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Do We Really Need Tort Reform?

Tort reform refers to proposed changes in our civil justice system that aim to reduce the ability of victims to bring lawsuits for their damages or to reduce damages they can receive. For several decades, large businesses, the insurance industry, and even our politicians have been telling us that tort reform is needed to stop […]

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Hilburn v. Enerpipe – Kansas Supreme Court Rules Damages Cap on Non-Economic Damages is Unconstitutional

On June 14, 2019, the Kansas Supreme Court issued a ruling that will change the landscape of personal injury matters in the state of Kansas. In a reversal of the decision by the Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court ruled that the statutory damages cap on non-economic damages was unconstitutional because it violated a plaintiff’s […]

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Can A TBI Occur Without Loss of Consciousness, and Why Is A Loss of Consciousness Sometimes Not Identified in EMS or ER Records?

With any blow to the head or body, there is a risk of a concussion (a/k/a mild traumatic brain injury or mild TBI). While a mild TBI can occur with a loss of consciousness, they can also occur without a loss of consciousness. A mild TBI is defined as a traumatic brain injury accompanied by […]

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I Didn’t Hit My Head – How Do I Still Have a Concussion?

It is possible to suffer from a concussion without ever experiencing an impact to your head.  A concussion may be caused not only by a direct injury to your head, but also by a whip-lash type injury that causes your head and brain to shake quickly back and forth.  It may be from a fall […]

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Even Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries Are Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia

While the connection between traumatic brain injuries and an increased risk of dementia has long been established, a recent study done on a statistically significant group of veterans now demonstrates that even a mild traumatic brain injury – namely a brain injury that does not result in a loss of consciousness – will increase a […]

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What Are the Symptoms of a “Mild” Traumatic Brain Injury?

A Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the result of either a direct impact to the head or an impact to the body causing whiplash to the brain. It is a common injury in car accidents and slip and fall accidents and is sometimes accompanied by a loss of consciousness or period of confusion that lasts […]

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Medical Bills: Juries Should See Both Billed Amount and Adjustments?

If you have health insurance, you might have noticed that certain healthcare providers will provide a discount on medical bills based on the type of health insurance you have.  If you have been injured by another person’s negligence, Missouri and Kansas law state that you are entitled to recover the amount of the medical bills […]

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The m-TBI Misnomer – Why Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries Are Never “Mild”

Our brains are complex, mysterious, and vital to our well-being. No trauma to your head should be overlooked as any blow to the head can result in injury or damage to your brain. A concussion or so-called “mild” traumatic brain injury (“TBI”) is typically classified as mild when there is a loss of consciousness for […]

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Why Do We Keep Juries From Knowing That A Defendant In A Personal Injury Lawsuit Has Liability Insurance?

People who have been injured by another person’s negligence (or by a company’s negligence), who must sue to receive fair compensation for their injuries, are barred from informing juries that a defendant has liability insurance to cover the damages being sought in the lawsuit.

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What is a Loss of Consortium Claim?

When an injured person brings a personal injury action against a negligent company to recover damages for the harm they suffered, their spouse may have the right to bring a separate, standalone action called a loss of consortium claim. Missouri law recognizes that an injury to one spouse can cause significant harm to the other […]

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