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  • How to Determine if a Business has a Crime Problem
    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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  • Kansas City’s Leash Laws and Pigs
    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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  • 3 Ways to Maximize your Recovery in a Dog Bite Case
    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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  • Two Limitations That Can Affect Your Compensation
    Two Limitations That Can Affect Your Compensation

    For the most part, the amount of money you get in a personal injury lawsuit is related to how hurt you are and your level of damages. This is why its called compensation; the money makes up for the ...

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  • What Legal Immunity Really Means
    What Legal Immunity Really Means

    In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, legislatures across the country are considering bills to give legal immunity to businesses and people against claims of infection. As a trial lawyer ...

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  • How We Protect You from Frivolous Defenses
    How We Protect You from Frivolous Defenses

    Frivolous is a word too often attributed to personal injury lawsuits. Many people believe our nation has too many lawsuits and believe that most of the cases that are filed are frivolous. In my ...

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

    When you are hurt because of someone else’s negligence and are making a claim for money compensation, you bear the burden to show the nature and extent of your injuries. The most common way we show ...

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  • Your Case Settled: Now What?
    Your Case Settled: Now What?

    There’s generally a sense of relief when a case settles. You no longer have to worry about a trial and what a jury might do with your case and generally speaking, there’s not much left you need to do. ...

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

    Many people who have been in a car crash struggle with whether to make a claim for money compensation. Understandably so. They may be worried that they will be seen as making a frivolous claim or ...

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  • Medical Care Options When You Don’t Have Health Insurance
    Medical Care Options When You Don’t Have Health Insurance

    As personal injury lawyers handling cases in the Kansas City area, we’re often asked how someone can get medical care if they’re hurt in a car crash or other personal injury incident, and who will pay ...

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  • The 3 Parts of a Personal Injury Petition
    The 3 Parts of a Personal Injury Petition

    It’s our policy to give every case one chance of settling before we have to file suit. When a personal injury case doesn’t settle pre-suit, we have to file a petition. A petition starts the lawsuit. ...

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  • Getting Back to Normal After the Coronavirus Lockdown
    Getting Back to Normal After the Coronavirus Lockdown

    The lock-down for the Coronavirus pandemic is gradually being lifted and life is getting back to normal (for the most part). At our office, we’re back at full strength (although still following local ...

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

    You’ve been hurt by someone else’s negligence and are seeking money compensation from her, his, or its insurance company. Much of what will be used to prove the other side’s negligence and your ...

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  • Motorcycle Safety During a Pandemic
    Motorcycle Safety During a Pandemic

    Motorcycle Safety During a Pandemic. Those are words I never imagined typing. But here we are. May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month . Right now in Kansas City, the weather is getting ...

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  • The Effect of Coronavirus On Your Personal Injury Case
    The Effect of Coronavirus On Your Personal Injury Case

    Like much of the country, Kansas City is seeing an exponential increase in COVID-19 cases. As a personal injury lawyer handling Kansas City cases, here’s how the Coronavirus pandemic will affect your ...

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  • The Rules of the Road and Car Crashes in Missouri
    The Rules of the Road and Car Crashes in Missouri

    Missouri Rules of the Road As a Kansas City personal injury lawyer, I vet a lot of potential car crash cases. One of the first things I look into is whether any of Missouri’s rules of the road were ...

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  • 3 Winter Driving Tips from a Personal Injury Lawyer
    3 Winter Driving Tips from a Personal Injury Lawyer

    As I’m writing this, its nasty outside! School was cancelled last night even before a drop of freezing rain came down today. That’s because what the weather brought us today was a sheet of ice. It’s ...

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

    Happy New Year! Congratulations on making it to 20’s. With the new year and new decade comes the traditional new year’s resolution. This time around, to celebrate the beginning of a new decade, I ...

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  • How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take
    How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take

    As a Kansas City personal injury lawyer, one of the most common questions potential new clients ask is, “How long will my case take?” Personal injury lawsuits can take anywhere from a few months to ...

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

    Most modern cars are equipped with black box-like devices called event data recorders or EDRs. These are similar to airplane black boxes in that they record information from the moments leading up to ...

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

    If you’ve been hurt because of someone else’s negligence and are considering talking to a lawyer about your case, it's better to do it sooner rather than later. Although the actual time limit to make ...

