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What To Do After Buying a House With Asbestos

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in blog on Monday, February 17, 2020. Asbestos is a common material that contractors used in building construction for several decades. It was primarily used throughout the 1930s, '40s and '50s. Asbestos is typically found in painting products that contractors used until 1977. Researchers have linked asbestos to several significant health problems, such as mesothelioma, so homeowners should stay away from it at all costs. However, it is not uncommon for people to buy a house and discover later the house contains asbestos. There are steps to take to ensure this does not happen and recover damages in case it does. Always conduct a test before buying a building People searching for a new house to buy should conduct a thorough examination beforehand. This is particularly important [...]

2020-12-02T15:56:37+00:00February 17, 2020|Asbestos|

What To Do If You’re In An Uber Accident

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in commercial vehicle accidents on Thursday, January 23, 2020. The busy roads of Kansas City, Missouri, are full of vehicles of all kinds. Some of those, naturally, are commercial vehicles. Correspondingly, there are a significant number of commercial vehicle accidents, including ones that involve drivers for services like Uber. That leaves many people wondering what their legal options are in those cases. The initial impulse of someone whose person, vehicle or property was hit by an Uber driver, or who was in an Uber car that crashes, might want to sue both the driver and the company. However, drivers for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are not employees of those companies. They are independent contractors, and their status as such [...]

2020-12-02T15:55:50+00:00January 23, 2020|Commercial Vehicle Accidents|

Investigation Into Fatal Accident Proceeds Step By Step

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in truck accidents on Thursday, December 19, 2019. Throughout Kansas City, Missouri, business people, families and other travelers rush on the roads to get from where they are to where they want to be. Some take less care than they should to respect others on the roads, which makes truck accidents and car accidents common. Those accidents can result in loss of life, injuries, damage to vehicles and other property, and the need for those involved to pursue legal action with the help of their attorneys. One recent accident drew particular attention because it resulted in the deaths of two very young people, a 16-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy. It sparked outrage from many who read and watched the media [...]

2020-12-02T15:49:56+00:00December 19, 2019|Truck Accidents|

5 Common Bad Faith Insurance Tactics

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in blog on Thursday, November 21, 2019. Dealing with an injury after an accident is bad enough, but insurance companies can make it worse. If your insurance company is not holding up its end of the bargain, you might go without the compensation you need to recover. Your insurance company must thoroughly investigate and settle claims in a timely and honest manner. Sometimes, insurance companies may partake in unfair or dishonest practices, known as acting in bad faith. Here are some common bad faith tactics: 1. Delays According to the American Bar Association (ABA), one bad faith strategy is looking for problems that can unreasonably delay a claim. Your insurance company might do this to see if you will give up on the claim. [...]

2020-12-02T15:55:18+00:00November 21, 2019|Bad Faith|

Be Careful When Hiring a Charter Bus Company

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in commercial vehicle accidents on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. There are a wide array of vehicles on Kansas City, Missouri, roads. Correspondingly, there are occasionally commercial vehicle accidents. Those accidents include charter buses, so anyone choosing to use a charter bus company for the transportation of their group should do so carefully. Charter bus companies are often hired by schools, but many of those charter bus companies have a less than satisfactory rating. Ratings are assigned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Of course, that is cause for concern. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to protect the lives of those in your group when looking for a charter bus company to transport them. First, ask [...]

2020-12-02T15:54:42+00:00October 16, 2019|Commercial Vehicle Accidents|

Could You Have a Wrongful Death Case?

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in blog on Thursday, August 15, 2019. When someone you love dies in an accident or as a result of negligence, there is no right way to react, nor is there a wrong way. All feelings are equally valid. One thing that is all but certain, however, is that you have a lot of emotions to process at the same time that expenses build up. Furthermore, if it was your spouse who died, you could also be dealing with a loss of income. It might not even have crossed your mind that you could have a wrongful death case. When someone is killed in, say, a car accident, then wrongful death may be more obvious. However, it is possible to sue [...]

2020-12-02T15:53:31+00:00August 15, 2019|Wrongful Death|

Can You Recognize the Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury?

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in blog on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. One of the more debilitating conditions that can arise from an accident is traumatic brain injury. Typically occurring as a result of sustaining an impact to the head, the top causes of TBI include falls and car accidents. TBI can be complicated to diagnose and expensive to treat. Those who suffer this type of trauma due to another person's negligence may be able to obtain compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Common causes of TBI TBI may happen when someone falls and hits his or her head. Car accidents can also cause TBI even without a direct impact to the skull, as the abrupt stop from a crash can cause the brain to hit the inside of [...]

2020-12-02T15:52:55+00:00July 23, 2019|Traumatic Brain Injury|

Kansas City Crash Kills a Pastor’s Daughter, Injures Another

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in car accidents on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The 8-year-old daughter of a beloved pastor of the Kansas City, Missouri-area Rock Church died on Tuesday, Aug. 29, just six days after her dad's Toyota Tundra truck was struck at an intersection. Her 5-year-old sister, who was also riding in its back seat at the time, remains in critical condition at the hospital. She reportedly cannot feel the lower half of her body. A police spokesperson reports that the girls' father was transporting his two daughters and a son to school at Hale Cook Elementary School the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 23. As he approached the intersection of Paseo and Gregory, it's alleged that another motorist, identified as a University of Missouri [...]

2020-12-02T15:52:16+00:00June 19, 2019|Car Accidents|

Trucker Charged With Drugged Driving After Striking, Killing 2

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in truck accidents on Friday, May 10, 2019. Two motorists were killed during the early morning of Thursday, July 27, after a 65-year-old trucker crashed into their vehicles in a tragic three-car accident. The truck driver was taken into custody soon thereafter by state police on suspicion of having been driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs at the time. According to the witness statements, the trucker had been driving eastbound along U.S. 50 in Flora. He was approaching the roadway's intersection with Stanford Street immediately before the crash occurred. The driver of a minivan, a 29-year-old Noble man, was driving in the opposite direction away from that same intersection as he was about to pass the trucker. Before he could, [...]

2023-03-09T18:45:30+00:00May 10, 2019|Truck Accidents|

When To Sue an Auto Manufacturer For a Car Accident

On behalf of Schmitt Law Firm, LLC posted in blog on Thursday, April 25, 2019. Car accidents are still shockingly prevalent in the state of Missouri. According to data from the Missouri Department of Transportation, 283 injuries took place as a result of vehicular collisions in Kansas City in 2015. You hope you never end up being part of those statistics, but anything can happen. After a vehicle collision, most people turn their attention toward suing the other driver. However, sometimes crashes are a result of component defects. In that case, it may be more appropriate to bring legal action against the manufacturer. Here are several instances where attorneys may recommend just that: There is an unreasonably dangerous design to a vehicle This has typically applied to top-heavy SUVs. As such, [...]

2023-03-09T18:46:13+00:00April 25, 2019|Car Accidents|
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