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Matthew J. Sauter

Matt Sauter, personal injury attorney at Sauter-Sullivan

Matt Sauter, personal injury attorney at Sauter-SullivanEmail: msauter@ss-law.net Phone: (314) 768-6801

Matthew Sauter is a founding principal and partner at Sauter Sullivan. Matt is admitted to practice in Missouri, Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, and U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit. He graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Accounting in 1989, and received his J.D. from The University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia, in 1992. His areas of practice include: 

Personal Injury  Products Liability Workers Compensation

Products Liability Business Litigation Medical Malpractice Estate Litigation

 

 

 

Articles related to Matthew Sauter:

  • Matthew Sauter Wins $900,000 Medical Malpractice Settlement for Client - Medical Malpractice cases require the kind of knowledge and experience you’ll find at the Sauter Sullivan law firm. Fighting hard for the rights of his client, Matthew Sauter won a settlement worth almost $1,000,000 in a St. Louis area medical malpractice case. As is often the case with medical malpractice lawsuits involving major medical institutions […]
  • Sauter Sullivan Obtains Judgment of Over $800,000 Against Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission - Matthew Sauter of Sauter Sullivan was hired to represent a family who witnessed the tragic death of a loved one.  The family lived on Highway 47 in Bonne Terre, Missouri.  Prior to the accident, the Bonne Terre area had received 6-10 inches of snow.  The Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission (MODOT) had cleared the snow […]
  • $550,000 Settlement for Woman Whose Husband Died on the Job - Matthew Sauter of Sauter Sullivan, LLC took on a work injury case for a woman whose husband died of a heart attack suffered at work. Her husband was a controller at a large financial firm, which was experiencing some difficult times. Her husband had previous heart problems and had had an aortic valve replacement prior […]
  • $450,000 Disability Settlement Won for Sauter Sullivan Client! - Matthew J. Sauter of Sauter Sullivan LLC took on the representation of a medical professional who claimed he could no longer work due to a serious hip problem. The condition was a work related injury that required surgery and the implant of a replacement hip. Further, the patient suffered from depression. Sauter Sullivan’s client had […]
  • Sauter Sullivan Wins $450,000 Truck Accident Case in Federal Court - A truck accident / auto accident  that happened in the City of St. Louis, Missouri, seriously injured a Sauter Sullivan client. The truck T-Boned the client’s car at an intersection, and the client injured her neck and back. After a long course of treatment, the plaintiff had to have neck surgery. Matt Sauter of the […]
  • Car Accident Injury Yields $400,000 Settlement - A woman who was traveling on Interstate 70 in the St. Louis area when a car traveling in the opposite direction crossed over the median and struck her vehicle. She suffered serious injuries in the auto accident, including injuries to her lower extremity which required surgery, and had a fairly long recovery period. Matt Sauter […]
  • Sauter Sullivan Wins $350,000 Medical Malpractice Case - In a recent medical malpractice case, Matthew Sauter of the Sauter Sullivan law firm won a $350,000 settlement in favor of his client. Details of the case are confidential.
  • Sauter Sullivan Overcomes a False Police Report and Secures $300,000 for Woman Involved in Car Accident - A woman was traveling down a two-lane road when an SUV coming in the opposite direction at a high rate of speed crested a hill, came into her lane and crashed into her vehicle head on.  She sustained injuries to her shoulder that required surgery.  The police officer who investigated the car accident blamed the […]
  • $275,000 Settlement for Woman Pedestrian - A woman’s foot was run over by a commercial vehicle while she was a pedestrian walking on the street. She contacted the Sauter Sullivan Law Firm for help after the insurance company made her a very low offer. Matthew Sauter took the case and filed suit on behalf of his client. Through the discovery process, […]
  • $250,000 Settlement Reached within 6 Months of Car Accident - A client of Matthew Sauter of the Sauter Sullivan law firm was injured in a car accident in Montgomery County, Illinois. In spite of having sustained injuries to the head and multiple fractures, the client fortunately made a very good recovery. In less than 6 months following the car crash, Sauter Sullivan was able to […]

Michael L. Knepper

Michael Knepper, St. Louis attorney at Sauter-Sullivan

Michael Knepper, St. Louis attorney at Sauter-SullivanEmail: mknepper@ss-law.net Phone (314) 768-6805

Michael Knepper is an associate at Sauter Sullivan. Mike is admitted to practice in Missouri, Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and the Southern District of Illinois. Mr. Knepper graduated from Culver Stockton College in 2003 with a B.A. in History and Political Science. He graduated from Saint Louis University Law School, receiving his J.D. in 2007. His areas of practice include:

Personal Injury Products Liability Workers Compensation

Business Litigation Medical Malpractice Insurance Disputes

Wrongful Death Premises Liability

 

 

Articles related to Michael Knepper:

 

  • Over $230,000 in Worker’s Compensation Settlement for a Truck Driver

    missouri-truck-driverA Missouri truck driver was involved in an accident while he was on-the-job driving on I-57 in Illinois.  Two people ultimately died from the accident, and the man sustained injuries to his knees, suffered from post-traumatic stress and was unable to return to his job as a Missouri truck driver.   Michael Knepper of Sauter Sullivan took his case and filed a workers’ compensation claim on behalf of his client.  The Sauter Sullivan team was able to identify the advantages of filing a claim in Illinois for this particular type of injury, rather than in Missouri.  Mike fought hard for his client and was able to get the trucking company he worked for to agree to pay him weekly benefits while he trained for a new career in a different line of work, and pay a settlement to compensate him for the loss of earnings due to the fact that he was unable to return to his job. Although the majority of the client’s injuries were psychological, including chronic stress and anxiety, Mr. Knepper was able to obtain over $230,000 for his client, some of which were the weekly benefits the client was paid while he trained for a new career.

  • Permanent Injury in Worker’s Compensation Case Results in $117,500 Settlement

    A social worker in Belleville, Illinois suffered personal injury in her employer’s parking lot while exiting a company vehicle. There was debris on the parking lot that should have been cleaned up and removed in a timely fashion, and this debris caused her to slip and fall on the parking lot, seriously injuring and fracturing her foot. The injury was so significant, the social worker was unable to work for two years after the incident, and had to endure multiple surgeries. In spite of the surgeries, the foot injury caused ongoing pain and difficulty walking. Permanent restrictions prevented the woman from returning to her previous job, although the employer offered her a less strenuous position. To make matters more complicated, the woman had broken a bone in the same foot a couple years prior to the on-the-job injury. The woman contacted Michael Knepper of the Sauter Sullivan law firm, who took on her workers’ compensation case. Knepper filed a claim on behalf of the client, and negotiated for a settlement based on the woman’s estimated future lost earning power, rather than on an injury specific to her foot, which would have been much lower under Illinois law. In the end, Knepper negotiated a $117,500 settlement as compensation for the client’s permanent injury.

  • $38,000 for Woman Injured in a Multiple Vehicle Collision

    Michael Knepper of Sauter Sullivan LLC represented a 40 year old office worker who was involved in a multi-car crash August of 2013.  The client was driving when traffic slowed and she was unable to stop in time and rear-ended the vehicle in front of her.  The collision caused little damage to the vehicles.   Moments later, while the woman was still in her car, the vehicle behind her rear-ended the back of her car, causing a much more severe collision.  The client suffered from a neck injury and bulging disks from the impact of the other car and required chiropractic treatment, physical therapy and epidural steroid injections in her neck.   Knepper and his team investigated the circumstances of the accident, and in spite of the fact that his client caused the first accident; he was able to negotiate a settlement of $38,000 for his client.

  • $23,000 Settlement for Woman Involved in Car Accident

    In December of 2013 a client of Michael Knepper of the Sauter Sullivan law firm was involved in a car accident.   The client, a 47 year old woman, was driving in St. Clair County, IL on a four lane road when another driver turned onto the wrong side of the divided road.  She couldn’t stop  in time and struck the other vehicle that turned into her lane.  She suffered injuries to her head, neck, and back including a disc protrusion.  She had to go the emergency room after the car crash, and had to undergo chiropractic treatment.  Knepper filed a claim with the other driver’s insurance company and was able to negotiate a settlement of $23,000 for his client.

