Understanding the Difference Between Compensatory and Punitive Damages

If you sustain damages due to the negligence of another party, you are eligible for compensation. This remuneration, referred to as damages, is designed to compensate for things such as personal injury, lost income, medical bills, property damage, or any harm resulting from the negligence at issue in the case. Apart from compensating the plaintiff, damages can also be used to discourage other people from engaging in Read More

6 Examples of Bad Faith Insurance Practices

The law requires that insurers handle insurance claims in good faith. This ultimately means conducting a proper investigation and providing reasonable payouts in a timely manner, when needed. When that doesn’t happen, it is considered working in bad faith. Here are 6 examples of what that looks like. 1. Failure to Complete an Insurance Investigation When an insurance company fails to complete an investigation Read More

Pedestrians vs. Vehicles: Who Has the Right of Way in Missouri?

Accidents involving pedestrians are more common than you would think. They occur thousands of times every year, leading to serious injuries and multiple fatalities. In fact, these types of incidents account for about 11% of all vehicle accidents. Determining who is at fault is a grey area, and lawyers need to prove that the actions of either the driver or the pedestrian were directly responsible for the accident. Read More

What to Do If You’re Injured in a Car Crash

The day started out like any other. You went to work and put in your usual eight hours. At 5:00pm, you got into your car and headed home, stopping at Straub's on the way to pick up something for dinner. Just 10 minutes from home, the day stopped being normal. A driver with her eyes on her phone rear-ended you, sending your car off the road and halfway into a shallow ditch. You weren’t knocked unconscious, but Read More

4 Tips to Preserve Your Rights During a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Personal injuries can occur in a variety of contexts that include car accidents, slip or trip and falls, defective products, and aggressive domestic animals. When bad things happen, Missouri law may entitle you to seek compensation for your damages and losses, such as medical bills, lost wages, loss of future income, and pain and suffering. You need to be proactive, however. Few defendants will voluntarily admit Read More

Dog Bite Injuries: How to Obtain the Compensation You Deserve

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, an average of 4.7 million people a year are bitten by dogs in the U.S. Many of these injuries are serious enough to need ongoing medical treatment, especially if the victim is a child. If you or someone you love has been attacked and bitten by a dangerous dog or another domestic animal, take the following steps immediately to protect your right to recover Read More

Hurt in a Slip-and-Fall Accident? 6 Steps to Take Immediately

Slip and fall accidents can lead to serious injuries, including but not limited to broken bones, spinal cord trauma, and traumatic brain injuries. For you, this means costly medical bills, lost wages if you cannot work, and an often-painful recovery. To protect your right to file a claim against the at-fault party, take the following steps immediately after the incident. 1.   Report the Accident No matter where Read More

Missouri Personal Injury Law: How is Negligence Determined?

The term “negligence” is frequently used in Missouri personal injury law. It is a legal theory that evaluates and determines liability when an accident occurs and someone is injured. In this article, we will discuss how negligence is determined and how Missouri awards damages in a negligence claim. In general, the elements of a negligence case are as follows: An individual or entity owed a duty to commit or Read More

What NOT to Do if You’re Injured in a Car Crash

Ask anyone who has been in a car crash what it was like, and most of them will tell you that it was a chaotic and overwhelming experience. It’s easy to see why. Your car may be totaled. You, the other driver, and your respective passengers might be injured or even killed. Soon red ambulance lights will be flashing over the scene and police officers will be asking questions that you don’t know how to answer right Read More

4 Traps to Be Aware of in Your Personal Injury Claim

Last weekend you were leaving the Saint Louis Galleria when a distracted driver rear-ended you, resulting in severe whiplash and a broken arm. You went to the emergency room immediately, and your treating physician advised you that you won’t be able to work at your warehouse job until your arm heals—a process that could take weeks or months. Today, you get a call from an adjuster at the at-fault driver’s insurance Read More