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Join Us at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Member Social

In Honor of our 10th Anniversary In 2024, we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary as Meyerkord, Russell and Hergott. In honor of that, we’re partnering with the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association to host the August 15th Member Social at the Boulevard Brewing Co. Heim ...

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  • Join Us at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Member Social

    In Honor of our 10th Anniversary In 2024, we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary as Meyerkord, Russell and Hergott. In honor of that, we’re partnering with the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association ...

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  • Staggering Crash Statistics Highlight the Need for Changes in Civil Law

    The Kansas City Star recently published an article regarding Vision Zero, Kansas City’s effort to curb traffic injuries and deaths. The article included some troubling traffic crash statistics. “Last ...

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  • Why Increasing the Weight Limit for Large Commercial Trucks is Dangerous

    The Kansas City Star recently published an editorial about legislation to raise the maximum weight of large commercial trucks. I agree with the author’s warning against such legislation due to the ...

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  • What Makes a Multi-Million Dollar Case?

    At Meyerkord, Russell, & Hergott, we have been fortunate to have several multi-million dollar cases in our decade-plus history. From medical malpractice to trucking cases, large verdicts or ...

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  • Kansas City, MO Semi-truck Pedestrian Crash Highlights Need for Better Training and Supervision

    The Kansas City Star recently published a story about a semi-truck tractor colliding with a pedestrian at the corner of Belmont Boulevard and Wilson Avenue. According to the article, on May 7, 2024, ...

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  • The Importance of Notice in Crime Victim Cases

    In any premises liability case, notice on the part of the property owner is the most important part. What Is Notice? Notice is when the property owner knew, or could have known, about the danger or ...

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  • Frequently Asked Questions About Truck Accidents and Insurance

    At Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott, we handle many truck crash cases. These are oftentimes major cases with big damages and big compensation. This is because trucks can cause major carnage when driven ...

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  • Brian Russell Wins Plaintiff Verdict In Crime Victim Case

    Meyerkord Russell & Hergott won a bench trial verdict for their plaintiff who was a sexual assault victim in Kansas City, Missouri. A judge sided with the plaintiff, represented by Brian Russell of ...

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  • Join Us for a CLE at Screenland Armour

    UMKC Film & the Law Series: "The Burial" - A Teamwork Approach to Justice Attorneys Nick Hergott and Brian Russell are presenting at the upcoming UMKC School of Law Film & the Law Series. They will be ...

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  • Texting While Driving – Is It Worthy of Punitive Damages?

    In a Reddit post from a few months ago, a user posted a dashcam video of a driver looking at his phone. Each time the driver is distracted, the view goes black, representing the driver’s inability to ...

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  • How To Finalize A Car Crash Case Quickly

    Car crashes – even small ones – can cause huge financial holes in your life. The injuries, doctor’s appointments, and missed work can quickly deplete any financial reserves you may have had. These can ...

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  • How to Prevent Some Car Accidents Using the 3-Second Rule

    Several news outlets recently reported a major crash on Interstate 435 in Kansas City. On March 15, 2024, 17-year-old Muneer Henderson and 19-year-old Orlando Ward were killed when the Nissan car in ...

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  • AN UPDATE ON OUR PRO BONO CASE TO FREE BYRON CASE

    On December 5, 2023, attorney Brian Russell - in cooperation with Nicole Gordon, Quinn O’Brien, and Sean O’Brien, former chief public defender in Kansas City, MO and current UMKC School of Law, ...

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  • New Developments in Car Crash Cases

    As personal injury lawyers in Kansas City, we handle hundreds of car crash cases per year. These cases range from minor fender benders to devastating wrecks caused by commercial motor vehicles. To ...

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  • Personal Injury Cases Against Dollar Tree

    The New York Times recently published an article about Dollar Tree’s subsidiary Family Dollar getting fined a record $41.675 million for food safety issues. Specifically, the Food and Drug ...

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  • What to Do if You're a Victim of Medical Malpractice

    Getting injured by a doctor or other health care professional because of their mistake can be devastating. What should be healing and getting better turns into injury and getting worse; like one step ...

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  • Injured at the Chiefs Rally? Here Are Your Options

    The Kansas City Star recently published an article about the legal liability for Chiefs victory rally on February 14, 2024. The article discussed several options for victims of the shooting to get ...

