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Personal Injury

Each year thousands of people in the United States are seriously injured or killed due to serious accidents and negligence. The resulting injuries are termed “personal injuries” or “torts.” A personal injury is typically an injury to your physical or emotional being, resulting from the negligence of another. A personal injury may be caused by negligence, accidental wrongdoing, or strict liability. If you have suffered as the result of another you should contact a personal injury attorney. 

In a survey conducted by the National Safety Council in May of 2006, it was determined that “national personal injury statistics show that far more unintentional-injury deaths and nonfatal injuries occur in and around the home than in the workplace.” The survey also found that a majority of people stated that they felt the safest in their homes and that it is the one place they would choose to be in any type of emergency or disaster. This proves that people are not fully aware of the dangers and threats that are present in their homes. Defective household products, children’s toys, tainted food, automobiles, and many other items that are found throughout the household pose a major risk of injury or death. 

As a victim of a personal injury, it would be in your best interest to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to advise you of your rights. The personal injury lawyers at Stuart Law are knowledgeable in a wide range of personal injury case types and have numerous strategies to use while representing you. Our trial lawyers work on a “contingency”, which means that there are no legal fees due unless your case has been won.

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Automobile Accidents

A leading cause of injury and death in America is automobile accidents and motor vehicle collisions. According to national statistics, approximately 6,000,000 auto accidents occur each year, causing close to 40,000 fatalities. Broken down by age, crashes are the number one cause of death for every age from 3 through 33. In addition, it is estimated that 1 out of every 5 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related car crash at some point in their lives according to the NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration). 

Most auto accident victims never receive the full amount of damages to which they are entitled. The major reason is that, because they don't know the full value of their claim, auto accident victims commonly accept the first offer that an insurance company makes. 

By contacting Stuart Law to represent you after an auto accident, you are ensuring fair and just compensation for the losses incurred and injuries suffered due to the wrongful acts and omissions of another driver. We will investigate the accident scene, research the accident and your vehicle along with any other evidence that came into play at the time of your accident. We will stand up for you against any insurance company, wrongdoer, trucking company, or anyone else who has caused you harm. It is our responsibility to make sure your rights are upheld and defended vigorously. 

Trucking Accidents

A trucking accident occurs when large trucks (10,000+ lbs.) collide with other vehicles or pedestrians. Around 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in the United States. Of these, approximately 5,000 trucking accidents result in fatalities. In fact, 1 out of every 8 traffic fatalities involves a trucking accident. Of the fatalities that resulted from truck accidents involving large trucks, 78 percent were occupants in another vehicle, 8 percent were non-occupants, and only 15 percent were occupants of a large truck. Therefore, the majority who suffer as a result of fatal traffic accidents are innocent drivers and passengers just like you. The costs for fatal traffic accidents exceed $20 billion, including $8.7 billion in productivity losses, $2.5 billion in resource costs, and quality of life losses valued at $13.1 billion.

Semi-truck drivers and the companies they work for have a duty to operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner. Unsafe driving, oversized loads and various other negligible practices put the public and the truck operators in danger. To protect your legal rights following severe injury or wrongful death resulting from a trucking accident, it is wise to immediately consult an experienced personal injury law firm. Within the first week, important physical evidence can be lost, and witnesses may forget important details. Because our lawyers are intimately familiar with the specific laws and insurance regulations governing the commercial trucking industry, we are able to obtain adequate restitution for victims of this type of injury. 

Claims arising from wrecks caused by tractor trailers are much morecomplicated than simple automobile wreck claims. These cases can be very complex, involving governmental entities and large corporations. Our attorneys will work fast to obtain the trucking logs, witness statements, police reports and other important evidence. The Federal Motor Carrier regulations will be reviewed to determine if the company has violated any applicable rules. Trucking experts may be hired to review documents. We will check to see if driver fatigue, overloading, or faulty equipment contributed to the wreck. Some trucking companies hire unqualified drivers, encourage speeding, or overloaded trucks. If these conditions caused or contributed to a wreck, then the trucking company should be responsible

Motorcycle Accidents

In 2004, more than 4,000 motorcyclists were killed and more than 76,000 were injured in the United States. While motorcycles make up only 2 percent of registered vehicles, they account for 9 percent of total traffic fatalities.  Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists were about 32 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in an accident. 

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, you should contact an experienced and aggressive Missouri motorcycle accident attorney at Stuart Law immediately. Whether your accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, dangerous roadways, or a defective motorcycle part you have the right to competent legal advice and representation. Depending upon the particulars of your case, you may be able to recover monetary compensation for your injuries, property damage, future losses, medical expenses, and other related costs.

Watercraft Accidents

According to the USCG (United States Coast Guard) 2,108 casualties were reported in 2005 resulting from open-vessel collisions. Use of personal watercraft (PWC), otherwise known as “jet-skis” or “waverunners” resulted in 1,072 casualties nationally that same year. Nearly 70 percent of all reported accidents in involved operator-controllable factors and 84 percent of those operators involved in accidents had no boating safety education. The increased use of PWC has presented a new cause for safety concern. PWC are comparable to motorcycles, in that they offer little to no protection for the driver and passenger. Injuries sustained in a PWC accident can be catastrophic, which is why it is critical to contact a competent personal injury attorney to evaluate the particulars of each claim. 

