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The Importance of Underinsured Motorist Coverage

Underinsured motorist coverage is optional in Missouri, however every driver on the road should seriously consider adding the coverage.  When a person is injured in a car accident, their recovery is often capped by the other driver's insurance limits.  In Missouri, the minimum automobile coverage required is $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident.  If you have substantial injuries, or are injured along with a number of other people, these limits will not be enough.  This is where underinsured motorist coverage kicks in.

Where's the Insurance?

If you have ever been a juror involved in civil litigation, you may be asking yourself, why didn't the Plaintiff just take the money the insurance was offering?  Why are they trying to get money from the Defendant?  Where is the money the insurance paid?  All of these questions arise from a common misconception about the nature of personal injury lawsuits.  Simply put, while some insurance companies will settle some cases, if the matter is before a court the parties, including the insurance company could not resolve their differences.  The plaintiff typically is not seeking money beyond that that the insurance is obligated to pay, but even still the jury will not hear a thing about insurance.

Do I Need an Attorney

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be wondering whether you need an attorney to pursue a claim on your behalf.  Not every case requires an attorney and in some cases, where damages are minimal, an attorney will be of little assistance.  At the same time, questions with regard to the amount your injuries are worth, comparative fault, and hospital liens can make settling a case on your own very difficult.  

Tort Reform

Carson and Coil personal injury attorney, Mark Ludwig penned a letter to the editor which was published in the Jefferson City News Tribune on Sunday, March 22, 2015, on the issue of tort reform.  In his letter, Mr. Ludwig rips through each of the pro tort reform arguments.  

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March brings warmer temperatures and peeks of sunshine to Missouri, but it's also Brain Injury Awareness Month. While brain injuries can certainly occur as a result of car or truck accidents, falls, sports and even blunt trauma are all common causes of traumatic brain injuries. Being more aware of the signs of a concussion can help you be better prepared to recognize and seek treatment for a brain injury.

Premises liability: Accidents can cause serious injury

It takes just seconds for a life to be changed forever. Every year, thousands of people are injured in slip and fall accidents across Missouri and the rest of the country. Falls are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries, and they can also cause spinal cord injuries and other serious complications. Even a more minor fall can result in broken limbs, leaving the victim with medical bills and needing to take time off of work to recover.

Wrongful death case settled after restaurant explosion

Back in 2013, crews were working near a JJ's restaurant in Missouri, putting in lines for the cable company Time Warner. As these were underground lines, the crew was drilling, but the signs marking the area were incorrect, and they did not know they were drilling right over a line carrying gas to the restaurant. As the drill went down, it struck and punctured the natural gas line.

Shopping injuries during the Christmas season in Missouri

The Christmas season is fast approaching, and it is supposed to be a time of joy and festivity, but a serious injury could take all of that right out of this holiday. Every year, all across the United States, thousands of people are injured while shopping. This is one of the most frantic shopping seasons of the year, so you need to know what to do if you are hurt in Missouri.

Utility company seeks to overturn appellate wrongful death ruling

A utility company in Missouri is seeking legal assistance from the state's Supreme Court in connection with a controversial wrongful death suit. The company, Amren Missouri, is looking to have an appellate decision heard by the Missouri Supreme Court. The company hopes that the review of the wrongful death case will result in a ruling on legal immunity for docks.

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