Salvaged Takata Airbags Making Their Way in Vehicles

The largest automotive recall in U.S. history still has motorists wondering if their Takata airbags will explode and shoot shrapnel through their vehicles. But, another set of unsuspecting motorists might not know they’re in danger.  

$5.25 Million Jury Verdict Obtained for Missouri Woman Injured in Head-On Collision

Langdon & Emison obtained a $5.25 million verdict on behalf of a woman injured in a 2016 head-on collision yesterday afternoon in Dallas County, Missouri.  After a four-day trial, the jury awarded $4.25 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages.  Langdon & Emison attorneys Mark Emison and Lindsey Scarcello led the legal team in this matter, Knight v. Zey, Case No.: 17BE-CC00008-01.

The crash occurred on Highway 7 in Benton County, Missouri. The plaintiff suffered severe and permanent orthopedic injuries to her leg, ankle, and arm. The plaintiff’s legal team showed that the defendant drove under the influence at the time of the crash and showed a reckless disregard for the safety of others, which justified punitive damages.  The verdict also includes damages for past and future medical costs, past and future pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Mark Emison has been recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly and Super Lawyers as one of the state’s top lawyers under 40, with special distinction for his work in personal injury litigation.  He serves on multiple boards of legal and nonprofit organizations, including the Midwest Innocence Project, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the investigation, litigation and exoneration of wrongfully convicted men and women. A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, he is also a board member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section. 

Lindsey Scarcello has been a member of legal teams at Langdon & Emison in a wide array of personal injury matters.  In 2018 she was included in the National Trial Lawyers’ 40 Under 40 list for the state of Missouri.  Before joining the firm nearly six years ago, Lindsey earned her law degree from University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law, where she was awarded a Second Century Scholarship for academic excellence.  She also received the Robert C. Byrd and Bright Flight scholarships.   

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Kent Emison and Michael Serra Published on the Dangers of Guardrails on U.S. Highways

Langdon & Emison attorneys Kent Emison and Michael Serra have been published by Thomson Reuters' Automotive Journal, on the subject of guardrail defects.  "Defective guardrails in serious injury and death cases" takes a look at the many design defects of the end terminals that are out there on American roadways, particularly those models made by Trinity and Lindsay Transportation's Barrier Systems.

"As a result of ongoing litigation and public awareness, many states have barred the installation of these dangerous guardrail end terminals, and some have even begun the expensive process of removing them from the roadway," they wrote. "But nearly half the states continue to install these defective and dangerous guardrail systems on our roadways. Until they are removed, it is likely that more deaths and serious injuries will occur."

 A new article from attorneys Kent Emison and Michael Serra, analyzing guardrail defects and litigation trends on this type of roadway hazard.

A new article from attorneys Kent Emison and Michael Serra, analyzing guardrail defects and litigation trends on this type of roadway hazard.

Kent is a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and for 2018 was named "Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year" for the Kansas City metro area by Best Lawyers in America.  He is a frequent lecturer to bar associations and trial lawyer groups nationwide, and devotes 100 percent of his practice to litigation in product liability, motor vehicle accidents, and other cases involving personal injury and wrongful death. 

Michael has been named a "Rising Star" in personal injury litigation by the Super Lawyers publication, bringing a firm commitment to justice to his work and a breadth of experience going up against large corporations. As an associate at Langdon & Emison, Michael plays a key role in all phases of litigation for cases involving defective vehicles and products; electrical shock injuries; railroad accidents; and other instances of negligence.

 

L&E Newsletter Published for Spring 2018

The spring 2018 edition of the Langdon & Emison newsletter has been published.  Inside this edition, you can read about defective Takata airbags, truck accident recoveries, tips on an effective focus group for plaintiffs' cases, and many more substantive topics.  

To read the full newsletter, click here.

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Langdon & Emison’s Guardrail Case Featured in Investigative Report

Langdon & Emison’s Guardrail Case Featured in Investigative Report

Critical pieces of legislation that could take away Missouri citizens’ access to courts are quietly making their way through Jefferson City as headlines remain on Gov. Eric Greitins’ legal battles.

L&E Partners Named Among "10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys" for Missouri

Bob Langdon and Kent Emison have been honored with "10 Best Attorney" selections for Missouri, according to the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.  The selection process is a third-party attorney rating service that relies on client satisfaction and superior results in the courtroom.

Both partners are Fellows in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and often present to bar associations and trial lawyer groups nationwide.  100% of their practice is devoted to litigation in product liability, motor vehicle accidents, and other cases involving personal injury and wrongful death. Bob and Kent have been in private practice together for over 30 years, and have earned numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements cases all across the United States.

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Bob Langdon Named to America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators

The list of America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators for 2018 has been released, and it was announced today that the firm's Bob Langdon is on it.  Bob is honored to be included on the list that includes "the most esteemed high stakes litigators."  

The algorithm for inclusion relies on a minimum standard of favorable outcomes in bet-the-company litigation, and a qualitative comparative analysis.  Less than 0.5% of the nation's litigators are invited to be a part of the listing, which is published by America's Top 100 Lawyers.  

Bob has been inducted as a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized with some of the United States’ highest honors for attorneys. He was included in Super Lawyers’ listing of the top 100 attorneys in Missouri and Kansas in 2011.  Bob’s leadership in the profession has led him to serve as an Executive Board member of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG), as President of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and as a past member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice.  Since 1985, Bob has been nationally board-certified in trial advocacy. He speaks regularly at many seminars throughout the country, teaching other lawyers various successful trial techniques.

 
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Blog: The Dangers of Goodyear RV Tires

Dangerous recreational vehicle (RV) tires, manufactured by Goodyear, are at the center of a federal investigation and lawsuits nationwide. Are your RV tires safe? Maybe not, according to a recent blog published by Langdon & Emison partner David Brose.

Blog: The Link Between Corporate Donations and Tort Reform

Missouri senators are rushing to pass legislation under the guise of “tort reform,” according to a recent blog by Langdon & Emison partner Mark Emison. According to Emison, these tort reform bills protect corporations from being sued by citizens who are injured or killed by their defective products.

L&E’s David Brose Offers 5 Tips for Safe Spring Break Travel

Spring break season is upon us, which places many vacationers on U.S. highways for road trips to their destinations. If your spring break has yet to start and you’re planning to hit the highway soon, Langdon & Emison partner David Brose offers five simple tips for save travel.

Medical Devices Rushed to Market Put Patients in Danger

Metal-on-metal hip implants are at the center of thousands of lawsuits that allege hip manufacturers failed to warn doctors and patients about their dangers. In a recent blog post, Langdon & Emison partner Mark Emison says loose oversight of the testing and approval process for many medical devices, including artificial hips, poses significant risks to U.S. patients.

Hot off the Presses: Langdon & Emison Releases Winter 2018 Newsletter

Langdon & Emison, a nationwide personal injury law firm, has released its Winter 2018 newsletter, available for download. Langdon & Emison publishes a quarterly newsletter dedicated to providing clients and attorneys up-to-date information about legal trends and issues, consumer safety and litigation tips.