Personal injury includes claims for injuries suffered to individuals for the recovery of money damages in cases such as automobile collisions, slip and falls (premises liability), wrongful death and others. Damages recoverable may include the cost of all necessary medical treatment (past and future); lost wages and diminished earning capacity (past and future); pain and suffering; loss of ability to enjoy life; loss of consortium; and in wrongful death cases, loss of consortium, companionship, comfort, instruction, guidance, counsel, training and support; and others.
Workers’ compensation refers to the practice of representing those injured as a result of their work, whether by injury or by occupational disease. In Missouri, this includes claims for benefits for proper medical care, temporary disability pay while off work recovering from injury and permanent disability pay (both total and partial disability).
General civil trial and appellate practice refers to other personal and business matters which may need to be litigated through the courts (i.e., breach of contract, collection of accounts, mechanics liens, etc.), as well as simple estate planning, real estate transactions, assistance in negotiating employment contracts and other general legal matters. In addition to the “General Civil Trial” practice, this area also includes the handling of cases on appeal through the Missouri Courts of Appeals and the Missouri Supreme Court.
Dram shop litigation refers to the practice of representing those who have been injured as a result of the wrongful service of alcohol by the drink for consumption on the premises to a minor or an obviously or visibly intoxicated person. In the State of Missouri, this requires that certain conditions be in place at the time of the wrongful service of the alcohol leading to injury. These cases do not involve situations concerning the sale of packaged liquor (not for consumption by the drink on the premises) or service of alcohol by a social host who does not hold a special license issued by the Missouri Division of Liquor Control.