Recent Awards & Verdicts

  • Work Comp Perm. Total Disability vs. Second Injury Fund

This case involved an over the road truck driver who sustained a stroke which affected vision in one eye and had significant pre-existing disease and/or disabilities. The underlying workers' compensation claim was settled with the employer for a relatively minor permanent partial disability associated with the ocular stroke and a claim remained against the Second Injury Fund. The Second Injury Fund case went to trial and the Administrative Law Judge, despite all evidence to the contrary, found the claimant able to return to work. This award was appealed to the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission who overturned the underlying Administrative Law Judge's award and awarded permanent total disability to the claimant based on the combining disabilities of the primary injury and the pre-existing disabilities.

  • Uninsured/Work Comp

This was a claim involving a driver of a dump truck who, unbeknownst to him, worked for an employer who did not maintain workers' compensation insurance. Due to the fact that the employer had no insurance, the claim was tried to the Administrative Law Judge who found that the claimant sustained permanent partial disabilities and, more importantly, that the employer was required to pay for all medical care, past and future. Due to the fact that the employer was uninsured, the Second Injury Fund stepped into the shoes of the employer and made various unsubstantiated demands with regard to medical treatment that the Administrative Law Judge found unpersuasive and noted that the Second Injury Fund stepped into the shoes of the employer and, therefore, conferred no additional defenses nor rights to the Second Injury Fund.

  • Work Comp Total Disability Slip/Fall

This is a case involving an employee of the Archdiocese employed at a retirement home for nuns. The claimant was accosted and battered by a co-employee. The case was tried to the Administrative Law Judge who awarded the claimant permanent partial disability and medical benefits. The employer appealed to the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission who upheld the award of the Administrative Law Judge. The employer chose to appeal the case to the Missouri Court of Appeals who addressed the assault law under Workers' Compensation and upheld the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission award granting benefits of permanent partial disability and medical benefits to the claimant.

  • Work Comp Assault

This case involved a claimant who slipped and fell on ice in the parking lot of her employer and sustained two faulting disks in her back. The employer offered a nominal amount for settlement which was rejected by the claimant and the claimant's attorney, even though the claimant's attorney, at that time, was recommending settlement. The claimant then hired me to represent her against the employer. The claim was tried in St. Charles County where the Judge found that the claimant was permanently partially disabled and that she was able to return to work. Both the claimant and the employer filed an appeal to the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission who overturned the underlying Administrative Law Judge's award and awarded permanent total disability against the employer in favor of the claimant.

  • Civil Suit Personal Injury v. St. Louis City Police

This is a personal injury claim against the St. Louis Metropolitan Police where it was alleged that a police cruiser collided head-on with the plaintiff going the wrong way on a bridge complex on ramp while chasing an individual that had allegedly committed a felony in the City of St. Louis. The case was tried to a St. Louis City jury who found that the St. Louis Police Officer operating his cruiser was 100% responsible for the collision and for the resulting injuries to the plaintiff and awarded $150,000 to the plaintiff.

  • Civil Case Personal Injury Boating Accident

This was a premises/personal negligence claim by the plaintiff against his "then" employer for an injury that arose out of an employment related party at the employer's residence where the employer furnished food and alcoholic beverage as well as boat rides on a lake with the employer's boat. The employer was operating the boat on a small lake after having allegedly consumed alcohol and instructing the plaintiff to engage in "tubing" behind the boat. The employer allegedly recklessly operated the boat by travelling very fast and operating the boat in such a way as to create a sling shot effect when operating close to the shore. As a result of the speed and the maneuvering of the boat by the employer, the plaintiff was catapulted from the tube into the shallow portion of the lake causing a massive internal injury requiring substantial care and treatment. Settlement for a substantial amount was achieved in favor of plaintiff.

  • Premises Liability

This case involved a elderly plaintiff walking his small dog on a public street when a large dog ran out from in back of a residence and started attacking small dog. In the process of trying to keep the dogs apart, the plaintiff fell onto the street fracturing his hip which required temporary emergency surgical repair. The subsequent medical treatment course required the plaintiff to undergo two additional surgeries that were successful, however, the plaintiff lost significant mobility and function. The case required substantial coordination with medical providers located in central Missouri and Medicare. The case was resolved by settlement prior to filing the lawsuit resulting the the plaintiff receiving substantial compensation.