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  • Kansas City Pedestrian-Car Crashes on the Rise
    Kansas City Pedestrian-Car Crashes on the Rise

    In February, KSHB Kansas City reported on a rise of car-on-pedestrian crashes in the metropolitan area . Using information from the Kansas City Police Department, the article states there were 360 ...

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  • Distracted Driving: The Hands-Free Myth
    Distracted Driving: The Hands-Free Myth

    In our connected society, people often use driving as a time to catch up on important calls or schedule appointments over the phone. For most Americans, the cell phone is more than just an auxiliary ...

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  • Distracted Driving: A Dangerous Habit
    Distracted Driving: A Dangerous Habit

    Using technology is second nature to most of us. It’s integrated into every facet of our world, and we appreciate the way it enhances and enriches our lives on a daily basis. It’s so ingrained into ...

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  • Why Is Texting While Driving Still Allowed in Missouri?
    Why Is Texting While Driving Still Allowed in Missouri?

    In January of last year, the Kansas City Star’s editorial board wrote a piece about there being no law prohibiting texting while driving for Missouri drivers over the age of 21. This article is ...

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  • Settlement Confidentiality: It's Up To You
    Settlement Confidentiality: It's Up To You

    Settlement agreements are sometimes confidential, meaning some part of the deal cannot be disclosed or discussed. Most of the time confidentiality applies to the names of the parties to a settlement ...

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

    The Kansas City Star reported recently that traffic fatalities spiked last year in the Kansas City region . The article shows that as of the date it was published on December 22, 2017, there were 98 ...

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

    The Verge published an article recently about the rise in traffic fatalities caused by people playing the game Pokemon Go. The game is available on smartphones and features elements in real world ...

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  • Risk of Future Injuries
    Risk of Future Injuries

    In the event of breaking rules or doing something wrong that leads to hurting someone, the person at fault will have to make up for the harm they cause. You break it, you buy it. But when you break ...

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  • What Trial Lawyers Do
    What Trial Lawyers Do

    Thankfully, not very many people in the general public have ever had any interaction with a trial lawyer. Most people’s understanding of what a trial lawyer does is informed by the media, their ...

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  • Trench Collapses and Personal Injury Cases
    Trench Collapses and Personal Injury Cases

    Trench Collapses and Personal Injury Cases The Kansas City Star published an article today about the dangers of trench collapses in construction sites . The article had a sobering statistic that, ...

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  • Compensation in Missouri Car Crash Cases
    Compensation in Missouri Car Crash Cases

    There are tens of thousands of car crashes in Missouri every year. A great many of those result in injury or death. When a crash is caused by someone who broke the rules of the road and as a result ...

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

    It was announced recently that Reggie Bush hired a lawyer and intends on suing the City of St. Louis for injuries his injuries when he slipped and fell at the Edward Jones Dome on November 1. Mr. Bush ...

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  • Fitbit and Other Wearable Fitness Trackers in Personal Injury Cases
    Fitbit and Other Wearable Fitness Trackers in Personal Injury Cases

    Nicole Black at Mycase.com blogged recently about information from wearable technology being used in legal cases. The blog can be found here . I'd like to expand on the potential of such technology ...

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  • Pool Safety
    Pool Safety

    Pool season is here and with it the risks and dangers of swimming. Pool injuries are common, but those resulting from someone else's negligence should be preventable. Here are a few types of pool ...

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  • Streetcar and Trolley Injuries in Kansas City
    Streetcar and Trolley Injuries in Kansas City

    Streetcars and Trolleys are excellent forms of public transportation in sprawling urban environments. Many cities recognize the economic development this method of transportation provides, and now ...

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

    If you have ever been arrested, one of your first memories after your arrest is likely the police taking your mugshot. After some time, the charges were resolved – either they were dropped, you were ...

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

    Can the federal government be sued when I am injured on federal property, at a federal facility or harmed by a federal employee who was acting within the scope of their federal employment? The answer ...

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  • Nick Hergott Graduates from the Bar Leadership Academy
    Nick Hergott Graduates from the Bar Leadership Academy

    We are pleased to announce that Attorney Nick Hergott graduated from the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association's Bar Leadership Academy . The Bar Leadership Academy is a special program designed to ...