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  • Kansas City Traffic Fatalities Increase: What to Do When a Loved One Dies in a Traffic Accident

    NPR reported recently that traffic fatalities in Kansas City increased in 2023. The article states, “In 2023, 102 people died in traffic crashes, according to the Kansas City Police Department. That’s ...

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  • The Importance of Attending Medical Appointments

    As lawyers handling personal injury cases in the Kansas City area for many years, we’ve learned how to drive up the value of our cases. One of the best ways to do that is to never miss or cancel a ...

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  • New Year, Safer Roads: Driving Resolution Ideas to Reduce Crashes in 2024

    Happy New Year! As is tradition, New Year's comes with resolutions. In the first half of 2023, there were over 19,000 traffic fatalities in the US. Why not resolve to drive more safely in 2024 and do ...

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  • Summary: Clients injured in a violent crime may have a valuable personal injury case

    Representing individuals at risk of violent crime or involved in the criminal justice system poses unique challenges. An article by attorney Nick Hergott, Clients Injured in a Violent Crime May Have a ...

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  • Fighting for Justice: Our Pro Bono Case to Free Byron Case

    Recently featured in the KC Star, Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott attorney Brian Russell filed a motion with the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, in Byron Case’s direct appeal from 2004. This ...

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  • Crash Involving Semis on I-70 Shows Need for Higher Insurance Limits

    The Kansas City Star published an article a few weeks ago about a terrible crash on I-70 involving at least two semi-tractors and trailers. Unfortunately, one man identified as Robert T. Cox of ...

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  • What is a Bad Faith Case?

    At our law firm, we’ve handled dozens of bad faith cases against insurance companies. Having practiced personal injury law in the greater Kansa City area for almost 20 years, we have seen some very ...

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  • Matt Meyerkord, Nick Hergott, and Brian Russell Recognized by Super Lawyers in 2023

    We are proud to announce that Matt Meyerkord, Nick Hergott, and Brian Russell have been honored as Super Lawyers again for 2023. Matt Meyerkord : Personal Injury Super Lawyer Marking 12 years of ...

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  • What’s the Difference Between a Slip & Fall vs. Trip & Fall?

    As premises liability attorneys in Kansas City, Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott handles a lot of slip and fall and trip and fall cases. Prospective clients often ask what the difference is between those ...

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  • Commentary: Turn pain into power: Clients injured in a violent crime may have a valuable personal injury case

    Many of us represent individuals from communities at risk of violent crime. Others deal directly with people involved in the criminal courts. And most of us will be the first call from former clients ...

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  • Common Reasons for Personal Injury Cases Going to Trial

    At Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott, our objective is to maximize our client’s recovery. Sometimes that means we have to go to trial, despite the risks. But ideally, a personal injury case will settle ...

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  • Exploring the Growth in Tort Victim’s Compensation Fund Claims

    In Missouri, people injured due to someone else's negligence, yet unable to secure money compensation due to the wrongdoer's lack of insurance or funds, can get compensation from the Tort Victim’s ...

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  • Steps to Take If You've Been a Victim of Pharmaceutical Malpractice

    Pharmaceutical malpractice is a big problem in the United States. According to an article published by the National Library of Medicine, in the United States alone, 7,000 to 9,000 people die as a ...

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  • Understanding Teen Car Crash Cases: Insights from a Missouri Personal Injury Lawyer

    The Kansas City Star recently published an article about the risks of teenaged drivers. The article included alarming statistics about teen driving. Specifically, it said, “Motor vehicle accidents are ...

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  • What To Do If You’re Injured On Someone Else’s Property

    Premises liability cases are one of our top practice areas. We love slip or trip and fall cases, or any other premises liability cases. They have been one of my mainstays since I started on my own in ...

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  • What are the Minimum Requirements for a Personal Injury Case?

    A common question we get from potential new clients is “Do I have a case?” I have been handling personal injury cases in the Kansas City area for almost 20 years and here are some of the basic ...

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  • Kansas City Dump Truck Crashes on the Rise

    There have been several news articles recently about dump truck crashes in Kansas City. In one crash in Olathe on July 26, 2023, a high school senior was killed. In another crash in Kansas City on ...

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  • Undocumented Worker Safety

    A recent article in the Kansas City Star tells the story of how an undocumented worker from Nicaragua fell to his death at an office building being converted into apartments. The worker, whose name ...

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  • More Updates in Premises Liability Law

    A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about some updates in premises liability law. I learned about a few cases since then that I think would be good to add as an update on premises liability law. As Kansas ...

