In the News 2017-02-28T08:59:38+00:00

In the News

Worker entitled to benefits for bacterial infection

Woman's colon removed after job cleaning linens at nursing home By: Allison Retka A Missouri appeals court overruled both an administrative law judge and the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission to award workers. compensation to a nursing home worker. The worker, Barbara Vickers, claims she contracted a bacterial disease while laundering dirty linens at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron. Vickers filed her workers' compensation claim in late 2004, before significant legislative changes to the state's worker's compensation law. For this reason, the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District's decision in Vickers v. Missouri Department of Public Safety (WD69233) might [...]

Suit over child’s fall into fire pit is settled

Girl’s mother sued her aunt and uncle over burns By: Rebecca Boyle The mother of a 2-year-old girl sued her aunt, after the girl was severely burned in a fire pit, and won a $300,000 settlement three years later. Over Memorial Day weekend 2007, Kelli Hastings took her children to visit her aunt and uncle, Jerry and Vickie Myers, at their farm in Henry Country. On Saturday night, the Myerses lit a fire in a pit near a concrete patio and left the coals burn out after everyone went to bed. The next morning, the family had breakfast on the [...]

$350,000 settlement for couple injured in chain-reaction crash

Texas pair hurt in construction zone collision By: Alan Scher Zagier A Texas couple injured in an August 2010 chain-reaction collision on Interstate 35 received a $350,000 settlement from the driver who struck their car from behind, their attorney said Plaintiffs Brian and Rachel LeBansky were traveling home to Austin, Texas, from a family wedding in Wisconsin when, they alleged, a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck struck their car. John R. Osmundson, of Stillwell, Kan., was driving the pickup. The interstate was under construction at the time, plaintiffs’ attorney Mark Murphy explained, and traffic had stopped. The LeBansky car thus slowed [...]

$75,000 Settlement – Ex-clients pay settlement to financial management company

Equity Financial claimed it was owed for loan services By: Ashley Mastandrea Special to Missouri Lawyers Weekly Equity Financial Resources Inc. filed suit against its former clients Kevin and Julia Struss and their business, Struss Farms, claiming they owed it for services provided to help them secure a loan of more than $6 million. The defendants argued Equity Financial Resources, of Gladstone, violated the Kansas Consumer Protection Act while helping them find a loan for their farm operations in Kansas. Plaintiff’s attorney Mark J. Murphy, of the Murphy Law Firm in Liberty, said the defendants terminated service with his client [...]