  • $10,700 Workers’ Compensation Settlement for Corrections Officer

    In May of 2013, a St. Louis corrections officer was attempting to restrain an inmate at the municipal jail when she was thrown on the floor.  The corrections officer was placed on light duty for several weeks and had to undergo physical therapy for her injuries.   The woman went to the Sauter Sullivan law firm for help, and attorney Michael Knepper took the case and filed a Workers’ Compensation claim on behalf of his client.  Within 6 months, Mr. Knepper was able to negotiate a settlement of $10,700 for his client.

Carolyn G. Caruthers

Carolyn Caruthers, St. Louis Attorney

Carolyn Caruthers, St. Louis AttorneyEmail: ccaruthers@ss-law.net Phone: (314) 768-6804

Carolyn Caruthers joined as associate at Sauter Sullivan in 2005 and was named partner in 2016. Carolyn is admitted to practice in Missouri, Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri; and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. Ms. Caruthers graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy in 2000. She graduated from Saint Louis University Law School, receiving her J.D. in 2003. Her areas of practice include:   

Personal Injury  Auto Accidents Truck Accidents  Products Liability  Workers Compensation  Premises Liability   Wrongful Death   Medical Malpractice  Business Litigation  Insurance Disputes

 

 

 

Articles related to Carolyn Caruthers:

  • $340,000 Settlement for Motorcycle Rider in a Head-On Collision

    involved in a head-on collisionA 30-year-old male motorcycle rider was involved in a head-on collision after a truck made a left hand turn in front of him traveling 55-60 mph in Jefferson County, Missouri.  The victim unconscious and unresponsive at the scene was life-flighted by helicopter to the hospital.  He suffered from road rash, abrasions, a torn rotator cuff, shoulder, head, neck, back, leg, teeth, and gum injuries.  The man’s injuries from being involved in a head-on collision left him unable to work for months as he underwent extensive medical treatment including two surgeries, a year of physical therapy and over $200,000 in medical bills from nearly 30 different medical providers.  His employer could not hold his job open for him, so he bounced around odd jobs before he finally found full employment again.  Carolyn Caruthers at the Sauter Sullivan law firm investigated his case, gathered his medical documentation, and assisted with medical appointments and referrals.  At the end, Caruthers negotiated a total settlement of $340,000 for her client.

  • Sauter Sullivan Gets $300,000 Settlement for Client Injured in Rear-End Auto Accident

    An X-ray technician in his late 30’s was rear ended in an auto accident in Tennessee in October of 2011. He was stopped at an exit ramp off a highway, waiting for traffic to clear to make his turn, when the driver of the other vehicle hit him from behind at a high rate of speed.

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  • Client’s Prior Counsel Drops the Ball: Sauter Sullivan Takes Over Languishing Auto Accident Case and Reaches $200,000 Settlement

    In 2008, a 40 year old mother of one was seriously injured in an auto accident at the intersection of Union Road and Union Terrace in St. Louis, County, Missouri. The woman was driving down Union Road with her daughter when another driver attempted a left hand turn directly in front of her, crashing hard into her vehicle. The force of the impact was so severe it caused the woman’s car to flip onto its side. The mother sustained various abrasions and lacerations, plus neck, back and shoulder injuries in the car crash. She suffered a tear in her left shoulder as a result of the accident and required two different surgeries on the shoulder due to ongoing pain and limitations following the first procedure. The woman missed a lot of time from work and had to undergo a great deal of medical treatment. She came to Carolyn Caruthers at Sauter Sullivan after becoming dissatisfied with her previous attorney, as her case had been pending for several years without resolution or communication from her prior counsel. Caruthers negotiated the claims for both the woman and her daughter. Due to Caruthers’ hard work and persistence with negotiations, the at fault driver’s insurance company settled for $100,000, and the client’s insurance carrier paid out an additional $100,000 on her underinsured motorist coverage, for a total recovery of $200,000 for the client.

  • $125,000 Settlement for Man Who Suffered Stroke after Head-On Collision

    In January 2013, a high school principal and father was driving in south St. Louis City when another driver coming from the opposite direction tried to make a left hand turn in front of him, causing a head-on collision.  The client initially went to the ER for complaints of neck and back pain, and then started chiropractic treatment.  Then, a few days after the car accident he suffered a stroke, which required a lengthy hospitalization, and extensive treatment and therapy.  While the injuries and treatment from the car accident itself were not very substantial,  the injuries resulting from the stroke were quite extensive, requiring over a year of therapy and causing the man to miss over 6 months of work.

    There were many intricate questions about whether the stroke was causally related to the car accident as the client had pre-existing risk factors that could have resulted in the stroke.  The gentleman came to the Sauter Sullivan law firm for help.  Carolyn Caruthers listened to the man’s story, took the case and worked hard to ensure her client got the compensation he deserved.  Claims were made with the other driver’s insurance company as well as the clients for underinsured motorist coverage.  Caruthers consulted with medical experts and fought through a protracted investigation on the causal connection between the car accident and the subsequent stroke.  In the end, Caruthers was able to gain two policy limits settlements for her client totaling $125,000.

  • Shared Fault in Truck-Car Accident Ends in $115,000 Settlement

    A mother in her mid 40’s rear-ended a truck and trailer while driving in the fast lane of Highway 55 in the St. Louis area. She had just changed into the fast lane when the defendant’s truck and trailer came to a complete stop in the fast lane of the highway.

    There were actually 2 trucks from the same company following each other from a job site when they missed their turn off and instead of going to the next exit to turn around, the driver of the front truck decided to make an illegal u-turn by turning into a driveway that was clearly marked for use only by authorized or emergency vehicles. When the first truck slowed to make the illegal u-turn, the truck that was following had to slam on his brakes, coming to a complete stop on the highway. The woman was unable to stop in time and struck the truck. She was significantly injured in the truck accident. She sustained whiplash injuries to her neck and back, as well as injury to her elbow, but the most severe injury was to her left knee which struck the dashboard in the collision. She ended up needing surgery on her knee and lots of physical therapy. She continues to have neck and back problems. The woman knew Kevin Sullivan, and contacted the Sauter Sullivan law firm for help. Carolyn Caruthers was assigned to the case and she fought long and hard for her client. She was ready to take the case to trial but fortunately the defending truck company agreed to a favorable settlement of $115,000 which covered her client’s medical bills, lost wages, therapy and pain and suffering.

  • Seriously Injured Auto Accident Victim Gets $100,000 Settlement from Insurance Company

    A sales manager in his mid-40’s was seriously injured in an auto accident in Madison County, Illinois. The man was driving to work on a snowy January morning when a woman driving towards him from the opposite direction lost control of her vehicle and crossed over into the man’s lane, striking his vehicle. The impact spun the man’s vehicle around in such a manner that the woman’s car struck him a second time and pushed his vehicle off the road into a ditch. The man suffered serious injuries to his neck, shoulder and knee as a result of the car crash. The knee was so badly damaged he required a total knee replacement, and his shoulder required surgery to repair his rotator cuff. He also had 3 disc bulges in his neck for which surgery was not a good option, requiring him to undergo more conservative treatment including physical therapy and injections. His injuries were so severe he was off work for a period of time for which he lost wages, plus he incurred huge medical expenses associated with his surgery and rehabilitation therapy. When the woman driver’s insurance company was not forthcoming with compensation, the injured man contacted Carolyn Caruthers at the Sauter Sullivan law firm. Caruthers assertively negotiated on behalf of her client in the insurance company dispute, and reached a settlement wherein the insurance company paid $100,000 in compensation, the maximum limit under the policy.

  • Sauter Sullivan Gets $95,000 for Client Injured in Motorcycle Accident

    Carolyn Caruthers of Sauter Sullivan LLC took the case of an out of state motorcyclist who was injured when a Cadillac Escalade struck her while driving her motorcycle on I-270 in St. Louis.  The driver of the Escalade was looking at her cell-phone while driving in the center lane when traffic slowed; the driver swerved to avoid hitting the car in front of her, veered into another lane and hit Caruthers’ client.  The impact of the collision caused the motorcycle to hit the concrete median and the woman was thrown from her bike and skidded across the highway.  She sustained a foot injury that required surgery, various disc herniation’s in her back, plus other injuries including the emotional distress associated with the post-traumatic stress from the motorcycle accident.  Initially, the driver of the Escalade and her insurer attempted to avoid liability for the client’s losses and injuries and made a very low offer.  Due to the bad offer and the  numerous medical bills the client accumulated, the lost time from work and the negative impact the crash had on the the client’s quality of life, Caruthers filed suit on behalf of her client. Caruthers’ hard work paid off when she negotiated a $95,000 settlement for her client a month before the trial was scheduled to start. 