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  • Updates in Premises Liability Law

    At Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott, we handle many premises liability cases. We have been prosecuting premises liability cases in Missouri and Kansas for over a decade. Because of the number of premises ...

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  • National Dog Bite Awareness Week

    The United States Postal Service has designated this week as National Dog Bite Awareness Week. The purpose of the designation is to bring attention to the staggering amount of dog bites postal service ...

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  • Missouri Legislature Passes Hands Free Driving Law

    Senate Bill 398 was recently signed into law in Missouri. The bill, called the “Siddens Bening Hands Free Law”, generally speaking, prohibits drivers from using a mobile device while driving. As a ...

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  • Bicycle & Motorcycle Accident Cases in KC

    With weather warming up in the Kansas City area, bicycle and motorcycle riders are hitting the streets. With an increased number of motorcycle and bicycle riders, comes an unfortunate rise in ...

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  • What Do Car Accident Lawyers Do?

    We’ve been handling car crash cases in Missouri and Kansas for over 15 years. A common question we get from potential car crash clients is “What do you do?” Here are a few of the things that car crash ...

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  • When to Get an Attorney for a Car Accident?

    A common question we get from potential new clients is when should they hire a lawyer to handle their car crash case. If you want a lawyer to handle your claim for compensation after a car crash, then ...

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  • What Type of Attorney Handles Car Crashes?

    Any attorney licensed to practice law in the state where your crash happened can handle your car crash case. However, that is different than the type of attorney you should hire. As a lawyer handling ...

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  • Why Hire an Attorney After Being in a Car Crash?

    My general rule of thumb for potential car crash clients is to encourage them to try and settle their case on their own, especially when the crash was clearly the other driver’s fault. However, having ...

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  • How Do Car Accident Lawyers Get Paid?

    A common question I get from potential car accident clients is, "how do car accident lawyers get paid?” Many of our cases are car crash cases and we have been handling crash cases in Missouri and ...

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  • Bill Threatens to Shorten Missouri’s Statute of Limitations

    A bill has been filed in Missouri’s Legislature to shorten the statute of limitations for personal injury cases. The statute of limitations determines how long you have to file a personal injury case. ...

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  • What’s Your Case Worth to an Insurance Company

    A common question we get from current and potential clients is, “What’s my case worth?” I’ve written before about how we, as personal injury lawyers, evaluate cases. I thought, in this blog, I would ...

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  • An Overview of Missouri Tort Victims' Compensation Fund

    In 1965, the Missouri Legislature created the “Tort Victims' Compensation Fund”. According to the Missouri Supreme Court, the purpose of the Fund is to “create a fund to compensate certain tort ...

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  • The 3 Most Common Types of Premises Liability Cases

    We are personal injury lawyers in the Kansas City area and have been handling premises liability cases for 15 years. We’ve handled and investigated many different types of premises liability cases. A ...

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  • Compensation Options for KC Tenants

    In a period of soaring rents and substandard housing, tenants in the United States are facing more difficulties than ever with their rentals. The Kansas City Star recently published an article ...

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  • Why You Should Hire a Lawyer in a Car Crash

    As a personal injury lawyer handling car crash cases in Missouri and Kansas for over 16 years, I get a lot of common questions from potential crash clients. The most common is whether she or he should ...

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  • Options for Money Compensation from Crashes at Dangerous Intersections

    NPR published a story recently about the most dangerous intersections in Kansas City. The article mentions several intersections throughout Kansas City and notes the high number of the pedestrian, ...

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  • Premises Liability for Delivery Drivers

    Holidays are in full swing, which means package deliveries are up across the country. This also increases the chances of delivery drivers getting hurt making these deliveries. As a personal injury ...

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  • How to Protect Yourself in These Dangerous Intersections in Kansas City

    The Kansas City Star recently published an article with the ten most dangerous streets for pedestrians and bike riders. These streets include Independence Ave in Kansas City, 39th Street, Prospect ...

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  • Winter Weather Injuries: Falling on Snow or Ice

    Winter is coming to Kansas City. That means the holidays, time off with family and friends, and the New Year are just around the corner. It also means the cold, frigid Kansas City weather is settling ...

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  • Premises Liability: Special Rules with Snow and Ice Cases

    As frigid Kansas City weather settles into the metro, the threat of snow, sleet, and ice is imminent. Here, we discuss winter weather injuries and when an injured person has a viable personal injury ...

