Car Crashes

Every year millions of people are injured in motor vehicle accidents. According to the National Traffic Safety Administration someone in the United States is involved in a car accident EVERY TEN SECONDS.

The increased use of mobile phones and other electronic devices has resulted in a dramatic increase in distracted drivers, which are a significant risk on our roads and highways. Whether the distraction is the result of talking on the phone, texting, others in the vehicle or alcohol, distracted drivers are among the leading causes of traffic accidents. Over 33% of the traffic fatalities in 2005 involved the use of alcohol. Many people simply are not devoting enough of their attention to driving.

As an experienced Kansas City car crash attorney, Pat Bottaro is here to help when you are injured because of another driver’s negligence. Pat Bottaro will investigate the crash, determine the insurance coverages available, evaluate all possible legal claims, prepare you for office visits with healthcare providers,  and will deal with the insurance company and legal issues so you can focus on your health, recovery and family.

Pat Bottaro will also thoroughly analyze all insurance coverages to determine whether your own coverages—uninsured motorist or underinsured motorist coverages—will apply. Many times there is great complexity involved in determining coverage issues and Pat’s legal expertise will assist you.

Motorcycle Crashes

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more than 4,800 motorcycle deaths annually, and motorcycle accident fatalities happen 29x more frequently than car crash fatalities. Nearly 50% of a motorcycle crashes where the motor vehicle operator was at fault—the highest contributing factors were failure to yield (40%) and driver inattention and distraction (17%).

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, or know someone who has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, contact Pat Bottaro for a free consultation.  Pat is an owner and rider of motorcycles and he has handled catastrophic injury and death cases involving motorcycle crashes.

Motorcycle Crashes

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more than 4,800 motorcycle deaths annually, and motorcycle accident fatalities happen 29x more frequently than car crash fatalities. Nearly 50% of a motorcycle crashes where the motor vehicle operator was at fault—the highest contributing factors were failure to yield (40%) and driver inattention and distraction (17%).

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, or know someone who has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, contact Pat Bottaro for a free consultation.  Pat is an owner and rider of motorcycles and he has handled catastrophic injury and death cases involving motorcycle crashes.

Truck and Semi Crashes

The consequences of a collision with a commercial semi-truck can be catastrophic, especially for the smallest and most vulnerable vehicles on the road. If you’ve been injured in a semi-truck crash, or if you know someone who has been injured or killed in a semi-truck crash, call Pat Bottaro for a free consultation. Prior to representing injured victims, Pat worked for a large Missouri law firm and defended truck companies and truck drivers.  Pat learned the defense strategies for these types of claims and fully learned the rules and regulations over the trucking industry. He has both defended and prosecuted multi-million dollar claims in his career. He also greatly appreciates the importance of immediate investigation into these crashes and he has experts ready to investigate a crash scene day or night.

Construction Accidents

A construction site can be a dangerous place. All too often small mistakes can have devastating consequences. If you are a construction worker who has been seriously injured in an accident because of equipment malfunction, product failure or another person’s negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries and lost wages. Pat Bottaro has the experience and knowledge to make sure that you are fairly compensated in this difficult time.

Construction Accidents

A construction site can be a dangerous place. All too often small mistakes can have devastating consequences. If you are a construction worker who has been seriously injured in an accident because of equipment malfunction, product failure or another person’s negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries and lost wages. Pat Bottaro has the experience and knowledge to make sure that you are fairly compensated in this difficult time.

Brain Injuries

More than 5 million Americans live with disabilities from brain injury. Common causes of brain injuries include automobile crashes, motorcycle crashes, and falls. In fact, brain and chest injuries are the most frequent cause of death in collisions without seatbelts. Bicycle crashes are also a common cause of brain injuries. Each year, more than 500,000 people go to hospital emergency departments with bicycle-related injuries—about 350,000 of these individuals are children under the age of 15. Of those children, about 130,000 sustain brain injuries.

A brain injury can have an immense impact on your life. You may face treatment plans and surgeries with a variety of healthcare professionals that may include speech pathologists, physical therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and occupational therapists. Your treatment may also include expensive medications you’ll need to take throughout your life and a wide variety of rehabilitation services. The financial burden and social/emotional impact of brain injuries can be devastating.

If you or someone you know has suffered a brain injury as a result of someone else’s fault, contact us for a free consultation. We will help you recover damages for your injuries.

Product Liability

Every day, we place trust in the objects around us. When we sit down on a chair, we expect it to support our weight—that is, after all, what it was designed and manufactured to do. Cars, machines, tools, cleaning products and chemicals, even simple household objects like toys and kitchen appliances, improve our lives when they perform their function well.  However, every product goes through many hands in the production chain, and mistakes can occur at all levels, from design to manufacturing to packaging.  Tragically, serious injury, even death, can occur as a result of these mistakes.

