Verdicts and Settlements


$1.5 Million settlement

in wrongful death case: Billy Dixon, et al v. Ozark Kenworth, et al, Boone County, Case No. 09BA-CV06058. Represented three children after their mother was killed in a head on Collision near Centralia, Missouri.

$536,000 verdict

in fraud/unlawful merchandising practices act case: Randy Rhodes v. Amega Mobile Home Sales, Inc Boone County Case No. 99CV164122. Client purchased manufactured home that was never delivered and defendant failed to refund their payment. This verdict included a punitive damage award of $500,000.

$425,000 settlement

in a battery/assault/failure to protect case: TP v. James Magruder, Western District of Missouri Case No. 02-4165CV-C-NKL. Represented a special needs child when he became a victim of emotional and physical abuse by employees at the Marshall Habilitation Center.

$369,840 settlement

in a Workman’s Compensation Claim: Pamela Black v. American Home Management, Department of Labor Injury No. 05-142239. Represented claimant after she was injured in an automobile accident on her way to work. Pamela sustained a severe leg injury resulting in the amputation of her leg and becoming permanently disabled. The employer denied any liability arguing the claimant was not working at the time of the accident. Missouri law does not generally consider someone injured while traveling to and from work as a compensable injury. However, we argued that claimant was working at the time of the accident, and we were finally able to obtain a favorable result. The settlement amount includes the waiver of the insurer’s subrogation interest and employer also agreed to pay certain medical bills that may later be required by the Federal Govt.

$293,426 settlement

in a worker’s compensation claim: Thomas Moody v. Gamma Phi Beta, Department of Labor Injury No. 02-574004 .Represented a chef after getting his foot caught in a drain at his place of employment and falling, causing him injuries to his legs and back. Client had multiple surgeries on his back and was declared totally disabled. The Second Injury Fund contributed to the settlement and the employer also funded a Medicare Set Aside Account to cover future medical treatment related to his back injuries. Employer also paid significant medical bills and temporary disability benefits in addition to the settlement above.

$217,500 settlement

in personal injury case in the State of Florida. Gail Renshaw Perksins v. Sea Tech Construction, Case No. 02-012638 (18) in Broward County, FL. Client was injured when her vehicle was rear ended by a construction truck on the Intercoastal Waterway in Pompano Beach, Florida. Client suffered a cervical and lumbar strain, mild traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic migraines and myofascial pain syndrome in the accident. The case was settled shortly before trial in Florida.

$200,000 settlement

in a personal injury claim: Anthony Beasley v. Brandon Stone, State Farm Insurance company, et al. Boone County Case No. 12BA-CV02120. Represented driver who was struck head on by a motor vehicle that entered into oncoming traffic. The defendant driver Stone was intoxicated at the time of the collision and was convicted in criminal court. Client suffered serious injuries, including right femur fracture, right ankle fracture, bilateral rib fractures and pulmonary contusion. We included a claim against client’s insurer for an underinsured motorist coverage claim. We settled for the policy limits of both policies.

$162,264 settlement

in a Workman’s Compensation Claim: James Fehling v. Glasgow Quarries, Inc Department of Labor Injury No. 03-078422. Represented client when he suffered an injury on the job while attempting to fuel up his diesel truck. James injured his shoulder and neck in the accident, including a bulging disc at C7-T1. He was declared totally disabled and this settlement includes a $60,000 payment from the Second Injury Fund and there was also a Medicare Set Aside Account funded by the employer to cover future medical treatment for his neck and shoulder injury.

$150,000 settlement

in a personal injury claim: Charles Carlson v. Ricky Azwardi. Represented an employee of the University of Missouri after he was struck on his motorcycle by an uninsured motorist and thrown from his bike. Client suffered serious injuries, including a broken leg. We stacked three different insurance policies and settled for the policy limits of $150,000. Case settled prior to filing a lawsuit.

$139,320 verdict

in a construction defect case in Monroe County. Howard Stewart & Jeannie Cox v. Scott Forshee, Case No. CV604-161CC. Scott Forshee was a contractor who built a home for the plaintiffs with numerous construction defects. The home was almost a total loss. Plaintiff alleged claims of breach of implied warranty of good workmanship and breach of contract.

$133,000 settlement

in an auto accident case: Jay and Karen Ballenger v. Howdeshell and Underinsured Motorist Carrier. Represented client after a drunk driver attempted to illegally pass another vehicle. When the drunk driver attempted to reenter his lane he collided with another vehicle causing that vehicle to lose control and collide head on with the Ballenger’s car. The driver of the other vehicle was killed instantly and the Ballenger’s both suffered injuries.