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  • Super Lawyers 2022 Recognition: Matt Meyerkord, Nick Hergott, and Brian Russell

    We are proud to announce that Matt Meyerkord, Nick Hergott, and Brian Russell have been honored as Super Lawyers again for 2022. Matt Meyerkord: Personal Injury Super Lawyer Marking one decade of ...

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  • Mediation in Personal Injury Cases

    Most personal injury cases settle before trial. This avoids the uncertainty of a jury trial and saves time and money. A popular method of settling personal injury cases is through mediation. In this ...

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  • Superhero Personal Injury Law: Part 4

    In case you missed Part 1 of this blog post series (you can also check out Part 2 and Part 3 ), I’ve been enjoying Marvel Studios’ new show She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. The show is similar to Law and ...

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  • Superhero Personal Injury Law: Part 3

    In this installment of my superhero personal injury law blog, I’ll delve into some of the problems with Joe Schmoe’s personal injury case against Emil Blonsky. In the last blog, I wrote about some of ...

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  • Superhero Personal Injury Law: Part 2

    Last week, I started a blog series inspired by the new Marvel show She-Hulk: Attorney at Law ( check out that blog here ). The series will explore what a personal injury case might look like if it ...

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  • Vote for Us: Best Law Firm in KC

    Wow! Thanks to your nominations, we have been nominated for Best Law Firm in Kansas City in The Pitch’s Best of KC 2022. The ballot only includes the five law firms with the most nominations, and ...

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  • Superhero Personal Injury Law: Part 1

    As a life-long comic book reader and 18-year personal injury lawyer in Kansas City, I’ve been loving Marvel Studios’ new television show She-Hulk: Attorney at Law on Disney Plus. The show is similar ...

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  • Disclosure in Personal Injury Lawsuits

    About a week ago, many news outlets reported on the seemingly inadvertent disclosure of Alex Jones’ entire phone records and data in a defamation case against him. Having litigated personal injury ...

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  • The 3 Parts of a Personal Injury Lawsuit

    As personal injury attorneys handling cases in the Kansas City metro for over 15 years, we have filed and litigated many lawsuits. Although we try to give each case the chance of settling before we ...

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  • What Constitutes Damages in Missouri Personal Injury Cases

    Acts of negligence can cause serious injuries and damages. A major car crash can leave someone hospitalized for months with severe, life-changing injuries. These injuries cause all kinds of ...

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  • Tips for Evidence Preservation

    One of the most important tasks at the beginning of any personal injury case is to preserve as much evidence as possible. Having practiced personal injury cases in Kansas City for over 15 years, I’ve ...

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  • Legal Resources for Amtrak Crash Victims

    On Monday, June 27, 2022, a catastrophic crash occurred between an Amtrak passenger train and a dump truck near Mendon, Missouri. According to news reports, there were more than 200 people on board. ...

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  • Premises Liability Cases: 3 Best Pieces of Evidence

    As personal injury lawyers in Kansas City, we have handled hundreds of premises liability cases. Here are three of the best pieces of evidence we have found throughout the years. These facts turned ...

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  • What To Do If You’ve Lost a Loved One in a Car Crash

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recently reported that in 2021, there was a 10.5% increase in traffic fatalities from the previous year. The NHTSA projects that an estimated ...

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  • Three Factors that Improve Motorcycle Personal Injury Cases

    May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, so I thought I’d write a blog on motorcycle personal injury cases. Specifically, I’d like to tell you about three factors I have seen that make motorcycle ...

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  • Attorney Nick Hergott Featured on the KCMBA Podcast

    Attorney Nick Hergott was recently featured on the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s podcast, “In Re KCMBA”. Nick got the opportunity to share his background and his role as the president of ...

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  • 3 Ways a Judge Impacts the Value of a Personal Injury Case

    As personal injury attorneys in Kansas City, we must often go to court for our clients. When that happens, who you get as a judge can have a significant effect on how much compensation you get. Here ...

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  • Signs of a Good Premises Liability Case

    I’ve practiced personal injury law in Kansas City for over a decade and have handled hundreds of premises liability cases. A common question I get from potential slip or trip and fall clients is do I ...

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  • Proving Defendant’s Negligence in a Crash Case

    In response to the alarming increase in traffic fatalities, the Kansas City Police Department announced it will be stepping up enforcement in high crash areas this weekend. This will no doubt help ...

