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Top Verdicts of 1998
Top Verdicts of 1998
Lawyers Weekly
2/08/1999

In this special section, Lawyers Weekly ranks the 20 largest plaintiffs' verdicts, the 20 largest defense verdicts (excess of demand over verdict), and the 10 largest settlements in Missouri in 1998.

There were 29 "million-dollar" verdicts during the year. The top five included two premises liability cases, in addition to suits involving a construction dispute, actuarial malpractice and retaliatory discharge.

The largest plantiffs' verdict -- $25 million -- came in a premises liability case involving the 1994 death of Jackson County Circuit Court Judge H. Michael Coburn, who fell into an open stairwell shaft while inspecting a building scheduled for demolition. The lawyer for the family was Kansas City's Gary C. Robb, no stranger to Lawyers Weekly's Top Verdicts list. Robb's 1995 verdicts of $350 million and $70 million in products liability cases came in at numbers one and three, respectively.

On the other side of the bar, Stepen M. Strum of St. Louis successfully defended a nursing home that was sued by the daughter of a resident who had Alzheimer's disease. The resident froze to death after he wandered outside the home unnoticed. The daughter demanded $6 million, but the jury returned a one-dollar verdict. Strum also had the 19th highest plaintiffs' verdict in a $2.1 million auto accident case.

Louis C. Accurso of Kansas City settled a wrongful death and multiple injury case for $15 million, the highest settlement in 1998. Accurso represented a family whose house exploded due to a propane gas leak, killing the father and maiming the mother and 7-year-old daughter.

Inside you'll find the 1998 rankings, in addition to in-depth stories on the top five plaintiffs' verdicts, the top defense verdict, and the top settlement.




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Personal Injury Lawyers - Kansas City, Missouri

Personal injury is an area of law that pertains to the injury of an individual. Both physical and emotional injuries fall into this branch of tort law. A personal injury lawyer is generally involved in cases where an injury has occurred due to the negligence of another party.

Examples of cases that a personal injury lawyer in Kansas City, Missouri can assist with include workplace accidents, falling or other accidents in the home, premises liability, defective and hazardous product cases, and dental and medical malpractice cases. If negligence on behalf of another party can be proved in court, compensation may be awarded.

Personal injury attorneys can also assist with industrial disease cases that may include respiratory diseases or a decline in health due to hazardous occupational conditions. These and other medical cases are often very complex, and it is advised that all aspects of the claim be handled by an experienced attorney.

Wrongful Death Lawyers - Kansas City, Missouri

Wrongful death falls under the common law jurisdictions wherein a person may be held liable for a death. It is important to note that wrongful death is the only course of legal action in which a company, rather than an individual, is at fault for a death.

In Kansas City, Missouri, cases involving wrongful death accidents require a preponderance of evidence as the standard of proof. Generally, the suit is filed by close relatives.

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