Springfield, MO Personal Injury Lawyers
Helping You Seek the Maximum Compensation You Deserve
If you or someone you love was injured due to the careless, reckless, or wrongful conduct of another, you likely have grounds for a personal injury claim. Although nothing can undo the physical pain and emotional suffering you and your family have been through, a successful lawsuit can allow you to obtain critical monetary resources and the much-deserved sense of justice you need to heal.
At our Springfield, MO office, the Potts Law Firm team provides compassionate, client-focused representation to those injured by the negligence of others. Our personal injury lawyers have decades of combined experience and have helped numerous clients not only get back on their feet but also hold liable parties accountable for the harm they caused.
Reach out to our Springfield personal injury lawyers for a free consultation. You can reach us online or by phone at (417) 323-6752.
How to Prove Your Personal Injury Case
In a personal injury case, the person or party that brings the claim (known as the “plaintiff”) has the burden of proof. In other words, you have to prove your case against the defendant.
Most personal injury cases are based on negligence. To prove a negligence-based claim, you must prove each of the following elements:
- You were injured, and your injuries led to measurable losses, known as “damages”
- The other person or party, known as the “defendant,” owed you a duty of care
- The defendant failed to uphold the duty of care, typically by acting negligently or wrongfully
- The defendant’s breach of the duty of care was the proximate cause of your injuries
In Missouri, you could still have a case if you were partly—or even mostly—at fault for the incident that led to your injuries. Under the state’s pure comparative negligence rule, you can bring a claim against another party as long as they were at least 1% to blame. However, the amount you can recover in damages will be reduced by your percentage of fault. So, if you are found to be 30% at fault, you can only recover up to 70% of the total amount you are seeking in damages.
How Our Springfield, MO Personal Injury Team Can Help
At Potts Law Firm, we represent clients throughout Greene County and all of Missouri in all types of personal injury matters.
Our team handles cases involving:
- Car accidents
- Auto defects
- Aviation accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Bus accidents
- Catastrophic injuries
- Construction accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Industrial accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Oilfield and offshore injuries
- Pedestrian accidents
- Premises liability
- Sports injuries
- Truck accidents
- Wrongful death
We understand the unique needs of our clients, which is why we approach every case with the care and attention it deserves. Our Springfield personal injury attorneys utilize cutting-edge legal technology and extensive resources to develop innovative strategies aimed at maximizing our clients’ recoveries.
When you choose Potts Law Firm, you get a team that will fight for you. Learn how our attorneys can help you seek fair compensation for your injury-related damages and help you on the path to recovery.
Contact us online or call (417) 323-6752 to request a free consultation today. Hablamos español.
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Serious bodily injuries often lead to numerous physical, financial, and emotional hardships. By filing a personal injury claim, you can seek fair compensation for your injury-related damages.
Some examples of common damages in personal injury cases include:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Past, current, and future financial losses
- Lost income, wages, and employment benefits
- Loss of future earnings due to reduced earning ability
- Physical and mental pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost earning capacity caused by permanent injury or impairment
- Miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses
In certain cases, it may also be possible to seek punitive damages. Unlike the compensatory damages listed above, punitive damages do not compensate the plaintiff for specific economic and noneconomic losses. Instead, they serve as punishment for the defendant and are typically only awarded in cases involving gross negligence or willful/wanton misconduct.
Paraplegic Minor $12 Million
Derek H. Potts and Timothy L. Sifers obtained a $12,100,000 verdict against Lisa Gard, M.D. for medical malpractice involving a minor. The jury found the Salina emergency room doctor to be negligent in her assessment of the minor upon presentation in the emergency room, failing to timely diagnose a rare spinal condition. The case was one of the largest verdicts in history in the State of Kansas.
Birth Injury $4.6 Million
Derek H. Potts and Samuel Cullan were members of the plaintiff's trial team which obtained a $4,600,000 verdict for a minor delivered at Bethany Medical Center. Ariana Wilburn, the minor, suffered a spinal cord presentation after being born in the breech position.
Hypoxic-Ischemic Birth Injury $3.5 Million
Potts Law Firm secured a $3,500,000 settlement for a single mother whose infant suffered severe brain damage while being delivered in a New Mexico hospital. The mother, having no previous pregnancy or medical issues, began laboring and immediately went to a hospital. Despite the clear signs of fetal distress and hypoxia (lack of oxygen), the doctor and nurse did not order an emergency cesarean section.
Catastrophic Injuries $3.5 Million
Derek H. Potts was co-lead counsel with Thomas Cartmell in representing John Novogradac of Kansas City whose health was neglected during his stay at two nursing home facilities. Mr. Novogradac developed bedsores on his body and had above-knee amputations on both legs after his wounds became severely infected with gangrenous and dead tissue.
Trucking Accident $1.05 Million
Potts Law Firm served as lead counsel for the family of Kook Oh who was killed by an 18-wheeler in Alvarado, Texas. Mr. Dortch sued the driver of the 18-wheeler and his employer. Following a week-long jury trial, Micah’s client received a verdict awarding over one million dollars in damages and a finding of punitive liability on the part of each of the defendants. I
Pharmaceutical Birth Defect $1.05 Million
Potts Law Firm secured a $1,050,000 settlement for a mother whose infant suffered birth defects from a pharmaceutical drug that was taken during pregnancy. Though the migraine drug manufacturer knew the medication could cause a fetus to develop a cleft lip and/or cleft palate when consumed by the mother during the early stages of pregnancy, they failed to warn consumers about these dangers.
Sgroi vs. St. Louis University Hospital $1 Million
St. Louis City District Court, 2009. Lead Plaintiffs Trial Counsel obtained a $1,004,421 verdict due to medical malpractice and successfully argued an appeal before Missouri Supreme Court upholding the verdict. Total fees and expenses of $525,702.04. See Sgroi vs SLUH, No. SC 89840.
Failure to Diagnose $825,000
Derek H. Potts obtained an $825,000 jury verdict in St. Louis against the hospital and doctor for failing to diagnose a hip fracture. It was appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court which affirmed the verdict, adding interest.
Wrongful Death $800,000
Potts Law Firm secured an $800,000 settlement on behalf of a family for the wrongful death of their father. The father of five from Las Vegas, New Mexico was wheelchair-bound. While visiting his dentist’s office, the father maneuvered his electric wheelchair up a ramp. The ramp did not have a curb or rails to prevent a fall. Despite being airlifted to a hospital, the father died of his injuries.
Foot Injury $750,000
Potts Law Firm secured a $750,000 settlement for an oil rig worker whose foot was severely injured after being caught in rig tongs. The oil rig company had failed to properly tag out and lock out the tongs after a power outage. When the power returned to the rig, the tongs closed on the worker’s foot, crushing his bones.