Thousands of accidents each year are caused by distracted driving. This new attorney-authored article from Kent Emison looks at liability issues and litigation trends related to cellphone usage while driving.
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.
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.
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.
Langdon & Emison paralegal Alesia Emison has been named the 2018 Paralegal of the Year by the American Association for Justice (AAJ). Emison was selected from paralegal candidates across the country and will accept the award July 8 at AAJ's Annual Convention in Denver.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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