Personal Injury

Have you or a loved one been seriously injured in an accident? A personal injury can leave you with insurmountable medical expenses, long-term care needs, lost wages and the inability to care for your family. Although it is possible to quickly recover money from an insurance company it is normally not in your best interest to do so. The goal of any insurance company is to maximize profit and the way that is achieved is by not paying you what your case is worth, but rather, as little as they possibly can.

At the Lednick Law Firm we handle a wide variety of injury cases, ranging from automobile accidents to products liability cases. We will thoroughly investigate your case in order to identify those responsible for your injury and collect all available evidence to support your claim. We will take the time necessary to assess your case and achieve maximum compensation for your injuries.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, please contact us immediately. Time is of the essence in injury cases because it is necessary to secure any available evidence to ensure you the best chance to prove your claim. In addition, there are time limits that bar you from recovering if your case is not filed in time. We handle the following types of personal injury cases:

ATV Accidents
Automobile Accidents
Boating Accidents
Burn Injuries
Construction Site Accidents
Drunk Driving Accidents
Motorcycle Accidents
Nursing Home Negligence
Pedestrian Accidents
Products Liability
Traumatic Brain Injury
Trucking Accidents
Uninsured / Underinsured Motorists Claims

ATV Accidents

As the popularity of all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s) continues to grow in the United States so too does the number of ATV accidents. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission more than 750 deaths and 128,000 injuries are caused by ATV accidents each year. Many injuries resulting from ATV accidents can often be attributed to one or more of the following factors. Some of these include, but are not limited to:

  • Operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Failure to obey ATV laws
  • Operating ATV at unsafe speeds
  • Multiple riders at one time
  • Lack of driver experience
  • Lack of adult supervision
  • Inattentive or careless operation
  • Not wearing safety equipment
  • Underage operation
  • Driving on paved roads
  • Manufacturer error or design flaws

Children are involved in approximately one-third of ATV-related deaths and emergency room-treated injuries. In a study recently published by the Journal of Trauma, it was stated that there has been a staggering 150% INCREASE in child-related ATV accident injuries, with males having the highest rate of hospitalization.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an ATV accident due to the negligence of another person or as a result of a vehicle malfunction, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Please contact the Lednick Law Firm at 636-638-2150 for a free consolation.

Automobile Accidents

A car accident is one of the most unanticipated, yet frequent, life changing events one can encounter. In the blink of an eye, an individual may experience disastrous injuries that lead to costly medical bills, long-term care expenses, lost wages, loss of ability to work, loss of ability to enjoy life, or care for your family. More serious accidents may have caused you to suffer a disability or even the wrongful death of a loved one. If you have been involved in a car accident, you want to be confident that you have the assistance of an experienced attorney who will fight to get you the just compensation that you deserve.

We are dedicated to helping victims of car accidents. We will aggressively pursue your claim with a goal of recovering maximum compensation for your injuries. If you have suffered as the result of a car accident, do not wait to contact the Lednick Law Firm at 636-638-2150 for a free consultation.

Boating Accidents

Each year in the United States, hundreds of people are killed and thousands are injured because of preventable boating and jet-ski accidents. In many cases, these accidents are the result of negligence or error on the part of a boat operator, passenger or other individual. On the other hand, it could be the watercraft itself, a failure of the boats equipment or even a manufacturing defect that causes an accident.

Common types of boating accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Collisions with another boat
  • Collisions with a fixed object, such as a pier, dock, a submerged object or other object
  • Skiing or other towing accidents
  • Overboard falls
  • Capsizing

According to the US Coast Guard, the following are the most common causes of boat accidents in the United States:

Operator negligence, inattention, passenger or skier behaviors, excess speed, careless or reckless operation, alcohol use, improper operator lookout, operator inexperience, manufacturing defects, weather and equipment failure or defects.

We assist clients involved on accidents at Lake of the Ozarks, Clearwater, Table Rock, Stockton, Bull Shoals, Mark Twain, Taneycomo, Pomme De Terre, Wappapello, Truman, Goose Creek and the Mississippi River. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a boating accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Please contact the Lednick Law Firm at 636-638-2150 for a free consolation.

Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are one of the most painful injuries a person can experience. Burns often result in damage to the nerves, resulting in excruciating pain. Serious burns can also cause a host of additional problems, including permanent damage to muscles, tissues, nerves, as well as the respiratory system.

One common cause of serious burn injuries is due to negligent business practices. Although many burns are caused by contact with fire, other sources of workplace burns may include burns caused by explosions, electricity, chemicals, acid or heat sources. These often result because the business has failed to adhere to safety guidelines, the use of defective equipment or many other reasons.

Victims of serious burns often require extensive hospitalization and rehabilitation, and in severe cases, skin grafting. Burn victims are more susceptible to infections because the damaged skin is unable to protect the body from bacteria. Thousands of serious burn victims die each year as a result of these injuries.

We understand the devastating effects of burn injuries. We represent victims and families whose lives are forever changed by these serious injuries. We will aggressively pursue your personal injury claim and work hard to recover maximum compensation for your burn injury.

