In regards to personal injury cases, they usually fall into about six categories. Serious injury and wrongful death, truck and auto accidents, construction and workplace accidents, medical malpractice, bad faith insurance claims, general and product liability. Perhaps the most common fall into the category of truck and auto accidents. And it is
here where we will look at a few recent cases in Missouri.
Truck and Auto Accidents
Cruising along highway 43, a narrow two-lane highway that runs all though central Missouri, Michael Smith(in his Ford Escort)was side-swiped by a tractor trailer operated by Simmons Foods. The state troopers found that Mr. Smith’s vehicle had been struck by the dual wheels of the big rig, as they met on a perilous curve. The trailer was found to be slightly over the center line and the trailer crashed into the Escort’s compartment and sliced through Mr. Smith’s shoulder. After extensive surgeries and rehabilitation, Mr. Smith was able to return to work. Although he did suffer permanent limitations to the use of his range of motion. The case was settled a month before trial with Mr. Smith receiving an $800,000 dollar settlement.
An elderly man was on his way home when he was struck by a drunk-driver head-on. He was air-lifted to the University of Missouri, where he was treated for a shattered pelvis and compound fracture to the right leg. The attorneys found that there was limited insurance on behalf of the drunk driver. However, with a little digging into the drunk-driver’s background, it was found that he had some assets that were not insured from the wreck. This is a good example of hiring an attorney that will look into every nook and cranny, some attorneys are simply satisfied with a quick insurance settlement.
It is essential to hire a firm that is known for it’s strong work ethic and diligent attention to the smallest details. One that treats you as a trusted partner.