Finney Law Office, LLC

1735 South Big Bend Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63117
United States
Phone: (314) 646-0300
Fax: (314) 646-0303

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Why does my lawsuit take so long?

So in my last post I discussed the time frame surrounding your case BEFORE a lawsuit is filed.  It is important to remember the distinction between a pre-suit case and an in-suit case.  You may hear that you pre-suit case is often referred to as a “claim” and your in-suit case is referred to as a “lawsuit”.  In this post, I will discuss the timing of in-suit cases or lawsuits.  This timeframe will vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction but my point here is to give you a rough outline on how the case will proceed.

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Why does my case take so long?

As an injury lawyer, I have heard this question many times.  It really is one of the most asked or considered questions of clients.  Most clients come to us seeking a resolution to their case—they want to end the process, want us to handle the process and want to get a just and fair result.  And that is what we aim to do at our office—expedite, resolve and close.  We want to move cases quickly and efficiently for our clients so they can get back to their lives. However, there are some things beyond the lawyer’s control that the lawyer must consider in order to act in the best interest of the client.  There are 2 types of cases—one is pre-suit and the other is in-suit.  Basically, one case has not been filed as a lawsuit (pre-suit) and one has (in-suit). In this post, I will only discuss pre-suit.Continue Reading

New Laws Surrounding Concussions in Youth Sports Infographic

Concussions can be a very serious injury, but they are often overlooked. Finney Youth Concussions (1)Learn why they are important and Missouri’s laws surrounding concussions in youth sports.

New Laws Surrounding Concussions in Youth Sports

New Laws Surrounding Concussions in Youth SportsLast September, TIME Magazine wrote an article about 16-year-old, Chad Stover, who was killed during a high school football game due to repeated blows to the head. Stover suffered a concussion on the first blow, but the coach continued to play him. While this was a tragedy for the Stover family and entire community, this type of concussion treatment is not uncommon across the country.

Concussions are a scary thing at all ages. No matter your demographic, these types of injuries can be the stem of injuries and conditions that are much more serious. There is a  misconception that concussions are not anything to worry about and that they will go away on their own. However, this idea could lead anyone–whether it is the athlete choosing to or a peer, parent, or coach encouraging them–to make irresponsible decisions and take dangerous actions.

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We hope everyone has a safe and happy Labor Day!

“We hope everyone has a safe and happy Labor Day!”

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Physics of a Rear-End Collision

Finney Collision Infographic Update (1) (1)Rear end collisions have the potential of causing severe damage to the passenger during impact. Read more by clicking on the infographic to learn some surprising facts on the physics behind rear-end collisions and related injuries.

Five Steps to Take if You Suffer a Concussion in a Car Accident

image6Being in an automobile accident is a traumatic event regardless of the level of injury sustained. However, for some victims, their injuries may not be immediately known following the accident. This is often the case with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Motor vehicle accidents account for over one-half of all TBIs in the United States. In many cases, the accident victim may not be aware of the brain injury at the time of the accident; however, the damage from a brain injury can be severe, life threatening, and permanent.

If you or a family member has suffered a concussion or other injury in a car accident, contact our office at (314) 646-0300 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal rights. The attorneys at Finney Law Office, LLC are dedicated to helping our clients through each step of the personal injury claim process as they continue to heal emotionally and physically following an automobile accident.

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The Personal Effects of Facial Scarring

Prevalence of Facial Injuries

Caused by Trauma

Facial injuries are among the most common type of injuries sustained in car, bike, and pedestrian accidents. It is estimated that up to 70% of those involved in a motor vehicular accident suffer some type of facial injury. These include facial bone fractures, burns, eye trauma, soft tissue injuries, and lacerations as well as oral/dental trauma. Facial injuries frequently result in significant pain and often necessitate the costly services of a plastic surgeon. Those who suffer facial injuries are likely to be left with permanent scarring and sometimes disfiguring deformities, such as burn scars and skin grafts and sunken cheekbones resulting from bone fractures and loss of soft tissue.

Facial Scarring: An Especially

Devastating Legacy

While any sort of disfigurement can be stigmatizing, facial scarring has been scientifically shown to be particularly traumatic.

In the past, there has been widespread misconceptions among the public—as well as the medical community—that facial scarring would have to be extensive and grossly disfiguring to result in poor self-image, depression and anxiety. Recent studies, however, dispel that myth. For example, research published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing showed that patients with minor facial lacerations resulting in scars as small as 1.5 cm or less can suffer significant psychological effects, including a chronic lowered sense of social self-consciousness and heightened levels of anxiety.

A more recent study published in 2010, showed a significant correlation between patients’ self-perception of facial disfigurement and anxiety and depression.

Physical, Emotional and Financial Consequences of Facial Scarring

Scarring reduces quality of life and can cause ongoing physical and emotional pain, serving as a blatant and inescapable reminder of the traumatic event that caused disfigurement. It can also have a devastating financial impact for people whose occupation depends on appearance, such as actors and models. In many ways, however, studies have shown that appearance is subconsciously factored into job recruitment decisions, performance evaluations and promotional opportunities. And while it is idealistic to believe that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” the stark reality is that facial trauma and the medical and surgical intervention to address it can adversely affect trauma victims negatively in a multitude of ways for a lifetime.

Written by Lyn Pickel

Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon, Changes Medical Malpractice Law


On May 9th, 2015, Missouri governor, Jay Nixon, signed a bill into law that will change not only the financial aspect of medical malpractice cases, but also the consequences that medical professionals will face upon error. This change could affect an unfortunate number of individuals, and it could—in turn—work in favor for the medical professionals that have performed the error. This new law applies only to lawsuits occurring in the state of Missouri.

This new law employs a cap on the amount of money that a person can receive following a medical malpractice lawsuit. For non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, the compensation can no longer exceed $400,000 dollars. For damages labeled “catastrophic”, this cap raises to $700,000. Some damages that would fall into this category include things such as paralysis, loss of vision, or brain injury. Overall, however, these categories are very broad, and the outcomes can vary based on specifics of each case.

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I Am A Self Made Man and other Male delusions

There is no such thing as Santa Claus. There is no such thing as the Easter Bunny. There is no such thing as the ‘self-made’ man.

Maybe no one had to finally tell you there was no Santa Claus. But if you believe in the self-made man, my guess is that punk Mary Claire in the third
grade had to break the news to you on the playground in front of your equally stunned friends.

Nobody did it ‘my way’. Sorry Frank. Even if your song is the national anthem of self-made men. In reality a more honest title would have been ‘I got my
butt kicked and fired from my job my way’.

Point of fact: There is no English translation for ‘I am doing it my way’ to your wife.

But guys are guys. Especially American men. We are Daniel Boone, Audie Murphy, John Wayne, Indiana Jones (when he was young).

Men need manly affirmations of our manliness. So even though Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and Peter Pan fell by the wayside, they weren’t really that
manly in the first place.

So the self-made man is not going away anytime soon. Not even because of punks like Mary Claire.

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(This made it into the column because I am writing this while sitting in a coffee shop on vacation next to some loud and proud Texans. I guess we are too
far west for New Yorkers to fill the role.)

The defenders of the Alamo made a run for it. Most of them. Just waited too long. Got run down by Mexican lancers outside the walls. Sorry Texas, get over

They did it their way.