Automobile Collisions

Automobile collisions are oftentimes caused by drivers not paying attention, distracted while texting and driving, distracted while on the phone, disobeying traffic signs, speeding or driving while impaired.  When an automobile collision happens as a result of this type of negligent conduct, the person or company at fault should be held responsible for those actions.  The collision is many times preventable if the rules of the road are properly followed.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent or reckless driver, we are here to help.  Our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience helping those who have sustained injuries caused by negligent or reckless drivers.   An injured party of car crash caused by a negligent or reckless driver has to deal with getting proper medical treatment, as well as the hassles surrounding the collision, including getting a rental vehicle, while his or her vehicle is repaired.   Shortly after the collision, many times the day of it, an insurance company adjuster will call up and try and get a statement from the injured party.  In the statement, the insurance company will try to blame the innocent party or place unfair blame. Even in a case where it is impossible for the insurance company to blame the victim, the insurance company adjustor’s goal is to save his employer as much money as possible, regardless of the injuries, harms and losses suffered.

If you or a family member has been seriously injured by a negligent or reckless driver, there are several issues our experienced attorneys can get answers for you:

Who is going to pay for my medical bills?

Should I give a recorded statement?

How do I get my car fixed?

How do I get a rental car?

How do I get treatment if I don’t have health insurance?

Our attorneys have answers for you.  With over 100 years of combined experience, our attorneys know the importance of gathering key evidence immediately. Gathering the proper evidence and building a strong case is critical in getting the results you deserve.

For a free consultation, to get answers to these questions, and to discuss your case with an attorney, please call 314-405-9000.

Below are examples of some of the examples of cases our law firm’s attorneys have had in automobile collision cases:

Resolved the lawsuit of a young boy for $4,100,000 against a major automobile manufacturer for a defective seat which failed during a collision causing the boy to suffer catastrophic brain damage.

Resolved the wrongful death claim a woman resulting from the failure of an under ride bar of a truck and trailer operated by a large food manufacturer for $4,000,000.

Obtained a $1,250,000.00 settlement against the drunk driver and obtained a confidential settlement against the bar owner on a dram shop claim for overserving the drunk driver.

Obtained $1,177,000.00 for a family that sustained serious injuries in a one car accident that occurred when the driver lost control and the vehicle overturned.

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Product Liability / Defective Products, Buildings & Roads

People rely on products every day and count on the manufacturers and distributors of these products to take the time to research and develop their products to ensure, when they are sold to the consumer, that they are safe for use.  Consumers expect the product to operate as marketed and advertised, provided with adequate instructions for use, and that adequate warnings are given for any anticipated danger from using the product.  If these expectations are not met, the manufacturers, distributors and sellers must be held accountable for serious injuries and deaths caused by these defective products.  Likewise, people expect buildings and roads to be designed and constructed according to laws, rules and industry standard.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in challenging and confronting some the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of products, as well as contractors and engineers for their part in designing or constructing defective buildings and roads, with great success.  These cases include claims for defectively designed or manufactured tires, vehicles, forklifts, man-lifts, construction equipment, defective medical devices, consumer products, window blinds, dump trucks, garbage trucks, electrical companies, and more.  There are different types of product liability claims and theories of recovery:

  • Negligent design, manufacturing, constructing, or warnings
  • Strict Liability
    • Design defect
    • Manufacturing defect
    • Inadequate warnings or instructions

For a free consultation and to discuss your case with an attorney, please call 314-405-9000 right now.

Below are examples of some of the results our law firm’s attorneys have obtained in product liability cases:

Resolved claims of several individuals which were injured by a defective consumer product for total amounts in excess of $20,000,000.

Resolved a child’s bicycle crash resulting in a brain injury, Kramer v. Bax Engineering, et al. Proved the crash was caused by a defectively constructed road. The insurance companies for the contractors which designed, built and maintained the road settled the case with the firm’s client’s family for $8,300,000. This settlement was, at the time, the largest personal injury settlement in St. Charles County, Missouri history

Resolved the lawsuit of a young boy for $4,100,000 against a major automobile manufacturer for a defective seat which failed during a collision causing the boy to suffer catastrophic brain damage.

Resolved the wrongful death claim caused by the failure of an under ride bar of a truck and trailer operated by a large food manufacturer for $4,000,000.

Resolved the wrongful death claim of an operator of a large dump truck when he was killed after the left front tire on his steer axle of his dump truck failed. The tire had been in use less than one week. At the time of the collision, the dump truck was empty. This matter settled for a confidential amount.

Resolved a wrongful death claim in Indiana for $3,000,000 for a widow and her four children against a major retailer resulting from the operation of a forklift on a defective loading dock.