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  • Work Zone Crashes in Kansas City

    I saw a news flash recently from the Missouri Department of Transportation that this week is Work Zone Awareness Week. According to their website, “National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an ...

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  • Tips if You’ve Lost a Loved One In a Traffic Fatality in Kansas City

    The Kansas City Police Department recently issued a press release outlining the unusually large amount of traffic fatalities so far in 2022. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 21 traffic ...

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  • Tips for Navigating KC Deadliest Intersections

    The KC Star recently published an article about the 13 deadliest intersections in Kansas City. The intersections include Bruce R. Watkins Drive and Gregory Boulevard and the Three Trails Crossings, ...

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  • Insurance Carriers Attempt to Invalidate Plaintiff’s Pain

    My law partner Brian Russell sent me an article recently about a study finding that “participants who felt invalidated in their pain experienced greater shame, and in turn, greater symptoms of ...

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  • Nick Hergott Selected as President of the KCMBA Solo and Small Firm Section

    We are proud to announce that our very own Nick Hergott was recently selected as the President of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Section! “The Solo ...

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  • Discovery: Personal Injury Settlements for Minors

    In my 18 years of practicing law, I have had the honor to represent many minors in personal injury cases. Cases involving minors are often the most tragic because of their age, how long they’ll have ...

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  • Injured at a Store? The Importance of Incident Reports

    As personal injury lawyers handling premises liability cases in the Kansas City area, one of the most important pieces of evidence are incident reports. Most stores or other businesses open to the ...

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  • Discovery: The Biggest Battle in Cases Against Corporate Defendants

    In any personal injury case against a corporation, the biggest battle is always during the discovery phase. Discovery happens after a lawsuit is filed. It is the means by which the parties get ...

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  • Heat Map of Crashes in KC

    The City of Kansas City has an online heat map of intersections with the most crashes. The map uses crash data from the City, so its accuracy is as good as the data that goes in. Regardless of the ...

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  • More Trials Cancelled in Kansas City

    The Jackson County Circuit Court recently cancelled jury trials for the weeks of January 10 and 18 due to the increased spread of the coronavirus. Early in the pandemic, the court established ...

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  • Holiday Driving Tips

    We’re currently in the thick of the holiday season. Thanksgiving was last month and Christmas is right around the corner. In Kansas City, the roads are full of students home for the holidays, people ...

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  • Camel Bite Cases

    It was recently reported that a camel was on the loose in Bonner Springs, Kansas. The article noted that police and animal control officers followed the camel through a golf course, along K7 Highway, ...

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  • When You Should Hire a Lawyer

    That depends. I know this is a typical lawyer answer, but the decision on when to hire a lawyer when you’ve been hurt because of someone else’s negligence depends on several things. As personal injury ...

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  • How the Location of Your Injury Affects Your Personal Injury Case

    We are personal injury lawyers who handle cases in Missouri and Kansas and have tried and handled cases in both states. In both states, the location of your injury can greatly affect the value of your ...

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  • Keys to a Successful Personal Injury Case Against the Government

    In our 15-plus years of experience handling personal injury cases in the Kansas City area, we have seen negligence in many forms from our government. Whether it be a car crash or broken sidewalk, our ...

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  • Why Slip or Trip and Fall Cases are Good Cases

    For some reason, many people have come to view slip or trip and fall cases as bad, low-value cases. We have been handling these cases for over 15 years and have found that they are actually very good ...

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  • Proud to Collect Bears for KCPA’s Bears on Patrol Initiative

    Every year, the Kansas City Paralegal Association partners with the Kansas City Police Department to collect stuffed animals for their Bears on Patrol program. The Kansas City Police Department ...

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  • Matt Meyerkord, Nick Hergott, and Brian Russell All Recognized by Super Lawyers

    We are proud to announce that Matt Meyerkord, Nick Hergott, and Brian Russell have been recognized as Super Lawyers for 2021. Matt Meyerkord: Personal Injury Super Lawyer Matt was recognized as a ...

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  • Personal Injury Cases for Minors

    As personal injury lawyers practicing in the Kansas City area for many years, we have, unfortunately, handled many cases where the victim was a minor. When the plaintiff in a personal injury case is a ...

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    As Kansas City personal injury attorneys, we have handled many dog bite cases. One question that often comes up when visiting with potential clients with dog bite cases is what responsibility a ...

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    We are personal injury lawyers in Kansas City and have come to understand certain types of cases throughout our combined 40 plus years of experience. One of those types of cases is premises liability. ...