  • $98,600 Workers’ Compensation Settlement for Warehouse Employee

    In February of 2012 a southern Illinois warehouse employee in his mid-20’s was injured at work when his knee popped and snapped while stepping off a forklift.  His injury required surgery, which unfortunately did not take and resulted in a second and ultimately a third surgery due to infection.  The man had permanent physical restrictions and limitations due to the injury, and was off work and required medical treatment for nearly two years after the fall.  The injured worker came to Carolyn Caruthers of Sauter Sullivan, who took his Worker’s Compensation case and filed a claim on his behalf.  There were numerous fights and complications along the way with regard to approving medical treatment, and payment for time off work, but due to Caruthers’ hard work and persistence with negotiations, her client was compensated for his time off work and all of his medical expenses, and received a settlement of $98,600 for his injuries. 

  • Truck Accident Victim’s Pain, Emotional Trauma & Anxiety Yields $80,000 Settlement

    A licensed practical nurse in her 50’s was stopped at a traffic light in a line of cars on Greenmount Road in Shiloh, Illinois. The driver of an 18-wheeler semi-truck was not paying attention, looking through his delivery papers as he drove, and slammed into the last vehicle in line at a high rate of speed, causing a multi-car pileup.

    The force of the impact from the truck accident pushed the last vehicle in line into the nurse’s car, which in turn hit the vehicle in front of her. The woman called the personal injury attorneys at Sauter Sullivan for help, and counsellor Carolyn Caruthers took on the case. The client suffered physical and emotional injuries in the truck accident, and had ongoing problems with headaches, as well as neck, back and leg pain, even though there was no evidence of any fracture or disc herniation. She missed 2 weeks of work due to the truck crash, and suffered anxiety driving following the collision. Sauter Sullivan negotiated with the trucking company’s insurance carrier and reached an $80,000 settlement for the client.

  • Restaurant Slip & Fall Injury Yields $63,500 Settlement in Premises Liability Case

    Carolyn Caruthers, a personal injury attorney with the Sauter Sullivan law firm, took on a premises liability case for a client who was injured in a slip and fall accident at a restaurant in St. Charles, Missouri. The client was a young man in his mid-20’s, who was carrying his 2 year old in his arms as he entered a restaurant.

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  • $53,000 Plus Medical Bills Received on an Uninsured Motorist Claim

    Two clients of the Sauter Sullivan law firm, a grandmother and granddaughter, were involved in a car accident caused by an uninsured motorist.  The uninsured motorist was traveling in front of the clients when he made an illegal U-turn striking the clients’ vehicle.  The granddaughter had some minor injuries, including pain in her left wrist, for which she was treated in the emergency room and released.  No follow up treatment was required.  Unfortunately, the Grandmother’s injuries were more substantial and included a laceration to her scalp which required numerous stitches along with a fractured right wrist.   Fortunately, her wrist fracture was resolved with physical therapy and did not require surgery.

    Carolyn Caruthers fought for her clients and was able to get $3,000 plus medical expenses for the granddaughter’s minor injuries.  On the claim for the grandmother, Caruthers recovered policy limits on the two applicable insurance policies for a total settlement of $50,000 for her medical expenses and pain and suffering.

  • $50,000 to Laborer Injured in Slip & Fall Accident in Leaky Hospital Rest Room

    A 54 year old laborer came to the Sauter Sullivan law firm with a premises liability case that involved personal injury. The man had significantly injured his knee in a slip and fall accident caused by a puddle of water on the floor of a rest room in a hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

    The leak and water problem had been reported to the hospital prior to the client’s fall, but the hospital had failed to post a warning of the danger, and had not cleaned up the water or repaired the leak. The man did not have insurance to cover the medical expenses associated with his injury, and thus was unable to get medical treatment. He went almost 6 months after the slip and fall incident without getting proper medical treatment. The pain became too much to bear, and he finally sought the help of Carolyn Caruthers, one of the personal injury attorneys at Sauter Sullivan. Caruthers helped the client set up a claim to get the necessary medical treatment, at which time his injury was finally diagnosed as a torn meniscus, and he underwent surgery to treat the problem. He also required ongoing post-operative treatments and physical therapy, all the while adding to his medical expenses. Sauter Sullivan helped the client get the necessary medical treatment, and negotiated a $50,000 settlement on the premises liability claim with the hospital where the fall occurred.

  • $44,000 Settlement for Family Involved in Hit and Run Car Accident

    A mother and her two children were involved in a head-on collision with a driver that fled the scene of the car accident in north St. Louis County.  All three victims suffered from neck and back strains and sprain injuries, and the younger son also had complaints of headaches and was diagnosed with post-accident concussions.  In addition to the injuries, the mother’s vehicle was un-drivable and was rendered a total loss from the crash.  Unfortunately, the value of the vehicle was less than the outstanding loan balance and the substantial negotiations were needed to resolve the total loss claim.  In the meantime, the medical bills were piling up and the family had transportation problems getting to and from work and school since they were without their car.  The mother went to Carolyn Caruthers at Sauter Sullivan for help.  Caruthers fought with the insurance company, worked out the issues with the property damage total loss claim, and reached settlements on all three injury claims.   Carolyn was able negotiate $10,000 for the vehicle replacement along with and compensation totaling $44,000 for the family’s injury claims. 

  • Other Lawyer Fails. Sauter Sullivan Gets Car Accident Victim $40,000 Settlement

    other lawyer failsA housekeeper and mother was injured in April 2014 when she was involved in a car accident in North County St. Louis.  She was driving on the inside lane on Natural Bridge when a driver of a U-Haul trailer improperly changed lanes and struck her vehicle on the passenger side.  The woman suffered from neck, back and left side sprains and complained of headaches.  She went to the ER for treatment and accrued substantial bills for diagnostic testing; she also required some minimal follow-up chiropractic treatment.

    The driver of the U-Haul initially tried to deny liability of the accident and stated that the mother came around him while he was trying to make a turn and that caused the collision. The woman’s car was un-drivable and ruled a total loss.  Not sure what to do, she sought legal representation with another law firm.  After two months, the attorney she was working with still wasn’t able to resolve her property damage claim and didn’t even have the claim set up with the correct insurance company.  Frustrated, she decided to go to Sauter Sullivan for help.  Carolyn Caruthers listened to the woman’s story, took her case, and went to bat for her client.   Despite starting from square one with the correct insurance company and having to fight to ensure liability was placed on the other driver, Caruthers settled the property damage claim within a few weeks, and then  settled the injury claim within a few months after that.   Caruthers negotiated settlements totaling $40,000 for her client, a great result for a soft tissue sprain/strain injury.  If you are ever in a situation where the other lawyer fails, call us, we may be able to help.

  • $40,000 Plus Medical Settlement After Workers Compensation Denial for a Waitress On the Job

    workers compensation denialA 50-year-old waitress slipped on the wet tile floor in a kitchen while on the job in St. Louis County Missouri. The fall caused injuries to her arm, shoulder, and neck which ultimately resulted in surgery. The woman’s injuries required a lot of medical attention, including two surgeries, and she was unable to work for a long time. The waitress initially tried to handle the claim on her own and Workers Compensation repeatedly failed to respond to her in a timely fashion. They ultimately responded with a workers compensation denial of treatment for her neck or shoulder injuries. As time passed, the client required surgery for a torn rotator cuff in her dominant shoulder, plus another and surgery on her neck for a bulging disc. The waitress needed help and didn’t know what to do, so she contacted Carolyn Caruthers at the Sauter Sullivan law firm. Carolyn Caruthers took the case and fought against the Workers Compensation denial, including filing for compensation for medical treatment and her client’s permanent disability caused by the fall’s injury to her elbow, neck, and shoulder. Despite the initial denial and refusal of treatment by Workers’ Compensation, Caruthers prevailed for her client and got Workers Compensation to reimburse for all of the waitress’s medical bills, including costs for the two surgeries and all post operation treatment, her lost wages for time missed initially after the injury as well as after the surgeries, and 10% disability for the elbow, 25% disability for the shoulder and 35% disability for her neck injury. The total settlement gained the client close to $40,000 over and above the payment of her previously denied medical treatment in compensation for her work related injuries.

