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Case Results: Millions Recovered


Driving home, our client was hit by a truck, resulting in a serious brain injury. He and his family will be taken care of for life.


J.C. Pleban settled a wrongful death case—100x greater than the policy limit.


Verdict followed by a multimillion dollar confidential employment discrimination settlement.

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September 22, 2023

The Role of Negligence in Personal Injury Cases

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, […]

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September 21, 2023

Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Personal Injury Claims

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: […]

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September 20, 2023

Delaying Legal Action: How It Can Hurt Your Personal Injury Case

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 […]

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September 19, 2023

The Role of Social Media in Personal Injury Claims

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 […]

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September 18, 2023

The Impact of Pre-Existing Conditions on Your Personal Injury Claim

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 […]

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September 17, 2023

Caution! DIY Personal Injury Claims Can Cost You

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 […]

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September 16, 2023

Should I Communicate with an Insurance Adjuster After I’ve Been Injured?

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 […]

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September 15, 2023

Common Misconceptions about Personal Injury Lawsuits

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 […]

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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.

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