$1.035 Million Settlement – Product Liability – Defective Machinery

A thirty-seven-year-old woman was represented by Todd Muchnick for injuries to both of her hands from a defective punch-press machines.

$100,000 Policy Limit Settlement - Auto Accident

A $100,000 policy limit settlement was obtained for a woman who suffered a neck injury in a car accident.

$100,000 Settlement - Dog Bite

Aaron Haber obtained a $100,000 settlement for a minor child who was bitten on the face by a dog.  The child was visiting a family acquaintance when she was bitten.  After the property owner ignored the incident, we filed a lawsuit and were immediately offered the homeowner's liability insurance limits. 

$100,000 Settlement - Motorcycle Accident With Shoulder Injury

A St. Louis motorcycle accident resulted in a $100,000 policy-limit settlement for a man who was struck by a negligent driver. As a result of the accident, the client suffered a torn rotator cuff, which required surgical intervention.

$100,000 Settlement – Motorcycle Accident

A $100,000 policy limit settlement was reached to compensate a female client for her neck injury sustained as a result of a rear-end accident.

$100,000 Settlement – Truck-Driver Causes Injury at Distribution Center

A $100,000 settlement was obtained for a client who suffered a knee injury while inspecting goods loaded in a tractor-trailer.

$100,000 Settlement – Under-insured Motorist Claim

Todd Muchnick and Aaron Haber obtained a $100,000 policy limits settlement for a female who was severely injured in an auto accident in Iron County, Missouri.

$110,000 Settlement For Victim of Rear-End Accident

A $110,000 settlement was obtained by our head injury attorneys for the victim of a rear-end accident on a state highway. The accident caused the driver a subdural hematoma, which is a collection of blood in the brain. This type of head injury can result in include headaches, loss of conciousness, confusion and visual disturbance.

$120,000 Settlement – Auto-Accident

Todd Muchnick and Aaron Haber obtained a $120,000 settlement for a female client who was rear-ended in Franklin County, Missouri.

$125,000 – Settlement, Medical Malpractice – Wrongful Death

A settlement was obtained for the surviving children of a 78 year-old woman who died while having her tracheotomy cleaned.

$125,000 Settlement - Fall on Black Ice

After initially having his claim denied by the insurance company, an investigation revealed a parking lot was not properly plowed and salted, which allowed the client to receive a $125,000 settlement for his ankle injury.

$125,000 Settlement – Slip and Fall

A settlement was obtained for a client who slipped and fell while walking in the parking lot of a local business.

$125,000 Settlement for Client With Concussion From Car Accident

Our client won a $125,000 settlement after sustaining a concussion that caused him severe headaches.  The amount paid represented the policy limits from two insurance companies.

$125,000 Verdict - Uninsured Motorist Claim

Todd Muchnick and Aaron Haber obtained a $125,000 verdict for a man who suffered a torn rotator cuff when he was struck by a vehicle driven by an employee of Lou Fusz Automotive.

$145,000 Settlement – Auto-Accident

A $145,000 settlement was obtained for a St. Louis man who was struck by a driver who turned in front of him in St. Louis County.

$150,000 – Verdict, Product Liability – United States District Court

A man suffered a degloving injury causing the removal of the skin from his hand to his forearm when his hand was caught in a conveyor belt roller.

$150,000 Settlement - Underinsured Motorist Claim - Auto Accident

A $150,000 settlement was obtained days before trial for a woman who suffered a herniated disc injury after being rear-ended by an underinsured motorist.

$170,000 Settlement – Negligent Security, Failure to Warn

K.C was shot in the stomach by an unidentified assailant outside a business that cashed checks in North St. Louis.

$175,000 Settlement - Negligent Maintenance

The attorneys at Muchnick & Haber recently helped an injured client obtain a settlement for $175,000.  The man seriously injured his foot while working.  While he previously settled a workers' compensation claim for the injury, we were able to help him obtain additional recovery against the negligent maintenance company that had been hired to maintain the area at our client's workplace. We are happy to note that we filed the lawsuit against the maintenance company after another attorney decided not to handle the case.  At mediation, Todd Muchnick and Josh Margolis helped the client obtain recovery for his injury.

$175,000 Settlement - Shoulder Injury - Car Accident

Aaron Haber obtained a $175,000 settlement for a client who injured his shoulder in a car accident.  After litigating the case, the claim settled prior to trial.  Even though the accident occurred in an area known for low settlements and jury verdicts, the client ended up with an excellent result.  Our lawyers have handled many cases involving injuries to the rotator cuff. 

$19.5 Million Verdict – Product Liability – Defective Brake Design

Todd Muchnick obtained this verdict against General Motors, which at the time, was one of the largest plaintiff's verdicts in the State of Missouri.

$190,000 - Auto Accident and Uninsured Motorist Claim

The injury attorneys at Muchnick and Haber obtained a settlement of $190,000 for a woman who was struck by an uninsured drunk driver.

$2.15 Million Settlement – Auto Accident – St. Louis County

A 63 year-old man who suffered debilitating injuries in an automobile accident settled his claim for $2.15 Million.

$225,000 Settlement - Negligent Maintenance

Todd Muchnick and Aaron Haber obtained a $225,000 settlement for a man who suffered a torn rotator cuff and ankle injury when he slipped on a puddle.

$225,000 Settlement - Negligent Maintenance of Deck

Our St. Louis, Missouri injury attorneys won a $225,000 settlement in a case where a deck collapsed causing a broken ankle and arm.  After two years of litigation and many depositions, we were able to uncover documents indicating the defendants had knowledge of a dangerous condition but did nothing to fix the condition on the property.  This case was an example of how being diligent in pursuing and reviewing documents benefited our clients and helped increase the value of the case.

$225,000 Settlement – Negligent Hiring, Retention and Supervision

Todd Muchnick and Aaron Haber represented a woman who was sexually assaulted by an employee of a nationwide company.