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  • Profits Over Safety

    As Kansas City personal injury lawyers who have been practicing for many years, we have seen a lot of corporations make bad decisions. Sometimes these decisions cause injury or death. Every time these ...

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  • Vote for Us: Best Law Firm in KC

    Here we go again! Thanks to your nominations, we made it onto the Pitch’s Best of KC 2021 ballot! The Pitch received 54,683 nominations from over 12,000 people, making this the biggest nominations ...

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  • Resolving an Injury Case before Trial

    Personal injury cases are the only type of cases we handle, and some of our lawyers have been handling them for over 15 years. Needless to say, we have a lot of experience in getting money ...

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    As Kansas City personal injury lawyers handling cases for injured clients for over ten years, we’ve developed several tips and pointers for our clients who are still feeling the effects of their ...

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  • What is the value of my personal injury case?

    As personal injury lawyers in Missouri, we have to decide what our client’s cases are worth. When we do this, we take into account several factors. One of those factors is the level or degree of the ...

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  • Navigating a Bus Crash Case

    Bus crash cases are not your run-of-the-mill car crash cases. Yes, there are similarities, but there are special rules and regulations that apply only to bus crash cases. Furthermore, there’s ...

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  • The Difference Between Missouri State Courts and Federal Courts in Personal Injury Cases

    As personal injury lawyers handling cases on both sides of the state line in Kansas City, we have a lot of experience litigating cases in court. Most of our lawsuits are handled at the state court ...

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  • Proving Notice of a Defect in Slip and Fall Cases Against Businesses

    One of the keys to winning a slip or trip and fall case is showing that the defendant knew, or should have known, about the defect that made you fall. This can be difficult in cases against a business ...

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  • Nominate Meyerkord, Russell and Hergott

    Nominate Us: Aiming to Win Best Law Firm (Again!) Last year we won The Pitch’s Best of Kansas City Best Law Firm thanks to all your nominations and votes. To honor our clients and the work we’ve done ...

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  • How to Protect Yourself from the Increase in Traffic Crashes in Kansas City

    An article on Fox 4 News’ website discusses a report from the KCPD that shows a 12% increase in traffic crashes from last year. The article includes a quote from Sgt. Bill Mahoney, supervisor for ...

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  • “Dog Bite” Cases that Don’t Require a Dog Bite

    Most people think a personal injury case involving a dog must mean the dog bit someone. However, in our experience handling such cases for over fifteen years in Missouri and Kansas, not all “dog bite” ...

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  • Celebrating Our 7th Anniversary

    This May we celebrated 7 years as Meyerkord, Russell, and Hergott. Although this past year presented unique challenges, we remain grateful for your support in allowing us to do what we love. Thank You ...

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  • Random Tips for Car Crash Cases

    As personal injury lawyers in the Kansas City area, we handle a lot of car crash cases in our firm. Over the years, we’ve developed tips and tricks that we use to help increase the value of these ...

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  • Is Zooming While Driving Negligence in Missouri?

    An Ohio senator made headlines this week when he was caught Zooming while driving during a committee meeting. He tried to hide the fact he was driving by changing his background to a picture of his ...

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  • Work Zone Crashes and Your Personal Injury Case

    Last week week was National Work Zone Awareness Week. According to its website, “National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season [that] ...

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  • The Strengths of Slip and Trip or Slip and Fall Cases

    We handle many premises liability cases in the Kansas City region. These cases primarily involve slip or trip and falls. In my experience, these types of cases get a bad rap amongst personal injury ...

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  • Types of Claims in Pedestrian Crash Cases

    As Kansas City personal injury lawyers, we handle a lot of pedestrian car crash cases. There are many types of claims that can be made against a negligent driver who hits a pedestrian. In this blog, ...

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  • How to Determine if a Business has a Crime Problem

    The duty to protect customers from criminal acts arises out of notice. If the business knows or has reason to know that such acts are being committed or are reasonably likely to be committed in a ...

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  • 3 Most Common Places for Crime Victim Cases

    Over the years, our personal injury firm has handled many crime victim cases. These are premises liability cases against a property owner when the property has a crime problem or the owner knew about ...

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  • Bus Accidents and the Law

    As a personal injury law firm in Missouri and Kansas, we have handled several bus accident cases. These can be devastating collisions because the victims are often children. Even when the collision ...