If you’ve been injured as a result of a defective product, or know someone who has been injured or killed as a result of a defective product, contact Pat Bottaro for a free consultation. We will help you recover damages for your injuries.

Product Liability

Every day, we place trust in the objects around us. When we sit down on a chair, we expect it to support our weight—that is, after all, what it was designed and manufactured to do. Cars, machines, tools, cleaning products and chemicals, even simple household objects like toys and kitchen appliances, improve our lives when they perform their function well.  However, every product goes through many hands in the production chain, and mistakes can occur at all levels, from design to manufacturing to packaging.  Tragically, serious injury, even death, can occur as a result of these mistakes.

If you’ve been injured as a result of a defective product, or know someone who has been injured or killed as a result of a defective product, contact Pat Bottaro for a free consultation. We will help you recover damages for your injuries.

Personal Injury to Children

When you bring your kids to the park or school, drop them off at childcare or a friend’s house, or sign them up for a sports team, you don’t expect for them to suffer a traumatic injury. But injuries happen to children every day because of faulty playground equipment, cribs, toys, and other products, or due to the negligence on the part of caregivers. If your child has been injured while under someone else’s care, or due to an unsafe product, contact Pat Bottaro for a free consultation. We will help you recover damages for your injuries.

Premises Liability

When you pay a hotel or motel for a place to stay, you entrust the hotel or motel with your security and the security of your family. Hotels and motels are responsible for providing you with a safe and secure room. When door locks fail or break-ins occur at a hotel, you are not in control of your surroundings and are therefore more vulnerable than ever to attack, physical violation, and assault.

If you or a member of your family has been injured or assaulted by a third party while staying at a hotel, motel, or resort, you may be eligible for compensation from the hotel or motel for your injuries and suffering. Contact us for a free consultation.

Premises Liability

When you pay a hotel or motel for a place to stay, you entrust the hotel or motel with your security and the security of your family. Hotels and motels are responsible for providing you with a safe and secure room. When door locks fail or break-ins occur at a hotel, you are not in control of your surroundings and are therefore more vulnerable than ever to attack, physical violation, and assault.

If you or a member of your family has been injured or assaulted by a third party while staying at a hotel, motel, or resort, you may be eligible for compensation from the hotel or motel for your injuries and suffering. Contact us for a free consultation.

Slip and Fall

Wet or slippery store floors, and unsafe or crowded walkways can all cause dangerous falls. Falls can result in serious injuries, from neck and back misalignment to broken bones, sprains, and, in the worst cases, brain or spinal cord injuries. If you’ve been injured in a fall that could have been prevented, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

If you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall incident, or know someone who has been injured in a slip-and-fall incident, contact Pat Bottaro for a free consultation. We will help you recover damages for your injuries.

Burns and Explosions

Explosions and fires can cause considerable pain and disability, and cause victims to experience life-altering pain and scarring. Sometimes, accidental fires are not preventable—but in many cases, an explosion or fire could have been avoided.

Frequently, fires or explosions are caused by unsafe building practices, building code violations, defective products, the unsafe handling of explosives, or the unsafe use of gas or other flammable liquids. In these cases, you—as the burn victim—may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and suffering.

If you’ve been injured as a result of an explosion, or know someone who has been injured or killed as a result of an explosion, contact Pat Bottaro for a free consultation. We will help you recover damages for your injuries.

Burns and Explosions

Explosions and fires can cause considerable pain and disability, and cause victims to experience life-altering pain and scarring. Sometimes, accidental fires are not preventable—but in many cases, an explosion or fire could have been avoided.

Frequently, fires or explosions are caused by unsafe building practices, building code violations, defective products, the unsafe handling of explosives, or the unsafe use of gas or other flammable liquids. In these cases, you—as the burn victim—may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and suffering.

If you’ve been injured as a result of an explosion, or know someone who has been injured or killed as a result of an explosion, contact Pat Bottaro for a free consultation. We will help you recover damages for your injuries.

Wrongful Death

Under the law, certain persons are entitled to recover these losses by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. This type of lawsuit is appropriate when someone is killed because of the neglect, carelessness, negligence or intentional acts of someone else. Since the decedent is not alive to file the lawsuit, his or her family or estate files the lawsuit to recover his or her losses, as well as their own losses.

Acts that may constitute wrongful death are plentiful in day-to-day life. For one, fatal motor vehicle accidents are a major cause of wrongful death lawsuits. However, wrongful death also often occurs in fatal cases of medical malpractice, criminal acts and workplace accidents. Although the party responsible for the death may also face criminal charges for his or her role in the death, the outcome of the criminal trial does not affect the right of the wrongful death lawsuit, as it is a separate civil proceeding.

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