$225,000 Settlement – Product Liability

A man was injured when he tried to mount a moving tractor and hay bailer after the parking brake disengaged

$250,000 Settlement - Fall on Ice at Apartment Complex

Our client won a $250,000 settlement for ankle injuries she sustained after falling on ice at an apartment complex.  After significant litigation, the case was settled at mediation.  

$250,000 Settlement – Commercial Vehicle Accident – Clinton County

A man and his wife were struck when a commercial maintenance vehicle owned by the Illinois Department of Transportation crossed the center-line in Clinton County, Illinois.

$250,000 Settlement – Product Liability

An auto-mechanic was working on a truck when the apparatus holding up the hood failed and caused the hood to fall onto his head and neck.

$295,000 Settlement – Auto-Accident – St. Clair County, Illinois

Todd Muchnick and Aaron Haber were obtained to represent a man who was rear-ended in St. Clair County Illinois.

$3.1 Million Verdict - Negligent Police Pursuit

Aaron Haber and Todd Muchnick helped obtain a total verdict of $3.1 million for a death and serious injuries sustained by a family that was struck by a fleeing vehicle in a police chase. Lawsuits were filed after it was learned that an uncertified officer began pursuing a vehicle for a minor traffic violation. After more than two years of litigation, a jury returned the significant verdicts for the family members who lost their mother, sister and aunt. The surviving occupants of the vehicle sustained serious orthopedic injuries including pelvic fractures, broken legs, broken collar bones, and head injuries.

$300,000 Settlement - Commercial Vehicle Accident

Our Missouri truck accident attorneys obtained a $300,000 settlement for a client who was severely injured when a commercial truck negligently pulled into the path of his vehicle.  The client obtained the settlement after significant litigation. 

$300,000 Settlement – Auto-Accident – St. Clair County, Illinois

Todd Muchnick and Aaron Haber represented a woman for her personal injuries she sustained in a single-car accident in St. Clair County Illinois.

$300,000 Settlement – Nursing Home Negligence

A 76 year-old woman suffered bed sores and decubitus ulcers when she was neglected in a nursing home.

$300,000 Settlement – Tractor-Trailer Accident, Wrongful Death

The three surviving adult children of a woman who was killed in a tractor-trailer accident in New Mexico received a $300,000 settlement.

$300,000 Verdict - Trucking Accident

Our client won a $300,000 Verdict in Franklin County, Missouri after a week-long jury trial.  The client sustained a back injury after being struck by a truck driver who was leased to another trucking company.  An in-depth investigation into the trucking company history revealed a history of ignoring Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.  

$300,000 Verdict – Negligent Tire Inspection

The parents of a minor retained Todd Muchnick to pursue damages to their 2 1/2 year old daughter who sustained serious injuries and disfigurement in a single car accident on Interstate 55 in St. Louis County.

$350,000 Settlement - Tractor-Trailer Accident - St. Louis County

Todd Muchnick and Aaron Haber obtained a $350,000 personal injury settlement on behalf of a woman who was side-swiped by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 44 near Pacific, Missouri.

$375,000 Settlement - Truck Accident With Disputed Injuries

Our truck accident lawyers won a $375,000 settlement for a client who was rear-ended by a tractor trailer.  The defense attorneys and their insurance companies hired four different doctors to say our client's neck and back injuries were not caused by the collision. The impact did not result if significant property damage and the client had a previous back injury to the same part of his body.  After being told that the most that would be offered would be minimal, Todd Muchnick and Aaron Haber litigated the case in multiple states and obtained a favorable settlement.

$387,500 Settlement – Auto-Accident – Out-of-Control Vehicle Trailer

Todd Muchnick obtained a $387,500 settlement against the owner of a vehicle and trailer.

$5.2 Million Verdict - Tent Collapse 

In April 2012, multiple individuals were severely injured when a temporary tent collapsed next to Busch Stadium in St. Louis.  A man attending the game with his brother was killed during the event.  Almost four years later, Todd Muchnick and Aaron Haber helped the trial team win a $5.2 million verdict after the case entered the second week of trial.  The defense attorney asked the jury to award nothing, claiming his clients could have done nothing to prevent the incident.  Through effective presentation at trial through the use of experts, the trial team helped the injured parties obtain a substantial verdict. 

$500,000 Settlement – Product Liability – Defective Tire – Tread Separation

Todd Muchnick obtained a $500,000 personal injury settlement on behalf of a client who suffered severe injuries.

$500,000 Settlement – Tractor-Trailer Accident – Illinois

Todd Muchnick obtained a $500,000 personal injury settlement for a man and a woman who were severely injured when a tractor-trailer attempted an illegal U-turn on Interstate 70.

$540,000 Settlement - Dangerous and Defective Rodway

The attorneys at Muchnick & Haber obtained a $540,000 settlement for a client injured by an accident on a dangerous and defective roadway.  The accident happened on an interstate frontage road when a commercial farm vehicle pulled out in front of our client from a private access road.  After identifying that the lack of proper signage on the roadway created a dangerous condition, we were able to obtain a significant settlement for our client.

$625,000 Settlement - Construction Site Accident

The attorneys at Muchnick & Haber obtained a $625,000 settlement for a construction worker who was injured after a fall down an improperly guarded elevator shaft. The worker suffered a serious back injury and underwent a spinal fusion operation after the fall. The settlement was notable in that it was obtained in St. Charles County, which can be an unfavorable venue for injured plaintiffs.

$650,000 Verdict - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Todd Muchnick and Aaron Haber obtained a $650,000 verdict in federal court for a plaintiff who suffered orthopedic and psychological injuries from a car accident.