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

    The Missouri Legislature passed a law recently that could cut your compensation in car accident cases. The law, Mo. Rev. Stat. Section 303.390, says that if you do not have car insurance, you cannot ...

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  • Pain & Suffering Not Recoverable in Workers' Comp Claims
    Pain & Suffering Not Recoverable in Workers' Comp Claims

    Generally speaking, when you get hurt at work, you're only choice is to file a workers' compensation claim. The law forbids cases against your employer for negligently causing you injuries. The upside ...

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  • Recovering Compensation for Future Medical Care
    Recovering Compensation for Future Medical Care

    In most personal injury cases in Missouri, we wait until our clients have been released from medical care before we try and settle their case. This is because it is easier to obtain compensation for ...

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  • Attorney Matthew Meyerkord Obtains $5M Settlement
    Attorney Matthew Meyerkord Obtains $5M Settlement

    Missouri Lawyers Weekly just released an article on a major case victory obtained by Attorney Matt Meyerkord and two other lawyers he collaborated with. The article covered a case in which a family ...

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  • Missouri Businesses are Not Required to Carry Insurance
    Missouri Businesses are Not Required to Carry Insurance

    Many people are surprised to find out that most businesses in Missouri are not required to carry insurance. Although Missouri law requires motorists to carry a minimum amount of liability insurance, ...

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  • Attorney Meyerkord Listed in Super Lawyers® for 2013
    Attorney Meyerkord Listed in Super Lawyers® for 2013

    Are you looking for a Kansas City personal injury lawyer who can provide you with high-caliber legal representation? Why not work with an attorney who has recognized by Super Lawyers® Magazine ? ...

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  • Holiday Driving: What You Should Know
    Holiday Driving: What You Should Know

    The holidays are upon us and people across the country are driving to relatives' houses or their vacation spots. The amount of traffic on our roads will greatly increase, as will the amount of ...

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  • Compensation for a Loss Requires Documentation
    Compensation for a Loss Requires Documentation

    In any personal injury case, be it a car accident, slip and fall, or any other kind of case, you are entitled to be compensated for all of your damages. This can include many kinds of loss like ...

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  • The Economic Considerations for Personal Injury Cases
    The Economic Considerations for Personal Injury Cases

    There is an economic consideration that must go into every new case. This is true for both the potential lawyer and the potential client. Sometimes this consideration can seem cold and callous, but it ...

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  • Your Insurance Defense Lawyer Isn't Really Your Lawyer
    Your Insurance Defense Lawyer Isn't Really Your Lawyer

    If you caused a car accident and the person you hit sues you, your liability insurance company will hire a lawyer to defend you. However, the lawyer they get for you isn't really your lawyer and isn't ...

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  • The Workers' Compensation Claims Process in Missouri
    The Workers' Compensation Claims Process in Missouri

    #1: Report an Injury or Illness to Your Employer Immediately After sustaining an injury on the job or coming down with an occupational illness during the scope of your employment, it is imperative ...

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  • How Social Media Could Impact Your Personal Injury Case
    How Social Media Could Impact Your Personal Injury Case

    In today's society, staying connected to friends through social media is an essential part of any daily routine. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find even one person in their twenties who ...

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  • If A Case Goes To Trial, The Defendant's Liability Insurance Carrier Hasn't Paid A Dime
    If A Case Goes To Trial, The Defendant's Liability Insurance Carrier Hasn't Paid A Dime

    People often think that if a case goes to trial that the plaintiff already got money from the defendant's liability insurance carrier and that the plaintiff must be trying to squeeze more money from ...

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  • Hiring A Personal Injury Lawyer When You'Re Injured In Missouri But From A Different State
    Hiring A Personal Injury Lawyer When You'Re Injured In Missouri But From A Different State

    Personal injury accidents can happen any time. Unfortunately, they can also happen when visiting another state. When you're injured in a different state, you should hire a lawyer from the area where ...

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  • Attorney Brian Russell Settles Slip & Fall Case for $28,500.00
    Attorney Brian Russell Settles Slip & Fall Case for $28,500.00

    The legal team at Meyerkord & Russell is excited to announce that Attorney Brian C. Russell recently settled a case for $28,500.00. His client has been seriously injured after falling down the ...