  • FAST RESULTS: $25,000 Policy Limit Settlement for Rear-End Collision Causing an Eye Injury to a 6 Year Old Girl

    policy limit settlementA 6-year-old girl was in the back seat of her mother’s vehicle when they were involved in a rear-end collision on Skinker Blvd in St. Louis City.  The little girl’s seat belt pulled loose upon impact and the girl was thrown forward into the console of the front seat where she was struck in the face by the front seat airbag.  The little girl was taken to the hospital suffering a serious eye injury.  Due to increased pressure in her eye, emergency surgery was performed.  The young victim still has no vision in her left eye, and additional surgery may be required, but her visual impairment could be permanent.  The driver who caused the accident did not have any insurance, so Carolyn Caruthers investigated and located a policy providing uninsured motorist coverage to the girl.  Caruthers filed a claim on behalf of her client against the uninsured motorist coverage under her grandmother’s policy, as the little girl was a resident relative.  Within weeks of the accident and injury, Carolyn negotiated a policy limit settlement of $25,000 for her client.

  • FAST RESULTS: $25,000 Settlement for a One Vehicle Collision

    one vehicle collisionA 23- year old man was driving in downtown St. Louis when a vehicle coming at him from the opposite direction crossed into his lane.   The man swerved and avoided the head-on collision but ended up driving onto a sidewalk, hitting a sign and ultimately running into a brick building in a one vehicle collision.  The impact caused him to hit is head and lose consciousness.    The other driver that crossed into his lane was never identified.   Fortunately, someone at the scene called 911.  EMS arrived, got him out of his damaged vehicle and took him to the ER.   Luckily he did not sustain a head-injury despite his loss of consciousness, but he did suffer contusions and lacerations to his face, including a deep cut to his lip that required stiches.  Various scans and x-rays were performed but were all negative, so fortunately, the abrasions and lacerations were the only injuries he sustained.  He didn’t require any follow-up treatment but the bills from EMS and the ER were very substantial.   The man was very nervous about the medical bills coming in, and given the fact the other driver was never identified, he wasn’t sure what to do.   Months after the accident, his mother referred him to Carolyn Caruthers, who took his case and filed an uninsured motorist claim with his insurance company.   Carolyn was able to set up a recorded interview and ultimately convinced the man’s insurance company that a phantom vehicle that left the scene was the cause of the accident.   Within 90 days of taking the case Carolyn got the insurance company to agree to pay a settlement of $25,000 in uninsured motorist coverage, and she was also able to get his medical bills submitted through his health insurance to help defray the costs.  This was a great relief to her client because his medical bills actually exceeded the amount of his uninsured motorist coverage in the one vehicle collision.

  • Fast Settlement of $25,000 in Car Accident Caused By Uninsured Motorist

    Afast settlement 25 year old landscaper was traveling in the far right lane on Highway 270 in St. Louis in May of 2014 when another driver attempting to merge onto the highway came into his lane causing a severe car accident.  The landscaper’s airbags deployed causing his rear view mirror to shatter and cut his face near his eye; the eye injury required medical attention and a number of stitches.  He also suffered from neck and back sprains and strains. The other driver, who was uninsured, claimed the landscaper caused the accident and filed a lawsuit against him.  Looking for help, the landscaper came to Sauter Sullivan law firm where Carolyn Caruthers took the case.  She fought the false allegations against him and filed suit against the other driver.  The client incurred medical bills from his injuries, lost wages from being unable to return to the physical demands of landscaping for several months, and had permanent scarring to his face.  Caruthers was able to prove that the accident was completely the other driver’s fault and with a fast settlement.  Within 2-3 months she finalized negotiations for a $25,000 settlement, the maximum his policy allowed for uninsured motorist coverage.

  • $25,000 Settlement for Woman Rear-Ended That Caused Whiplash

    rear-endedA 50 year old career woman was rear-ended in her vehicle off Berry Road in Webster Groves, Missouri.  The insurance company was skeptical of her medical claims due to the minor impact of the collision and minimal visible damage to the woman’s car.  The crash was severe enough to cause her body to jerk forward and backward upon impact, causing sprains and strains to her neck and back…classic whiplash injuries.  She required treatment for over 9 months including care from the ER, her primary doctor, a chiropractor and physical therapist before the symptoms were resolved. Sauter Sullivan assisted the client with locating necessary medical treatment, worked with the medical insurance company to get a favorable reduction in bills owed for medical treatment, and overcame the auto insurance company’s arguments of low speed or low velocity impact.  Carolyn Caruthers persuaded the insurance company to overcome their skepticism of injuries caused by a “minor impact” and negotiated a full policy limits settlement of $25,000 for her client.

  • FAST RESULTS: $23,000 for Head-On Collision with an Uninsured Driver

    head on collisionA banker in her early 30’s was driving in Downtown St. Louis in March of 2016 when another driver ran a red light, causing a head-on collision.   The impact caused the airbag to deploy and the woman was thrown back and forth and side to side in her vehicle.  She suffered from neck and back pain immediately but refused medical treatment on the scene because she didn’t have health insurance and was afraid of the incurring medical bills.   A few days later, after suffering from headaches and increased pain she went to the ER where they advised her she had a pinched nerve. Already afraid of the medical bills from her ER visit she tried to manage her pain herself with over the counter medication, but the pain was so severe some days that she missed work; she was in a great deal of pain for several months.   The driver who hit her did not have car insurance, so she called Sauter Sullivan. Carolyn Caruthers met with the woman and they filed a claim with her own insurance company for uninsured motorist coverage. Ms Caruthers helped her client get the medical treatment she needed to relieve her pinched nerve, and within three months of taking the case, she negotiated an insurance company settlement of $23,000 for her client, which covered her medical bills and left her with over $15,000 of compensation for her injury in the head-on collision.

  • $19,000 Settlement for Rear-End Collision After Dropped by Another Firm

    rear-end collisionA mother in her mid 30’s suffered whiplash when she was in a rear-end collision on Riverview Blvd in the City of St. Louis.  She was rushed to the hospital after the accident because she had just been released from hospitalization days earlier after suffering a pulmonary embolism.  The woman incurred a large amount of medical expenses from the ER and follow up visits to a chiropractor to treat her ongoing pain and stiffness.  She was left hopeless after her prior attorney had dropped the claim, advising her not to proceed because the impact wasn’t hard enough to justify a whiplash claim, and she didn’t have insurance on her vehicle.  10 months after the accident she was referred to Sauter Sullivan attorney, Carolyn Caruthers, who helped her reach a settlement for $19,000 within a few short months of taking the rear-end collision claim.

  • $18,600 Workers’ Compensation Settlement for Hotel Server

    A server at a hotel near St. Louis Lambert Airport developed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in her left hand after repetitively carrying heavy trays of food for her job.  A doctor told her that her hand required surgery.  When her employer refused to pay for the surgery, the woman came to Sauter Sullivan for help.   The hotel tried to place the blame for the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome on the employee , claiming she had an increased risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome due to being female, having recently been pregnant and because she had diabetes.

    Chris Geldmacher of Sauter Sullivan listened to the woman’s story, took the case, and filed a Workers’ Compensation claim on her behalf.  Chris fought hard to ensure his client received the surgery she needed as a result of her on-the-job-injury.   He hired an expert physician who testified that her carpal tunnel was from holding trays while at her employment. The employer hired its own expert, whose findings agreed with the employer’s argument.   The case went to trial before a judge who ruled in favor of Mr. Geldmacher’s client.  The employer was ordered to pay for the client’s surgery, and after her recovery Geldmacher negotiated a settlement of $18,600 for his client.