$695,000 Settlement – Product Liability – Defective Medical Implant

Todd Muchnick and Aaron Haber obtained a $695,000 personal injury settlement against a multi-national medical implant device manufacturer for a woman who suffered severe injuries from a failed medical device surgically implanted into her body.

$695,000 Settlement – Tractor-Trailer Accident – St. Louis County

A $695,000 personal injury settlement was obtained for a St. Louis woman who was rear-ended on Interstate 270 by a tractor-trailer.

$700,000 Settlement – Construction Site Accident & Product Liability

Todd Muchnick and Aaron Haber obtained a $700,000 personal injury settlement for a union electrician who was injured by a defective product while working on the rehabilitation of a loft-apartment building in the City of St. Louis.

$700,000 Settlement – Tractor-Trailer Accident

Todd Muchnick and Aaron Haber obtained a $700,000 personal injury case settlement for a woman whose vehicle was struck in a tractor-trailer accident operated by a major interstate trucking company.

$750,000 Settlement – Construction Site Accident

Todd Muchnick and Aaron Haber obtained a $750,000 personal injury settlement for a client who was severely injured at a construction site.

February 2015 - $172,000 Settlement for Head Injury at Work

After over two years of fighting for our client, we won a $172,000 workers' compensation settlement for a client who suffered a head injury at work.  This was a great result after an expert hired by the client's employer alleged the client was exaggerating her symptoms and did not sustain a significant injury. 

2015 - $140,000 Settlement for Neck and Hip Injury Case 

A $140,000 settlement was won for a client who injured his neck and hip when struck by a falling object at work.  The client was able to settle his claim when the insurance company was faced with going to trial.  

March 2017 - Rental Car Accident with Hard to Find Defendant  

Sometimes the cases that are newsworthy for our firm are not those with the largest settlements, but those with difficult facts.  After being hired for a case where a young man was injured by someone driving a rental car, Aaron Haber was able to jumpstart a case that had already been filed in court.  This case was difficult because our client was struck by someone driving a rental car that was rented by someone else and the driver of that rental car could not be located.  After two years of litigation, our client won a settlement after we were able to locate the defendant, and obtain multiple sources of recovery for our client. 
 


Why Should a Trucking Accident Lawyer Handle My Case?

 

If you are in a trucking accident, you will ask yourself serious questions.  How will I get appropriate medical treatment?  How will my medical bills be paid?  What if I cannot work and what about my lost wages?  Who will fix my car?  Should I talk to the insurance company?  These are some of the questions that you will have to answer.  We are trucking accident lawyers and will help you with your problems and answer these questions. With over forty years of combined personal injury litigation experience, we have represented countless individuals for claims involving serious personal injuries and wrongful death.  Our experience is not limited to settling cases, we have jury trial experience resulting in multimillion dollar verdicts.  Please contact us to represent you or answer any questions you have about your injuries resulting from a trucking accident. 


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2015 - $170,000 Settlement for Head Injury Case

A client suffered a head injury when part of a shelf fell on her head while working.  Initially, the injury seemed like a routine concussion.  However, the client's symptoms did not resolve as expected.  We assisted the client in obtaining proper treatment throughout two years of treatment.  The client's employer sent the client for an evaluation where the evaluating physician claimed there was only a "minor head trauma," and stated the client was magnifying or exaggerating her symptoms.  Despite this evaluation, our workers' compensation attorneys helped the client obtain a significant settlement which allowed her to move past her unfortunate work injury.  

2015 - Muchnick & Haber Attorneys Help Injured Workers Defeat Improper Claims of Workplace Safety Violations

This year we have helped multiple workers obtain proper workers' compensation benefits after their employers or insurance companies argue that violations of workplace safety rules should reduce the amounts payable.  Missouri law allows an injured worker's benefits to be reduced by as much as 50% if the worker's injury was caused by the failure to follow a reasonable safety rule.  Occasionally an employer or insurance company allege a worker violated a safety rule when there was no such violation.  Do not let your employer deny your benefits when you did not violate a safety rule.  Please click on this link for more information about this issue.

2015 - Permanent Total Disability Benefits Awarded to Client

Todd Muchnick won permanent total disability benefits for a client who sustained serious injuries and was unable to work.  The client injured his ankle and fibula in a work accident in Missouri.  Prior to his ankle injury, the client had also injured his shoulder which resulted in a rotator cuff tear.  Because of the combination of his injuries, the worker had trouble standing, walking and using his arm.  After obtaining expert testimony from physicians and a vocational rehabilitation counselor, Todd Muchnick tried the case and won permanent disability benefits for the client.

2017 - Chemical Exposure Case Ends in $427,000 Settlement

A worker exposed to a leaking chemical on the job received at settlement of $197,000 plus $230,000 for future medical treatment.  The case was highly disputed throughout the workers' compensation process.  Through many depositions we were able to establish the severity of the chemical exposure and the damage it caused to the client.  The case settled right before there was to be a hearing to determine the outcome of the case.  

April 2011 - Formation of Muchnick & Haber, LC

Todd Muchnick and Aaron Haber are proud to announce the formation of their new law firm, Muchnick & Haber, LC. We will continue to focus on representing the interests of our clients for all of their varied legal issues.

April 2014 - Missouri Supreme Court Makes Workers' Compensation Retaliation Cases Less Difficult

Thanks to a new decision by the Missouri Supreme Court, injured workers have an easier chance to make a claim for retaliatory discharge after filing a workers' compensation claim. According to the court's ruling in Templemire v. W&M Wedling, Inc., employees need only to prove that the filing of a workers' compensation claim was a "contributing factor" to the employee's discharge, termination, or other discipline. This is a change from the old standard in Missouri by which an employee would have to prove exclusive causal connection when attempting to maintain a claim for workers' compensation retaliatory discharge.