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  • Attorney Matthew Meyerkord Selected for 2013 Super Lawyers® List
    Attorney Matthew Meyerkord Selected for 2013 Super Lawyers® List

    Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Meyerkord has recently been bestowed a major honor. He has been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Super Lawyers® list for Missouri and Kansas. Through his ...

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  • The Lawyer on the Other Side
    The Lawyer on the Other Side

    I've written plenty about representing injured victims in negligence cases and how our fee structure motivates us to maximize their recovery. But what about the lawyer for the wrongdoer? What's his or ...

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  • Attorney Meyerkord Settles Accident Claim for $25,750
    Attorney Meyerkord Settles Accident Claim for $25,750

    The legal team at Meyerkord & Russell is pleased to announce that Attorney Matthew D. Meyerkord was recently successful in settling an accident claim for $25,750.00. His client had been injured while ...

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  • Brian Russell Settles Inadequate Security Case for $40,000
    Brian Russell Settles Inadequate Security Case for $40,000

    Meyerkord & Russell is proud to announce that Attorney Brian C. Russell was recently successful in settling yet another case. This time, he was hired to represent a client who had been robbed at ...

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  • Insurance Company Fast-Ones, Part Two
    Insurance Company Fast-Ones, Part Two

    Health insurance companies have thousands of trial lawyers across the United States working for them for free, all at the expense of the lawyers' injured clients. Its highway robbery at the highest ...

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  • Attorney Brian Russell Settles Car Accident Case for $77,500
    Attorney Brian Russell Settles Car Accident Case for $77,500

    The legal team at Meyerkord & Russell is proud to announce that Attorney Brian C. Russell was recently successful in obtaining a $75,000.00 settlement on behalf of his client. The victim had been ...

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  • Meyerkord & Russell Welcomes Paralegal Abby N. Matteo
    Meyerkord & Russell Welcomes Paralegal Abby N. Matteo

    Meyerkord & Russell is excited to announce that we have just welcomed a new paralegal, Abby N. Matteo , to the team. With an extensive background in the field of personal injury law, we believe that ...

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  • Leave No Stone Unturned
    Leave No Stone Unturned

    One thing we do in all of our cases is go out of our way to investigate our cases. In fact, finding new ways to gather information is one of my favorite parts of the practice. It prevents us from ...

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  • After Trial
    After Trial

    The trial of any personal injury case is typically the culmination of all the work that goes into the case. Trial is when the jury decides who is at fault for an injury accident, whether the injured ...

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  • Venue and Jurisdiction
    Venue and Jurisdiction

    Two important concepts in any personal injury case are venue and jurisdiction. Often confused, these two items have a major impact on the value of your case. Here are the difference between the two ...

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  • Independent Medical Evaluations
    Independent Medical Evaluations

    In most workers' compensation cases and in some personal injury cases, injured plaintiffs will undergo independent medical evaluations to determine various issues, including the extent of the ...

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  • Attorney Meyerkord Included in the "Best of the Bar for 2012"
    Attorney Meyerkord Included in the "Best of the Bar for 2012"

    Meyerkord & Russell is proud to announce that Attorney Matt Meyerkord was recently selected for inclusion in the Kansas City Business Journal's Best of the Bar for 2012. This will be the second year ...

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  • What a Jury Doesn't Hear
    What a Jury Doesn't Hear

    The end of the road for any personal injury case is a jury trial. Jury trials are risky endeavors and both sides of a lawsuit often make every effort to settle a case without having to have a jury ...

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  • Why Does it Take So Long to Get to Trial?
    Why Does it Take So Long to Get to Trial?

    We make an effort in every personal injury case to settle before trial. But sometimes a case just can’t settle, most often because the negligent party or their insurance company is being unreasonable ...

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  • Tell Your Lawyer the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    Tell Your Lawyer the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    One of the worst things that can happen in any personal injury case is that your lawyer discovers something that you didn’t tell him or her. Whether it be good or bad, the unknown is one of the worst ...

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  • Remington Firearms May Have a Defective Trigger
    Remington Firearms May Have a Defective Trigger

    NBC recently reported a story about defective triggers in Remington firearms. The defect causes the weapons to discharge when they are dropped or suffer some type of shock; even when the safety is ...