  • $15,000 Settlement for Slip & Fall Accident in St. Louis Hospital

    In September 2012, a young woman on disability due to congestive heart failure and other medical problems was at a local St. Louis Hospital undergoing treatment.  During her stay at the hospital, she had a slip and fall accident caused by some water on the floor in the hallway.  The fall caused the woman head and leg pain which was treated at the ER and required followed up chiropractic treatment.   She incurred medical bills and expenses from her fall.  She initially set up a claim with the hospital on her own and her claim was denied as the hospital did not believe they were responsible for her fall or injuries.    Not sure what to do, she came to Carolyn Caruthers at the Sauter Sullivan law firm looking for help.  Carolyn took her case and immediately filed suit against the hospital. Carolyn was able to work with the legal team on behalf of the hospital, get them to accept liability and negotiated an early settlement of $15,000 for her client, without having to proceed with extensive litigation, depositions and trial.    

  • $15,000 Settlement Awarded in Accident on a School Bus

    A 17 year old student was injured in a bus accident when the school bus he was riding in was cut off by a car, causing the bus to runoff the road and hit a tree.  The impact threw the student from his seat and he suffered from neck and back strains which required medical attention.

    Prior to obtaining legal counsel, the school bus and their insurance company offered the student a mere $5,000, which wouldn’t even cover all the medical expenses accrued from the bus accident.   Carolyn Caruthers of the Sauter Sullivan law firm took the case and quickly went to bat for her client.   After some investigation, the Sauter Sullivan team was able to both re-negotiate the claim with the bus’ insurance carrier and was also able to locate additional insurance coverage and ended up getting her client  a settlement of $15,000, three times the insurance company’s offer made prior to retaining counsel.

  • $14,000 Quick Settlement for Personal Injury on Metro Bi-State Bus Accident

    bus accidentA disabled gentleman in his mid 50s suffered neck, back, and shoulder sprains after being involved in a Metro/Bi-State bus accident in the city of St Louis.  While he was riding as the sole passenger on the bus, the driver attempted to make a turn too fast on icy and slick road conditions. The bus driver lost control and, over corrected and struck 3 parked cars on the opposite side of the road, then slid back across both lanes, and finally stopped going through a fence.  The multiple collisions and wild jarring’s of the bus threw the disabled gentleman from his seat onto the floor, injuring his right shoulder and neck, and spraining his back.  Immense pain hit instantly, compounded by the fact that the disabled gentleman recently underwent surgery on his right shoulder due to a rare blood disease. The disabled man was taken to the ER, and had a series of medical treatments including follow up with his surgeon from prior shoulder surgery, and a chiropractor.  The gentleman found the Sauter Sullivan Law Firm, where Carolyn Caruthers set up a claim with Metro Bi-State and quickly negotiated a favorable settlement for $14,000, an amount well over the cost of his medical bills from the bus accident.

  • FAST RESULTS!: $7,600 Plus Medical Expenses Awarded in Car Accident Caused By Motorist On Cell Phone

    A client of Carolyn Caruthers at the Sauter Sullivan law firm, a 22 year old medical student, was injured in a car accident in downtown St. Louis.  She was driving through a green light when another vehicle ran a red light and struck her.  The other driver was using her cell phone at the time, and was obviously distracted.  Caruthers’ client suffered from knee pain and some minor cuts and bruises from the accident, causing her to see her primary care doctor and an orthopedic knee specialist.  Fortunately her injuries weren’t overly serious or ongoing, but she did incur medical costs as a result of the accident.  Caruthers fought with the insurance companies and reached a quick settlement that awarded her client $7600 in addition to covering all her medical bills and out of pocket expenses.

Kevin A. Sullivan

Kevin Sullivan, St. Louis Personal Injury Attorney

Kevin Sullivan, St. Louis Personal Injury AttorneyEmail: ksullivan@ss-law.net Phone: (314) 768-6802

Kevin Sullivan is a founding principal and partner at Sauter Sullivan. Kevin is admitted to practice in Missouri, Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit. He graduated from the University of Tulsa, with a B.S.B.A. with an Accounting major in 1989, and received his J.D. from The University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia, in 1992. His areas of practice include:

Personal Injury Products Liability Workers Compensation

Business Litigation Medical Malpractice Insurance Disputes

 

 

 

 

Articles related to Kevin Sullivan:

  • SAUTER SULLIVAN HELPS OBTAIN LARGEST EVER PLAINTIFF’S LEGAL MALPRACTICE VERDICT REPORTED IN STATE OF MISSOURI- $10.5 MILLION DOLLARS

    The law firm of Sauter Sullivan in St. Louis is proud to announce that Kevin Sullivan has been named as a 2015 winner in the category of “Attorneys Securing the Largest Reported Plaintiff Verdicts/Judgments” which is awarded by Missouri’s preeminent legal publication, Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Congratulations, Kevin! The Sauter Sullivan firm was co-counsel with the Thompson Coburn firm representing a client that had to sue its former lawyers for legal malpractice. According to Missouri Lawyers Weekly, the $10.5 Million verdict obtained on behalf of the client was the largest ever reported legal malpractice verdict/judgment in history in the State of Missouri

    The case involved the touchy issue of Legal Malpractice, in which a lawyer is put in the position of having to sue another lawyer to protect the integrity of the legal profession and get justice for the clients of the attorneys who were negligent and caused them harm. “Integrity and professionalism are the cornerstones of the legal profession,” says Sullivan. “Certainly, we are all human and mistakes happen, and the courts have remedies available to correct mistakes made by attorneys. But if the lawyers at fault will not admit to their error or worse, try to cover it up, then the lawyers must be held accountable for their conduct. If we fail to hold the offending lawyers accountable, clients and the public will have no faith in the integrity of the legal system or the lawyers who work day in and day out within that system. That’s what happened in this case.”

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  • $5.2 Million Settlement in Delivery Van Accident Case

    Auto Accident Attorney Sauter SullivanIn July of 2011, a mother was stopped at a traffic light with her 9 year old son and 11 year old daughter on Illinois route 15 in Belleville, Illinois. The driver of a commercial delivery van / truck was using his cellular phone instead of paying attention and slammed into the back of the woman’s car at almost 50 miles per hour! Witnesses said the impact was so tremendous that it sounded like a bomb going off.

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  • Vacationer Injured in Rented Boat Accident at Lake of the Ozarks Gets $2 Million Settlement with the Help of Sauter Sullivan

    A 47 year old St. Charles County mother was vacationing with her family at the Lake of the Ozarks over the 4th of July holiday.  The family rented a 26 foot Bayliner deck boat from a local boat rental company for a day on the water.  The boat traffic on the Lake that holiday weekend was significant and there were waves over 6 feet high in the main channel.  The lady’s husband had very little experience operating a boat and the rental company did not provide him with any real training or warnings about the hazards of boating during a busy holiday weekend.  The husband was driving the boat through the main channel with his wife and kids sitting in front.  The boat hit some huge waves straight on without throttling or slowing down throwing the lady in to the air.  She landed hard on the seat on her tailbone and ended up with an L-1 burst fracture resulting in an incomplete spinal cord injury.

    This lady was airlifted to a hospital and had to undergo a posterior lumbar decompression and fusion surgery with implanted hardware.  Over the next couple years she had extensive therapy and rehab and had several other surgical procedures.  She has daily pain and problems from her permanent injuries, but makes the best of things.  She is no longer able to work and her medical bills were extensive.

    This was a difficult situation for the family.  The husband was probably traveling too fast for the conditions due to his inexperience.  The boat rental company should not have sent the family out in the boat that day without training and instruction about how to handle the conditions.  There were concerns about how to pay the bills, finding insurance coverage and, most importantly, the sticky situation about a wife having to bring a claim against her husband.

    They needed legal help, so they contacted Kevin Sullivan of the Sauter Sullivan law firm.  Things did not look promising at first from a legal standpoint, with all parties assuming the rental company’s insurance policy would not cover negligence of the renter of the boat.  Sullivan did his due diligence and to everyone’s surprise found the boat rental company had two policies with operator negligence coverage.  One included $1 Million in coverage, and the other included an additional $1 Million in excess coverage.  The problem…the husband was the negligent operator, which meant the wife would have to file the claim against her husband!  Of course, she didn’t want to sue her husband, but in light of the seriousness of her injuries and the lifetime of debilitation, pain and suffering she was facing, it was the only way she could recover damages.  Without this insurance money, the family could be facing serious financial troubles in addition to everything else.  Kevin Sullivan filed a claim against the insurance policies and was able to secure the $2 Million insurance money for his client and this family.  Most importantly, he was able to do so without having to file a lawsuit against the husband.