April 2014 - Our Attorneys Win $125,000 Settlement for Man with Head Injury

We recently obtained a $125,000 settlement for a client who sustained a head injury from a car accident.  Initially, the extent of the injury was not apparent after the client was released by the emergency room physicians.  After helping the client get evaluated through our network of experts, our client was determined to have a lingering cognitive disorder after his concussion.  The $125,000 settlement was a policy limit settlement combining the limits of liability for the negligent driver and the limits of the client's underinsured motorist coverage on his own automobile insurance policy.

April 2016 - Policy Limits Settlement After Low Offer

Not all settlements are policy limits settlements, but with the right facts, and the proper knowledge, the lawyers of Muchnick Haber Margolis have received many policy limits settlements by refusing to lower a demands in appropriate situations. In April 2016, we helped client without a broken bone or surgery obtain a policy limits settlement when the injury was more severe than the bills indicated.  Despite low offers, we refused to lower the demand and a new adjuster offered the policy limits of for the insured driver. 

April 2017 - $748,000 in Benefits Won After Chemical Exposure

After almost four years of legal maneuvering we obtained a $748,000 in benefits after a worker inhaled a chemical at work.  We recognized that in addition to a workers' compensation case, our client had the ability to seek additional recovery through additional litigation.  The case required many depositions and motions, but in the end, the total recovery included nearly three quarters of million dollars including the future medical benefits we obtained for our client. 

April 2018 - $1,000,000 Settlement- Tractor Trailer Crash - Springfield, Missouri

Josh Margolis helped a woman who was severely injured obtain a policy-limits, One Million Dollar settlement for a tractor-trailer accident that forever changed her life.  The truck driver made an improper turn and the trucking company blamed the client for speeding and not paying attention.  Through use of experts using physical and forensic evidence, we were able to defeat the defendants' arguments.  We also showed the company violated its own policies and procedures in failing to hire and train a qualified driver. 

August 2011 - Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed After Electrocution in St. Louis

Lawsuits have recently been filed in area courts after workers were seriously electrocuted, causing their untimely deaths.

August 2015 - Tent Collapses in Lancaster and Chicago Cause Serious Injuries

The attorneys at Muchnick & Haber are well-informed about tent collapse injury cases. Two recent tent collapses highlight the danger of suffering serious injuries and even death during storms.  On August 2, 2015, one person died and others were injured when a tent collapsed in the Chicago area.  The tent collapsed when winds swept through the area.  On August 3, 2015, a circus tent collapsed when a storm swept through the Lancaster fairgrounds in New Hampshire.  The attorneys at Muchnick & Haber have experience investigating and representing individuals injured in tent collapse cases, such as the tent collapse at Kilroy's Sports bar in downtown St. Louis in April 2012.  

Causes of Truck Accidents

Trucking Accidents cause serious injuries nationwide every year. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that there were 42,783 injury crashes and 3,215 fatal truck accidents in 2009. These large truck accidents generally involve semis, big-rigs, tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles that have gross vehicle weight ratings of more than 10,000 pounds. Trucking accidents may occur for a variety of reasons including driving at excessive speeds and driving while ill or fatigued. 

  • Excessive speed
  • Equipment failure
  • Driving in excess of the hours allowed by law
  • Driving while ill or fatigued
  • Load shifting or tipping caused by improper weight distribution
  • Driver inexperience
  • Driving in hazardous or extreme conditions
  • Violation of company procedures
  • Violation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations

Client Settles Foot Injury Case for $175,000         

The attorneys at Muchnick & Haber recently helped an injured client obtain a settlement for $175,000.  The man seriously injured his foot while working.  While he previously settled a workers' compensation claim for the injury, we were able to help him obtain additional recovery against the negligent maintenance company that had been hired to maintain the area at our client's workplace.  We are happy to note that we filed the lawsuit against the maintenance company after another attorney decided not to handle the case.  At mediation Todd Muchnick and Josh Margolis helped the client obtain recovery for his injury. 

Client Settles Shoulder Injury Case for $80,000

The St Louis personal injury attorneys at Muchnick and Haber recently settled a case for $80,000.00 on behalf of a client who injured her shoulder after an accident in Macoupin County, Illinois.

Confidential Settlement – Product Liability - Defective Airbag

Along with co-counsel, Todd Muchnick and Aaron Haber helped obtain a confidential personal injury settlement for a client who was severely injured when his airbag failed to deploy.

December 2012 - Two Killed in Gasconade County Car Accident

On December 20, 2012, 2 people were killed and 2 others were injured on Highway 28 Gasconade County.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, Alanna Perlman of Rosebud and Seth Thornton of Owensville were traveling westbound when she lost control on a wet road and crossed the center line. Her vehicle hit a pick-up truck driven by Raymond Bowers and Susan Bowers of Bland who also suffered injuries.

Given the fatal crash it is likely the Missouri Highway Patrol will perform a full accident reconstruction. There are many issues that arise from motor vehicle accidents, including vehicle conditions, road design, physical evidence, tire maintenance, and driver’s reaction time. Therefore, it is important for the lawyers who represent individuals involved in an accident to understand traffic regulations and whether the cause is driver error or vehicle defect.

December 2013 - Woman Settles Truck Accident Case for Four Times Pre-Suit Offer

The truck accident lawyers at Muchnick and Haber recently settled a truck accident case for a woman who was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer on a local interstate. The insurance company for the trucking company attempted to settle the claim prior to litigation for much less than the case was worth. After filing a lawsuit against the negligent truck company and its driver, and engaging and substantial discovery, a settlement was reached for approximately four times what had been offered prior to the lawsuit was filed.

December 2016 - A Close to Another Successful Year

December 2016 brings the close to another successful year for our practice.  It also marks the beginning of change.  The lawyers at Muchnick Haber Margolis recovered millions of dollars in settlements and also received millions in jury verdicts. We also changed the name of our firm to Muchnick Haber Margolis, LC and added Josh Margolis as a member of our practice.  We hope to continue to provide our clients with successful recoveries in the upcoming year. 

