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Why choose Cook, Barkett, Ponder & Wolz?

  • With more than 100 years of combined trial experience, we’ve recovered millions of dollars for our clients.
  • We have the expertise and the resources to go after the compensation you deserve.
  • You won’t pay any fees unless we win – guaranteed.

Our Results & Our Clients Say It Best:

“I had never worked with lawyers, and at first I was scared, not knowing what to expect. When I first met with Cook, Barkett, Ponder & Wolz, I immediately breathed a sigh of relief. I’m a shy person, and they gave me confidence to speak out. The experience was very good. If you are in a similar situation, I highly recommend them. They’ll take care of everything.”

Laura A. 

“Thank you for your patience with a hard-headed client, your kindness and understanding, (coming to my home when I wasn’t able to come into the office) and most of all, thank you for the top-notch representation. I recommend this firm to ANYONE seeking world-class counsel right here in Cape Girardeau.” 

– Matt R.

We never felt like just a case to them. They treated us like family. Even when they didn’t have a case update, they called just to check on my mom. Nine out of 10 other attorneys who could have taken our case would have had a completely different outcome – and not a good one.  You don’t have to worry about them settling early because they’re scared to go to trial.

Matthew S. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an attorney?

If you or a loved one has been injured or traumatized and believe someone else (another person, company, another person’s property or pet) is at fault, you may have a personal injury case, and working with a personal injury attorney is the best way to protect your interests and determine if you have a claim. Not only that, your chances of winning your case and getting the compensation you deserve are significantly higher if you work with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Do I have a case?

You should always consult with a qualified attorney about any legal matter, including a personal injury claim or lawsuit. For personal injury cases, there are three key questions you may ask yourself to help determine your next steps:

  • First and foremost, did you suffer a personal injury (defined as an injury to your body, mind or emotions) and not just property damage?
  • Were your injuries caused by the negligence of another person or entity (such as a business)? Negligence is defined as failure to behave with the level of care that a reasonable person would have exercised under the same circumstances.
  • Do you have recoverable damages? This means you must have suffered personal or financial harm that can be remedied by monetary damages.

If the answer to each of these three questions is “yes,” you may have a viable personal injury case. However, keep in mind that every case is different. Speak with a qualified attorney to explore your options.

How much is my case worth?

There are exceptions, but if you’ve sustained an injury due to negligence on another’s part, you may be compensated for past and future medical bills; aggravation of a pre-existing condition; lost wages and/or lost earning capacity; property damage; pain, suffering and other “non-economic” damages.

There are three key factors that typically determine personal injury case worth – liability (fault), damages (injuries) and insurance coverage of the at-fault party. Ultimately, compensation is tied to many factors, and speaking with a qualified personal injury attorney is the best way to determine if you have a viable claim, and what that claim may be worth.

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Cook, Barkett, Ponder & Wolz

1610 N. Kingshighway, Suite 201
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701