In Missouri alone, the number of boats and their use on recreational waters has dramatically increased over the past years. The major lakes of Missouri and the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers account for approximately 275,000 acres with over 8,000 miles of shoreline, not including the numerous tributaries and popular float streams across the state. In 2004, there were 293 boating accidents reported in Missouri, resulting in 126 injuries and 15 fatalities with an additional 19 drownings reported on state waterways. Those figures have undoubted increased however, as popular vacation spots such as Lake of the Ozarks become exceedingly congested.

Wrongful Death

Every year loved ones across the United States grieve the loss of family members that die as the result of wrongful death. Wrongful death is a type of personal injury which may be caused by many unfortunate accidents, including medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, defective products, and catastrophic automobile accidents. 

The unexpected passing of a loved one may leave family members with many expenses, such as hospital bills, and funeral and burial costs. You may be able to receive maximum compensation for these expenses along with the compensation of your loved ones lost wages and the loss of your loved one’s companionship. Compassion, understanding, and excellence are some of the traits that a person should look for in a wrongful death lawyer.

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Premises Liability

Premises liability law is a body of law which makes the person who is in possession of land or premises responsible for certain injuries suffered by persons who are present on the premises. Although some premises cases, such as so-called “slip and fall” cases, can seem simple, in some states the law now very much favors the premises owner. Thus, in assessing a premises liability case, it is critical to consult with a personal injury lawyer. 

The liability of owners and occupiers of property will vary depending on the legal rules and principles in place in the state where the premises liability injury occurred. In some states, the court will focus on the status of the injured visitor in determining the liability of the owner or occupier. In other states, the focus will be on the condition of the property and the activities of both the owner and visitor. Stuart Law can assist injury victims in obtaining just compensation from a negligent land or business owner.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is the act in which a doctor, surgeon, or other licensed healthcare provider acts negligently, causing injury or death in a patient. Patients expect a timely diagnosis of a medical problem along with proper treatment. In some cases a delay in diagnosis may have serious consequences to the patient and may affect their quality of life. According to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), over 225,000 people die each year due to iatrogenic causes. This has become the third leading cause of death in the United States, after deaths from heart disease and cancer. 

A competent lawyer who understands medical problems and medical laws is critical to help a claim reach the courts in the fastest, accurate, and most complete way possible. A medical malpractice lawyer will work with the hospital system & medical law system to find out what your rights and legal options are. Medical malpractice claims are extremely expensive to investigate and litigate. The lawyers at Stuart Law will evaluate your claim and bear all costs associated with its facilitation through the civil justice system. Therefore, our clients are never billed for these costs unless our lawyers recover on their behalf.

Animal Attack

There are almost 5 million victims of dog bites annually; about 2 percent of the entire population. 800,000 need medical attention. 1,000 per day need treatment in hospital emergency rooms. Approximately 26 die per year. Most of the victims who receive medical attention are children, half of whom are bitten in the face. Dog bite losses exceed $1 billion per year, with over $300 million paid by insurance.

According to statistics, one of the main reasons for an animal attack is the negligent handling of the animal owner or possessor of his or her animal.  They try to make the animal domesticated even if its nature simply suggests that it can never be tamed or domesticated.  Because of such negligence or recklessness, many have already been injured, or worst, killed. If you or a family member have been injured because of an animal attack, you must hold liable the animal owner or animal possessor who caused your injuries. 

Swimming Pool Injuries

According to the Center for Disease Control, 6 people drown in U.S. pools every day. Swimming pool accidents include diving accidents, water contamination, and drownings. Unfortunately, many people, especially young children, are injured in pool-related accidents. An estimated 5,000 children ages 14 and under are hospitalized due to near-drownings each year and 15 percent die in the hospital and as many as 20 percent suffer severe, permanent neurological disability. Medical costs for submersion victims during the initial hospitalization alone can be quite high. Costs can range from an estimated $2,000 for a victim who recovers fully to $80,000 for a victim with severe brain damage. Some severely brain damaged victims have initial hospital stays in excess of 120 days and expenses in excess of $150,000. 

Most swimming pool injuries occur because of improperly designed and constructed pools, failure to properly secure a pool from small children, and failure to maintain the swimming pool in good condition. Property owners may be found liable if their negligence lead to the injury or death. Our experienced injury attorneys will evaluate the circumstances of your injury to determine whether there is a viable claim to which you are entitled to compensation.

Electrocution & Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are the third leading cause of unintentional death in the United States, behind auto accidents and slip and falls. Injuries from electrocution are also on the rise. Burn victims often live with debilitating injuries, disfigurement, emotional scarring, and pain for the rest of their lives. Burns affect the largest organ of the human body, the skin, and often have long and slow recovery periods. When burn injuries occur because of the negligence, carelessness, or recklessness of others, you need an attorney who will stand up for your rights. 

Electrocution and burn injuries often result from industrial plant accidents, petrochemical accidents, or construction accidents. Electrocution or electric shock or burn injuries can result from a wide variety of circumstances, including an explosion, a defective product, or a property owner’s failure to maintain his or her premises. The lawyers at Stuart Law are experienced in handling these types of sensitive claims and will advocate for your rights against any and all negligent parties.

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