Deck Collapse Injures Five During Mardi Gras Celebration in St. Louis

Five people suffered injuries when a deck collapse injured in the Soulard neighborhood during the Mardi Gras celebration in St. Louis, Missouri.  Our lawyers have experience handling deck collapse cases.  Deck collapses may occur because of a variety of reasons, including faulty construction, poor maintenance, or improper alterations. A lawyer who handles your deck collapse injury case needs to know which parties might be responsible. Please contact us if you have questions about your deck collapse case.

Disputed Work Comp Case Settled for $200,000

Aaron Haber and Todd Muchnick settled a highly-disputed workers’ compensation claim on behalf of an injured worker.

Do Truck Regulations Apply to My Case?

Those not familiar with the trucking industry do not normally realize the extent of the regulations that govern the operation of tractor-trailers.  Whether they are referred to as DOT rules and regulations, or the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, they must be followed by companies and drivers.  Some of the following important issues that arise in tractor trailer accident cases are driving over the allowed hours of service or allowing an unqualified driver to operate a truck.  Other important federal regulations that are frequently found in truck accident cases can be found by clicking here. 

  • Pre-Employment Screening of Drivers – 49 CFR § 391 et seq
  • Driver Qualification & Driver Standards – 49 CFR §§ 383 & 391 et seq,
  • Lease Regulations – 49 CFR § 376
  • Disqualification of drivers for serious traffic violations – 49 CFR § 383.51
  • Inspection, maintenance, and repair of motor vehicles – 49 CFR § 396.3
  • Driving while ill or fatigued – 49 CFR § 392.3
  • Hours of Service Regulations governing the hours a driver can operate a vehicle – 49 CFR § 395 et seq
  • Maintaining log books of drivers – 49 CFR § 395.8
  • Alcohol and Controlled Substance Testing – 49 CFR § 382 et seq

Our understanding of these regulations and experience as tractor-trailer accident lawyers provide us with the background to protect your interests. Our understanding of these regulations and experience as tractor-trailer accident lawyers provide us with the background to protect your interests. We have handled tractor-trailer accident cases in various states including Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, and New Mexico. These cases have involved serious injuries and death. A sample of the commercial carriers we have experience with through claims and litigation includes, but is not limited t Excel Express, Rush Trucking, C.R. England, Boss Logistics, Roadway Express, Inc., Crete Carrier Trucking, Powerline Freight Systems, Inc., Morningstar Transportation, R&A Carriers, Inc., HVH Transportation, Inc., Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., Cox Transfer, Inc., Timberline Transport, JKX Inc., Brass Leasing, Inc., and Greyhound Lines.

February 2013 - Injured Construction Worker's Permanent Disability Award Upheld

In February 2013, the Labor and Industrial Relation Commission affirmed the permanent total disability workers' compensation award for a St. Louis construction who suffered a serious neck injury.  The Missouri workers' compensation attorneys at Muchnick & Haber won the hearing on behalf of the injured worker who suffered from central cord syndrome after a beam fell on him at a high-rise construction project.  The award should help the injured worker receive maximum disability benefits for the rest of his life. 

February 2016 - $55,000 Verdict in St. Louis County

In February 2016, Aaron Haber won a $55,000 verdict for a client who injured his neck and back in a rear-end accident in St. Louis County.  The insurance company refused to offer an adequate amount because there was only $325.00 in property damage to the client's vehicle.  The offer to settle the case prior to litigation was less than $8,000 and the insurance company finally offered $20,000 the week before trial. 

February 2017 -  $165,000 Settlement for Federal Foot Injury Case

A client with smart instincts contacted us shortly after her accident.  Following our general advice, instead of waiting to see how the insurance company would respond, the client called Aaron Haber to help.  Calling us early was important as we were able to obtain important photos and have an accident reconstructionist evaluate the vehicle and the location of the the collision before important evidence disappeared.  After litigating the case in Federal court, the client won a $165,000 settlement for the injury to her foot. 

Federal and State Laws Focus on Dangerous Cell Phone Use

Attorneys who handle personal injury cases in Missouri and St. Louis are seeing more cases that involve drivers on their cell phones. Whether being used in a conversation or by texting while driving, the use of a cell phone is a frequent cause of car accidents and tractor trailer accidents on the highways, interstates, and local roads in the area.

January 2012 - $190,000 Settlement Obtained for Injured Client

Todd Muchnick recently recovered $190,000 in uninsured motorist benefits in a settlement for a hip injury that occurred in St. Louis, Missouri. The injured client was struck by a drunk driver who did not have insurance for his vehicle. A personal injury lawsuit was filed for the recovery of uninsured motorist benefits and the case was settled in mediation.

January 2012 - Injured Worker Receives $125,000 Settlement for Fall on Ice

St. Louis Attorney Aaron Haber obtained a $125,000 settlement for a client who fell on black ice in St. Chalres County, Missouri. The man was attempting to get into his vehicle when he slipped on ice and suffered a bimalleolar ankle fracture. After the claim was initially denied by the insurance company, an investigation revealed that the property owner had hired a snow-plowing company that improperly plowed the parking lot.

January 2013 - Permanent Disability Workers' Compensation Award for Injured Worker

An injured worker who sustained serious injuries to her leg was awarded permanent total disability benefits by a St. Louis Workers' Compensation judge in January 2013.  After the insurance company refused to provide permanent total disability benefits, the attorneys at Muchnick & Haber were able to obtain the award after a hearing.  Todd Muchnick successfully convinced the judge that the claimant was deserving of the total disability benefits. 