    Click here to see Missouri Lawyers Weekly article.

     

  • $450,000 Settlement for Truck Driver Hit While Changing Tire

    A young, recently married couple from a small town in Southern Illinois was faced with uncertainty after the husband was involved in a terrible truck accident. The husband drives a truck for a living, and was travelling on Highway 57 near Effingham, Illinois, when he had a tire blow out on his tractor-trailer. He put on his flashers and pulled his truck completely off the highway on to the shoulder.

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  • Kevin Sullivan Helps Car Accident Victim Get $355,000 Settlement from Underinsured Motorist Coverage

    In June, 2014, a high level executive with a financial services firm was injured in a rear end car accident in St. Louis, Missouri, and suffered injuries to his neck and back, including a disc herniation in his cervical spine. Immediately following the accident, he was shaken up but thought he would be fine. After a day or so, he had tremendous neck and back pain and went to see a doctor that he was familiar with from the past. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with damage to the discs in his neck from the crash and was referred immediately to an orthopedic surgeon. Within a week or so he ended up having a multi-level cervical fusion and physical therapy rehab thereafter. He lived an active lifestyle, and was a competitive tennis player, but his injuries prevented him playing the sport he loved. After the surgery, he had difficulty sleeping and for a couple weeks and he could not use his right arm due to nerve damage from the surgery. The nerves would regenerate in time, but it was a slow process that took months, during which time he continued to have extensive weakness, numbness and loss of feeling in his tricep, bicep and left arm. Lots of physical therapy and time helped make things better and he is doing much better today.

    The client came to personal injury attorney Kevin Sullivan for help with his car accident case. Sullivan investigated and found that the young woman who rear ended his client’s vehicle had limited insurance that would not come close to even covering the client’s medical expenses and lost time from work. Thankfully, Kevin found that his client’s insurance policy included underinsured motorist coverage, which could be used to cover the difference between what he deserved and what the woman’s limited coverage could provide for him. After significant discussions and ongoing negotiations with the insurance company the firm was able to get this client a settlement of $355,000 which was fair and reasonable compensation for his injuries.

  • Woman Attacked by Bees on Apartment Balcony Falls and Is Seriously Injured – Sauter Sullivan Holds Apartment Complex Liable for Dangerous Condition – Client Recovers $205,000 for Her Injuries

    beeIn July 2014, a 35 year old mother had moved with her young boys to a 2 bedroom second floor apartment building in an apartment complex in St. Louis County. The apartment had an outdoor balcony, with a railing, that the family could access from the kitchen. Shortly after moving in the woman noticed an infestation of bees located in the door threshold on the balcony. There were hundreds of bees and it was a danger to the family. The woman used several cans of Raid to eliminate the problem and complained to the property manager repeatedly, but the apartment complex failed to take care of the problem. On the morning of August 8th, she dropped off with the property manager a “move in” inspection sheet which she had filled out again requesting that the property manager take care of the problem. Specifically, she wrote: “Bee hive in door threshold to deck, I’ve gone through 2 cans of Raid killing approximately 400 bees but I’m still getting attacked. May need exterminator??” She received no help from the landlord despite this notice.

    On the evening of August 8th, she was out on the balcony and was attacked by the bees causing her to backpedal against the balcony railing and flip over the railing landing on the concrete pavement 18 feet below. She had a broken right clavicle in her shoulder and fractures to her pelvis. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital where she spent 8 days and had an open reduction internal fixation surgical procedure to repair the broken clavicle. She was in an enormous amount of pain, had no health insurance and lost her job because of her injuries. Most importantly she could not take care of her children. While her injuries have healed for the most part, she still has ongoing problems due to the broken bones and severe injuries.

    The apartment complex initially refused to accept responsibility for the incident, even denying there was actually a bee infestation. The woman then turned to Kevin Sullivan at Sauter Sullivan for help. A thorough investigation was done and a maintenance man was identified who was aware of the bee infestation and the attempts to get rid of it before the fall. She also had posted pictures of hundreds of bees in a pool of Raid on her Facebook page which were gathered as evidence. The written “move in” sheet she had dropped off was located and used as evidence.

    The Sauter Sullivan firm also determined that the railing height itself was dangerous as it was not at an adequate height to protect somebody from going over it. The firm argued that if the railing had been at a safe height, the client would not have gone over it and been injured. The sole purpose of a balcony railing is to protect against someone falling off the balcony. The insurance company for the apartment complex denied the woman’s claim and refused to compensate her for her injuries and damages. Sauter Sullivan filed a lawsuit in St. Louis County on the woman’s behalf. The case was ultimately settled for $205,000 which amounted to fair and just compensation for this woman.

Christopher K. Geldmacher

St. Louis Attorney Christopher Geldmacher

St. Louis Attorney Christopher GeldmacherEmail: cgeldmacher@ss-law.net Phone: (314) 768-6803

Christopher Geldmacher is a partner at Sauter Sullivan. Chris is admitted to practice in Missouri, Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit. Mr. Geldmacher graduated from St. Louis University with a B.S. in Economics and Finance in 1995. He graduated from Saint Louis University Law School, receiving his J.D. in 1998. His areas of practice include:

Personal Injury Products Liability Workers Compensation

Premises Liability Wrongful Death Business Litigation

 

 

 

 

Articles related to Christopher Geldmacher:

  • Sauter Sullivan Gets $300,000 for Union Tradesman Who Lost His Career Due to Injury in Commercial Vehicle Accident

    A 56 year old union tradesman came to Sauter Sullivan after being involved in a highway collision with a commercial vehicle that caused serious personal injury. In this rear-end collision, the force of the impact of the commercial vehicle into the rear of the gentleman’s car resulted in the man’s knee violently striking the dashboard of his vehicle.

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  • Nearly $233,000 for 18-Wheeler Driver Hit by a Drunk Driver

    18-wheelerChristopher Geldmacher represented a 42 year old professional truck driver who was on the job driving an 18-wheeler when he was struck head on by a drunk driver heading the wrong way on the interstate.  The truck driver was in Collinsville, Illinois heading northbound on Interstate 255, when the collision occurred.  The drunk driver hit the truck head-on, causing the 18-wheeler to flip onto its side.   When police arrived the truck driver was unconscious and hanging from his seat belt in the overturned truck.

    The truck driver suffered a concussion and injuries to his spine which caused an aggravation to a portion of his spine that had previously undergone a spine surgery.  The spine specialist he was referred to ordered spinal injections and physical therapy. He was also sent to a concussion specialist.  The concussion specialist referred the truck driver for special concussion therapy. He was out of work for about five months and required extensive ongoing treatment that lasted approximately six months, but in the end he was able to return to work.

    Chris Geldmacher represented the truck driver and filed a workers compensation claim against the truck driver’s employer and a claim against the drunk driver’s insurance company.   Mr. Geldmacher was able to obtain settlements in both claims totaling nearly $233,000 for his client.

  • $225,000 Premises Liability Settlement for Injury at Fast Food Establishment

    premises liabilityA 20 year old woman was in a Granite City, Illinois fast food restaurant, waiting for her food, when she went to fill her cup at the self-service soda station. While she was getting ice, vibrations from the machine shook loose a piece of plastic, just above the client’s head. The plastic piece struck her on the forehead, bending her head backwards, injuring her neck. A later MRI showed that the woman had suffered herniated disc in her neck. She was referred to a spine surgeon who performed surgery on her injured neck. Neither the fast food restaurant nor ice machine vendor would take responsibility for the accident. The woman turned to Christopher Geldmacher of Sauter Sullivan for help with her premises liability claim. Mr. Geldmacher took her case and filed a lawsuit against both the restaurant and ice machine vendor. Sauter Sullivan’s investigation revealed that the piece of plastic that injured the client had fallen several times before, and the restaurant employees kept putting the piece of plastic back on the machine without securing it properly. Prior to trial, the case went to a mediation where Mr. Geldmacher obtained a settlement of $225,000 for his client.