If you have suffered burns as a result of a workplace accident or a person’s negligence please contact the Lednick Law Firm at 636-638-2150 for a free burn injury consultation.

Construction Site Accidents

Construction sites are by their nature extremely dangerous. Federal and state regulations require that property owners and contractors provide a safe workplace for employees and bystanders near a construction site. When a person is injured in a construction site accident, the result can be devastating. Some common types of construction site accidents are the result of falls, being struck by falling objects, scaffolding and ladder collapses, explosions, improperly used equipment, electrocution, and being struck against an object or being caught in between objects. Any of these can result in serious injuries, impairment, paralysis, or even death.

A construction accidents can lead to expensive medical bills, severe injuries, and possible an inability to return to work. We are committed to seeking reimbursement for your medical costs, pain and suffering, long-term care needs, and lost wages with the purpose of making certain that you have long-term security for you and your family. Please contact the Lednick Law Firm at 636-638-2150 to schedule a free consultation regarding your construction related accident.

Drunk Driving Accidents

In Missouri, and throughout the United States, drunk driving is one of the leading causes of serious car accidents. These crashes often result in serious injury or death for the victims, while the drunk driver always seems to walk away with only minor scratches.

If you are victim of an accident involving drunk driving you can hold the driver responsible for the pain and suffering they have caused you and your family. We will aggressively pursue legal action against drunk drivers who cause serious injury or death to innocent motorists, bicyclists, pedestrian or motorcycle riders. In some cases, party hosts or drinking establishments can also be held liable for serving alcohol to an underage individual or a clearly intoxicated person who is later involved in a drunk driving accident.

If you have sustained serious injuries in a drunk driving accident, contact the Lednick Law Firm at 636-638-2150 for a free consultation.
Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists are at substantial risk of being seriously injured when involved in a crash. A high percentage of motorcycle accidents result in the rider and/or passenger being seriously injured due to the lack of protection that otherwise would be provided in a regular vehicle. Accident victims and their families may face loss of income, high medical bills, permanent damage and the continued emotional distress as a result of these accidents. Motorcycle accidents may result in a number of medical conditions including: road rash, spinal cord injuries, brain damage, bone fractures or even death and dismemberment.

Common factors that often play a role a motorcycle accident, including a motorist changing lanes without looking, followed a motorcyclist too closely, turning into the path of a motorcyclist, failed to yield to the biker and failed to pay attention to the surroundings. We will carefully examine your accident, gather medical records, interview witnesses and, when necessary, confer with experts to formulate a persuasive case on your behalf.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact the Lednick Law Firm at 636-638-2150 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

Nursing Home Negligence

Thousands of cases of nursing home negligence are reported each year in the United States, however there are many more that go unnoticed. If you or a loved one has been injured because of neglect or abuse in a nursing home, you may be entitled to compensation. The sole objective of many nursing and retirement homes is pure profit. Due to an aging population, many nursing facilities are filled to capacity, yet lack sufficient caregivers. In addition, many nursing home employees do not have adequate training to provide even a minimal level of care to the elderly.

An improperly administered nursing home with an underperforming staff will undoubtedly lead to a dangerous and unsanitary environment which causes residents to suffer. Residents may suffer both physical and emotional detriment due to nursing homes falling below acceptable standards. Some of the common signs of nursing home negligence include malnourishment, fractures caused by falls, dehydration, unexplained bruises or lacerations, noticeable weight loss, poor hygiene and bedsores, among others. Regrettably, many residents needlessly die each year due to nursing home negligence.

We believe that nursing home neglect or abuse, in any form, should not be tolerated. The elderly are truly innocent victims that are worth fighting for.

If a loved one has been a victim of nursing home negligence please contact the Lednick Law Firm at 636-638-2150 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your options.

Pedestrian Accidents

Accidents involving pedestrians often result in serious injuries. Many times, these accidents are caused by careless drivers who fail to obey traffic rules. In many cases, innocent pedestrians pay for these negligent mistakes which may change their lives forever.

When a pedestrian is hit by a car, truck or other motor vehicle, numerous injuries can result. This type of accident may result from any number of factors, including speeding, drunk driving, failure to recognize a pedestrian right-of-way, failure to stop at a crosswalk, failure to stop at stop sign or stop light, or failure to provide enough space on road for a bicycle. Considering the speed and size of an automobile, the pedestrian is often left with severe injuries, including broken bones, head injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis or even death.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, please contact the Lednick Law Firm at 636-638-2150 to schedule a free consultation regarding your case.

Products Liability

When consumers purchase a product, they expect it to be safe. Nevertheless, many thousands of individuals experience the consequences of accidents resulting from defective products each year. There are three main causes of product liability accidents.

