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Car Accident Attorney in Columbia, Illinois

Columbia attorney Stephen C. Buser has more than 30 years of experience and a successful track record representing clients in Metro East, Southern Illinois, and Missouri who have suffered significant injuries in car, truck, and motorcycle accidents. He also represents family members of persons who have died in fatal auto accidents.

One client came to Mr. Buser’s office for advice after he was offered a small sum of money by the insurance company to settle a car accident case. Attorney Buser thought that the man had serious injuries, despite the insurance company’s contention that he had suffered only minor soft tissue injuries. After numerous diagnostic tests were performed, a bone scan revealed a chip fracture in the client’s cervical spine. Surgery was performed to remove the disc, which relieved the client’s unrelenting pain and disability. A successful recovery was later obtained from the insurance company after a suit was filed, taking into consideration all of the client’s permanent injuries that had not been previously diagnosed.

Mr. Buser works closely with doctors and other healthcare providers to discuss the short- and long-term medical, physical, psychological, and financial consequences to a person injured in an automobile/truck accident. Stephen Buser possesses a thorough understanding of legal rights of automobile accident victims to ensure that they and their families are properly compensated.

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A major mistake that auto accident victims make is to settle their claims too early and for less money than they are entitled to receive under the law. It is important to remember that once the claim is settled, it is impossible, except in rare circumstances, to re-open the case for further negotiation.

Another mistake of auto accident victims is that they are unaware of statutes of limitations that require a lawsuit to be filed within a certain period of time after the accident. Auto accident victims fail to consider the proper venue of the case, what parties should be named as defendants, and related factors which can often affect the amount of compensation that can be obtained by settlement or trial.

To preserve your right to compensation, lawyer Stephen C. Buser suggests you consult with an attorney as soon as possible to:

  • Properly collect and preserve evidence

  • Properly evaluate injuries

  • Allow enough time to file a lawsuit if an out-of-court settlement cannot be achieved.

The lawyer serves clients in Columbia, Collinsville, Metro East, Fairview Heights, Belleville, St. Louis, and the surrounding areas of Southern Illinois and Missouri.

Free consultationContact Columbia and Metro East automobile accident lawyer Stephen C. Buser for a free initial consultation about your case. All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no costs unless the lawyer makes a recovery for you by settlement or trial.