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The Copeland Law Firm: We Provide Strength and Guidance

At The Copeland Law Firm, we are dedicated to serving you and your family with understanding and compassion. After all, we believe everyone deserves a chance to be heard, to get answers, and to receive justice. Here are some examples of representative cases we have handled:


RAILROAD CROSSING ACCIDENTS:

RailRailroad Crossing
(Confidential Parties)

A child was killed and a young boy suffered a head/brain injury after being struck by a train at a crossing in central Missouri. This case resulted in a $15 Million settlement one week before trial.

RailWilliams vs. Norfolk Southern Railroad
Railroad Crossing

In central Missouri, a woman and her 16 year old daughter were killed after being struck by a train at a crossing in central Missouri. A wrongful death case was filed on behalf of the surviving husband and children against the railroad. This case resulted in a confidential settlement before trial.


AUTO ACCIDENTS:

Hambach Vs Builders Transportaion Co LLCHambach Vs. Builders
Transportaion Co. LLC

In a 2017 case, the driver of a semi-truck claimed to be reaching for a water bottle when the truck crashed into our client’s car. Our client suffered a mild TBI and shoulder injury. This case was filed in Federal Court in Illinois. The defendants’ hired several experts who opined that our client did not suffer a TBI, while her treating physicians opined that she in fact did. This was a very complicated case and was basically a "battle of the experts." The case settled in favor of our client in the amount of $1.6 Million 2 months before the first trial setting.

AutoHumphrey vs. The United States of America Automobile Accident

In Northern Missouri, a man was struck head-on when a vehicle driven by the U. S. Department of Interior crossed the center line. The man sustained serious injuries with short-term memory loss. His wife also made a claim for loss of services. Mr. Copeland took this case to trial in Federal Court in St. Louis. After a lengthy trial, the Court found in favor for our clients in the amount of $6.7 Million .

AutoVandeventer vs. Cooper

At the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, our client was injured when his vehicle was hit head-on in late 2010. He suffered a mild head injury and broken bone in his leg. He experienced short-term memory loss after the accident. The defense argued that there was no significant brain injury, but our experts disagreed. Mr. Copeland employed top experts in the fields of Neuropsychology and Forensic Psychiatry to make the case that there was, in fact, a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Suit was filed in Camden County and the case settled for the total policy limits of $1 Million.

Shaffer vs. Contratto

In the spring of 2012, a driver lost control of his vehicle when he swerved to avoid a bicyclist near Macon, Missouri. Our client was a passenger and was thrown from the vehicle and sustained serious injuries to her pelvis as well as numerous, internal injuries. We made claims against both the driver and his employer. Unfortunately, the driver and his employer had insurance with relatively low policy limits. The case settled for the total policy limits of $300,000.00.

Ramos vs. Freddy Vans, Inc.
Automobile Accident

In southeast Kansas, a woman passenger suffered serious injury to her right arm when a van collided with an automobile. This case was filed in Federal Court in Kansas City, Kansas. The case settled the policy limits of $1 Million before trial.
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Haney vs. Covey

In Springfield, Missouri, a middle aged man was driving home from work when a car traveling in the opposite direction lost control, traveled across a wide median and struck his car. The man eventually had to have his right ankle fused. This case was ultimately settled for the entire policy limits of $500,000.00 .


LARGE TRUCK ACCIDENTS:

Hambach Vs Builders Transportaion Co LLCHambach Vs. Builders
Transportaion Co. LLC

In a 2017 case, the driver of a semi-truck claimed to be reaching for a water bottle when the truck crashed into our client’s car. Our client suffered a mild TBI and shoulder injury. This case was filed in Federal Court in Illinois. The defendants’ hired several experts who opined that our client did not suffer a TBI, while her treating physicians opined that she in fact did. This was a very complicated case and was basically a "battle of the experts." The case settled in favor of our client in the amount of $1.6 Million 2 months before the first trial setting.

TruckLarge Truck Accident
(Confidential Parties)

In northeast Missouri, a large truck struck an automobile containing children on their way to school, killing an 8 year old girl. This case resulted in a settlement with a total payout of approximately $3.5 Million in St. Louis.
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TruckPrudhomme vs. Darrel Snow, Inc

A semi-truck failed to check the trailer connection before heading down I-70 in St. Charles, Missouri. About five miles down the highway, the trailer disengaged and crashed into an SUV driven by a Columbia police officer. Fortunately, the officer suffered only soft tissue injury with no broken bones and required no surgery. The trucking company refused to make any settlement offer, so suit was filed in Federal Court. After a four day trial, the jury awarded total damages of $300,000.00 .


DANGEROUS PRODUCTS:

Pennington vs. London Fog Industries
Dangerous Product

In Columbia Missouri, a teenaged boy was wearing a jacket purchased by his mother at an outlet mall. The jacket was defective in that it was not properly treated with flame retardant. A cigarette caused the jacket to go up in flames severely burning the boy above his waist. This case resulted in a $1.2 Million settlement in Federal Court in Kansas City Missouri.

CarWilliams vs. Ford
Restraint System and Seat Design

Near Salina, Kansas, a young man fell asleep in his car, lost control and went off the road. He bottomed out in his seat, allowing his shoulder belt to come up around his neck. He was rendered a quadriplegic as a result of this accident. This case resulted in a confidential settlement in Federal Court in Kansas City Missouri .
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CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS:

Brown vs. AA Erection, Inc. et al

A young man was working on a construction site when subcontractors were hanging steel joists above. It was raining and the workers were not warned or cleared from beneath the crane placing the steel. The load fell killing the young man. The young man was not married and had no dependents. The subcontractors claimed no liability because of protection under Worker's Comp. However, Mr. Copeland was able to establish liability beyond Worker's Comp and the young man's parents settled with the subcontractors before trial. $400,000.00 Settlement.


OTHER SERIOUS INJURY:

Bosau vs. Bilsland
Pedestrian Accident

A man was walking across a dark downtown street late at night when he was struck by a car and suffered serious injury to his right arm and leg. The car left the scene and the driver was only located several days later. The driver was then acquitted in a the criminal trial. The man's previous lawyer had given up on the case. However, Mr. Copeland took the case and was ultimately able to reconstruct the accident utilizing previously discarded evidence and testimony from in the criminal case. The case was then settled for policy limits of $250,000.00.
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Acton vs. Saulog-Natividad, et al.
Medical Negligence

A 28 year old father of three had a bulging disc and was transported to a hospital emergency room. There, a new resident physician failed to do proper exam and neglected the man until he was paralyzed from the waist down. This case reached a Multi-Million Dollar settlement just before trial .

Please note that past results afford no guarantee of future results. Every case must be judged on its own merits. Contact the Columbia, Missouri, Injury Lawyers at The Copeland Law Firm to discuss your case.