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  • Experts
    Experts

    Sometimes personal injury cases require the use of experts to help prove a certain part of the case. For example, in a medical malpractice case, you need to hire a doctor to say the one you are suing ...

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  • Hiring a Lawyer
    Hiring a Lawyer

    There are many things you should consider when hiring a lawyer for your personal injury case. I'm going to list a few major things here, but this list is by no means exhaustive. This is because the ...

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  • Your Right to Trial by Jury in Personal Injury Cases is Guaranteed by the Missouri Constitution
    Your Right to Trial by Jury in Personal Injury Cases is Guaranteed by the Missouri Constitution

    Filing a personal injury case in court and trying to a jury is a constitutional right in the State of Missouri. Section 14 of the Bill of Right in the Missouri Constitution says, "That the courts of ...

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  • The Insurer-Insured Privilege - (A Reason to Talk to an Attorney Before You Talk to the Insurance Company)
    The Insurer-Insured Privilege - (A Reason to Talk to an Attorney Before You Talk to the Insurance Company)

    Oftentimes when we get a call about a new case, the potential client has already given a recorded statement to the potential defendant's insurance company. Cooperating with an insurance company is a ...

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  • Gathering Medical Records
    Gathering Medical Records

    Personal injury cases can take a long time. I've blogged about it before, and it's always on my client's minds. One of the reasons why a personal injury case can take so long is because of the time it ...

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  • When Are You Compensated in Personal Injury Cases
    When Are You Compensated in Personal Injury Cases

    Personal injury accidents can exact a heavy financial toll on people and knowing when you can be compensated in your case is an important matter. Motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents , wrongful ...

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  • Law Suit "Must Haves"- A Compensable Injury
    Law Suit "Must Haves"- A Compensable Injury

    Oftentimes, we receive new client calls where the potential client went through a traumatic, scary, or embarrassing situation, but did not suffer a physical or economic injury as a result of someone ...

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  • What's Taking So Long?
    What's Taking So Long?

    As a Kansas City personal injury attorney , I handle all of my cases on a contingency fee basis. Under this arrangement, my fee is collected at the end of the case, at the same time my clients get ...

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  • Mediation vs. Arbitration
    Mediation vs. Arbitration

    The vast majority of personal injury cases settle before trial. Nearly as many settle even before a lawsuit is ever filed. Two of the most common ways cases are settled is mediation and arbitration. ...

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  • Negligent Entrustment
    Negligent Entrustment

    Sometimes personal injury accidents are caused by someone who shouldn't be using a certain product or driving a car in the first place. For example, a car accident might be caused by someone who ...

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  • Kansas City Leash Laws Apply to Chimpanzees
    Kansas City Leash Laws Apply to Chimpanzees

    A 300-pound chimpanzee that escaped from its cage and ran amok made headlines recently in Kansas City. Had the chimpanzee injured someone, that person would have undoubtedly had a personal injury case ...

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  • Case Value: An Overview
    Case Value: An Overview

    As a Kansas City personal injury attorney , one of the most common questions I hear is, "What is my case worth?" There are too many factors to list in one blog, but I can provide an overview. ...

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  • The Settlement Transaction
    The Settlement Transaction

    Last week I wrote about the basics of settlement negotiation. This week I'd like to talk about the transaction itself. What do you get when you settle a case and what do you give in exchange? The most ...

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  • Settlement Negotiation
    Settlement Negotiation

    The vast majority of personal injury cases settle before trial. If you have a personal injury case, you should therefore know how the settlement process works. Settlement negotiation is just that; a ...

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  • Personal Injury: More Than Meets the Eye
    Personal Injury: More Than Meets the Eye

    Just like one of my favorite toys growing up, often times in a personal injury case there is more than meets the eye. In most cases there is a bit of information that can turn a good case into a great ...

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  • A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
    A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

    There is no better way to prove a case than with pictures and video footage. Whether you were injured in a car accident , trucking accident, slip and fall , or have suffered any other kind of personal ...

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  • Welcome to our Kansas City Personal Injury Law Blog
    Welcome to our Kansas City Personal Injury Law Blog

    We are pleased to announce the launch of our new personal injury law blog, with an RSS feed available .

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