Our team of attorneys understand that accidents can be emotional and overwhelming. They are often followed by an injury or tragedy, and are always unplanned. Whether it happens on the job, on the road, while in the hospital, or at a friend’s house, the lasting effects of an accident can be as painful and stressful as the injury.
Injuries are not always physical. The harm that results from an accident can range from medical bills, property damage to lost wages or even death. Personal injury law allows a person to bring a lawsuit to recover physical, emotional, and/or monetary losses caused by negligence or recklessness of another party. Cases are complex and can take months or even years to come to a resolution. So, it is important to select a personal injury lawyer that has experience with your type of case.
Our attorneys have been providing representation to victims since 1954. We understand how hard it is for injured people and their families to overcome the trials and tribulations that come with trauma. This is why our attorneys and staff treat every client with respect and compassion. Our goal is to make you financially whole again, and to date, we have recovered more than $250 million in settlements and judgments for our clients.
What Types of Cases Do You Take?
Almost every case we handle involves personal injury. Our team of well-rounded lawyers draw from their diverse experience to handle all types of claims. Cases we represent clients for include:
- Nursing Home and Elderly Abuse
- Child and Day Care Abuse
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Airplane Accidents
- Construction Site Injuries
- Fire and Gas Explosions
- Iron Worker Injuries
- Medical Malpractice
- Pharmaceutical Litigation
- Premises Liability (slip & fall injuries)
- Product Liability
- Trucking Accidents
- Workers’ Compensation
- Wrongful Death
Our attorneys and support staff work together to make sure every client receives the best representation. While our main office is located in St. Louis, we are licensed to represent clients in Missouri and Illinois.
The practice areas listed on our site are examples of types of personal injury actions we handle. However, we have handled hundreds of other cases that may not necessarily fit neatly into those categories. For that reason, we want you to tell us your story if you believe you have been injured in some way.
How Much Does It Cost Me?
Personal injury lawyers at our firm do not charge hourly fees or retainers. We work on a contingency fee. Therefore, you do not owe us anything unless we recover damages in your case. We cover the costs for all investigations and experts leading up to trial. At the end of the case, our payment will be based on a percentage of your winnings that we agree upon prior to starting the case, as well as repayment for the related costs.
What Types of Monetary Damages Can I Recover?
A successful client may recover monetary damages for things such as medical expenses, property damage, current and future lost wages, and other specific costs directly from the injury.
Recoverable non-monetary damages include compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of companionship.
For cases in which a defendant’s conduct demonstrates reckless disregard for the rights of the injured person, the court may also award punitive damages designed to punish the wrongdoer.
Who is at Fault for My Injury?
Determining who is at fault for an injury is one of the first steps we take in evaluating a lawsuit. This is the party that will be responsible for the compensation of losses.
Different degrees of fault exist. Several elements must also be proven in order to be successful. More than one person may be at fault and responsibility may be apportioned among all of the parties.
As the victim, you may even be partly at fault, but that does not mean you do not have a right to bring a lawsuit.
Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?
Our attorneys focus their practice on representing people who are injured. We have tried and settled thousands of personal injury cases in a broad spectrum of practice areas. We know first hand that each case is different, and therefore, must be approached on an individual basis.
Our client relationships begin by listening to the facts. Then, determining whether you have a case. We evaluate such things as the person or entity at fault and the extent of recoverable damages available. In most situations, this takes place during a free legal consultation between the injured person and one of our attorneys. In the case of a minor, death or other circumstance in which the injured person isn’t available, we will meet with an immediate relative or person acting as power of attorney.
Keep in mind there is a deadline for filing cases known as a “statute of limitations”, so seek the advice of an attorney as soon as you believe you have a case.
We invite you to contact us for a free, personalized consultation to discuss your case.
Will My Case Go to Trial?
All of our attorneys are trial tested and ready to go the distance for their clients. A jury trial is always a possibility, but most cases settle before going that far. Litigation can take a long time and leaving the decision up to a judge or jury also yields unpredictable results. Settlement can offer an opportunity to fairly and quickly compensate an injured party without going through a long, drawn-out trial. Mediation is another form of settlement. It can be court ordered or voluntary, and is facilitated by a neutral third party. In either situation, if the other party refuses to settle or presents an unreasonable settlement offer, then we will move forward with trial.