September 22, 2023
Understanding the role of negligence in personal injury cases is crucial as it often forms the basis of most claims. Essentially, to win a personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant was negligent and that their negligence caused the plaintiff’s injuries. 1. Understanding Negligence Negligence, in the context of personal injury law, […] Read More
September 21, 2023
When you’re a victim of an accident, a personal injury claim can help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. However, the process is complex, and a single mistake can significantly impact the outcome of your case. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when filing a personal injury claim: […] Read More
September 20, 2023
When you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, it’s essential to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. There are several reasons why delaying legal action can have detrimental impacts on your personal injury case. Statutes of Limitations Every state imposes a time limit, known as the statute of limitations, within which you must […] Read More
September 19, 2023
In today’s digital age, social media plays a significant role in many aspects of our lives, including legal proceedings such as personal injury claims. We’ll review just a few ways that what you post online could potentially influence the outcome of your case. In short, do not post about your claim! Insurance Companies Are Watching […] Read More
September 18, 2023
Pre-existing conditions can add a layer of complexity to a personal injury claim. These are injuries, illnesses, or health issues that you had prior to the accident in question. Insurance companies often scrutinize these conditions, sometimes attempting to use them to their advantage. If you’ve been injured, it’s important you understand how pre-existing conditions can […] Read More
September 17, 2023
While it’s technically possible to handle a personal injury claim on your own, doing so can come with significant risks. Professional legal guidance can help ensure your rights are protected and maximize your potential compensation. There are several reasons why DIY personal injury claims can cost you. Navigating Legal Complexities Personal injury law is complex […] Read More
September 16, 2023
Short answer: no. Navigating the aftermath of an accident is stressful, and dealing with insurance adjusters can add another layer of complexity. These professionals are skilled negotiators, and their goal is to minimize the amount their company pays out. Often, the carrier will try to underpay someone who is not represented by a lawyer. In […] Read More
September 15, 2023
In the realm of law, personal injury claims are perhaps some of the most misunderstood. Myths and misconceptions often cloud people’s perception, potentially affecting their decisions when they’re involved in an accident. Let’s address some of the most common misconceptions about personal injury lawsuits. Personal Injury Lawsuits Are Always Lengthy and Drawn-Out While some personal […] Read More
St. Louis County Firefighter gets $1M Settlement Following a Severe Injury
The Community Fire Protection District in St. Louis County has reached a $1 million settlement agreement with Cindy Schuenke, a firefighter who was fired following a severe injury sustained in the line of duty. Schuenke was gravely injured, including significant injuries to her hands, while attempting to save a 76-year-old from a burning house in Vinita Terrace in 2006. Unable to perform her duties as a firefighter, she was terminated three years later.
Schuenke’s attorney, J.C. Pleban, argued that the union contract at the time promised to pay firefighters injured on the job until they could return to work. The two sides released a joint statement indicating that they have reached an amicable and voluntary agreement and are satisfied with the terms. Schuenke expressed relief at the conclusion of the lengthy legal battle.
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$4.9 Million Settlement – Bad Faith Coverage
J.C. Pleban litigated an insurance carrier’s bad faith coverage decision and got a nearly $5 million settlement for his client. The carrier denied coverage, leaving its insured significantly exposed. J.C. got an arbitration award against the insured. The insured then assigned its right to file a lawsuit against the carrier. After litigating with the insurance carrier—arguing over whether the carrier improperly denied coverage—the parties agreed to a settlement.