Resolved a forklift accident death case for a total of $2,650,000

Resolved the claims of a young child who suffered traumatic brain injuries confining her to wheelchair for the rest of her life despite significant legal issues for a confidential amount in excess of $2,000,000.

Obtained $1,200,000 for the family of a man killed in a side-by-side/UTV rollover accident.

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Construction Site Accidents

Construction workers are the backbone of American industry and development.  As they build and erect the infrastructure of our cities and communities, they are exposed to significant injuries or death created by dangerous conditions created by, or work practices of, other companies or individuals at the construction site.  As construction workers spend time working around power tools, heavy equipment and dangerous work areas, they are exposed to death and serious injuries including broken bones, brain injuries, paralysis, head trauma, PTSD, electrocution, burns and many more dangers.

Injuries can occur from falls, falling objects, exposure to electrical wires, defective machinery, pinch points, chemical exposure, fires, explosions, open holes and more.  Because of the potential severity of these injuries, injured workers need an attorney experienced with handling such complicated matters.  Many times, multiple contractors are working on a site. In order to understand who is liable for an injury, you need an experienced attorney to conduct the complex investigation necessary to maximize your results.

Our experienced attorneys have handled thousands of workplace accidents throughout Missouri.  Our team of attorneys have the experience and resources necessary to assist you and your loved ones through this difficult time by identifying the responsible parties involved and holding them responsible.

Below are examples of some of the success our attorneys have had in workplace accident cases:

Jury verdict in Jefferson County Circuit Court, Kohlfield v. Rock Hill Mechanical Corp., involving a construction site fall resulting in spinal and brain injuries. Obtained $9,000,000 unanimous verdict on a no offer case from the insurance company, which, at the time, was the largest personal injury verdict in the history of Jefferson County, Missouri.

Represented the family of a man who was struck on a bridge and obtained a settlement over $6,200,000.00

Resolved a wrongful death claim in Indiana for $3,000,000 for a widow and her four children against a major retailer resulting from the operation of a forklift on a defective loading dock.

Jury verdict in the case of Willett v. Harsco Corporation d/b/a Patent Construction Systems, a construction site accident involving defective scaffolding which resulted in a back injury and obtained a $1,100,000 unanimous verdict in St. Clair County, Illinois Circuit Court on a no offer case from the insurance company. This verdict, at the time, was one of the largest personal injury verdicts in St. Clair County, Illinois over the past ten years.

Resolved the wrongful death claim of an operator of a large dump truck when he was killed after the left front tire on his steer axle of his dump truck failed. The tire had been in use less than one week. At the time of the collision, the dump truck was empty. This matter settled for a confidential amount.

Obtained a $3,450,000 settlement for three electric utility line workers who sustained electric shock injuries due to a defective wire stand. This settlement is the largest personal injury settlement in the rural Missouri county where the case was set to be tried.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed on a construction site, please call us at 314-405-9000.

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Dog Bites & Attacks

Have you or a loved one been bitten or attacked by a dog?  If so, our experienced attorneys can help.

Dog attacks can be devastating.  When a dog attacks, there is almost always some degree of scarring.  Often, the scarring is extensive and requires significant medical care and treatment. It is important that a dog bite victim consult with a plastic surgeon as soon as possible.   On top of the physical scarring, the emotional injuries from the attack can be permanent as well.

Dog bite victims are legally entitled to recover for all of the injuries, damages and harms they suffered from a dog bite or attack including the costs of future revision surgeries, future care and treatment, permanent scarring, and emotional trauma.

Our attorneys have substantial experience in handling the often catastrophic results from a dog attack.  Whether it is dealing with the insurance adjuster, the owner of the dog or medical professionals who treated and repaired the injuries, our lawyers who can help.

Our attorneys have helped victims of dog bites and attacks maximize their recovery.  We have recovered over $1,500,000 for our clients who have been injured in dog bite cases.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog, please call us at 314-405-9000.

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Window Blind Strangulations

Listed as a Top 5 Hidden Hazard in the home by the Consume Products Safety Commission (CPSC) window coverings have killed and/or injured over 600 children throughout the United States. This common household product contains a defective and dangerous lift cord which poses a strangulation hazard to small children.  For decades, the window covering industry has been aware that the dangerous and defective lift cord on the blinds poses a strangulation hazard for small children.  Further, the industry has acknowledged in their own publications that window blind cords kill or injure 1 child per month.

Our partner James Corrigan is widely recognized as a national advocate and authority on window blind strangulation and safety.  Mr. Corrigan and his attorneys in our law firm have handled over 70 cases involving catastrophic injuries and deaths involving strangulation on window covering cords throughout the United States.  He has been involved in lawsuits against every major manufacturer of window coverings including Springs Window Fashions, Hunter Douglas, Levolor, Kirsch, Newell Rubbermaid, Cheng Feng, Nien Made, Custom Craft, American Blinds, Century Blinds, and many more. He has also held many of the major retailers, including Home Depot, Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, Target, Meijer, K-Mart, J.C. Penny’s, and Menards of Window Coverings responsible for causing the death or serious brain injuries of children throughout the United States.