  • Fast Settlement of $210,000 for Slip and Fall Accident

    A client of Christopher Geldmacher of the Sauter Sullivan law firm was injured in a slip and fall accident while exiting a grocery store in North St. Louis County. The injured client was an elderly woman who required a walker to get around.  She was exiting the store with her walker when her foot caught on a raised, uneven edge where asphalt met the crosswalk on the store’s parking lot.  This portion of the sidewalk should have been flush with the street, but the uneven edge caused her to fall forward, landing on her side and sending her walker flying.   She was taken to the hospital by ambulance, and it was determined she had suffered a hip fracture that required surgery.  Permanent plates and screws were required to repair the injured hip, and the client was hospitalized for several days before being moved to a separate rehabilitation hospital.  She received physical therapy for a month in the rehab center before she was moved to a nursing home.   It was another month before the client was finally released to go home.  As a result of her injuries from the slip and fall, she now has even more difficulty getting around, even after going through the surgery and extensive therapy.

    Chris Geldmacher filed a claim against the company responsible for maintaining the sidewalks and parking lot of the grocery store and fought to get the compensation his client deserved.   Within 4 months of completion of treatment, Mr. Geldmacher got the responsible party to agree to a settlement of $210,000.

  • $140,000 Settlement for Working Mom Injured in Slip and Fall at Event Venue

    A 29 year old bookkeeper, wife and Mom came to Sauter Sullivan after she suffered personal injury in a slip and fall incident at a party that was being held at a hall that hosted events and parties. A bartender, who was an employee of the facility, asked the woman to watch the bar while he left to use the restroom.

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  • Christopher Geldmacher gets $121,000 Settlement for Man Injured in Rear-End Collision on Interstate 64/40

    A 42 year-old man who works as a security guard in St. Louis was driving Westbound on Interstate 64/40 just before the Kingshighway exit.   He had slowed down due to traffic ahead when he was rear-ended. The impact caused his left ankle to be jammed into the floorboard.   The man had sustained a prior serious injury to his left ankle which required surgery involving implanted plates and screws.  When the security guard jammed his foot during the rear-end collision, it damaged the hardware in his ankle, and caused the need for additional surgery to make repairs.  Chris Geldmacher represented the man and filed a claim against the other driver and her insurance company.    Mr. Geldmacher settled the case and his client received $121,000 for his injury.

  • Little Girl Attacked and Mauled by Pit Bull; $100,000 Settlement won by Sauter Sullivan

    Little Girl Attacked and Mauled by Pit Bull; $100,000 Settlement won by Sauter Sullivan

    In September of 2010, a 2 year old girl was the victim of a dog attack and was mauled by a dangerous pit bull at a St. Louis residence. The little girl was in the care of a babysitter who took the child to a house where the homeowners owned several dogs. One of the dogs, a pit bull, attacked the toddler without warning, and without being provoked in any way. The homeowner had to fight with the dog for nearly a minute to pull the dog off the little girl.

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  • $105,000 Settlement Obtained by Christopher Geldmacher for Man Rear-Ended In St. Clair County, Illinois

    A 62 year-old man from East St. Louis was traveling on Illinois Highway 15 in St. Clair County when his car was rear-ended. The collision caused his knee to strike the dashboard, which exacerbated pre-existing knee problems. After the accident, the man was treated with injections and extensive physical therapy, but unfortunately the treatment failed to return him back to his pre-collision condition. His doctor advised he have a total knee replacement surgery. After the surgery, he had go to a nursing home as part of his recovery and was required to participate in a lot of post-surgery physical therapy. The medical bills were piling up, and the other driver’s insurance company wouldn’t pay, claiming his knee problems were pre-existing. So, he came to Sauter Sullivan for help. Christopher Geldmacher took his case and filed a claim on behalf of his client against the other driver’s insurance company. Chris argued the man may not have required a total knee replacement surgery, or at least not required it as soon as he did if the collision hadn’t happened, causing the man to injure his knee even further. In the end, Mr. Geldmacher’s argument prevailed, and he obtained a settlement of $105,000 for his client.

  • $102,000 Settlement for Neck Injury in Rear-End Collision

    Attorney Christopher Geldmacher of Sauter Sullivan, represented a 47 year old woman from South St. Louis who rear-ended at the Ballas Road exit from I-64/40 west.  The woman was stopped and waiting for traffic to clear so she could turn right when an inattentive driver struck her from behind.  The woman required chiropractic care after the accident and as her issues persisted, her chiropractor referred her for an MRI.   The MRI revealed a congenital condition in her neck that was aggravated by the collision.  The woman went to see a spine surgeon who told her that she  was a candidate for spine surgery.  However, he recommended she try non-surgical options first, before making a decision to have surgery.  She was referred to a pain management specialist who tried various options before finding one that worked. Thankfully, she was able to avoid surgery.

    The woman hired Christopher Geldmacher to represent her. He filed a claim on her behalf against the at fault driver’s insurance company.    After making sure that his client received all of the treatment that she required, Mr. Geldmacher negotiated a settlement of for her which totaled $102,000.

  • $75,000 Jury Verdict for Express Scripts Employee Injured in Rear-End Collision

    involved in a head-on collisionA 43-year-old Express Scripts employee and father of four was injured in a rear-end collision heading westbound in backed up traffic on Interstate 70 just outside of downtown St. Louis. The man went to the ER and followed up with a chiropractor for treatment of the injuries he sustained.  Ten months after finishing treatment with the chiropractor, he was still suffering with neck and shoulder problems.  He went back to the chiropractor for additional care.  The chiropractor then referred him to an orthopedic surgeon for injections in his neck and left shoulder.  The treatments left the man with medical bills totaling just over $31,000.00.

    The other driver’s insurance company refused to take responsibility for the client’s injuries arguing that since there was very little damage to either car involved in the collision, the man’s injuries could not be that serious.  The gentleman hired Christopher Geldmacher of Sauter Sullivan to represent him with regard to his injuries and fight the insurance company.  Initially, the insurance company was only offering just over $12,000.00…only enough to cover about a third of the victim’s medical bills due to the accident.

    Mr. Geldmacher filed suit and fought to get his client a fair resolution of his claim.  Just before the trial, the insurance company raised its offer to $21,000.00, still well short of the medical expenses.  Mr. Geldmacher took the gentleman’s case to a jury trial in the City of St. Louis.  At trial, the insurance company once again argued that the light damage to the vehicles involved meant that this man’s injuries could not have been as severe as the doctors were saying.  The jury did not agree.  Instead, the jury awarded Mr. Geldmacher’s client $75,000.00.

  • $60,000 Settlement for Woman Injured in Slip and Fall at Fast Food Restaurant

    In August 2007, a woman came to Sauter Sullivan attorney Christopher Geldmacher after she suffered a personal injury when she slipped and fell in a fast food restaurant parking lot.  It had started raining outside while the woman was in the restaurant, and, when she exited building, she was forced to walk along a very steep area of the parking lot to get to her car.  Because of the rain and the slope of the hill, the woman’s foot slipped and she fell directly onto her knee.   Doctors confirmed that she suffered a torn meniscus in her knee.  The knee injury required surgery, and although she got the surgery she needed, her knee was never the same.

    Mr. Geldmacher, a personal injury attorney and partner at Sauter Sullivan, took her case and conducted an investigation of the restaurant’s parking lot.  At first glance, the portion of the parking lot where the woman fell appeared to have a slope which was steeper than County Code allowed.  Mr. Geldmacher ordered a survey of the property and the parking lot.  The survey crew hired by Mr. Geldmacher found that the slope of the portion of the parking lot where the client fell was 2.5 times the maximum grade allowed by the County Code.  Once this was confirmed, the owner of the restaurant had no choice but to acknowledge the woman’s claim.  Mr. Geldmacher negotiated a settlement of $60,000 for his client!

  • $44,000 Settlement for Severe Allergic Reaction Caused by Fast Food Restaurant Negligence

    A family went to a fast food restaurant on Natural Bridge Road in St. Louis.    When they placed their order, the father was sure to tell them he was very allergic to tomatoes so they had to make sure there were none on his cheeseburger.  The clerk assured him they would hold the tomatoes, and the father paid for his family’s meal.   He verified that his receipt said “no tomato”, and he opened his cheeseburger to make sure there were no tomatoes on it. Seeing no tomatoes, he proceeded to eat his meal.

