5 years
- Contracts — 10 years
- Workers’ compensation — generally 2 years
What are your fees?
Our fees are based on results. We earn our fee when we win your case. The fees are calculated as a percentage of the settlement or verdict.
What happens if I lose my case?
If you lose your case, there is almost always an option to appeal. Our fees are based on results so if you lose your case you owe us nothing.
Where can I park when I visit your office?
Our office is located at Metropolitan Square, 211 North Broadway, Suite 2430, St. Louis, MO 63102. Access to the covered parking garage is on Pine Street. We will validate your parking ticket.