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    As personal injury lawyers, our firm has handled many dog bite cases and we get calls and contacts about dog bite cases frequently. One of the questions we always ask a potential client with a dog ...

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  • A Sexual Abuse Case is a Crime Victim Case

    Crime victim cases are similar to premises liability cases in that they require property owners to address dangers to visitors. Just like a store must clean water off the floor within a reasonable ...

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  • Coronavirus Pandemic and KC Jury Trials Update

    Since our law firm exclusively handles personal injury cases in Missouri and Kansas, we sometimes have to take our cases to trial to get full and fair money compensation to our clients. Because of ...

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  • Independence Center Mall Shootings and Personal Injury Law

    The Independence Center mall made headlines recently for a shooting that occurred there earlier this month. As a personal injury lawyer in Missouri who has handled many crime victim cases, I’d like to ...

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  • Kansas City’s Leash Laws and Pigs

    As a personal injury lawyer in Kansas City, we handle many dog bite cases. Because of this, we have become intimately familiar with the city’s leash laws. Under the doctrine of negligence per se, dog ...

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  • Hit-and-Run Car Crashes in KC

    As personal injury attorneys in Kansas City, we handle a lot of car crash cases. Oftentimes when people get hit by a careless driver, that driver flees the scene, or the driver stays but reveals that ...

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  • 3 Ways to Maximize your Recovery in a Dog Bite Case

    As personal injury lawyers in Kansas City, our firm handles many dog bite injury cases. Over the years, we’ve developed ways to increase our clients’ recoveries in these cases. Here are a few things ...

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  • Three Most Common Allegations in Crash Cases

    Missouri has a list of jury instructions that contain the most common allegations of negligence in various types of personal injury cases. For car crash cases, the list includes several acts of ...

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  • Three Common Problems with Dog Bite Cases

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  • Meyerkord Russell & Hergott Named Best Law Firm in The Pitch’s Best of Kansas City 2020

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  • What Legal Immunity Really Means

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  • Fatal Car Crashes on the Rise in Kansas City

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  • Attorney Nick Hergott Selected as President-Elect for KCMBA Committee

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  • Hyundai Shouldn’t Normalize Distracted Driving

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  • Seeing a Doctor for Your Injuries? Keep These 3 Things in Mind

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  • Vote For Us For Best Law Firm: The Pitch’s Best Of KC

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  • Driving in Missouri Requires the Highest Degree of Care

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  • #JustDriveKC: 17% Increase in Missouri Traffic Deaths from Last Year

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  • Your Case Settled: Now What?

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  • Compensation for Victims of Violent Crime

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  • Are You Getting a Fair Offer from the Insurance Company?

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  • In a Car Crash? | 3 Considerations For Filing a Claim

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  • Get Your Missouri Ballot Notarized for Free At Our Office

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  • Celebrating our 6th Anniversary with a Donation to Miracle of Innocence

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  • The 3 Parts of a Personal Injury Petition

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  • Getting Back to Normal After the Coronavirus Lockdown

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  • 3 Tips to Increase the Value of Your Personal Injury Case

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  • When Will Jury Trials Resume in Missouri?

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  • Celebrating 6 Years This May

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  • Slow Down, Missouri: A 52% Increase in 26+ mph Speeding Tickets

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  • 3 Tips to Stay Safe While Driving in the Time of Coronavirus

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  • Support Local: Lunch in Kansas City's River Market

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  • Insurance Companies & Coronavirus: Now is the Time to Make a Claim

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  • You Can Still Bring Us Your Case During the Coronavirus Lockdown

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  • The Effect of Coronavirus On Your Personal Injury Case

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  • Missouri House Passes Stricter Punitive Damages Bill

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  • The Rules of the Road and Car Crashes in Missouri

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  • Finally a Law Banning Texting While Driving in KC (Hopefully)

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  • 3 Winter Driving Tips from a Personal Injury Lawyer

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  • Looking for A New Year's Resolution? Make it No Phones While Driving

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  • How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take

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  • Icy Walkways and Premises Liability Cases

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  • Brian Russell and Nick Hergott Named 2019 Rising Stars by Super Lawyers

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  • The Importance of Black Boxes in Car Crash Personal Injury Cases

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  • What We Look for in Our Personal Injury Clients

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  • Thinking of Talking to a Lawyer About Your Injury – the Sooner the Better

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  • Section 8 Housing Injuries Can Lead To Possible Claim for Compensation

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  • Celebrating Five Years As Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott

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  • Attorney Matt Meyerkord Recently Featured in Missouri Lawyers Weekly

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  • Distracted Driving: The Trouble with Texting

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  • Distracted Driving: A Dangerous Habit

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  • Distracted Driving: A Devastating Epidemic

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  • Why Is Texting While Driving Still Allowed in Missouri?

