Roadway Design Hazards Analyzed in New Article Published by AIEG Voice

Roadway Design Hazards Analyzed in New Article Published by AIEG Voice

Brennan Delaney authored a piece on the ramifications of automobile crashes, and ways to assist clients in attempting to recover for the deaths and injuries that result from them.  Sometimes in evaluating the claims against drivers, and the product claims regarding vehicles involved, attorneys might miss the road itself as a potential avenue of recovery.

Kent Emison, Michael Serra Published on Guardrail Dangers

Kent Emison, Michael Serra Published on Guardrail Dangers

The analysis and commentary of Kent Emison and Michael Serra were featured in this winter’s edition of AIEG Voice magazine, this time on defective guardrails.

Toyota: 1.7 Million Vehicles in United States Must be Recalled Due to Takata Airbags

Toyota:  1.7 Million Vehicles in United States Must be Recalled Due to Takata Airbags

In the newest move related to the dangerous Takata airbag, Toyota announced it is recalling 1.7 million vehicles in North America to replace potentially deadly Takata front passenger air bag inflators. This includes 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. and is part of the largest series of automotive recalls in the nation’s history.

L&E Partner Brett Emison Talks Takata Airbags in ABC Investigative Report

L&E Partner Brett Emison Talks Takata Airbags in ABC Investigative Report

Langdon & Emison partner Brett Emison discussed the dangers of Takata airbags in a recent ABC investigative report that aired across 193 stations nationwide. The report featured Langdon & Emison client Joshua Reliford who lost his eye after the Takata airbag in the car he was driving exploded and shot shrapnel through the vehicle compartment.

L&E’s Fall Newsletter Available Nationwide

Langdon & Emison, a nationwide personal injury firm with offices in Missouri and Illinois, has released its Fall 2018 newsletter, available for download. The firm publishes a quarterly newsletter dedicated to providing attorneys and clients current information about legal trends and issues, consumer safety and litigation tips.

L&E Partners Bob Langdon, Brett Emison Earn ‘Lawyer of the Year’ Accolades

Langdon & Emison partners Bob Langdon and Brett Emison have earned “Lawyer of the Year” recognition by The Best Lawyers in America©, marking the fifth year in the last seven that Langdon & Emison attorneys have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” in the Kansas City region.

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.