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Honoring the memories of the loves of his life

The story in the Joplin Globe of a Pittsburg girl, her mother and her dad
is enough to break your heart and at the same time reaffirm a belief in
the goodness of most people. The girl was just 13 years old when she was
killed with her mom in 2009 by a drunk driver in a car accident. The girl
died at the scene of the crash; her mom died of injuries a few days later
at a hospital.

The intoxicated driver survived the U.S. 69 rear-end crash. Two years later,
a Cherokee County judge overseeing a
wrongful death civil trial determined that the man was 100 percent responsible for the
needless fatalities. The girl’s father was awarded $5.7 million,
according to news accounts at the time.

Since the tragedies, the father has established a memorial fund in the
names of his wife and daughter. The fund donates to the Riverton school
his girl attended and that his wife – a teacher in the school district
– cared so much about. Not long ago, the fund donated approximately
$20,000 to help pay for enhancements to programs for music, drama, cheerleading,
sports and reading.

It warms the heart to learn of an area man dedicated to preserving the
memories of his loved ones and doing all he can to improve the school
and promote the interests and values the pair he held so dear.

It’s good, too, to see that the man pursued a full measure of justice
for the person responsible for those two entirely preventable deaths.
The father and husband honored his wife and daughter in that way as well.

The wrongful death litigation process can be an emotionally difficult one.
Experienced attorneys can discuss with you the circumstances of your loss
and the legal options available to you.

Source: Joplin Globe,
\”Memory of mother, daughter alive in Riverton School District,\” Katie Lamb, Oct. 17, 2014

Medical Malpractice

Missouri House tries again to protect negligent doctors

The Missouri House of Representatives is trying to circumvent our state\’s Supreme Court. Two days ago, the House backed a proposal to restore limits on medical malpractice compensation for people who have been harmed by a negligent doctor or hospital. The proposal would reinstate the $350,000 cap on noneconomic damages that the court struck down as unconstitutional two years ago in a landmark ruling. In a 4-3 decision, the court


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Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injury turns to triumph

Last year’s Missouri Tigers football team enjoyed a remarkable comeback season. But the team’s resurgence pales in comparison to the rebound being made by one of its members from a traumatic brain injury. Just 10 months ago, he was a passenger in a car driven by a university track and field athlete. Along for the ride was another football player. Life changed dramatically when their vehicle was in a violent

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