    On his second bite, the man quickly realized something was wrong. His throat and tongue swelled up immediately, and he fell to the ground in convolutions struggling to breathe in front of his terrified family.  The restaurant failed to process his order correctly, as there was a tomato hidden between the cheese and the burger.  Paramedics arrived on the scene quickly and administered medications which probably saved the man’s life.  Unable to speak and having difficulty breathing, he was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was diagnosed with anaphylaxis due to the allergic reaction to the tomato on his cheeseburger.

    The man hired the Sauter Sullivan law firm to handle his case against the fast food restaurant whose negligence had caused his severe allergic reaction.    Christopher Geldmacher  took the personal injury case and went to bat for his client.  In addition to the allergic reaction, the client suffered from a knot on his head and back and neck injuries due to falling backwards out of his seat when the convulsions hit him.  The client had to be monitored for his anaphylaxis and was ordered to take over two months of physical therapy for his back and neck injuries.   Mr. Geldmacher negotiated a settlement with the franchise owner of the fast food restaurant, and his client was received a $44,000 settlement for his injuries. 

  • $41,000 Settlement Woman Injured Due to Poorly Secured Handrail

    poorly secured handrailChristopher Geldmacher represented an elderly woman who injured herself on the stairs at a Saint Louis City apartment complex as the result of a poorly secured handrail.The client was walking down the stairs in her apartment building while leaning on the handrail for support. The handrail, which had not been adequately secured to the wall, pulled out of the wall causing the client to fall and land backwards on the stairs. During the fall, the handrail fell on top of the woman and twisted her wrist. She immediately went to the emergency room, followed by a visit to her primary doctor, and then a hand specialist. Her wrist injury required surgery followed by physical therapy. The landlord denied responsibility, claiming that it was not responsible for the woman pulling the handrail off of the wall while using it for support., Mr. Geldmacher was forced to file suit against the landlord. Mr. Geldmacher discovered that having a handrail that was not “securely fastened” to the wall was actually a violation of St. Louis City Code. The discovery of the poorly secured handrail made proving the case much easier and caused the landlord and its attorneys to rethink their position. Prior to trial, Mr. Geldmacher was able get the landlord to agree to pay his client a settlement of $41,000.00.

  • $35,000 Worker’s Compensation Settlement for Forklift Operator

    In December of 2010 a 58 year old forklift operator was injured at work when he fell stepping off his forklift at his work in South St. Louis County. The man’s personal injuries required surgery in which permanent hardware had to be implanted and resulted in a permanent disability to his leg; he missed three months of work after his surgery. His employer completely denied the Workers’ Compensation claim because the man blew a 0.014 blood alcohol reading on a breathalyzer at the emergency room shortly after the incident. The employer hired a toxicologist that argued that the client’s blood alcohol content was higher at the time of the injury at work.

    Several attorneys turned his case down before he called Christopher Geldmacher at the Sauter Sullivan law firm. Chris listened to his story, and decided something wasn’t right, so he took the case. Sauter Sullivan hired their own toxicology expert who testified that the results of the breathalyzer test at the emergency room were not a reliable finding. In preliminary proceedings at the Division of Workers’ Compensation, two separate judges agreed. After initially denying the client’s claim completely, the employer changed course because of the hard work by Sauter Sullivan. Chris got the employer to pay the client over $35,000 in a settlement that included payment of all his medical bills, 12 weeks of back pay, and a fair settlement for his disability.

  • $34,600 for Steel Worker Who Tore His Rotator Cuff on the Job

    A worker at American Steel in Granite City, Illinois tore his rotator cuff as the result of having to do heavy work overhead for his employer for a period of 12 years.  The rotator cuff tear required surgery.  Chris Geldmacher, a partner at Sauter Sullivan, took the case and filed a Workers’ Compensation claim on behalf of his client.  Chris fought hard to ensure his client received the surgery he needed as a result of his on-the-job-injury.  The treatment, surgery and recovery lasted six months.  In the end, Geldmacher’s client received the benefits he deserved, including his wages for the time he missed from work and payment of his medical bills. After treatment was complete, Mr. Geldmacher negotiated a settlement of $34,600 for his client.

  • $21,000 Settlement for Mother of Two Involved in a Car Accident with a False Police Report

    A woman traveling south bound on Route 3 in St. Clair County, Illinois, stopped at a red light at the intersection of Camp Jackson Road, and waited to turn left.  After getting a green left turn arrow, she started into the intersection.  As she did so, another driver traveling north bound ran a red light and crashed into her vehicle.   The woman was rushed to the hospital by ambulance, and her car was totaled.  She suffered soft tissue injuries to her neck, back and both knees, experienced headaches, and required chiropractic treatment after the accident.   The police officer who investigated the car accident blamed the accident on the woman without actually getting a statement from her.  The officer sided with the other driver from the beginning and used a statement from a witness to justify the findings in the police report.  Medical bills were coming in, the woman’s car was totaled and the insurance company was denying her claim.   Desperate for help, this mother of two came to Chris Geldmacher at Sauter Sullivan.  Chris contacted the witness cited in the police report, and found out that the statement attributed to the witness in the police report was incorrect.  Mr. Geldmacher took a statement from the witness that was recorded in which the witness explained that the police report was false and that Mr. Geldmacher’s client was not at fault.   He also located a second, independent witness who corroborated his client’s story.  After fighting with the insurance company and ultimately filing suit against them, Mr. Geldmacher convinced the insurance company that the police report was wrong and that its insured was at fault.  In the end, Mr. Geldmacher worked out a $21,000 settlement on behalf of his client.

  • $18,600 Workers’ Compensation Settlement for Hotel Server

    A server at a hotel near St. Louis Lambert Airport developed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in her left hand after repetitively carrying heavy trays of food for her job.  A doctor told her that her hand required surgery.  When her employer refused to pay for the surgery, the woman came to Sauter Sullivan for help.   The hotel tried to place the blame for the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome on the employee , claiming she had an increased risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome due to being female, having recently been pregnant and because she had diabetes.

    Chris Geldmacher of Sauter Sullivan listened to the woman’s story, took the case, and filed a Workers’ Compensation claim on her behalf.  Chris fought hard to ensure his client received the surgery she needed as a result of her on-the-job-injury.   He hired an expert physician who testified that her carpal tunnel was from holding trays while at her employment. The employer hired its own expert, whose findings agreed with the employer’s argument.   The case went to trial before a judge who ruled in favor of Mr. Geldmacher’s client.  The employer was ordered to pay for the client’s surgery, and after her recovery Geldmacher negotiated a settlement of $18,600 for his client.

  • Fast Settlement of Workers’ Compensation Claim for School District Employee Who Slipped and Fell on the Job

    A school district employee injured her back and neck on-the-job at McCluer North High School.  The woman was walking outside of the school to retrieve some equipment.  The path on the school grounds was icy and she lost her footing, causing her to slip and fall to the ground.  The school district sent her originally to an occupational health clinic for treatment of her injuries, but she was eventually referred to an orthopedic specialist and given physical therapy.  The woman hired  Sauter Sullivan to make sure that she received the proper settlement at the conclusion of her claim.  Christopher Geldmacher took her case, and filed a claim on her behalf.  In just over two months after completion of her treatment, Mr. Geldmacher was able to negotiate a settlement of over $13,000 for his client!

  • Injured Steel Worker Receives Permanent Total Disability Benefits in Workers’ Comp Case

    In June of 2009, a 41 year old steel worker suffered a serious on-the-job injury at the steel plant in Granite City, Illinois. The worker had herniated discs in the spine which required multiple surgeries. At the conclusion of treatment, the doctors gave the client restrictions which prohibited him from being able to work again. The steel plant did not want to take responsibility and pay the permanent disability benefits their employee deserved, so the case was taken to a workers’ compensation hearing. Christopher Geldmacher of the Sauter Sullivan law firm took the workers’ compensation case and fought for his client’s rights. Due to Chris Geldmacher’s efforts, his client was awarded permanent total disability benefits. This means he will be paid weekly benefits for the rest of his life and that all future treatment for his back injury must be paid for by the employer.