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Rear-end collision case settles for $1.6M

A small-business owner who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury when her car was rear-ended by a semi-trailer has reached a $1.67 million settlement of her case against the truck driver and his employer. Deborah Butner, 46, was driving a ...

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Trucking company settles case for $900,000

A trucking company agreed to pay $900,000 to settle an accident claim filed by another driver. The names of the trucking company and its insurance carrier are confidential. The accident took place on a clear morning on Nov. 1, 2007. ...

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Police cruiser crash case settles for $1M

A passenger injured in a collision with a police cruiser has reached a $1 million settlement of her Jackson County case against Kansas City, the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners and the two officers in the cruiser. “This settlement ...

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Boat collision case settles for $2.6 million

A boat passenger injured in a boating accident at the Lake of the Ozarks has settled her Camden County case for more than $2.6 million. The plaintiff settled her claim against the defendant driver of the other boat involved in ...

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Hotel patron who fell in shower gets nothing

A Pettis County jury declined to award damages to a hotel patron who claimed back injuries from a fall in the shower. The plaintiff, a dentist, had sought up to $3.7 million for future lost wages. During pretrial, the court ...

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Family recovers $800,000 for death of wife, mother

The husband and young son of a woman who died in a Springfield hospital following a cesarean section have reached an $800,000 settlement of their Greene County medical malpractice case against the hospital. Joshua Leverkuhn and his pregnant wife, Denise ...

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Jury: Doctor did not commit malpractice

A Platte County jury returned a verdict in favor of a doctor alleged to have caused an elderly patient to develop a fatal blood clot after discontinuing the patient’s blood-thinning medication. Leon Wolf, 87, fell and broke his left hip ...

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Family settles suit over camper’s death

The family of a camper who died of carbon monoxide poisoning while sleeping near a lit propane lantern has reached a confidential settlement of their St. Louis product liability suit against The Coleman Co., manufacturer of the propane cylinder. Coleman, ...

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Jury rejects claims from worker who lost toes

An employee at a cattle feed mill lost three toes in a machinery accident. But a jury in Henry County rejected the employee’s negligence claims against the mill owner and declined to award any damages. Sam Kohl owns a cattle ...

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Jury rejects injury claims from grocery store patron

A Clay County jury declined to award any damages to a grocery store patron who fell in a Hy-Vee parking lot. Plaintiff had asked the jury for more than $17.5 million for injuries allegedly caused by the fall. Sandra Salisbury, ...

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Springfield hospital, doctors cleared of negligence

A Greene County jury returned a verdict in favor of a Springfield hospital and two doctors accused of failing to adequately respond to a patient’s adverse reaction to blood pressure medication, ultimately leading to her death. Peggy Wills, 48, worked ...

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