After assisting the Joplin tornado victims weeks after the horrific tornado demolished several miles in the town of Joplin, Missouri, I vowed to do everything I can to help these people. I heard amazing stories of strength and also despair. But I’m not sure anything can top what I just heard today. Mark Lindquist, a social worker, nearly gave his life in a heroic attempt to save three disabled individuals during the tornado.
Lindquist heard that three men with Down … Continue Reading >
Today’s media continues its campaign to attack trial attorneys (the lawyers who represent the injured) and the actual injured. Of course, the folks responsible for spreading the lies and generalizations about trial attorneys and plaintiffs tend to shed their beliefs when they are injured or when a family member has been wronged. I represent people injured in a variety of situations – car crashes, tractor trailer accidents, falls on property, animal attacks, dangerous consumer products, dangerous drugs and pharmaceuticals, mask … Continue Reading >
By now, most people have heard about the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair last Saturday just prior to to the band Sugarland’s performance. The tradegy has left five concert-goers dead and dozens injured. But who is at fault? Most likely, the event staff will be held at least partially at fault as they likely assisted in the stage set up. In most states, there is a complete defense for situations like this where an “act of God” caused … Continue Reading >
We all need to protect our civil justice system or there is simply no reason to have it at all. Below is a short description of the film:
HOT COFFEE examines the dangers of so-called “tort reform” and its threat to our civil justice system. Using the now-infamous legal battle over a spilled cup of McDonald’s coffee as a springboard, the film follows four people, including McDonald’s plaintiff Stella Liebeck, whose lives have been affected by their inability to access … Continue Reading >
Today, I joined a group of fellow MATA (Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys) members in Joplin, Missouri to provide free legal advice to the recent tornado victims. We were actually set up at The Bridge – away from the debris in the “safe” zone. But the impact of this disaster was written all over the faces of the people here.
We provided free legal advice to many people today. Some of the issues we addressed were: (1) My place of … Continue Reading >
In Missouri, when a married person is seriously injured their spouse may have a claim for loss of consortium (con-sor-she-um) for the spouse’s permanent inability or temporary inability during his rehabilitation to provide household services, companionship, care, affection and loss of marital sexual relations. However, an unmarried cohabitants and gay partners are not afforded the same rights in Missouri.
In a few other U.S. states, the laws are evolving to hold that an unmarried cohabitant may state a cause of … Continue Reading >
The spring storm season is approaching and Missouri residents know all too well how damaging the storm season can be. Missouri insurance officials out of Jefferson City, Missouri have issued a recommendation that Missouri homeowners and renters review their policies to double-check that they are adequately protected.
The officials have recommended that both renters and home homeowners create a list of personal property so that if a claim later has to be made, the process will be quicker and smoother. … Continue Reading >