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  • Premises Liability and Building Codes: Use Common Sense

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  • Matt Meyerkord and Nick Hergott Recognized as Top Rated Lawyers

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  • Matt Meyerkord Wins Plaintiff Verdict in Hazardous Fall Case

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  • Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott Proud to Support Bears on Patrol

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  • Settlement Confidentiality: It's Up To You

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  • Thousands Are Dying In Semi Truck Crashes, Jury Trials Can Help

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  • Proud Supporters of the River Market Community Association

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  • Incentivizing Attentive Driving and Punitive Damages

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  • Celebrating Our 4th Anniversary as Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott

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  • Study Shows Drivers Use Phones On More Than 1/3 of Trips

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  • Considering Making a Claim for Compensation? Do it Now.

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  • Hold Section 8 Housing Accountable for Crime, Unsafe Conditions

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  • Despite Spike in Traffic Fatalities, Still No Texting While Driving Laws in Missouri

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  • Nick Hergott Wins Plaintiff Verdict in Distracted Driving Case

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  • Sure, Play Pokemon Go (Just Not While You're Driving!)

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  • Brian Russell and Nick Hergott Honored as Super Lawyers Rising Stars

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  • Matt Meyerkord Recognized as Top 100 Attorney in KS/MO

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  • Make Our Streets Safer: Hold Unqualified Truck Drivers Accountable

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  • Traffic Fatalities in the United States Are on the Rise

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  • Put an End to Distracted Driving: 7 Easy Ways to Stop

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  • Texting While Driving Laws and Injury Cases

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  • Risk of Future Injuries

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  • Compensation

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  • Trench Collapses and Personal Injury Cases

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  • Will Using Human Delivery Driver's Become Negligence?

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  • All Three Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott Attorneys Honored

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  • Uncovering the Truth in the Digital Age

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  • The Significance of Non-Economic Damages

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  • We're Moving to Kansas City's River Market

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  • Insurance Limits in Crashes with Multiple Cars

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  • Driver Guide in Missouri Car Crash Cases

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  • The Root of All Car Crashes in Missouri

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  • Compensation in Missouri Car Crash Cases

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  • Property Damage Only Cases

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  • Insurance Coverage

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  • Jury Instructions in Missouri Car Crash Cases

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  • Loiterers in Crime Victim Cases

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  • Hotel Injuries

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  • Underinsured Motorist Insurance (UIM) Stacking in Missouri & Kansas

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  • DOT Proposes Update to the NHTSA's Car Rating System

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  • Reggie Bush's Recovery Against St. Louis Will Be Capped

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  • Businesses Aren't Required to Have Insurance

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  • Fitbit and Other Wearable Fitness Trackers in Personal Injury Cases

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  • Pool Safety

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  • Nick Hergott Receives the KCMBA's Young Lawyer of the Year Award

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  • Celebrating Our 1 Year Anniversary as Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott

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  • 3 Interesting Facts About The Benefits of Roundabouts v. Stoplights

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  • 2015 National Work Zone Awareness Week

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  • Do You Have Enough Insurance Coverage if You Are in a Car Accident?

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  • Trip and Falls from Kansas City Trolley Construction

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  • Streetcar and Trolley Injuries in Kansas City

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  • Falling Gas Prices Results in More Traffic Fatalities

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  • Missouri Workers' Compensation Awards Can Include Attorney's Fees and the Cost of the Entire Proceeding.

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  • Tis the Season for Danger

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  • Your Mugshot Online? New Missouri Law Allows Lawsuits Against Companies that Publish Mugshots and Ask for Money to Remove

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  • Help! I've Fallen On Federal Property and I Can't Get Up; What Now?

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  • Traffic Tickets in Car Accident Cases

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  • We Conduct Thorough Investigations

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  • Insurance Company's Promise to Pay Medical Care

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  • Nick Hergott Graduates from the Bar Leadership Academy

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  • New Law in Missouri Could Affect the Value of Your Car Accident Case

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  • Attorney Meyerkord Joins the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

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  • Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott Opens South Kansas City Office

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  • Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott Welcomes a New Attorney

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