$125,000 settlement

in a case where my client was drunk and hit by a vehicle while client was walking across the street late at night. Keith Kosinksi v. Sharon Beuckman. Case settled without filing suit. Boone County case. Client suffered a fractured pelvis, broken clavicle and a lacerated spleen in the accident.

$103,786 settlement

in a Workman’s Compensation Claim: Reginald Cobbins v. American Air Filter International, Department of Labor Injury No. 10-072806. Represented an American Air Filter employee after he developed a traumatic onset of lower back pain while performing the duties of his employment. The injuries required client to be treated with steroid injections and to seek surgical relief.

$97,000 settlement

in a Cole County automobile collision. Virgil and Helen Thompson and Amanda Connor v. Mike Luebbering Construction, Case No: 05AC-CC00784. Defendant crossed the center line and collided with my client’s vehicle. Plaintiffs suffered moderate injuries in the collision. Defendant was charged and convicted of drunk driving in the collision.

$95,000 settlement

when a bicyclist collided with a motor vehicle. Matt Call v. Robert Bacon, Boone County Case. No. 05BA-Cv03425. My client was a 13 year old boy riding his bike in a Columbia neighborhood. As he was riding down the street he didn’t see an oncoming car and he ran a stop sign resulting in him being run over by a motor vehicle. My client suffered a significant leg injury. We claimed the defendant driver was speeding and this contributed to the accident. The case settled for just less than the policy limits of $100,000. The case was settled prior to trial.

$90,000 settlement

in a fraudulent misrepresentation case: Alan and Kathy Wiese v. Peter & Christine Koukola, Boone County Case No. 08BA-CV05571. Represented a husband and wife who purchased a defective piece of commercial real estate. Clients were not told at the time of the purchase that the building had significant structural damages and was prone to flooding.

$85,000 settlement

in a personal injury case: Kathy Geller v. Mickey’s Auto Towing, Boone County Case No. 403810903015. Represented client after a tow truck, driving on the wrong side of the road, plowed into her vehicle along with several other cars. Client suffered numerous injuries and required extensive treatment, including injuries to her neck, back, knee, ankle and head.

$75,000 settlement

in a personal injury case: Pamela Black v. Miranda Shoemaker, Boone County case. Represented client when she was stuck by a motor vehicle that lost control and slid into her vehicle on her way to work. Stacked insurance policies to obtain additional settlement. Obtained policy limits on both policies.

$75,000 settlement

in a personal injury case: Mark Patterson v. Civic Recycling, Inc. Boone County Case No. 03CV164403. Represented client against a Civic Recycling employee who negligently operated a forklift. Client suffered injuries to his right index finger (that almost resulted in amputation), a cut to his right middle finger, forearm and head. Client had permanent scars on his fingers and forearm from the accident.

$72,998 verdict

in a Workman’s Compensation Claim: Mary Ann Speckhals v. ALS Association, Boone County Case No. 05BA-CV01743. Represented client after she was rear-ended at an intersection and was unable to return to work. Client suffered numerous injuries, including post-traumatic headaches, post-traumatic stress disorder, bi-lateral carpal tunnel syndrome, neck and back strain and cognitive deficits. This judgment included a temporary disability award and attorney’s fees along with the judgment awarded at trial.

$60,808 settlement

in a slip and fall personal injury case: William Robert Jenkins v. Dr. Jerry W. Templer, Boone County Case No. 97CC-073445. Represented a postal employee after suffering a fall when defendant failed to remove ice and snow build up from the sidewalks at his office. Client broke his leg in the fall.

$56,929 settlement

in a Workman’s Compensation Case: Cristi Rice v. Boone Hospital Center, Department of Labor Injury No. 99-134245. Represented a nurse who was injured while moving a patient. She began experiencing lower back pain that radiated into her right hip and thigh while working. She was diagnosed with a lumbar sprain, hip tendinitis and a sacral sprain.

$55,324 settlement

in a personal injury case: Louis Lee Cook v. Don’s Express, Inc. Boone County Case No. 0516-CV26481. Represented client after a semi-truck owned by Don’s Express Inc. forced him off of the highway. The semi driver’s negligence caused client to lose control of his vehicle, eventually rolling onto its side. Client suffered injuries to his back, knee and head. Client was 83 years old at the time of the accident.

