Author Archives: Cook Barkett Ponder Wolz

Economic vs. Non-Economic Damages

Q: What are economic and non-economic damages in a personal injury case? A: Clients in personal injury cases may recover economic and non-economic damages. Some attorneys may refer to them as “general” or “special” damages. In some circumstances, punitive damages may be available as well. So, what exactly are economic damages? Economic damages...

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Job site injuries: When to contact an attorney

Many companies have specific programs aimed at avoiding work-related injuries. Safe work practices and efforts to avoid injuries are important for employers and employees alike. However, once an injury happens, it’s not in your best interest to avoid reporting the incident. When an injury is not reported, an employer can...

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Missouri car wreck statistics

Missouri’s beautiful landscapes, rivers and tourist attractions bring in much traffic in and around Southeast Missouri. Many commercial and passenger vehicles regularly use our highways, along with our locals and visitors, to travel through the state. Car wrecks can still occur even when drivers are being cautious and obeying all...

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Prepare for Winter Driving

It is important to be prepared when winter weather strikes. With today’s technology there are a number of resources to check road conditions before you travel. What other measures could you take to ensure your safety if the worst did happen? Take special precaution when driving in winter weather by...

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The Importance of Open Communication

Nearly everyone is familiar with the legal concept of attorney-client privilege. It protects certain communications between a client and his or her attorney and prevents the attorney from being compelled to testify to those communications in court. That open communication is critical to the success of any case. But when...

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Top Causes of Big Truck Collisions

For the most part, big truck drivers are skilled and patient drivers. Although the size and weight of semi-trucks are related to the dangers, additional components contribute to big truck collisions. Speeding Speeding is the No. 2 cause of semi-truck accidents, involving nearly 23% of commercial truck crashes. In 2012,...

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Stages of a Personal Injury Case

Every personal injury case is unique – different contributing factors, different timelines, different impact on the victim’s life. Understanding the stages your case may go through will help you assist your attorney achieve the best possible outcome and also prepare you for the legal process. Your Initial Case Evaluation During...

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4 Factors That Impact The Value of Your Case

Every personal injury claim is unique, but there are common factors that affect the viability of your case. Knowing what those are can help you improve your chances of fair compensation. FAULT If the negligent party is clearly 100% at fault for your injury, this increases your case value. If...

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5 Laws You Need to Know if You’re Injured Abroad

Injuries can happen anywhere, at home, at work, and even while traveling. Experiencing an injury can be difficult, especially in another country, and knowing your rights can help improve your compensation. Automobile Collisions in Another Country Anytime you rent a car, be sure you are covered by your personal insurance,...

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What to Know About All-Terrain Vehicle Collisions

All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) are popular vehicles among teens and adults; not only to haul heavy objects, but for recreational purposes as well. Many states, including Missouri, do not require a driver’s license to be issued in order to operate an ATV. Conversely, these vehicles are the cause of a high...

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Injuries Sustained by an Uninsured Driver

In the state of Missouri, 14 percent of motorists do no have car insurance. There are a number of steps you can take if you find yourself in a situation where the other driver is uninsured. Your current insurance coverage policy may include uninsured motorist coverage. If you have suffered...

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