Our law firm’s attorneys have handled window blind strangulation cases throughout the country including Missouri, Maine, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Utah, Wisconsin, California, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Connecticut, Arizona, Colorado, Virginia, Montana, New Jersey, Washington, Tennessee, Oregon, and South Dakota.

We continue our tradition of fighting the manufacturers, retailers, distributers and property management companies throughout the United States to rid these dangerous and defective window blinds from the marketplace.  We continue to work towards making cordless window coverings the only option for stock blinds at retail outlets and keep our children safe in our own homes.

To date, our attorneys have successfully resolved over 70 cases for millions of dollars in confidential settlements.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a dangerous and defective window blind, please call us at 314-405-9000.

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Premises Liability & Negligence for Criminal Assaults

While crime can occur anywhere, when the owner or management company of a commercial business property should know of a substantial number of prior violent crimes occurring on its premises, or of an individual acting in such a way as to indicate danger in time to prevent harm or injury, they are responsible under the law to provide reasonable security measures, for protecting their guests, customers, patrons, residents, or students from an attack by a stranger.  The attack can result in assault, shooting, stabbing, sexual assault, molestation or rape.

Victims of violent crime are frequently harmed at hotels, shopping malls, apartment complexes or schools by third party strangers.  Many of these crimes could have been prevented with the use of reasonable security measures.

In some cases, where employees of apartments or schools assaulted residents or students, the criminal assailant had previously shown a risk of this behavior to their employers.  Under the law, a reasonable employer has a responsibility to adequately hire, supervise and retain their employees, to ensure they do not pose a risk of harm or danger to others. These third party criminal attacks can result in substantial physical, emotional and mental harm from the assault, shooting, stabbing, molestation, sexual assault or rape.

Our experienced attorneys have handled several of these cases throughout Missouri and the United States.  We have the experience and resources necessary to assist you and your loved ones through this difficult time by identifying the responsible parties involved and holding them responsible.

Below are examples of some of the success our attorneys have had in third party criminal assault cases:

$1,500,000 settlement for a sexual assault and rape victim at Plaza Square Apartments in the City of St. Louis, N.R. v. Plaza Square Partners, LLC, et al., which is believed to be the largest reported settlement of a sexual assault case against an apartment complex in Missouri.

$1,850,000 settlement for the family of a man shot in a Domino’s Pizza store during an argument.

$4,000,000 settlement for the victim of a hotel rape against the hotel and its insurance company.

$2,000,000 for a student’s family who was shot and killed at school.

$1,000,000 for the family of a young man shot and killed on the parking lot.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a criminal assault, please call us at 314-405-9000.

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Workers’ Compensation & Workplace Accidents

Our attorneys have successfully represented numerous injured workers throughout Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas.  Their extensive experience and professional abilities have earned them a positive reputation throughout the Midwest legal communities, and millions of dollars for their clients.

Work place safety is an employer’s responsibility.  Workers’ compensation covers injuries that occur on the job, and includes manual laborers or office workers.  Some of the most common injuries arise out of construction accidents, industrial accidents, falls on the job, chemicals, faulty equipment, heavy lifting and overuse from repetitive work.  Other common claims can involve on electrocutions, the job car accidents, explosions, burns and even a co-worker’s negligence.  Work place accidents often lead to serious injuries and at times, even fatalities.

In Missouri, the workers compensation process involves the Division of Workers’ Compensation, an insurance company, an employer, medical providers and potentially a liable third party.  In Illinois, it is the same except it involves the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.  It can be confusing and overwhelming to navigate the system and get access to the rights you are entitled to by law.  Workers’ compensation benefits include: medical care, which is paid for by the employer or their insurance company; temporary total or partial disability benefits, which are weekly checks paid when a doctor restricts or prohibits work; permanent partial or permanent total disability benefits for disability sustained due to the work place accident; and death benefits.  In Illinois, benefits also include vocational rehabilitation.  Unfortunately, these benefits are not always given willingly, and require the injured worker to meet certain criteria, including time sensitive deadlines. Often a benefit will be offered, but the dollar or settlement amount, is too low.  The goal for the employer and insurance company is to minimize the cost of your claim, thus they will work to limit your benefits to protect their bottom line.  It is important to have an experienced and knowledgeable attorney on your side to ensure that the necessary criteria is met and all benefits available are granted and maximized.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a work place or on the job accident, please call us at 314-405-9000.  As always, consultations are free and confidential.  Workers compensation claims are handled on a contingency basis, without any up-front or out of pocket fees, and attorney’s fees are only if there is a settlement or award granted.

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