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Missouri Supreme Court Uncaps Punitive Damages

(Jefferson City) – The Missouri Supreme Court struck down a law that capped punitive damages on September 9, 2014 when it awarded a $1 million verdict to an Excelsior Springs woman who was defrauded by a used car dealer.

The 77-year-old woman, Lillian Lewellen, bought a used Lincoln Town Car from Chad Franklin and Chad Franklin National Auto Sales North, LLC under the agreement that s…

New Video about MONEY.

The S.E. Farris Law Firm

When folks call my office, they usually have money on their minds- to pay bills, get medicine and feed their families after an injury. Here are my…

Insurance Claim delays are not an Accident.

Insurance company commercials make it look like the claims process is easy and painless. Something bad happens, you call your agent, they magically appear and write you a check immediately. Too bad that life doesn’t imitate art.

I increasingly hear from clients that, “the insurance company has accepted liability.” Injury victims wonder why they even need a lawyer if that is true. Accepting…

Dangerous Roads Require Smart Navigation!

The S.E. Farris Law Firm

Roadway accidents are often caused by inattentive drivers. But people can also be injured due to the condition of the roadway. We have represented individuals involved in accidents caused by insufficient guardrails, signage or road shoulder, as well as incorrect road striping, malfunctioning signal lights, downed signs, dangerous curves and other types of roadway dangers.

These cases ar…

Slip-and-Fall Personal Injuries

Poorly maintained premises can turn a fun summer outing into a nightmare

Summer is an ideal time for outings in St. Louis. Visits to the pool, neighborhood gatherings for backyard barbecues, community festivals and enjoying the weather on your favorite restaurant’s outdoor patio are all some of the joys of summer in the Gateway City.

Unfortunately, any of those pleasant outings may end in…

Can You Sue Your Co-Worker for Workplace Injuries?

The S.E. Farris Law Firm

A recent Missouri decision means that workers’ compensation doesn’t rule out negligence lawsuits

Most Missouri employees have considered workers’ compensation as the exclusive remedy for workplace accidents. If you were hurt by a coworker, the only way to recover damages for your injuries was to file a “work comp” claim.

But that has now changed.

A recent Missouri Court of Appeals…

Texting and Car Accidents

Cell Phones Distract Missouri Drivers, Create Safety and Liability Hazards

One year ago, Missouri passed an anti-texting law that prohibits drivers 21 and younger from text messaging while behind the wheel. If caught, young Missouri drivers are fined $200.

A recent news story on St. Louis station KSDK (Channel 5) revealed that since the law was passed, the Missouri State Highway Patro…

Don’t Facebook about your Court Case!



Social media, Facebook, Twitter and so on, is very popular. We connect with friends, promote our businesses and so on. Social media may be popular, but it is not private!

As noted in a recent Wall Street Journal article, a judge in New York confirmed this fact, holding that Facebook postings are not private, and can be used in court as a statement of the poster.

This shouldn’t…

Car Insurance- What You Can Do to Help Yourself!

The S.E. Farris Law Firm

It’s too late once you’ve been in a wreck to think about insurance coverage.You buy automobile insurance and hope you never have to use it but, there are kinds of insurance that will help you quite a bit if you are in a wreck.

In order to drive a car in Missouri, two types of insurance are mandatory, Liability Coverage to take care of the harms you cause to other folks and Uninsured Motorist…

If It Wasn’t Your Fault, You Shouldn’t Pay!

When you have been in a wreck, many things are on your mind- how to cover your medical bills, where the money to pay bills will come from, how to deal with your pain, and so on. The last thing you would expect is for your “good neighbor” insurance company – that’s right, your own insurance company- to raise your insurance rates. Yet many insurance companies in Missouri do just that. And it is…

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