What’s this claim going to do to my insurance rates?

I don’t know how many times I have heard that question when dealing with a potential uninsured or underinsured motorist claim but every time I hear it, I cringe.  I become a little crestfallen.


Because it is not right that an insured should be concerned about their own carrier’s rates when using a product the insured has bargained and paid for.  The only thing on their mind should be fixing the damage done.  Don’t all insurance carriers sell piece of mind?  Isn’t that what they advertise about?

Has anyone ever had their own insurance carrier tell them that submitting an uninsured motorist claim will not raise their rates?

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When can doctors refuse to release your medical records?

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Hiring a Legal Malpractice Attorney

Hiring a Legal Malpractice AttorneyLegal malpractice is a sensitive subject for some attorneys. However, the legal malpractice attorneys of Finney Law Office, LLC do not shy away from this area of law. We know that mistakes happen in the practice of law and clients who suffer damages from these mistakes need expert legal counsel to advise them of their legal rights and represent them in a legal malpractice claim. We are not intimidated or uncomfortable suing other attorneys who have committed legal malpractice.

If you believe that an attorney has mishandled your case, contact our office at 314-888-5198 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal rights. The legal malpractice attorneys of Finney Law Office, LLC understand it may be difficult for you to trust an attorney again; however, we want to help you repair the damage that has been done because your case was not handled as it should have been by your previous attorney.

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Renting a Car in St. Louis

If you are visiting St. Louis for pleasure or business, you may need to rent a car during your stay. Below is some helpful information for renting a car in St. Louis.

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This depends largely on the St. Louis car rental agency that you are using. Each company has its own requirements in addition to some standard requirements that apply to most of the industry. You must be 21 years of age or older to rent a car. Most agencies charge an additional rental fee for drivers between the ages of 21 and 24. All drivers must have a valid driver’s license that is not a permit, temporary license, or copy of a driver’s license. You should check with the specific company to inquire whether your driver’s license must be from the same state where you are renting the vehicle.Continue Reading

The Good Samaritan Laws in Missouri

UntitledIf you are not familiar with the Good Samaritan Laws in Missouri, you are not alone. Many people are not aware that such laws exist to protect first responders from a personal injury lawsuit. However, not all mistakes made by first responders fall under the Good Samaritan Laws in Missouri. Several exceptions to these laws protect injured victims if a first responder makes a mistake while offering treatment in an emergency.Continue Reading

Will I get fired for reporting Medicaid or Medicare fraud?

At times, we receive inquiries on cases wherein someone has been fired from a job for reporting or threatening to report Medicaid/Medicare fraud. Obviously, this usually takes place in a medical setting, including but not limited to chiropractic practice, ophthalmology practice, dental practice, physical therapy practice, etc…. It usually takes the form of an employee noticing something irregular with Medicare or Medicaid reimbursements/billings and then reporting it to a third party or the attorney general—the clearest examples are reporting duplicate billing, false billing and medically unnecessary procedures. After the reporting, the employee is fired or strung along for a couple months and then fired for some insignificant reason like not brewing coffee hot enough. Let’s take a look at what we call Wrongful Termination and what is required.Continue Reading

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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