January 2013 - Permanent Disability Workers' Compensation Award for Injured Worker

An injured worker who sustained serious injuries to her leg was awarded permanent total disability benefits by a St. Louis Workers' Compensation judge in January 2013.  After the insurance company refused to provide permanent total disability benefits, the attorneys at Muchnick & Haber were able to obtain the award after a hearing.  Todd Muchnick successfully convinced the judge that the claimant was deserving of the total disability benefits. 

January 2014 - Court Allows Injured Parties to "Stack" Liability Policies to Recover More for Their Accidents

The Western District Court of Appeals made it possible for injured parties to recover more for their injuries by allowing accident victims to recover amounts from insurance policies covering other owned vehicles. In Dutton vs. American Family Mutual Insurance Company, a trial court found that an injured victim was only allowed to recover insurance covering the vehicle that the at-fault driver was driving at the time of the accident.  On appeal, the appellate court reversed and found that there was insurance on another vehicle owned by the individual that should be applicable for the injured driver.  The court allowed the injury victim to recover the minimum amount of the financial responsibility law coverage, or $25,000.00, for the additional owned vehicle.  Injury lawyers in Missouri hope this law stands in order to protect their clients who are often faced with serious injuries and not enough insurance coverage.

January 2015 - $175,000 Settlement for Shoulder Injured in Car Accident

A $175,000 was won for our client who injured his shoulder in a car accident in Illinois.  The attorneys at Muchnick & Haber have handled many cases involving shoulder injuries in Missouri and Illinois.  Despite the case being located in location that is known as a conservative venue, or location where a jury trial would occur, the client received an excellent result.

January 2017 - Scott Restoff Hired 

Muchnick Haber Margolis is proud to announce the hiring of Scott Restoff to help better assist our clients.  Mr. Restoff is licensed in Missouri and Illinois and has experience in personal injury litigation which has led him across the country to participate in depositions and other aspects of cases involving severely injured individuals. 

July 2011 - $100,000 Policy-Limit Settlement Obtained for Client

Our client was rear-ended by another vehicle in St. Louis County. She developed neck complaints requiring surgical intervention.

July 2011 - $172,000 Settlement Obtained for Underinsured Motorist Case

After years of hard-fought litigation, we were able to obtain this underinsured motorist settlement against a major insurance company after it refused to provide benefits owed to our clients after being involved in a car accident.

July 2011 - We Opened Our New Offices

On July 1, 2011, we moved to The Truman Bank Building in Clayton. Our new address is 8151, Clayton Road, Suite 201, Clayton, Missouri, 63117.

July 2013 - Aaron Haber Named Up & Coming Lawyer by Missouri Lawyers Weekly

We are proud to announce that Aaron Haber has been selected as an "Up and Coming Lawyer" for 2013 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.  This award is given to lawyers based on their academic and career accomplishments, their ability to overcome obstacles in their lives and careers, their community involvement, and their potential to make a difference in the profession, the legal system or the community.  The award will be presented in September at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis, Missouri.

July 2014 - $114,000 Verdict For Neck Injury in St. Charles County

Todd Muchnick and Josh Margolis obtained a $114,000 jury verdict in St. Charles County, Missouri for a client who suffered a neck injury in a car accident.  The verdict is a substantial verdict for this location as this county is known for conservative juries.  The verdict was obtained after the insurance company offered $80,000 at mediation. 

July 2016 - Client Receives $150,000 settlement after Scaffold Collapse

Our attorneys obtained a settlement for a client with a shoulder injury after a scaffold collapsed in St. Louis.  After establishing likely violations of appropriate OSHA policies and manufacturer guidelines, we were able to increase the value of the case.  A thorough review and understanding of industry standards, company policies and manufacturer guidelines helped strengthen a case even when the defense questioned whether the incident caused the injuries.  

June 2011 - Disputed Work Comp Case Settled for $200,000

Aaron Haber and Todd Muchnick settled a highly-disputed workers' compensation claim on behalf of an injured worker. The worker was injured while driving his tractor-trailer and suffered injuries to his neck and back.

June 2012 - Aaron Haber and Todd Muchnick Obtain $3.1 Million Verdict for Death and Injuries Caused by Negligent Police Chase

A St. Louis City jury returned a total verdict of $3.1 Million for a family that suffered traumatic injuries in a motor vehicle accident. On December 3, 2009, agents of the Uplands Park Police Department attempted to stop a car that was traveling 46 in a 30 mile per hour zone. When that driver did not stop, the uncertified officer, at the direction of another officer, started a high speed police pursuit into the City of St. Louis. The fleeing vehicle struck another vehicle, causing the death of the driver, and serious personal injuries to the other occupants of the vehicle. After four days of trial, the jury returned a unanimous verdict for the plaintiffs.

June 2013 - Muchnick & Haber Hired to Represent Victims of Deck Collapse

 On Memorial Day a deck collapse in the St. Louis area resulted in serious injuries to individuals attending a barbeque. This unfortunate incident has been covered by many local media outlets, including KSDK (Channel 5 News).  The attorneys at Muchnick & Haber were retained to assist the injured parties in their claims for personal injury.  Our experience with workplace and construction site cases places us in a unique position to handle cases involving structural defects.  Please click here for examples of our recoveries in similar cases. 

June 2016 - Compensation for Client with Lacerated Arm 

Sometimes tenants or renters are faced with conditions where a landlord fails to take care of property.  Our client suffered a serious injury to his arm while opening a door, it became stuck and his arm went through the glass.  The door stuck when opened and was dangerous to those who tried to open it.  The client won a $375,000 settlement for the injuries sustained from the dangerous condition on the landlord's property.  If you have been injured because of a dangerous condition at an apartment or condominium, please contact us.   

Lawyers at Muchnick Haber Margolis Recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine

Todd Muchnick, Aaron Haber and Joshua Margolis have again been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine for their accomplishments.   Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  Todd Muchnick has again been named a Super Lawyer and has from 2011 - 2012 and 2015 - 2017.  Aaron Haber and Joshua Margolis have both been chosen as Rising Stars from 2013 - 2017.  

