Kansas City Personal Injury Lawyers: What is comparative fault?
In any accident involving two or more parties, each party bears a certain percentage of the fault. Comparative fault is the legal tool used to determine how much fault each person bears. Each state has their own way of dealing with the way fault is compared.
“In Missouri, the rule is pure comparative fault so a person can only recover the offset from their percentage of fault,” said Mike Wyatt, personal injury lawyer at Mann, Wyatt & Rice Injury Attorneys.
This pure comparative fault rule means Missouri residents can receive damages in a personal injury lawsuit regardless of their determined level of fault. However, a plaintiff will receive damages based on the assessed percentage of fault of the other parties involved. For example, if the plaintiff is found to be 10% at fault and the tortfeasor is found to be 90% at fault, the plaintiff could collect 90% of the damages.
Contact A Kansas City Personal Injury Lawyer Immediately
Personal injuries can come with a litany of physical, mental, and emotional issues. If you’ve sustained a personal injury as the result of a collision with a large commercial truck in the Kansas City area, call the attorneys at Mann, Wyatt & Rice today. With more than 75 years of combined litigation experience, they will fight to get you the compensation you deserve for the aftermath of your personal injury, including:
- Medical treatment
- Rehabilitative care
- Lost wages from time take off work
- Future lost income for disabling injuries
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
Request a free consultation with our team of Kansas City personal injury attorneys or contact us directly at (877) 768-2400.