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.
Langdon & Emison has released its newest edition of its quarterly newsletter, available for free download here on our web site. Our firm newsletter is mailed out to attorneys and clients nationwide, and intends to educate a general audience about issues in plaintiff's personal injury litigation, as well as consumer hazards in contemporary society.
As part of the American Association for Justice's programming of substantive sessions at its Annual Meeting in Boston, Partners Bob Langdon and Brett Emison, spoke on aftermarket vehicle defect litigation. The audience of the nation's top plaintiff's attorneys was treated to a presentation on the dangers of recreational vehicles, limousines, ambulances, police cruisers and other modified vehicles.
Aftermarket vehicle defects often aren't identified and lawsuits aren't pursued, resulting in a missed opportunity to obtain the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. For more than three decades, clients and referring attorneys across the country have worked with Langdon & Emison attorneys in identifying and litigating aftermarket vehicle cases. Bob and Brett have worked on aftermarket vehicle cases for a combined 45 years in practice, and bring a wealth of industry knowledge to the topic of how to identify the defect and how to show that a vehicle's alteration contributed to an automobile's lack of safety.
According to the AAJ, "Trial attorneys are committed to ensuring that all people—individuals, families, patients, workers and consumers—can seek justice in our nation’s courtrooms.
The AAJ is the preeminent organization in America trying to fight for that right. Trial attorneys seek a balanced civil justice system, and the AAJ advocates for tough laws to hold industries and corporations accountable when they withhold information that can harm or kill. Both Bob and Brett are members of the AAJ's Leaders Forum.
If you’re an attorney looking for tips on enhancing recovery in personal injury cases, check out Langdon & Emison’s Summer 2017 newsletter. This issue is filled with articles that offer practical tips for maximizing the value of your client's case.
Langdon & Emison Partner J. Kent Emison was published this month by Thomson Reuters' Automotive Journal, with a piece titled "Theories of Recovery in Trucking Accident Cases Involving Insufficient Insurance." The article featured commentary on agency/joint ventures, negligent hiring, and examined representative cases illustrating hot topics within truck accident litigation.
"In trucking accidents that cause catastrophic injuries, the medical expenses victims incur far exceed the minimum coverage these small companies carry," Kent said in the article. "When a trucking accident victim sustains catastrophic injuries, it is critical to look beyond the negligent truck driver and the small motor carrier for sources of recovery. Analysis of liability must also include a close examination of the shipper of the load: the large trucking company that hired the small carrier or independent driver.
"Many large corporations that hire small truck companies will hide behind an alleged independent contractor relationship and other predictable defenses. Several theories of liability can be asserted against the large corporation and other responsible parties to help you recover more than the meager policy limits held by the small carrier or individual driver."
Kent has been lead trial counsel in a number of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, having handled cases all across the United States. Kent is a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a frequent lecturer to bar associations and trial lawyer groups nationwide. He dedicates the entirety of his law practice to litigation in product liability, motor vehicle accidents, and other cases involving personal injury and wrongful death.
NADC is "an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence." It has mobilized its members in support of pro bono projects across the country. Members of the distinguished group are vetted by a research team and a judicial review board.
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. In 2010, Bob was one of two Missouri attorneys to be named “Legal Champion” as part of Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s “Lawyer of the Year” program. His 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 Lawyers 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.
Langdon & Emison associate Brennan Delaney has been awarded with a Top 10 Under 40 Attorney distinction. The award is administered by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, and honors the top ten personal injury attorneys in each state under the age of 40. Brennan was selected as one of the top 10 in the state of Missouri, based on his work in defective product and wrongful death lawsuits.
NAOPIA was established in 2013 with the primary goal of discovering and recognizing the top personal injury attorneys in their respective regions. The attorneys who make this list are first nominated by an attorney in that state, and then the Selection Committee and Board of Governors approves the slate of candidates for the top 10 in each state.
Prior to practicing at Langdon & Emison and the firm of Douthit Frets, Brennan spent four years serving as a law clerk: two years for the Hon. Zel M. Fischer of the Supreme Court of Missouri and two years for the Hon. Michael W. Manners of the Sixteenth Circuit of Jackson County. He is a graduate of the Elwood L. Thomas Inn of Court (2012) and the Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy (2010). He also completed the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s (KCMBA) Bar Leadership Academy in 2011. Brennan is a member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and KCMBA and serves on the Missouri Solo and Small Firm Committee.
Brennan earned his juris doctorate from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law where he graduated cum laude in 2008 and was a member of Law Review. Prior to law school, Brennan graduated magna cum laude from Truman State University with Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) has been called a silent epidemic. A common myth is that mTBI victims quickly recover from their injuries. Despite a growing body of research that has shown mTBI injuries are not, in fact, “mild,” it can be difficult to demonstrate the long-term problems many mTBI victims suffer.