March 2012 - $650,000 Verdict in Federal Court for Client with PTSD

Todd Muchnick and Aaron Haber obtained a $650,000 verdict for a client who suffered serious orthopedic and psychological injuries in a motor vehicle accident. The case was tried before a jury in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. The verdict against Safeco Insurance Company of Illinois was obtained after the insurance company refused to provide underinsured motorist benefits to its insured, the plaintiff in the lawsuit.

March 2016 - $5.2 Million Verdict for Victims of Tent Collapse in St. Louis Missouri

On March 14, 2016, in the second week of trial, a St. Louis jury returned a verdict of $5.2 million for those injured or killed in a tent collapse near Busch Stadium in 2012.  Todd Muchnick and Aaron Haber were part of the trial team that worked for almost four years to help those who suffered from this preventable tragedy.  

May 2012 - Lawsuits Filed for Injuries Sustained During Kilroy's Tent Collapse

On May 14, 2012, the attorneys at Muchnick & Haber filed the first personal injury lawsuits related to the collapse of a tent at Kilroys Sports Bar in St. Louis. The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that the tent was improperly installed and was in violation of a St. Louis City Ordinance that requires certain tent structures to withstand forces of 20 pounds per square foot or wind speeds of 90 miles per hour. It is expected that there will be more lawsuits filed as a result of the tent collapse of April 28, 2012.

May 2012 - Todd Muchnick Named 2012 Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyer

Todd Muchnick has again been named a Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyer. This is the second year in a row that Mr. Muchnick has received this award. This award is given to lawyers who receive the highest point totals, as chosen by their peers and through independent research.

May 2015 - $225,000 Settlement For Broken Ankle and Broken Arm

Aaron Haber won a $225,000 for a case involving a broken ankle and a non-displaced fracture of an arm sustained after a fall.  After two years of litigation and many depositions, we were able to uncover documents indicating the defendants had knowledge of a dangerous condition but did nothing to fix the condition on the property.  This case was an example of how being diligent in pursuing and reviewing documents benefited our clients and helped increase the value of the case. 

May 2016 - Client Wins Settlement After Fall at Store 

After two years of investigation and litigation, a client settled a case involving a fall on a slick floor.  The client suffered a knee injury after a maintenance company mopped a floor but failed to place adequate warning signs near the area.  Not surprisingly, the potential responsible parties denied responsibility and forced extensive litigation.  Eventually, the client was able to obtain a significant six-figure settlement to help her after her knee injury. 

Megabus Crash Kills 1 and Seriously Injures at Least 5

On August 2, 2012, a commercial bus operated by Megabus crashed on Interstate 55 near Litchfield, Illinois, killing at least one and seriously injuring many more passengers. As reported by various media outlets, the bus ran off the road and collided with a concrete pole or barrier in the median. The severity of the injuries required the use of ambulances and medical helicopters. It has been reported that a possible cause of the Megabus bus accident was a blown tire that may have caused the driver to lose control. It is likely that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will investigate the accident. Because many commercial buses and their drivers are subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, the lawyers who represent the individuals injured in the Litchfield bus accident must be experienced with the regulations. Additionally,because a blown tire may have caused the accident, an understanding of tire failure and product liability law is essential for those attorneys investigating the accident.

November 2011 - Injured Construction Worker Receives $625,000 Settlement

The attorneys at Muchnick & Haber obtained a $625,000 settlement for a construction worker who was injured after a fall down an improperly guarded elevator shaft. The worker suffered a serious back injury and underwent a spinal fusion operation after the fall. The settlement was notable in that it was obtained in St. Charles County, which can be an unfavorable venue for injured plaintiffs.

November 2013 - Truck Companies and Truck Drivers Adjust to New Regulations

Over the last four months, truck drivers and trucking companies have been adjusting to the new DOT hours of service safety regulations which went into effect on July 1, 2013. The Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration instituted the updated regulations in an attempt to reduce chronic fatigue, a high risk of crashes, and the number of serious health conditions of truck drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has estimated that the new regulations will prevent approximately 1,400 trucking accidents each year.

November 2014 - $300,000 Settlement Obtained for Accident With Commercial Vehicle

Our attorneys obtained a $300,000 settlement for a client with leg injuries resulting from an accident with a commercial vehicle.  The settlement was a favorable result for the client.  Our experience with handling cases involving truck accidents and commercial vehicle accidents in Missouri allowed us to obtain this result for the injured client. 

November 2016 - $250,000 Settlement for Client with Broken Arm

A client won a settlement for $250,000 for a broken arm suffered as a result of a car accident.  Despite a tough venue, we were able to obtain this result for our client.  

October 2011 - Missouri Court of Appeals Addresses What Injuries Fall Under Missouri Workers' Compensation Laws

What types of injuries qualify for workers’ compensation claims in Missouri? This is a question that is frequently asked of a St. Louis workers’ compensation attorney. In October 2011, the Eastern District Court of Appeals addressed what types of injuries are covered under the Missouri workers compensation law in Johme v. St. John’s Mercy Healthcare.

October 2011 - New OSHA Directive May Affect Personal Injury Cases In Missouri

The Occupational Safety & Health Association (OSHA) recently began enforcing a new residential fall protection directive. This new directive not only affects residential building companies, but it also affects personal injury and workers’ compensation cases in the St. Louis region. Your St. Louis injury attorney must understand how OSHA regulations can become an important part of your claim to recover for an injury suffered on a job site or construction site.

