At Monsees & Mayer we certainly stop short of saying, “We can do anything”, but we certainly have a broad range of skills and experience with nearly any personal injury claim. “Personal injury” is also a bit of a broad and non-specific description of legal specialty, because “personal injury” can involve damages that do not truly involve a physical injury. Consider that “personal injury” includes any kind or form of personal loss. Physical injury, money, income, reputation or civil rights, can all be deprived by wrongful conduct.
We are always looking for a challenge. As a result, our attorneys work on some cases that are unique and unusual. We have worked on Qui Tam cases under the Federal False Claims Act (also known as “whistle blower” cases) to recover money from a contractor who has committed government fraud. We have used the federal Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act to sue a foreign country for the wrongful death of a United States citizen. We are building a class action practice, because there is a need for this expertise in the Mid-west. Many cases against corporations that involve widespread injury or damage find their way into “Multi-district litigation”. In such instances, while such cases carry some of the same characteristics of class action lawsuits, great numbers of lawsuits are consolidated for handling before a single court, thereby streamlining discovery and the attendant costs.
Class action lawsuits are a very unique but widespread vehicle to determine the rights of large bodies of affected or injured persons. They are best pursued where there is a violation of a regulation or a statute by a corporation. They are not good vehicles for determining individual losses. However, where a large number of people have suffered similar damages in a similar fashion, the collective power of a class action can resolve such losses even where the losses of any individual are too small to justify the time and expense of litigation.
Some truly personal injury cases can also be pursued through civil rights theories that exist as a vehicle to recover from government bodies. Many cases against governments, such as municipalities, counties, states and the federal government are restricted. Hence, such cases can only be pursued with close attention to the particulars of statutes that leave small openings for recovery. Few attorneys have the experience to handle cases against government bodies.
Can we make your clients our clients? Whether you require association with a Missouri or Kansas lawyer as “local counsel” or you want to refer a case to us, we pride ourselves on the relationships we have built through attorney referrals. Frequently, we find ourselves in long-term relationships with attorneys across the country with whom we have built trusting and beneficial relationships over referrals. Wouldn’t it be nice to know you have a Missouri or Kansas connection for anything that may arise in our backyard? We frequently reciprocate, but at a minimum, you can rest assured that your clients will get the same conscientious care and advocacy that you would provide.
Millions of people are injured every year due to medical negligence. Medical malpractice does not necessarily connote medical incompetence. In many instances, it is nothing more than a medical mistake. Such mistakes, however, can result in horrific injuries, death and long-term consequences for victims and their families. Surgical errors, misdiagnoses, medication errors, and simple failures to treat even recognized ailments, can result in disability, disfigurement, lost earnings and a general loss of life’s pleasures.
By and large, the same mechanisms that result in automobile collisions, can also lead to boating injuries. A substantial percentage of all injuries and deaths associated with boating accidents are accompanied by consumption of alcohol. Failures to avoid obstacles, driving under the influence, failure to keep a careful lookout, driving too fast for the conditions, are all circumstances that mirror automobile collisions. However, boat collisions happen over water, and the consequences of boating collisions can be horrific.
Yet another area of law that few attorneys want to handle is legal malpractice. It is difficult to find an attorney who is willing to sue another attorney. However, lawyers make mistakes, and if those mistakes cost you a legal right, we are prepared to pursue a legal malpractice claim. “Legal malpractice” is really just a fancy name for legal negligence. In short, if an attorney fails to exercise due care in the handling of your legal matter, this can result in a claim or lawsuit for legal malpractice. Examples of legal malpractice can occur if a lawyer misses a statute of limitation or time limit, when a lawyer commits some error that results in the loss of a trial, business transactions that result in losses due to faulty documentation or other lost legal rights. In many such cases, the greatest challenge is in proving a direct connection between the legal negligence and the actual damages or losses.
Employment Discrimination and Harassment
Finally, many personal rights can be affected when someone is a victim of discrimination or harassment in the work place. Employment discrimination can be motivated by sex or gender, national origin, race, age, disability or religion. Some discrimination results in a loss of employment or demotion, or at times, a failure to be hired or promoted into a new position of employment. Harassment can be for any characteristic, but sexual harassment is perhaps the most common. Many women, and occasionally men, feel the demoralizing impact of unwelcome sexual advances or demeaning behavior aimed at gender. This too is a very specialized area of law that few attorneys practice. The time limits for pursuing such cases can be extraordinarily short, and many claims require early pursuit of administrative claims that require special paperwork.
Another growing area of our practice is public interest law, from consumer rights to corporate fraud resulting from efforts to cheat a lot of people, each out of a little money. While we cannot fight all the battles that are brought to our attention, if you have an interesting case or one that cries out for attention, give us a call. It does not cost anything to talk. We may be able to help you and others like you.
Some of the other types of cases we handle:
- Appellate Practice
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Civil Appeals
- Civil Liability
- Civil Rights
- Class Actions
- Complex and Multi-District Litigation
- Consumer Class Actions
- Consumer Fraud
- Consumer Litigation
- Consumer Protection
- Consumer Rights
- Denied Insurance Claims
- False Claims Act
- Federal Tort Claims
- Government Negligence
- Government Tort Liability
- Health Care Litigation
- Insurance Company Fraud
- Intentional Torts
- Mass Torts
- Public Interest Litigation
- Qui Tam Litigation
- Section 1983
- Tort Liability
- Victims’ Rights
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