  1. Design defect – If a product is improperly designed it is already unsafe before it is even manufactured. Although the product is being used properly and works as designed, a design flaw can still make it dangerous. A product that has a design flaw will likely effect every unit that is made and likely lead to a widespread recall.
  2. Manufacturing defect – Sometimes a product is well designed but is built or
    manufactured incorrectly. Sometimes only a few products may be defectively manufactured, while other times the defect is widespread.
  3. Marketing defect – If consumers are not properly instructed on the proper use, maintenance requirements, or potential dangers of a product, there could be what is called a “marketing defect.” Manufacturers who fail to provide adequate warnings on how to use or assemble a product–or who fail to warn consumers about dangers associated with a certain product–may face a product liability lawsuit.
  4. At Lednick Law Firm, our attorneys are committed to representing those injured by dangerous products. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.

It is a product liability lawyer’s responsibility

We will work to hold designers and/or manufacturers accountable for their mistakes, and ensure that the company isn’t putting profits over safety. We believe in protecting the rights of consumers and ensuring that victims of dangerous product accidents get the compensation they deserve for their injuries. Please contact the Lednick Law Firm at 636-638-2150 to schedule a consultation to discuss a potential defective products case.

Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be the “not so obvious” result of a serious personal injury accident. An individual suffering from TBI may appear normal and healthy on the outside. However, those who truly know the person often recognize that something is just not right. The effects of TBI can be serious. Individuals with severe injuries can be left in long-term unresponsive states. For many people with severe TBI, long-term rehabilitation is often necessary to maximize function and independence.  Even with mild TBI, the consequences to a person’s life can be horrendous. Change in brain function can have a dramatic impact on family, job, social and community interaction.

As a result of TBI a person may experience amnesia, inability to speak or understand, mental confusion, difficulty concentrating, difficulty thinking and understanding, inability to create new memories, inability to recognize common things, abnormal laughing and crying, aggression, impulsivity, irritability, lack of restraint, persistent repetition of words or actions, balance disorder, blackout, dizziness, fainting, or fatigue, anger, anxiety, apathy, loneliness, sensitivity to light or sound, slurred speech or impaired voice, persistent headache, a temporary moment of clarity, bleeding, blurred vision, bone fracture, bruising, depression, loss of smell, nerve injury, post-traumatic seizure, ringing in the ears, or stiff muscles

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, please contact the Lednick Law Firm at 636-638-2150 to schedule a free consultation regarding your case.

Trucking Accidents

Missouri roadways are becoming more congested due to increased population and a rise in the number of vehicles on the roads. In addition, significantly more semi-trucks and other commercial delivery vehicles are joining the daily commute. Because of the increase in 18-wheelers on the road there has been a corresponding increasing in the number of trucking accidents.

Trucking accidents may result from a variety of factors such as, driver fatigue, driver distraction, improper truck maintenance, defective equipment, truck overloading, speeding, tire blow-outs, improperly trained drivers, cell phone use and others. It is important to hire a lawyer who will take the time to thoroughly review and investigate maintenance records, driver logs, weight, speed, load distribution and other factors to determine if the driver and trucking company was operating in compliance with regulations.

We understand the physical, emotional and financial burden that being involved in a trucking accident may have on victims and their families. Our goal is to obtain the maximum financial compensation to which you may be entitled. If you have suffered a serious injury due to truck driver negligence or if you lost a love one in a fatal truck accident, please contact the Lednick Law Firm at 636-638-2150 for a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.

Uninsured / Underinsured Motorists Claims

Thousands of vehicle accidents happen each year on Missouri’s roads, and many of these involve underinsured or uninsured motorists. While an underinsured driver doesn’t have enough insurance to cover damages, an uninsured motorist has no auto insurance whatsoever. However, Missouri law requires that auto insurance policies include coverage for uninsured motorists. This coverage is meant to protect insured drivers in the event of being involved in an accident with an uninsured driver.

When an individual is involved in an accident they are often tempted to accept the first settlement that is offered by the insurance adjuster. Regrettably, insurance companies often attempt to pay out the smallest amount the can under an uninsured or underinsured motorist policy. The result is that innocent victims are usually left without satisfactory compensation to cover the personal property or injury damages they have sustained.

We will pursue the maximum amount offered by an insurance plan, in order to obtain just compensation for the damages that you have sustained. Do not settle for what the insurance company initially offers. Please con contact the Lednick Law Firm at 636-638-2150 for a free consultation.

1. Immediately seek the help of a medical professional. Minor injuries can turn into major problems, especially with the neck and back. You will also need documentation of your condition if you proceed with the legal process.

2. Get as much information you can about your accident. Keep a record of names, numbers and addresses of all the people involved, including witnesses. Make note of the exact location of the crash and document with photographs if possible. Get all the information you can about the other driver and their insurance information.

3. Do not talk to anyone about your accident other than a police officer. Absolutely DO NOT talk to insurance company representatives or investigators. Anything you say to them could make it harder for you to settle your claim. It is also a good idea not to sign anything, especially a release form (even though there may be a check attached to it), without talking to an attorney first.

4. Keep in mind that there are deadlines by which you must file a lawsuit. If your claim is not brought within that time, it may be forever barred regardless of who is at fault.

5. Speak to an attorney. A lawyer can ensure that everything gets done right. A lawyer can also make things a lot easier for you by negotiating with insurance companies and guiding you get through the legal process.

These are just a few smart ways for you to protect yourself.