October 2013 - Aaron Haber and Joshua Margolis Named Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine

In October 2013, Aaron Haber and Joshua Margolis were named Rising Stars for Missouri and Kansas by Super Lawyers Magazine.  A lawyer chosen as a Rising Star must be 40 years or younger and have been in practice for 10 years or less.  No more than 2.5% of the lawyers in the state are named to the Rising Stars list.  Every lawyer at Muchnick & Haber, LC has been recognized as either a Super Lawyer or a Rising Star.

October 2013 - Dangerous Road Case Settles for $540,000

The attorneys at Muchnick & Haber recently recovered $540,000 for a client whose injuries were caused by a dangerous road without proper signage.  Our client was operating his vehicle on a frontage road next to a major interstate when a commercial vehicle pulled in front of him.  A lawsuit was filed against the driver of the vehicle and against the entity responsible for the construction of the road.  It was alleged that the road did not have adequate signage to warn drivers of an entrance to the roadway.  After consulting with medical experts, an accident reconstruction expert and a road design expert, we were able to settle the claim against both defendants. 

October 2014 - Aaron Haber and Joshua Margolis Named Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine

For the second year in a row, Josh Margolis and Aaron Haber were named Rising Stars for Missouri and Kansas by Super Lawyers Magazine.  A lawyer named as a Rising Star must be 40 years or younger and have been practice for ten years or less. 

October 2017 - $250,000 Settlement for Fall on Ice

Injury cases where people fall on ice can be tough, especially when it is hard to prove the existence of ice. An unfortunate fall on ice for a client recently resulted in a $250,000 recovery for our client, partially because the client obtained photos of the icy area after the fall.  The owner of the commercial property would not respond to the client's request to accept responsibility for the dangerous condition on the property.  The attorneys at Muchnick Haber Margolis helped the client obtain a substantial settlement at mediation after litigating the case. 

September 15, 2015 - Ammonia Chemical Leak Injures Eight in Brentwood, Missouri

On September 15, 2015, local media outlets reported eight individuals were injured when ammonia leaked at the Brentwood Recreation center.  As noted in the various media reports, the individuals were taken to local hospitals for chemical exposure injuries.  Ammonia is a toxic chemical that can cause respiratory and skin injuries to those who are exposed to the chemical.  Our attorneys represent those injured by chemical exposure.  

September 2011 - Motorcycle Accident Results in $100,000 Settlement

A St. Louis motorcycle accident resulted in a $100,000 policy-limit settlement for a man who was struck by a negligent driver. As a result of the accident, the client suffered a torn rotator cuff, which required surgical intervention.

September 2014 - Todd Muchnick Named Top 100 Trial Lawyer

Todd Muchnick was recently named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers, a professional group recognizing the premier trial lawyers across the country.  As a trial lawyer in the Missouri area, Todd has received many significant verdicts over the past 25 years.  For a list of some of Todd's results, visit our case results page and click on one of our practice areas.

September 2016 - $110,000 Workers' Compensation Settlement 

A Missouri workers' compensation settlement in the amount of $110,000 for a client who died from an unrelated medical condition after suffering a back injury.  The client's wife was substituted and the claim was settled even though the client's permanent partial disability was in dispute.  

Settlements Under $100,000

We have obtained many settlements for policy limits under $100,000.

Summer 2017 - Missouri Legislature Passes Tort Reform

During the 2017 legislative session, the Missouri legislature passed various laws making it more difficult for injured parties to recover their damages in Missouri.  The laws include changes to the expert witness standard, time limited demands, amounts of bills injured parties can present to juries, discrimination standards, and various portions of workers' compensation laws.  As we continue to represent individuals injured by the actions of others in the State of Missouri, we will fight to minimize the effect of these changes. 

Todd Muchnick Named 2011 Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyer

Congratulations to Todd Muchnick, of Muchnick & Haber, LC, who has been named a 2011 Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyer. The Super Lawyers Magazine awards this distinction to attorneys who receive the highest point totals, as chosen by their peers and through independent research.

Truck Drivers Concerned About CSA

Tractor trailer drivers are voicing their concerns with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Compliance, Safety, Accountability initiative designed to reduce semi accidents.

Washington County Car Accident Injures Six and Kills One

On December 9, 2012, six people were injured and a baby was killed on Highway 21 near Highway CC in Washington County near Washington State Park.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, Britney LaChance of Potosi was traveling with her six month old son Sebastian Garvin when she lost control of her vehicle and hit a pick-up truck. The passengers in the pick-up truck also suffered injuries. They are: Amanda Stringer; Angela Stringer; Jimmie Stringer; Lillie Stringer; and Michael J. Stringer.

Given the fatal crash it is likely the Missouri Highway Patrol will perform a full accident reconstruction. There are many issues that arise from motor vehicle accidents, including vehicle conditions, road design, physical evidence, and driver’s reaction time. Therefore, it is important for the lawyers who represent individuals involved in an accident to understand traffic regulations and whether the cause is driver error or vehicle defect.

What Will You Do After Your Trucking Accident?

If you are in a trucking accident, you will ask yourself serious questions.  How will I get appropriate medical treatment?  How will my medical bills be paid?  What if I cannot work and what about my lost wages?  Who will fix my car?  Should I talk to the insurance company?  These are some of the questions that you will have to answer.  We are trucking accident lawyers and will help you with your problems and answer these questions. With over forty years of combined personal injury litigation experience, we have represented countless individuals for claims involving serious personal injuries and wrongful death.  Our experience is not limited to settling cases, we have jury trial experience resulting in multimillion dollar verdicts.  Please contact us to represent you or answer any questions you have about your injuries resulting from a trucking accident. 

Workers' Compensation Claims for Permanent Partial Disability

Combined, we have handled over a thousand workers' compensation claims for permanent partial disability. This includes prosecuting and defending work comp claims in Missouri and Illinois.

Workers’ Compensation Claims for Permanent Total Disability

Our attorneys have obtained claims for permanent total disability benefits for workers who are unable to return to any employment and cannot compete for employment in the open labor market.

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