$55,300 settlement

in a Breach of Contract/Life Insurance case: Traina Lindsey v. Unicare Life and Health Insurance Company. Suit filed in Federal Court, Western District of Missouri, Case No. 05-4316-CV-C-NKL. Represented client after her deceased husband’s life insurance refused to pay her the death benefits provided for under his Plan.

$55,000 settlement

in a personal injury case: Jane Ross v. Dart Transport, Federal Court, Western District of Missouri, Case No. 4:04-cv-01172-JTM. Represented a doctorate student when she was injured by a negligent tractor-trailer that ran her vehicle off of the highway. When Ms. Ross attempted to reenter the highway she was struck, causing her physical injuries.

$54,370 settlement

in a worker’s compensation claim: Bobby Crocker v. Wisch & Vaughn Construction, Co., Injury No. 09-097971. Client injured his back and neck in a work related accident. Employer tried to argue his injuries were related to prior rodeo activities including bull riding and steer wrestling as a young man that were the cause of his injuries. Employer finally agreed to do cervical discectomy and fusion at C5-6 and C6-7. Client was awarded $54,370, which included his permanent partial disability award as well as temporary disability benefits.

$50,000 settlement

in a wrongful death case for policy limits: Charlotte Sanchez v. Sara Burris and American Family Insurance. Boone County case no. 03CV169501This was an uninsured motorist claim. We stacked two policies to recover the $50,000. Client’s father was killed when he was dragged under a pickup truck driven by Ms. Burris. Burris claims she didn’t know client’s father was being dragged under her vehicle.

$50,000 settlement

in an automobile collision in Florida. Bonuchi v. Sea Tech Construction and Erickson. Suit filed in Broward County, FL, case No. 02-012638 (18). Client was injured when her vehicle was rear ended by a construction truck on the Intercoastal Waterway in Pompano Beach, Florida. Client suffered injuries to her neck, back, hip and head.

$48,500 settlement

in a Workman’s Compensation Case: Mark Hane v. Walk-a-Bar Construction, Department of Labor Injury No. 02-152024. Represented a painter who was severely injured when a support beam that was not secured properly broke, causing client to fall from a height of over 20 feet, through scaffolding and onto the ground.

$42,276 settlement

in worker’s compensation claim: Steven McCabe v. Missouri Department of Corrections, Injury No. 04-135639. Client suffered a heart attack during an intense extraction of an inmate from his prison cell. Employer denied the claim initially claiming his heart attack was unrelated to his work and due to heart disease. We obtained a medical report from his cardiologist who opined that the heart attack was related to the incident at the prison. We thereafter obtained a favorable settlement from the State of Missouri.

$40,000 settlement

in a personal injury case: Kristi Judson v. Gustave Spriz, Boone County Case No. 05CC-004748. Represented client who was injured in an automobile accident when her husband’s vehicle was hit, causing injuries to both her neck and back.

$40,000 settlement

in a personal injury case: Tary Stift v. Harold Uthlaut, Boone County Case No. 04CV167171. Represented an engineer when a negligent driver failed to yield. Client was unable to stop his vehicle in time and was struck by the defendant causing soft tissue injuries to his neck, back, shoulder, hip and knee.

$40,000 settlement

in auto accident case. Carolyn Henry v. Otto Calvert, Boone County Case No. 04CV167120. Represented a doctor who was injured in an automobile accident while pregnant. Client suffered a whiplash injury to her neck and also injured her back and knee in the collision. Prior to settlement, client delivered her baby and no injuries to her child occurred from the accident.

$38,279.54 settlement

in a personal injury case: Debra Jean Talbert v. Darren and Kimberly Marshall, Boone County. Represented client who was injured when her vehicle was T-boned by a reckless driver. Ms. Talbert’s vehicle was totaled and she suffered injuries to her ankle and foot.

$36,000 settlement

in a Boone County automobile accident. Dallas Saling v. William Maddex Jr. and All State Insurance, Case No. 03CV1164459 and Plaintiff also make a claim against his insurance company for an underinsured motorist claim once he settled for the policy limits against the defendant driver. Plaintiff had moderate injuries to his back and neck.

$35,000 settlement

in a personal injury case: Kichline v. Carter, Boone County Case No. 04BA-CV03421. Represented a pedestrian who was injured when he was struck by a motor vehicle as he was crossing at a crosswalk. Client was forced onto the hood of the truck causing injuries to his legs and chest.